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We had decided to try out a different way of judging. We had one judge for each section and each judge had 10 marks to award, in decimal points if they needed to. It seemed to work well for the judges and the contestants. The advantage was the ease of judging when you only have to look at one aspect of a performance, the disadvantage was that they were expected to change sections occasionally and that was difficult.
THE JUDGES with Pat Richards
Interestingly there were very few routines which had disparate marks.
Starters heelwork had 16 entries
of which 10 ran.
Starters’ Freestyle was
won by Alan Eves with Bert, his Grand Basset Griffon Vendeem,
a super routine to Hello Mother, Hello Father. Very dramatic!
Novice heelwork was won by Lynn
Crook and Rune using Its a Sin in a excellent routine which covered
a good amount of ring area and a variety of heelwork positions,
Novice Heelwork Winner Lynn Crook - 2nd Chris Morse
Novice freestyle was won by
Lesley Neville and Angus performing to Do Wack A Do with Hannah
Crook and Tassle close behind them in second place with The Entertainer
Intermediate heelwork was won
by Ann de Rizzio won with Ccino and also was a well deserved second
with Corin, using you're Just in Love and Greased Lightning respectively.
Intermediate freestyle gave Lesley Neville another win, this time with Robbie, Walking in the Rain and Sunshine! It was great to see Trish Parsons back with Monty doing Hot Rock and third was Jackie Clarke and her Staffie cross Annie.
Karen Sykes was the only entry in Advanced heelwork but won it convincingly, her Hall of the Mountain King routine with Fly is a classic.
Karen and her other dog, Kes, came up against Pat Richards and Ross in Advanced freestyle. I'm very glad I didn't have to judge them! Two very different routines and both brilliant. Karen just won with her Hot Stuff routine to Pat's moving Morning in Cornwall.
Pairs was won by Jackie and
Christiaan de Jong taking a break from judging performing to Hey
Innovation produced some interesting
routines! Very difficult to judge but all three agreed the winners
for sheer entertainment value had to be Val Pinnington and Melissa
Chapman with Val's dog Braid. The Combine Harvester dance had
to be seen to be appreciated, even the dog was shell shocked!
The venue was the Agricultural College in Camborne – what a magnificent hall with a beautiful cord carpet for safe footing!!! The Hall had been fabulously decorated to transform the Conference facility into a theatre.
All winners received very attractive silver photograph frame and the Judges all received wonderful leather leads with brass fittings and embossed with “Cornwall 2003 Cornwall”.
A lot of effort, hard work and thought went into the arranging and organisation of this show – three people working very hard together – and the end result was a show worth visiting - great!!
A more complete report will be published
in the next
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