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Venue: Rufforth
Trial Held: 08 September 2013



I would like to start by thanking the local farmers for their continued support in providing the land.  I would also like to thank the YWTS Committee for their support and help with the running of the trial; their help made the trial both enjoyable and successful.

The trial was held at Rufforth playing fields.  There were 10 WD, 14 UD and 5 CD entries.  All the teams which competed in CD said they enjoyed the experience; some of them were competing for the first time in Working Trials, which is still popular with new handlers, and I hope they continue enjoying the sport.

The UD and WD nosework was on stubble and quite a number of dogs found it difficult on the day.  All the control was held on the playing fields at the base.

A big thank you to the judges, Nigel Hines, WD Nosework, Malc Snowden, UD Nosework, and Joan Snowden, CD and C/A UD/WD, and their stewards for setting excellent tests and creating such a friendly atmosphere.

I would also like to thank Trials Secretary, Wendy Craven, for booking in and keeping everyone organized.  Thanks to Teresa Musgrave, Carol Grant and Stuart Holliday for doing an excellent job catering for the workers and competitors and helping at the base throughout the trial.  Thank you to our team of experienced tracklayers:- WD, Richard Musgrave and Jeff Margreaves; UD, Tom Mills and Pete Turner.

Two helpers who were not able to make the trial this year were Cath and Damian Chadwick.  Damian was seriously ill in hospital at the time; we wish Damian all the best and a speedy recovery.  

Lastly I would like to thank all the competitors who took time to say how much they enjoyed the trial.





Steward: Janine Atkinson

 Many thanks to Yorkshire WTS for the invitation to judge the CD stake. Thank you to Dave and Wendy and your team for organising such a well-run trial. Thank you, Janine, for stewarding the CD and the control in UD and WD.

There were 5 dogs entered in CD, of which 4 competed. All 4 were successful with the nosework, but unfortunately the stays and jumps left us with no qualifiers.

 1st Mrs Angela Moslin with COCAINE Z KOVARNY, BSD Terv, 77.5, NQ. So very nearly there, Angela – only needed 5 more seconds on the sit stay.

2nd Mrs Fiona Pinder with DIANDIE SUMMER ROSE, GSD, 76.5, NQ. Lovely control round.

3rd Mrs J Robinson with HONEYCOMB HOOVER, Lab, 69, NQ. Making a very good attempt.

4th Mrs A Hartley-Havers with ROSSI REV IT UP, ESS, NQ.

 Good luck to you all in future trials.




Tracklayers: Tom Mills and Pete Turner

Square Steward: Liz Mills


Thank you to Yorkshire WTS for the invitation to judge the UD nosework. Special thanks to Dave and Wendy for all your hard work organising the trial, and thanks to all the girls in the kitchen. And thank you to Liz for laying the squares and to Tom and Pete for tracklaying.

Tracking was on stubble and most dogs were well able to cope with it. I finished up with 3 qualifiers.

 1st Andrew Fox with STARDELL MUSCIDA, BC, 196.5, Q. Lovely nosework round – a joy to watch.

2nd Chris Greenhalgh with TESSA THE MESSA, ESS, 188, Q. A very nice round – well done to you both.

3rd Barrie James with LYRICHALINE TIME TO SHINE, BC, 181, Q. Well done, Barrie; nice to see your young dog working well

4th Jackie Withers with LIZLINE UKULELE, GSD, 171 NQ. Nearly there – it will come.

 Good luck to everyone in your future trials.





Tracklayers: Richard Musgrave, Jeff Margreaves

Steward: June Hines

 Thanks to Yorkshire Working Trials Society for the invitation to judge the WD Nosework and to Dave Craven, a very capable Trials Manager who, with his team of helpers, ran a well organised trial. Thanks to Wendy in the base and to Teresa and staff in the kitchen. My tracklayers were Richard and Jeff, and June laid the search squares – many thanks for your efforts and good company.

The tracking was on stubble, which looked quite good with a bit of green growth showing through. Although there were bales still in the field, they didn’t cause any problems. The tracks were laid just as I wanted and the tracklayers did their best to give the competitors a chance. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any qualifiers in the stake; I think that the conditions were harder than they looked or maybe some dogs weren’t quite ready for the hour and a half old track on this type of land, although the first three placed teams did make a good attempt.

To the competitors, I enjoyed judging your dogs and wish you good luck in the future.

 1st Irene Seymour with HAUSBAILEY KALAB, GSD, 174.5, NQ

2nd Carol Grant with DREAGANTA ROB ROY, BC, 137.5, NQ


4th Julie Paul with DIANDIE SUMMER STORM, GSD, 85.5, NQ



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