Lower Withington, Championship Trial
Vet, CD, UD, TD Stakes
TRIALS MANAGER’S REPORT
NWWTS would like to thank Skinners Pet Food for kindly sponsoring the trial again.
This being my first time as a trials manager at a championship TD trial I started early, in fact back in November 2008, the last day of the open trial. When I saw the land owners and had their promise that I could have all the land that I wanted I also had my tracklayers lined up, so it was just a matter of keeping in touch. And that I did all the way through, right up to the eve of the trial, when I met up with John Wykes, TD judge, Tom Darby, Sue Ashby and Kim Astbury. Off we went round to the farm where all the TD tracking land was, at the back of the farm. We parked up, spoke to the land owner, and everything was set - that was until we went through the farm and there in the distance, on the furthest field away, was a tractor and slurry tank. Well, that’s two tracks lost. Then we heard a quad bike coming, so I went to have a chat, only to be told that the umbilical system was due to arrive at 8.30 on Wednesday morning, the start of the trial. We had just lost all the TD land. Then he remembered, “Oh! You’re the dog people!” He had forgotten about us! After a while he said, “We rent some land off another land owner, we won’t be doing that, go and have a word with him.” And he was fantastic. He let us have enough land for five tracks, so with the UD land that was TD fixed up. So the next problem was to find some land for the UD to track on; that gave me a couple of days to sort it. Well, Wednesday came and tracking got under way. We’re off. Then at about 9.45 my phone rang. “Ray, we’ve just lost two tracks.” Here we go again… Back out to find enough land to replace those two, that sorted and we could finish TD for the day. What else could go wrong? Thursday morning came - I wonder what today holds. Well, I didn’t have to wait long; at 7.30am my phone rang, to be told, “You don’t want to hear this - there’s a tractor going across your fields.” Back in the van and dash round to the tracking land, to find the tractor driver cutting the hedges. “Could you please stay as close to the hedges as possible, and don’t cut across any of the fields please.” OK, that’s sorted, just make sure it’s running ok before I go off looking for some UD land. It was from one farm to another, and the third farm proved to be a gem of a find, only too pleased to help out; now we are set up to start on Friday. Friday morning came, and no problems from TD, and UD is now under way, then the dreaded phone call again. “This field is too narrow.” So off we go again to beg for some more land. I had no need to worry, this new found land owner was only too willing to help. Phew, what a week so far…. I would now like to think that NWWTS is set for the future.
I can’t thank every one enough for all their help during the trial. Judges, Tracklayers, Escorts, Kitchen staff, Base, and to Elizabeth Wooltorton, representing our sponsors, Skinners Pet Foods, for being on hand with lots of advice. There was also a lovely waterproof coat presented to the winner of the TD Ticket from Skinners, which will be embroidered with Skinners, North West Working Trial Society, and TD Championship Winner 2009 - a very nice prize. Tracking, as usual, was on grass of about 2inches long, this being the same for all tracking stakes. CD was on old turf, really nice to work on. The weather was cool but dry all week. This really was a baptism of fire, but it all ended in a good trial.
Pam not only ran the kitchen, she was ill, but still found time to go round to the Black Swan pub and do some wheeling and dealing so that every one who went to the pub could have a good meal off the NWWTS menu - thank you, Carmel (landlady), for that.
Thanks to the competitors who entered. The TD entry this year was quite low, with just 38 entries, UD 15 entries, CD 26 entries and veterans 11 entries.
STAKE: SPECIAL VETERAN
Judge: PHIL JACKSON
Tracklayers: Jackie, Kim, Jill and Chris
Many thanks to NWWTS for the invitation to judge the Veteran stake. To Ray lea for finding us some excellent land to work on, despite losing a lot of fields earlier in the week – a nightmare for him, I’m sure – and also for giving me a great team to work with. A big thank you to Sylvia, who put out the squares, Jackie, Kim, Jill and Chris, who laid the tracks; everybody worked together in the spirit of this event to give competitors a chance to work their dogs and have a good time. Thank you to the people at the base for organising the competitors to be at their tracks on time, and for the great food and drinks for us all. Judging a stake like this at your well run trial, with friendly, helpful people, was a real pleasure, and I would recommend it to anyone.
We had 9 teams on the day, with retired dogs aged from 7 – 15 years, who all went back to being 2 again as soon as they knew what was happening. The track was 730 yards, with 9 legs, on grass, and the weather was mainly dry but windy, making quite hard conditions, I thought, but, as usual, some dogs coped easily and some didn’t pick it up so well, but they all went off with a smile and a potato, which made everybody a qualifier!!
1st Judith Stamp with MILLIE, 15 year-old Crossbreed. What a star, oldest dog, tracked easily, found all the articles and enjoyed everything. First on and set us all up for a good day. Track 95/100, articles 40, square 60/60, Total 195/200.
2nd Hilary Morris with TOFI WIRL, 13 year-old Crossbreed. Another lovely dog and handler who made it look easy. 96, 40, 58, Total 194
3rd Hilary Morris with OTIS, 11 year-old GSD. Hilary again, enjoying working her dog, and a pleasure to judge. 94, 40, 58, Total 192
4th Maeve Weselby with TAY, 7year-old Lab. Tay’s tail never stopped wagging throughout. 97, 40, 49, Total 186
Dena Swift with MAGIC, 8 year-old Cocker Spaniel
Kath Woolley with MOSS, 8 year-old GSP
Jenny Holt with MEGAN, 12 year-old BC
Jain Douglas with REBA, 7 year-old GSD
Maeve Weselby with PURDEY, 9 year-old Lab.
Well done, and thank you to you all.
We thought it was interesting to see how every dog got the potato first and then left and worked round the very visible seed tray it was placed in until very much later, when it was retrieved. Also, the first three dogs were all in double figures and Crossbreeds – maybe we just need to get out more!
Judge: JOAN SNOWDEN
Steward: Sylvia Austin
Thank you to NWWTS for inviting me to judge. Many thanks to Ray Lea, and his band of great helpers, for running such an enjoyable trial, organising such good weather, and looking after me so well. Thank you Sylvia for stewarding for me and for your company.
The control field was excellent, short, level, dry grass. Most dogs made the square look easy, retrieving all three articles, but could I remind competitors that the nosework should not be watched until you have worked your own dog. The control was also of a very good standard, but the jumps and stays, as is often usual in CD, took some dogs out of qualifying marks. At the end of two days I finished with five well deserved qualifiers. Thank you all for entering under me, I hope you all enjoyed the test, and good luck in your future trials.
1st Margo Brothwell, TANGHAM LITTLE RYAN, Cross, 99.5. An excellent round, well done.
2nd Neil Green-Morris, EYLAURHOF NORIS AT TRI VOM NEL, Rott, 93.5. Again, a well controlled round.
3rd Trevor Christopher, DESMOND DINGO, Cross, 91.5. Well done.
4th Ken Coleman, PENCOME TOM, Cross, 86. Well done
Also qualifying CDEx,
Tracy Sinfield, TRACY’S LITTLE JEZEBELL, Cross, 80
Sharon Dunn, SIEGERSON NAPOLEON, GSD, 75
Judge: MALCOLM SNOWDEN
Tracklayers: Dave Bell and Arthur Ball
Steward: Jenny Holt
Thanks to NWWTS for inviting me to judge. My thanks to Ray Lea and his happy team for looking after me. To my tracklayers, Dave and Arthur, a big thank you, also to Jenny for laying the squares and stewarding the control.
The tracks were on grass, with Ray coming up trumps when the fields for us were sprayed (with s..t). The nosework was very good, with most dogs completing the track. I set a straightforward test for control, with Jenny guiding them throughout. UD ran over two days and seven teams qualified.
1st Karen Bexon, CHOCOLATE LITTLE MAN, ESS, 194.
2nd Laura Bardwell, POLLGINA JACKSON MCBRIDE, Lab, 193.5
3rd Glenys Page, BRIGLEN JOSS, BC, 191.5
4th Chris Stubbings, JOWVANESS WILD ACE AT GLENTRATA, GSD, 190.5
Also qualifying UDEx:
Graham Reaney, TARNEDGE ROUGH DIAMOND, Lab, 187. Also best nosework
Jenny Orchard, WILLOWY WHISPER OF TADMARTON, Lab, 187
Dot Boland, CONCENN XCALIBUR, GSD, 178
Congratulations to all qualifiers; the marks were very close. Thank you all for entering under me.
Judge: JOHN WYKES
Tracklayers: Tom Darby, Sue Ashby and Jeff Margreaves
Square Steward and C/A Scribe: Kate Wykes
Thank you to the society for asking me to judge, I had a wonderful time and was well looked after. With only 38 dogs entered we didn’t start until Wednesday, so nice not having to concentrate for a whole week. The tracklayers were brilliant and did a fantastic job, giving everybody a fair chance - without you our sport would cease to exist. Kate did her usual good job of laying the squares and scribing on the control day, plus keeping us all in order and organised - thank you.
Tracking was on grass, the weather was fairly good to us, with not too much rain, only showers, but a fairly strong wind for most of the trial. The tracking was very varied; some dogs found it straight forward and others struggled, there was no pattern to this either in the time of day or the pieces of land. We had nosework qualifiers from the morning and the afternoon tracks but not always on the same day, and no piece of ground proved un-trackable. At the end of the nosework we had 20 qualifiers.
So to the control… Control was also on grass, the weather was good, the field wasn’t overly big, so no long sendaway or redirect, so I set what I thought was a fairly straight forward test, without any intention of trying to catch out either dogs or handlers. I hope everybody enjoyed it, but I would have to say that in my opinion the overall standard was not brilliant, but enough of that. We finished up with 11 qualifiers at the end.
1st and CC Winner WTCh TYTRI LACE OF TRENTVALLEY, BC, B, Handler Mrs M Robinson. An excellent nosework round followed by a good control round proved far too good for the rest of the competitors on this occasion. TDEx, 208.5
2nd and Res CC SUNSHINE PIP, CDEx – WDEx, BC, B, Handler Mrs Pat Williams. A good round from this pair to give them the res CC. TDEx, 197
3rd INSTINCTIVELY PIPPA, TDEx, WSD, B, Handler Mrs Jane Webb. Jane was going to go home and not come back after the nosework, she didn’t think she had done enough; I persuaded her not to be so silly - I think she was glad in the end. TDEx, 196
4th LITTLE JODE, CDEx – TDEx, GSD, B, Handler Mrs J L Reed. A nice round from this pair got them into the places. TDEx, 194.5
Also qualified TDEx:
DREAGANTA SAMH, CDEx – TDEx, BC, D, Handler Mr J D Currie, 193
Ir WTCh COLLIEWOOD BROWN EYES BLUE, TDEx, WSD, B, Handler Mrs Diane Collie, 192.5
WTCh WAGGERLAND MURPHY, WSD, D, Handler Mr D W Marchant, 192
CORNDON TAFF AT GRELGANNA, CDEx – TDEx, BC, D, Handler Mr Roger Shrimpton, 189.5
WTCh CAFCOLL RON, BC, D, Handler Mr G Atkins, 185.5
ObCh RUSKATH OTHENTIC IMAGE, CDEx – TDEx, WSD, B, Handler Mrs Kathy Ingham, 182
HULLATER BROCK, CDEx – TDEx, WSD, D, Handler Mrs Jenny M Holt, 173
Thank you to all the competitors for entering under me and for accepting all my decisions. To those who qualified - well done; to those who didn’t, better luck next time.