Sun 24 Oct 2021, Finmere

Levels 4 & 6: Judges - L4 Jan Martin, L6 Yaz Whitehall

Finmere Village Hall, Water Stratford Road, Finmere, Bucks MK18 4AT

Start: 9am
Entry Fees: £28 per dog.
Contact: Heather Donnelly

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Level 6
Firstly a big thanks to Heather for inviting me to judge and to my fantastic scribe Melanie Goble.
This was a challenging but fair trial which had some mixed results with only 1 team finding all the hides in interior 1 and only 3 teams in the exterior search.
It was predominantly the truffle oil which were missed in each of the search areas although i feel this was mainly down to the dogs not searching those areas thoroughly. 6 handlers failed to search the area behind the curtain on the door in search 1 and 7 handlers failed to search the pipe on the exterior search.
There were lots of wrong alerts in search 1 which left it a little nerve racking for the rest of the searches, resulting in 3 teams being eliminated with wrong alerts.
The final 4 were only separated by .5 of a point, 1st and 2nd on 110 points and 3rd and 4th 109.5 points so positions were decide on time.
For those that didn’t qualify, just to think about where you have’nt searched, i know its easy to say but remembering at the time under pressure is not so easy.
Finally a big thankyou to all competitors, and i wish you all the best on your scentwork Journey.
Finally a big thankyou to all competitors it was a joy to watch you and your dogs and i wish you all well on your scentwork journey.

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