Mon 2nd Sep 2019, Longbridge Deverill

Levels 1 & 2: Judge - Heather Donnelly
Level 1


1st Sandy Wiltshire & Ella
2nd Sharon Lee & Sophia
3rd Sue Roberton & Isla
4th Lucy Waker & Rosie

Clean Sweeps
Helen Nowak & Lizzie
Sandra Wilcox & Mason
George Foster & Gwyn
Trudie Stanley & Jazz
Geraldine Bunn & Flo
Margaret Foster & Meg

Qualifying
Denise Keable & Lyle
Cathy Kavanagh & Margot

Level 2


1st Sarah Hudd & Kaos
2nd Mary Hudd & Duo
3rd Mary Prentice & Robbie
4th Barry Cook & Ziva

Clean Sweep
Kay Lola Luis & Reno

Qualifying
Janet Wood & Kite
Michelle Horton & Frankie
Pam Randall & Pasha
Ray McKenzie & Piper
Sally Wynes & Asher

Heather Donnelly

My thanks to Rick & Kate for asking me to judge their L2 trial consisting of 12 competitors. Also to Mandy Murray my scribe and Sue Ashby runner who I believed helped all day.

We started with the boxes & Luggage which surprisingly was the search where the majority of teams had the most success. I really liked the way most of the teams tasked dogs their dogs before the search. This enabled the dog’s to get into the right mind set especially the over enthusiastic ones which were plentiful here today. Particularly memorable were Michelle & Frankie the rather keen GSP and Pam & Pasha with her BSD finding both finds in just 25 and 34 seconds. With the majority of teams finding two in a matter of seconds resulted in the boxes & luggage search being completed in just under an hour which is very unusual for a L2.

Next was the vehicle search and with Barry & Ziva finding both articles in just 27 seconds followed by Mary and Robbie in just 30 seconds I thought this search would follow in the same vein. However as time went on teams started to struggle and notable was that some handlers didn’t have a systematic approach and plan to searching the 3 vehicles. Some sides of a vehicle were searched as many as 3-4 times whilst others, just the once, particulary the front of the vehicles which was to the cost of some handlers as this was where one of the scented articles was hidden. However I was impressed with the competitor’s knowledge of the wind and most used this to their advantage.

In the tables and chair search I selected a wooden cable coil which most teams found although some dogs did show some interest in the stacked tool boxes. However I was impressed that handlers knew the difference between an investigation and an indication and didn’t constantly redirect their dogs back to the tool boxes when it was just interest. Most memorable in this search was Sarah & Chaos completing the search in just 28 seconds. Well done.

Last up was the ‘Exterior Search’ and although one dog took a liking to the hoover head the majority of dogs located the scented article hidden on the cycle helmet and the tripod stand bag very quickly. Sally and Asher the rather enthusiastic GSD Asher, found both in just 19 seconds and went to be awarded the ‘Judge’s Special’ after Sally’s rather sporting attitude after things didn’t go quite to plan in the vehicle search. Well done.

1st Sarah & Chaos
What an impressive team and the handler only being 14yrs old. The way Sarah handled this rather sensitive dog was truly inspiring. Sarah never showing any nerves when things became a bit tense as often happens in a trial. Well done and a team to watch for the future.

2nd Mary Duo
Similar comment as above in that Mary kept her cool and verbal commands to minimum allowing the rather sensitive Duo to just get on with the job in hand. However when Duo did find a scented article Mary was definitely showed Duo that she was please in a very enthusiastic and uplifting way which Duo found very rewarding so well done.

3rd Mary & Robbie
A new dog sport for Robbie and Robbie looks as if he loves his scentwork career. Mary manages to rein in Robbie’s eagerness to her advantage with a good starting pre-cue and then allowing Robbie to just get on with it. A team that will go far in Mary’s capable hands. Well done.

4th Barry & Ziva .
A team that goes out searching with mission and purpose. I really liked Barry’s very positive attitude to searching never allowing the nerves to get the better of him. A good pairing as Barry successfully channel this rather keen GSD.

To follow

The Scent Barn, Lords Hill, Longbridge Deverill, Nr Warminster, Wiltshire. BA12 7DF

Start 9:30 am
Entry Fees: £22 per dog. Entries capped at 10 for each level. One dog per handler.
Contact: Rick Burgess – 07813 324488
Online bookings only. Go to swwessex.simplybook.it to book a place. Fully booked.