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2013 Kennel Club Working Trial Championships

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The Working Trial Championships were held near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire from Thursday 17th October 2013 to Saturday 19th October 2013. The hosting society this year was the Midlands Border Collie Club. The base for the event was Scalford Hall Hotel which is just a few miles outside of the town set in rural countryside.

Many thanks to all my army of supporters, helpers, track layers, track watchers, stewards and marshalls. Without you all it would never have happened.

The Tracking and Search elements of the championships were held on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th. The land the dogs worked on is owned by the Friars Wells Estate and permission to use these fields was provided by the Estate Manager, Mr Geoff Johnson. All the tracking plots were very much the same being on fairly new wheat growth in two adjacent fields. We were lucky that there was no rain on either tracking day, although Thursday was a slightly better day being somewhat brighter. Fourteen Tracking Dog Stake (TD) dogs and handlers qualified for the Championships during the previous twelve months and with one dog retired prior to the event thirteen dogs worked over the two days (TD Judge was Mrs Jean Howells). Seven dogs worked on Thursday and six on Friday. At the end of this nose-work group for the Tracking Stake dogs there were seven dogs within qualifying marks going into the final day. Also competing on Friday in their nose-work group were two qualifying Patrol Dog Stake (PD) dogs and handlers (PD Judge was Mr Eric Roberts). Again, the tracking plots were very much the same being on fairly new wheat growth and again being in adjacent fields. Both these teams were qualifying going into the final day.

Saturday’s final day competition was to consist of the Control & Agility sections for the Tracking Dog Stake (TD) teams and both Control & Agility and Patrol for the Patrol Dog Stake (PD) teams. The venue for this event was held at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray by kind permission of the Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Richard Pope. We were able to use their superb outdoor grassed equestrian arena which had adjacent car parking and excellent spectator viewing areas. The day’s proceedings began with the Patrol Dog Stake (PD) Control & Agility, followed by the Tracking Dog Stake (TD) Control & Agility and then finishing with the Patrol Dog Stake (PD) Patrol round.

The winner of the Tracking Dog Stake (TD) was Mr Tony Lockyer with his German Shepherd bitch WT CH Lawinick Come ‘N’ Get It At Hartshill and the Patrol Dog Stake (PD) winner was Mr Lee Payne with his Border Collie/German Shepherd cross dog WT CH Little Rough Rhinestone.

Barrie James
Trials Manager
Midlands Border Collie Club

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