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Championship Trial
Venue: Satley
Trial Held: 28 January 2008

Stake: UD


Tracklayers: Lol Campbell (1day), Penny Pritchard (1 Day), John Atkin (2 Days).

Steward: Moira Rogerson

First I’d like to thank the Society for inviting me to judge the UD Stake, and Julz, our fantastic trials manager. Nothing is a bother to Julia and she always has a smile on her face no matter what. (Think that’s the drink from the night before!!). To Betty Orrin and her crew at the base, Linda Newbold and her band of merry helpers in the kitchen, my tracklayers, Lol, Penny and John - many thanks for jobs well done. All these jobs need to be done to ensure that our trials run like clockwork and no trial could go ahead without their help so they must be appreciated. Moira, my steward, did a fantastic job for 2 days, was great company and kept me right. It was real good having a ticket judge as my steward. Thanks Moi much appreciated. I will return the favour any time if I can.

1st Day - Ground covered in snow.

2nd Day - No snow, but ground wet and muddy and also very windy and cold.

Track articles were half clear plastic Pringles top, 1.5” green scourer. Square articles were green plastic milk carton top, green string, green carpet and some green hose. Bar one, all articles were green to blend in with the short grass, then it bloody snows - you win some, you lose some. 17 entries, although unfortunately we had 8 scratches, so were left with only 9 competitors. All 9 competitors got their tracks and squares.

1st          Q, 194, Yvonne Carpenter and HEX AT CARFELD, BC, B. Yvonne and Hex done everything at 200 mph and still managed to look good. 18.5 on jumps but you know, Yvonne, that could easily be turned into 20. Well done on qualifying and on winning the stake.

2nd        Q, 190, Bill Norman and ADAIRWAY BRIGAND, GSD, D. Bill and Brig stormed round their track with Brig not puffing at all and Bill heaving like a heavy smoker on 20 a day. Bless you, Bill, it was great to watch. Well done.

3rd         Q, 187.5, Karon Tiffany and BRICKER BRACKEN, WSD, D. A real nice lady with a lovely collie. Brilliant nosework and good jumps with a control round of 34.5/35, that should be an inspiration to others. Well done.

4th         Q, 184.5, Dennis Nelson and SELDOMSEEN HOBBSONS CHOICE, WSD, D. Eased round his track with (poorly) Dennis toddling behind. Hope you feel better now. Keep working at your partnership with your dog on the track and there’s only way you and him can go. Keep practising your heelwork. Well done.

Also qualifying UDEx:-

178, Tanya Whorwood and RUSKIN SEA SHEPHERD, GSD, D. Tanya, he is lovely, but work at that square.   Well done.

175, Avril Bryson and TOGSTON TOODLEPIP, Lk.Terrier, B. Avril, I know you were chuffed and so were we. Well done.

166, Ms. R. Bryant and MEISTERWERK BRUISER, BC, D. Beautiful collie, I’m so pleased you did it. Well done.

Well done to all the above, and to the non-qualifiers – hard lines, it will come.


Stake: TD


Tracklayers: Andrea Lynd and Geoff Margreaves

Square Steward and C/A Scribe: Kate Wykes

I would like to thank the Society for asking me to judge and Julia and her team for running a superb trial. The ladies in the base made sure everybody got to their tracks on time, and the ladies in the kitchen kept us well supplied in food and drink.

The weather did as it usually does at this trial and threw everything at us - wind, rain, snow and sun. Along with being extremely cold it made the nosework even more of a lottery than usual. Having said that, every dog got away from the post and in the right direction; unfortunately a lot of them didn’t get much further. We had one dog work really hard to get round on the Monday and the same happened on Tuesday . Wednesday proved slightly better with four getting round, but unfortunately one of them only got one off the track. Thursday was a no goer and Friday we got the snow; starting as we got to the first track it just became worse and worse until you could hardly see, in what could only be described as blizzard conditions, so no one got round that day, although all the dogs gave it a good go. Then Saturday with snow lying on the ground, what can one say - all seven got round with just one or two articles left lying around, giving us a total of twelve nosework qualifiers. So to Sunday and the C/A. I set what I thought was a straightforward round and gave all the competitors as much time as possible to work their dogs - if they rushed it and got it wrong they only had themselves to blame. We finished up with eight qualifiers overall.

1st and CC           WTCh CAFCOLL RON, CDEx - TDEx, BC, (D), Handler, Mr G Atkins., A superb overall round by this pair gave them a well deserved win. Good luck at the KCC’s. Q, 210

2nd and Res CCWTCh WAGGERLAND FLOSS, CDEx - TDEx, BC, (B), Handler, Mrs A Fowler. Another good round, spoilt only by Floss arguing with Anne. Q, 208

3rd         COLLIEWOOD CAVELLERO, CDEx - TDEx, WSD, (D), Handler, Mrs S Plumb. Unfortunate to come up against the other two today, but still a very good round. Q, 199.5

4th         WTCh TYTRI LACE OF TRENTVALLEY, CDEx - TDEx, BC, (B), Handler, Mrs M Robinson. A good round, but quite a few points left lying around. Q, 199

Also Qualifying:

HEATHERMARK VIXEN, CDEx - TDEx, GSP, (B), Handler, Mrs D Meade. Not far behind. 198.5

DOUBLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, CDEx - TDEx, WSD, (D), Handler, Mr A Lockyer, 197.5

WTCh OUR DUG, CDEx - TDEx, BC, (D), Handler, Mrs J Atkins, 196


To those who qualified well done, to those who didn’t better luck next time. I would like to point out to those who may think otherwise that we don’t stand out there all week to watch dogs failing, and it was for the most part only the weather that caused the majority of problems. Good luck to all in the future.

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