Tue 09 May 2023, Wichenford

Levels 6: Judges - Harry Latusek

Wichenford Memorial Hall, Venn Lane, Wichenford, Worcestershire WR6 6YF,

Start: 10.00am
Entry Fees: £30 per dog.
Contact: Bridget Francis trialmanager@paulinewhittaker.co.uk
– Tel: 07854375772

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Thankyou to Pauline for inviting me back to Wichenford to judge this level 6.
A big Thankyou also to Bridget and Nikki who helped and scribed on the day.
The weather was kind to us,amazing what a little bit of sunshine brings out in us.
6 teams took part.
Interior one
I used half of the main hall,and fairly good sized kitchen.
5 minutes was allocated and 5 scents were laid out.
On the left hand wall, a gun scent was hidden approx 60cm from the ground ,on the rear of a radiator,2nd radiator on the same wall,I hid a truffle scent behind the radiator,middle bottom.
The remaining 3 hides were placed out in the kitchen,1 on the wheel of a catering cupboard,to the left on entry through the door, moving around to the right a gun oil scent was placed half way up a leg, underneath the metal,sink,approx 60 cm.
To the right of the kitchen, the remaining truffle scent was concealed inside the top,of an oven door,70cm.
All teams performed reasonably well,with three finding 4 and three finding 3.The first radiator,and the kitchen sink leg hides,being missed by half of the dogs.

This was set up around the right hand wall and rear of the building.
Lots of lovely hiding places.
4 scents were placed out,an early cloves scent,ground level in a crack in the brickwork,some 4’(120cm)from the start.
2 metres further along a gun oil scent was hidden low on the wheel of a dustbin.
A watering can spout contained the 3rd cloves scent,this was laid against the wall with piping and a large wooden log in front and to the side of it.
Moving around to the rear of the building,approx another 6 metres on,a truffle hide was placed underneath a water disposal pipe,60 cm high.
3 of the teams excelled here,finding all 4 hides.
Leading the way home in 110 seconds were Pauline and Tessa,closely followed by Fiona and Sage and Joanne and Cora,in some 130 and 139 seconds respectively.All 3 giving a lovely display of searching.
To be fair all of the
dogs searched well,considering the environmental issues,lot of lovely smelling grass.
3 mins was allocated
Interior 2
I used the remaining half of the large hall and an L shaped corridor,which lead to the toilet area and emergency exit door to the rear of the building.
The corridor area ,including the entry,contained some 6 doorways.
I left the main hall area clear,and placed out a cloves,gun and truffle oil low to the left on 3 of the 6 doors.All well within the distance allowance .
3.5 mins was allocated.
No problem to the 2 teams who found all 3,Fiona and Sage and Pauline and Tessa,lovely handling and searching.
A little bit of over thinking here by some of the handlers.A couple of dogs showed a lot of interest on a couple of the hides,but it was dismissed and they were moved on.

Again I have to stress,push your dogs into these corners. That said,overall some lovely handling and searching by all teams
They all had their little moments of glory.I’m hoping Cora didn’t have a headache this morning,after head butting a few pieces of furniture on the way round…
A lovely way to spend a morning,it was my pleasure to judge.
My congratulations go to the eventual rosette winners on the day.
1…Pauline and Tessa…..2….Fiona and Sage….3…..Joanne and Cora,(gaining their Excellence)
I hope to see some,if not all,of you at sometime in the future.
Good luck with your future trials

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