That’s how Garston farmer Jackie Sarginson described her judging duties on the Nelson Lakes canine trials at St Arnaud, within the Tasman area, on Saturday.
But it surely was not simply any trial; it was believed to be a world-first of 4 feminine judges adjudicating the occasion.
Trish Clearwater, of Marlborough and beforehand of Southland, was judging the lengthy head, Sheena Martin (Hawkes Bay) was judging the brief head and yard, whereas Mrs Sarginson was judging the zig-zag hunt, and Lyn Haynes (Canterbury) the straight hunt.
Nationwide archives co-ordinator Ken White, of Rai Valley, mentioned there had by no means been an all-women judging group earlier than.
When Mrs Sarginson (55) first began trialling about 30 years in the past, there have been “only one or two” different feminine rivals “right here and there”.
Now, there have been many ladies competing, significantly younger ones, and that was nice to see, she mentioned.
Canine trialling was an excellent sport in the truth that rivals have been all competing on an “absolute equal footing”.
“A 17-year-old lady can compete towards an 89-year-old man. There’s not many sports activities you are able to do that.
“It’s probably not a factor, the ‘girl-boy’ factor. To me, it simply all equal. It at all times has been from day one. I’ve by no means made a difficulty of who you might be … simply get on with it,” she mentioned.
The all-female panel was one thing enjoyable to be a part of and she or he was trying ahead to seeing a brand new a part of the nation.
Judging was one thing that she had at all times loved and it was additionally good to offer one thing again to the game, she mentioned.
Her foray into trialling started when she had fairly a great heading canine — “unbeknown to me” she laughed — and somebody prompt she have a crack on the native trials.
Regardless of not figuring out what she was doing, she was positioned third behind a number of very profitable rivals.
“I assumed, ‘That is simple’. That was the beginning of it. It turned out it wasn’t fairly simple,” she mentioned.
Mrs Sarginson beloved canine trialling, saying it was a sport that was addictive. She loved the problem as there have been so many elements — the triallist needed to be on prime of their sport, the canine needed to be educated and on-form, after which there have been the sheep. It was additionally a social occasion and an excellent community-catch up with pals.
The mom of two was not so aggressive whereas her sons have been younger however now her youngest was away to school, she was choosing it up once more. She has 4 broken-in for trials.
Mrs Sarginson was chasing three factors to qualify a heading canine for the South Island and New Zealand canine trial championships being held close to Gore in Could. The stress was on as she was operating out of trials to get these factors.
She picked up fellow choose Lyn Haynes on her method north and the pair have been going to cease on the Kaikoura trials on their method house. She was additionally capable of run at Nelson Lakes on the opposite programs.
Being so near qualifying with a heading canine was not one thing she was anticipating, as huntaways have been her desire.
“I’m a wee bit dyslexic. I believe I confuse the left and proper with the heading canines. My poor heading canines don’t know what the hell I need,” she laughed.
“I’m making an attempt [to qualify]. I don’t actually know what I’m doing … [but] I’ll give it a crack.”
Mrs Sarginson spent lots of time coaching her canines, a minimum of three or 4 nights every week, saying you wanted to “preserve them proper”, and that was not only for trials.
“It’s actually rewarding while you’re working each day with a nicely educated canine. It’s so satisfying. You’re not knocking inventory round, you’ve acquired a canine you may management, it makes your day lots simpler.”
Breeding your individual pups meant you bought to know the breed and easy methods to practice them, however you have been at all times studying and choosing up suggestions from attending trials.
Her biggest trialling thrill was when she scored 99 out of the attainable 100 factors within the zig-zag hunt at Wanaka not lengthy after she began trialling. Her canine, Sailor, was solely 4 and, again then, there weren’t many 99 scores.
“I couldn’t consider it. I rocked up there … once they mentioned I received, I assumed they meant the raffle. There was a raffle for a Swanny [Swanndri coat] which I assumed’d be good to have. It was a shock,” she mentioned.
Canine trialling was in good coronary heart as there have been younger ones coming via who have been very eager and who had the coaching “down pat”.