Obedience Trial Manager for CDSP
Managing "live" CDSP trials is paperwork-intensive. Several years ago, I approached a friend to develop an Excel sheet that would create necessary trial paperwork like score sheets and trial score logs. It also helps track credits and debits in a Budget sheet.
What the Obedience Trial Manager will do:
- Maintain a master list of all dogs entered in the trial.
- Enter a dog from the master list into whichever classes were entered.
- Print Score Sheets (Worksheets) for each entry, including the dog's CDSP number (used as Armband number), breed, class entered, jump height, club initials, date, judge, and trial number.
- Print Trial Score Logs with the trial date, trial host, trial number, class and level, and judge's name, and teams entered in that class.
- Provide a Budget sheet where you can record entry fees, credits, and debits to track the financial health of the trial weekend.
- Create Exhibitor Catalogs, ringside run order sheets, and jump height sheets.
- Record move-ups or transfers from one class to another.
- Assign judges to classes.
- Assign test order for those classes and levels that have different orders of tests.
- Create a Trial Recap of trial data after the conclusion of the trial.
What the Obedience Trial Manager will not do:
- It will not run as an executable (.exe) file. You must have Microsoft Excel (no older than version 2013) and Microsoft Word already installed.
- Assign traditional armband numbers. However, CDSP rules allow for using the CDSP number as an armband number.
- Track High in Trial and High Combined. You need to manage that manually.
You will also need to complete CDSP's trial wrap-up paperwork, available in fillable PDF forms from the CDSP website.
Thanks, Chuck! Rest in Peace
Chuck died in his sleep at age 59 on Oct. 1, 2018. He and I had hoped to turn the Obedience Trial Manager into a marketable tool. I think it's a valuable resource, even in its simpler form, and I hope to add features that will give it a longer life over multiple trials. I have a lot of learning to do, and I may never catch up with his programming skills.