Head Judge - Kath Hardman's reports on Intermediate Freestyle Saturday and Intermediate HTM on Sunday
Fylde once again put on a great show – good venue – good food and good dog walks too. Weather mixed between scorching and rain – unfortunately a lot more of the latter but mostly overcast giving the dogs a good day and not too hot when in their cars. Trophies ranging in size according to the level of class and rosettes to 8 place with a stick of rock for each competitor and a special Rock Lolly for the winner of the “Best Costume” awarded by the time keeper of each class.
I judged just one class each day and eight classes were held on both days making it a bumper entry and also very long days for the Organisers!Intermediate FREESTYLE Class 6 Entries 14 Competed 71st -Janice Gibbons with Aritaur Aphrodite – Doberman (Music – Candyman)
Janice took to the ring with confidence with her lovely Doberman. They didn’t put a foot or paw wrong completing all the many moves in this routine in a very deliberate manner. A lovely range of work carried out at distance, closely and also behind Janice with minimal cues and good involvement of the props and very nice musical interpretation.2nd -Iris Maxfield with Just Call Me Rolo – WSD (Music – Can’t Say No)
Iris and Rolo completed this routine even though there was a blip with the music causing a restart part way in. Iris’ experience helped Rolo through this sticky patch very well as they continued with a good variation of moves and a well utilised “rocket” prop.3rd - Barry Bray with Brambledale Barmy Breeze – Bearded Collie (Music – On the Sunny Side of the Street)
Good to see Barry in the ring once again. With props of a chair and hat plus a jacket to put on half way through, but Barry and Breeze kept to the beat well. The routine flowed nicely to this music which suits Barry very well.4th -Dylan Smith with Corriedhu Chase – Border Collie (Music View To Kill)
Dylan was a very smartly dressed handler in James Bond Style complete with double breasted suit and eye catching bow tie!! The Prop was the “opening gun barrel” that we all know from 007 films – which set the scene well. Dylan included many moves giving minimal signals to this well motivated dog.
For an Intermediate class I feel the level of accuracy needs improving in many of the dog’s moves, however, I understand the thunderstorm did affect some of the dogs which may have led the handlers to be more helpful to their partners. In an Intermediate Class, I would also love to see some new moves or mixture of moves into combinations we haven’t seen before.Intermediate HEELWORK TO MUSIC Class 15 Entries 10 Competed 5
1st - Helen Taylor with Bankshill Lord of the Rings – Papillon (Music You Needed Me)
Helen was the last handler to compete in this, the penultimate class of the last day but Frodo still showed energy and motivation. Helen works this little dog to the full and I like that she doesn’t appear to be cautious or tentative when moving through their very accurate long stretches of heelwork. The confidence of Frodo as he attacks his heelwork is super.
2nd - Maggie Jarman with Broad Beach Maisie – Border Collie (Music Liquid Lunch)
A good beat to this music kept Maggie and Maisie moving briskly around the ring in various directions with nice changes of position with the phrasing of the music.
3rd - Jeanette Fyfe with Enlivya Angel Nathaneal – Golden Retriever
Jeanette always moves well to the music and today was no exception. A variety of paces in this routine including slow, normal and a modicum of fast work too.
4th - Jill Davis with Rosmarinus Cinnabar of Glidersway – Border Collie
Jill in her outfit totally co-ordinated with this very pretty dog, made full use of all the ring space. Good choice of music which suits this team.
It may have been due to being almost the last class of two busy days, but in general, the accuracy of this Intermediate class was loose and too many obvious hand signals and luring of the dogs between positions. There was a lack of variety in the HW and I would like to see links/transitions from position to position choreographed into the music which would then show the definite changes of positions, preferably within the phrasing of the music.
Advanced Freestyle Qualifier
Head Judge Helen Taylor (Co judge Annette Lowe)
Overall a good class to judge, a number of dogs seemed affected by the weather conditions and did not work as well as they can, which was a shame.
1st Jackie Roberts
This was a thoroughly entertaining routine to busy doing nothing. The dog waking Jackie up with the alarm clock to start. The beginning of the routine was innovative and a joy to watch. A lovely dog who remained focused throughout. A wide variety of moves. A worthy winner.
2nd Diane Jones
A lovely routine with Diane dressed as a school teacher. Variety of moves in time to the music with the dog working well throughout. Good use of props. Well done on your qualifier Diane.
3rd Heather Smith
Some huge props which Maddie and Heather utilised well. Loads of content from this super dog as well as the usual enthusiasm. It was just a shame Maddie was a little vocal today.
4th Maggie Jarman
A smart Maggie in top hat and tails, moved really well to this music with her dog. Lovely distance work and throughout the routine Maggie showing dog and handler working beautifully together. Well done.
Advanced HTM Monday 26th May 2014
Head Judge Helen Taylor, (co-judge Jeannette Fyfe)
Though not a qualifier there were 22 dogs entered in this class. The standard was varied but all the dogs showed some nice Heelwork.
1st Ann DeRizzio with Stillmoor Show Stopper.
This routine was the winner with both judges. This was the most flowing routine in the class. Lovely, accurate Heelwork and changes of position in time to the music. A good variety of positions and changes of pace, as well as characterisation and musical interpretation. A wonderful out round with the keys completed the routine. A worthy winner.
2nd Sue Dooney with Murphys Mischief.
A very graceful handler who moved well with the music. Very accurate Heelwork at slow pace. Although there was some Heelwork at a faster pace I would have liked to see a little bit more. Lovely routine which I thoroughly enjoyed!
3rd Annette Lowe with Kinaway Mystic Spires.
This young dog has plenty of drive and commitment as well as a lovely action on the move. Choreography was very apparent and the routine flowed. Today he wasn't quite as accurate as I have seen him mainly due to a number of joyful jumps. Even so a lovely pairing!
4th Kath Hardman with Stillmoor Extra Special
Another young dog with accurate Heelwork and a lovely action. Plenty of flow in this routine, Kath using the phrasing of the music well to change pace, Heelwork position or direction.
Starters Freestyle - Head Judge Jill Davis
1st - Hilda Lunda with Honeychild performing to Completely by Caro Emerald. This was a well choreographed routine with some good moves, particularly the boogey back, although one or two others such as walking on the handler’s feet and hiking away from the handler look as though they might need more work to be executed correctly in the ring.
2nd - Penny Mansfield with Triforce Calypso working to Love Potion No. 9 by the Searchers. I thought the musical interpretation of this routine was very good with the bottle being used to facilitate quite a number of the moves which were performed very accurately.
3rd - Dorothy Matthews with Kenmilleven Galahad performing to Flowers on the Wall by the Stadler Brothers. Dorothy had a ‘wall’ as a prop with flowers painted on it which the dog was asked to touch on a couple of occasions. Not quite as accurate as the previous two dogs and sadly lost some of his marks for barking.
4th -Carole Thornley with Domburg Don’t Stop Loving performing to The Clog Dance from La Fille Mal Gardee. The prop in this routine was a fish which was used for some of the moves. Most of the routine was fairly accurate but I did feel the dog was arguing sometimes with the handler about what he was going to do! Personally I was a bit unhappy about the way the target article (a clog) was held and used.
Only seven of the entrants completed their routines, some of whom tried hard but not quite ready yet. Of the remainder that did training rounds I think the main problems were loss of attention, wandering about, sniffing or barking. They can all do quite a variety of moves so just keep working on it and you will have better luck next time.