Sun 11 Jul 2021, Little Haywood

Level 2: Judge - Julie Bytheway

Chilwell Avenue Little Haywood Staffs ST18 0QZ

Start: 10 am & 2pm
Entry Fees: £25 per dog.
Contact: Dolores Palmer

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Little Haywood is a great place for a trial and it was very well organised and run by Dolores, even though she was in pain and hobbling around with a badly swollen ankle that she had twisted the day before. I would like to say a very big thank you to Kate, who scribed and also gave lots of moral support both to myself and the competitors, and also to Carole who removed and replaced the scented items, you both made my job a lot easier.
One thing I love about the Scentwork UK trials is the level of camaraderie and support that exists between competitors and today was no exception. We had a lovely group of handlers and dogs – thank you all for your patience and for adhering to the covid rules and for coping without the usual tea and biscuits!
Watching you working with your dogs today was a real pleasure! All of the dogs were keen and raring to go and you handled them beautifully. The standard of handling throughout the trial was generally quite high, with very few handling marks being lost. The dogs knew what they were doing too and it was really interesting watching the different searching styles, from the super speedy Baxter who almost ran straight to the scent, to Mist
and Alize who systematically checked each article before deciding where it was. Indications, which can make or break a search, were generally accurate although not always obvious to those watching – it shows how well you know your dogs!
Congratulations to everyone – most people qualified and we had a high number of clean sweeps too, but a particularly big well done to Kerry and Taggy, Lynne and Alize and Elizabeth and Bonzo – you all made it look so easy.
I would also like to shout out to Mary and Baxter – he is one speedy scenter, and also to Liz and Mist – if anyone ever doubts that older dogs can participate in competitive scentwork – I shall tell them to come and watch you two work together, it’s truly inspiring!
Well done again to everyone, keep up the good work and good luck to you and your beautiful dogs in the future.

Congratulations to all the competitors, especially those with a placing. Searching for double the amount of scents can be very tiring for the dogs but they were all up to the task. I also understand the standard of handling was excellent. Looking at the results, I was wowed by the speed of searching across all searches by Mary Statham’s Baxter who found both scents at around 30 seconds, apart from the vehicle/wall search which he did in 15 seconds – what a fast dog.
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone including competitors, who seeing I was struggling with a swollen bruised ankle mucked in and helped moving tables, & folding tables back down & many other jobs. Special Mention to Maurice Millington who, on a phone call, came and took over being the runner. Thank you to Carole Millington for being remover/replacer of scented items & your help at the end. And thank you to a super judge Julie Bytheway and scribe Kate Wilkes. who also mucked in and helped out with many jobs. Hopefullyy my ankle will be recovered for the level 3 in a couple of weeks time.

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