Thu 09 Jan 2020, Sutton Coldfield

Level 5: Judge - Sue Benson
WA = Wrong Alerts (4 = elimination)P = Points (articles found X 10)
B = Bonus (10 if all items found)D = DeductionsT = time (seconds)
Interior Search 1Interior Search 2Exterior SearchTotals
No of itemsTime allowedNo of itemsTime allowedNo of itemsTime allowedP+B-D = Points + Bonus - Deductions
1Sue Taylor - Sunny0401001291301001730501001251120300150427
2Peter Jeffries - Coco040100119220001800501001592110200130458
3Lynda Stangle - Magic04010015703010097040003000110200130554
4Collette Guy - Lola040100165020001800501002420110200130587
5Diane Weston - Megan040100240030100179040003000110200130719
6Jan Martin - Amber020002400301001610501001960100200120597
7Gloria Bonnell - Jade0401001160200018003000300090100100596
8Harold Latusek - Rosie0300024002000180040003000900090720
9Melanie Goble - Rowan0300024012000180040003001900090720

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Arrived at Bodymoor Heath to find Ellen up and running. We looked at the sites available for use and got set up. Had a briefing, showed the first site to be used and we were ready to go. The white dog was Meg run by Ellen and what a little gem she was.
There were ten teams all raring to go. I set up four searches for interior 1 . Inside the bottom of a coat rack, on the back of one of a line of 4 chairs, in the handle of a coal scuttle and underneath a tombola. It was the one on the chairs that caught some people out, the dogs were allowed to zip up the line of chairs and several didn’t go back to what had been missed, but mainly there weren’t many problems.
So onto the exterior search where I set five searches. I inside a drainpipe, under a shovel, tucked under the handle of a bucket, inside a channel next to a wall and under the leg of a table. Here the one under the table leg was the one that caused trouble. Quite a few of the dogs weren’t asked to put their heads down to search.
The final interior search included a section of the main hall and a storage cupboard. One placed in the back of a small unplugged heater. Another on the wheel of a large mop and bucket the final one in the seam of the door. Here it was the bucket that caught some people out. It was first item inside the storage cupboard and was missed.
Overall the standard of the teams was very good and the results show this. It was a lovely day, very friendly and some great handling of the dogs and teams working well together. Sue Taylor and Sunny were very worthy winners. Thankyou to Jo Holmes who scribed for me. This was the first time she had scribed and she did an excellent job. Well done.

Bodymoor Heath Victory Hall on the edge of Sutton Coldfield is a favourite venue of mine. It has a lovely feel to it, plenty of leg-stretching space for your dogs, a great little kitchen and plenty of little nooks and crannies to hide scents in searches.

Susan Benson kindly agreed to step in to judge for me on this trial at fairly short notice and she did an excellent job of setting challenging but manageable searches.

The weather was unseasonably mild, and despite there being a little bit of wind, we escaped quite lightly.

Congratulations to Sue Taylor with Sunny for their win and Peter Jeffries with Coco for second place, beating 4 other competitors on time.

Many thank to Jo Holmes who stepped in to scribe at the last minute and to Collette Guy for being my clean-up crew.

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