News of the Charity Trial 2013 Tillingham

Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 10.40.06 Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 10.40.16 Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 10.39.54We held a Charity Trial on the 19th May 2013 in aid of Leukaemia Research.  We ran a morning and afternoon trial with a total of 62 runs. We were very lucky with the weather –  sunny all day with a cool breeze (there’s always a breeze on the Essex marshes!). The sheep ran well all day and we put up some respectable scores.

Morning Trial
85 –  Andy Jackman Glenalla – Yogi
83 – John Marsh –  Jill
81 – Jackie Marsh – Gyp
80 – J De Meyst –  Bill
79 – Sarah Walker – Quill
70 – Dave Thompson – Tom

61- J Painter – Joe
61- A Jackman – Joe
54 – K Evans – Lucy
50 J- ill Woolston – Mirk

88 – Rob Moore    Rebel
87 – Wendy Cole     Moss
87 – Ed Harkins      Bill
86 – Andy Jackman Trefnor Joe
86 – Rob Moore    Hoy
82 Jackie Marsh    Gyp

81 – J Marsh   Peg
79 – E Hawkins    Tip
79 – A Jackman   Joe
65 – Katie Cole   Jess

Everyone had a very enjoyable day. We had a BBQ going all day run by Katie’s dad and boyfriend. With lots of homemade cakes made by  friends and family and a raffle, we raised £1052.10.

We will probably repeat it next year and would like to thank all our sponsors including CSJ for their support.


News – Scarborough championship working trial stakes


Working Trials Society

President: Mrs M Welham                Chairman: Mr B Gilbert                Secretary: Mrs J Meekings



Held under the Kennel Club Working Trials Regulations (I) and the Regulations of the
ASPADS Working Trials Society.




Tracking Dog

Ann Bedford

Working Dog

Lorraine Wilson

Utility Dog     

Liz de Unger

Companion Dog

Suzanne Plumb


In the event of unforeseen circumstances arising, the ASPADS Working Trials Society

 reserves to itself the right to make any other arrangements as may be deemed necessary.


Mr Barry Gilbert

The ASPADS Working Trials Society wishes to thank all the landowners and farmers without whose land and co-operation this trial would not be possible






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From January 2014 ASPADS Trials Managers will only accept entries on forms which generally conform to the Kennel Club specimen layout of October 2012, and which carry the correct up-to-date declaration.

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Wales take the title of top retriever at Anglesey

Latest news from Huw Jones, Wales International Gundog Team Captain

anglesey1 The Wales International Gundog Team has just returned home from the International Gundog Test held at the Anglesey Agriculture Show. I am delighted to announce that Wales won the Team prize in the main event and Nigel Proberts won Top Retriever.

Nigel’s top score contributed to the overall success of the Wales Team and we pushed England and Ireland hard. This is the hardest international course that we compete and at the end, there were only 25 points between the 4 teams of Wales,England, Ireland, and the Isle of Man. This year’s test was one of the hardest I have seen at this venue but our team is a very strong group and we did Wales proud.

Now with Nigel winning top International Retriever at this event and Andy winning top Welsh Retriever at the CLA, I am one happy captain.

Anglesey2Both myself and the team can’t thank you enough for the help and support CSJ give us, I  will be doing the Gundog display at the Pembrokeshire Agriculture show for the next two days and flying the flag for CSJ.

Report by Huw Jones, Wales International Gundog Team Captain


Richard Davies - IYH Under 12 - 1st copyThe ninth Kennel Club International Agility Festival took place at Rockingham Castle this weekend, with over 2,200 healthy, happy dogs competing in a range of agility competitions for all levels of experience.

The festival, which is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, welcomed all dogs, from Great Danes to Chihuahuas, and countries from all over the world took part in the festival, including competitors from the US, Spain and the Netherlands.

To launch this year’s festival, the Kennel Club attempted to beat the current world record for the ‘Largest Simultaneous Dog Stay’ and narrowly missed out on beating the current record of 627 dogs, with 601 dogs completing the two minute stay.   The attempt was supported by Safe T Reach who generously supplied a scissor lift free of charge to help record the attempt.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The International Agility Festival is a highlight of the dog calendar and we would like to thank everyone who has made it such a great success, especially those competitors and judges who have travelled such long distances to add to the international flavour of the event.

Starters Cup - Large Winners copy“The festival has something for everyone, no matter what level of experience they have in agility, and we look forward to once again welcoming competitors from all over the world next year for the tenth International Agility Festival.”

The top three placings from the main competitions at the festival were as follows:

Starters Cup Semi-Final (Discover Dogs Qualifier)

Large Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi-Final

1st – Melissa Matthews and Castomya First Flame
2nd – Clare Graham and Fenborders Curious George
3rd – Sebastian Thomas and Pixie Brogan

Medium Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi- Final

1st – Diane Barry and Smiley Mileymoon
2nd – Alyson Walker and Shanandi Wild Poppet
3rd – Jack Biddle and Sergent Benjamin of Broom

Small Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi-Final

1st – Madeleine Herridge and Oh Henry No
2nd – Jane Stafford and Brundledean Beleza
3rd – Isaac Hartley and Bella Ella

Novice Cup Semi-Final  (Crufts Qualifier)

Large Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final

1st – Lucy O’Neill and Darleyfalls Rock to the Top
2nd – Sarah Young and Comebyanaway Ever Reddy
3rd – Janet Thompson and Borderpaws Dark Wish

Medium Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final

1st – Kate Davies and Miss Maisie Minx
2nd – Tracey Masters and Fabulous Freddy of Rudgwick Aws
3rd – Naomi Hall and Dunnellon Fae Tal Atrakshun

Small Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final

1st – Bernadette Bay and Obay Boyz Toyz
2nd – Elizabeth Saggers and Wicked Miss Magic
3rd – Rosie Cavill and Daimonic Dare Devil

Kennel Club International Young Handler Final

International Young Handler (under 12s)

1st – Richard Davies and Tolmare Jet
2nd – Sara Bacon and Louandi Diamond
3rd – Gio Gio Botto and Rambauds Saphir Surprise

International Young Handler (12-17)

1st – Jennifer Hart and Capehope Carpe Diem
2nd – Adam Wildman and Za Zar Zoom AW(G)
3rd – Alwin Tunders and Armati’s Feet of Flames

Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final (Crufts Qualifiers)

Large Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final

1st – Alison German and Nedlo What’s The Story
2nd – Desiree Swelleman and Tempo In Motion
3rd – Lee Windeatt and Darleyfalls Pipistrelle

Medium Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final

1st – Helen Anderson and Ag Ch Dinky Demon of Downunder
2nd – Steven Richardson and Ag Ch Noworries Sweep’s Dream
3rd – Ashleigh Butler and Ag Ch Ashpen Pudsey Bear

Small Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final

1st – Bernadette Bay and Ag Ch Obay Itz Got Pizazz
2nd – Jeanette Tandy and Ag Ch Wee Betsy Boo
3rd – Rosie Cavill and Ag Ch Fieldspy Leana

Kennel Club Nations Cup

Large Kennel Club Nations Cup

1st – Spain 1 – Julio Nogueira and Chika Do Arrdas, Enrique Alonso and Kira De Dunca, Jesus Fernando Crespo and Coba of Sidi Bu Said
2nd – Rest of the World 3 – Belmiro Da Costa Sousa and Lia Da Casa De Bacs, Francesca Zanti and Never Never Land I’chicane, Di Poingdestre and Little Ragged Robin
3rd – Scotland 2 – Lisa Duggan and Kipcroft Tig, Hannah Wade and Astra Tyke, Sarah Osbourne and Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

Medium Kennel Club Nations Cup

1st – Northern Ireland – Cheryl Harkness and A Slice of Mothers Pride, Ronnie Mcaleese and Sirensong Dark Diamond AW(G), Cheryl Harkness and Swift Lass
2nd – Spain 2 – Robert Moran Caparros and Zig The Biz, Julio Freire Nogueira and Femme Fatale Peka, Cristina Gonzalez Cejalvo and Lucas De Legon
3rd – England 1 – Steven Richardson and Ag Ch Noworries Sweep’s Dream, Adam Wildman and Za Zar Zoom AW(G), Ashleigh Butler and Ag Ch Ashpen Pudsey Bear

Small Kennel Club Nations Cup

1st – Netherlands 1 – Michele Taffijn Bois and Little But Brave Dark As The Night, Natasja Ebben and Agile Dream of Youwentis, Michele Taffijn Bois and Special Attraction Mad About You
2nd – England 3 – Wendy Clay and Ag Ch Racing Redd Brussel Scout, David Russell and Petitchien Maitre De La Mer AW(G), Suzanne Phillips and Keane The Pocket Rocket AW(G)
3rd – England 1 – Marc Wingate-Wynne and Ag Ch Vanitonia Mister Big, Bernadette Bay and Ag Ch Obay Itz Got Pizazz, Claire Arend and Daimonic Expelliarmus

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Fern’s amazing total hip replacement


Article source by kind permission of Ellen Rocco of Agilitynet from the original report:


Jackie Bromwich remembers the bitterly cold afternoon at the end of December 2011 well. She was standing on the start line, looking down at her collie Fern who was sitting there, eagerness etched into every line of her muscular little body. Every ounce of her saying ‘Okay, let’s go. I can do this.’

As Fern sailed over the last jump, she grabbed her lead and danced about, her eyes alight, but Jackie was crying. She couldn’t stop the tears. She knew that this was going to be their last run together for many months, possibly forever. It could be the end of a glittering agility career that was only just beginning and possibly of life itself.

When Jackie first saw Fern she was eight weeks old and living on a North Wales farm. She positively sparkled with energy, running around the barn, playing tug with tremendous enthusiasm and utterly refusing to sit still and be cuddled. She grew into an absolute dynamo of a dog – never still, full of energy, still refusing flatly to accept any form of petting, but she was so quick to learn.


Jackie has had many dogs over the years, but never had she had a dog with such a brain.

Fern adored clicker training and just soaked up everything Jackie tried to teach her

She produced challenges as well. She was incredibly independent, assertive and manipulative, and once she was older, had absolutely no hesitation in imposing her will on all the other dogs in the household, and using her teeth to enforce her authority if she thought it was necessary.

This didn’t always make her the easiest dog in the world to live with, especially in a multi-dog household. However Jackie worked hard on the training, and Fern gradually began to settle and to prove her worth in agility.

She won out of Grade 3 in her first season of competition, and the following year 2011, she qualified at UKA for the CSJ final, the Tug-e-nuff final and the Split Pairs final, and had her first Grade 4 win. The future was looking very rosy, but fate had something nasty waiting round the corner.

In June 2011, Jackie noticed that Fern was a bit stiff when she got up in the evenings so I rested her. When it didn’t improve, she took her in to the veterinary practice where she works. Fern was put on painkillers and rest. When she still didn’t improve, she was x-rayed. Jackie was shattered to discover that she had hip dysplasia with secondary arthritic changes.

There followed a few months of conventional treatment and keeping her active to maintain mobility and muscle and keep her weight as low as possible to reduce any impact on her joints. She also got joint protective supplements and a course of Cartrophen injections (another joint supplement) and the occasional pain control medication when she was uncomfortable.

Fern, however, did not improve

ImageGradually she began to show more and show more signs of lameness after exercise.

Her hind gait changed to a choppy short striding action instead of the fluid drive and extension that she previously showed.

By September, Fern was becoming bored with the periods of inactivity – and bad tempered as a consequence of constant pain. So she was referred to Noel Fitzpatrick, known to TV viewers as the ‘Bionic Vet’, at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey.

Fern was X-rayed and had an MRI scan, and the diagnosis of hip dysplasia was further complicated by the possibility of spinal pain due to a degenerated disc, and by a degree of stifle instability.

She had a course of shockwave treatment to reduce pain and inflammation in her hips, along with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to help build muscle.

ImageHowever, while Fern remained sound during her eight weeks of rest, as soon as her exercise began to increase, so did the lameness.

By the end of November, she could barely manage 20 minutes walking without being severely lame and her quality of life was deteriorating, along with her temper.

Jackie took her back to to Fitzpatrick Referrals and this time she was given a steroid injection into the hip joint, mainly by way of a diagnostic procedure, the idea being that if the problem was the hip, the injection should give a temporary cure, although it was not a treatment that could be continued long term.

If she showed improvement, then Jackie had to return to the practice to discuss the possibility of a total hip replacement. Within 10 days, the difference in Fern was remarkable. She was totally sound, went back to doing a full walk with the other dogs, enjoyed some agility training. She even managed to compete carefully for the last time at the UKA December show – only when Jackie was certain that the smooth flowing steeplechase course was not going to set her a challenge beyond her capabilities.

However, her improvement was short-lived, and by January she was once again showing considerable lameness. Money was becoming an issue, as her available insurance had been considerably depleted. Jackie was coming under a great deal of pressure from various sources to put her to sleep, and not to spend money that she did not have on major surgery, that may not be successful on a dog whose temperament had become unreliable.


On the 4 January, she returned very reluctantly to Fitzpatrick Referrals, knowing that if hip replacement surgery was going to be necessary, then there was a very strong possibility that Fern would face euthanasia.

When Noel examined Fern again, she screamed with pain everywhere he touched on her hindquarters.

He told her that he felt that the problem was the hip, and she was therefore a candidate for hip replacement surgery, but this was complicated by the previous diagnosis of spinal and stifle problems.

Noel also said that he could not guarantee that surgery would cure Fern’s problems

However, when discussed, his emphatic and absolute rejection of the idea of euthanasia, and his offer to allow Jackie to pay by installments the extra cost that would not be covered by insurance gave me the lever to agree to the surgery. Jackie will always be truly grateful to Noel Fitzpatrick for this, as she came so close to giving in to the critics and making the decision to put her to sleep.

Fern had her surgery a week later

When Noel spoke to Jackie afterwards, he said that during the operation, it was obvious that the hip joint was very damaged. He felt we had made the right decision to go ahead with the surgery.

Jackie collected her four days later, and she was obviously very pleased to be home, although rather subdued, and she settled into her crate rest without any problems. Initially she could only go out for toilet duties, and Jackie had to walk her with a sling round her hindquarters as the risk of dislocation of the implant was high in the first few weeks, so it was imperative that she did not slip.


At her two-week check up, she was given the all clear to begin slow walking exercise, no trotting, and no more than 10 minutes each time, but four times a day.

This was to increase by five minutes a week until 12 weeks post-op. It was obvious that Fern was not going to be the only one building muscle. She also started physiotherapy exercises, three times a day.

Over the next few weeks, Jackie and Fern seemed to do nothing but walk, walk, walk, but it was paying off as at her six week check up, the vet that examined her could not believe how well she was doing, and how much muscle she had already built up.

Fern started twice weekly hydrotherapy with Linda Nicholls at Poppy’s Pool, and continued on the never ending round of walking and physio.

In April, Fitzpatrick Referrals were hosting a 3-day Canine Sports Medicine Seminar with Chris Zink from the USA. Jackie had been asked to provide demonstration dogs for the practical part of the seminar, and took Fern along with the others. She was used as a mystery ‘is there anything wrong with this dog’ case, demonstrating a method of detecting very subtle lameness.

This method showed that she was not quite placing her full weight on her right hind, although to the eye, she appeared to trot up perfectly soundly. The delegates were all utterly amazed when it was revealed that she was less than 14 weeks post hip replacement surgery, since she looked so good. Noel examined her again after the day’s lectures and said that he was very pleased with her progress.

Fern continued to make brilliant improvement and, by the end of May, she was allowed back to normal off lead exercise. This was a huge milestone – the little dog that had been crippled with pain after 20 minutes walking six months previously was able to run again and it was so fantastic to see.

ImageBy the end of June, she was well muscled again and back on her normal exercise regime, so tentatively, and with a great deal of help from Bridgette Wyre who had previously rehabilitated her own dog Della, back to agility after major surgery, Fern began agility training again.

At first Jackie concentrated on proprioceptive exercises, gridwork and building her jumping muscles back up again, and once she proved she was capable, began working on her re-training with competition in mind.

Fern competed again for the first time in August, and was placed 2nd in her class. Jackie continued her training and she competed a couple more times during the autumn.

Then at the end of December she was entered in the same show that had been her last show prior to surgery. For Jackie, standing on the start line at this show was a very emotive moment.

“Fern had made such a long journey and had been through so much since we stood in the same place a year previously, and had come so close to the edge. Yet here we were, and once again she waited, eager anticipation in every line of her body as she glanced to the jump, to me, and back to the jump again. I led out, she ran, we danced the dance together, and she won the class, less than a year after total hip replacement.” Jackie Bromwich

The future
“Hopefully this will continue to be a good year and Fern will be competing regularly again. However, I am selective in the courses she runs and the condition of the ground. Watching her run free on walks, racing the other dogs, playing ball, in pain-free glorious health gives me so much pleasure and I would not want to jeopardise this for any amount of agility rosettes. But it’s good to have her back!”

Watch the video of Fern’s journey back to health

See a video of Fern’s journey back to health following a total hip replacement, showing her re-training, and some of the shows that she participated in last year.  Watch it here

Fern has been competing really well this yea

Latest update from Jackie

She started off at UKA so that we could really build our working partnership again with plenty of training in the ring. Iwas thrilled when she won novice agility in May at Mapledurham and felt we were really getting it together again.

ImageShe won G4 jumping at PADS at the end of May – a weekend of real highs and lows, as I lost a dog very unexpectedly that weekend and then followed this with a G4 agility win in June. She has her first G5 runs this coming weekend.

I am so thrilled that, not only has she recovered so well that she leads a normal life, but that she is able to compete and win again at the level she has which is amazing, considering that she is now part dog, part metal. She is a real credit to both the surgery and the rehabilitation.

She is taking part in the display of agility by the Fitzpatrick Bionic Heroes at Dog Fest in July, and we are both really looking forward to demonstrating how well she is to the team that operated on her last year. (10 July 2013)About Jackie

Jackie Bromwich first became involved in agility in 1984, and has been breeding Border Collies under the Foxtwist affix since 1987. She has competed and judged at all levels in agility up to and including Grade 7, and has qualified with several different dogs for most of the major finals over the years, with the exception of Olympia, where she has always failed at the semi-finals due to terror and poor handling!

Jackie is also a Championship show judge of Border Collies in the breed ring

Jackie worked for many years in a veterinary practice as a qualified Behaviour Counsellor, but had a change of direction four months ago and currently works for the raw feeding company, Honey’s Real Dog Food.

She currently has eight dogs, seven border collies and a Japanese Spitz, and has always enjoyed the challenge of running multiple dogs in agility. She currently competes with six, the other two being retired, but now she is getting older, feels that she would be doing much better if she could run as fast as she could twenty years ago!

Pre and post-op x-rays provided by Fitzpatrick Referrals. Find out more information about their services

Latest plans

Jackie will be at the KC International festival on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August. Fern has qualified for the Novice Cup, and Jackie is very keen to compete with her.

The next day Jackie will take her to the Fitzpatrick Bionic Heroes awards