Mon 16th Sep 2019, Wellingborough

Levels 1 & 6: Judges - Wendy Rose Clay & Dolores Palmer
Level 1

1 Julie Thomas – Sassy – 100
2 Julie Neal – Wren – 99.95
3 Emma Rebbetts – Murphy – 99.95
4 Linda Hams – Sonic – 99.95
5 Paula Davis – Bonnie-Jazz – 99.5
6 Michelle Allen – Kizzy – 99.45
7 John Hearn – Whisper – 99.45
8 Nicky Hamlin – Bodie – 99.2
9 Rosemary Steen – Harley – 79.95
10 Verity Edwin-Camp – Hermione – 78.75
11 Val Isherwood – Trio – 77.5
12 Rita Banfather – Elliott – 74.95

Level 6

1 Jeni Pirie – Sullivan – 150
2 Janet Wykes – Jess – 150
3 Wendy Clay – Chilli – 150
4 Helen Byrne – Nellie – 130
5 Chris Clements – BaileyBoo – 90
6 Marie Poole – Liberty – 90

Here we are again on a Monday morning setting up Wellingborough Rugby Club for another Scentwork UK trial. Today we have levels 1 & 6

It is a bit misty and feels like it is set in for the day.

Level 1 in the morning – judged by Wendy Rose Clay and Dolores Palmer.
Two great judges. Thank you so much ladies as you did a sterling job. Putting all level 1 competitors at their ease.

Also thank you to Jane Meadows and Janet Wykes who gave up their time to scribe all morning. You are both so very much appreciated.

Level 1 was finished by lunchtime and level 6 competitors were now arriving.

Chris Baldwin stayed and scribed for level 6. Thank you so much Chris and also for the fabulous not one but 2 cakes you brought with you.

Dolores Palmer showed everyone where the search areas would be and once they had looked over them we got started.

Due to the mist turning into rain we got the exterior search done but as soon as we were finished then the sun came out!!!

So we all got a bit damp and then dried off in the sunshine.

A white dog was used in all searches.

Lots of lovely searching – A great way to spend a Monday.

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Marianne – Trial manager

Dolores Palmer

Thank you to Marianne for asking me to judge level 6 and also level 1 alongside Wendy Rose Clay.

Thank to Lisa for scribing for Level 1 in the morning. And thank you to Marianne for scribing the first search in Level 6 in the afternoon and to Chris Baldwin for scribing the other two searches (first time scribing an area search so a massive learning curve – thank you for sticking in there Chris).

It was interesting experience judging the first level in the morning and Level 6 (almost the top level) in the afternoon. It reminded me of that journey from first starting, moving through the levels, and the adjustment in working the top levels.

Level 1
Wendy and I quickly divided the searches between us. I judged exterior and then Containers (luggage & boxes). The standard of work was generally very high and it was a pleasure to watch each team work. All but one team had competed before and there were some experienced handlers bringing on a second dog.

Exterior search There were some really fast searches: Chris Baldwin’s Riley (11 seconds), Paula Davies’ Bonnie Jazz (16 seconds), Rita Banfather’s Elliott (20 seconds), Emma Rebbetts’s Murphy (20 seconds) and Emma Rebbetts’s Murphy (20 seconds). Other dogs took their time in finding the scent searching each item thoroughly before indicating. Linda Hams’ Sonic was one of these.

It is quite common to see dogs in level 1 find the scent but then needing to check all the other objects before making a final choice. This changes with experience and confidence. Verity Edwin-Camp’s Hermione actually went back very quickly to the scented item, after just checking 2 other objects.

In some cases owners delayed calling the alert due to previous false alerts, well handled Nicki Hamlin with Bodie.

Rosemary Steen’s Harley found the ground more interesting than the objects and Rosemary had to work hard to get Harley onto the containers; but once he switched to searching Harley worked really well.

There was some great handling. In particular John Hearn who handled Whisper in a gentle but, (when necessary),firm way.

Boxes and Luggage: There were a couple of really fast searches: Paula Davies’ Bonnie Jazz (8 seconds), Julie Neal’s Wren (9 seconds). At the other end Rita Banfather called the alert just a split second before time was called. Elliott certainly had us holding our breath waiting for him to indicate.
I was very impressed by Julie Thomas’ line handling in this search, letting her line out as need be and gathering it up if Sassy came closer to her. Lovely to watch the flow enabling Sassy to search without interruption.

When sharing the judging one never knows who has done well enough to get a placing. Congratulations to Linda Hams & Sonic 4th, Emma Rebbetts & Murphy 3rd, Julie Neal & Wren 3rd and a very surprised Julie Thomas & Sassy 1st.

It was good to see that virtually everyone qualified. Congratulations everyone; well done!

Level 6
What a privilege to judge my peers in Level 6 with 8 awesome teams competing against one another.

The scents were hidden as follows:

Exterior: corner of first bench, behind third boards leaning against wall, drain pipe, between wall & gate post.

Interior 1: hook on wall, door frame, tucked into hole in cupboard by kitchen door, tucked into a hole in cupboard near the socket in the corner, underneath last bench.

Interior 2: under door stop, in pipe in shower room, seam of double doors- low down. Just 4 dogs found this last scent.

There were were a few highlights and emotional moments:

I loved Wendy Clay’s attitude when I showed the 3 areas to be searched – such relish and enjoyment of what was to come. Chilli found all 12 scents doing some lovely searching and gaining 3rd place – a great start at your first Level 6 with Chilli.

Bailey handled by Chris Clements was a late addition. After all the health issues Bailey has had (& he still has a slight head tilt) it was so lovely to see Bailey arrive at the exterior search so up for doing his search – and that lasted throughout the trial enabled him to qualify once again. Well done Bailey. You must be thrilled Chris.

Banjo handled by Yaz Whitehall did some lovely searching and so nearly qualified but was, sadly, was just one hide short of the necessary 9 scents needed to qualify. Unfortunately Baz spooked on the last search and although he showed a change of behaviour at each scent hide, it took some time before he settled and was able to indicate to show Yaz where the scents were hidden; unfortunately he ran out of time before indicating on the last scent. Good luck in your future Level 6s.

Disney worked by Annette Lesley has come on so well. Really lovely searching and brilliant handling by Annette. Not qualified today but I’m sure it won’t be long judging by Disney’s new attitude to area searching.

Marie Poole’s Liberty was quite an experience to watch – what enthusiasm, and speed. Not an easy dog to work I was very impressed by Marie’s handling – just the right balance of freedom and reining Liberty in; this enabled Liberty to qualify having found 9 scents.

Jenie Pirie with Sullivan is always a pleasure to watch. Jenie informed me that she really wasn’t in “scentwork mode” that day but there was no doubt that Sullivan was. All 12 scents found with some lovely thorough searching. This team went on to win the trial.

Janet Wykes and Jess put in a great performance as is to be expected from this team, finding all 12 scents resulting in 2nd place and L6 Excellence rosette – good luck in Level 7.

Competition was so close that the first 3 places were decided on time!

Finally Nellie handled by Helen Byrne found 11 scents, . Nellie is a lovely searcher with lots of motivation. She is left in no doubt that she is the best dog in the world for finding each scent – lovely to watch your response to Nellie’s finds. A well deserved 4th place and excellence rosette – Good luck in Level 7.

Well done everyone!

Wendy Rose Clay

Thank you Marianne for asking me to judge her level 1 trial at Wellingborough today 16th September 2019.

I started my day with the table and chairs search.

There were a couple of false alerts and several of the dogs were interested in the chair next to the scented article but the handlers who allowed their dogs to settle were rewarded with great alerts.

Poor Rita with Elliot,he sniffed and sniffed but just couldn’t pin the correct chair down,such a shame,he did however do the most amazing vehicle search though.

There was some really great and patient handling.


It was fairly breezy outside so I placed the scent on the drivers side back wheel so that the scent was blowing towards the dogs,allowing them to lead their handlers straight to it if they trusted them. Almost all of the handlers did and it was great to see their confidence as they took the lead.

I loved watching how the different dogs changed expressions as they got closer to the scent,John dog Whisper has the funniest ear twitch alert I’ve ever seen.

Most surprised handler of the day award had to go to Val when Trio literally dragged her to the wheel,so funny.

Well done everyone,great through searching,there were loads of clean sweeps.

Congratulations to very tearful winners Julie and Saffie.

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
1Julie Thomas – Sassy20537205612054220545100185
2Julie Neal – Wren204.95292053020521205999.9589
3Emma Rebbetts – Murphy204.95492052020592052499.95102
4Linda Hams – Sonic204.95422057520592052599.95151
5Paula Davis – Bonnie-Jazz2053820516204.556205899.5118
6Michelle Allen – Kizzy204.55820562204.95522053199.45203
7John Hearn – Whisper20533204.7565204.9573204.755799.45228
8Nicky Hamlin – Bodie204.959720577204.251382059899.2410
9Rosemary Steen – Harley204.959520510920527056779.95298
10Verity Edwin-Camp – Hermione04.55820531204.25422056878.75199
11Val Isherwood – Trio204.5490461205422049277.5244
12Rita Banfather – Elliott04.9516820520205620018074.95374
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
1Jeni Pirie – Sullivan0501001340301001380401002030120300150475
2Janet Wykes – Jess050100147030100971401002401120300150484
3Wendy Clay – Chilli0501002260301001130401002320120300150571
4Helen Byrne – Nellie050100140020001800401001200110200130440
5Chris Clements – BaileyBoo0400026502000180030002400900090685
6Marie Poole – Liberty0400027002000180030002400900090690

Wellingborough Rugby Club, Cut Throat Lane, Wellingborough NN29 7TZ

9.30AM – 5PM
Entry Fees: £24 per dog, Capped at 15 handlers. Only 1 dog per handler.
Contact: Marianne Tembey Tel: 07949 786255
Download entry form to book a place. Fully booked.