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Championship Trial
Venue: Ringwood
Trial Held: 27 September 2008



Tracklayers: Brian Page and Gavin Thomson

Steward: Janet Parker

I would like to thank the Committee of Poole and District DTS for the invitation to judge the UD Stake.  Thank you to Trials Manager Melvin, and to Mary, for running a very friendly and well organised trials.  Our thanks to Rosemary Turner for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home; we really enjoyed your company.

Although there were only five entries, the standard was very good.  Gavin and Brian laid the tracks just as I asked in the ankle deep heather – this led to a high success rate.  Thank you to both of you.  I would like to thank Janet for stewarding both squares and control, and for being great company, and to June Coutts for the use of your lovely farm and fields for the control.

1st Mary Prentice with MOUNTLOCHAN LAIRD O’LEYS, BC.  This dog came out with commitment.  He went round on rails, only missing the first article.  He then went on to work an almost perfect control round, losing only five marks for two attempts at the long jump.  185, Q.  Well done.

2nd Angela Sanders with STARSHOT BUCCANEER AT SZIKRAS, HWV.  This team also had a good nosework round.  Unfortunately Tyler is so laid back that he needs a few commands to register that he has to jump first time!  179.5, NQ.

3rd Bert Maynard with LAKATAMIA NOMI, GSD.  Rio worked a nice track, but was tiring when he worked the square, losing a few marks.  If only he had attempted the sendaway, it would have been a different result.  174.5, NQ.

4th Gill Lawrence with BEKKIS DULCIMER, BC.  Toffi worked a good track; even though she had the company of two horse riders and their uncontrolled dogs at one stage, she continued to work when many dogs would have lost their concentration.  Pity about the square though!  She did a nice control round, but a bit more work is needed on the sendaway – I’m sure it won’t be long before she masters this.  158.5, NQ.

Thank you all for entering, and I hope you all do well in the future.


Stake: WD

Judge: Anne Bussey

Tracklayers: Arthur Jeal (Tues, Wed, Thurs), Rob Bracey-Wright (Tues, Wed, Thurs), Paula Harvey (Tues).

Square Steward and scribe: Gary Squires (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

I would like to thank Poole DTS for inviting me to judge the WD stake at their championship trial this year. This is always a super trial and many thanks go to trial manager Melvin Drewitt and the band of helpers who contribute to make things not only flow smoothly but become good fun. As always it is a pleasure to judge for this society. Thanks for superb food to Mary, Sue, Kath and Carol who manage to feed the five thousand in the awning and keep up the humour! Brilliant – thanks.

Thanks of course go to my three experienced track layers, Arthur, Rob and Paula not only for laying the tracks but going back to recover the articles in the majority of cases. Pride and rivalry would not allow them to leave an article out there even on the last day but I did spoil Rob’s fun by telling Arthur we had recovered one of his track articles – Rob thought it would be much more fun to leave him looking until dark! With friends like that…

First time square steward Gary, was very conscientious and great company. Gary also acted as scribe for me on the control field. I know you felt you learnt a lot from watching the dogs over three days Gary (even on your birthday) and you were a great help. Many thanks.

All told, you were a brilliant team and great company – my thanks to each and every one of you.

We had 20 entries and two these scratched. There were a mixture of breeds entered; 7 GSDs 4 Labs, a Rottie, 1 FCR, 1 Gordon, 1 Crossbreed and 5 collies. The tracking looked good but many dogs struggled for no apparent reason, the majority coming unstuck before reaching the first article. Only one dog got all four out of the square (unfortunately this dog came off the track about half way round) but no article proved to be particularly evasive. The smallest often being the first out!

We saw some lovely nosework rounds and some super control rounds however few dogs did both! We did have some "if only" moments. This left us with just two dogs gaining WDex and one WD only. Thank you all for your entries and well done to everyone who gave it their best shot. Better luck next time to those who fell by the wayside.

1st Mrs. Sheila Tannert and STYPERSON EBONY CDex – WDex (Lab) 178.5 Q.

EBONY made the tack look easy and Sheila’s experience shone through to secure this qualification and win. Congratulations!

2nd Mrs. Judy Meekings and STYPERSON BRIG AT WINDLEBROOK CDex – WDex. (Lab) 166.5 Q. BRIG had breathing difficulties whilst tracking and at one point I thought he was going to collapse. However he managed to get round and then went on to do a very good C&A. Congratulations Judy.

3rd Mrs. J. Parker and NEDLO TOP OF THE POPS (B/C) 153.5 WD only. ECHO worked really hard to get round the track and only got 2 out of the square. He did a creditable C&A but just not quite enough points overall to gain that Ex.  Better luck next time Jan.

4th Mrs Liz Hickman and WOLFHART TOUCH OF GOLD (GSD) 131 NQ. Unfortunately JAY lost the track just before the first article thus preventing a qualification today. Another good control round with full point agility. I was particularly impressed by this dog’s heelwork. Better luck next time Liz.




Tracklayers: Len Newman, Lindsey Poole, Barry Harvey

Search Stewards: June and Le Newman

Control Steward: Lindsey Poole

Thank you to Poole for the invitation to judge the TD Stake in the New Forest, and to Mary and Melvin Drewitt for running the trial, and for their hospitality.  Mary and Melvin were assisted by a fine band of helpers, who, amongst other things, cooked dinner every evening for a considerable number of people involved with the trial.

The weather was very consistent over the four tracking days, with no rain, and so it was the forest that took its toll.

There were 35 dogs entered, of which 32 worked.  We saw some fine tracks and 14 dogs completed the track, although 6 of them only managed to recover one article.

The control was on a clearing in the forest and the spectators created a lovely atmosphere, applauding every competitor after their round.

1st Gary Atkins with WTCh CAFCOLL RON, BC, 202, Q.  Leading after the nosework, a nice competent control round resulted in a worthy winner.  Well done, Gary.

2nd Anne Fowler with WTCh WAGGERLAND FLOSS, BC, 199, Q.  Tying for third place after the nosework, Floss put in another nice control round.  Well done, Anne.

3rd Margaret Robinson with WTCh TYTRI LACE OF TRENTVALLEY, BC, 198.5, Q.  Tying with Anne after the nosework, with all track articles recovered.

4th Tony Lockyer with WTCh DOUBLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, WSD, 192, Q.  Missed search articles were costly this time.  However a full mark sendaway and redirection made a difference.

Also Qualifying:

Gavin Thomson with CONCENN XANADU, GSD, 190.

Sue Redshaw with MEADOWMILL TRAVIS, Lab, 180


Finally, a big thank you to the three tracklayers, who did an excellent job on the forest, along with my search stewards, June and Le.  Then there was Lindsey, who had the unenviable task of stewarding a slightly unorthodox control round.  Lindsey took this in her stride, and did another excellent job.

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