Fri 03 Jun 2022, Marston Moreteyne

Levels 1 & 3: Judges - Harry Latusek & Sue Abbot-Dixon

Beancroft Farm, Beancroft Road, Marston Moreteyne, Bedfordshire MK430QE

Start: L1 – Briefing 9.15; Judging 9.30am. L3 – Briefing 1pm; Judging 1.15pm
Entry Fees: £30 per dog.
Contact: Emma Conlisk emmaconlisk@icloud.com

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

sue Abbott-Dixon

Thank you for inviting me to co judge at this wonderful venue.
I have to say despite those trialling nerves the atmosphere here was lovely, with everyone ready to enjoy the day.
the level 1 was 1st, and I was inside for this.
The standard of the teams… many on their 1st trial, was very high indeed.
The lovely Jemima was 1st in, and with a faultless performance on the tables and chairs. I knew we were in for a good day. All other teams also work the tables and chairs really well.
We had a couple of those boxes and bags nerves on that element, with a couple of early calls, because the handler was a little concerned about trashing.
Feedback was given to everyone at the time, and I hope you find it useful.
Well done everyone.

then after a quick break, outside I went for the level 3.
We had one vehicle, and a length of wall, and the scent was laid to allow us to watch the dogs pick up the scent, and track to source. which they all did beautifully. It was great to watch the different styles of the dogs working the area. All with positive results.
Article search went well too. we had a little visit from a duck flying in. .. Thank goodness it wasn’t when Halle was White Dogging ! Phew.
Again overall the standard of these teams was very high. And there were some great results.
This made my job very easy.
It was a really lovely day. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as me.
hope to see you all again soon.

My first visit to this lovely venue,Thankyou Emma for inviting me along to co judge a level 1and 3 with an old acquaintance,Sue Abbot Dixon.
It was a nice warm and dry day.A white dog was used prior to all searches taking place.
I was tasked in the morning with judging the vehicle and exterior searches.Alternating in the the afternoon to judge the indoor searches in the level 3.

Vehicle
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The cloves scent was hidden in the front grill of the car to the upper right hand side,the teams approaching the vehicle to its front,from start line.
10 of the 14 teams were successful.Excellent handling and searching by,Hazel and Rannoch and worthy of note here also,were Sara and Billie and Rachel and Jemima.
Exterior
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A much better overall display here with 13 of the teams succesfully finding the hidden scent in a wooden wall clock,which I had placed furthest away from the start line,to the right.
Lovely of lead searching by the majority of teams,the fastest three finding the hide in some,6,7 and. 8 seconds.
It was a pleasure to judge these up and coming teams.
The top 5 all achieving the full 100 marks,with only 0.5 separating the top 7.
My congratulations go to the eventual rosette winners on the day….1…Bethan and Arnold….2…Bernice and Jazz…3…Rachael and Jemima….4….Sara and Billie
Hopefully I will meet up with some of you,if not all,at sometime in the future..

Level 3
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9 teams took part in this trial plus another running NFC.
I laid out some 13 boxes,bags and luggage.
The cloves scent was secreted under the handle of a small suitcase and placed front left of the start line.The gun oil was hidden in a zip compartment of a haversack type bag and placed front right.
No problem to these teams,all finding both with reasonable ease.An excellent display by all the teams,some having to work a little harder keeping their dogs attention but achieving their goal nonetheless.

Tables/chairs and perimeter
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2 tables and 8 chairs were laid out centrally within the hall in an L shaped pattern,and a further 8 items were laid out on the floor around the perimeter..
I hid the cloves scent underneath a wall socket to the front right of the start line.The gun oil scent was hidden on the left hand table,underneath a metal bar connection the legs,some 10 inches from ground level.
It was lovely to watch the dogs hone in from around 2 metres away to the hide under the socket,with their handlers merrily tagging along.A couple of handlers were a little hesitant,but as we always say,trust your dog,they did and were duly rewarded.
A mention here to Karen,who worked her little socks of to keep Phoenix interested and attentive on the perimeter search,well done you.
The table search I thought may have tested a few,but I was wrong.All of the dogs searched around the couple of adjoining chairs,working their way to source,it was lovely to watch.
I won’t single out any other teams here, as you all gave an excellent account of yourselves,one I would have been proud of myself.
My congratulations got to the eventual rosette winners on the day…1…Rebecca and Pixie…2…Catherine and Zenzero…3 …Rebecca and Freddy….4….Charlotte and Blue..
I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon,good luck to you all in your future trials.

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