Huw Jones talks about the trip to Ireland for the first of the Internationals

Just to update you on DSCF2714the trip to Ireland for the first of the Internationals.

The two teams did really well and I was over the moon with the new team members that we took for the first time, they handled the pressure of competing at International Gundog event as I would have expected they handled they’re dogs over a very hard test course really well.


We did not win but came 2nd to Ireland but beat England and Scotland on both days, most of the teams handlers at Shanes castle will be running they’re dogs at the Cla therefore the standard of the dogs was very high.


Wales took the honours of top overseas Retriever with Haydn Willmott scoring 96 out of hundred and Alistair Ross took top overseas spaniel with 83 out of 100 and myself second with 81.


We were really close on winning and i still think we did.  However the judge awarded the last Irish dog to run on the day 98/100.  We had the same with the spaniels both myself and Alistair had 43 out of 50 in the spaniel test for hunting but the two Irish dogs had 45 it was that close.


I hope we did you proud and that’s all you could hear of the show speakers was how smart the Wales team look so thank you very much for making us look like that i have attached a photo of the team for you, and ill post photos of the weekend later on facebook


Speak to you soon and thank you from The Wales gundog team



Catch up with James Urwin – if you can!

Jim Urwin

Report from James Urwin

Thanks again for your ongoing support: it is very much appreciated.

I haven’t done as many Cani-Cross races over the past year – old age is catching up with me a bit – but we haven’t done too badly.  Boris and I got silver at the European Canicross Championships in France at the beginning of October – a real surprise given that there were a few very good ‘youngsters’ who had moved up into my (over-60) age group, so that was pleasing.  And then at the end of October we were back in France with the GB team for the European Dryland Sleddog Championship.  We never stood a chance, having to run against guys over twenty years younger than me, but we certainly did not embarrass ourselves: Boris pulled me along through the mud at such a rate I thought I was going to pass out at one stage!

The BSSF Championships at Thetford – a great event, in no small part due to CSJ’s support – was another highlight.  Again, we were running against guys twenty years younger than me, but we managed second place (I’m still not sure how).  This means that we have qualified again for the GB team, this time at the World Dryland Sleddog Championships in Canada later this year.   

Anyway, thanks again for everything.

James Urwin

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Results of the Cywyd Retriever Club Annual Working Test at Gwysaney – June 30th 2015

Report by Mary Roberts

Annual Working Test 2015 for Puppy & Novice results


1st     Jeanette McGuirk with Kelmagra Cedar- DOB 09/07/14

2nd    Raymond Roberts with Minstead Bellamy – DOB 11/07/14

3rd    Nick Bryan with Mossborough Martin – DOB 08/09/14

PUPPY    12- 15 MTHS

1st     Eirwyn Roberts with Courtpark Britannia -DOB 17/05/14

2nd    Bronwen Gradwell with Kenquartz Dangerous Love -DOB 14/05/14


1st     Innes Jones with Gwyrchbedw Quail

2nd    Lee Murphy with Kentelv Sky Walker

3rd    Jackie Owen with Suki Akira of Marianbach

4th    Jackie Owen with Muggleswick Cha Cha of Marianbach

COM Ken Howell with Barleysett Larch

COM Lynne Lewis with Ringneck Phoenix of Gwyrchbedw

Thank you to all the competitors, judges and helpers for making todays puppy and novice annual working test a great day with special thanks to Gareth Lewis, Lee Murphy & Glenys Caldwell who have worked hard to create another fantastic working test for the club.

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Moray Firth Spaniel & Retriever Club (MFSRC) Summer Test report

Moray Firth Spaniel & Retriever Club (MFSRC) Summer Test report

Blog posting by Lorna Gray, Spaniel Secretary at the Moray Firth Spaniel & Retriever Club (MFSRC) 
Summer test 2015 209On Sunday 7th June we held our annual Summer Test at Ralia Estate, Newtonmore by the kind permission of Alasdair Findlay. The day started of a bit blustery but settled down to give us a reasonable morning for the puppy and novice tests. Unfortunately it didn’t last and the rain settled in for the open tests after lunch.
Nevertheless, it was a good day on fantastic ground and there was a good turnout of competitors. We are very grateful to our dummy throwers and judges Graham Clark and Jim Adamson who gave up their day for the club, our thanks go to them and to CSJ for their generous sponsorship of the spaniel events.
1st Jimmy Groat, Deepfleet Muller, essd
2nd Gary Vennard, Kildabarra Phoenix, essd
3rd Heolybwlch Hogg, Dougie Gibson, cd
1st Gary Wood, Kingcott Skywalker, cd
2nd Martyn Ryan, Kingcott Becca, cb
3rd Catherine Clarke, Lynburn Blonde, cb
1st Tommy Brechney, Rocket Ruby, cb
2nd Helen Gray, Rothievale Ling of Edgegrove, essb
3rd Dougie Gibson, Nunney Catherine, cb
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Championship Obedience Winner at Lisburn & District DTC Annual Dog Show

 CSJ Champ Obedience Classes
Posting from Michael McCartney at Glencraig Training
Linda Both 2015
CSJ sponsored the Champ Obedience Classes and the CSJ Irish Agility & Jumping Dog of the Year events at our annual dog extravaganza. The winner is normally invited to Crufts for the international event.

Linda wins twice!

Championship Obedience Bitch Winner  – Linda Rutherford with OB CH Colliewood Confidential

Linda and Demim are a formidable team no matter where they compete.  In the past they have been the winners of Crufts Obedience Championships.  Denim will by 10 years young this year but still going strong.

Judge – Ann Shearer
Championship Obedience Dog Winner – Linda Rutherford with OB CH Sixela Rum’r Has It
Rumr is a handsome black and white border collie and he won his ticket to Crufts under Judge Ellen Herries.  This is the third year in a row that Linda has won the double on the shores of sunny Norn Iron.
Linda thanks CSJ for all her goodies and especially loves CSJ Salmon Oil
Lisburn & District  DTC are grateful to Ceri and the CSJ Team for their continuing support and for this year’s sponsorship.
Obedience winner photos by Simon Rodgers

More info from:

Michael McCartney
Glencraig Training

CSJ Irish Agility Dog of The Year

Blog posting by Michael McCartney, Glencraig Training 

Judged by CSJ’s very own Toni Dawkins

Fantastic testing courses set by Toni really tested both the dog and handlers as a team. Toni was presented with a lovely engraved crystal paperweight as a memento. Thanks to CSJ and Ceri for the sponsorship. All goodies were gladly received.

CSJ Irish Agility Dog of The Year
1st John Bowe with Ben
2nd Catherine Porter with YOGI
3rd Ingrid Jellie with Brooke

CSJ Irish Jumping Dog of the Year

1st Catherine Porter with Yogi
2nd Peter Crozier with Jack
3rd Crawford McCartney with Giggsy

Obedience winner photos by Simon Rodgers

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Michael McCartney
Glencraig Training

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Latest news from Mark Laker and Agility Team GB 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 10.11.43The agility competition season is well under way now and the agility circus is moving its way around the country to the top competitions most weeks until the end of September.

After the first couple of competitions I found myself looking to gain a second or so in order to gain a slightly higher position. I’ve gained a third and a Reserve ticket in the Championship classes, some Crufts points and qualified for the Olympia quarter finals. Finding a second would make a big difference.

So where do I find this missing second? I’ve been looking at my own fitness plan trying to get a bit more flexibility in my running style. I’ve been working on Devo’s fitness both on the agility equipment and through more general targeted fitness and of course I continue to work on my course skills. I like to regularly go back to basics too and foundation work is a regular part of our training plan. Whether I find that missing second or not, we’re having fun ramping up the training and having a focused target to aim for.

MoogMeanwhile my young dog Moog is developing well. He is looking good, he’s very keen to learn and is already displaying behaviours and habits learnt from our other dogs that he’s worked out.

Its fascinating watching young dogs develop. I can already see with Moog that he is keen to work for toys, a ball or food which is going to be a massive benefit. I find feeding kibble from the hand great for targeting his behaviours and maintains that handler / dog relationship. His natural reaction already is when he hears his name he gets a treat. He gets a treat from the hand so he’s immediately tuned what we’re doing.

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