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Championship Trial
Venue: Linwood
Trial Held: 28 September 2013



Steward: Brenda Nevard

I would like to thank Poole DTS, and in particular Melvin and Mary Drewitt, for the invitation to judge the above stake and for running such a relaxed, yet efficient trial.  A very special thank you to my steward, Brenda Nevard, who did a superb job, put everyone at ease and was great company.  Thanks also to Mark Deacon of Toms Farm for allowing us to use his land for the control field.

Special thanks to Mary Drewitt, who mucks in to help with just about anything, and also heads up the superb team in the kitchen, too many to name individually, keeping both the helpers and the competitors fed and watered.  They also provided meals at the end of each day - they all work so well as a team, many thanks.

We had 11 entries and 8 ran, with quite a mix of breeds which was good to see.  Great dogs, all of which have the potential to do well in the future as the newer handlers gain confidence and experience.  I couldn’t have wished for a nicer group of competitors.

1st GLENALPINE TOSCA, BC, handled by Lorna East, 87, Q CDEx.  A very calm little dog until she enters the square - three articles very cleanly out in 47 seconds.  I know the jumps have been a challenge but she did enough today.  Well done on qualifying CDEx.

2nd TARNEDGE ACT OF FAITH, Lab, handled by Angela Fields, 84.5, Q CDEx.  Another very clean and efficient square, with full mark jumps; heelwork cost you dearly on the day but then there is always something to focus on.  Well done on qualifying CDEx.

3rd TRACELYN NICOLE OF BRUSHBOW, GSD, handled by Lynn Harrison, 73.5, Q CD.  Very frustrating for Lynn; generally a good round, with a few areas to tidy up but let down on the sendaway, which proved really costly.  Did a perfect one after the test was completed - I guess you are going out to buy some orange poles!

4th AMBERSLADE MARGARITA, ASD, handled by Wendy Donaldson, 88.5, NQ.  This was the first ever trial for "Bumble", who did a very strong and clean round, right the way through to the jumps; unfortunately needed a second attempt on the long and failed the return over the scale. Wendy finished on 88.5 points but unfortunately the jumps cost a qualification.

One special mention for Jade Lindsey and her young GSD bitch, Mercy.  This was their first trial and despite being extremely nervous Jade held it together to do a great round, with a clean set of jumps and overall tight control, but unfortunately failed the down stay at 9 minutes, missing out the control qualification by 1 point.  That said, both dog and handler have so much potential for the future.

I hope you all enjoyed yourselves; it was a pleasure to watch you and your dogs.  Good luck for the future.



Judge: RAY LEA

Tracklayers: Len Newman and Gavin Thomson

Stewards: UD, Val Thomson; WD, Janet Parker

Many thanks to Melvin and Mary Drewitt and the committee of Poole and DDTS for the invitation to judge the UD and the WD stakes at their recent championship trial.  Thanks also to Len and Gavin for tracklaying both stakes - not easy on the heather but they laid all tracks perfectly; to Val for stewarding the search and C/A for UD and to Janet for doing the same for the UD and for your lovely company - thank you so much.  To the catering ladies, thanks for all your hard work cooking for all the competitors throughout the week - not an easy task from a caravan, - and to everyone who cooked the evening meals.  What a brilliant job you all did - fantastic.  To all at the trial who made me most welcome - you were all great company, I had a wonderful time.

Special thanks must go to Janet and Gerry Parker for looking after me and my dogs in their lovely home and taking us on long walks before breakfast.  To June Coutts - thank you for the use of your jumps and land for the control. 

Well, it’s the first time I’ve been in this area and what a wonderful place to run a trial; horses, cattle, donkeys, pigs, deer all there but with very little interference to the tracking.  Tracking was on heather of varying length.  The weather was very kind to us, damp in the morning sunny in the afternoon.  WD was run on Tuesday and Wednesday and UD followed on Thursday and Friday, using the same ground.  The early tracks fared better on the long heather; having said that, one from each stake did really well on the later tracks, as the result show.

Thank you again to everyone who took part at this lovely trial.


1st Brenda Nevard with I SPYDA SPIDER, WSD, B, 195.5, Q.  Well, this result says it all.  A very good nosework round, only losing half a point, followed by a very polished control round.  Well-deserved win.

2nd Sue Main with JAZZ THE JOKER, WSD, D, 175.5, Q.  A steady round, well done.

3rd Nicky Prescott with WAGGERLAND TWINKLE, WSD, B, 174.5, Q.  A nice round from a nervous Nicky.  Well done.

4th Gwen Robinson with FRANCILLIAM BARNEY, GSD, D, 163, Q.  Nice to see someone new.  Well done, keep it up.

5th Bob Burns with GUN WHARF JACK, Lab, D, 162, Q.  Well done, Bob.  Shame the horses interfered, but you did it at last.


1st Angela Sanders with MR MICKY MARVEL TO SZIKRAS, WSD, D, 174.5, Q.  Well done, Angela.  Tracked well on the short stuff.

2nd Carole Brooke with TADMARTON DARK REMY, Lab, D, 167.5, Q.  Again on the shorter heather.  Well done.

3rd Maurice Millington with GLENALPINE JUD, BC, D, 188, NQ.  Brilliant nosework, only losing half a mark on the track; shame about the scale.

4th Brenda Nevard with REDFOR SPIN, WSD, D, 169.5, NQ.  Well done, another good track.

Good luck to you all at future trials




Tracklayers: Lindsey Poole, Rob Bracey-Wright, Pippa Bentham, Melvin Drewitt

Steward: Cathy Bracey-Wright

It was a great thrill for me when I received the invitation to judge the TD at Poole, as it was the first venue, many years ago, when I judged my first Ticket; it really felt like I was going home, especially as there are still a number of helpers who were there then and still with their sense of humour - my ribs still are tender, Len Newman, bullets supplied by Melvin Drewitt and John Reynolds.  My thanks to Mary for keeping us under some sort of control and for all the support that Mary gives Melvin in running a very happy and friendly trial - a good footprint for others to follow.

Mary also heads a team of caterers, Barbara, Sue, Le, Carole, plus anyone else who enters the kitchen.  Tea and cakes appear as soon as you sit down and all the superb evening meals for 12+ were catered for.  Thank you to you all and apologies to anyone that I have missed.

A big thank you to Cath, who laid all the squares very professionally, never once making a mistake with wind direction or losing an article, even in some areas where the heather was quite deep.  Cath also was my steward and scribe in the control round - once again a big thank you for putting up with me all week, my wife said that couldn’t have been easy!

What can one say about my tracklayers - fog is a great leveller and to have to walk 2000 yards just to find the path next to the dual carriageway is heroic by anyone’s standard.  I hear you cry, "Compass", but that also in fog does not tell you where the trees and gorse bushes are; however, with all the problems that confronted them the tracks were superb and accurate, which makes my job easier, so a big thank you to Lindsey, Rob, Pippa and Melvin.

My final thank you goes to Le Newman, not only for running the base but for confirming the phrase, "I didn’t recognise you with your clothes on" - you made an old man very happy.

I set the track as to be reasonably straightforward, as I have experienced that the forest can take its toll, which it did, but those that failed must take heart that on another day they can be on the same track on the same piece of land and qualify very well.  My first article was a 4 inch pine cone, second a 1.5 inch square of bath mat and finally an 8 inch length of garden cane; only the cone was missed on a number of occasions for those who did the track.  The square articles were another 1.5 square of bath mat, a giant Q-tip, a knotted 4 inch garden twine and a Yale key; only 2 competitors gained 4 out of the square but only one with 3 and 4, who was my eventual winner.  This was all achieved on the day that the temperature reached 26 degrees.

I would also like to thank the three unsung heroes, namely the non-qualifiers, who allowed me to set and see the control in advance and all were excellent.

1st Gary Haim with WTCh WAGGERLAND DILEMMA, WSD, 201, Q.  A good track and although Flynn lost 11 marks, getting 3 and 4 proved to be the clinching of this Ticket.  With only a few marks lost on the control they were very worthy winners.  Good luck at the KCC’s.

2nd Tony Lockyer with TRIPLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, CDEx – TDEx, WSD, 191.5, Q.  The result could have been a lot closer apart from a small hiccup with the square, however I’m sure that as Bob gains more experience he will be another dog from Tony’s camp winning Tickets.  Congratulations on the Reserve.

3rd Sue Ashby with THE TITAN, CDEx – TDEx, WSD, 188.5, Q.  One of my favourite teams around because Titan’s work is a joy to watch.  However, Sue helped him with the first track article then 3 out of the square; Titan then produced one of the best control rounds of the day.  With a little more luck he will be winning.

4th John Wykes with KIPCROFT RED KYLE OF TARNFORCE, CDEx – TDEx, BC, 187.5, Q.  This team gained 4th by having a sound nosework round despite John’s great discomfort with his knees.  Kyle showed great tenacity and finished with 3 and 3.  With a better control round you will soon be challenging for the top.

Also qualifying TDEx:

Ann Shepherd with LITTLE MISS LOTTIE, CDEx – TDEx, X-Breed, 187.5.  A little better luck in the square and Lottie will be there!

Wendy Magyar with GLENALPINE TED, CDEx – TDEx, BC, 187.  Would have been a lot different if Ted had the third track article.

Ruth Payton with CORIES BLAZING STAR AT KALIAZAR, CDEx – TDEx, BC, 185.5.  A couple of little mistakes to iron out, but Luna will soon gain more TDEx s.

Joyce Tibbetts with VONHAUSWOLF  MAUD, CDEx – WDEx, GSD, 181.5.  This was Kari’s first TDEx but I’m sure it won’t be the last.

Tony Lockyer with WTCh DOUBLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, WSD, 180.5.  Not the best of luck on the nosework but Gyp did his best with the conditions.

June Coutts with CRADBRIDGE BILL, CDEx – WDEx, Lab, 177.  With the highest track mark Rubin well deserved his first TDEx.

Sheila Margreaves with SHADOWQUEST KANE, GSD, 177.  Coffey was the third dog to be first timers in this stake; it was also deserved. 

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