Sat 25 Jul 2020, Great Rollright

Level 4: Judge - Ali Brannen

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Judges Report – Level 4

First off I would like to thank Karen Denton for asking me to judge this trial and to Hazell Williamson for allowing us to use her venue.

We started off the morning with boxes & luggage, the distractions I chose were coffee and vanilla. The scents were placed in a small bag to the left of the search area and in a shoe box at the back of the search area. 6/8 teams found both hides and they were Carina & Cedar, Julie & Wren, Liz & Chandra, Gabrielle & Elli, Nikki & Peppa and Liz & Cash. 2/8 teams found 1 and they were Kay & Reno and Pam & Willow.

Then it was on to the exterior area. The scents were placed in a piece of frame work and on a IGP hide. 6/8 teams were successful finding both hides and they were Carina & Cedar, Julie & Wren, Pam & Willow, Liz & Chandra, Nikki & Peppa and Liz & Cash. 2/8 found 1 hide and they were Kay & Reno and Gabrielle & Elli.

Next was the vehicle/wall search. The scents were hidden either side of a large water container. 7/8 teams found both hides and they were Carina & Cedar, Julie & Wren, Pam & Willow, Liz & Chandra, Gabrielle & Elli, Nikki & Peppa and Liz & Cash. 1 team found 1 hide and that was Kay & Reno.

Lastly it was tables, chairs and perimeter search. The scents were placed on the 5th chair around the table and a stack of chairs at the back of the search area. 4/8 teams found both hides and they were Julie & Wren, Liz & Chandra, Gabrielle & Elli and Nikki & Peppa. 4/8 teams found 1 hide and they were Carina & Cedar, Kay & Reno, Pam & Willow and Liz & Cash.

6/8 teams qualified and they were in 1st place Julie & Wren with a clean sweep, 2nd Liz & Chandra with a clean sweep, 3rd Nikki & Peppa with a clean sweep, 4th was Liz & Cash with an excellent award, 5th Place Carina & Cedar and in 6th place was Pam & Willow. Gabrielle & Elli were NFC as Gabrielle just wanted to practice with her that day.

Some great handling from all teams on a very blustery and damp day. Great to see you all and I hope to see you all again in the future.

Ali Brannen

Trial Manager’s report

It was a cold and blustery day for our Level 4 trial but that didn’t deter the 8 competitors who had traveled from far and wide to attend. It was held in the beautiful residence belonging to Hazell, who, once again allowed me to host a trial at her property.

As the rules currently dictate we split the entrants into a morning and an afternoon group to reduce numbers with Gabrielle running NFC with Elli. We had six out of 8 dog/handler teams qualifying. 1st place was hotly contended between Julie & Wren and Liz & Chandra with both teams on 100 points and only split by a very small time margin. However, apart from coming 2nd with Chandra, Liz also came 4th with Cash gaining her Excellent title too. Nikki & Peppa were 3rd so massive congratulations to all of you.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for attending. I hope you were all able to take away some positive experiences from it even if you weren’t successful.

Of course, many thanks to Ali Brannen for judging and giving feedback to all the handlers.

Hope to see you all again in future trials.

Best wishes
Karen Denton

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