Hemel Hempstead, Open Trial
TRIALS MANAGER’S REPORT
Thank you to Bob and Jenny Fiddaman for allowing us the use of their farm; a special thank you to them for allowing me to stay at their house for the duration of the trial - not many farmers are this accommodating. Jenny also hands over her kitchen to us so we can prepare all our food - many thanks, Jenny - they also matched our donation to this years chosen charity!!
Also a big thank you to Jan Vallack for "allowing" me, once again, to be trials manager at a trial that everyone knows is her baby.
Thank you to my judges Linda Newbold (TD), Joan Snowdon (WD), Dave Clarke (UD) and Malcolm Snowdon (C/A). We had a bit of an emergency on Thursday night when, just as we were all sitting down to dinner, we received a phone call to say that Jan’s husband needed to be rushed into hospital; this meant that Jan would be unavailable to judge the WD Nosework which started the next morning - thankfully we have lots of helpers who are able to judge at the trial so Joan Snowdon went from track laying WD on Friday morning to judging it - thank you very much, Joan, for accepting this judging position at such short notice!
Thank you to Val and Maggie in the kitchen who kept us all fed. To the usual crowd of helpers from Lincoln and Yorkshire, Essex and Herts who come every year to help - what would our small club do without your help? I will leave it to the judges to thank their helpers personally.
STAKES: UD, WD AND TD CONTROL AND AGILITY
Judge: MALCOLM SNOWDEN
Steward: Jan Sewell
I would like to thank West Herts for asking me to judge. If you are lucky enough to be asked to judge here, then jump at it! You won’t find many trials with a better bunch of helpers – Penny, an excellent trials manager, and the lovely ladies in the kichen. Jan was my steward and kept me on the straight and narrow. Thanks Belinda, Penny and Jan for stewarding the stays.
The control test was set to be straightforward, giving the dogs every chance to qualify. The overall standard was very good.
1st Manda McLellan with LITTLE TIGER, 193, Q
2nd Ruth Payton with CORIES BLAZING STAR AT KALIAZAR, 191.5, Q
3rd Maureen Regan with WILLOWMEG FRATEAS AT KIRLIZEGAN, 188.5, Q
4th Jane Wood with LUDGATE POWER’N’GLORY, Q
1st Anne Fowler with GLENALPINE MAISEY, 192, Q
2nd Kate Peyton with JEDI KNIGHT, 186.5, Q
3rd Emma Baker with JESSZAKS RICHOCHET RIK, Q
4th Carole Brooke with TADMARTON DARK REMY, Q
1st Maeve Weselby with STYPERSON GILLIE, 212.5, Q
2nd Diane Ling with DEBEN LITTLE TOM, 208.5, Q
3rd Marie Dixon with THE GODWIT, 204, Q
4th Mike Williams with MARINA BEN’S PAL, 200.5, Q
Paul Adams, SHERINGHEM GLYNN, 197.5
Caroline Woods, PARAVEL ILLUSION, 193
Ian Brown, TRI ONE JETRIL, 188
James Warrior, WARRIORS LITTLE ROSIE, 187.5
Bob Cook, VIVAX D RUH FROM STEINMETZ, 187
Well done to all.
STAKE: WD NOSEWORK
Judge: JOAN SNOWDEN
Tracklayers: Belinda and Bob
West Herts is one of my favourite trials and I look forward to it each year. Penny is an excellent trials manager and her friendly team of helpers make it run smoothly. Bob and Jenny own the farm where the trial is run and West Herts are very lucky to have them.
We were eating fish and chips the evening before the trial when Jan received a call to say that her husband was ill, and so she was unable to judge. Penny asked if I would stand in for Jan and judge the WD nosework, which I was happy to do. Jan, being Jan, was very organised and it was a case of just judging the nosework, which I enjoyed very much.
The weather was excellent; there was a good growth of about 4" of crop and I saw some lovely nosework.
1st Anne Fowler with GLENALPINE MAISEY, 192, Q. What a great team to watch. Track 89.5, art 20, search 34.5, gun 5.
2nd Kate Peyton with JEDI KNIGHT, 186.5, Q. Very steady, nice to watch. 86, 20, 34, 5
3rd Emma Baker with JESSZAKS RICHOCHET RIK, Q. A young dog who, I think, is going to do well in trials. 87.5, 20, 21, 5
4th Carole Brooke with TADMARTON DARK REMY, Q. 85, 10, 34, 5
Well done to you all, and good luck to everyone in future trials. I’m glad to say that Jan’s husband has recovered well.