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President: Mr. Roger Vincent
WORKING SHOWING WELFARE

SNC WORKING TESTS

Monday 25 August 2014 & Wednesday 27 August 2014 - Jersey Activity Centre, St. Martin, Jersey, Channel Islands

Saturday 30 August 2014 & Sunday 31 August 2014 - St. Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands

DRAUGHT: Beginners to Level 3     WATER: Sections A to D







Kindly hosted by the Jersey Big Dog Club
Test Manager - Mr. David Taylor

The Jersey Big Dog Club Festival 2014

The Festival week was set up so as to welcome visitors to come to our Island and enjoy its hospitality whilst taking part in whatever events they wished. The whole point was to make the event into a relaxing holiday sprinkled with a selection of activities connected to the large breed dogs that we all own and love. We were pleased to welcome over 40 dogs and their families from the UK and Ireland plus 20 local dogs and their owners. Each day was split into three parts, morning, afternoon and evening, with guests being given the option of attending or taking part whenever they wished.

Friday

The majority of the guests arrived into Jersey on the lunchtime ferry, and reported that the crossing had been smooth and trouble free. After assembling all the visitors vehicles in a holding area, we let the dogs out to stretch their legs and greet one another before setting off on the 4 mile drive to The Jersey Activity Centre, the base for the Festival. The Centre is where the Jersey Big Dog Club train and practice for Draft work and has the advantage of allowing guests to have their dogs stay in their rooms with them throughout their time at the Centre. Whilst not being a formal 'Camp Site' there are sufficient open fields that allow for visitors to camp if they so wish, either under canvas or with their motor home, whilst giving them wonderful views over Grouville Bay to the south. Guests were welcomed at the centre in the afternoon, by various members of the JBDC and were each handed a Welcoming Pack containing lots of information about the Island and its visitor attractions. It also contained information about 'quirky' aspects relative to driving in Jersey plus a selection of 10 separate dog walks including maps, so that if visitors wished to 'do their own thing' they would hopefully not get lost! We also included a selection treats, poo bags and toys for every dog for which we would like to thank Royal Canin and Le Marquand Bros, our local pet store for their support. Friday evening gave visitors the chance to explore their navigating skills with a drive from one side of the island to the other as they were invited to join us for an early evening walk along some wonderful open headland with views over the sea to St Helier, beforeheading off to enjoy a pub meal at The Smugglers, one of Jerseys oldest pubs. This gave our guests chance to meet other members of the Jersey Big Dog Club who had not been able to get to the Activity Centre during the afternoon.

Saturday
The day started off a little overcast and the morning had been left free for visitors to explore as they saw fit. Some guests chose to travel into St Helier whilst others explored the headland close to the Activity Centre. The afternoon had been set aside for guests who wanted to try a water taster session for their dogs and arrangements were made to access the JBDC fresh-water lake in St. Ouens Bay. A convoy of vehicles made their way across the Island for an afternoon session that was blessed with slightly improved weather. Experience dogs were exercised in one area of the lake, whilst novices were exercised in an area that had gentler sloped access into the water. It was great to see the Leo owners and their dogs take to the water. Several guests were pleasantly surprised at the level of equipment that the JBDC has acquired in its short history including floatation aides for guests and visitors, a couple of ribs with both electric and diesel power, plus a great array of toys and goodies for the dogs to retrieve. Knowing that after the water work, most dogs (and people) would be a little exhausted, the evening was give over to free time with most guests getting together in small groups and seeking out a local hostelry for some well deserved refreshment and sustenance.
Sunday
A bright and sunny morning and our guests were invited to join us on a trip down to St Catherine's Breakwater about 1 mile away from the Activity Centre. It is a popular location for both visitors and locals alike, and is an excellent location for taking a gentle walk along the breakwater and back before enjoying a late breakfast or early lunch at the excellent family run cafe. Visitors can also view the award wining sand sculptures that are on display next to the Craft Market which is always popular with visitors taking lots of photographs of the excellent detailed work. But then add a host of Leonbergers and Newfoundlands to the scene and the number of photographs taken, rocketed. This particular morning, the VW owners club and the Harley Davidson Club were at the breakwater, which in their own right were causing a stir, but then add a dozen Leonbergers and a host of Newfoundlands parading around the area and our owners were inundated by the usual barrage of questions and requests for photographs. It took over an hour to get everyone together before we could leave. The afternoon saw a convoy of vehicles travel to the centre of the Island, to the Pallot Steam Museum, where a display and taster session of 'scent work' by a couple of the Southern Newfoundland Club members had been arranged. Set in the centre of the oval railway track, the only one in Jersey, members chatted about their dogs and made arrangements for visits to various other Island attractions over the coming week. Guests were also invited to view the exhibits in the Steam Museum including a excellent selection of steam engines, vintage cars and items of general farming interest plus a selection of items from bye-gone years. This was then followed by an excellent Welcoming Buffet, with copious amounts of food reflecting much of the islands produce served from within the old Waiting Room on the station platform.
Bank Holiday Monday
What a change in the weather. Sunday night saw a torrential downpour which carried on into the day and whilst the morning had been given over to free time, the afternoons visit to the Jersey Horse Race meeting at Les Landes had to be abandoned as the ground was waterlogged and the rain looked like it was likely to continue into the afternoon. But working dog owners being what they are, it did not stop the afternoon drafting tests taking place for Beginners and Level One. All of which proved to be successful for those who took part. Others took the opportunity to catch up on a little retail therapy in St Helier, where the sight of a handful of Newfoundlands and a selection of Leonbergers, once again stopped traffic in the town.
Tuesday
Tuesday saw basic training taking place for those who wanted to try their hand at scent work and it is true to say that those who took part, enjoyed the experience and hopefully will keep up with the basics with their dog. The afternoon was given over to free time where some of our visitors took time out to undertake a good dog walk along one of our many fine beaches. The evening saw attention turn to the 'lecture room' where a UK representative of well respected Veterinary practice came to explain the workings and structure of dogs with the emphasis on practical first aid. The event was well attended and explanations were given as to what treatment was feasible to help in emergency situations, should something happen to your dog whilst out on a walk or even around the house. The lecture then gave way to a Q&A section, which proved to be lively and varied with questions going on till later evening. Once completed, most people went away better informed as to the general health of their dogs together with an arsenal of solutions to some basic first aid treatments for use on the dog in case of an emergency.
Wednesday
The morning and afternoon were given over to Drafting Tests Level 2 & 3 and whilst the weather was a little on the damp side, it did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of those taking part. There was an excellent turn out and under the watchful eye of the judges for the Southern Newfoundland Club, many entrants successfully attained pass marks for their respective tests. Once the Level 1 and 2 tests were completed, entrants who did not attend the Bank Holiday Monday tests were allowed to be judge for Beginners and Level One.
Thursday

In the morning and the better weather had returned in time for a trip to Durrell Wildlife Trust where we were met by Lea Durrell, wife of the late Gerald Durrell, who took the time to introduce what the Trust does by way of conservation of endangered species. For those that do not know, the Dodo is the emblem and symbol of the trust helping represent the hugely important work undertaken by the trust to save and protect some of the world's most endangered species especially in Madagascar. Once again in the afternoon, training was provided for those that wished to undertake further scent work, whilst others took the opportunity to visit other attractions on the island or undertake further walks along the beach. The evening seminar returned to the lecture theatre and a Veterinary talk with an emphasis on bone structure and the workings of large breed dogs. Once again the lecture was well attended with some very open discussion as to various types of treatment for large breeds ranging from cruciate problems to bloat, plus many, if not all the problems that can be encountered by large breeds with regards to weight and bone growth. The lecture was well detailed by some excellent quality x-rays and images of scans showing differing treatments for similar problems, and once again a very informative Q&A session followed. Friday morning was scheduled as a further informative health lecture from a Chiropractor for animals. The talk was well attended and several of our visitors took advantage of the situation and had their dogs checked over and in some cases manipulated to help with balance and movement. The remainder of the day was given over to free time with retail therapy seemingly high on the list. Sadly this was also the time when we had to say "Goodbye" to some of our guests who were booked on the afternoon ferry back to the UK. Saturday was bright and sunny which was welcomed by all, as this was the first of the Water Rescue Test days with Level A and C being undertaken at the lake in St. Ouens Bay. The day turned out to be a very full one with a large number of dogs taking part, once again under the watchful eye of the Southern Newfoundland Judges. The results were particularly encouraging for the dogs based here on Jersey with a good level of passes for Level A. The evening was kept clear so that drying off of the dogs and relaxation of the humans was able to take place. However the Local Ale Houses seemed to do a good business. Sunday was to be the last day of the Festival and what a day it turned out to be. The lake was bathed in warm sunshine and provided ideal conditions for the Water Rescue Tests A B and D. Once again there were some encouraging results, but it was clear that all the animals that took part had a really fun time and enjoyed their last day in Jersey. Testing finished around 5.00pm and then it was down to everyone to get back to the Adventure Centre, sort out the dogs, grab a shower and head on out to Les Ormes Country Club for the Festival Gala Dinner. The room had been laid out beautifully by some of the JBDC members with a wonderful array of raffle prizes and lovely table decorations. The evening allowed for Certificate presentations to those who had successfully competed at the various events during the week and had attained Passes. It also allowed for the Jersey Big Dog Club to raise £210.00 in the raffle which was divided equally between the Leonberger Welfare and the Newfoundland Welfare.

Steve Pallot, Jersey Big Dog Club

"The Jersey Big Dog Fun Festival started with draught tests - Beginners & Level 1 on the Monday. After a wet start these two levels were successfully completed just as it darkness fell. Onto Wednesday 27th Aug for Beginners and Levels 2 & 3. Unfortunately rain all day, but many were successful on this first time for the higher levels in Jersey.

The weekend took us into the water tests - Saturday Sections A & C, Sunday Sections A, B & D. Again many passes on both days. The water proved challenging with a stiff breeze across it.

The JBDC would like to thank the SNC for allowing us to hold these tests, the judges and experienced stewards once again gave freely of their knowledge and experience for which we are grateful."

David Taylor

Pictures from the SNC Working Tests in Jersey - 25 to 31 August 2014

These photographs are from the Southern Newfoundland Club's Facebook page - you do not need a Facebook account to view them.



Monday 25 August 2014
DRAUGHT TESTS - BEGINNERS LEVEL
Entrants: 12 (9 Newfoundlands, 1 Leonberger, 1 Saint Bernard, 1 Barbet)      Passes: 12
Judges: Steve Pallot & Kay Burridge

Congratulations to:

Van Wijgerden & Le Cuirot's Ournewfbears Ozzy "Ozzy"
Taylor's Mollynewf Wanahow Wijikwe "Molly Mae"
Clare's "Alfie"
Clare's "Ben" (St. Bernard)
Haylock's "Maddie" (Barbet)
Germain's Nahkolam Sea Breeze "Ted" (Leonberger)
Taylor's Mollynewf Lani Winona "Lani" & Mollynewf Hurritt Ashkii "Ash" (Brace)
Viney's Evanpark Rocket Man for Millthorpe "Badger" & Millthorpe Sea Breeze "Millie" (Brace)


Judges: Kay Burridge & David Viney

Congratulations to:

Pallot's Bosighey Brown Eyes "Yogi" & Vodahond Black Man Ray "Rocky" (Brace)


Judges: Steve Pallot & David Viney

Congratulations to:

Burridge's Bagglebears Gregale "Izzy"
Burridge's Bridgestone Callaway at Bagglebears "Tia"
Burridge's Bagglebears Borasco "Jenga"


Judges Report - Beginners Level

"The Beginners draught test was held just as the rain stopped. 12 teams were judged including three brace teams. It was a first time for a lot of entrants, including the brace teams. We are pleased to say all teams passed Beginners Level with many going on to Level 1.

We would like to say thank-you to the stewards for their assistance during the test and to David Taylor and his team for a well organized draught test and to JBDC for hosting the event at this superb venue. Finally thanks to the SNC for inviting us to judge in Jersey."

Steve Pallot & Kay Burridge

DRAUGHT TESTS - LEVEL 1
Entrants: 8      Passes: 3
Judges: Clive Haylock & David Viney

Congratulations to:

Burridge's Bagglebears Gregale "Izzy"
Pallot's Vodahond Black Man Ray "Rocky"
Taylor's Mollynewf Lani Winona "Lani"


Judges Report - Level 1

"On the day we had 8 entries with 3 passes, one withdrew and 4 not successful this time. Of these, two of the teams need more training, the other two seemed to 'switch off', not listen to the handler and loose interest. The three passes were of good standard, and those teams should go on and train for the next level.

A good day was had, even though the weather could have been better. Thanks to the SNC for the opportunity to judge and to the JBDC for their friendship and hospitality."

Clive Haylock & David Viney


Wednesday 27 August 2014
DRAUGHT TESTS - BEGINNERS LEVEL
Entrants: 8      Passes: 8
Judges: David Taylor & Clive Haylock

Congratulations to:

Viney's Millthorpe Sea Breeze "Millie"
Viney's Evanpark Rocket Man for Millthorpe "Badger"
Burridge's Bagglebears Borasco "Jenga"
Burridge's Bridgestone Callaway at Bagglebears "Tia"
Scott's Norfolk Beauty "Honey"
Channing's Vanroy Pumpkin Pie "Zshakira" (Leonberger)


Judges: Steve Pallot & Clive Haylock

Congratulations to:

Taylor's Mollynewf Wanahon Nijikwe "Molly Mae"
Van Wijgerden & Le Cuirot's Ournewfbears Ozzy "Ozzy"


Judges Report - Beginners Level

"Not the best of evenings for the Beginners Level Draught test - it was drizzling rain with a light breeze but we still had 8 entries and 8 passes!

Some novice handlers need to concentrate more on loose leads and talking to their dogs to begin working as a team.

Thank you to our 'call steward', the JBDC for hosting this event at a great venue, my co-judge Clive Haylock for his guidance and expertise and lastly the SNC for inviting me to judge at this event."

David Taylor & Clive Haylock

DRAUGHT TESTS - LEVEL 2
Entrants: 10      Passes: 7      Withdrawn: 1
Judges: Kevin Clarke & Clive Haylock

Congratulations to:

Arnold's Staneberne With Love to Newfarrier "Evie"
Taylor's Mollynewf Lani Winona "Lani"
Taylor's Mollynewf Hurritt Ashkii "Ash"
Burridge's Bagglebears Borasco "Jenga"
Burridge's Bagglebears Gregale "Izzi"
Dixon's Newfinch Hera for Arktikos "Rosie"
Germain's Nahkolam Sea Breeze "Ted" (Leonberger)


Judges Report - Level 2

"What a good entry! 10 teams with 7 passes. Heal work has certainly got stronger, the dogs were alongside and listening to the handlers commands and demonstrated good control.

The maneuvering section was negotiated calmly and precisely, handlers watching the carts and dogs. Out on the haul they were very happy teams. Working 2 sides of the cart over different surfaces, THE CARTING IS GREAT!

Thanks to all, fellow judge Kevin Clarke and stewards."

Kevin Clarke & Clive Haylock

DRAUGHT TESTS - LEVEL 3
Entrants: 4      Passes: 0
Judges: Clive Haylock & Kevin Clarke

Judges Report - Level 3

"The results do not reflect the good standard that has now been achieved. Four good entries but unfortunately none of the teams passed. That was not to say that the high standard was not used. It really means the group is going places, being able to reach a good standard in the control/maneuvering/haul means the teams have turned up regularly for training.

We were impressed that the dogs listened and moved under control, heel work was of a good standard as was the maneuvering section. Because of good training the haul was completed competently in all aspects.

My only issue is with the 'back up' I would like to see the handler train at the heel side of the dog instead of standing in front of the dog. Please TRY IT!

Thanks to the SNC for the invitation and opportunity to judge in Jersey. The whole event was great, including the Zoo, buffet (what a meal!) walks etc.. A special thanks to the admin girls, Carol and Amanda, they had so much paper-work to contend with. WELL DONE and thank you for your friendship."

Clive Haylock & Kevin Clarke


Saturday 30 August 2014
WATER TESTS - SECTION A
Entrants: 16      Passes: 13
Judges: David Taylor & Clive Haylock

Congratulations to:

Van Wijgerden & Le Cuirot's Inkomo Cudlee Creek "Daisy"
Van Wijgerden & Le Cuirot's Lea of the Weeping Willow "Phoebe"
Dutot's "Apollo"
King's Safeharbour Dirty Dancing "Summer"
King's Safeharbour White But Cute "Effie"
King's Safeharbour Hey Baby "Bonnie"
Taylor and Scott's Stillstream Sura Kanti at Mollynewf "Sura"
Viney's Evanpark Rocket Man for Millthorpe "Badger"
Burridge's Bagglebears Gregale "Izzi"
Burridge's Bridgestone Callaway at Bagglebears "Tia"
Pallot's Bosighey Brown Eyes "Yogi"
Germain's Nahkolam Sea Breeze "Ted" (Leonberger)
Channing's Vanroy Pumpkin Pie "Zshakira" (Leonberger)


Judges Report - Section A

"We had a breezy day for the Section A water test, there were 16 entries with 13 passes. Dogs and Handlers generally working well together. One dog needed more work, but shows promise.

Thank you to the SNC for inviting us to judge, the stewards for their assistance and the JBDC for hosting this event. Lastly thanks to my co-judge, Clive Haylock, for his expertise and experience."

David Taylor & Clive Haylock

WATER TESTS - SECTION C
Entrants: 6      Passes: 1
Judges: Paul Dodd & Kay Burridge

Congratulations to:

Arnold's Newgraden Knight Of Templar at Newfarrier "Arthur"


Judges Report - Section C

"A year has flown by and it was great to be back in Jersey for this third SNC event in the Channel Islands. The water tests were at the end of a week of excellent and varied activities hosted by the Jersey Big Dog Club whose enthusiasm for working their dogs just seems to keep growing and whose dogs are progressing well as their handlers gain knowledge and experience. The organisation and hospitality from our hosts was wonderful, thank you all.

We only had one team pass from the six entrants but it was still a pleasure to see some excellent exercises from those who didn't quite meet the requirements today. Exiting the boat in the time limit in C1 was a problem for many and this just needs more patient work in training - start with jumping out of the boat on dry land so the dog knows and understands the command then move to shallow water so the dog builds its confidence before jumping into deep water.

The C2 exercise rescuing a 'drowning' stranger tripped up some and of course the C4 controlled swim is always a challenge but so rewarding for dog and handler when it is mastered and done well so stick with it. The C3 retrieve of a dropped object (a life ring on this occasion) exercise was performed well.

Thanks to David Taylor, the Test Manager, to Carol Taylor and Amanda Arnold for keeping all of the paperwork in order, the stewards and my co-judge Kay Burridge."

Paul Dodd


"I would just like to echo everything Paul has said and to thank him for his guidance through my first section C judging appointment.

Thank you SNC for inviting us to judge in Jersey, and the Jersey Big Dog Club, for a fantastic festival - seeing how you have all improved in knowledge, experience and confidence in just a couple of years is wonderful."

Kay Burridge


Sunday 31 August 2014
WATER TESTS - SECTION A
Entrants: 9      Passes: 7
Judges: Steve Pallot & Pete Webber

Congratulations to:

Van Wijgerden & Le Cuirot's Inkomo Cudlee Creek "Daisy"
Van Wijgerden & Le Cuirot's Lea of the Weeping Willow "Phoebe"
Taylor and Scott's Stillstream Sura Kanti at Mollynewf "Sura"
Viney's Evanpark Rocket Man for Millthorpe "Badger"
Dutot's "Apollo"
Burridge's Bridgestone Callaway at Bagglebears "Tia"
Haylock's "Maddie" (Barbet)


Judges Report - Section A

"A test held in nice calm conditions at a new location in the lake. We had nine dogs entered into the test. We passed seven dogs and unfortunately failed two dogs. All dogs were enthusiastic along with their handlers.

We would like to thank all the stewards and helpers also we would like to thank the JBDC for hosting this event."

Steve Pallot & Pete Webber

WATER TESTS - SECTION B
Entrants: 12       Passes: 3
Judges: Chris Roberts & Kay Burridge

Congratulations to:

Pallot's Bosighey Brown Eyes "Yogi"
Haylock's Shalowseas Splash Dance "Shea"
Laffoley's Newruff Dash of Class "Obee"


Judges Report - Section B

"Thank you to Jersey Big Dog Club for hosting this event, the hospitality was second to none, the friendly nature to their dogs and guests is worth noting. Also like to thank my co-judge Kay Burridge for her helpful advice, the test manager, to Carol and Amanda for keeping it running smoothly and finally the stewards who without them it does not happen."

Chris Roberts


"We had 12 entries in Section B. We had three good passes it was a delight to see one dog's skillful trawl the under water retrieve item. Of those that failed the main stumbling block, yet again, was either B4, underwater retrieve, or B5, controlled swim. With more practice I am sure they will get there.

Thanks to the SNC for the invitation to judge at the Jersey Big Dog Festival hosted by the JBDC. Thanks also to David, the test Manager, Carol and Amanda for sorting out the paperwork, stewards and my co-judge Chris Roberts, and a big thank you to the JBDC, for your friendship and hospitality; it was a wonderful festival which we all enjoyed tremendously."

Kay Burridge

WATER TESTS - SECTION D
Entrants: 6      Passes: 0
Judges: Clive Haylock & Pete Webber

Judges Report - Section D

"With 6 entries and no passes D1 (take rope to boat) seemed to be the stumbling block. Each team needs more training in all the elements. With more training all the dogs can achieve the required standard.

Weather and venue was superb, thanks to stewards who were alert and ready. Thanks to the Jersey Big Dog Club for the opportunity to judge and their hospitality."

Clive Haylock & Pete Webber