Mon 2nd Dec 2019, Wellingborough

Level 5: Judge - Wendy Rose Clay
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
1Marie Poole – Roger0401002740501001610301001610120300150596
2Charlotte Jarrad – Bea030003000501001460301001080110200130554
3Melanie Goble – Rowan030003000501001840301001000110200130584
4Jan Martin – Amber03000300050100275030100550110200130630
5Helen Kennedy – Preston03000.25300050100.25114030100620110200.5129.5476
6Hannah Crook – Quin02000300050100133030100820100200120515
7Mary Allen – Alfie3100030005010013403010074390200110508
8Alan Clancy – Rhum03000300040003000301001090100100110709
9Jenny Fairweather – Tinker01000300050100255030100.25124090200.25109.75679
10Lynda Stangle – Max020003000400030003010511609010595716

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Thank you Marianne for asking me to judge the level 5 trial at Wellingborough today. This was my first level 5 judging experience and I was really looking forward to it.

We started with interior search 1 in the changing rooms. The areas I picked to search were the Referees room,Physio room,showers and corridor. This was a large area with masses of environmental distractions. I ran Quincy as my white dog,he found all 4 swatches in just over 3.5 minutes,so I allowed a generous 5 minutes for 4 finds.

I’m glad I did because unfortunately only little Roger with Marie found all 4 scents and everyone else ran out of time. A lot of handlers were confused which room they had already searched so time was wasted going back to previously cleared areas,it’s easily done at this venue,the rooms do all look the same. A couple of handlers pulled their dogs away from the scent in a pipe behind the door in the shower room just as the dogs had found it which was a real shame. All of the dogs found the swatch in the side of the tyre and most found the one on the bottom of the bench leg in the referees room. The hardest swatch to find seemed to be the gun oil one on the edge of the door frame in the physio room. There is another shower room behind the door and the scent seemed to be being sucked back into that room.

Alan and Rhum however had a brilliant alert on it,she’s such a busy and enthusiastic dog to watch work.

After the lovely frosty start to the day when we had walked the areas,by the time we tried to set up the exterior search the frost had gone and Marianne was unable to get the swatches to stick to the items I’d chosen,so i had to change the area slightly.

Despite some of the handlers worries about searching on grass all of the dogs worked brilliantly with most of them finding 3 out 3 finds which were in the edge of the gate,a large brick with holes and a traffic cone.

The final area was half of the main hall. There were 5 to find,under a chair,between the benches,under the chair mover,under the fire extinguisher and on the leg of the high table in the middle.

By this time most peoples nerves had left them and they worked the area calmly and throughly,a couple missed the high table in the middle until the last couple of minutes which left myself,scrime Chris Baldwin and timer Nicky Hamlin holding our breath!

Charlotte’s Bea gave us all a good laugh disappearing into the potato oven in the corner,picking up a tissue,presenting it to her Mum and carrying on with a perfect search.

Most handlers found most or all of the swatches easily in the 5 minutes.

I really have to mention a lovely lady I judged called Mary with her dog Alfie.

Mary was an absolutely nervous wreck when she started the first search,Alfie tried to steer her in the right direction but her nerves made her call a couple of wrong alerts. Mary was so upset that she’d let Alfie down so it was lovely when they found all of the exterior swatches and then went on to find them all in the hall. We all cheered and I just had to give her a big hug.

Congratulations to winners Marie and Roger,lovely to watch you working together,doesn’t seem five minutes since I was judging you both at Level 2.

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