Judges Reports - 2014
on Saturday May 31st (Limit show) and Sunday June 1st (Open show)
At the Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre, St Martin, Jersey.
What an honour to be asked to officiate at the very first event which was brilliantly put together
by Chris Cullen and Andre Rees. The whole weekend was first class from our arrival at the airport and being met by Rose Harris
through to being dropped off for our return journey by Heather Speller. Our arrival was the treat of a guided drive along
the coast road and the return trip was through the countryside, both wonderful. The centre which was to be our home for the
duration was beautifully clean, our room had en suite facilities and the food was really well prepared. Chris and Andre took
us out for a fabulous (Friday) evening meal at the 'Crab Shack' where the seafood was incredible, so fresh and tasty.
The show itself was set in the Activity Centre on an area which had just been mowed, had ample parking, the rings were also
a great size, plenty big enough to accommodate any class from pre be's to 'C'. Jersey also came good with the
weather, hot and wall to wall sunshine which I have to say was most appreciated. We were supplied with stewards and scorers
through the days judging so that all the competitors were at ease with people they knew.
Saturday (Limit show day) commenced with a Novice class with an entry of 21 all of which ran. A very mixed standard but the
leading dogs were, on the whole capable of holding their own over here.
1st. Mrs Terry Buckly's B/C "Les Nuages Papageno". A confident handler who brought
out the best in her boy. Gave away a few points but not so many as to cost the win today, well done.
2nd. Mick De La Haye's B/C "Canen
Mo". A very pleasant handler who was keen to enjoy his day out with this small collie. Inattention played a big part
in the loss of marks but well done on completing all the tests.
3rd. Marcia Taylor's X/B "Roger O'Dodger" Again, inattention costing marks
however, this is a young dog who with some motivational training, could do well.
4th. Lindsay Bracegirdle's G.S.D. "Foxfold Zafira". At the risk of sounding repetitive,
motivational training would send this dog to the moon. More fun training please as we proved on Monday!!
5th. Michelle Cabot's Min Poodle "Maldavale
Jackson Junior" Handled by a lovely gentleman who's sympathetic handling was lovely to watch. This type of handling
really worked for this pair, well done.
6th. Sue Blake's W/S "Touch Of Clubs Little Mix". What a prospect here. The first
time in the ring for this youngster and only minor puppy sillies costing points otherwise would have been placed much higher.
Next class was Pre Beginners which had only 2 entries. Both handlers were very nervous which
went straight down the leads to the dogs. Both dogs did a fairly healthy 'outrun' on recalls and heel free but were
eventually got back by means of a whistle command. If only you'd used that to begin with the results may have been so
different so, first place was witheld and the places were decided as follows-
2nd. John Cordial's Lab "Ebony Avon Du Malguar".
3rd. Sheila Davy's Cocker Spaniel "Jes
At the end of the second day of the show
having been told that we could award a special rosette, we chose John and Sheila to receive these due to the fact that they'd
thrown themselves into the spirit of the show, arrived first thing both days and were still there at the end. Real enthusiasm
not normally seen at any level, well done both and good luck next show.
I had the Class C to judge. 10 entries - 10 ran
I set an simple round more like a 'B' with positions, an easy sendaway but an 'interesting'
retrieve article which caused no few problems except for one dog who's aim was to tear it apart before getting it back
to her handler, no names mentioned though!
1st. Neville Uden's W/S "Woughstock Wynsome Rob". A very delighted Neville positively
'bounced' into the ring and really allowed Rob to flow with absolutely no pressure at all. A worthy win!
2nd. Sandra Collins' B/C "Jackscrofter
Black Bob". Talking of bounce, Sandra was delighted to receive this place which was justly deserved. Great handling bringing
out the very best. Nice to see.
3rd. Wendy Wright's B/C "Foxbarton Black Velvet" A mutual admiration society
here, Wendy giving her all to help, sometimes a bit too much but still worthy of his place.
4th. Rose Harris's W/S "Corriecollies
Just For Two". Rose giving a bit away on extra commands but well handled and certainly should be in C, would do well
to relax and enjoy though.
Heather Sheppard's G.S.D. "Chalkwell Fengirl Sheraz". Lovely to see Heather this weekend along with sisters
from France and Canada taking in a break and a family get together. Heather showing how handling should be done, just a slip
up on scent relegating them to this place.
6th. Rosemary MacFarlane's G.S.D. "Maesteg Maverick". I wondered if the heat
of the day had got to this heavy coated BIG dog. Still doing well enough to pick up a rosette though. Last time I saw this
pair was in Guernsey 18 months ago when they were still in class 'B' so progress has been made. Well done.
Day 2 - Open Show
again, a great atmosphere, 99% of the competitors ready to congratulate each other.
I started with Class 'A' today, 16 entries. A simple round, the heelwork all on the
diagonal completely designed to help and give the handlers an alternative to using ring ropes as guidelines. It did show,
however, a tendency to walk 'into' the dogs thus pushing them away from the leg, something to be worked on maybe?
1st. Tracey Baudain's Sheltie "Carolelen
Cause A Dilemma". Fabulous handling here, really helping this lovely merle Sheltie put together a round that would have
been very difficult to beat anywhere. Great work Tracey, good to see you again.
2nd. Mrs Terry Buckley's W/S "Corriecollies Jinski". Terry knows enough about
competing in the U.K. to handle very nicely and really bring out the best in her charges. Well done on this deserved place.
3rd. Wendy Wright's B/C Foxbarton Black
Queen". Wendy again bringing on her younger 'Foxy' girl. Extra commends costing too many points due to Wendy
trying to help - just a bit too much!!
4th. Bernie Baudains Sheltie "Carolelen Causing Mischief". Bernie beaten fairly and
squarely by Tracey here, little wrong though, both mum and daughter are great handlers who are more than capable of taking
top spots anywhere.
Gwen Davies' B/C "Les Nuages Rosina". A really good prospect here, just need to be careful of extra commands!
Should progress this young bitch well, nice happy handling bringing out the best in her.
6th. Mick De La Haye's B/C "Canen Mo". Placed yesterday in my Novice, this pair
had a good weekend altogether. As I said to you on Monday, more motivation would help with her work.
1st. Claire Burns' X/B "Harvey Harvester". Their 3rd win now so proving how ready
they are but you will need to work on Harvey's close work to ensure progress, that said, today, this win was well deserved.
2nd. Amanda Boschat's Whippet, "Ollie
Star Of Midnight". This little chap went round like he was meant to be there, errors on heelwork mostly, hope my suggestions
on stays work for you - and him!! 3rd. Gillian English's B/C "Winston Aubrey Gloucestershire". Recall and Retrieve
pulled this pair up the places, heelwork needs attention and motivation to progress. However, well done on a good place.
4th. Cip & Susan Ilie's B/C "Elthea
Just In Time". Like Chris's Riley, this dog is lovely to look at but he's at 'that age' where he is now
starting to push his luck. As I said, let the vet have a word with him, he'll be far better for it!!
5th. Sheila Davy's Cocker Spaniel "Jes
Le Soleil". Much better than the pre be's class yesterday but does need work to progress.
1st. Heather Sheppard (again)with G.S.D. "Chalkwell Fengirl Sheraz". Stunning performance
combined with a lovely scent today (thank goodness) taking this pair to a well deserved top spot way ahead of the rest of
Marcel Guibout's B/C "Bartonview Humbug"
3rd. Rose Harris's W/S "Corriecollies Just For Two" Nicely handled, would have
been SO MUCH higher if the retrieve hadn't gone belly up!!!
4th. Sue Blake's W/S "Woughstock Wynaway Whisper". Distance Control was a major
upset here but sensible handling giving Ebba confidence, well done for helping.
5th. Wendy Wright's B/C "Foxbarton Black Velvet" Diva's heelwork affected
by the afternoon heat and Wendy's extra commands costing too much.
6th. Neville Uden W/S "Woughstock Wynsome Rob". Saturday's performance wouldn't
show it's face again unfortunately Neville. Half your heelwork marks gone on extra commands. Brilliant sendaway, retrieve
and D.C though so well done there.
to see you all, hope you enjoyed the session on Monday. Hope we are able to come again, thanks to everyone for making us SO
Jersey Obedience Festival.
Held on 31st May (Limit show) & 1st June
(Open Show) 2014
the Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre, St Martin, Jersey.
say we were treated to a good weekend is the understatement of the year! Dave has written our "thank you's"
at the start of his report, and I can only go along with every word, and I wouldn't put it as well as he has!!
This was a beautifully run Show, with a tremendous atmosphere - well done to all concerned,
and a special thank you to Carol Beadle, who stewarded for me, not only all day Saturday, but Sunday afternoon as well - a
glutton for punishment - you were great, Carol! Neville Uden did the hard work of stewarding on Sunday morning - and did a
fantastic job - thanks so much! Debbie Booth, Susan Howat and Ab (Sorry, I can't spell your surname!) did great jobs on
the scoreboard, it was really good being kept in order so nicely!
to the results:
1st: Cip & S. Ilie's BC, Elthea Just in Time. A very good looking Collie, who needs
to have more attention on his heelwork, by a good recall and clear stays made sure of this place. Well done.
2nd: Amanda Boschat's Whippet, Ollie
Star of Midnight. Ollie's heelwork was on a par with the winner, but he just couldn't remember how to finish on the
recall! Well done.
1st: Wendy Wright's BC, Foxbarton Black
Queen. Not really "motoring" in her work caused some problems on heelwork and sendaway, but every exercise completed,
brought this very good result! Well done.
2nd: Heather Speller's BC, Cories Stormy Weather. Heather, quite rightly, felt it necessary
to help on the heelwork, but a good retrieve and scent helped gain this place. Well done.
3rd: Carole Pearce's BC, Tonkory Unforgettable at Shalimar. Well worked heelwork and retrieve,
but sendaway and scent caused major problems! Better luck next time!
Rose Harris's BC, Foxbarton King's Jester. Extra commands needed in heelwork, but good set exercises made sure of
this win. Well done.
Heather Speller's BC, Cories Stormy Weather. Help needed in heelwork, and problems in the other exercises took a few marks,
but all worth working on. Well done.
3rd: Claire Burns' XB, Harvey Harvester. Well done on this place, Claire, but as you know,
Harvey needs to tighten up on his heelwork. You are a team, and I'm sure you will get there.
4th: Mick De La Haye's BC, Canen Mo.
Nice retrieve and recall, but help was needed on the heelwork. But a fairly young dog well worth working on. Well done.
5th: Gwen Davies' BC, Patois Corvette.
Lovely retrieve and recall, with good heelwork - a really nice round. Pity about the scent! But a lovely dog, happy in her
work. Well done.
Pam Blackmore's BC, Woughstock Wynsome Cachet. Problems in all exercises, but well done on this place.
1st: Emma Lloyd's Labrador, Chocko Canis.
This was a very confident round, with little bits and pieces causing loss of marks. Nice recall and good stays made sure of
this win. Well done.
2nd: Emma Lloyd's XB, Lucky Bran. You
have done so well with this dog, and with more time I think he could do very well for you. He did lose more on heelwork than
your other dog, but when he did get into position, it was super.
3rd: Sheila Davy's Cocker Spaniel, Jes Le Soleil. You had a few problems with the ringwork
today, but good stays helped you into this place. Well done.
4th: John Cordial's Labradoodle, Ebony Avon Due Malguar. The ringwork did cause you a few
problems, but again you got the stays spot on! Well done.
Sandra Collins' BC, Jackscrofter Black Bob. Lovely sendaway, precise heelwork, good retrieve and Bob nearly gave you a
heart attack in scent! But this was a good win - and now 'C' only - how good is that! Well done.
2nd: Wendy Wright's BC, Foxbarton Black
Queen. Heelwork was expensive, and not quite far enough in sendaway, but a good retrieve and scent helped gain this place.
Terry Buckley's WS, Corriecollies Jinski. Heelwork quite expensive, especially as Todd couldn't remember how to sit!
Sendaway and retrieve fine, and all ended up with a nice place. Well done.
Carol Pearce's BC, Tonkory Unforgettable at Shalimar. Send a way the big problem here, but we'll done on this place.
1st: ARO Gwen Davies' BC, Patois Corbette. A lovely round - happy confident dog and a handler
helping all the way. One of a very few clear recalls. Certainly a team on their way to the higher classes! Well done.
2nd: Mick De La Haye's BC, Canen Mo.
Good round, especially heel free. Not quite so good in the run off, but I'm sure that win is there - be confident! Well
Rosemary's GSD, Jetril Dakota. Precise heelwork with a really good retrieve and recall earned this good place. Well done.
4th: Terry Buckley's BC, Led Nuages Papageno.
Lovely dog, and not that old - just bits and pieces today, but he's sure to go on up the classes. Well done.
5th: Heather Speller's BC, Cories Stormy
Weather. Just bits and pieces going not quite right in all exercises, but well done on this place.
6th: Gwen Davies' BC, Les Nuages Rosina.
Heel on lead a bit expensive, but a nice prospect, as she is still quite young. Well done.
big thank you to you all for making us so welcome - good luck in your next shows. Have fun with your dogs!