Multiple tests for veterans and juniors in Lincolnshire
Club: Lincolnshire URC
Event: Puppy, special puppy, veteran and junior handler working test
Venue: Nocton, Lincolnshire
Sponsors: Mr and Mrs M. Strawson
Judges: Laura Marsh and Sue Lowe (puppies), Laura Marsh and Sarah Coomber-smith (veterans and junior handlers)
Chief steward: Martin Eveleigh
There were a total of four tests for each of the 23 dogs that competed in this working test at Nocton and the junior handlers did the same tests as the veterans.
In test one a mark was thrown a short distance away onto the track for special puppies. The dummy for the puppies was further away and, for the veterans and junior handlers, even further. These latter three groups then returned along the track for a blind that had been put out whilst the dog was returning with the mark.
Test two was in sugar beet. For special puppies, it was a short mark. The puppies had a double mark, picking the last dummy down first. The other two groups retrieved the first dummy down first and had to go a greater distance.
Test three was a short mark on the grass bank alongside the water. When this was picked, the special puppies were turned to retrieve a dummy thrown into the water. For the other dogs, the mark on the bank was thrown and then the mark in the water. Veterans and junior handlers did the same test but the dummies were thrown further away.
In test four each special puppy walked-up in sugar beet with the judge and had a mark to the right followed by a mark to the left. The other groups had a two-dog walk-up. The righthand dog picked a mark to the right and then the left-hand dog retrieved a mark to the left. After another short walk-up, each dog had a crossing retrieve.
Veteran award winners, from left: Ann Minshall, Laura Marsh, Emily Bristow, Sarah Coomber-smith & Vicki Strawson.
Puppy award winners, from left: David Middleton, Laura Marsh, Debbie Yates, Sue Lowe, Liz Woods, Steve Burns & Anne Crookes.
Junior handlers, from left: Robbie Slingsby, Summer Slingsby & Reggie Walker.
Special puppy winners: John Iacono, Rob Robinson & Zoe Birchall.