Sat 06 Aug 2022, Haynes

Levels 3 & 4: Judges - Harry Latusek / Gloria Bonnell

Haynes Village Hall, MK45 3QB

Start: L3 09:30, L4 13:00
Entry Fees: £30 per dog.
Contact: Stacey Robinson

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Judges report by Keith Clowes.
Level 3 & 4 competition at Haynes on the 7 Aug 2022.

Stacey Robinson trial manager kindly asked Harry Latusek and myself to judge the level 3 & 4 trial.

Level 3
For this trial, I first judged the exterior. I chose to scent two logs, one near the front with cloves and one near the rear of the search area with gun oil. There was some excellent handling throughout the search. I would like to congratulate Penny with Ounce who found both scents in 37 seconds.

Next, I judged the wall. The first scent was placed in a hole between to bricks about 2 feet high. The second scent was placed on the corner of the wall under a brick that had been damaged, about 3 inches from the ground. I would like to congratulate to Bev with Tye, who produced a really fast time on the wall of 21 seconds. Again, there was some really nice handling. Congratulations to the following top four:

1st Jill Clinch with Bryce, who gained her excellence at level 3.
2nd Helen Hankins with Tym.
3rd Charlotte Ping with Blue.
4th Trudy Longhurst with Tyler.

I would also like to complement all the others that qualified. Having spoken with the other judge, Harry, we commented on how high the standard throughout the trial was.

Level 4
For this my first search was table and chairs and perimeter. I put the gun oil on the bottom of the table leg, and the cloves on the centre edge of the double doors. I put a vanilla distraction scent on a jigsaw box and an almond distraction on the pedal of the bin by the wall. Rebeca with Pixie had a fast time of 55 seconds and the standard of search by all was of a really high standard.

Next, I did the exterior search. I placed the gun oil in a log near the begin of the search and the cloves in a log near the rear. The vanilla distraction scent, I put in a tin on the right edge of the search and almond distraction scent in a tea pot near the centre of the search area. We had some really quick times, although some lost points on handling. I would like to congratulate the following top four:

1st Teresa Soman with Archie, who also gained her excellence at level 4
2nd Wendy Linge with Winnie.
3rd Bettina Colliver with Oscar.
4th Diane Barry with Milo.

Well done to all who qualified and thank you to all the competitors for being a great bunch. Many thanks to Katherine and Leanne, our fantastic scribes.

Thankyou Stacey for inviting me along to Haynes to co judge the level 3 and 4 trials with my friend and colleague,Keith Clowes.A Thankyou also to my scribes on the day,Lindsay and Jill.
A beautiful sunny day,with little or no breeze.
A white dog was used prior to all searches commencing.
I was tasked with judging the interior searches in level 3.

13 items were laid out in the main hall.The scents,cloves and gun oil were concealed in 2 bags .These were placed front right and back left of the start line.
Some lovely searching with 7 of the 10 teams finding both with relative ease,and 3 finding one.
Worthy of note here were,Jill and Bryce and Leanne and Jasper. Both working their dogs of lead and returning very quick times of,39 and 44 seconds respectively.

2 tables and 8 chairs were set up in a square pattern.A few items were laid out around the perimeter.
A gun oil scent was concealed under the front of a chair,sited front left of the start line.The cloves scent was hidden approx 12”(30cm),above ground in the centre of a double door,along the right hand wall.
No problem for 7 of the teams in finding both,with 2 finding the scent on the perimeter,but both wrongly calling the chair next to the scented one.
Excellent searching and handling here by the majority with Bev and Tye leading the way home in some 51 seconds,closely followed by Jill and Bryce and Emma and Bailey.Well done Charlotte and blue,Charlotte showing of her handling skills,reading Blue well and holding her patience to eventually call both hides correctly.
A pleasure to judge you all,I had a lovely morning.
I will add, “please read the guide lines before your trial,you will then be aware of where and where not the hides can be placed..”
My congrats go to eventual rosette winners on the day..
1…Jill and Bryce…2…Helen and Tym…3…Charlotte and Blue…4…Trudy and Tyler.
I wish all the best in your future trial

Level 4
We had 8 competing teams in this level.
I moved outside and started with the vehicle/wall search.
This was set up on the front car park and 2 vehicles and a length of wall were used.
The 2 vehicles were lined up side by side facing the wall.
A cloves scent was placed inside the rear passenger door of vehicle 1,on the bottom sill.
A gun oil scent was placed on the bottom sill of vehicle 2 ,passenger side,between front and rear doors.
6 of the teams were successful here in finding both with the remaining two finding 1.
Lovely searching by Bettina and Oscar,also showing good skills were Wendy and Winnie and Jane and Jessie.

Boxes and Luggage
The items were laid out and 2 bags were scented up with cloves and gun oil,in addition 2 boxes were scented up with an almond and a vanilla distraction scent.
All of the teams were successful here in finding both,I’m glad to say,not a flicker from any on the distractions.
A good showing here from Wendy and Winnie,showing the way home in some 25 seconds.Hot on their heels were Bettina and Oscar,Jane and Jessie and Teresa and Archie.
Knowing all of the teams it is always lovely to follow their progression.You all did extremely well.\
My congratulations go to the eventual rosette winners on the day.
1…Teresa and Archie…2…Wendy and Winnie…Bettina and Oscar…4…Dianne and Milo…
All 8 teams qualified…
I look forward to perhaps meeting up with some,if not all of you,at sometime in the future.Good Luck….

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