Levels 1,2,3 & 4 Bournheath 22/23 September 2018
Well the weather wasn’t the best for this weekend but I thoroughly enjoyed these two days. Levels 1 & 2 were run on the Saturday in torrential rain and Levels 3 & 4 on the Sunday in a gale force wind! Despite that, everyone smiled through it and worked their dogs enthusiastically in the difficult conditions. I knew almost everyone who attended and it’s always lovely when the SWUK family get together.
I’ll let the judges discuss the performance of the handlers and dogs as I had plenty to do and kept out of the way in order not to put any further pressure on the participants by observing them. There were some great successes with a couple of Excellent titles awarded and some moments of great disappointment when things didn’t go according to plan.
I had some nice feedback on my new venue which was pleasing. It definitely worked better than the previous one and I look forward to my next Trial in October to do it all again.
My judges on Saturday were Anne Tucker and Ellen Ward Lindley and on Sunday were Geof Dixon and Sue Abbott-Dixon. They were all lovely to work with and spent time at the end of each search to give every handler an appraisal which was really appreciated by all. I had a lot of feedback to say how valuable that had been so many thanks indeed to all the judges.
My scribes on Saturday were Michelle Rodgers and Jackie Hodge and on Sunday were Lynn Grice and Heather Poulton. The runners were Lisa Finney and Zoe Ashman and helping keeping people warm with teas and coffee was Julie Russon. They were all fantastic and were a great team. Many thanks.
Congratulations to those who qualified and to those who just missed it. We all get there in the end and it wouldn’t be fun if we didn’t find it a challenge. 😊
I would firstly like to thank everyone who stepped up with their dogs on Saturday and allowed me to watch them work so beautifully together.
For Lvl 1 T&C I felt there were two outstanding teams – Pat with Jack and Alison with Lola. Both worked virtually flawlessly together. And a special comment needs to be made for Jan with Mattie who worked beautifully, despite his difficulties with strange humans.
The weather left a little to be desired, but non the less everyone cracked on and I think by the time our Lvl 1s got to the Exterior search they seemed to be beginning to enjoy themselves which really showed in their handling. So many people were paying really good attention to their own positioning and reading of dogs exceptionally well. I was particularly taken by the bond between Carol and Fiddle who worked so beautifully together. I was also very impressed with the determination of Amanda with Bailey, who despite recovering from injury and struggling to physically handle Bailey, managed a lovely find.
Our afternoon Lvl 2s were a fantastic group with every single pair qualifying. The standard was exceptionally high with 1st place receiving a perfect score and places 3, 4 and 5 split only by time.
Boxes and luggage was the first search of the afternoon for me and it was lovely to see a few different styles for both dogs and handlers. Brewster handled by Linda and Kathy’s Rowan provided very definite indications in exceptionally short times which were a joy to watch. Julie with Poppy stood out as a handler who clearly understood the difference between an investigation from their dog and an indication.
The second search for me to judge was again the exterior items. There was again some very high quality handling. Helen with Preston really impressed me in this search because she took on board comments from the previous search and made a great effort at improving her handling.
And a special mention must go to Lorraine and Chester who not only obtained Excellence in Level 1 in the morning, but also worked especially well in the Level 2 in the afternoon also.
Thank you also to Jackie who was my fantastic scribe and support for the day, to Karen for giving me the opportunity to judge in the first place, and to Anne, my fellow judge for giving me some great nuggets of advice. Thanks also to Lisa for ensuring all the participants were in the right place at the right time, and to Michelle for totting up the scores with me.
|A/F = Alert Find||H = Handling||T = Time (seconds)|
|Tables & Chairs||Exterior Search||Vehicle Search||Boxes & Luggage||Totals|
|1||Lorraine – Chester||20||4.75||22||20||5||20||20||5||29||20||5||46||99.75||117|
|2||Donna – Lola||20||4.75||18||20||5||12||20||4.5||32||20||5||27||99.25||89|
|3||Carol – Fiddle||20||4.75||23||20||5||25||20||4.5||53||20||5||39||99.25||140|
|4||Pat Wills – Jack||20||5||47||20||4.75||49||20||4.25||63||20||4.75||67||98.75||226|
|5||Julie – Edith||20||4.5||26||20||5||15||20||5||31||0||5||51||79.5||123|
|6||Alison – Lola||20||5||20||20||4.5||28||20||4.5||81||0||5||27||79||156|
|7||Anne – Ellie||20||4.5||32||20||5||20||0||4.5||99||20||4.75||58||78.75||209|
|8||Liz Beaumont – Chandra||20||4.5||80||0||4.25||18||20||4.75||79||20||4.5||50||78||227|
|9||Amanda – Bailey||20||4||75||20||4.75||61||0||4.5||116||20||4.75||87||78||339|
|1||Kathy Killick – Rowan||20||5||89||20||5||21||20||5||80||20||5||19||100||209|
|2||Lorraine – Chester||20||4.75||117||20||5||31||20||5||71||20||4.75||64||99.5||283|
|3||Linda – Brewster||20||4.75||32||20||5||14||20||4.5||44||20||5||17||99.25||107|
|4||Liz – Cash||20||4.75||57||20||4.75||36||20||4.75||60||20||5||37||99.25||190|
|5||Jill – Milo||20||4.5||169||20||5||52||20||4.75||103||20||5||28||99.25||352|
|6||Julie – Poppy||20||5||60||20||4.5||176||20||5||69||20||4.5||184||99||489|
|7||Nikki – Peppa||20||4.75||65||10||4.75||30||20||4.75||78||20||5||46||89.25||219|
|8||Helen – Preston||10||4.75||44||20||5||66||20||4.25||202||10||4.75||57||78.75||369|
|9||Lynn – Chess||20||5||41||10||4.5||39||20||4.75||170||10||4.25||41||78.5||291|
|10||Carole – Zoe||20||4.75||50||10||0||94||20||4.5||172||10||4.5||31||73.75||347|