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Bearded Collie Working Test Results

If you have ever wanted to have a go at Working Tests/Obedience but have been put off as it looks a bit serious for you and your Beardie, here are Lynne Walker's experiences of the Woodlands Cottage Working Tests event in 2016.

"If you have ever wanted to have a go at obedience but have been put off as it looks a bit serious for you and your Beardie, well think again. I went to the Working Tests event on June 11th organised by Val Corgan and we all had such a wonderful day. It was so much fun and everyone was so supportive and friendly and it was great that you were able to spend time bonding with your dog whilst attempting the various exercises such as stay, recall, retrieve, and heelwork. It made no difference that there were dogs at various levels, all were catered for, the exercises getting harder as you progress to such things as jumping and searching which was lovely to see (full details are on the Test Details page). A big thank you to Val and all for your effort and welcome. The whole day was held in a great location in Somerset, suitably supported by cups of tea and homemade cakes and soup - lovely. For those who know my dog, Neville, he is nicknamed 'Neville the devil' due to his impish nature and low concentration level, so I did not hold out much hope of success. But we passed the preliminary and we even got complimented on our heelwork - couldn't stop smiling! Neville knew what to do all along - it was me that didn't! Will we be going again? - you bet. We are going to practise the tips for the retrieve so we can take the next level. I would really recommend you to all give it a go, especially if you have your own 'Neville'. You'll have a great time with great people and you will discover your Beardie's hidden talents!"

Working Test Results, Midland & Northern Branches Activity Day
30th September 2018 - Judge: Steve Horne

Thank you for the invitation to judge the working tests at this event. It was pleasing to see the number of responsive dogs entered in the Primary Test with everybody passing apart from one dog that was unsettled in just one exercise. With attention to tidying up on lead work and training for a retrieve, all of these dogs should be ready to move onto the Junior Test.

Unfortunately neither of the entries in the Intermediate Test gained the qualification. Hopefully it will not be long before their experienced handlers improve on this result as both dogs only failed on one element with momentary lapses in concentration. Intermediate is always a tricky test as there are so many elements that can just go wrong on the day.

Thanks to Halina for stewarding the tests. The plan was for her to judge the Junior and Senior tests but there were no entries for these.

Handler/Owner Dog's Name Test Level Result
Jane & Cliff ?Wilfred (Bryonyhill Big Star)PrimaryPass
Ms Lyn PatersonIzzi (Winterlyn Amber Sunrise)PrimaryPass
Ms Lyn PatersonElla (Pipadene Upper Crust for Winterlyn)PrimaryPass
Sally BarnabyIncaPrimaryPass
Janet McPhersonMerlinPrimaryPass
A & P Wincott Emily (Croftcaileg Bonnie Gorm)PrimaryPass
Mrs R WoodTzara (Osmart Jess Golden Tzarina)PrimaryPass

Working Test Results, Goonhavern Bearded Collie Meeting 8th-10th September 2018 - Judge: Val Corgan

This year the weather was kind to us, unlike last year, so more people were interested in trying a Working Test. I was prepared to judge on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday if necessary, to give more chances to those wanting a specific test. Ron had arranged the field up the road for our use, when we needed more space for scent squares. My grateful thanks to Gilly Curtis and Jan Lemon without whose help, I would have been well and truly stuck! If anyone fancies having a go at stewarding at future events, please come and have a go. Congratulations to those who passed any level and commiserations to a couple of you who tried your Senior Test several times. Its always good to watch this breed use their brains. They never fail to make us cry with exasperation when they get it wrong, and leap with joy when they get it right. Your time will come, Carol and Joy.

Handler/Owner Dog's Name Test Level Result
Judy LenaghamMaisiePrimary92/100
Ron McCawleyTildaPrimary94/100
Barbara HurryLucyPrimary91/100
Nicola EvansDillonPrimary94/100
Lesley HawkinsBillyPrimary98/100
Mike SnuggsLassPrimary98/100
Kathy McCalisterTassyPrimary?/100
Sally TaylorCrystiPrimary98/100
Julia ForbesDillonPrimary94/100
Judy LenaghamMaisieJunior92/100
Sally TaylorCrystiJunior94/100

Judy, keep working that little dog and you’ll be successful very soon at your Intermediate.
My apologies for those of you going home without a certificate. Certificates will be in the post as soon as I receive them. Good luck for future tries!

Val Corgan

Working Test Results - East Anglian and South Eastern Branch Bounce, Suffolk
22nd July 2018 - Judge: Jill Kevis

Thank you very much to this branch of the Bearded Collie Club for inviting me to judge the Working Tests. Everybody had worked very hard to provide a fun packed afternoon. The agility proved very popular so David and Suzanne Morrison were kept very busy. Thank you also to Doreen McErlane and my husband Ian for helping with the paperwork and various odd jobs.

The venue was ideal for the agility ring and the Primary and Junior tests. Flexibility was needed for the Intermediate tests.

I had 14 entries so I had little spare time to watch the agility or eat some goodies!

There were 7 passes in Primary, but no passes in Junior. It was a shame that there were no Intermediate passes but it was a long hot day for the 2 dogs entered. This test needs concentration and detailed training so good luck for the future.

Handler/Owner Dog's Name Test Level Result
Mr & Mrs BatemanSkyebucks Super TrouperPrimaryPass
Paul & Dawn GuntonAlicePrimaryPass
Andrea HayesFloiePrimaryPass
Suzanne MorrsionSulynbourne Mistletoes MoonPrimaryPass
Jenny SalmonHighglade Heart of EarthPrimaryPass
Jenny SalmonPotterdale PiperPrimaryPass
Rosie SawyerAlfie (working Cocker Spaniel)PrimaryPass

BCC Midland Branch - Inkberrow 2018 - 20th May 2018

Kennel Club Good Citizen Tests - Judges: John Harding (Bronze), Ruth Brocklehurst (Silver)

Bronze Test - 8 passes

Handler/Owner Dog's Name
Angela ButlerCeilmear Malt Teaser (Dillon)
Nicola EmminghamFraglestone Forrister (Edward)
Dean JamsonPlay the Game From The Furry Tails (Obi)
Dean JamsonRamsgrove Precious (Solo)
Carole ReidHamish Hooch (Hamish)
Sally BarnabyInca
Joyce BurfordHeleview Harmony (Twiggy)
Catherine CliffeBryonyhill Tayvy The Wizard (Tayvy)

Silver Test - 1 pass

Handler/Owner Dog's Name
Dean JamsonRamsgrove Precious (Solo)

Working Test Results - SCBCC Beardies in Need Weekend - 12th May 2018, Judge: Mrs Lynn Dumbrell

The judge's comments are in parentheses after each level.

Primary Test (6 passes)

Handler/Owner Dog's Name Test Level Result
Ann Trodd Sallen Renscombe at ChelsasaPrimaryPass
Sue & Dennis Hudson Chyanullys Goldsmith at SkybucksPrimaryPass
Su BrownCinebears Dolly Parton at HighgladePrimaryPass
Sandy EvansSantePrimaryPass
Anne BuswellDouglasdale Garantius at ScoteshamJPrimaryPass
Wendy Lee-FinglasMojo Message from HeavenPrimaryPass

"My comment for those who didn’t pass this time, please use your voice more and rely on your lead less."

Junior Test (3 passes)

Handler/Owner Dog's Name Test Level Result
Ann TroddSallen Renscombe at ChelsasaJuniorPass
Maureen SalePotterdale Platinum StarJuniorPass
Alison LomasMistleJuniorPass

"It would seem that the biggest hurdle to overcome in this test is the retrieve. All I can say is 'don’t give up'."

Intermediate Test (No passes)

"This test is a big step up from the previous two and whereas the Primary and Junior tests contain fairly basic disciplines, you are entering into the realms of Obedience with this one. The heelwork and recalls were all well executed,but the retrieve and search proved a problem.

Four dogs took the test today, but I’m afraid there were no passes."