Lower Withington, Open Trial
TM, CD, UD, WD, PD Stakes
TRIALS MANAGER’S REPORT
Well this trial started with the threat of being washed out if you had taken notice of the weather forecast, but not here at the North West trial. We started on the Friday with a damp covering only to get better; the sun came out and it was a really nice day. But we had phone call after phone call to see if the trial was still on; I think we must have had a drought compared to the rest of the country. Saturday had a shower as did Sunday.
We had some lovely tracking land yet again, with a new control field right next to the base which we prize quite highly as it took a lot of hard work to get. Some people didn’t appreciate this, as twice they were asked to leave this field as it wasn’t a dog walking area. PLEASE take note and do not use trials land for dog walking - there is a big area in the woods.
Numbers were up in all four stakes, with 15 in CD, 31 in UD, 22 in WD, and 10 in PD, but the weather took its toll with competitors not wanting to risk travelling due to the weather.
Thank you to our judges - you set good tests - and to all the people who helped with running of this lovely trial. Thanks to Ken Coleman and Diane Cottrill for helping to take the electric fences down, also to Ken for buying the cakes and Rod Roberts for your kind donation to “Help for Heroes”. There really are too many people to thank in this report but many thanks to you ALL. Thank you to the competitors for entering at North West, and good luck to you all in the future.
Judge: JACKIE DYKES
Steward: Gill Armstrong
Thanks to the NWWTS for inviting me to judge at their Open Trial and to all the members who make it so efficient; Ray Lea, Trials Manager, Judith and Sylvia at base along with Pam, Jackie, Aileen and everybody else who does ‘turns’ in the kitchen. A huge thank you to Gill, who helped all the competitors and the judge through what was for many their first trial. It was a privilege to work with you all.
1st June Reed with SHADOWQUEST LEGACY, GSD, 99, COM. As the marks show, hardly a paw wrong by Buddy and experienced handler June - well done.
2nd Marg Williams with BRAKES APPLIED FOR, X-Breed, 97.5, COM. Another lovely round - Scooby gets better all the time and yet another steward who wants to take him home!
3rd Rosemary Smyth with BEELAHOLT KEZZY BEAST, BC, 94.5, COM. Very few mistakes by Kez and nicely handled by you, Rosemary.
4th Margaret O’Kane with LITTLE SPROUT, X-Breed, 91.5, COM. This dog has improved so much, and see what can happen when you overcome nerves, Margaret - a pleasure to judge you both.
The Best GSD Trophy (not winner) went to Cathy Williams with STORM FORCE OVER ISLA.
Judge: ANDREW FOX
Tracklayers: Kath Woolley, Jenny Holt, Arthur Ball
Steward: Lisa Fox
A big thank you to NWWTS for the invitation to judge the UD Stake at your Open Trial. A special thank you to Ray Lea and his band of helpers for running an excellent trial – it was a privilege to judge for 3 days. To my tracklayers, Jenny, Kath and Arthur, thanks for laying all the tracks as I had asked. Thank you to all the ladies in the kitchen for the excellent food, and a special thank you to the ladies running the base and sorting out my scores. Last, but not least, to my wife, Lisa, for stewarding for 3 days – thank you.
1st Rod Roberts and JEFF, 195. What can I say? The marks say it all. Full marks for the nosework, an excellent all-round performance. Good to see you back. Well done.
2nd Polly Thomas and ROSE, 192.5. Excellent all-round performance. Good luck for the future.
3rd Jan Sewell and BRYN, 186. Lovely control, only losing 1 mark, and full mark agility. A pleasure to watch and judge.
4th June Reed and BUDDY, 183. Slight blip on the track, but otherwise a really good performance. Well done.
Dave Bell and FINN, 177
Caroline Woods and LYRA, 174
Thank you to all the competitors for entering; it was a pleasure to judge you all.
Judge: KEN COLEMAN
Tracklayers: Terry Austin, Dave Bell, Kim Astbury, Chris Greenhalgh
Steward: Di Cottrill
Thank you to North West Working Trials Society for the invitation to judge the WD stake at your open trial.
Thank you to Ray Lea, who ran it with his usual expertise. The B&B for Di and me was great. The meals at the Black Swan on Thursday and Saturday were really enjoyable as was the meal at the base on Friday. The team spirit is really strong in this society and with Ray at the helm, everything runs smoothly.
To the ladies at the base - Judith and Sylvia - and in the kitchen - Pam, Jackie, Maeve, Aileen, Jan and Chris - thank you all.
Tracklayers Terry, Dave, Kim and Chris laid the tracks as asked and were great company. And last but not least, thanks to Di, who was my square and control steward. It may have been her first time but you would not have known as she gave clear and consistent instruction to all competitors.
Track articles were half a beer mat and 2.5” green hose.
Square articles were 2.5” x 5/8” leather, cork, horseshoe, emery board
1st Sue Ashby and TITAN, CDEx, UDEx, WSD, D, Q. Track 89/20, Square 33.5, Control 34, Agility 20; Total 196.5. Marks say it all.
2nd Julie Atkins and REG, BC, D, Q. 88.5/20, 34, 31, 19; Total 192.5. Well done.
3rd Sheila Tannert and TEAL, Lab, B, Q. 87/20, 33, 32.5, 19; Total 191.5. Well done.
4th Maeve Welesby and Gillie, Lab, D, Q, 83/20, 35, 27.5, 20; Total 185.5. Well done.
Sheila Margreaves and Coffey, GSD, 174.5
Jackie Hope and Bud, GSD, 170.5
All dogs had a good attempt at the test with only the send-away causing a problem for some. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of judging you and your dogs.
Judge: JOHN WYKES
Tracklayer : Linda Newbold
Square Steward and C/A Steward : Cath Phillips
PD Steward: Linda Newbold
Criminals: Tom, Vic and Anthony
Please accept my apologies for the lateness of this report. Thank you to the society for asking me to judge, I had a wonderful time and was well looked after.
1st Heather Cook, THAMESPOL ISSIE, GSD, B, 259, COM. Well done
2nd Mrs Rita Banfather, STARCO MY GUY OF BANNERSWAY, GSD, D, 237, NQ
3rd Mr Dave Olley, LITTLE RAYMOND, X, D, 226, NQ
4th Mr Bill Richardson, CAPER KALI, BSD, B, 222.5, NQ
Thank you to all the competitors for entering under me and for accepting all my decisions. To those who didn't qualify, better luck next time.