Watch our films of the handlers & runs at the North Wales Singles Sheepdog Trial 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 – Sheepdog Trial

Allan von Dinther with Jake – Sheepdog Trial

Glyn L. Jones with Cap – Sheepdog Trial

David Williams with Non – Sheepdog Trial


Aled Owen with Llangwym Glesni

Kelvin Broad with Kinloch Levi – Sheepdog Trial

Elgan Jones with Jim – Sheepdog Trial

David Williams with Bob – Sheepdog Trial

Bryn Davies with Lad – Sheepdog Trial

Allistair Lyttle with Jim – Sheepdog Trial

Bryn Davies with Roy – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Peg – Sheepdog Trial

Maralyn McNaught with Sam

– Sheepdog Trial

Llyr Evans with Zac – Sheepdog Trial

Irwel Evans with Bob – Sheepdog Trial


Young handlers

Rhion Owen with Ross – Sheepdog Trial

Erin Fflur McNaught with Moxi – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Peg – Sheepdog Trial

Arwyn Davies with Becca – Sheepdog Trial

Rhion Owen with Roy – Sheepdog Trial

Singles Sheepdog Trial

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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Tackling livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership

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All Party Parliamentary Group Releases Report on Dog Attacks on Livestock

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare has revealed an increase in dog attacks on livestock, which is costing farmers millions of pounds and causing great distress. Read the press release: APGAW Press Release Livestock Worrying

Read the new full 17 page report on – ‘Tackling livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership’ here
APGAW Livestock Worrying Report 2017 

Image_001Read the full 17 page report on – Tackling livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership’ here
APGAW Livestock Worrying Report 2017 

 

Open KC Westglen HTM Show report

By Karen Braden, Westglen HTM Club
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Westglen Heelwork to music club held a KC open show on October 28th 2017. A great day was had by all. 168 entries from handlers from all over the country came to compete from starters through to advanced in both heelwork and freestyle.

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There was super routines with a variety of breeds of dog all competing with their handlers to gain a place showing off their amazing talent. The winners were thrilled with their winners bags of goodies sponsored by CSJ.

Race Report: SDAS Kershope 11th&12th November 2017

By Tracy Thomas
Thank you very much for continuing to sponsor the SDAS championship series,

Situated on the border, Kershope Forest found itself hosting the second championship race of the Sled Dog Association of Scotland last weekend bringing competitors from far and wide. As like mostly anything remotely relating to Scotland, Kershope does see its fair share of rain on a regular basis but with the weather looking promising for the weekend (which is anything other than rain!) the SDAS team and competitors made their way through the sleepy North Cumbrian villages and into the forest.

Alas!! The weather was fabulous! Temperatures between 5 and -3 degrees meant a lovely ground frost over the whole weekend which covered the grassy trails and glistened in the sun, although it’s a given there were a few cold fingers and toes over both days from mushers and handlers alike. Proper mushing weather. The dogs instantly picked up on the cooler temps and from 5am onwards the forest was alive with the screams and songs of them all.

 

Racing commenced on the Saturday morning at 9am sharp with the 8 dog registered teams heading out up the grassy hill and deep into the forest trails. They were followed shortly by the 6 dog registered teams who all managed to leave the start chute without a hitch expect that is for Jeff Trotter, who slid into the start chute, hard on the brakes with his dogs having only one intention of not being stopped for snubbing and had to be caught in quite a spectacular fashion by fellow musher Keith Hutchon. Well done Keith, hopefully your prize box of sweets on Sunday made up for having to be untangled from a 6 dog team on the start line and without your help Jeff Trotter wouldn’t have gone on to win the 6 dog Registered Class by over 10secs against some tough competition including that of fellow musher Matthew Clarke who came second to Jeff but also picked up a first place in the 8 dog registered class.

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James Leonard was undoubtedly the star of the weekend in Bikejor by completing the 3 mile course with his dog Rosie in an unbelievable 8mins 55secs. How he managed to cycle so fast on those grassy hills was amazing.

Sunday morning kicked off at 8.30am which is half an hour earlier than the Saturday to allow time at the end of the race day to set up prize giving, clear down the trail and race site and give the timer a chance to print of the end results. This Sunday the early start was particularly required as it allowed time for the racing to come to a standstill and all competitors to congregate at the start line at precisely 11am for a one minute silence to honour the fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

Prize giving on the Sunday afternoon was a joyful time with mushers celebrating their dogs wins and their fellow competitors wins. Competition is good and keeps everyone thriving with their end goals, but to be surrounded by a group of people who are happy to congratulate their opponents on a win always resonates the reason why this is the sport that we love. As mentioned above, a few on the spot prizes were given out via the Committee to Keith for his heroic 6 dog save and to Matthew and Adele Clarkes girls Darcy and Thea, for helping their mum and dad alongside Gary Patterson, Jeff Trotter and Keith Hutchon for setting up and organising such a lovely venue. Thank you so much to you all, it really was a fabulous weekend.

1st, 2nd and 3rd places were awarded with a 2kilo bag of CSJ CP30 and all other competitors were awarded with a bag of CSJ treats, getting to choose from either Fish and Hips or Fish Cuits

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A massive thank you to CSJ for their continued Sponsorship of SDAS events, it’s fabulous to have support from a good working dog food that the majority of sled dog people use.

No sooner is one race over and the preparation for the next begins as we look forward to Darnaway Forest on 9 & 10 December.

 

Arfon Working Gundog Club Novice AV Spaniel Trial – 17th October 2017

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By Gwilym Williams
The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their second AV Novice Spaniel Stake for 16 dogs at the Corwen Forest Shoot, Corwen, Denbighshire on the 17th October 2017 by kind permission of Mr Mike McBurney.
The judges were Mr Dai Lloyd and Mr Philip Sheldon. I would like to thank the guns Paul Dark, Rob Ervine, James Fowler and Andrew Fagan for their generosity, thanks also to our host, the judges, the helpers and the competitors for helping to make the day such a success. Our sponsors for their continued support  CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.
Special thanks to Derek Williams of BASC who attended and carried the red flag and presented the winner with a game bag compliments of BASC.
Congratulations to all in the awards almost a clean sweep by the girls.
RESULTS
First – Ian English with Helmsway Hotshot ESSB
Second – Nathan Cross with Beckys Heart ESSB
Third – Stephen Littler with ConerMarsh Rosetta of Houghgreen ESSB and Guns’ Choice
Fourth – Adam Graveson with Borronsfell Spice ESSD

 

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Stephen McGuire with Mulraven Mismark ESSB
Mark Froggatt with Ladycott Lucky Wish Cocker B
Richard Jones with Dunnbrigg Primrose ESSB
photo shown – l-r – Philip Sheldon (Judge), Dai Lloyd (Judge), Mark Froggatt, Adam Graveson, Ian English, Richard Jones, Stephen Littler, Nathan Cross, Colin Torr (FTS)

News from the The Battle of the Sexes dog obedience competition.

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By Sarah Prince

The event went really well and everyone is so keen for it to be an annual event, we already have judges and teams booked for the next 2 years! We only had 8 weeks to pull this years event off, and that’s from the original idea to the event day itself,  but it went really well. Everyone is expecting it to be bigger and better next year though, so I  just hope I can do what they expect. This year the event raised £2,291.05 for Macmillan, so we were really pleased.

Thank you so much for kindly sponsoring the ladies team and for donating the goodies bags to the judges, they were thrilled with them, and everyone loved the t-shirt too.It is because of your kindness and also of the other companies that kindly donated that we were able to raise such a good amount for Macmillan, which they were thrilled with.

See more photos and find out more about the The TerMANators and The LADykillers event on Friday 22nd September @ 3pm at: King George V playing Fields, West Bromwich, West Midlands: https://dogobediencebots.weebly.com

 

Bethan and Danny Fitzgerald – back on the winning track!

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Bethan is a full time Veterinary Surgeon and Daniel is a full time Joiner
who both successfully race their Scandinavian sled dogs in their spare time. They have fed CSJ food, salmon oil and herbs for the last 5 years and have excelled in the
sport…

Bethan won the Silver medal at the Dryland World Championships with her 4 dog team and the Gold medal on the scooter at the European Championships.

Daniel has amazingly held the title of 4 dog Scottish champion and British champion for many years and has come close to podium finishes at European and World Championships over the last 5 years.

In July 2016 CSJ received the sad news that Danny and Beth would no longer be racing due to an old knee injury but with the usual determination, they were not quitting the sport which was what they thought was their only choice, but had just changed the discipline.

Sadly racing the big dog teams (4 dog/6 dog) would be no more due to injury but as Danny’s knee benefits from cycling he would be concentrating on the one dog bike-jor from now on. Bethan would also continue to compete in the mono-discipline, the one dog scooter.

In early 2017 Beth said, “The old dogs are retired and are enjoying their walks in the forest and on the beach and the odd Canicross club run.

This year we have had a litter of 10 beautiful puppies due to popular demand. Our first litter has been showing great potential so it was silly to not produce another British litter and I love to watch them all grow and excel in what they do.”

Then in October 2017 CSJ had this fabulous news from Beth ….

“Most people have complained about the lack of warm weather this year but we have been using the cold nights to our advantage as we have managed to start training early. All the dogs have been eating our favourite kibble – CP30 splashed with some Salmon Oil and they are looking amazing as usual – even the oldies!

This year Danny has been working hard losing 5 stone and concentrating on Bike-Jor as this is the only thing his bad knee can tolerate. Charlie is now 6 years old and is looking fit and healthy and very eager to run!

The first race was at the very popular Cani-fit Experience race at Boswell Coach House. The first race is always the big test if your training and care for your dog has been good enough and Danny passed with flying colours, he flew through to first place both Saturday and Sunday!

The Boswell race by Glasgow was en route to the European Championships in Italy. Charlie and Danny shared the long ride with a friend, Vickie Pullin and her dogs and both joined 100’s of people, all wondering how they’d fare against the whole of Europe. The trail was tough and the downhill was fast, Charlie ran his heart out and Danny peddled hard which placed them high up at 16th out of 45.

Charlie is 6 years old now and still runs like a 2 year old. He looks nice and lean and bulging with muscle bulk and a shiny coat.”

The next race is in a few weeks’ time, another long journey, this time to Poland for the World Championships. Hard training for both dog and human continues!”

Here’s the full story of Bethan and Danny’s journey with their dogs…

How it all started

Bethan and Danny spent most of their lives growing up in Wales and have lived and travelled all over the World but in 2005 they both decided to settle down and get a dog and this is when their lives took a big turn in a direction that was never predicted!

Danny decided to get a Malamute puppy and Bethan got a German Wire-haired Pointer puppy.  At puppy class they started talking to sled dog people and they become more and more interested in the sport, the Malamute was a natural but it took a while to get the pointer running!

In 2006 they moved to Edinburgh so that Bethan could follow her dream to become a vet. They wanted to continue with the sport so joined the Sled Dog Association of Scotland who accepts any capable breed, they were welcomed with open arms and learned so much from people like Keith Johnston, Steven Lyndsay and Shane Murray, who encouraged them to be the best and have a lot of fun doing it!

3 years later they had gained another German wire-haired pointer to make a 2 dog team for Beth and 4 Scandanavian Hounds to make a 4 dog team for Danny and by 2015 the pack had increased to 12, aged between 10 months to 11 years, all playing a very important role in the sport and the family.

From 2014 until injury stopped play in 2016:

Danny’s truly remarkable 2014-2015 season:

4 dog SDAS Champion

3 dog SDAS Champion

4 dog National Champion

Bike-jor National Champion

Silver 3 dog scooter National Championships

4th at the IFSS European Championships, Paris 6 dog class (fastest in the World) out of 35 competitors.

8th at the European Bike-jor Championships, South France out of 40 competitors

THEN … Bethan got Gold in the European Cani-cross Championships 2015

 

Here’s what Bethan told CSJ about the Championships…….

“The European Cani-cross championships in Scotland finally arrived, the dogs looking lean, shiny coated and full of muscle.

Danny entered the bike-jor and Bethan the scooter but which dog would they choose!

The trail was hilly and thanks to a few days of rain, had some good muddy areas, this was a test of strength and fitness for both dog and athlete!

Looking around in the start shoot, I couldn’t help but look at how athletic the other dogs were and how long legged the human athletes were! But not to worry, our dogs were looking just as good, they have been eating CP30, go-on herbs and storm canis.  The trail was hard with steep hills but our superstar, Charlie pulled like a train, he is known as the mud monster so I had to just let go of the brakes and go for it!!!!”

The whole weekend was “awesome” as we all put it! The British pulled together to put on a fabulous event and a huge big thanks to CSJ too for the sponsorship.

Charlie and I managed to storm way ahead of the competition and brought home Gold!!!! Danny chose our “big” Harry as his bike dog and managed a fantastic 7th place, the bike men’s class is the most popular and competitive of all.”

AND then… Fitzgeralds’ team effort gains Silver in World Championships 2015!!

Here’s what Bethan and Danny told CSJ:

“Team effort from the Fitzgerald family wins a Silver in the World Championships!!

Danny and Beth recently embarked on a mammoth trip, flying their dogs to Canada to compete at the dry-land World Championships. Alongside four other Team mates, they all managed to work together to complete the almost impossible task of getting dogs and equipment from A to B and keep them well hydrated, fed and supple!

The dogs took everything thing in their stride, after a few days of jet-lag and TLC, they performed better than they ever have done. Beth said “I had tears of pride for my dogs in my eyes for most of the time!!!”

They stayed on the same feeding regime and they kept their weights and condition well. One of the dogs ran 2 days with Danny on the bike and then in Beth’s 4 dog team with no sign of tiredness. Supplements like Storm Canis have a huge role in keeping the muscles fresh and go on herbs gets the maximum energy out of them.

Results:

Bethan won silver, the title of “second fastest 4 dog team in the World!” She says “I’m so proud of my dogs, I had two 7 year olds and two 5 year olds, one of which had already ran the previous two days, they averaged over 21mph, words can not describe the feeling of pride for my dogs”.

Daniel took 8th place on the bike, this was an fantastic result as this class had some amazing biking athletes and dogs who have the advantage of training full time.

Beth says “it’s all about what you do with your dogs months before the race, the right food, supplements and of course training. There is no other dog sport that asks a dog to work as hard as he/she can for just the fun of it”.

At home, Bethan and Danny’s two 10 week old puppies are looking amazing with their shiny coats, producing perfect poops and are very big and chunky! They were fed CP27 and then changed onto CP30. Danny says “They prefer it dry and finish the bowl every time. We are very excited to see how they turn out for our future races – next year, the European Championships will be held in England”.

Thanks to CSJ and Storm Canis for their support, without them, silver may have not been achievable.”

Finishing 2015 on a high!!

In their last race of 2015 in December Bethan and Danny both finished on a high!

  • Danny took home Gold with his 4 dog team, achieving the fastest time of the whole rally!
  • Beth also won Gold with her two dogs too, Bryn and Gimli!

Beth told CSJ, “The trails were muddy, hilly and fun. Half the trail was fast but the other half was a slow incline with so much mud so it was hard for the musher to get grip. It all came down to the dogs’ strength and fitness to get the Gold and they did us proud one more time.

Now it’s time for a little rest and back to full training for next month. The dogs are doing fantastic, getting CP30, Go On herbs, Storm and salmon oil. Salmon oil is great in the winter to keep their coats and skin in top condition for fending off the mud and keeping them warm.”

2016 starts with 5 races in 5 weeks……….

Bethan’s two dog team and Danny’s four dog team achieved:

Silver at the World Championships

Gold in the European Championships

Gold in the National Championships

2 Golds in the Scottish Championships

Danny won every one of his races and Bethan’s two dog team won every race except one due to an injury!

Then in July 2016 CSJ received that awful news that Danny and Beth would no longer be racing.

Now at October 2017 they’re back on track in Bike-Jor with the great news at the beginning of this tale

CSJ is delighted for them and wishing them both well for the trip to Poland for the World Championships – watch this space, their story continues…

Contact details: rafiki_beth@yahoo.co.uk

 

Mark Laker’s CSJ blog – The FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec

FCIThe FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic lived up to our expectations. The atmosphere amongst the supporters and competitors was fantastic. The standard of the agility courses was very high; they were technically challenging and yet exciting to watch. And of course the standard of competition was incredible. Much like the European Open the handling seen amongst the top teams was precise, fast and well practiced.

Agility at this level gets faster and more exciting each year. The top dogs are now regularly reaching speeds exceeding 6 metres per seconds (MPS). To put this in context when I first started looking at dog speeds we were aiming at 5.6 MPS for the same group of dogs. That’s a 12% increase in speed in four years. Obviously there are many factors that effect the speed including course design, the surface, jump heights etc.. however dogs and handlers continue to achieve faster times.

FCI arenaUnfortunately we didn’t win any medals this year. Which obviously we were disappointed about; I felt we were strong contenders for at least two medal positions. Our results didn’t reflected our performance. Many team members exceeded expectations, some pulled out a few surprises and others showed potential for the future.

Overall as a team I felt we were well prepared and knew what to expect. I think what caught us out was the raw power and speed of many of the dogs and handlers. This didn’t phase us, but it did make us push for every drop of energy and speed we could find.

So what next? Well the Coaching Team re-group later this month to plan our 2018 activities and how we are going to get our dogs quicker. Follow Mark Laker’s blog here: http://marklaker.blogspot.co.uk/