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Open Trial
Venue: West Bretton
Trial Held: 08 April 2012


Many, many thanks to all my farmers who once again provided us with plenty of land for us to run the trial.  Having so much available enabled me to ensure all the tracks for each stake were next to each other, saving both judges and tracklayers from having to travel to different areas.  The only concern was that the crops, winter wheat and barley, were well advanced due to the very mild winter and had the trial been held 1 or 2 weeks later several fields would certainly have been lost.

The weather was very kind to us and made for ideal conditions to work.

Many thanks to my judges, Tracy Park PD, Linda Newbold TD, Stephanie McBride WD, Janette Sayer UD and Glenys Page CD and C/A.  All of them did a fabulous job and were a delight to work with.

Great many thanks to Sheila and Jeff Margreaves, who as usual were invaluable.  Sheila did her usual brilliant job running the base and Jeff, as always, was on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly.

The ladies in the kitchen, Liz Stewart, Doreen Fawbert and Teresa Musgrave, once again provided competitors and workers with some excellent food. Thank you, ladies.

I am very fortunate to have a brilliant set of workers, be they stewards, tracklayers, escorts and not forgetting the criminals.  I know I speak not only for myself but for all the competitors when I say thank you for the great jobs that you all do.

Finally can I thank all the competitors for supporting West Bretton trial and hope to see you in the future in the higher stakes. To all those now in ticket, all the very best for the future.





Steward: Chris  Trevor

Gate Steward: Fran Atkin

Thanks to YWTS for inviting me to judge the CD Stake and control and agility for UD, WD and TD Stakes.  To Dave Stewart and his team for making sure everything was in place prior to the start of the trial.  To my stewards, Chris Trevor and gate steward Fran Atkin, for the three days, putting all the competitors, especially the ones in CD at their ease.  Thank you to the ladies in the kitchen, Liz, Doreen and Teresa, for keeping us fed and watered throughout the trial.

The weather kept mainly fine, and even the sun shone through at times; I can’t believe only two days before, there had been 3 - 4 ins of snow.


1st Phil Talbot and TRACELYN NEIL DIAMOND, GSD, 90.5, Q.  Good nosework round, followed by nice control. Well done.

2nd Mark Gardner and SCHAISLA MIDNIGHT CHARM, GSD, 82.5, Q.  Lots of chewing and dropping in nosework, but control quite good.  Congratulations.

3rd Elaine Boyd and TUMBLE TRAIL, Lab, 85.5, NQ.  Good nosework round and good control round, oh, for that long jump and coming back over the scale, the placings would have been different.  Better luck next time.

4th Kim Astbury and CHASING A DREAM, WSD, 74, NQ.  More motivation needed, but she’s only a baby, I’m sure you‘ll get better and better.  Well done.


1st Heather Patrick and SHEREBRIDGE KHAOS, BC, 199.5, Q.  And Best Nosework.  The marks say it all!  What a cracking dog, Heather!  One destined to do well.  Many congratulations.

2nd Jennifer Deans and GATE HASP, WCS, 189, Q.  Good round from this little dog, just bits and pieces on heelwork and retrieve.  Well done.

3rd Jacquie Hall and LITTLE ASHAN, X-breed, 173.5, Q.  Good round from Asher, apart from a blip on the long jump; I’m sure you’ll sort that out.

4th Chris Greenhalgh and TESSA THE MESSA, ESS, NQ. 


1st Joan Snowden and GLENALPINE JES, BC, 190.5, Q.  Nice round.  Congratulations.

2nd David Hope and FIRE FOXY SASHA, Lab, 170, Q.  Well done.

3rd Tom Davis and JOTUNHEIM ALMA, Mali, 167, Q.  Congratulations.

4th Steve Smith and ALBESA A PERFECT REASON, GSD, 186, NQ.  But Best Nosework Round.  Oh, for that scale, Steve!!!!


1st Alan Bexon and FLY BY NIGHT LAD, WSD, 193.5, Q.  Quite a good round, losing marks on sendaway and heelwork. Well done.

2nd Jackie Hope and CARLSBRO MACH, GSD, 192, Q.  Another very good round, again losing most of marks on sendaway.  I’m sure you‘ll have that sorted.  Congratulations.

3rd Sarah Naylor and FLICKFLACK BLAKE, BC, 192, Q.  Yet again good round, apart from sendaway and speak. Well done.

4th Jane Lewis and RUSHBOTTOM RHYNESTON BROWS, ASD, 192, Q.  Worked Friday, and another good round apart from sendaway.  Congratulations.

Also Qualified:

L.Salisbury (Andrea Clarke handling) ORLISCWT BOBBIN ALONG, ISCWT, 186.5

Lisa Coull and CALLISAE SCARCITY, Weim, 185.5

Andrea Clarke and BEINHARD YASKO, GSD, 183

Jan Sewell and BRYN OF HARWOOD DALE, WSD, 181

Jim Sewell and STARDELL TYL, BC, 179.5

Thank you to all the competitors for entering under me, I really enjoyed watching your dogs work.  Good luck to you all in the future.  Happy Trialling.



Judge: Tracey Park

Steward: Dave Olley

Tracklayers:  Lol Campbell and Andrea Lynd

Criminals:  Tom Davis, Steve Lancashire and Anthony Snook

Firstly many thanks to YWTS for the invitation to judge the PD Stake at their open trial.  Thank you also to the Trials Manager, Dave Stewart, who did a stirling job, ably assisted by the wonderful Sheila Margreaves.  Thank you to Sheila and Geoff, who accommodated me over the weekend in their lovely home, and to Sheila and Margaret Welham at the base and the ladies in the kitchen for the wonderful food.  My steward throughout was Dave Olley – what a pleasure to have you by my side and, of course, your great company, too.  And the 3 criminals who, of course, without whom we would be completely stuck - as ever the professionals.  Thank you all involved.

We started with the nosework, which was on a very good growth of winter wheat and all dogs completed the nosework without any hiccups.  Next was the control and agility, starting with the speak behind a trailer, then some heelwork which led us to the start of the sendaway.  This was on a slight angle to a pole then a left re-direct to a gap in the hedge.  More heelwork (unmarked) led us back to the jumps.  Last was the down stay.

Then onto the manwork as below:-

1) Chase – Two people walk to a central pole, one stays there and the other one walks right back to dog and handler.  Once this person is back at the handler’s side the other one starts to run; at this point the handler may send their dog, handler to follow on upon steward’s say so.

2) Escort – Once the above situation is tidied up the escort begins.  Helpers know where they are going.  En route the attack on handler took place.  This happened one of two ways.  If the handler took the first helper with them then, as the 2 helpers were being escorted they split off into a v-shape, and as this distracted the handler the attack took place.  If the handler didn’t take that first helper with them then this would mean they were only escorting one helper back, so as they got so far back the first one would shout and distract the handler, at which point the attack would take place.  I did not instruct the handlers to take the first helper with them as I wanted to see them make the decision for themselves.

3) Quarter – Two hides and a trailer, with Steve hiding behind the trailer.

4) Test of Courage – a string of black bin liner (venetian blind effect).  Two helpers, one either side of the string, with Steve at the back to draw the dogs straight through.  My logic was I wanted to see the dogs be courageous enough to go through the strip of black blinds!

5) Recall – Exactly as per the chase.

1st David Waite and EYLAUERHOF RULA, 287.5, Q.  Wow, David, what a fantastic day you and Rula had.  Can’t really fault her on anything.  I thought you handled her extremely well throughout the course of my test and nothing proved to be a       problem.  Glad you got that recall, that was the icing on the cake.  Good luck in TICKET.

2nd Allan Heatley and JOTUNHEIM TRUCKER, 260, Q.  Only bits and bobs losing you points, but enough to qualify even without that recall.  Get those bits and bobs tidied up and championship will be a doddle.  Well done and good luck for the future.

3rd James Warrior and WARRIORS LITTLE ROSIE, NQ.  This little bitch was a real pleasure to watch all day.  She really did give of her best.  If only for that recall.  A few more PD opens and I think she will have it cracked.  Good luck for the future.

4th Alan Bexon and FLY BY NIGHT LAD, NQ.  Another little dog that just lacked a bit of experience in pd as did Alan.  I believe you both have it in you and with Dave O to help you, it won’t be long before you will be winning a few of these PD opens.  Good luck.

To all the competitors who entered, it was a real pleasure to judge and watch your dogs work.  I had a great day and thanks for accepting all my decisions.               

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