UGS Kent & East Sussex started off the 2022 working test season with an Open Qualifier at Burstow Park Farm by the kind invitation of Jim and Nina Nicholson. The judges set some challenging tests resulting in a wide range of scores across the board. The additional challenging factor today was the wind which gusted across the open fields throughout the day at great speed. The main casualty of this was our gazebo which decided it would rather be a kite and took off across an open field. Sadly it is “no more”.

Many thanks to our judges, Graham Stanley, Mark Polley, Alistair House and Jo Voke for giving up their time and also a huge thank you to our helpers; many of whom had not been to a test before, but gallantly offered their services. Without these lovely people we would not be able to run tests.

This was also my first test as Working Test secretary so a big thank you to everyone today for their support.

The first 4 places will represent UGS K&ES at the area finals. However, a qualifying place was available to the 5th Place competitor. As this was shared by 5 competitors a draw was made and this place went to BEETLE OF BUCKMORE handled by Penny Morris.

1st Place and the Stumbledown Tankard – ABNEY AFFINITY handled by Beth Rayner
2nd Place and the Ghilliedown Trophy – CAITLIN PRIMROSE handled by Robert Smallman.
3th Place – VALLEYEND KATE handled by Barry Taylor
4th Place – LENMORE HEATHER handled by Tracy Floor