Kennel Club Working Trial Championships – The Best of the Best

Diesels test of courageThe Kennel Club Working Trial Championships take place each year hosted by a different Society in a different place. This year it was the turn of the Midland Border Collie Club and based in the heart of the countryside in Leicestershire. Taking place over three days in October, competitors were invited from the ticket winners in both the Tracking Dog and Patrol Dog stakes over the previous 12 months.

This usually brings forth around 12/14 in TD and 5/6 in PD, but this year the bad weather which cancelled several trials and the retirement of multi-ticket winning Border Collie WT CH Stardell Alula (Nell) resulted in only two competitors in the PD stake for judge Eric Roberts. These two consisted of last year’s winner Lee Payne and  X Breed WT CH  Little Rough Rhinestone (Diesel), and Nell’s handler Dave Olley with his other dog, XBreed WT Ch Little Raymond (Ray), which is litter brother to Diesel.

Lee and DieselIn TD, judged this year by Jean Howells,  there were 13 dogs with 12 handlers with Tony Lockyer working two dogs. It wouldn’t really seem like a KCCs if Tony wasn’t there with two dogs, such has been his success over the years. His current Border Collie WT CH Double Top at Hartshill (Gyp) holds the record for the most tickets won in TD with 17, and has won the KCCs twice before. His GSD WT CH Lawinick Come N Get it at Hartshill (Isla) was making her third appearance at the Championships having qualified and been placed fourth previously.

Among the other 11 handlers were 7 Working Trial Champions with handlers that had done it all before, including last year’s winner Andy Baker with B.C WT CH Sid the Lemon Squeezer (Sid).

In addition there was one young dog with an experienced handler and three newcomers who were making their first appearance.  As in the PD there was also a dog that had qualified but retired, and although Sheila Tannert was working her Labrador WT CH Styperson Cleo (Teal), I am sure she was disappointed that her other Labrador WT CH Styperson Ebony  had to retire before the event.

Tracking for TD went on over two days and both the PD dogs tracked on Friday. The ground was winter wheat and the weather was  reasonable for the time of year, but for whatever reason the dogs did not find it easy and six TD dogs went out on this section, some with a lack of articles and others just not making it round the track.  Both PD dogs completed their nosework in qualifying marks although Dave and Ray left an article in the square, so were seven marks behind Lee and Diesel.

Tony and Isla trackingWhichever member of the MBCC managed to arrange with the Ministry of Defence to use the venue for the final day’s Control and Agility should be congratulated. The Defence Animal Centre at Melton Mowbray provided the perfect venue in terms of position, facilities and sheer space for both competitors and spectators.  With ample parking, refreshments and clear view of the proceedings it couldn’t be bettered and it was also very easy to find.

Control and Agility

The final day started with the Control and Agility for the two PD dogs both of which managed to qualify and then it was straight into the C&A for TD. With such a lovely big field Jean was able to set a good test within clear sight of the spectators, and all teams worked well, but unfortunately three more went out on this section including Tony’s Gyp who at nine years old found the jumps a bit too difficult.

This left just four dogs on qualifying marks after the stays and these took the honours with Tony Lockyer once again leading the way but with Isla this time, the first time he has done it with a GSD. Next with the Reserve ticket came last year’s winners Andy and Sid just 2.5 points behind Tony, and in third place was Diane Ling and another of the X Breed litter WT CH Deben Little Tom with Sheila and Teal in fourth place.

Tony and IslaEric set an interesting and challenging patrol round with quite a stiff test of courage and a big quarter taking in some of the natural cover the field had to offer. Both dogs coped very well and Dave and Ray managed to claw some marks back from Lee and Diesel, but in the end  they hung on to the lead and won by just 2.5 marks, making it the second year running for this team.

Although not qualified myself this year I enjoyed the event just as much if not more without the nerves that go with competing, and it was lovely to see all the dogs working so well, and the best of the best showing us what they could do.

Cani-Sports Scotland update

Janis Mcarthur
Cani-Sports Scotland
It took me nearly a week to recover from
the CanineMax World Championships in
Pembrey that CSJ sponsored, what a 
fantastic weekend I had and so did the 
44 "team Scotland"! We came home with two
golds, a few silvers and a ton of bronze 
medals along with plenty of food :-)

Thank you so much for sponsoring our events. 
We've had lots of positive feedback from the 
runners that they like the prizes and have 
seen the benefits from the salmon oil and 
the dogs go crazy for the fishcuits.

Today Cani-Sports Scotland had the pleasure of taking part in the
Jedburgh running festival in the Scottish Borders. There was the 
ultra, half, 10k & 6.5k cani-cross race with plenty of mud.

The prizes went down a treat and it seems no one reads the labels on 
the Fruit 'n Mutt bars as more people were seen eating them - lol.

Here are a few pics from today's race, Colin is one of our longest 
cani-cross runners who's competed regularly at Canix Events (sporting 
his jacket). He's been using CSJ for years and was recommending 
it to our runners today. So just a huge thanks for supporting our 
events :-)CSS6


Ely & District Wildfowler’s Association gundog test

Press Release: Derek Robinson, Hon Sec


A total of 43 dogs entered the Ely & District Wildfowler’s Association gundog test held at Frank’s Farm , March, inCambridgeshire, by kind permission of Mr. Michael Deptford on Sunday 1st September.

The minor breeds proved exceptional  amidst some stiff competition from the more popular labrador retrievers.

Winner of the Open test, sponsored by the British Association for Shooting & Conservation was E Bristow‘s Labrador bitch Olive.

2nd Place went to Haley Drew Labrador Dee

3rd was John Iacono’s Labrador dog Saharalhi Cahira.

The Ken Gandy novice test sponsored by Ely & District Wildfowlers was won by Jacqui Crew and her flat Coat retriever Casblauidd Quill Hogan.

Runner up was  Ms J Waddington who came all the way from Lancashire to run her Irish Water Spaniel Kirkmash Wild Beanside.

Third place went to D Gresty with his  Irish Water Spaniel Kirk Marsh Torrent.

David Wilcox with his Irish Water Spaniel bitch  Niamh took the highest scoring Ely & District WA trophy, while the team of four Irish Water Spaniels under the team heading the Kirkmarsh Fliers took the team trophy scoring 221 out of a possible 240.

Runners up for the team event were Gameflight Training club scoring 216.

All places were sponsored by  Cabnine Food Specialist CSJ.  Sales of refreshments and draw tickets on the day raised £200 which will be split between the Air Ambulance and March Paramedic appeal.

Group photo of the Kirkmarsh Fliers (Irish Water Spaniel Team) are from left to right: M Hurst, D. Gresty, J. Waddington,  P. Probart and D. Wilcox. 

Photo taken by Ian Probart.

Derek Robinson

Hon Sec