|Judges Reports - Section A
"First of all I would like to thank the Southern Newfoundland Club for inviting me to judge at this lovely venue.
Secondly big thanks go to the Test Manager Angie Mercer and the rest of Horsham Newfs for their hospitality and keeping us fed and watered all day.
A good entry of 16 dogs, with 1 being absent on the day. The weather was lovely, with not too much wind so there was only a slight drift to contend with.
We had 13 good passes from dogs varying from 6 months through to 10 years and they all worked well.
The oldest and the youngest entrants completed near perfect tests with the puppy carrying out a hand tow which was lovely to watch, congratulations to Daisy and Nala.
We had some other excellent first time passes and I'm sure all these dogs will go on to do well at the next level very soon.
Unfortunately two dogs failed the test today, both on the retrieve exercise, which was a real shame as they had both completed the first 2 exercises well.
All the dogs did really well, but on occasion it was their handlers that very nearly let them down! PLEASE remember that if you double handle a dog you will fail an otherwise good test!
I know that when there are 2 of you working a dog in sections A & B it can be tempting to double handle, just remember whoever sends the dog must collect the dog, and the other person cannot interfere until the exercise is complete!
Lastly, but importantly, thank you to the boat handlers and stewards for doing such a great job, and of course to my co-judge Rachel for an enjoyable test."
"15 dogs entered and 13 fabulous passes. Both dogs who didnít pass did the first exercises beautifully but one did not want to go out to retrieve the article and the other got part way out but then returned.
Both dogs are quite young and will get there with encouragement.
4 dogs who passed were under one year old and all were enthusiastic and enjoyed themselves which was lovely.
The 3 veterans entered also did lovely exercises and it is so wonderful to see them still enjoying themselves.
A well organised event which was very enjoyable to judge at.
Thankyou to the Horsham group and all attendees who make these days such fun.