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Venue: Ringwood
Trial Held: 04 March 2009

UD, WD Stakes



Square Steward: Gerry Parker

Tracklayers: Mary Drewitt, Le Newman

Control Steward: Le Newman

My thanks to Melvin and Mary Drewitt for unleashing me on the 5 UD competitors. Also to Gerry for the company and care in laying the squares, and especial thanks to Le for remembering the things this novice judge forgot! After the pre-Trial torrential rain things settled down, with only a few inches of snow surrounding the Forest overnight.

Mary and Le deftly reworked my track pattern around the lagoons in the heather; to good effect as most handlers were dragged round in under 10 minutes. The search squares were less impressive, as indeed, sadly, were most control and agility rounds. Too many dogs appeared to be not ready for all the exercises - handlers should remember that your dog is still being trained at a Trial, you’re just not in charge of that training! The exception was June Coutts’ Reuben, who did very steady nosework and excellent control. Qualification was snatched away at the jumps (where have I heard that before?).

1st June Coutts and CRADBRIDGE BILL, Lab, 185, NQ. Reuben was a star for you today, congratulations.

2nd Felicity Veazey and VANISTICA RAINBOW SEEKER, BSD, 157.5, NQ. Inca made light of the worst tracking ground - keep at it.

3rd Stella Richards and FERNHAVEN SHESADELIGHT, BC, 157, NQ. Sadie blitzed the track, great attitude.

4th Mary Hansell and NELLINKA WINTER STORM, GSD, 121.5, NQ. Good control round, work on those articles and you’ll get there.




Tracklayers: Pippa Bentham, Gavin Thomson

Steward: Val Thomson

My thanks to Poole Committee for inviting me to Judge at this trial, to Melvin, who, as Trials Manager, kept everything running smoothly, ensuring that everyone was in the right place at the right time. The ladies in the kitchen who kept us all fed and watered; my tracklayers, Pippa and Gavin, who coped with some rather large pools of water in unexpected places, but still managed to lay all the tracks as I wanted; Val Thomson laying all the squares, and stewarding for me for the C/A - thank you all. They all worked hard to give each competitor the best possible chance.

We were lucky with the weather on the Wednesday, sunny and reasonably warm. Tracking was on mainly ankle length heather, but the ground was very wet with standing water, not the easiest of conditions.

1st Chris Gregory and CASSOP DANNY, GSD, Q, 187. Lovely nosework, 2 and 4. Freddie held it together in the C/A, just needs to tidy bits and pieces. Well deserved win. Well done.

2nd Lindsey Poole and MORROW BILBY, GSD, NQ, 172.5. Lovely nosework 2 and 4, only 0.5 behind Freddie. Tia did a tidy control round, but the sendaway needs a little work. Unfortunately the scale wasn’t to be today, but I know this is a work in progress and I’m sure it won’t be too long in coming. Good luck in the future.

3rd Rosemary Turner and KHAMYSKER KWIK KRACKER, GSD, NQ, 148. Kwiks tracked nicely for most of the track, then made an unfortunate error. Nice control round, with the best sendaway of the day, only lost 0.5 on the jumps. Good luck in the future.

4th Gill Lawrence with BEKKIS BEKWEY MERRIDOWN, BC, NQ, 102. Tigger worked hard at the track, and got half way round - Mum was well pleased. Best heelwork of the day. Good luck in the future.

Thank you to all the competitors for entering under me; it was a pleasure to watch your dogs. To those who didn’t qualify today, bad luck, but persevere, you all are capable of gaining this qualification.

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