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Steward: Marney Wells

 Thank you to the WKC and Lindsey for the invitation to judge CD at your trial. My first CDEx, at last it happened! I had an exhausting day judging all of 2.5 competitors! I managed to keep going with the wonderful food from Barbara, thank you, and the support from Brian at the base, thank you too. Marney was very taxed with her stewarding duties but performed them with flair and professionalism. Always great company - thank you, Marney.

 1st Dean Woodcock with CORIES TEX, Kelpie, D, 91.5, Q. This was a very polished round from Dean and Tex, fully deserving a qualification and the win. Well done.

2nd Becky with GLENALPINE NIKKI, BC, B, 75.5, NQ. Becky and Nikki are definitely stars of the future, this was the first trial for both of them and they impressed me a lot, especially Becky’s handling. But for the down stay you would have qualified - I’m sure it won’t be long. Well done.

 Jennifer and Angel had to retire after the squares. I do hope you recovered quickly, Jennifer, and are back enjoying trials.




Tracklayers: Sue Ashby and Pat Herbert

Steward: Tess Shoolbred

 My thanks to the Welsh Kennel Club for the judging appointment. The venue was excellent with good weather and a good growth of grass on the tracking fields. My thanks to Lindsey Poole and Brian and Barbara Riste, who as manager and base stewards kept everything running very smoothly. My task as judge was made easier by having two very good experienced tracklayers in Sue Ashby and Pat Herbert and the squares were laid by my partner, Tess.

How pleasing it was to be able to meet the farmers and their families in the evenings and be able to thank them personally, as without them this sport that we so enjoy would not exist. It was most rewarding to be able to set a nosework test on land that I believed was achievable.


1st Jane Clarke, SKYE’S OVER THE TOP, WSD, B, 185, Q UDEx. An impressive round throughout, well-handled. Most of the marks lost were retrieve based but otherwise agility and control most competent. Well done, Jane.

2nd Eleanor Anderson, LITTLE TONIC FOR MYRTILLAS, CDEx, Crossbreed, B, 174.5, Q UDEx. Steady track and search but most competent control and agility. Congratulations, Eleanor.

3rd Judith Stamp, LITTLE MADAM MABELLINE, CDEx, 167.5, Q UDEx. Experienced handler that reacted well when dog overshot on track. Another dog that most marks lost were retrieve based. Well done, Judith.

4th Graham Taylor, G RONIMO BATES, CDEx, 176 NQ. Good nosework and control but unfortunately failed the agility section.

 Most unlucky not to qualify was Cath Mansfield with Ozzy, who failed the agility section by just half a mark, otherwise a very good performance and I am sure success is just around the corner.


1st Maurice Millington, GLENALPINE JUD, WDEx, BC, D, 168, NQ. Unfortunately, Jud decided not to do the scale today after good nosework and control. Handler first to help put jumps away – well done, appreciated.

2nd Winston Cadogan, CAESAROMAGO OBELIA, Malinois, B, 139.5, NQ. Despite her failing to complete the track I was impressed by this Mali bitch – handler needs to ‘not paddle’ whilst the dog is casting; I am sure his mentor will improve this!

3rd Nicky Prescott, WAGGERLAND TWINKLE, WSD, B, 122.5, NQ. Lacked that little ‘twinkle’ in the nosework exercises.


Finally, thanks to all the competitors for accepting my decisions. The weather of late has made it difficult to train our dogs and I am sure that now spring has arrived we will be out in the fields and improving our chances of success - which reminds me, "where did I leave my Zeus for the weekend?"



Stake: TD


Tracklayers: Len Newman and Ruth Cahill

Square Steward: Jeanette Hickson

Control Steward: Len Newman

Thank you to WKC for the invitation to judge in such a lovely location at a very friendly trial.  Thank you to Lindsey Poole, and all the behind the scenes helpers, for all their hard work, during and prior to the trial, to Brian Riste in the base sorting everyone out and doing all the scores, and to Martine Taylor for writing the certificates on Sunday.  A great big thank you to Barbara Riste and her helpers for providing a super box of goodies every day and for chauffeuring each evening - it was very much appreciated.

I had 2 very experienced tracklayers in Len and Ruth, who both did a brilliant job - just a shame that not everyone was successful.  Thank you to the farmers for allowing us access to their land, thanks to Jeanette for doing a great job putting out the squares and for keeping me company.  Lé Newman did the scores on Sunday up at the control field so no one had to wait about too long for the results - thank you, Lé.

The weather was very changeable, mostly sunny and cold, but we had some torrential rain and hail storms!  Tracking was on very well grown, lush crop, which looked like it would provide the ideal tracking conditions and I thought we would have everyone qualifying, but it proved not to be so.  Thursday was dry and cold for most part but the dogs struggled, then torrential rain in the afternoon, which caused more problems, so we finished the day with only 2 out of 8 qualifiers.  On Friday our first team worked during a hail storm, but it didn’t put them off; the rest of the day was sunny but very cold and we finished with 3 out of 6 qualifying the nosework.  Saturday was again sunny but bitterly cold and windy, and 3 out of 7 dogs qualified.  

So we went into Sunday with 8 teams.  The day was cold and windy with one heavy sleet shower which lasted about 10 mins, just long enough for Julie Skipp to work her dog – sorry, Julie, but well done.  I set a very straight forward control round which commenced with the speak - handler left dog with the steward then came and sat in a chair with back to the dog - followed by heelwork.  The sendaway was 130 paces to a double telegraph pole on a boundary, which all the dogs managed, then the redirect was to call the dog forward, then 150 paces to the right down the centre of the field to a pile of branches; running into the open seemed to cause some confusion to all but one of the dogs!  Only 3 out of the 8 managed to attain full marks for the agility.  Thanks to all the competitors who entered and allowed me to judge your dogs.  Good luck to you all in your future trials.

1st           Tony Lockyer and WTCh LAWINICK COME N GET IT AT HARTSHILL, 208, Q.  Lovely track, as usual from such an experienced team, followed by a near faultless square.  Nice control round with just a slight hiccup on the redirect, but a well-deserved first place.  Congratulations.  Track 94/30, Sq 34.5, Control 29.5, Agility 20.

2nd         Sheila Margreaves and SHADOWQUEST KANE, 199, Q.  A fabulous track in wind and rain coming sideways!  Koffi just made it look so easy.  Sheila has really put in some hard work and put in a super control round to give her a well-deserved place.  96.5/30, 30, 27.5, 15.

3rd          Gary Haim and WTCh WAGGERLAND DILEMMA, 198.5, Q.  A few difficulties on the track, but Flynn worked it out and finished with all articles and a lovely square.  Well done.  90/30, 34, 29.5, 15.

4th          Margery Lee and SYN MISCHIEF’S PARTNER, 197.5, Q.  Nicely worked track with all articles recovered, followed by 4 articles from the square.  No redirect proved costly, but a good control and agility round.  Well done.  91.5/30, 30, 26, 20.

Also qualifying TDEx:

Julia Skipp and ZAK OF SKIPAWAY, 195.  Well done.

Tony Lockyer and TRIPLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, 194.5.  Well done.

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