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Championship Trial
Venue: Sedgefield
Trial Held: 09 September 2007


Stake: CD


Search and Control Steward: Julia Findeisen

I would like to express my thanks to the committee for the invitation to judge the CD stake, also to Carole and the girls at the base for running such a well organised trial.   Accommodation, company and meals were first class. Special thanks to Julz for laying the squares, resulting in only one failure, and for stewarding the stays. Julz also explained to the competitors exactly what I wanted on the control section, so helping them to relax and hopefully be aware of what was expected of them before they set off on their round.

We were given a very nice, shortish, grass field to work in; the sun shone making it a good day out for the eleven teams that worked - six in the morning and five in the afternoon. We started with the nosework, then the sit stay, control and agility and finished off with the down stay.

Finally, I did enjoy judging you all, seeing your different breeds working in their own styles. If you were not successful this time never mind, there are always more trials.

1st     Paul Morling and VONGRAF KAGUL, (GSD), 95.5 pts, CDEx. What a great team Paul and Nipper are, only lost 2 marks on the nosework and 2.5 on the control. Congratulations on your win.

2nd   Bill Norman and ADAIRWAY BRIGAND, (GSD), 92.5 pts, CDEx. Well done, Bill, with your rescued Shepherd; Brigg’s control was a pleasure to watch, losing only 1 mark.

3rd   Anne Bedford and ABI NEVIS SAY DIE, (Cross), 92 pts, CDEx. What a character Abi is. I know you were thrilled with the attention she gave you Anne, again only losing 1 mark on the control. Well done.

4th       Fred Welham and SELDOMSEEN DONNA OF WELLAVILLE, (WSD), 83 pts, CDEx. Donna did enough to qualify, but more to the point what an achievement by ‘young’ Fred.


Stake: PD


Tracklayers: Andrea Lynd, Suzanne Plumb, Nigel Hines

Steward: Heather Patrick

Criminals: Tom Davis, Iain Forrest, Nigel Hines and Lol Campbell.

Thank you to the society for the invitation to judge and to everyone who helped organise the trial. Special thanks to my tracklayers, Andrea, Suzanne and Nigel, as well as to Heather, my search, control and manwork steward, and to my excellent criminals, Tom, Iain, Nigel and Lol.

Tracking took its toll as it was very hot and dry; the ground was stubble with a lot of chopped straw on it. Four out of fifteen dogs tracked successfully, one went out on the search, and one on the jumps, leaving only two dogs qualifying up to the manwork stage – both performed very well.

1st and WTCC     Lee Payne’s WSD, SWEET ASSASSIN, 279 pts. This is his first WT Ch certificate and well deserved it was. Let’s hope the next one isn’t too far away.

2nd and Res.WTCC Mick Tustain’s BSD Malinois, JOTUNHEIM VIP, 269 pts. Winning best Manwork Trophy. Another excellent performance – two missed articles being very costly. Well done.

3rd   Malcolm Snowdon’s BC dog, FLYNNTASTIC JUST JAY, N/Q, 190 pts. Well done, won’t be too long before he gets PDEx.

4th    Mr and Mrs. John Wykes BC dog, FLYNNTASTIC RED JAFF OF TARNFORCE, 167.5 pts. Better luck next time.

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