Thu 20 Feb 2020, Camerton

Level 4: Judge - Nigel Wilkes
T&C - A/FT&C - HT&C - TES - A/FES - HES - TVS - A/FVS - HVS - TB&L - A/FB&L - HB&L - TMarksTime
A/F = Alert FindH = HandlingT = Time (seconds)
Tables & ChairsExterior SearchVehicle SearchBoxes & LuggageTotals
1Kay Jennings - Dazzle10511220521205652053290230
2Liz Beaumont - Chandra10589205582051132056490324
3Penny Varnes - Tinsel20549204.75332052261056189.75369
4Carol Wheeler - Tolly104.75148205532051092058189.75391
5Lynne Mitchell - Rowan205203204.75100205140104.528489.25727

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Thank you Nigel Wilkes for judging today, the weather was a little testing, especially with the hall being on top of a hill, when the clouds parted and the rain became less intense there are some lovely views. Anni Martin stewarded and wrote the certificates doing both tasks beautifully, thank you Anni, and Rob and Thelma Broderick were the runners as well as keeping the kitchen staffed, thank you both. The competitors took the conditions in good spirits, laughing off the rain and really supporting each other, what a great bunch of of people who it was a pleasure to organise and run a trial for, thank you for entering. Also many thanks to Neil and Lynne Mitchell who are invaluable to me, they do all the computer stuff couldn’t do a trial without them. As we were packing up the sun came out and blue sky appeared oh well shame it didn’t appear earlier.

It was nice of Pippa to ask me to Judge the Level 4 trial at Camerton today and with a start time of 10 am I left home hoping to be at the venue by 9.30 am. This is the 3rd time I have been to this venue and the satnav sent me through new villages! I arrived earlier than expected and Pippa and her team were had at work setting up the search areas.
All teams were on time and due to it being reasonable good outside we decided with the exterior search and I placed 1 hide in the ski boot clip and the other in the catch on a tin. The distraction scent for all hides was Almond Essence and Toothpaste . All teams had no trouble in finding both scents even though the wind was very strong. The white dog was run on all hides.
Our second search area was the Tables and Chairs and on this search I placed one by the top of the bucket in a hole and the other under a switch. This did cause the teams some false alerts on the distraction scent which was on the first chair in and some missed out a corner of the search area, however, you could see those teams who worked well together as they covered every inch of the search area.
The Boxes and Luggage was the next search as it was still raining outside. Both hides were in 2 identical cases with the distraction scents in the boxes. Not many teams had any problems in this area and the searching was very good.
The final search was vehicles and I put both hides on the same vehicle 1 at the front right and the other at the rear left. Again the teams worked well but some forgot to continue the search after finding the first on the same vehicle and went onto the next.
Throughout all the searches there were some teams who stood out and it was not surprise that Kay and Dazzle came first as well as Penny and Tinsel who came 3rd I would also like to congratulate Liz and Carol whose dogs worked really well.
Out of the 8 teams 5 qualified and I look forward to seeing them continue on the SWUK journey.
I would like to thank Pippa for asking me to judge, Anne for scribing and Rob and Thelma for keeping the teams on their toes so that there was no delay.

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