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Venue: Rufforth
Trial Held: 09 September 2007

Trials Manager’s report

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. There were 14 WD, 17 UD and 6 CD entries. It was good to see new handlers at the Trial and I hope they continue enjoying the sport.

The tracking was on dry stubble and quite a number of dogs found it hard going. CD and UD, WD Control was held on the playing fields at the Base.

A big thank you to the Judges: Pete Morley, WD, Sheila Margreaves, UD and Yvonne Carpenter, 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, Cath Chadwick, for booking in and keeping everyone organized. And Wendy Craven and Gaynor Parkin for doing an excellent job catering for the workers and competitors throughout the trial. Thank you to our team of experienced tracklayers: WD, Jeff Margreaves and Dave Stewart; UD, Mick Cammidge and Damian Chadwick; escort to tracks, Derrick Firth

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

David Craven


Stake: CD, and WD and UD Control and Agility


Steward: Eric Carpenter

Thanks to YWTS for this judging appointment. Dave Craven and his team ran a lovely relaxed trial and even laid on good weather for us. Thanks to Wendy and Gaynor, who supplied excellent refreshments, and to Cath for running the base. Thanks, Dave, for making sure we had everything we needed and that everything ran smoothly. Finally, thanks to Eric, who stepped in at the last minute to steward for me both days – once we’d stopped arguing he did a brilliant job!

I enjoyed my weekend and there were some lovely dogs entered, but competitors do need to pay more attention to training of the control section. Marks were mostly lost on heelwork for handlers walking much too slowly in normal and fast pace, and on retrieve for slow return with the dumbbell. Sendaways were for the most part excellent.


1st           Carol Robertshaw and KENMILLQUIN APPOINTMENT, GSD, D, 89.5, COM. After a little bit of a messy square and retrieve, Max pulled himself together with a lovely control round, just losing on the sendaway and casual fouling of the long jump. Well done.

2nd         Barry Gilbert and IATKA FOLLOW THAT STAR, Std Poodle, D, 88, COM. Fred worked a lovely square and retrieve, and an excellent control, round losing just 0.5 on the sendaway. He managed to do the sit stay, but decided to join Barry and the other handlers for the down stay. Good luck with him, Barry.

3rd         Kim Astbury and BIG TROUBLE LITTLE CHINA, BC, B. 81.5. China completed an excellent square and control round, only the jumps stopping her from gaining a COM. She’s lovely, Kim – just get her confident with the jumps and she’ll be flying through the stakes.

4th          Ian Bocock and WILLOW OF KENWICK, GSD, B, 73.5. Just bits and pieces generally that need working on with Willow, with the jumps proving very expensive. HW and recall were good.


1st           Nick Williams and SUNSHINE ANTIC, BC, B, 191.5, COM. Antic and Nick lost bits and pieces on the control round and had a good agility round.

2nd         Pat Williams and SUNSHINE PIP, Xbrd, B, 185.5, COM. Pip and Pat worked an excellent control round, just losing 1 on heelwork, but a second attempt at the long jump lost marks.

3rd         June Reed and KENMILTON DANCING LEGEND, GSD, D, 176. Scooby lost bits and pieces on the control round and then decided he’d try several different positions on the down stay.

4th          Dave Cutler and CALLISAE MYTEE MAJESTIC, Weim, D, 169. Etta and Dave had an excellent control round losing only 0.5 on HF and 0.5 on sendaway. Second attempts at scale and long proved too expensive. Hard lines – Etta’s improved so much since I stewarded for her earlier in the year; I’m sure it won’t be long before you’ve got the jumps consistent.


1st           Eleanor Francis and ROCKY OF NINE, Lab, D, 193, COM. Joe and Eleanor had a very good control round and full marks on the jumps.

2nd         Hilary Morris and CARISHILL PARSLEY, GR, D, 183, COM. Pepe and Hilary had good control and agility rounds, just the control at the end of the sendaway letting them down.

3rd         Donna Walker and FFIGLINA OBERON, Dal, D, 180.5, COM. Logan had a full mark sendaway, but the rest of the control was a bit messy, and the agility section proved expensive with marks lost on the scale and long jump.

4th          Karen Sheeran and KRIEGERGEIST ADONIS, GSD, D, 166, COM. Alfie’s control round was another one that was a bit messy, but he had a good agility round.


Stake: UD nosework


Tracklayers: Damien Chadwick, Mick Cammidge

Steward: Jean Morley

I would like to thank YWTS for the invitation to judge at Rufforth. To Dave Craven for all his hard work, before and during the trial, ably assisted by his wife, Wendy – all the effort was much appreciated. To Calen(?) who helped Wendy do the food bags, and Cath Chadwick, who did the scores, also my thanks. You all worked so hard to make this an enjoyable two days for us.

My thanks to my wife, Jean, - we had a role reversal this time – usually I do the squares for her. We had the privilege of having two ‘young’ tracklayers, who laid all the tracks in one big field of stubble, which was very difficult and dry, on warm sunny days, but seven out of ten qualified on the nosework.

1st     Nick Williams and SUNSHINE ANTIC, BC, Qual 191.5. Track 88, arts 20, search 34. A nice steady track. Well done.

2nd   Pat Williams with SUNSHINE PIP, BC, Qual 189.5. Track 81, arts 20, search 33. Struggled a bit on the last leg.

3rd   Mrs J Read handling KENMILTO DANCING LEGEND, GSD, NQ, 176. Track 87.5, arts 20, search 34. A really big shepherd, who pulled her round the track at about 90 miles an hour, then she had a quick lie down to recuperate.

4th    Mr D Cutler handling CALLISAE MYTEE MAJESTIC, Weim, NQ, 169. Track 88.5, arts 20, search 25. Losing an article in the square was costly.

I would like to thank all the competitors who entered under me – I really thought your nosework on the whole was very good – and may I wish you all the best for the future in a super hobby.


Stake: WD nosework


Steward: Karon Tiffany

Tracklayers: Dave Stewart and Jeff Margreaves

Thank you to YWTS for this WD judging appointment. Dave Craven did a great job in organising the trial, plus to Kath for running the base and to Wendy and Gaynor for the catering, thank you. Thanks to Karon Tiffany for doing a great job stewarding for me; thanks also go to my tracklayers, Jeff Margreaves and Dave Stewart - you did a brilliant job.

Tracking was on very dry stubble with sunny conditions, six dogs in total completed the track of which four qualified. 14 entered of which 13 competed

1st     Eleanor Francis and ROCKY OF NINE, (Lab).   86.5 for the track and 34 for the square. This dog worked well and was a worthy winner. Congrats, Eleanor.

2nd   Hilary Morris and CARISHILL PARSLEY, (GR). 86 for the track, 3 articles found in the square; gun shot in the background of both track and square. Hilary did a good job with this very gamey chap.

3rd   Ms Donna L Walker and FFIGINA OBERON, (Dal). 85.5 for the track. Nice to see a Dalmatian in trials; he worked calmly and steadily. Well done, Donna.

4th    Miss K Sheeran and Mr R Warwick, KRIEGEREST ADONIS, (GSD). 79.5 for the track with a very good square. Karen did a brilliant job with her sensitive handling.

I would like to thank all the competitors for entering under me and wish you all good luck and success in the future trials.

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