This was the first time that I had organised a trial for a Saturday. I arrived early at 8.15 for a 9.30 start and started to prepare for the day.
Our Judges for the day Tina Schuster and Pippa Bentham were in situ and we discussed how the trial would be run and decided that Pippa would do the inside searches and Tina the outside.
We started off with the Level 4 searches and even though they had competed in trials before you could tell that some were very nervous. Unfortunately one team had to withdraw due to a family illness so we had 10 teams competing.
The morning session went very well and for once we finished on time and then there was a short break whilst the scores where added up. 8 out of the 10 teams qualified with the winning team being Janet Wykes and Jess.
We broke for lunch and soon the Level 3 competitors started to arrive so again we started on time with Tina and Pippa quite happy to do the same search areas.
We had 7 teams in level 3 and it again proved to be hot competition as the teams started to do their searches.
I was able to observe the searches inside and Boxes and Luggage does appear to be the thorn in the side for lots of teams. However, the dogs performed very well and all handlers should be very pleased with their efforts.
It was pleasing that all 7 passed this trial with Charles and Skye gaining 100 points to win and Alison and Dylan gained enough points to get their ‘Excellent’ award for this level.
I would like to thank Pippa and Tina for Judging and making the day go smoothly as well as giving helpful feedback to the handlers which I am sure that they appreciated.
|T&C - A/F||T&C - H||T&C - T||ES - A/F||ES - H||ES - T||VS - A/F||VS - H||VS - T||B&L - A/F||B&L - H||B&L - T||Marks||Time|
|A/F = Alert Find||H = Handling||T = Time (seconds)|
|Tables & Chairs||Exterior Search||Vehicle Search||Boxes & Luggage||Totals|
|1st||Charles Robert – Skye||20||5||76||20||5||13||20||5||143||20||5||28||100||260|
|2nd||Marie Poole – Liberty||20||5||64||20||5||75||20||4.75||129||10||4.25||111||89||379|
|3rd||Sarah Wren – Tia||20||5||76||20||4.5||297||10||4.5||230||20||4.75||83||88.75||686|
|4th||Alison Williamson – Dylan||10||4||76||20||5||17||20||4.75||137||20||3||98||86.75||328|
|5th||Kay Luis – Lola||20||4.5||66||10||4.75||124||20||5||200||10||4.5||60||78.75||450|
|6th||Chris Gamson – Neil||20||4.5||64||20||5||132||10||4.75||282||10||4||84||78.25||562|
|7th||Helen Straszewska – Chip||20||4.5||146||20||5||58||10||4.75||179||10||4||223||78.25||606|
|1st||Janet Wykes – Jess||20||5||69||20||4.75||52||20||5||69||10||4.5||99||89.25||289|
|2nd||Grahame Godby – Skeena||20||4||186||10||5||65||20||4.5||122||20||4.5||86||88||459|
|3rd||Matilda Bell – Mitford||20||4.25||55||20||4.5||87||20||4.75||128||10||3.75||207||87.25||477|
|4th||Denise Pile – Butty||20||4.75||69||20||0||38||20||4.75||227||10||4.25||43||83.75||377|
|5th||Kathy Killick – Rowan||20||5||60||10||5||14||10||5||90||20||5||71||80||235|
|6th||Paula Davis – Jazz||20||5||31||20||5||36||10||5||70||10||4.25||101||79.25||238|
|7th||Berit Aherne – Saffie||20||5||43||20||5||37||10||5||43||10||4||131||79||254|
|8th||Jackie Hodge – Lima||20||4.25||147||20||4.75||171||10||4.75||300||10||4.5||135||78.25||753|