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Stakes: UD and WD Control and Agility

Judge: Liz de Unger

Steward: Caroline Ashford

Thank you to Ranmore for inviting me to judge the C and A, and to Stan Ford and his assistant, Sue Henderson, for running a well organised trail. My thanks also to Beryl Kimberley for the delicious food, and to Pat Scragg and all the other helpers in the kitchen.

My special thanks to Caroline for being such an efficient and sympathetic steward. We saw some lovely rounds and it was the competitors who made it such a happy trial.

UD Stake:

22 entered, 18 worked, 7 qualified.

1st     Janet Parker and NEDLO TOP OF THE POPS, BC, D. Echo and Janet worked beautifully together, just losing 2 on heelwork, the only full mark sendaway, and full mark jumps. A well deserved win. Q, 195.5

2nd   Keith Gillett and STARNIAS SPECKLED WOOD, BC, D. Another very good and professional round from Keith and Tolly, only losing 1 on the control. Well done. Q, 194.5

3rd   Vana Moody and GLENALPINE SHEP, CDEx, BC, D. An excellent round from Vana and Ziga, who has a lovely attitude. Full mark jumps. Well done. Q, 188

4th    Dave Clark and LAKATAMIA MURKO, CDEx, GSD, D. Asko has a superb attitude and was beautifully handled by Dave. Full mark heelwork and retrieve. Excellent outrun on the sendaway, but went wide. Well done. Q, 184.5

Also qualifying UD

Ruth Cahill and VOMKYNA BORUSS, GSD, D. 182.5.

Sharon Carter and IVYMOOR SOLID GOLD, WEIM, B. 181.5.

Allyson Tohme and JAKE AT JOTUNHEIM, GSD, D. 178.5.

I would like to mention Roger Holmes’ courage and tenacity. Despite impaired vision he worked his lovely GSD dog Tiffin beautifully, and qualified the C and A section.

WD Stake:

19 entered, 16 worked, 10 qualified.

1st     Elizabeth Hickman, WOLFHART TOUCH OF GOLD, CDEx, UDEx, GSD, (B).   Jay has a lovely attitude and was well handled by Liz. Let down today by the sendaway. Full mark jumps. Well done. Q, 192

2nd   Nick Williams, SUNSHINE ANTIC, CDEx, BC, (B). Nick only rescued this gentle little collie, at a year old, six months ago, and has done wonders with her. Full mark jumps. Q, 191.5

3rd   Joyce Tibbetts, OAKENHEART PHANTOM, CDEx, GSD, (D). Another good round from this handsome shepherd. Excellent sendaway, but you must work on the singing in the stays! Q, 189

4th    Pat Williams, SUNSHINE PIP, XB, (B). A delightful little dog who worked very hard to please.   Q, 187.5

Also Qualifying:

Cathy Dench, DANCING IN THE SHADOWS, GSD, (B), 184.

Barbara Riste, GEMWELL STORM DRAGON, CDEx, UDEx, Gordon Setter, (D), 180.

Mary Drewitt, LAWINICK RIOJA, GSD, (B), 179.5

Christine Brooks, DARIAN IN YOUR SMILE, BC, (D), 177.5

Lynne Baker, AQUACADIAN BLACK AZELL, Lab, (D), 176.5

Bob Cook, VIVAX D’RUTH FROM STEINMETZ, Holland Herder, (D), 173.5

 

Stake: UD Nosework

Judge: CAROLE BROOKE

Steward: Peter Brooke

Tracklayers: Ron Davies, John Reynolds (both days), Yvette Pitt (Sat), Lauren Marlow (Sun)

Escorts: Martin Bearryman, Sylvia Cook (Sat), Eva Highland (Sun)

Thank you to the Society for asking me to judge the UD nosework. I had a really enjoyable weekend. Apart from one downpour on Sunday the weather was fine and breezy, the company was good, the trial well organised and the competitors a great bunch. I saw some really good tracking dogs, what more could I ask for?

I’d like to thank Stan Ford, the Trials Manager, and his team for a very well organised trial; you made my job so much easier. Thanks also go to my husband who stewarded for me. He did an excellent job (his first time stewarding and he says he really enjoyed himself and would like to do it again). My track layers, Ron, John, Yvette and Lauren, who laid my tracks just as I asked and who were great company. Ron managed to keep us all in order, especially me as he knew I was new to the job. My escorts Martin, Sylvia and Eva, thank you for getting my competitors to their tracks on time. There is nothing worse than getting lost before you even start your track. My thanks also go to Beryl Kimberly and her ‘little helpers’. The food was wonderful, plentiful and most welcome.

I had 21 entries, 19 of which worked, with 7 qualifying. The standard of the nosework was excellent. The tracking was on well grown grass and had not been used for grazing. My track consisted of 8 legs and the articles on the track were a wooden dolly peg, with a rubber strip 1.5” x 6” at the end. My search square articles were a metal tea spoon, green scouring pad 2.75” x 2”, blue plastic window spacer 1” x 3.75”, blue speck carpet 1.25” x 4”. The blue speck carpet proved to be the hardest article to find for some unknown reason.

1st     Janet Parker and NEDLO TOP OF THE POPS, BC, D. Well done Janet and Echo, 88.5. Lovely track and 4 out of the square in 1.44.   If this performance is anything to go by you are both going to do very well in future trials. Good luck. Q, 195.5

2nd   Keith Gillett and STARNIAS SPECKLED WOOD, BC, D. Tolly did a lovely track, 88.5. A pleasure to watch this dog and handler, 4 out of the square. I believe that Keith is new to our sport - he has made a very impressive start. Q, 194.5

3rd   Vana Moody and GLENALPINE SHEP, CDEx, BC, D. Well done Vana and Ziga. Another very nice track from an experienced handler; 87.5 and 3 out of the square. Q, 188.

4th    Dave Clark and LAKATAMIA MURKO, CDEx, GSD, D. An experienced handler whose dog Asko tracked brilliantly for him; 89 and 3 out of the square. Q, 184.5.

Also qualifying UD

Ruth Cahill and VOMKYNA BORUSS, GSD, D. 182.5.

Sharon Carter and IVYMOOR SOLID GOLD, WEIM, B. 181.5.

Allyson Tohme and JAKE AT JOTUNHEIM, GSD, D. 178.5.

 

Stake: WD nosework

Judge: RICHARD CORNWELL

Tracklayers: Tess Schoolbred, Val Upton and Bert Maynard

Search Steward: Jenny Staves

Trials Manager: Stan Ford

Base Steward: Sue Henderson

Catering: Beryl Kimberley, plus Sue, Stella, Pat, Karan, Sylva, Malcolm and Carol

Escorts: Jane Wood and Don Laskey

Thanks to the Ranmore DTC committee for inviting me to judge WD nose work and to all the teams who entered under me. 19 teams entered and 16 teams turned up for the test.

A big thank you to all those above for giving up their time and making the trial the success it surely was. Also thanks to Stan for sorting out the land, tea in the morning and not sleeping for worry about where the sheep were in the nearby fields. My tracklayers were brilliant and gave the competitors the best chance possible. Jenny, my square steward, was great and did a marvellous job over the two days, and was excellent company. Thanks also to my escorts, Jane (Saturday) and Don (Sunday); all teams arrived in good time for their nosework in the right frame of mind. As usual, when Beryl and her team of helpers is in charge of catering, you want for nothing - thanks for the meals and bag full of goodies in the field - much appreciated. Sue and co. did a great job sorting out scores and change for the tombola. I make no apologies for all the thank you’s, without everybody helping, whether out in the fields or back at base, the trial would soon become chaotic.

The weather was mostly cloudy and overcast with a slight wind - almost perfect conditions - until it rained halfway through Sunday morning, but this did not affect the tracking on the lush grass pastureland.

Over the two days we had 2 teams go wrong on the track, the other 14 all tracked very well on near perfect tracking conditions. This was also a testament to the high calibre of the tracklayers that I had laying the tracks for me. The track articles were a half of wooden peg and a rectangle of green / blue carpet. For those of us watching the tracks and squares, I must say myself they really were a treat to watch, and it was obvious the time had been put in training your dogs to a high standard that made the job of getting round the track, and getting the articles out of the square look easy over both days.

The square or property articles were the other half of the wooden peg, a green plastic bottle top, a piece of leather, and a rectangle of scourer. I told Jenny what to do on the first square and left her to it for the rest of the two days; all squares were laid just as I wanted and were ready to run when the competitors had completed their tracks.

The gun test was carried out after the square with the dog and handler walking 25 paces away from me, placing the dog in any chosen position and returning to my left side before I fired the gun. Most dogs coped with this very well and easily got the five marks on offer.

Thanks to all the competitors for smiling from beginning to end no matter what the result was, I really think this was the most enjoyable trial I have ever judged at.

1st     Elizabeth Hickman, WOLFHART TOUCH OF GOLD, CDEx, UDEx, GSD, (B), Q, 192.   Fantastic track. Good luck in ticket, Liz.

2nd   Nick Williams, SUNSHINE ANTIC, CDEx, BC, (B), Q, 191.5. Well done, tracked in worst of the rain. Well handled to get the best out your dog.

3rd   Joyce Tibbetts, OAKENHEART PHANTOM, CDEx, GSD, (D), Q, 189. Great to watch, shame about the gun.

4th    Pat Williams, SUNSHINE PIP, XB, (B), Q, 187.5. Pip is really a little powerhouse for her size.

Also Qualifying:

Cathy Dench, DANCING IN THE SHADOWS, GSD, (B), 184. See what happens when you aren’t helping in the kitchen!

Barbara Riste, GEMWELL STORM DRAGON, CDEx, UDEx, Gordon Setter, (D), 180.

Mary Drewitt, LAWINICK RIOJA, GSD, (B), 179.5

Christine Brooks, DARIAN IN YOUR SMILE, BC, (D), 177.5

Lynne Baker, AQUACADIAN BLACK AZELL, Lab, (D), 176.5

Bob Cook, VIVAX D’RUTH FROM STEINMETZ, Holland Herder, (D), 173.5

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