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Venue: Linwood
Trial Held: 06 February 2016



Stakes: UD and WD


Tracklayers: Jo Magness and Adrian Quick

Stewards: Mary Drewitt and Sue Johnson

My thanks to the society for the opportunity to judge the UD and WD stakes.  Also to Melvin and Mary for organising and managing the trial and to Val Thomson for running the base, supported by Rosemary Turner, checking scores and writing certificates.   My thanks to Gavin and Val for the use of their paddock, loos, hot drinks, Aga (drying my jacket) and for giving up your lunch, Gavin, so that Mary and I could have hot homemade tomato soup.  We were so wet and cold!!  Not forgetting Janet Parker, who walked miles to find us with our nosebags that she had prepared earlier - thank you.

Jo Magness and Adrian Quick tracklaid all 3 days on both stakes.  The tracking ground was flooded, the wind was gale force and it poured with rain most of the time - how they were able to stand up, let alone walk the tracks, was nothing less than heroic!!  I can’t thank them enough.  Mary Drewitt also braved the weather for 2 days’ search stewarding and scribing the C/A.  Thank you, Mary, it was awful, wasn’t it?  Mustn’t forget to thank Sue Johnson, who was ‘blooded in’ on Saturday by search stewarding and scribing for the first time, and never making a mistake.  Watch out, Sue, they will be booking you for the championship!!

Lastly, I thank Barbara Brown, owner of the very English Marigold Hotel, for a wonderful 3 days with breakfast entertainment and a novel way of waking my husband in the morning.  Perhaps slipping into a negligee first would have been more fitting.

WD Stake:

WD was on Thursday afternoon and Friday; most of the dogs completed the track, but all bar 3 went out on the C/A for one reason or another.  But what a 3!!  All Leamington club members with very young dogs.  Super nosework and cracking C/A rounds.  They are in a different league.

1st           Pattie Herbert with GLENALPINE FEN, 191, Q.  Calm and quiet handling, well worthy of 1st place

2nd         Sue Ashby with THE ZETA, 181.5, Q.  Another calm handler, super to watch.

3rd          Julie Atkins with GLENALPINE PEG, 175.5, Q.  Well done, Julie, I know the problems you had only a few months ago.

4th          Barbara Brown with EVA PARNASSUS’ MUSE, NQ.  What a shame, it was only the jumps that knocked you out.

UD Stake:

UD was on Saturday.  Everyone completed or almost completed the nosework section, but once again all bar 2 went out in the C/A, mainly jumps and stays.

1st           Gavin Thompson with TRACELYN ASHLEA, 185.5, Q.  Gavin says she can now retire after doing the jumps in her own paddock!  She got UD in the end!!  Well done!

2nd         Ruth Payton with KALIAZAR CHAOS, 182, Q.  Beautifully handled by Ruth, only dropping 1 mark on control.

3rd          Gary Martin with ONION SARGIE, NQ.  What a shame he broke the stay.

4th          Rosemary Turner’s KHAMYSKER ROULETTE, handled by Mary Drewitt, NQ.  Oh, but for the stay, Mary!!

I would like to thank all the competitors for accepting my decisions.  You were a lovely bunch and for those who didn’t qualify, remember there is always another trial on another day.  It’s all character building, they say!!


Stake: TD


Tracklayers: Len Newman and Lindsey Poole

Steward: Rita Banfather

Thank you to Mary and Melvin and to the Society for the invitation to judge, to Barbara Brown for lovely relaxed and comfortable accommodation for me and my dogs, and to Jan Parker for keeping us supplied with food and drink.  Much appreciation also goes to Val Thomson and Rosemary Turner, who processed the marks and wrote certificates, Gavin Thomson, who organised the jumps and Melvin, who held all the strings, rounded up stray competitors, and generally had a finger on the pulse keeping everything running smoothly.

To my tracklayers, Len and Lindsey, and my steward, Rita – well, I couldn’t have done it without you.  It became quite an endurance test as the weather was not kind; the wind blew and the rain rained, our nice parking space disappeared under water, we all got stuck and had to push each other out, but we survived, the tracks got laid, most of the articles got picked up again.  But you all did a brilliant job, to the best advantage of the competitors.   I really enjoyed your company, and very much appreciated the trouble you took to make things run smoothly under difficult conditions.

There were 19 entries and 17 ran.  Nuff said about the weather!  Competitors, you were wonderful, unfailingly cheerful, everyone gave it a good go, and at the end we had just one qualifier.

1st           Charlie Taylor with GLENALPINE NIKKI, CDEx – WDEx, BC, B, 192 COM.  Well, what can I say? An experienced handler and a gutsy little dog, both determined not to be beaten by the conditions.  Watching you work together to complete the track and confirm the qualification absolutely made my weekend.  Well done.                                                                 

2nd         Brenda Nevard with I SPYDA SPIDER, CDEx – WDEx, WSD, B, 118.5, NQ.  Brenda and Spider produced a nice control round and jumps, got part way round the track but sadly came to grief and didn’t finish.                                                                                                                     

3rd          June Coutts with TADMARTON ESTELLE, CDEx – WDEx, Lab, B, 105, NQ.  June and Ripple had a bit of a misunderstanding on the sendaway, but the rest of the C/A was nice – sadly did not complete the track.                                                                                                              

4th          Sue Zackheim with COOL HAND FLOOK, CDEx – WDEx, X, D, 98.5, NQ.  Sue and Flook had one or two differences of opinion when he thought he might go hunting instead of concentrating on his control round; however, this was sorted out and they then produced a good set of jumps and did their best with the track in the pouring rain.  Sadly, it wasn’t to be. 


Thank you to all competitors.  I enjoyed meeting you all and watching your dogs work. 


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