Watch our films of the handlers & runs at the North Wales Singles Championship 2017 Double Gather

Welcome to our page all about theNorth Wales Singles Championship 2017 Double Gather at Bryneglwys. We had all weathers – sunshine, high winds and finally a downpour! Here you can see our live interviews with the handlers and watch our films of the individual handlers’ entire runs at the North Wales Singles Championship 2017 Double Gather are now available here from our YouTube channel: Watch, study and enjoy:

The champions of North Wales were father and son, Glyn and Elgan Jones – North Wales open Champion and Elgan Jones, North Wales Brace Champion.

Full table of results below. Find out more information here: https://www.northwalessheepdogsociety…

Interviews with the handlers

Individual runs

Gethin Jones with Maddie

Allan von Dinther with Jake

Glyn L. Jones with Cap

David Williams with Non


Aled Owen with Llangwym Glesni

Kelvin Broad with Kinloch Levi:

Elgan Jones with Jim:

David Williams with Bob:

Bryn Davies with Lad:

Allistair Lyttle with Jim:

Bryn Davies with Roy:

Arwyn Davies with Peg:

Maralyn McNaught with Sam:

Llyr Evans with Zac:

Irwel Evans with Bob:


Young handlers

Rhion Owen with Ross:

Erin Fflur McNaught with Moxi:

Arwyn Davies with Peg:

Arwyn Davies with Becca:

Rhion Owen with Roy:

Singles championship 17/18.08.17 Bryneglwys (Beirniaid / Judge not provided)

Double fetch final 18.08.17
1 Glyn Jones Llanarmon D.C. Cap
2 Aled Owen Penyfed Llangwm Glesni
3 Cyril Roberts Llanwddyn Roy
4 Gethin Jones Llanarmon D.C. Maddie
5 Llyr Evans Swyddffynon Zac
6 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Peg
7 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Bob
8 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Lad
9 Allistair Lyttle Donegal Jim
10 Allan Von Dinther Whitchurch Jake
11 Elgan Jones Llanarmon D.C. Jim
12 David Williams Abermule Bob
13 Maralyn McNaught Bala Sam
14 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Roy
14 David Williams Abermule Non
14 Kelvin Broad Llanllawddog Kinloch Levi
Ymdriniwr Ifanc / Young Handlers 17.08.17 < 25
1 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 10
2 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Roy 15
3 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Beca 22
4 Erin Fflur McNaught Bala Moxy 23
Ymdriniwr Ifanc / Young Handlers 17.08.17 < 18
1 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 10
2 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Roxy 15
3 Erin Fflur McNaught Bala Moxy 23
Qualifying points – field 1 17.08.17 (morning session) Top 4 into final
1 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Roy 6
2 Cyril Roberts Llanwddyn Roy 8
3 Arwyn Davies Bryneglwys Peg 9
4 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Bob 10
5 Rhion Owen Penygraigwen Ross 13
6 Arwel Ll. Owen Penygroes Caleb 15
Qualifying points – field 1 17.08.17 (afternoon session) Top 4 into final
No results provided
Qualifying points – field 2 17.08.17 (morning session) Top 4 into final
1 Bryn Davies Bryneglwys Lad 8
2 Aled Owen Penyfed Llangwm Glesni 11
3 Glyn Jones Llanarmon D.C. Cap 12
4 David Williams Abermule Non 20
5 Irwel Evans Tyngraig Fly 22
5 John Ellis Redbrook Gale 22
Qualifying points – field 2 17.08.17 (afternoon session) Top 4 into final
No results provided

 

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

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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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Logan’s Run press release

Logan Williams and Ned winning International Young Handler competition 2017By Lynda Ward

13.9.17

Less than 2 years after their partnership began Logan Williams and his young dog Ned have just won the International Young Handler Championship competition held by the International Sheep Dog Society.

At Lodge Park near Cheltenham on 8th to 10th September the trials attracted huge entries plus crowds of visitors and in their classification Logan and Ned beat off strong competition from other excellent young handler and dog duos to carry off the prestigious title.

Amazingly Logan only purchased Ned in October 2015 when he was 7 months old for the farm. After lessons they competed in their first trial in May 2016 and came away with first – Logan says, “The love and passion for the sport has grown from here.”

The pair’s long run of successes now include winning both the Young Handlers and Novice at the South Wales Sheepdog Trials Association Novice Trial in August 2016 and becoming Reserve World Champions in the Young Handler competition (only 3 points behind the winners from Norway) in the CSJ sponsored World Sheepdog Trials in July 2017.

There’s more about Logan and Ned on CSJ’s website www.csjk9.com and there’s surely more success in store for the pair…

 

 

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar

Saving in the Bank of Comfort…

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By Mark Laker
Do you remember the first time you stepped out of your comfort zone with your best friend (canine companion) next to you?

I still can, although I often try to forget it. Comfort zones are strange things, some people hate them and some people appreciate how they can help develop us to deal with many life experiences.

The other weird thing about comfort zones is unless you keep working on them, they fade away. Something I experienced recently with flying.

I’ve never been a great flyer, I don’t hate it, but its not my first choice of transport. I used to fly weekly with my job, but now its a few times a year.

I recently flew to Italy for the European Open. I could feel those same feelings building up inside like they were many years ago when I first took regular flights. I realised I haven’t practised being in this comfort zone for a while.

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The Agility Team GB handlers, preparing for next months FCI World Championships, will be working hard on their comfort zones over the next few weeks. While they’ll be preparing their physical fitness and their handling skills, their mental skills training will include pushing they comfort zones out even further.

Having your dog next to you in these situations can give you confidence and a distraction from the things effecting your mental game. So what ever activity you do with your dog, remember if you’re feeling ‘uncomfortable’ , on the start line (out of your comfort zone), focus on your dog, let your skills take over and your brain run on auto-pilot. Very soon another competition experience will be in the ‘Bank of Comfort’.

Next month I’ll be reporting from the FCI World Championships in Czech Republic.

Gundog Working Test raises funds for Hertforshire Air Ambulance

By Avis Boreham

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Our first Working Gundog Charity Test and Fun day in aid or the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance was a great success.

Top Winners gratefully received Trophies and a bag of CSJ CP21 and other award winners won trophies and CSJ goodie bags.

The day raised just over £2000 for the charity in honour of our friend Angie McLelland who’s life was saved by the Air Ambulance crew in March this year. Gundog Trainer Angie is now back at home and continues to make good progress in her recovery.
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South Downs Show Report 2017

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By Terena Plowright

Well 2017 was the year we had been waiting for! Despite the devastating winds during show set-up, Saturday delighted everyone with sunshine and only a few minor showers and then everyone’s patience and determination was finally rewarded on Sunday with a beautiful day on all levels!

Traders reported record sales, we had record food takings, record number of visitors and, all in all, smiles seemed to beam across the showground.

A huge thank you must go to all the sponsors ). Without the support from local companies, we could not afford to allow the number of charities and educational stands on the showground. Again, this section of the show was extremely successful with many charities raising plenty of money – to give two examples: The SEED raised over £500 and the South Hants Hearing Dogs £700. A local lady also has a stand (she refuses to be named) and every year she singlehandedly raises money and then pays for operations and medication for animals in local shelters.

Also, a huge ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who were truly inspirational, and such a joy to have as part of the event. We had over 50 volunteers help with the show, using their different skills and personalities to keep everyone smiling and to keep the ‘show on the road’. They really did push themselves to the limit, and the show could not operate without them. We look forward to them returning next year.

Nearly all feedback has been positive with some really constructive ideas coming from traders and staff alike in preparation for next year.

I would also like to thank you to the following people that stepped up beyond the call of duty:

  • Tony Kilby from Spica Solutions who worked into the night to make sure the electricity was in place.
  • Kay Linders from Hamble and Hound Gun Dogs who worked to advertise and organise the gun dog events which are a fantastic and very much loved part of the show.
  • Brenda Mizen who organised her team of humans and dogs to perform in the main arena, but also put on the have-a-go agility and the well-loved Dog Show.
  • John Adams who cooked all week to feed the army of volunteers throughout each day.
  • Rebecca Probert from EHDC for supporting the event with the loan of equipment
  • Curtis Bone from the Bordon and Whitehill Town Partnership for the loan of equipment.

Finally, thanks to Queen Elizabeth Country Park for the use of a fantastic venue and for all the support they give us during the year.

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Thank you to all our sponsors, many of whom support us year on year. It would be impossible to run the show without them and so we do appreciate the time, money and support they give to us.

Thank you

 

Read the full report here: South Downs Show 2017 Report

Comments from Traders after 2017 event

Best show yet and getting better. Saturday evening entertainment is brilliant setting us up for the final push on Sunday. Your security team are also well worth a mention, vigilant and very helpful.

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The Pompey Pluckers

Well done and well done to your team of workers for another year.

Hope you are well and taking a rest after organising such a fantastic show! We would like to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to take part in such a lovely Show. From entering the show early on Saturday morning until leaving early Sunday evening the whole process was a lovely experience and very well organised. We thought that the idea to have a food court in one area is spot on and then to have a large area of tables and chairs running in front of the food court was just perfect.

Really enjoyed the show esp as the family were able to camp. Friendly organisers/marshalls/security.

Bar prices were very reasonable at £3 per pint for cider and ale. Some shows we attend are extortionate and leave a bad taste. There didnt seen much duplication of stalls which is a real bonus.

The food range was excellent – some I have never seen at a show before so a really good choice. I would like to congratulate you on a great two days! We could see that the show was greatly improved on last years, although the weather did not help on that occasion, but you had clearly taken on board a lot of the feedback given which showed.

Just to let you……..and the organisers, know that I thought the South Downs Show was just lovely. I hope Meon Valley will be invited again. I will go next year anyway.

Great show again Our dog show and Have a go Agility made £500 for Canine Partners ! Our lady who had the accident dislocated her shoulder and broke her collar bone but she is ok. . Please can you say a big thankyou to the volunteer staff on the ground They were a tremendous help with the apparatus. and really friendly too Have a good rest now.

I thought I’d just write and say thank you for a great show this year.

Thank you for allowing us to have a pitch at The South Down Show, we had a very successful day.

Thank you for having us – we had a lovely weekend and enjoyed our long walk up to the top of the hill!!

The signage on the approach roads seemed better this year – did you add more?

The loos were, as ever, exemplary – something which can make a real difference to people’s experience of a show!

Wonderful variety of displays and stalls. Great selection of food stalls and loved the evening entertainment in the Beer Tent. Good, good, good – what an amazing team of Wonder Women you have on your side. All pulled together and helped out wherever needed.

What a lovely positive email, so refreshing to even hear from an event Organiser after the event, so top marks for that 🙂

I also found everybody so helpful and welcoming. Having now been doing this for three years ourselves and doing a lot of events we can honestly say you pretty much have it perfect. Anyway Terena we were very happy to be at your Southdowns Show and throughly enjoyed it. It has been our busiest event takings wise to date so our biggest pay out 🙂 Thanks for inviting us back and hopefully we can be a regular for you.

Many thanks for our place at the show this year, it was great to see all. The show from what we witness was very well organised in all aspects. excellent attention to toilets etc., great volunteers around show

A very enjoyable show this year and i liked my position. Please can you book the same weather for next year !!!!!!

Fabulous show, spending wasn’t amazing, but we had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend. We would certainly love to come again next year please.

Again such a wonderful show and our main observation was that all the staff were so friendly, helpful and lots of them.

Everything for us in the arena worked perfectly thank you with microphones etc and assistance from helpers. The show seemed perfect to us and if you thought it needed improvement the only thing we can think of is for it to grow? There were definitely more signs we saw around locally this year and if you have fliers and want to send us some we can put them around locally in Bognor Regis and Chichester areas. The toilets were very clean and plenty of them and when our family came they loved all the animals for children to see and amusements for children Really though everyone was very positive and loved the show and all it had to offer so well done you and here’s to next year with more great weather!

We had a great time at the Southdowns Show this year, loved the position you put us in, it all worked really well.

Just WOW! What a fantastic weekend! Thank you so much for inviting us along and thank you for all your efforts and hard work in making it such a super event. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and getting a little camping adventure in such a beautiful location was an added bonus. We absolutely loved it and do hope we can join you next year too!!

Just a short note to say thanks to you and all for putting on another fun and friendly show. I very much enjoyed being pitched next to the gate – great views of hillside, dog agility to keep me amused and handy for folks buying sharp pointy things as they could easily take them to

their car rather than parade them around the showground like barbarians! As usual, a great friendly crowd, staff and security team.

Many thanks for a lovely weekend, we didn’t want to go home after the show as we were so relaxed, hopefully it was a successful weekend for yourself.

And a sample of emails from the General Public

I visited your lovely country show this weekend whilst visiting family locally, I live in Lincolnshire. My father had suggested visiting the show as I had my spaniels and Labs with me, I was chuffed to bits to gain 2 x 2nd places and a 3rd in the scurries and will be coming back next year.

Just thought I’d say,loved the show, come such a long way since the first one………………….not that there was anything wrong with that one but you can see so much polish on it now

In particular – loved the climbing wall,even though {my son} couldn’t do it and the guy running it was so friendly and let them have 10 mins so quite good value, Also loved the novelty slush puppy stall, Loved the dog and duck act,just brilliant. Loved the pallet seats. Well done,great idea,just need a few more. Liked the way everything was more tight packed. Liked the way the Miller ark animals were laid out and how you could get around them

 

 

 

 

Lap-It-Up! can help the old and the young

Jo

Reuben

By Jo, K925 

Just a little note to say we have been using Lap-it-Up! lots recently – I got
it ready for the summer in case I needed to encourage the dogs to drink
more, well summer didn’t seem to happen but unfortunately our old dog had a
vestibular episode.

He refused water but would happily lap this up! We did
lose him sadly, but at least I could make sure he was hydrated and not
needing a drink.

One of our younger dogs Reuben, has also just had a urine infection – again keeping
him hydrated was important, especially as the vets couldn’t see him on the
bank holiday when he first showed symptoms. He has been really enjoying his
treat of a milky drink and recovering very well!

Anyway I just thought that this might be interesting as it’s such a
versatile product. I also tried freezing it in kongs but that wasn’t as
successful – maybe I need to make doggy ice cubes with it instead next year
when it’s hot!

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