Melton Mowbray, Open Trial
Judge: DAVID WAITE
Steward: Michele Thompson
Entry 6 5 Ran
Thanks to Midland Border Collie Club for inviting me to judge and Barry James and all his crew of helpers for running the trial. Sue and Bob for supplying the food and drinks, and a big thanks to Jan Darby for doing the scores at base. I must say a special thanks to Michele for being my steward, it was her first time, and I think she did a great job. The Control & Agility field was undulating with medium length clumpy grass. I set a simple straight forward test, which would give new and young dogs to trials every chance of success, if the handlers had done a good job on the training field. Heelwork consisted of a right, left and about turns in all three paces, with the change of pace from a halt. The sendaway was forty yards to a yellow cone with a white pole in it, all but one dog completed it with no problem. The search square articles where a 3" x 2" piece of beige carpet, a 5" x 1/2" piece of wood and a green cartridge, all dogs did the square to a high standard. The standard of work was very high and a pleasure to both watch and judge. There were three teams who qualified, and all of these teams did very well in the UD Stake also.
1st Mrs J M Holt with HULLATER BROCK WSD. 93 points. Qual. Congratulations, this young dog worked really well. Just a slight problem with the long jump today, but I'm sure you'll sort it out.
2nd Prof. M Robinson with FLINT OF GLEN Mel B.C. 91.5 points Qual. Congratulations, another promising young dog. Anticipation on recall cost 1st Place.
3rd Mrs R Woods (handler) with HOLLY COLLIE WSD 88 points. Qual. Congratulations, really good round by Holly. Slightly wide working in heelwork and failure to return back over the scale accounted for most of lost points.
4th Mrs J E Walker with JAY OF JOKERDOM WSD 60 points Non Qual. If I remember correctly it was the dog's first trial today. Good solid retrieve and square, but on todays performance more work needed on sendaway and jumps.
Judge: LINDA NEWBOLD
Stewards: Liz Warrior, Gail Cartright, Lisa
Tracklayers: Margaret Robinson, Sheila Tannert, Graham Brumpton
Thank you to Midland Border Collie Club and Barry for asking me to judge and to my tracklayers and stewards who all did an excellent job, to Bob and Sue for all the lovely grub and to Jan for her excellent job manning the base, keeping everyone in order and keeping all the scores - even in the blackout!!
Special thanks to Anne, Tony and Anna for looking after me over the weekend.
Tracking was on well grown, sown grass and the weather, though very cold, stayed dry for all 3 days giving everyone the same conditions. We had 5 dogs to work on Friday, unfortunately only one qualified the nosework. A better day on Saturday with 7 dogs working and 6 qualifying the nosework, but sadly only one qualified at the end of the day. 6 dogs worked on Sunday with 4 qualifying the nosework. All the dogs worked really well and I'm sure the ones that didn't make it this time will be doing so very soon - good luck to you all.
1st Q 182.5 Prof M Robinson with FLINT OF GLEN MEL. Flint worked well, with a lovely positive attitude to his work. Well done.
2nd Q 180.5 Jenny Holt with HULLATER BROCK. Really nice work from this team. Splendid square. Well done at your first trial.
3rd Q 173 Rosemary Woods with HOLLIE COLLIE. Rosemary was so nervous and seemed really surprised that they qualified, but Hollie didn't seem to notice, took it all in her stride and worked really well. Good luck for your future outings.
4th Q 172.5 Sue Pickerin with NIKONIS QUIET RIOT AT HOBHILL. Rio did a nice track recovering both articles. Good luck for your next trial.
Graham Reaney on 161.5 Really nice indication on the first article by Graham!!
Congratulation to Liz Price and Miller who won the Best Track trophy. First time out for this team who only lost one point on the track. Keep up the good work and your first qualification will not be far away.