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President: Mr. Roger Vincent
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SNC DRAUGHT TESTS LEVELS 1 - 4

Saturday 03 & Sunday 04 October 2009 - Bo Peep Caravan Park, Adderbury, Oxfordshire

Test Manager: Angie Mercer


Level 2 test in progress
Level 2 Test in progress with judges Rachel Gaines and Peter Webber

"Following the success in April of using a dedicated camping area we elected to repeat this. However due to the high number of campers there was an overspill in the area next door – I hope you didn't feel excluded.

The week before a test is always a challenge for the test manager – 2 replacement judges were needed for level 1, one judge thought the tests were a week later and paperwork to complete for 61 entries! Small request to judges – please report to the test manager on arrival before disappearing for 2 hours planning your haul.

Saturday started chilly and windy and got worse as the day progressed. The dogs didn't seem to mind but some handlers were rather cold. We ran level 1 first followed by level 4 then level 2. One entrant just managed to get back from the level 4 haul in time to head straight into level 2. Due to the large entry it was dark when the level 2 haul ended. A quick unhitch and a dash for cover as the heavens opened and the rained poured down.

Sunday was brighter than the previous day and not so windy – ideal carting weather. The day started with the presentation from Saturday. Running order for today was level 1 followed by level 2 and 3 - this enabled the level 2 judge to enter level 3. It was definitely 'wagons roll' as 9 dogs and carts headed off for the level 3 haul.

The day ended with a fun dog show organised by Llynda Baugh with Kevin Mercer as judge. There were classes for puppies, girls, boys and oldies. Best in show was Sandra Constable's Willow expertly handled by Miss Megan Green.

Many thanks to all the judges, call stewards, haul stewards and Phil the teaboy. Also many thanks to all the entrants who made this an enjoyable weekend – congratulations to everyone who passed."


Saturday Sunday
Level 1 - 10 entries with 9 passes Level 1 - 8 entries with 4 passes
Level 2 - 11 entries with 3 passes Level 2 - 9 entries with 7 passes
Level 4 - 9 entries with 5 passes Level 3 - 14 entries with 9 passes

Angie Mercer (Test Manager)

Pictures from the SNC Draught Tests - 03/04 October 2009
(Thanks to Kevin Mercer for the photographs)
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DAY 1 RESULTS - LEVEL 1
Judges: Ronnie Chadwick & Keith Leybourne
Entrants: 10      Passes: 9

Congratulations to:

Scott's Moonlight of Krakow "Harry"
Johnson’s Evanpark Ghost among Piratebears "Minnie"
MacKillican's Dalmacaws Little Prince "Bruce"
Kingsley's Jolakada King Rocket "Alfie"
Gaines' "Casper"
Payne's Kalibah Icicle "Tilly"
Johnson’s Evanpark Gandolf The Grey among Piratebears "Merlin"
Lockhart's Henboobear Lunar Tide "Dakota"
Graham's "Munch"


Judges Reports - Level 1

"Report to follow"

Ronnie Chadwick



"Report to follow"

Keith Leybourne

DAY 1 RESULTS - LEVEL 2
Judges: Kevin Mercer & Keith Leybourne
Entrants: 11      Passes: 3

Congratulations to:

Mackillican's Sheenmarie Enchanted "Diesel"
Webber's Seamble Majestic "Lincoln"
Gaines' Kjalarnes D "Tally"


Judges Reports - Level 2

"Bo Peep is a very dog friendly caravan site and an excellent venue for Draught Tests. It was another excellent weekend with a very high number of entries in all levels. There were 61 entries overall with the majority staying the weekend.

There were 11 entries at this level of which 3 passed. A number of dogs completed a good control section but lost too many points due to the lack of change of pace and breaking the down stay which, coupled with the usual unnecessary use of the lead, meant they were unable to progress to the pull section.

The change to slow pace is an element of the test which prepares entrants for the next level which includes slow, normal and fast pace. At least six of the entrants showed no pronounced change of pace at all even when asked to circle the ring after the control section. This was not an outright fail but points were deducted which, when combined with other points lost during the control section, meant the dogs not exhibiting a change of pace did not go onto the pull section.

The down stay also led to a number of dogs not progressing to the pull section. The number of points deducted for a dog breaking the down stay will be in the new regulations and therefore from next year this will not be open to the judges' interpretation. I am aware that this has caused confusion for years and even at this event, the scoring was different on each day. My approach has always been to deduct 5 points every time the dog breaks the down stay. This means that assuming no other points had been deducted the dog could be reset 3 times and still progress to the pull section. At the next level, it is an immediate fail if the dog breaks the down stay so any dog that breaks the stay more than 3 times is definitely not ready for the next level in my view.

There were four dogs that progressed to the pull section of which 3 passed. The one that failed did one of the best control sections but lacked control throughout the manoeuvring and haul. This resulted in a number of obstacles being hit and excessive use of the lead and steward. The three that passed were excellent working well as a team to tackle the obstacles. The course was reasonably challenging for level 2 especially as due to the large entry it was dark during the final stages of the haul. Congratulations to the teams that passed who are more than ready to progress to the next level.

Thank you to my co judge Keith Leybourne, our call steward Ben Mercer and to all those who helped make the weekend so successful. A special thanks to Angie, Test Manager who did a fantastic job especially given the high number of entries."

Kevin Mercer



"Report to follow"

Keith Leybourne

DAY 1 RESULTS - LEVEL 4
Judges: Ronnie Chadwick & Llynda Baugh
Entrants: 9      Passes: 5

Congratulations to:

Gaines' Mileoak O'Donovan "Deifen"
Moulsdale’s Sheenmarie Right On Time "Yogi"
Johnson's Sparkybears Two Shoes among Piratebears "Cru'ella"
Haylock's Shalowseas Splash Dance "Shea"
Moulsdale’s Joalta Mersey Navigator "Murphy"


Judges Reports - Level 4

"Report to follow"

Ronnie Chadwick



"Report to follow"

Llynda Baugh

DAY 2 RESULTS - LEVEL 1
Judges: Peter Webber & Sue Dobson
Entrants: 7      Passes: 4

Congratulations to:

MacKillican's Dalmacaws Little Prince "Bruce"
Payne's "Twizzle"
Viney’s Millthorpe Sea Breeze "Millie"
Johnson’s Evanpark Ghost among Piratebears "Minnie"


Judges Reports - Level 1

"We were lucky to pick the best day to judge – a cool but sunny day, ideal for draught – rather than the previous day which we understand was somewhat windy!

We had seven entries in all with four good passes; of the three that didn’t make it this time, two were dogs handled by juniors and despite their valiant attempts, the dogs decided that it was just not their day with one stopping at the entrance and refusing to move - typical Newfie! – the other one just was not interested. One dog started well, but had a hang-up with the down stay which was a shame as the basic control work was very good.

The four passes achieved were good ones, and was pleased to see them settle into pulling a light cart very well with good control and the handlers encouraging them all the way.

Our thanks go to our call steward, Kevin Mercer, and to Angie and the rest of the gang for organising what appeared to be a very successful test. "

Sue Dobson & Peter Webber

DAY 2 RESULTS - LEVEL 2
Judges: Peter Webber & Rachel Gaines
Entrants: 9      Passes: 7

Congratulations to:

Tate’s Black Emperor "Paddy"
Haylock's Shalowseas Clives Boy "Louis"
Mercer's Sheridel Loxley "Loxley"
Bash's Lonesome Pine Love Em An Weep "Bacardi"
Lockhart's Henboobear Lunar Tide "Dakota"
Scott's Moonlight of Krakow "Harry"
Tate's Dark Tara "Missy"


Judges Reports - Level 2

"Report to follow"

Peter Webber



"Report to follow"

Rachel Gaines

DAY 2 RESULTS - LEVEL 3
Judges: Clive Haylock & Mick Reilly
Entrants: 14      Passes: 9

Congratulations to:

Moulsdale’s Joalta Mersey Navigator "Murphy"
Richards' Kenmilfore Dutruch "Patsy"
MacKillican's Mileoak Whispered Secret "Daisy"
Kingsley’s Jolakada King Rocket "Alfie"
Dobson's Ursanigra Ullswater for Noddstrickle "Boz"
Moulsdale’s Sheenmarie Right On Time "Yogi"
Johnson's Sparkybears Two Shoes among Piratebears "Cru'ella"
Gaines' Clocktower Zulus Winnie "Winnie"
Bash's Darbydale Catch Me If You Can "Zilli"


Judges Report - Level 3

"An excellent two day event allowing handlers to enter and judge. The weather perfect for draught. The control ring was in the centre of the field surounded by caravans and tents. Fourteen entries - Nine passes - One withdrawn

I was pleased to see that most teams had worked on change of pace and loose leads, but a straight back up still proves to be difficult. Heel work has improved a lot, with handlers getting the attention of their friend on the lead, hence both turning and manoeuvring as one.

In the cart out on the haul it was evident the teams had prepared knowing their dogs strong and weak points. The teams hauled their weights round the many obstacles and different surfaces in the caravan park with confidence and ease.

Thank you to fellow Judge Mick Reilly, Test Manager Angie (the strawberries were great), Keith our call Steward and Stewards on the haul. Thank you for the opportunity to judge."

Clive Haylock



"Report to follow"

Mick Reilly