Date: Saturday 25 January 2014 Show: Rugby Dog Training Club
Venue: The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Type: Indoor
Class: Crufts Freestyle Semi-Final Head Judge: Gina Pink
Other Judges: Barbara Whittaker & Carol Mortimer
19 dogs entered the class, 16 competed
I would like to thank Alison Davidson & the Rugby DTC team for asking me to Head Judge this class and for putting on a superb show. The first HTM show of the year and it really started the year off well. The Kennel Club Building is a brilliant venue for Heelwork to Music and it was lovely to see that the car park now has lighting (very handy for the short dark days at this time of the year) and the walkway leading from the car park to the venue has been treated and has lighting too. BIG improvement from last year.
This was a class fraught with difficulties this afternoon. The first dog had just finished working when suddenly half of the lights in the building went out. The caretaker confirmed that the remaining lights would not flash on and off so the second competitor worked her dog. During this time the Show Committee agreed that all of the lights should be switched off and allowed to cool before switching them all back on again, which would take about 15 minutes. So judging was halted during this time, which was quite a good idea because suddenly the skies turned black, there was very loud thunder and dramatic lightning; followed by torrential rain, gale force wind and hail stones. Ofcourse this did seriously affect some of the dogs quite adversely and I don’t think we really saw the best of many of them today. This is such a pity when I know how much planning, rehearsal and time would have gone into each routine.
However, the results were as follows:
1st Richard Curtis with Syka Delic Darnser, Crossbreed. Performed to When I’m Cleaning Windows, and with a ladder and bucket, Richard acted out his performance with Wizzy incorporating everything you would expect a window cleaner to do plus a rather unique way of refilling his bucket! A well deserved first place with a credible overall score of 27.73
2nd Carole Dodson with Kinaway Doctor Watson, Border Collie. Dressed as Peter Pan this was a fairy tale story. Good range of distancing and close up work; even had a fairy in a lantern. Overall score 25.83
3rd Nicci Hindson with Ravestar Scarlet Dancer, Working Sheepdog. Dressed as a schoolgirl, Nicci performed a very good routine with this young dog, with some excellent distance work. Some barking deductions knocked this team down into this place. Overall score 25.80
4th Pauline Goddard with Mist of Snowdon, Working Sheepdog. Performing to Singing In the Rain by Tommy Steele. Pauline started the routine with a hiccup as her music stopped 12 seconds from the beginning; but it was quickly restarted and it didn’t faze Pauline at all giving her an overall score of 24.80
Good luck to everyone who qualified for Crufts 2014 today; hope you have a brilliant time.