Upottery, Championship Trial
- Championship Trial
- Trial Held: 26 June 2016
Trials Manager’s Report
Our judges this year were Linda Newbold, TD; Charlie Taylor, WD and CD; and Janette Hickson, UD. Entries were good in all stakes, with fifty-nine teams entering TD. The weather was fairly kind to us - after a very wet first morning there was only the occasional light shower. I would like to say a very big thank you to the farmers for allowing the use of their fields, especially Malcolm and Jenny Lawrence for allowing us to use the large field for control and parking.
Tracking conditions were exceptionally good this year, hence the large number of nosework qualifiers across all stakes. Many thanks to the judges for their time and expertise - you all set great tests and were super company. I will leave it to them to thank and name their individual teams but my grateful thanks to all their tracklayers and stewards - you all did a fantastic job. Thank you to Lindsey Poole for putting up Linda, Tracey and Janette for the duration of the trial.
Next I must say a huge thank you to Margery Lee for all her hard work before and during the trial. She was responsible for producing the schedules, catalogues, certificates and prize cards. As if that wasn’t enough, she also organised the catering and kitchen staff rota. On that note I would like to say a big thank you to all the ladies and one gent who manned the kitchen throughout the week. It was the first time that many of you helped at a trial and I feel you should give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done. Our escort was again Tony Lockyer, who got everyone to their tracking fields on time. Another big vote of thanks is to Mary Hansell for sorting out all the finances and assisting with the scoreboards.
Another huge thank you goes to Barbara for cooking and delivering the evening meals to the hall for the judges and helpers. And of course the fabulous buffet she prepared for the forty-eight people who attended on the Saturday. She was presented a bouquet of flowers by John West, who thanked her for all her hard and was then given a huge ovation.
Lastly, congratulations to Julie Atkins and GLENALPINE PEG on wining the Ticket; good luck at the Kennel Club Championships and future trials.
Judge: JANETTE HICKSON
Tracklayers: Andy Lloyd and Les Theobald
Square and C/A Steward: Mary Hansell
Many thanks to Wessex Working Trials Club for their very kind invitation to judge the UD stake at their Championship trial. As usual Brian (Riste) manned the base, organised tracklayers and stewards, liaised with the farmers and all the 101 other things that go towards running a successful trial.
At base Margery Lee had taken on the role of kitchen rota organiser as well as shopping, doing certificates etc. There were so many kitchen “staff” over the course of the trial that I will not name them individually in case I miss someone out – but many thanks to each and every one who looked after me so well.
I was very fortunate indeed to have the experience of Andy Lloyd and Les Theobald as my tracklayers and my good friend Mary Hansell stewarded the squares and the C/A; having such a strong team to rely on enabled me to concentrate on judging knowing that every competitor was given the same chance to be successful.
Most importantly, thanks must go to the generosity of the farmers for the use of their land and, as usual, the land they had made avaiLable for the UD stake was superb. The Track articles were a 4.5 ins x 2 ins green scourer and 5 ins piece of green garden hose. The square articles were a black shotgun cartridge, half a wooden peg, 3 ins x 1.75 ins ribbed brown carpet and 3 ins x 2 ins piece of green artificial turf. All dogs completed the track with at least one article, the majority of dogs finding all the square articles. The control exercises were generally very well carried out, the jumps and stays proving a little too much for a few dogs on the day.
17 entries, 13 took part.
1st E. De Unger (Liz) with FLINTSFIELD FAITHFUL FELLA, Lab, D, 195.5, Q. Bahram is a lovely big black Lab who, in Liz’s very experienced and capable hands, hardly put a foot wrong and enjoyed himself immensely – it was a pleasure to watch this new team starting out.
2nd Peter Brooke with PACESCOTT NORTHERN SPY, Lab, D, 194.5, Q. Another black Lab, Quincy went around the track on rails and again was such a joy to watch - beautifully trained and handled. Another team to watch out for.
3rd Sue Atkin with MISS DELILA, GSD, B, 193, Q. Phoebe is a very nice shepherd; well trained and handled, she gave very little away in any of the exercises, just a few bits to tidy up; another it was a pleasure to watch.
4th J R and K A Wykes DREAGANTA XARYS STAR OF TARNFORCE, BC, B, handled by Kate, 192.5, Q. A sweet little collie, Star sailed through the nosework, hardly putting a foot wrong. The agility was a bit more challenging for her but with Kate’s sympathetic and encouraging handling she was successful.
Also qualifying were;
Nicola Durrant with PENDANTRY CHEEK TO CHEEK, GSP, B, 191
Sandra Lewindon with LITTLE MISS JYNX AT BRACOKELI, WSD, B, 186.5
Jill Kevis with MEADOWDALE SPIDER, ESS, D, 186
Margaret Tarvit with PATAKPARTI ANGELA, Hung Vizsla, B, 182
Jackie Withers with LIZLINE UKULELE GSD, D, 171.5
Thank you to all competitors for entering under me; I hope you enjoyed my test as much as I enjoyed watching you working your dogs.
Judge: LINDA NEWBOLD
Tracklayers: John West, Mark Lewindon, Jeff Margreaves, Lindsey Poole, Adrian Quick
Steward: Tracey Park
Thank you to Wessex WTC for the judging appointment and to Brian Riste and all his helpers for putting on such a lovely trial, and for all their hard work prior to and during the trial. Brian also manned the base and organized everyone perfectly, getting competitors to where they should be and on time. Thank you, Brian and Mary, for also doing such a great job on the Sunday at the control field, inputting all the scores after each competitor had worked and doing the certificates, which meant we all managed to get away before it got dark!! The numerous helpers manning the kitchen did a great job - thank you all for all your hard work keeping us all fed. A special thank you to Barbara Riste, who provided us with our evening meals at the base; she cooked everything at home and still managed to get it to us piping hot and delicious. Lindsey Poole opened her fabulous home to myself, Tracey and our dogs; thank you so much Lindsey, it was very much appreciated. Fletcher says say Hi to his pals the cows.
Thank you to my tracklayers for all your hard work and your great company; you all did a terrific job, as the number of nosework qualifiers proves. The weather varied over the week from cloudy, raining, windy and we did get some sunshine. The land was great and produced some very high scoring tracks, with 41 qualifying, so thank you to the farmers for allowing us to use it. Thank you to Tony for escorting the competitors through the week and making sure everyone arrived on time, and for being such a good sport as my personal stalker!! J Thank you to the stay stewards, Tracey, Charlie, Jeff, Sheila, Mary and John. A big thank you to Tracey for putting out all the squares and stewarding the control and for her great, totally mad, company all week and thanks to Tyne, Minx and the delightful Rhum for teaching Fletcher how to be a collie!!
1st Julie Atkins and GLENALPINE PEG, 214, Q. A pleasure to judge and to watch a super team work, and to see such a young dog enjoy working so much, great attitude. A lovely track followed by 4 from the square and then a fabulous control round gave this team a very well deserved win. Congratulations. Track 98/30, Square 32, Control 34, Agility 20.
2nd Gary Atkins and WTCh GLENALPINE PETE, 212.5, Q. Another super team to watch. Fabulous track and recovered all 3 articles and all 4 from the square. Nice control round. Congratulations and well done. 99/30, 33, 30.5, 20.
3rd Barry Gilbert and WTCh GLENALPINE COSWORTH, 209.5, Q. Great track from a very experienced team, followed by all 4 articles from the square and a nice control round. Well done. 98.5/30, 32, 30, 19
4th Gary Haim and LUPITOONZ SPACE RANGER, 208.5, Q. Gave us quite a scary moment on the track but made a fantastic recovery and recovered all 3 articles and all 4 from the square - super work from a young dog. Excellent control round, with the only full point sendaway of the day. Well done. 92/30, 33, 34.5, 19.
Also qualifying TDEx:
John Simpson with FAR CANAL FOSTER, 206
Sharon Carter with QUADET DANSA AT IVYMOOR, 205.5
Dave Olley with WTCh LITTLE RAYMOND, 203.5
Tony Lockyer with WTCh TRIPLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, 203
Pat Herbert with GLENALPINE FEN, 203
Joyce Tibbetts with VONHAUSWOLF MAUD, 202.5
Les Allen with TADMARTON ENZO, 199.5
Sarah Burroughes with TARNEDGE VELVET, 199
Ann Clarke with TADMARTON EVITA, 196.5
Pat Parkinson with WAGGERLAND MY SHADOW, 196
Lauren Marlow with JOTUNHEIM ELI, 194
Sheren Perez with KAEFFER KAL, 192.5
Kev Hill with JOYFUL JENSON, 192
Caroline Martin with GWYNION SOLL, 190
Tony Lockyer with ABBI BLACK AT HARTSHILL, 189
Jenny Orchard with TADMARTON EASTER LILY, 188.5
Dave Marchant with STARDELL PISCES, 188.5
Dean Woodcock with CORIES TEX, 180