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Championship Trial
Venue: Hailsham
Trial Held: 12 March 2011



Tracklayers: Sandra and Mark Lewindon

Steward: Frances Webb

Due to the clash in dates with Crufts for a second year, the entry was not very high, which is a great shame.  Although the current venue is a long way south for many Trialists, the tracking ground generally produces very good results and you get a very warm welcome, especially from the catering department – namely Linda Allen.  Frances and Den Webb have gradually cultivated the Landowner over the years and now have their pick of the land for the SATS Trials.

I was very pleased to be asked by the SATS Committee to be asked to judge this Stake.  Thank you to them all for their help and support during a time that is particularly difficult for me at home.  Frances not only ran the Trial, but was a very competent search and control steward and Mr and Mrs Lewindon were accurate and precise tracklayers.  All three were good company as well making an informal and friendly atmosphere for the competitors.

My track pattern was the letter ‘F’, the first article being a 6" x ½" stick from a cob nut tree and the end article a piece of brown cord carpet 8" x 4".  The square articles were black felt and a square of cardboard both 3" x 2 ½" a piece of brown vinyl 1" x 4" and a rubber bullet 3.5" x 1.5" in diameter.  I wanted the dogs to have an enjoyable and successful time working my test.

Out of 4 entries, 3 participated and we ended up with 100% success rate - as I had requested at the outset!  All three competitors had clearly prepared their dogs for this stake and it showed in their quality of work and marks achieved.

1st Angela Sanders and MR MICKY MARVEL TO SZIKRAS, CDEx, WSD, D, 194, Qual.  Angela was overjoyed at Micky’s stay, having worked hard in this area.  I hope your operation is just as successful.

2nd Carole Brooke and TADMARTON DARK REMY, CDEx, Lab, D, 185, Qual.  Remy found the track just too easy, as is common with most gundogs at this level, with his attention wandering sometimes.  He is quite capable of reading the works of Shakespeare and we gave him "Thomas the Tank Engine" to read!

3rd Sue Russell with GLENALPINE DANNY, CDEx, BC, D, 172.5, Qual.  Sadly this dog found a stick as the first article, but not mine I’m afraid!  He did the most superb sendaway though.




Tracklayers: Dennis Webb, Mark Lewindon and Sandra Lewindon

Square Stewards: Friday, Carole Brooke; Saturday, Dave Green

C/A Stewards: Friday, Carole Brooke; Saturday, Karen Warner

Thank you to the SATS committee for inviting me to judge the WD stake. I had a lovely two days, staying overnight with Peter and Carole Brooke, whose hospitality I am most grateful for.  Thank you to Frances Webb for a well organised trial and for finding well grown winter wheat which was consistent for all the tracks.  Thank you to Linda for feeding us at base, especially for her Lemon Drizzle cake, and to Peter for running the base and doing the scores.

The weather was dry with quite a bit of sunshine though the wind was quite chilly.  I had one first time square steward, Dave - who I can now recommend for future trials - and two experienced stewards in Carole and Karen, and with Dennis, Mark and Sandra laying the tracks my life was made very easy.  Eleven dogs worked with three qualifying.

1st Robert Willatts with GOWRAN INDIGO EXTRA, CDEx - WDEx, FCR.  A little distracted in the heel work and retrieve - possibly by the lake, but a lovely track and perfect square.  Congratulations.

2nd June Coutts with CRADBRIDGE BILL, CDEx, UDEx, Lab.  A good track and 3 out of the square following a lovely control round.  A pleasure to watch.

3rd Les Allen with Linda Allen’s GARRETHALL QUENYA, CDEx, UDEx, Lab.  An enthusiastic bitch with potential.  A good round for a young dog, if occasionally lacking concentration.  Well done.

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