Draught Tests - Levels: Beginners, 1, 2 & 3

29 October 2022
Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar, Gwent
Hosted by Welsh Newfoundland Activity Group

Fourteen tests undertaken, despite the inclement Welsh weather. Glad to say the heavy rain forecast for the afternoon actually held off, although it remained fairly windy.

Thank you to everyone who muscled in and helped with stewarding and of course to the judges who managed to keep at least some of the paperwork dry. Lovely to see two colleagues travelling from Jersey to join in.

Sara Davies, Test Manager

Beginners Level

Judges: Caroline Germain & Kevin Clarke
Entrants: 6 | Passes: 3
OwnerCall NameRegistered Name
Thornton Finley Leonard Hall
Burridge Marta Nurburgnewf Lady Shazam at Bagglebears
Clarke Gracie Mayosea Crystal Clear

Many thanks to the Southern Newfoundland Club for inviting us to judge in the new area. The weather provided an interesting challenge but all the dogs coped well.

Six teams came forward at this level, with three passes. All dogs and handlers are showing promise of being good working teams.

Caroline Germain & Kevin Clarke

Level 1

Judges: Sara Davies & Jackie Bagnall
Entrants: 3 | Passes: 2
OwnerCall NameRegistered Name
Clarke Gracie Mayosea Crystal Clear
Burridge Marta Nurburgnewf Lady Shazam at Bagglebears

Judges: Jackie Bagnall & Kay Burridge
Entrants: 2 | Passes: 1
OwnerCall NameRegistered Name
King Eboni Mccaffabear King Of Hearts for Saskinbears

So glad the rain mostly held off for the afternoon and the promised downpours did not occur. Five dogs entered today, but unfortunately both the boys were distracted, although they had a great time!

Thank you to the SNC for inviting us to judge, to WNAG for hosting and our stewards who pushed through, despite feeling the cold.

Sara Davies, Jackie Bagnall & Kay Burridge

Level 2

Judges: Jeff Burridge & Jane King
Entrants: 2 | Passes: 0

Thank you SNC for inviting us to judge at this test. Unfortunately, the weather was wetter and windier than usual, seemingly more so, owing to the new venue at the old airfield at a higher altitude.

We had two entries who sailed through the control section very well. At the 'down stay' one entrant was restless and could not stay down, while the other, despite passing the stay, decided not to continue.

Thank you also to WNAG for hosting the test.

Jeff Burridge & Jane King

Level 3

Judges: Jackie Bagnall & Steve Pallot
Entrants: 1 | Passes: 0

Saturday 29th October dawned over Bryn Bach (but only just!) as the weather decided to be unkind to us today, bringing fog and rain, but on the positive side it wasn't too cold!

We only had one entrant in Level 3 today. This team worked well together in the Control & Manoeuvering Section, having an exceptionally good group down stay, but unfortunately after a good start to the Haul failed the out of sight down stay.

Our thanks go to the SNC for inviting us to judge and to members of WNAG for hosting the event.

Jackie Bagnall & Steve Pallot