YKC Handling Driffield 2018.
Thank you to Driffield Championship Show for the chance to judge and to my lovely ring stewards on all four days who helped me to keep the ring flowing all the time. I was delighted with my entry of handlers over the four days and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to judge some beautiful handlers. There were lots of tough decisions and occasions where handlers could change places on another day. I found that across the board there were quite a few handlers who didn’t say ‘thank you’ at the end of their individual assessment; I think that politeness is extremely important. I was also a little disappointed that only one handler over the four days came to ask for feedback after their class, but I would be more than happy to offer feedback or any help if anyone would like to get in touch with me.
- Bobbie Lee handling a Border Collie.
Bobbie is a handler I have watched before, she put on a lovely performance constantly encouraging her young Border Collie, her teeth showing was lovely and her lines on her pattern work were straight. My only criticism was on the present at the end of her pattern work, she set up a little too close to me and was just a touch rough when standing her dog, however Bobbie is a lovely handler and I have no doubt she will go far.
- Alyssa Grace Ambler, also handling a Border collie.
Alyssa was very kind and gentle with her dog throughout, nice lines on her pattern work and her overall performance was good but just slightly lacked the polish of 1 however Alyssa was not aware of where I was standing at the beginning of the class and broke the golden rule on her entry into the ring.
Although this was a small class, both handlers put in a great performance and could easily swap around on another day.
- Chloe Mcdonald handling an Australian Shepherd.
Chloe is a beautiful handler and I could see throughout she showed a lovely rapport with her dog, she was always aware of my positioning. Pattern work and movement was effortless with beautiful lines. Only slight point to make was at the beginning of the class in the initial line up, Chloe was slightly out of line, however I think she was aware of this and was careful that she was stood perfectly in line during the remainder of the class.
- Paige Spencer handling a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Paige is another very nice handler, I just felt her performance lacked the overall polish of 1. Paige was handling a large dog which is not easy, but she did a good job, showing the teeth gently and efficiently. Paige’s pattern work was good, just slightly offline on her straight up and down.
- Page Allen handling a Siberian Husky.
It is a great shame this handler stood alone in her class, someone I have watched and competed with on many occasions. She put on a faultless performance giving necessary encouragement to a young and sensitive dog. Page’s teeth showing was top notch and her pattern work was beautiful. She was polite and attentive and aware of where I was the whole time, just lovely.
- Charlotte Rutherford handling a Spanish Water dog
A lovely little handler who made me smile, Charlotte was nice and encouraging with her dog, she listened to what I asked of her and carried it out efficiently, just on the odd occasion she broke the golden rule but It was nice to see her really thinking about what she was doing and then remembering to change sides or turn a different way; with practice and a bit of confidence I think she could be a really nice handler.
- May Bransby handling a Lagotto Romagnolo
This young lady impressed me throughout the whole class, a very quiet and calm handler with her complete focus on her dog. May listened to exactly what I said and carried it out efficiently, her lines on her pattern work were accurate and her rapport with her dog was lovely to see. May just needs a bit more confidence and polish and I think she could be one to watch for the future.
- Isabel Woodhouse handling a Cocker Spaniel
Another nice handler who was handling a most uncooperative dog on this day, however I would like to have seen her use a little more encouragement on the move when the dog was pulling on its lead to gain its attention back. Isabel’s teeth showing on the table was good and she was gentle with her dog however she did not notice me moving the dog’s leg straight away. I think this performance did not reflect her true handling talent.
- Elanor Brown handling a German Shorthaired Pointer
Elanor rushed from her breed class to get to this class but she got her breath back and calmly carried on. Her teeth showing was good and she was aware of my positioning throughout the class. She talked to and encouraged her dog throughout; my only criticism would be that she was slightly off at an angle on her final present but nevertheless a worthy class winner.
- Tess Newson handling a Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)
Tess is a nice handler but just lacked the overall polish of the class winner, her teeth showing was not as efficient as I would have liked as I was unable to see the teeth very clearly however she was encouraging and gentle with her dog and her pattern work was good and accurate, just her overall flow was slightly less than 1.
- Lacey Stevenson handling a Dachsund (Miniature Long-Haired)
I was very impressed with this young ladies handling, her teeth showing was one of the best over all four days, Lacey is a calm, quiet and efficient handler who put on a fabulous performance and I could not deny her this class. She was gentle and encouraging with her dog and her lines on her pattern work were impressive for her age, just slightly out of line in the final line up but a worthy winner.
- Grace Brown handling a Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
This is another lovely little handler, her teeth showing was good and she was extremely gentle and kind with her dog, another quiet handler who just got on with the task in hand with a lovely smile on her face; her present at the end of her pattern work wasn’t bad and her lines were pretty good; Grace just didn’t notice that her dog had moved its leg on the table.
- Maisie Allenby handling a Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
This handler was kind to her dog and her teeth showing and presentation on the table were good. Her up and down on her pattern work was beautifully straight however I did have to remind her to do it, she was a touch too close at the end and just lacked that little something that 1 and 2 had on this day.
This was a lovely class with four handlers who could all have been up for top honours on another day, I was really splitting hairs to get my places here.
- Sophie Mitchell handling a Whippet.
Sophie is a handler that I have competed with on many occasions and she is my type of handler, very quiet and calm working together with her young dog who was not being the most cooperative on this day. Her teeth showing was pretty good even though the dog didn’t want me to see them, she remained calm and gentle showing me all three sides efficiently. Sophies lines on her pattern work were lovely and she was polite towards me as well as attentive and encouraging to her dog; a lovely handler.
- Ella Laing Findlay handling a Beagle.
Another super handler who pushed one all the way through, her performance was lovely and her teeth showing was very nice. A very tidy and polite handler who talked to her dog all the time, her pattern work was very accurate with lovely straight lines, the only deciding factor was that Ella’s present was slightly off at the wrong angle at the end of her movement across and back in the final line up.
- Daisy Mason handling a Dachshund (Miniature Smooth-Haired)
Another very nice handler, her teeth showing was beautiful, she was polite and completed a lovely triangle, her final presents on both occasions were just slightly too far away for such a small dog but again another lovely handler that could have topped this class on another day.
- Antonia Leech handling a Basset Fauve de Bretagne.
This handler was my favourite across the board; there was nothing about her performance that I could fault. A successful handler and I can see why, her teeth showing was absolutely second to none and her lines and pattern work were fabulous. A faultless performance.
- Bryony Fosset handling a Dachshund (Miniature Smooth-Haired)
Another lovely handler who completed everything I asked accurately and efficiently, her teeth showing was also beautiful-I saw every tooth in her dogs’ mouth! She was encouraging and attentive, just lacked that final polish and finish of 1.
- Amelia-Jayne Storey handling a Japanese Spitz
Amelia is a lovely little handler and I had no hesitation in awarding her top honours in this class, her teeth showing was lovely and her pattern work and lines were accurate. Just felt she could have talked to her dog a bit more but certainly one to watch.
- Gabriella Tanga handling a Miniature Schnauzer
Gabriella needs a little more confidence but I think this young lady has the makings of a lovely handler, she completed her pattern work as asked and was very gentle when showing me the teeth, she talked to and encouraged her dog throughout; a calm and quiet performance.
- Lola Lovric handling a Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)
Lola is another promising young handler who was kind and encouraging to her dog, her pattern work was good and her teeth showing was good, just lost out on a higher place because I had to help her to get her dog to move at the beginning of the class.
This was another very nice class, I had to work these handlers hard to split them up.
- Elise O’Connor handling a Tibetan Terrier
A very nice handler who I have competed with on many occasions, she put in a lovely performance with very nice, gentle teeth showing. Elise’s pattern work was fabulous and her straight across and back in the final line up was beautiful, just her final present on her pattern work was slightly off but other than that a lovely handler; one to watch for sure.
- L Brown handling a Pomeranian
This young lady is not someone I have seen handling before but she did not disappoint! She pushed 1 all the way through the class and was the only handler over the four days who came back after the class to ask for feedback. She put in a lovely performance and I was most impressed with her teeth showing; not so easy on this breed but I saw each and every tooth and she was so gentle in showing them. Her pattern work was great, a lovely handler who I’m sure will do well.
- Charlotte Westerman handling a Tibetan Terrier
Another kind and considerate handler with her dog’s wellbeing at the forefront of her mind, Charlotte put in a good performance carrying out the pattern work correctly; I just felt her overall performance wasn’t quite as tidy as the others.
- Lyndsey Jones handling a Japanese Spitz
This handler’s teeth showing was lovely, her lines were pretty accurate and she was kind and attentive throughout, her present was slightly off at the end of her pattern work but her overall performance was very nice.
- Luke Sampson handling a Standard Poodle
Another nice handler whose performance wasn’t as good on this day as I have seen him do before. His pattern work was pretty good although he didn’t line the dog up with my feet before starting off on his triangle, his teeth showing was very nice, but the dog moved its leg when he set it up and he didn’t notice. A nice performance just not as finished as 1.