|Judges Reports - Section A
"The weather was excellent with a slight breeze but this did not cause any problems for the stewards or dogs.
Section A started just after 10am with an entry of 11 dogs many of whom were attempting this Section for the first time.
There were 7 excellent passes with some showing that they are more than ready to move onto Section B.
The junior handlers did really well showing that they were more than capable of handling the dogs although unfortunately not all were successful.
It was great to see the youngsters getting involved and enjoying working both their own and other people’s dogs.
The item retrieve seemed to cause the most problems with some dogs dropping the item before reaching the shore and others not releasing the item when instructed to do so. The majority successfully completed the boat tow but owners/handlers in the boat need to keep quiet when returning to shore.
The dogs were visibly confused by being called from the boat and shore simultaneously.
Congratulations to all who passed particularly Angus who passed Section A at the age of 6 months, very confident in the water and obviously loves to swim.
Thank you to my fellow judge Keith Leybourne, the Test Manager, stewards and members of Horsham Newfs for all their hard work throughout the day."
"What a great day, we had the weather (albeit a bit windy), we had a great turnout from Newfoundland owners across the country, we had a fabulous venue, the tea & coffee flowed all day and we even managed to pass a few dogs along the way – 7 out of 11.
Judging with Kev was a pleasure and we saw a wide variety of talented Newfs with a lot of potential, we also saw a few typical Newfs who had a challenge with their attention span.
I was delighted to be asked to Judge at the inaugural test for the Southern Newfoundland Club and shall look forward (hopefully) to being asked again.
A key highlight of the day for me was the Baywatch style dive from speeding vessel in pursuit of stray dog by Robin Scott."