Qualifier 2012

First 2012 WUSV Team Qualification Trial

March 3rd & 4th 2012
hosted by Sheffield Schutzhund Club at Epworth, N. Lincolnshire
Judge: Richard James (GSDL WDG)
Helpers: Danny Roberts (S) & Nick Koskinas (L)
Tracklayers: Gavin Smith & Glyn Andrew

Place Handler Dog A B C Total
1 Paul Flanagan (Eire) Sepp v HausSilma 92 95 99 286
2 Henriette Bohnstedt Beckenberry Casper 97 93 94 284
3 Carol Phillips Haubailey Flint 98 92 90 280
4 Nick Warman Vongraf Nabal 92 90 94 276
5 Travis Foster Vongalanberg Kai 78 96 93 267
6 Bryan vanDaal Argonne Drago 82 88 89 259
7 Becky Lyons Vondervalken Cody 93 82 82 257
8 Gary Khakhian Gismo v Banholz Vomkazgar 86 77 82 245
9 David John Gruffyn v Bormanshoeve 84 73 82 239

Judge’s Report

Tracking Terrain Spring wheat approx. 10cm high sparse in places wind light with light rain in patches.
Sunday venue Epworth Showground, weather rained hailed and snowed all day, handlers and dogs should congratulate themselves in performing to the level in the conditions.

Track 7 P Flanagan with Sepp v haus Silma
The best tracking of the day with calm HIGH INTENSITY to each footprint throughout the whole length of the track 2 corners need to be smoother but the loss of the final article (minus 7) lost the HIGH V rating 92 VERY GOOD
Obedience
Heelwork Must be more correct on both of the about turns V Sit in motion needs to finish the sit quicker SG+ Down with recall must present more straight V Stand from running with recall V Flat retrieve noise during the waiting SG+ Hurdle retrieve noise during waiting SG+ Climbing wall retrieve noise during the waiting SG Sendaway must return to basic position quicker after command to sit V Long down must return to basic position quicker after command to sit SG+    OVERALL 95 SG
Protection
Hide search V Hold and bark must hold in a more central position SG+ Escape V Defence V Back Transport took eyes of helper twice V- Attack world class V Long Attack Fast direct slightly short bite immediate readjust to full V Re attack V  OVERALL 99 V TSB A
The dogs striking of the sleeve, absolute control and perfect transitions made it a privilege to judge
Overall Score 286 V

Track 6 H Bohnstedt with Beckenberry Casper
Perfect start and through the remainder of the track tracked with high intensity, calmly in each footprint very minor errors checking all 4 corners before taking them resulted in minor loss of points and an error on article 2 sitting before being commanded to start also cost a point 97 EXCELLENT
Obedience
Heelwork V Sit in motion needs to be quicker SG+ Down with recall more speed at the end SG+ Stand from running with recall V Flat retrieve should be quicker SG+ Hurdle retrieve should be quicker SG Climbing wall slow to return jump SG Sendaway must keep the initial speed through to the down command SG Long down V      OVERALL 93 SG
Protection
Hide search more direct,had to use extra commands and should be more purposefull  S Hold and bark must hold in a more central position SG+ Escape V Defence V Back TransportV Attack  V Long Attack Fast direct should be fuller in the initial strike SG Re attack  no sit at the end of the side transport SG+  OVERALL 94 V TSB A
The dogs perfect transitions should be an education to all the spectators
Overall Score 284 SG

Track 4 C Phillipps with Von Haus Bailey Flint
Perfect start and tracked each footprint through the length of the track calmly with high intensity all four corners need to be more flowing the deduction for the very slight hesitancy is minor EXCELLENT 98 EXCELLENT
Obedience
Heelwork Slight forging SG+ Sit in motion finishing the position needs to be quicker and should be more attentive to the handler whilst in the position SG Down with recall more speed at the end SG Stand from running with recall should present  better SG Flat retrieve should be quicker slight handler help on heel command SG  Hurdle retrieve should be quicker and cleaner to go to heel SG Climbing should be quicker SG Sendaway V  Long down SG      OVERALL 92 SG
Protection
Hide search tighter round the hides SG Hold and bark must hold in a more central position SG Escape should stay quiet SG Defence Quicker to out G Back Transport V Attack SGLong Attack Fast direct should be fuller in the initial strike SG Re attack  should stay quiet in the pressure phase SG  OVERALL 90 V TSB A
Overall Score 280 SG

Track 5 N Warman with Vongraf Nabel
Handler error at the start allowing the dog to start with the line tangling in its toes! Nearly caused the dog to be disqualified, with the dog showing pressure and the handler having to give one times verbal praise, after 15 paces the line became free and the dog changed producing a super track wit the most correct article indications of the day, a slight change in pace on the final leg was the onlt fault after the initial start 92 VERY GOOD
Obedience
Heelwork Very correct would like the dog to be more expressive SG+ Sit in motion needs to be quicker SG Down with recall more speed SG Stand form running with recall dog moves 2 small paces after command to stand (super speed in the recall) SG Flat retrieve should be quicker to go to heel V Hurdle retrieve should be quicker to return jump and very slight touch of hurdle G Climbing wall slow to return jump G Sendaway fast out slow to down G Long down sniffing SG      OVERALL 90 SG
Protection
Hide search fast tight and purposeful  V  Hold and bark V SG+ Escape V Defence V Back Transport V Attack  V Long Attack Fast direct and slowed 5 paces from helper S Re attack V  OVERALL 94 V TSB A
Powerful technically correct protection work
Overall Score 276 SG TSB A

Track 2 T Foster with Vongalanburg Kai
Found the tracking hard form the beginning but kept to the task without handler help or influence, the first leg was particularly difficult for the dog, he rushed to the first article and was slow to down on the second article and finished the track missing the final article (minus 7) the dog needs to track much more in the footprints’ for the high scores 78 SATISFACTORY
Obedience
Heelwork slight forging and must be more attentive in the group SG Sit in motion V Down with recall super speed must keep the speed all the way to the present V Stand from running with recall super speed must keep the speed all the way to the present SG+ Flat retrieve should pick up faster V Hurdle retrieve should pick up faster SG+ Climbing wall retrieve should pick up faster SG+ Sendaway super speed comes to half sit after down returning to down without command Long down V OVERALL 96 V
Protection
Hide search Very fast should be tighter round the hides SG Hold and bark V Escape V Defence touched the sleeve after the out SG Back Transport V- Attack world class needs to be cleaner in the guarding SG Long Attack Fast direct V Re attack needs to be cleaner and more focused in the guarding as the handler returns SG  OVERALL 93 SG TSB A
The dogs striking of the sleeve and power in the pressure phases are a credit to the dog and handler
Overall Score 267 G

Track 3 B VanDaal  with Argonne Drago
Rushed the start and the first 15/20 paces of the first leg, then settled into the track tracking quickly, missing the final article (minus 7) lost the high good marks and the dog must track more in the footprints for the higher grades and scores 82 GOOD
Obedience
Heelwork Forging and should sit quicker G+ Sit in motion needs more attention to handler SG Down with recall more speed at the end of the recall G Stand from running with recall more speed at the end of the recall  and be quicker to heel G+ Flat retrieve should be quicker before the present SG Hurdle retrieve no sit after return to heel SG Climbing wall quicker to return to heel and sit SG Sendaway fast out stands before sitting in basic position SG Long down stands before sitting in basic position SG     OVERALL 88 G
Protection
Hide search fast tight and purposeful  Hold and bark V Escape Heel to escape position needs to be more controlled SG Defence should stay fuller in the sleeve before the out command V Back Transport Forging G Attack  should stay fuller in the sleeve before the out command SG Long Attack Fast direct should stay fuller in the sleeve before the out command SG Re attack  should stay fuller in the sleeve before the out command forging in the transport G  OVERALL 89 G TSB A
Very powerful striking of the sleeve on every bite
Overall Score 259 G TSB A

Track 9 R Lyons Vondervalken Cody
Correct in the start changed pace slightly toward the end of leg 1 checked corner no 3 and raised his head on the final leg going into the wind needs to pay slightly more attention to each of the footsteps 93 VERY GOOD
Obedience
Heelwork Forging must be much more calm and attentive S Sit in motion forging slow to sit needs more attention to handler G Down with recall super ground speed must return to heel cleaner G+ Stand from running with recall super ground speed must return to heel cleaner G+ Flat retrieve should be quicker and mouth the dumbbell less G Hurdle retrieveG+ Climbing wall quicker to return and less mouthing G Sendaway fast out extra command to down S Long down sniffing throughout G OVERALL 82 G
Protection
Hide search should be more direct SG Hold and bark G Escape Heel to escape position needs to be more controlled needs fuller grip G Defence should stay fuller and calmer in the sleeve before the out command G Back Transport Forging G Attack should stay fuller in the sleeve and guarding more clean G Long Attack Fast direct should stay fuller in the sleeve before the out command G Re attack  should stay fuller in the sleeve before the out command forging in the transport SG  OVERALL 82 G TSB A
Overall Score 257 G TSB A

Track 1 G Khakhian  with Gizmo v Banholz Vomkazgar
Tracked well without handler help or influence, needs to be more intense and more into the footsteps missing the second article (minus 7 points) spoilt a very good score   86 GOOD
Obedience
Heelwork super position and attention must sit quicker SG+ Sit in motion more attention to handler SG Down with recall one step before downing after the command super speedSG Stand from running with recall super speed SG Flat retrieve VERY slight anticipation SG Hurdle retrieve no jump either way NO POINTS U Climbing wall retrieve should return quicker SG Sendaway super speed must down quicker SG Long down comes to half sit on command to sit SG OVERALL 77 S
Score was spoilt by the 15 point loss on the hurdle retrieve
Protection
Hide search Very fast should be tighter round the hides G Hold and bark should show more pressure in the hold and the barking must be stronger Escape needs to be more calm in the grip with cleaner transition G Defence broke the guarding on the handlers approach S Back Transport V- Attack very fast guarding during collection must be stronger SG Long Attack Fast direct  must bite fuller and have cleaner transition to out G Re attack Needs to be cleaner and more focused in the guarding as the handler returns S  OVERALL 82 G
Super ground speed
OVERALL 245 S TSB A

Track 8 D John with Gruffyn v d Bormanshoeve
The dog tracked with good drive throughout the track,  the speed magnifying the errors on the legs and on two of the corners, for the high points the dog needs to track the footsteps more accurately the loss of the final article (minus 7) cost the very good grading 84 GOOD
Obedience
Heelwork super attention but bothering and bumping the handler SG Sit in motion missed position  (STOOD) U Down with recall  missed position  (STOOD) and should be more attentive to handler and present more correctly U Stand from running with recall more speed and present more correctly G Flat retrieve noisy and must release the bumbell quickerS Hurdle retrieve should return faster, less mouthing and release the dumbbell quicker S+ Climbing wall retrieve should return quicker S+ Sendaway G+ Long down S OVERALL 73 S
Protection
Hide search should be tighter and quicker round the hides G Hold and bark pressure in the hold and the barking must be stronger Escape needs to be more calm in the grip with cleaner transition to out G Defence more calm in the pressure phase and cleaner in transition G Back Transport V- Attack should strike harder and stay calm in the pressure phase GLong Attack Fast direct  must bite fuller and have cleaner transition to out G Re attack Needs to be fuller and more focused in the guarding G  OVERALL 82 G
OVERALL 239 S TSB A

My thanks to the tracklayers who got up at daft a clock to do a thankless task in contribution to the event.
Thanks to the helpers who in difficult condition gave a fair and consistent test to all the dogs.
Thanks to the committee for inviting me and looking after me.
Big thanks for the handlers for their entry and the effort they have given for presenting their dogs on the day, the overall standard was higher than we have seen for a few years in particular the obedience and the biting/striking of the sleeve in the protection phase.
A word, sportsmanship is PARAMOUNT in the sport and should never be sacrificed in the will to win.
And finally it is 11.30 pm Sunday night the above has been written basically from memory because my notes are like paper mache and I apologise if there are a few mistakes in the report.

Richard A James