Upottery, Championship Trial
- Championship Trial
- Trial Held: 05 July 2009
CD, UD, WD, PD Stakes
Judge: MAUREEN REGAN
Square and C/A Steward: Gill Lawrence
Thanks to Wessex Committee for inviting me to judge CD. My thanks to Brian Riste, the Trials manager, for putting on, as per usual, a well run trial. Big Thanks to the Ladies in the kitchen, especially Jackie West and Margery Lee, who were at base by 6.30 am!! Thank you for going out of your way to get me the special food in, so that I could eat. Yeah! To the numerous unseen others who beaver away behind the scene, without you the trial wouldn’t function as smoothly as it does - thank you.
Gill Lawrence was my Search and C/A Steward, and what a good job she did too! Thank you Gill, you were great company too.
The weather, thankfully, had cooled down a little bit by Friday and Saturday, though still sunny enough to get sunburnt, but the dogs coped well with the temperature, and the standard for CD was good. 29 entered, of which 26 ran, with 11 qualifying Excellent and 1 qualifying CD. A few of the dogs were what I would describe as “The Puppies”, just old enough to work and/or their first time out. What a delight to see them work so well. To all of the handlers thank you for allowing me to judge your dogs and accepting my decisions graciously.
1st Eva Carter, MY GIRL HEIDI, WSD, B, 94, Q CDEx. Heidi did you proud today, Eva. Well done, lovely round. I hope you found your handbag. Good luck with the rest of your trials.
2nd Sue Ashby, THE TITAN, BC, D, 93.5, Q CDEx. Well done, Sue, Titan didn’t look in the least bit fazed by the atmosphere. Super round.
3rd Brenda Nevard, REDFOR SPIN, WSD, D, 93.5, Q CDEx. Well done Brenda, creditable round, especially lucky as it took the 2nd attempt at the face of the scale for Spin today, but thankfully he did it. Super round.
4th Sue Martin, ASK ME NICELY, GSD, B, 92.5, Q CDEx. Jay did a lovely round in all groups. All your hard work paid off today Sue. I’m really pleased for you.
Also Qualifying CDEx:
Tony Lockyer, LAWNINICK COME N GET IT AT HARTSHILL, GSD, B, 89.5
Samantha Rawson, BATTERSEA’S BEST TO PELE, WSD, B, 87
Mary Hansell, NELLINKA WINTER STORM, GSD, D, 86.5
Chris Young, LLYNELLEN MEADOW SAGE, WSD, D, 86
Kevin Hill, VEKKA LADY, GSD, B, 85.5
Margaret Tarvit, HOOKSIDE DAMASZT, Hungarian Vizsla, B, 82.5
Lyn Brown, LAURINCO EBONY, Lab, B, 81
Adrian Quick, LAWINICK SLOW N EASY, GSD, D, 78
Judge: BARBARA RISTE
Tracklayers: Ann Clarke, John Hinds.
Search and Control Steward: Alan Lee
Thank you to Wessex for the invitation to judge the UD Stake. I must say a big thank you to both my tracklayers - all the tracks were laid on time and exactly as I requested. Also to my search and control steward - many thanks for your company and a job well done. Catering was again in the experienced hands of Jacqui West, ably assisted by Margery, Irene and Mary - thank you all, we were superbly looked after. Many thanks also to Liz Hickman who was the competitors’ escort for the week. Thanks also to Brian as Trials Manager for organising everything, including the dry hot weather. The tracking fields were a trialists dream, lush grass.
1st Pat Herbert and GLENALPINE MOO, BC. The marks speak for themselves - the track was poetry in motion. 200, Q UDEx. Well done, Pat and Moo.
2nd Gill Lawrence and BEKKIS BEKWEY MERRIDOWN, BC. A very good all round performance in all sections. 195, Q UDEX. Well done, Gill and Tigger.
3rd Brenda Nevard and REDFOR SPIN, WSD. Another very good all round performance in all sections. 195, Q UDEx. Well done, Brenda.
4th Andy Laws and LAWS LITTLE FRANKIE, Crossbreed. Another very nice round. 193.5, Q UDEx. Well done, Andy.
Also qualified UDEx:
S Williams and WAGGERLAND TOCKEE, WSD, 192
M Tarvit and HOOKSIDE DAMASZT, Hungarian Vizsla, 191.5
D Turner and MALTESER MARY, Lab, 191.5
S Hay and FOSVEK BROTHER LOUIE, Terveren, 190
L Watkins and STARSHOT BUCCANEER AT SZIKRAS, HWH Vizsla, 187.5
C Burgess and SPYCE IS NYCE AT CAROBILL, WSD, 186
C Bourne and MUNCHERS PRIDE, Lab, 185
M Tarvit and VEREKER NUN NICER, Hungarian Vizsla, 185
L Payne and LITTLE ROUGH RHINESTONE, Crossbreed, 184.5
F Stoneley and ORCA OF WESSEX, WSD, 181.5
P Jaques and EMM OF EMLEY, BC, 176.25
S Rawson and BATTERSEAS BEST TO PELE, WSD, 174
J West and SHEPALIAN TOFFEE CRISP, Australian Shepherd Dog, 173.5
D Assheton-Bowtle and ASHBOW KRAZY KIA, GSD, 173.5
Judge: VAL UPTON
Tracklayers: John West, Lindsey Poole, Jacqui Barron
Steward: Marjory Lee
Thank you to Wessex WTC for the invitation to judge the WD stake. Wessex has always been one of my favourite trials, so I was pleased to accept the invitation.
Thanks to Jackie West in the kitchen for the constant supply of food and water, and to Barbara and Brian for the very comfortable digs, and excellent meals.
The weather was very hot, but the long grass gave us some very good tracks to watch. Thank you to tracklayers John, Lindsey and Jacqui for braving the heat and midges and doing an excellent job, and to Marjory for stewarding the searches and then scribing the control. You were all good company, and made my job easy.
1st Wendy Donaldson’s SHEPALIAN PILLOW TALK, CDEx, WDEx, ASD, B, 190.5, Q. Track 81/20, Search 35, C/A 34.5, 20. Expertly handled by Suzanne Jaffa, a joy to watch.
2nd Judy Meekings and STYPERSON BRIG AT WINDLEBROOK, Lab, D, 190, Q. 85/20, 35, 35, 15. Lovely control round.
3rd Janet Parker and NEDLO TOP OF THE POPS, BC, D, 188.5, Q. 85/20, 31, 32.5, 20.
4th J. Hickson and ROSEMARINUS RAINBEAU, CDEx, UDEx, BC, D, Q. There were 2 on equal marks, but I gave fourth place to the dog with the higher track mark.
Bert Maynard, LAKATAMIA NOMI, CDEx, WDEx
Les Allen, ANTILLI BAZKO, GSD, D, 180
Caroline Martin, BINTIBN ARDESSIE, CDEx, UDEx, BC, B, 180
Suzanne Jaffa, AMBERSLADE BUCKANEER, CDEx, UDEx, ASD, D, 180
Lee Kane, TIGGERTOO WORKS LIKE A CHARM, CDEx, UDEx, Rott, D, 179.5
M and J Ward, WOLFHART WHAT A CRACKER, GSD, B, 179.5, handled by J Ward
Linda Reynolds, AMBERSLADE NIGHT HAWK, CDEx, UDEx, 175.5
Gill Lawrence, BEKKIS DULCIMER, CDEx, UDEx, BC, B, 173.5
I would like to thank the competitors for accepting my decisions, and for being such a friendly crowd.
Judge: LORNA COTTIER
Tracklayers: John West, Lindsey Poole
Search, C/A and Patrol Steward: Jean Cooke
Patrol Round Scribe: Liz Hickman
C/A Gate Steward and Escort: Mary Hassel
Criminals: Jon Hinds, Gareth Hinds, Adrian Quick, Ann Clarke, Maureen Regan
Thank you to Wessex for the invitation to judge and especially to Brian Riste as Trials Manager, who had it all so well organised. He even kept his relaxed attitude when my arranged childcare fell through at the last minute and I arrived with one small child in tow. Jill and I were very well looked after and we appreciated the hard work by Jacqui West, Marjorie Lee, Lindsey Poole and everyone at the Base.
What a great bunch of helpers in the stake – all very professional and everything done to such a high standard; myself and the competitors appreciated your time and efforts.
Two very special thank you’s must finally be said.
To Jean Cooke for chauffeuring us about, not arguing with me too much, being at my beck and call (her words not mine) and looking after us when I wasn’t judging; what a great time we had.
And to Mary Drewitt who came to watch Melvin compete but spent the weekend looking after Jill whilst I was judging, ensuring Jill had a wonderful time and was a very happy little girl (with a stress free mother).
The conditions for the stake were ideal. Tracking was a gift on the lush grass but articles not so easy to find. No dog got 2 and 4 though Jaff was close, locating the 4th article in the search just as time was called. Those articles were a wellington boot, thin 5” piece of wood, 6” rope and underlay.
Nine teams were entered, 7 ran and all were qualifying, in various degrees, for the patrol round. This started with the chase (sideways bite), followed by the test of courage, using 3 criminals who were then the search and escort. The quarter had two locations in it, the first in a shed and the other behind ferns on the field boundary. The recall was the final exercise.
The standard was good; quartering was the weakest exercise with some dogs easily distracted by the innocent criminals in the middle of the field and some handlers resorting to sendaway commands to move their dogs. Control was generally very good and there were some cracking locations with the dogs never losing focus on the criminals.
1st Ron Jaques and JAQ IN A BOX, BC, D, 282.5, Q PDEx. This team put in a very good round of nosework and C/A giving them quite a lead over most of the others. In the patrol it was a good joint effort between Ron’s excellent handing and a young, keen dog. Jaq made hard work of the quarter but he also showed great promise with his bites, commitment and general control. Should have a very good future in PD; very well done and what a way to gain his first PDEx. Best of luck at the KCC’s.
(n/w 105.5/115, Con 31/35, Ag 20/20, Patrol 126/150)
2nd John Wykes and WTCh FLYNNTASTIC RED JAFF OF TARNFORCE, BC, D, 280.5, Q PDEx. Having to play catch up after the nosework and C/A, this experienced team produced the best patrol round with very good control and commitment, solid bites and a super quarter (not mentioning too much the nibble on Ann on the location….)
(n/w 95.5, Con 25, Ag 20, Patrol 140)
3rd Wendy Beasley and WTCh GLENALPINE PHOEBE OF STARDELL, BC, B, 277, Q PDEx. Like John and Jaff, this team missed an article on the track, which again was very costly, as otherwise Phoebe put in a good overall round. Wendy was one of the few handlers to give decent challenges in the patrol round, rather than mutter in the direction of their dog.
(n/w 94, Con 30, Ag 20, Patrol 134)
4th Lauren Marlow and JOTUNHEIM KID, Mali, D, 266, Q PDEx. Very good nosework and C/A, this was another young dog that worked well with his handler’s guidance. Made hard work of the quarter and when he reached Ann, Dennis stayed with her but drooled instead of barked. Otherwise was totally committed to the criminals but still showed good control throughout the patrol round; another dog with a super future ahead of him.
(n/w 103, Con 30, Ag 20, Patrol 113)
Also Qualified PDEx:
Gary Martin and TYTRI ROY, BC, D, 261. (n/w 88, Con 29.5, Ag 19, Patrol 125)
Dean Woodcock and WTCh LAETARE LEFT IN THE DARK, BC, B, 253.5
Manda McLellan and ASTRA STORM, BC, D, 248