Getting ready for the European Open Junior 2017

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In the next couple of days we leave for the first of this years international agility championships. the European Open for Juniors (EOJ) in Luxembourg.

 

This year 500 dogs and their young handlers from 24 countries will be attending these championships that continues to grow in both size and the level of competition.

 

Agility Team GB are sending a team of 24 dogs this year at all three height categories and in the two age groups, children and juniors. The Team were selected in February and have been training and preparing hard since then getting ready for these Championships.

 

You can keep up to date via the KC Facebook Group:
Agility Team GB Twitter feed @agilityteamgb
And for the first time the event is being live streamed: https://www.working-dog.com

 

After the EOJ we have a week back and then it’s off to Italy for the Adult European Open (EO). An exciting month of top agility competition.

 

I’d like to thank CSJ for all their support sponsoring the team. You’ve enabled these juniors to compete with other top handlers from around the world, gain valuable life skills and experience from an international championships and start their pathway to future top level agility competition.

 

Lisa Duggan reports on the CSJ Highland Agility Stakes

By Lisa Duggan

Photos by Samantha Houston – contact Sam on facebook

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Lisa feeds her dog ‘Dee’ on CSJ

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes

Sunday 2 July

Scone Palace… Scottish Game Fair, main ring event

5 qualifiers around Scotland in spring 2017, from the heats of a max. of 5 Small, 5 Medium and 20 Large dogs are invited to Final.  In addition the winner from the 2016 final is invited back to defend their title.

Open to grade 6/7 dogs

Youngest finalist Kyle Davidson and Scream (border collie)… Eldest 60 Peter Elms, 65 Mark Bruce and at 70 Anne Ripley.

Judge Tam Quinn (experienced Scottish agility judge who has judged at Olympia and Crufts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESULTS

Prelim  – invitational run

Small

1)Mark Bruce and Sindy (Jack Russell Terrier)  – defending 2016 winner

2) Anne Ripley and Clova (Schnauzer)

Medium

1) Derek Elms and Kia (merle Collie X)

2)Nigel Staines and Scorch (Kelpie)

Large

1) Kyle Davidson and Scream (Border Collie)

2) Peter Elms and Jynx (Border Collie

Final (full results and photos below)

Small

1) Pamela Keith and Sway (working Cocker Spaniel) (Musselburgh East Lothian)

2) Derek Elms and Bunty (Jack Russell Terrier X)

Medium

1) Nigel Staines and Scorch (Kelpie) ( Lockerbie Dumfries and Galloway)

2) Steven Richardson and Libby (X breed) (Agility Champion, defending 2016 winner, World Agility Open World Champion) Steven Richardson feeds Dee on CSJ

Large

1) Lisa Duggan and Dee (Border Collie) (Stirling). Lisa feeds Dee on CSJ

2) Kyle Davidson and Scream (Border Collie)

Comments from Nigel Staines…

“First time a mother and daughter dog have won as Scorch’s mum won back in 2008.”

“I have appeared at the Highland Final many times over the past 12 years.  I have always referred to the Final as Scotland’s equivalent to Olympia thanks to size of course and large crowd.”

“Zico (AG CH Dragonheart Dark Destroyer AW Gold), won the apparently cursed invitational event (no previous winner of this event had won the main final later on) and then broke the curse and went on to win the final, this was in 2008, a great day, a great occasion, one of the many fantastic memories this amazing dog left for me. Zico qualified for the final every year, Scorch (Morgans Dark Destroyer AW Gold)is 7 years old, is Zico’s daughter, was at the Highland 2016 Finals – Large, placing top 5 in both runs. Sunday was a great day, I got her as relaxed as I could by having her Sire ringside with her (Zuma – An Australian import kelpie, Elfinvale Legend), it was great to relive 35 seconds of the feeling that I was competing with Zico again for that short moment. Steve Richardson who got the reserve is a great friend of mine, Libby owes him nothing as defending Highland Winner and current World Champion and was great to compete against him.”

Large and small winner dogs at the CSJ Highland Trials

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes
2017 final results
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Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 lisa duggan sherebridge kismet c 34.465
2 kyle davidson scream if you want to go faster c 34.732
3 heather mclean morgans shocking navigator c 35.949
4 steve pegram borderbrook final match c 36.051
5 carol anne duthie incanto in it together c 36.219
6 euan paterson clan chieftan macsweep c 36.285
7 katrina hands just the best jess c 36.333
8 peter elms chikaramor lovegame c 36.393
9 claire todd storms macy be the one c 37.089
10 allan wright no shadow of doubt c 37.253
11 bethany todd morgans R smooth criminal c 37.900
12 karen penman ticky two c 39.980
13 dorothy anderson lalapaws just jude c 40.637
14 elaine brownlie tale of two tribes c 41.408
15 steven richardson morgans digital demon 5 34.456
16 euan paterson preloved glendale girl 10 33.738
17 dane redford rednamuir truly focused 10 36.433
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Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 nigel staines morgans dark destroyer c 36.358
2 steven richardson ag ch no worries sweeps dream c 36.723
3 derek elms calderwood charmer c 38.582
4 jennifer kent ag ch maximus mischief managed c 42.84
5 linda hill crash bang wallop 5 41.793
6 denise clayton scallie marise of vynor e
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Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 pamela keith tiz awesome for devongem c 39.175
2 derek elms calderwood cheeky cherub c 41.889
3 sharon sturgeon carive don biggles c 45.698
4 mark bruce sindy of erskine 10 39.579
5 anne ripley olecrose cotton lavender e

Amazing Frisbee Cup | Amazing Frisbee Dogs

By Jos van Sluis, Iceborders

Results of the event of 6 and 7 May 2017

Throw & Catch Open Class

Perry van Mulukom

Piper          Ned

Melanie Fydrich

Trouble      Ger

Claudia Wagstyll

Rufus        Ger

Throw & Catch Starters

Karsten König

iMac       Ned

Alex van der Meulen

Tuttie     Ned

Diana Slavenburg

Bandit    Ned

Freestyle Combined Open

Melanie Fydrich

Trouble     Ger

Angela Tederke

Pepper     Ger

Marjolaine van Arkel

Chubby    Ned

Freestyle Combined Starters

Ilonka Kruitbos

Kensi       Ned

Sharona Pijl

Blitz         Ned

Susanne Kuipers

Pim         Ned

 Find out more

“It’s all about Focus!” Mark Laker

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“Photo by Debbie Mangles-Steel (another CSJ feeder). Debbie caught this great action shot of me and Devo in the Tunbridge Wells Championship final; which unfortunately we didn’t win. ” Mark Laker

After a very exciting Performance Weekend this year’s international agility teams have been selected

This years judge AJorge Pires from Portugal set up challenging course that tested the handlers across a variety of areas needed for the international competitions. Of course our selections are not just based on one weekends performance. The five month assessment process helped us filter down to those handlers who performed well across all the areas we focused on.

You can see the full list of handlers on this years teams here

So now the hard work and the training begins. Over the coming months the Coaching Team and I will be supporting these handlers in their preparations building up to what for some will be the biggest agility championships of their agility careers.

 Meanwhile the domestic competitions are in full swing

My young dog Moog is still learning about the competing and developing his agility skills. My competition dog Devo is in good form, we’ve qualified for the Olympia semi-finals and two Championship finals; we’re having a good start to the season.

I find myself having to work extra hard at keeping to ‘the plan’ during the competition season. Its so easy to get carried away with the fun and thrill of running my dogs that I sometimes forget what my main focus areas are for this year. And when that starts I get carried away and not focused on the competitions that I really want to do well in.
Its all about focus!

Kizzy Calms Down and passes KC Bronze test

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CSJ receive testimonials every day from delighted customers, but the message from Donna Waring about her stressed and barking puppy Kizzy stood out as dog training classes had refused to help because Donna is totally blind.

Other dogs barking at Kizzy had caused her to retaliate and bark back, which then escalated into a fear of small dogs and she would bark every time she passed one.

Donna worked hard with her by introducing her to dogs of various sizes and putting her on CSJ’s acclaimed Calm Down! herbal supplement.

When she finally found a dog club willing to allow them to attend Donna told CSJ, “I took her along and all my hard work and Calm Down had done its stuff. She was absolutely fine and just barked twice the whole of the time we were there.”

The following week the group were doing a Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze test and Donna entered Kizzy just for practice…but she passed!

Donna told CSJ, “This is the best calming product I have ever tried. Don’t get me wrong, you have to put the work in. But if you work hard and use the product in conjunction, you can achieve a lot.”

Attached: photo of Donna Waring with Kizzy.

Try Calm Down!: Order from your local stockist

April Report for the Arfon WGC Retriever Test

DSCF0737The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their first test for AV Retrievers on Sunday 9th April 2017 at an excellent new venue Plas Llanddyfnan, Talwrn, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr Paul Hogarth and the headkeeper Mr Steve Cadman.

The judges were Mike Allen, Dave Gallimore and W F Williams. Many thanks to our hosts for allowing us to use the ground the, judges and all the helpers and the competitors for their support who all contributed to making it a successful day, also CSJ and Gary McCarthy our sponsors.

Results

Puppies up to 12 months
  • 1st – Christopher Joseph Pilkington with Shadeoak Major lab dog 29.5.16
  • 2nd- Jackie Mchugh with Teeshot Nesta lab bitch 20.4.16
  • 3rd – Harvey Jones with Skiffle Legend lab dog 6.5.16
  • 4th – Gill Awty with Higgscroft Cedrus Libani lab bitch 22.5.16
  • COM – Paul Murphy with Elsmore Paige lab bitch 2.6.16
Puppies up to 18 months
  • 1st – Christopher Pilkington with Shadeoak Major lab dog 29.5.16
  • 2nd – Jackie Mchugh with Teeshot Nesta lab bitch 20,4.16
  • 3rd – Gill Awty with Higgscroft Cedrus Libani lab bitch 22.5.16
  • 4th – Danny Wells handling Ian Griffiths’ Mossborough Flint lab dog 29.11.15

Novice

  • 1st – Paul Murphy with Lady Emma of Shamrock lab bitch
  • 2nd – Kim Dutton with – Shadyacres Teardrop lab bitch
  • 3rd – Victoria Waterfield with Kenquartz Dame Sibyl lab bitch
  • 4th – Elaine Chappell with Wapsac Wagtail lab bitch
Open
  • 1st – Paul Murphy with Lady Emma of Shamrock lab bitch
  • 2nd – Victoria Waterfield with Brenjon Harry lab dog
  • 3rd – Paul W Travis with Brackenbird Lucas lab dog
  • Coms – Harvey Jones with Ty Newydd lab dog, Morwenna Hext Howe with FTCH Labdon Lewis of Minstead lab dog
Photo: L-R back D Gallimore (Jundge), W F Williams (Judge), Paul M Travis, R Harvey Jones, Morwenna Hext Howe, Mike Allen (Judge), Victoria Waterfield
Front Paul Murphy, Jackie McHugh

Cats go wild for CSJ’s new cat food!

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PRESS RELEASE

CSJ’s nutritionists aimed to formulate protein, fat and carbohydrate content close to that preferred by cats and of a natural diet in CSJ’s new Command Purrformance feeds.

In two complete extruded rations – for Active Adult cats and for Mature cats the crunchy texture (which helps promote healthy teeth and gums) and high percentage of animal fats and protein has sent cats into raptures in trials.

Command Purrformance for Active Adult Cats is suitable for all and preferably active adult cats and may be fed as part of the daily diet to kittens. With ingredients including poultry meal, sweet potato, marigold flowers and spinach it is formulated to help maintain urinary pH near to optimum when fed free choice, help maintain muscle mass and help support healthy heart and eyes.

Command Purrformance for Mature Cats is suitable for all and preferably ageing and geriatric adult cats. Containing a mix of animal proteins, enhanced protein quality and quantity to help maintain muscle mass in old age, the blend which includes duck, poultry, salmon, green lipped mussel and cranberry extract has the benefit of healthy ingredients yet with a yummy taste – which is so important to all cats and often lacking in a mature cat food.

Made in Britain and packed in 1kg metallised foil sachets with a 12 month shelf life and an RRP of £5.50 new Command Purrformance for cats is an eagerly awaited addition to CSJ’s renowned natural dog food, herbs and treats ranges.

For more details, talk to your local stockist

 

 

Berwyn wins best puppy in breed at Crufts

by Sarah Finch

Field Trial secretary for the Brittany Club of Great Britain.

We’re a big fan of your food – its pretty much the only thing my boy will eat. He’s finishing off a bag of Fit and Fast!, then he’ll be moving on to Hike On! as we increase our training before the shooting season. Brittanys hunt wide and fast, so they cover a lot of ground. Plus my boy only has a small appetite, so he needs the calories. He’s also having the Salmon Oil, and he gets some of the Kronch Bar if we’re out all day. He’s a picky sod, but he loves the salmon food – so it’s nice to have a range of options that are all salmon-based. He’s doing really well on the food too – going nicely in the field and looking good for the show ring, he got best puppy in breed at Crufts.

My boy’s name is Jassendue Manet’s Medley, pet name Berwyn. He was 10 months at Crufts and 8 months in the hunting photos.

Find out more about about berwyn’s favourite CSJ products:

Fit ‘n’ Fast

Hike On!

Salmon Oil

 

Not even a tree can get in the way of Team Spalding’s success

By Colin Spalding

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We attended our Final race of the season at Bowlands Trails near Blairgowrie at the weekend and on a very technical, wet, muddy trail.

I was out first on the bike with Dexter and in very difficult conditions for the bike. I had a high speed crash which resulted in me having a head on collision with a tree which resulted in my helmet being cracked all the way through and me with heavy bruising to the left hand side of my body. I managed to complete the trail and lie in 3rd place.

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After medical attention, I decided to continue with the rest of my races that day and finished day 1 with a 2nd in the 2 dog nordic scooter and 1st in the 1 dog open scooter.

On day 2 although i was still very sore we had 3 good runs and we moved up to 2nd on the bike and first in the 2 dog nordic scooter and 1st in the 1 dog open scooter. Once again we are so proud of our dogs and what they have achieved this season they have exceeded all our expectations.

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We would like to thank CSJ Canine Specialist Foods for their support and products that have kept the dogs in peak condition throughout the season.

Main achievements for season 2017

3 teams selected to represent team GB in the European Championships. Dexter in the 1 dog Bikejor, cupar in the 1 dog scooter and Diamond and Granite in the 2 dog scooter

Diamond and Granite – Winners of 2 dog Aviemore 2017

British championship overall race series

  • Dexter getting a bronze medal in the bikejor
  • Cupar a silver in the 1 dog scooter
  • Diamond and Granite silver in the 2 dog nordic scooter

We also placed in the top 3 in every race we entered throughout the season.

For more information visit our website

Border Terrier Club Open Show

2017Jed BIS, RBIS & BPIS winners with judge_2

By Judith Fawcett

Open Show, 25th February 2017, Jedburgh

I would like to thank your company on behalf of the Border Terrier Club
for your very kind sponsorship of our Open Show on 25 February in
Jedburgh.

I am pleased to advise that the show was very well attended with a good
entry of border terriers and a very good atmosphere around the ring.

Here’s a link to the Border Terrier Club website showing the results of
the show and confirming your very kind sponsorship:
http://www.theborderterrierclub.co.uk/jedburgh2017.html

Many thanks once again.

Judith Fawcett
Sponsorship Steward

For and on behalf of the Border Terrier Club.

Ceri Rundle talks about ‘A Way with Dogs’ on BBC Radio Wales

Watch A Way with Dogs: http://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

Did you hear Ceri on BBC Radio Wales this morning? Here she is: speaking live to Caryl Parry Jones on BBC Radio Wales about our new  sheepdog trial film series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ available on 14th November 2016 on: http://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

You can listen here at 49.04 – 55.04 on BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07zf8cq

Listen to our recording of the show here:

ceri-mike-bryony-watching-jrQuotes from Ceri

“I wanted to produce something that reflects the sport”

” When we talk about clever dogs, I always assume they mean bitches”

“I called on a friend  and a very, very good handler, Aled Owen”

“Obviously my father would have normally been here on hand to support and criticise… H. Glyn Jones… was well known. He had two dogs, Gel, who was trained in Welsh and Bracken who was trained in English… the public took them to their hearts””

“We’re looking for a nice controlled run… straight lines… tight turns”

Ceri and her father – H. Glyn Jones

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5 pups all took to the feed very well, grew very evenly and were lovely healthy pups

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Photo of pups by Howard Kent

By Lesley Knowles

Twiggy had her first litter of pups earlier this year and following advice from CSJ I used CP27 for Twiggy in the last stage of pregnancy and for weaning the pups. The 5 pups all took to the feed very well, grew very evenly and were lovely healthy pups.

They were all early reaching their developmental milestones, were all very keen to learn and had mastered basic commands by 8 weeks of age and then each pup went off to its new home and settled in very well right from the first night. Their new owners have been thrilled with how well the pups coped with such a big change in their lives and as breeders we were very pleased with how well the puppies did.

They were 5 weeks old here and it took three of us about 2 hours to get a couple of photos of them all together as they all thought it was a great idea to run all over the place – huge fun!!

This is my second order of CP30 and I am now changing all of our dogs onto this feed. Since changing to CSJ some time ago I have had all 4 dogs (3 Clumbers & 1 collie cross) on Fit n Fast and have been very happy with this feed. However our youngest dog, despite many trainers saying how talented she is, was not quite achieving her full potential.

“>We recently started gundog training with a new trainer and he suggested that we move her onto CP30 as he has seen it make a difference in similar dogs. Since being on the new feed, Twiggy has gained her Working Gundog Certificate and been placed third & first in two gundog tests as well getting her first two clear rounds at agility shows. Her energy levels and ability to concentrate have both improved since being on CP30.

The Game Fair 2017 – Hatfield House , Hertfordshire.

Home International Team Competition by Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain

Photographs by Polarstar Photography

 

No doubt this is the biggest working test arena in the World, over Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th of July, thousands watched England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales go head to head, with 5 Retrievers and 5 Spaniels competing in each International team.

The International course was exceptional, although very challenging, which proved to be the position over the two days of competition. The Gundog Committee and Chief Stewards, along with the arena crews, must be complemented in the set up of this challenging event.

CSJ, our sponsors for many years now, also sponsored the Irish Team, led by Willie Edgar. He felt that he had the strongest team that Ireland had fielded for many years. Wales, on the other hand, had lost Haydn Willmott from the Retriever team just one week before the Game Fair, and, on the Saturday morning of the competition, Dean Melhuish unfortunately had to withdraw his spaniel when she pulled up lame. This meant a quick change in the running order and brought in the reserve spaniel handler, the ever reliable Alastair Ross.

The spaniel test, marked out of 120 points, resulted in the Wales handlers, David Pither scoring 71 (59%), Steven Erasmus, in his first Game Fair scored 87 (73%), Kevin Woods scored 74 (62%), Alastair Ross scored 87 (73%) and an excellent performance by David Williams, running Edwardiana Howdee, scored 98 (82%), ending up at 3rd place overall in the individual spaniel competition. Top Spaniel Team was Ireland, sixty points behind in second place was Wales, eleven points ahead of England and sixteen points ahead of Scotland. This was a good result for the Welsh lads who hung on in there.

The Retriever Team, running over a very difficult track, undulating with a series of fences and thick cover crop of stubble turnip, mustard and rape, caused a few problems. I was delighted with the Welsh Retriever team’s performance; Vikki Stanley’s Minstead Maigret returned a score of 106 out of 120 (88%), Alan Rees with young Ecclestone scored 104 (87%), Barney Williams, running in his first Game Fair with another young dog Duke scored 92 (77%), Nigel Probert and the evergreen Jenny scored 97 (81%) and Vikki Stanley running her Field Trial Champion Patanavac  Brough, anchoring the team, scored 102 (85%).

The Welsh Retriever Team’s total score of 501 was enough to secure the victory for the second year in succession as the Top Retriever Team, retaining the trophy. England were in second place, seven points behind Wales, followed by Scotland 46 points and Ireland 48 points adrift. This was an excellent result from a team that showed a lot of character.

Final placings for the International teams resulted in Ireland running out overall winners with 931 points, Wales an excellent second place, with 918, England in third with 900 points and Scotland in fourth with 847 points. It was a very successful weekend for Ceri, Phil and CSJ, with both their sponsored teams scooping top and second team overall, top Spaniel and top Retriever team.

Once again a huge thank you to all the handlers and helpers that were involved with the Welsh International team this year. The biggest thank you must go to CSJ our sponsor, as the International season draws to a close. As we look forward to next year’s competitions, good luck to all for this coming trialling season.

A big thank you (Diolch yn Fawr) to Ceri and Phil and all at CSJ; without your help and support we couldn’t compete at these prestigious events.

Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain.

 

 

 

 

2017 North West Kent Weekend on 22nd & 23rd July.

By Beth Carroll

Thank you so much for our prizes they were very much appreciated by our winners.

If you would like any more candid shots from the show there are some on the ‘Out and About’ page of Obedience UK:

  1. Our Championship Dog winner was Trish with Cloud, who is a very young dog winning his very first ticket at 2.5 years old.
  2. Our Championship Bitch winner was Di Martin with Eazi, this is their 3rd Ticket win and therefore will make Eazi an Obedience Champion.
  3. Our Show Secretary Won her B dog class on Saturday and Our Assistant Show Secretary won A dog on Saturday with various other club members also placed both days!

“At last, we have put CSJ on the French Agility map”

By Cliff Mtett from JarDirect
I thought you might be pleased to see the following photos – the 2 men holding
the CSJ Banner are the Head Coach and the Deputy Coach just in front of
banner with Liliane is another deputy coach.

We have put CSJ at last on the French Agility map

In the last photo you can see Liliane handing out Jardirect green bags which
contain 1 x Billy No Mates! & 1 x Go On! pouch together with 1 Pemmikan Bar. The coach next to Liliane when taking part in the agility competition wore
Jardirect colours.

We also sponsored the 42 podiums at this open

The French Team member Renaud we sponsor on an individual basis was Agility
Champion in the small category and came 2nd in the Final TITAN which was
based across small, medium and large categories. In the photo Renaud is in
the second row 3rd from the right hand side of the first photo he has been
10 years in the French National Team and he feeds CP24 to his dogs.

The other Team member we sponsor is the deputy coach Greg. He has been in the
French Team for 6 years and is now Agility Coach. He is 3rd in from the left
on our photo and is holding the CSJ banner. He often goes to the UK to coach
and is very well known and like by a number of the Team GB.  He is a Border
Collie fanatic and will help Liliane choose a BC next year as Garonne will
be coming up to 6 years of age and Liliane will possibly retire her in a
couple of years time and Greg will coach and her BC right from the very
beginning.

Great weekend competing at Ynys Mon HTM Competition on Anglesey.

By Kath Hardman

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Kath Hardman with Denby

Denby and I swept the board – 1st in Advanced Freestyle – 1st in Advanced Heelwork To Music – our last competition before the Open European Championships.

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Karen Sykes with Midge

Team Member Karen was 2nd in Freestyle and Lucy Creek (HTM Reserve) was 3rd in HTM!!

And the competition sponsored by CSJ – thank you for my two goody bags1! I use them for all HTM Competitions for keeping bits of my costumes in!!

Find out more about HTM Team GB for both HTM and Freestyle competing at the Open European Championship Belgium 2017: https://teamgb2017.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/htm-team-gb-uniform.html