Paws in the Park 20 -21stSept 2014 Head Judges' reports
Head Judge - Vee Richardson
Firstly, thank you to Louise for inviting me to judge at her show this year. This show always has a lovely friendly and relaxed atmosphere which really helps the handlers enjoy themselves and get the best from their dogs.
Class 8 Adv DWD
1st - Jan Debnam with Calendrella Algoma – A well deserved win, this routine is beautifully choreographed, with a variety of dance steps and synchronised moves. This pair genuinely dance together and this is a great example for those who may be new to DWD or working up the classes and may be wondering how to structure a DWD routine.
Class 10 St MD
This was a strong class to judge, and good to see that all the competitors had a good understanding of the need for a flowing trot, and everyone produced patterns other than circles! (Well done to all their trainers!!)
1st - Nicky Maxwell with Ironlake Seferino – This large dog has a lovely trot and maintained good attention throughout. There were some good pace changes, and he remained on the beat whilst moving sideways and backwards. Achieving a steady trot on a serpentine with such a big lad is to be commended! Congratulations on this win which I understand takes this pair into Novice.
2nd - Jennie Fairweather with Ock I The Noo. This dog worked with 110% enthusiasm throughout, a good variety of moves and some dressage weaves whilst keeping the trot. Pushing for 1 place, but jumping at his target lost him some accuracy marks. A massive improvement since I last saw him – well done.
3rd - Laura Reynolds with Bundu Starr Paws. This little dog is built for dressage with her very pretty trot. All forward working reduced her content mark, but all her transitions were smooth and she kept trotting throughout. Lovely attitude and attention.
4th - Ali Hayes with Ragus Double O Seven. Another happy terrier with a steady even pace throughout. Circles and Serpentines were well executed and the flow was maintained through the transitions. Proved that even a little dog can make full use of the ring – well done.
Head Judge Lesley Brocklehurst
Thank you Louise and Canine Performers for inviting me to judge at the Kent County Showground.
A very well organised HTM show, with many activities, stalls and eateries for all to enjoy around the show ground. The HTM venue has to be seen to be believed – huge, fully carpeted, with ample parking, camping and dog exercise areas all adjacent.
Intermediate Musical Dressage, Saturday. Judges: Lesley Brocklehurst and Vee Richardson.
1st - Jan Debnam, 22.95, with Calandrella Algoma, C.B. Ret. A very good range of movements reflecting the musical timing well, including different serpentines, backing in a circle, pivots and a variety of floor patterns, all well executed. Both heel and free positions used and the floor space fully utilised.
2nd - Cathy Bates ,22.65, with Ruskath Lyrical Image,WSD. Some interesting and advanced moves were included, in particular a high stepping collected trot and an effective diagonal zig zag. More flowing transitions are needed but overall a lovely well choreographed routine.
3rd - Louise Ince, 22.10, with Decoyman’s Piper Edward, N S DT Retr. Excellent use of music and changes of tempo. A good range of dressage movements, performed with energy and enthusiasm - Troy just a little distracted at times.
4th - Louise Ballard, 21.90, with Kasamdiamond Truly Forever, BC. A smooth flowing performance, including a good range of moves in a variety of positions. Handler very good at adjusting her speed to enable the dog to move in time.
5th - Jill Davis, 20.75, with Rosmarinus Cinnabar at Glidersway, BC. Close on the heels of the top placed dogs, with a good and varied performance. Handler and dog beautifully colour co-ordinated !
The standard in this class was high with every team a pleasure to watch and judge.
Novice D.W.D.s, Saturday. Judges: Lesley Brocklehurst and Sarah Reed.
1st - Louise Ince, 24.35, with Decoyman’s Piper Edward, N.S.DT Retr. A really good energetic disco style dance, both handler and dog showing a wide range of appropriate moves and synchronisation. Sarah and I were in complete agreement with the marks and we both loved the high kicking weaves!
2nd - Louise Ballard 22.75, with Stillmoor Secret Fable, BC. A young dog making her debut this weekend, who will go far in Louise’s capable hands. The handler danced appropriately and the dog thoroughly enjoyed herself, if a little OTT at times!
3rd - Di Morgan, 20.40 with Darkquest Fancy That, BC. A Scottish theme, energetically interpreted with suitable steps and arm/body movements but the dog did jump up rather a lot. More use could be made of the ring .
4th - Jackie Field and Atastar Fairytale, St. Poodle, and 5 with Caregcennens Sir William, Min poodle. Well done to Jackie for entering 2 dogs in this class. I know you were disappointed with your marks but it was just a dress rehearsal - the next day you and the dogs got it all together and the improvements were noteworthy!
Novice Musical Dressage, Sunday.
1st - Only one team completed their routine today - Venetia Mc Veigh with xbreed Stillmoor Mystical Magic , gaining 18.15. This was a lovely flowing routine with Merlin keeping good time apart from a few changes of direction. More patterns across the floor would enhance the performance. The backing in front was superb. Lovely to see you again Venetia.
Starters D.W.D.s Sunday.
1st - Unusual for Starters, there was only one entry – Ali Hayes with her Norwich terrier, Ragus Double O Seven. Superb attention from this little dog, short legs trotting ten to the dozen. Sadly let down by Mum who was not really dancing!
Head Judge’s Report – Jill Davis
Firstly may I say what a fabulous show this was to go to. I had never made the journey before due to long journeys incorporating the M25 but this year I decided to go and started out at 5 a.m. which proved a good choice as I got there with no hold-ups. Coming back at 11.30 a.m. on the Monday was not quite so good as there was one accident and one broken down double decker bus on the M25 which delayed me quite a bit and the rather scary gantry notice informing us there was an oncoming vehicle on our side of the carriageway which fortunately I never encountered. The camping was excellent apart from the lack of clothes space in the showers but the actual venue we were competing and demonstrating in was ginormous. Our ring actually looked lost in one corner but it was carpeted throughout and left plenty of room for the spectators which made it like a mini Crufts. There was every type of dog sport imaginable taking place over many acres and most if not all were available for ‘have a go’ sessions.Advanced Musical Dressage, co-judged with Sarah Reed1st - Lesley Brocklehurst with Genabacab Speck of Life a WSD Bitch performing to Querer from Alegria by Cirque Du Soleils Musicians.
Alaska was in good form today and Lesley could not call her Dozy Dora this time! There was a huge variety of positions and directions, all executed accurately in this excellent routine, incorporating some clever floor patterns including circles and squares. The whole of the ring was used to great effect and was a good example of how Musical Dressage should be executed.2nd - Vee Richardson with Langtrees Wild Card a WSD Dog performing to Music by Robert Miles
. Vee’s routine with Joker included fast and slow work as well as at normal pace. There was not quite the variety of patterns as the winning routine and the slow pivots and the fast hike were not executed quite as they should be so lost marks. However only .70 behind the winner so on another day could easily have swapped places.3rd -Jan Debnam with Chesepi Indian Valley a Chesapeake Bay Retriever performing to Canarios and Danse du Sauvages by Rivera and Orchestra de Louvre.
Only slightly behind the first two competitors but I found this dog was not as consistently ‘on the beat’ as I would have liked and there were a few missed cues.
Also in the ring but doing a training round was Louise Ince with Try Me Jodi, a WSD Bitch performing to Ride Like the Wind by East Side Beat. It was a joy to see Jodi so happy during this training round with lots of play in between some beautiful dressage.