Thu 29th Aug 2019, Sutton Coldfield

Levels 1 & 6: Judges - Marianne Tembey & Chris Bennett
Level 1

1 Rachel Richards – Wispa – 99.8
2 Fiona Vaughan – Dot – 99.75
3 Debbie Goodwin – Fab – 99.4
4 Sue Ellis – Poppy – 99.35
5 Lynne White – Torin – 99.25
6 Michelle Rogers – Loki – 98.95
7 Julie Nelson – Ricco – 79
8 Deb Atkins – Belle – 78.9
9 Kate Wilkes – Skye – 78.6
10 Fiona Powell – Murphy – 78.3
11 Paula Warwicker – Ludo – 78.2
12 Linda – Jess – 74.05
13 Sarah Fortes-Mayer – Bonnie – 73.85

Level 6

1 Sarah Taylor – Hugo – 150
2 Janet Wykes – Jess – 130
3 Helen Byrne – Nellie – 130
4 Chris Clements – QueevaDiva – 130
5 Jennifer Pirie – Sullivan – 130
6 Dolores Palmer – Gypsy – 128
7 Sue Kirkham – Tilly – 100

  T&C - A/FT&C - HT&C - TES - A/FES - HES - TVS - A/FVS - HVS - TB&L - A/FB&L - HB&L - TMarksTime
A/F = Alert FindH = HandlingT = Time (seconds)
Tables & ChairsExterior SearchVehicle SearchBoxes & LuggageTotals
1Rachel Richards – Wispa2053720518204.8362052199.8112
2Fiona Vaughan – Dot204.95202055520536204.86999.75180
3Debbie Goodwin – Fab204.6872054720538204.810399.4275
4Sue Ellis – Poppy204.828204.7599204.8652056599.35257
5Lynne White – Torin204.753820531204.5552052099.25144
6Michelle Rogers – Loki204.927204.2514020558204.83398.95258
7Julie Nelson – Ricco20537204.51222055504.52179235
8Deb Atkins – Belle204.853304.7530204.336205878.9107
9Kate Wilkes – Skye2046820556204.84604.83078.6200
10Fiona Powell – Murphy204.56020517204.8710416678.3314
11Paula Warwicker – Ludo20431204.586204.7158052078.2295
12Linda – Jess204.254300180204.84820523374.05504
13Sarah Fortes-Mayer – Bonnie204.851920085204.58804.54473.85236
WA = Wrong Alerts ( 4 = elimination )P = Points (articles found X 10)
B = Bonus (10 if all items found)D = DeductionsT = time (seconds)
Interior Search 1Interior Search 2Exterior SearchTotals
No of itemsTime allowedNo of itemsTime allowedNo of itemsTime allowedP+B-D = Points + Bonus - Deductions
1Sarah Taylor – Hugo050100216040100188030100830120300150487
2Janet Wykes – Jess15010022304010094120001802110200130497
3Helen Byrne – Nellie05010029004010079120001801110200130549
4Chris Clements – QueevaDiva050100230040100158120001801110200130568
5Jennifer Pirie – Sullivan250100275030002400301001242110200130639
6Dolores Palmer – Gypsy040023000401001570301001280110202128585
7Sue Kirkham – Tilly0300030004010012402000180090100100604

Scheduled for the 29th August at St Chads Church in Sutton Coldfield, the level 1s were all new entrants, but most of the Level 6s had been rescheduled from the hottest day of the year which we’d had to cancel.

Five days before the trial we were alerted to a communication break down which meant there would also be tree surgeons at the venue on the same day… all day! Thankfully a new venue was found the following day. The day after that we were told we were double booked for the morning, so some frantic phone calls were made and a third venue was found – not ideal, but just enough parking space to house us and definitely available (with no tree surgeons)

My judges and assistants were all incredible on the day – coping with a far from ideal situation: over-crowded car-park, external search area on long grass, restricted access to toilets and kitchen and slightly slippy floor. The conditions were the same for all, however, and everyone worked really well with their dogs. It was particularly lovely to see people give dogs plenty of space that needed it.

A huge thank you to Lisa Finney for being an excellent runner as always – managing to shuffle people around the car park in such a way that no dogs got overly stressed or upset. No mean feat given the tightness of the space.

Many thanks to Marianne Tembey and Chris Bennett for judging Level 1 and providing such fantastic comments and encouragement to the handlers. Also to Brenda Ward and James Lindley for scribing.

Congratulations to Rachel Richards with Wispa for their very well deserved first place.

Our afternoon was Level 6 which Marianne also judged. I scribed and learnt so much. The quality for all the handlers was incredible, and we even had a clean sweep!

Congratulations to Sarah Taylor and Hugo for a fantastic performance!

Thank you to everyone who managed to find the venue after so many changes, and for sticking with it. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

Marianne Tembey

Firstly thank you so much to Ellen Ward Lindley for inviting me to judge at her trial alongside Chris Bennett.

Thank you to James Lindley for scribing in the morning and Ellen in the afternoon. Also thank you to Lisa who kept the competitors coming through to the search areas.
Great job Lisa.

It was a great experience judging level 1 in the morning and then level 6 in the afternoon. It just reminds me of how far so many competitors have come.

It was really lovely to meet a lot of new competitors with their fabulous dogs.

Level 1 was really challenging (as due to the venue change we had to run the exterior search on long grass). I opted to do the exterior search and then the table and chairs.

We also had Helen Hepple running Marcus NFC (not for competition) – he did a fabulous job on the tables and chairs in just 24 seconds.

Tracy Ridgway and Enzo had the fastest time on tables and chairs with 12 seconds and a fabulous indication.

Robert Sheppard had a very excited Bailey but waited until the indication was on the correct chair.

Lynne White was so patient with Torin and did some really calm handling. Such a pleasure to watch.

Fabulous indication from Loki superbly handled by Michelle Rodgers.

Rachel Richards read her dog Wispa really well and went onto a very well deserved 1st place.

Fab handled by Debbie Goodwin really knows his job and had a great search.

Fiona Powell handled Murphy beautifully and when Murphy did not find the scent the first time around then Fiona quite rightly asked him to search in the opposite direction which then allowed Murphy to pick up the scent. Very well done.

Some fabulous handling from everyone and I look forward to you all moving up the levels and having FUN.

Level 6

We started with interior search 1 in the main room. 4 competitors found all five scents.
Chris Clements – QueevaDiva
Sarah Taylor – Hugo
Helen Byrne – Nellie
Jenie Pirie – Sullivan
Janet Wykes – Jess

Dolores Palmer with Gypsy found 4

Georgina Lucas – Nelson and Annette Leslie and Disney found 3.

Exterior Search

Sarah – Hugo, Dolores – Gypsy and Jenie Pirie – Sullivan found all three
The one hidden in the bench seemed to be the problem one. It was down at the foot of the bench and some dogs did not go down that far (also it was on the back leg – although access was easy).

Interior search 2

6 out of 7 dogs found all 4 hides in plenty of time.
The moral of this is:

keep your eye on your dog at all times

All in all I really enjoyed watching the level 6 dogs working as at this stage they all know what they are doing.

It was also a great pleasure to watch Sue Kirkham and Tilly and so pleased that they qualified as this was the last trial before Tilly retired. We did have some tears of happiness.

Thank you to everyone who attended and hope you all enjoyed the trial as much as I did.

St Chad’s Anglican Church, Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield. B75 7SN.

Start time: Level 1 9.30 am, level 6 1.30 pm
Entry Fees: £22 per dog. Entries caped at 20 level 1 and 10 level 6. Only one dog per handler per levels.
Contact: Ellen Lindley, Tel 07413 111 921
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