Head Judge Ann DeRizzio - Co Judge Annette LoweGeneral comments
- It is really quite depressing to see so many handlers attempt to do so many positions in this class - One wonders who is telling starter handlers that they need to try forwards, backwards, sideways, behind ,in front etc in a two and a half minute routine.
Sadly most could not do anyone of the HW position with any conviction - surely it is better to teach you dogs to walk at heel reasonable close to and approximately level with your leg, in one or two positions travelling at speeds to suit the music and get your dogs working with , drive, commitment , style, and attitude - than to have your dogs walk three feet behind you, or four feet to the side or wander off and have a sniff and a scratch.
This is meant to be fun - use your imagination to choreograph your routine to suit your dogs - don’t choreograph a routine to suit fitting in so many heelwork positions that your dogs' simply can not yet do.
Nice to see a variety of breeds.
My co judge Annette Lowe and I agreed on the winner.1st. Lisa-Jane Mappin and Bordersman Legs Elev ( GSP) 24.05
A truly class act - way out in front of the class - Lisa walked into the ring and owned it - this team used the whole of the ring, smooth transitions from one position to another that suited the music and the dog they also moved at a variety of paces. This dog held a stylish, elegant HW position and Lisa showcased her dog sympathetically, the teamwork was so apparent. A routine that flowed from start to finish - good luck in novice.2nd. Nicky Maxwell and Iron Lake Serfino ( Munsterlander) 20.25
A tall elegant happy dog who enjoyed his round. There was a deduction for barking as he expressed his joy during transition. He was slightly distracted at times and there was a tendency to crab when handler moved to the side - Handler for me needs to now work on fine tuning the routine and musical interpretation to showcase the dog - stepping out so that he can flow and really shut his stuff - a lovely dog with a bright future.
3rd. Amanda Fraser and Standgard Waltz Wizard( Boxer) 20.10
A lovely routine with good choreography - Amanda’s routines always show creativity and flair and her dog performed with commitment and enthusiasm, sometimes he was a little distracted and came out of HW position. This team covered the ring and worked with a variety of paces and musical interpretation was apparent. A pleasure to judge.
4th. Jane Page and Little Miss Dinah Might (WSD) 17.65
Sadly this dog was a little distracted from the beginning of her routine she stopped and and had a long stratch, she then went on to do some nice HW but once again was distracted and sniffed the floor a few times. My notes say that even though she was distracted and did not alway maintain a correct HW position she shows promise.
Thank you Jenny Deakin for the invitation to judge at your first KC HTM show it was a pleasure - a lovely, relaxed well run show.