Oriole Dog Training Club held its first NACSW sanctioned nose work trial on Fri April 10, Sat April 11 and Sun April 12. It was two days of NW3 and one day on NW1 and was held at Camp Wright in Stevensville, Maryland located right on the Chesapeake Bay. It was a successful day for many Oriole members and for other competitors who participated in the event. Over the 3 day event a total of 25 NW3 titles, 29 Element titles, 5 NW3 Elite titles and 27 NW1 titles were earned.
NW3 Sun awardees: On Sunday, the ODTC NW3 trial had the most NW3 titles , 15 in all, ever in the history of NACSW… lots of happy people at a beautiful venue, we had to take a picture. The photo includes all of the awardees, the CO Jean Richardson, Asst CO Rosana Dropkin and Judges Walt Feno and Michele Goodman.
Raimi Quiton and Renly at the April ODTC Nosework Trial in Stevensville, MD. Renly earned his NW1 title with a “Pronounced” designation, which is given to denote excellent teamwork, and placed 3rd overall. Renly also earned a very special honor, the “Harry award”, which is given to “the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work at the NW1 level,” according to the National Association for Canine Scent Work. They also took 2nd place in Container Searches.
Colin owned by Donna Sapp alerting on an exterior hide that was well over his head, good job Colin! and congrats on your 2nd NW3
Thaler owned and handled by Member Linda Grskovich identifying luggage with hidden source. “Mom, the odor is coming out the seams”
Maddie owned and loved by Michele Long searching exteriors with CO Rosana Dropkin looking on.. love Maddie’s “Mom, I found it! It is right here look.. what a girl!”
NW1 awardees: Saturday was the first time that Rosana Dropkin was a Certifying Official. This is a picture of all her very happy NW1 titlers… many Oriole faces there.
Don Grskovich and his Doberman, Broker achieve their NW3 Elite title in Charlottesville VA with Judge Tony Gravly in the background evaluating the team. Broker is the first Doberman in NACSW to obtain the distinction of a NW3 Elite title.
Member Debbie Knowles and her dog Patty as they search an exterior element during their successful attempt for a NW1. Patty, we are so glad Mom let you come and play.
Member Betty Gardener handling her dog Rascal as they search a car at the NW1 trial during the ODTC Nose Work trial in Stevensville, MD. Nice leashing handling there, Betty.
Renly owned by Raimi Quinton showing what it means to “touch the source” in NW1.. nice exterior search.
Thaler owned and handled by Member Linda Grskovich showing the fairest of the NW3 exterior.. some hides are low for large dogs too.
Member Connie Lewis’ dog Rose searching car as she earns her NW1 title at the Oriole Nose Work trial.
Snap owned by Member Connie Lewis as he searches vehicles during his NW3 titling event in Stevensville, MD. So, Snap, we guess he odor was traveling under the car?
Crash owned by member Hazel Troendle as he inspects the luggage during the container element for his successful achievement of his NW3 title.
Oriole Members who titled at the NW3 level were:
Connie Lewis and Snap who got his NW3 with a 2nd place in Containers.
Donna Sapp and Colin who received his second NW3 title with a 3rd place in Containers and a NW3 Element title in Vehicles
Hazel Troendle and Crash who received their first NW3 title
Linda Grskovich and Thaler who received their NW3 Exterior Element title.
Oriole Members who got their NW1 titles were:
Connie Lewis with Rose
Betty Gardner with Rascal with a 3rd place in Containers
Debbie Knowles with Patty who also got 1st place in Containers, a 2nd place in Vehicles, and an overall Pronounced.
Raimi Quiton and Renly, who received a Pronounced distinction, 3rd place overall, 2nd place in Containers and the Harry Award*.
*The Harry Award is given to the best NW1 performance team that involves a rescue dog. This is the third time an Oriole member has been awarded the Harry Award, the previous Oriole winners were Lori Bessenhoffer with Chi Chi, and Joe Moran with Brandy.