The Advanced Tracking Competition is designed for Tracking Champions. They compete for the Vic Friezer Memorial Trophy.
The Competition was run on 6th May.
Tiki Friezer, as the daughter of Vic, and the judge on the day has in the past come up wit some truly fiendish articles that need to be found and indicated by the dogs. Past items have included teaspoons, small plastic balls and toys and fridge magnets. This year she excelled herself - not one dog found and indicated an article according to the rules. So it came down to the quality of the tracking.
Also a first this year - every dog scored points in the final (in the past some dogs have lost so many points that they have come out below zero). Points are lost for taking decoys, straying off course and needing to be put back on - and for failing to indicate an article.
There was a late protest from the President Margaret Keast (1), who claimed she had won as she followed the scent of three tracks and found three different articles, ignored decoys and found the end articles. The Committee decision was that as Margaret was not wearing a harness and tracking lead at the time her efforts were free tracking and did not count.
The places this year were as follows:
1st Marnie and Ineke de Wit
2nd Sharp and Graham Elven
Quiz and Graham Elven
Chester and Sandra Elliot
3rd Daisy and Annie Howard
4th Polly, with Mary O’Dwyer