Saul Wolsoncroft – GSA Nationals 2009

Saul Wolsoncroft – Helper at the Irish GSA Nationals – 6th-8th November 2009

A Schutzhund trial cannot operate without a good set of helpers – and the organisers of Ireland’s GSD National Trial were blessed in November thanks to the appearance of Saul Wolsoncroft.

Organisers GSA Ireland and host club OG Templepatrick were very grateful to see Saul arrive on Saturday November 8 – with just one afternoon to prepare for taking on the SchIII dogs.

After injury forced both the club’s chosen helpers to pull out of the event at very short notice, he bravely stepped into the breach to provide the long attack work, while Tommy Murphy was the shortwork helper.

OG Templepatrick member Mark Jordan provided short attack work for SchI and II dogs on the Friday.

Despite being thrown in at the deep end, Saul was cool, calm and collected and his helper work was exemplary – drawing much admiration from a crowd of spectators from all over Ireland and the UK, from seasoned GSD and Schutzhund enthusiasts to first-time visitors and newcomers to the sport.

During his whirlwind visit to the trial, held from 6-8 November, Saul provided an inspiration to some of the many OG Templepatrick members who themselves are interested in starting helper training.

Judge Herr Peter Rohde was also impressed by Saul’s hard work.

On behalf of their clubs, Gayle Boyce, president of OG Templepatrick and Fintan Lalor, President of GSA Ireland, the authority for dog sport in Ireland, would like to heartily thank Saul for all his hard work over what was a very memorable weekend.

By: Clare Weir