Team Coldfeet have hit the ground running this season


By Pete Jones

Team Coldfeet have hit the ground running this season with my 6 dog getting 3 first placings at the first 3 races and Karen’s 4 dog getting 2 first placings. One did not finish due to an accident.

The teams are proving that the change to CP30 has really hit the spot on keeping the dogs healthy and building on their energy performance.

Team Coldfeet would like to give a big thank you to CSJ for their continuing support and hope the success continues throughout this seasons busy race calendar.

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Moray Firth Spaniel Trial Reports‏

“Thanks again for your sponsorship. I have had my own dogs on CSJ for more than 2 years now and I’m very pleased with it. Dogs never seem to get bored and turn their noses up. I like to give them a change now and then and there’s something in the range to suit virtually any dog.” Lorna Gray



The Moray Firth Spaniel & Retriever Club held their Spaniel Trials at the end of October and before going any further I would like to thank the judges, Mr Edward Martin and Mr Steve Bates who each gave up their time and travelled a long way to judge for us on both days.

Our sincere thanks also go to our generous sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Tain Pottery and D & FM Sporting who have been extremely kind to us over the years. It really is appreciated by the club and its members.
Over the course of the weekend we had help from a number of volunteers, Jane, Willie, Jimmy and of course Martyn and Alan who have also been on hand to help me out in my first year as secretary. I would like to say a personal thank you to all of you and to the members who have helped to make the job a whole lot more enjoyable than I thought was possible!

On Friday 23rd October we held our Open Qualifying ESS Trial at Altyre Estate by the kind permission of Sir Alasdair Gordon-Cumming. We have been to Altyre Estate for several years running now and once again Head Keeper Peter Cairney and his team of guns gave us an excellent trial.

Everyone was very pleased with the day. The first two dogs had finds very quickly after being cast off in the bracken and the supply of game was great after that.

Weather conditions were good and the trial finished mid-afternoon. The cover was a mixture of bracken in woodland, heather, rashes and brashings. The pheasant seem to like it as well as we did.



1st – Alec Coutts – Spamvalley Honey of Stagsden
2nd – Bill Johnstone – Buccleuch Katy
3rd – David Wilson – Granton Minstrel
4th – Jim Clark – Shalloakwest Skooter


COM’s to:

Stuart Dunn – Kirstzo Mr Soft (& Guns Choice)
JimAdamson – Rothievale Larch
Ben Watkins – Pitrahh Dirty Annie


The next day we moved to Glenferness Estate for our Novice AV Spaniel Trial. Again we have been there for several years in a row now and the ground is lovely for spaniels. Our thanks go to Lady Balgonie and her Gamekeeper Terry Bain for allowing us back there and also to the Guns who had a tough day.

The first night of rain we had for a long time meant that the pheasants had been keen to get out into the sunshine early in the morning giving many of the dogs the opportunity to show off their determination and hunting ability before getting a find. It was a challenging trial and a variety of game was shot in the end. I did see a woodcock which kept well out of the way, but we ended the day with pheasant, rabbits and hares, and a good number of the dogs completed the trial.
1st Dougie Gibson – Speytrack Ann
2nd Davie Wilson – Granton Minstrel
3rd Bill Johnstone – Helmsway Honeybee
4th Andrew Cunningham – Woodlandbank Bramble (& Gun’s Choice)
COM’s to:

Gary Vennard – Craigscourt Black Jack
Jim Adamson – Strawberry Glen Sunrise of Jenoren
Jim Temporal – Gartshore Thistle
Raymond Harrow – Kinross Meg
Ryan Hoggan – Bostonmoor Battleaxe
Congratulations to everyone in the awards over the weekend.

The Arfon Working Gundog Club – 16 dog Novice AV Spaniel Stake

Arfon2015The Arfon Working Gundog Club held a 16 dog Novice AV Spaniel Stake on the 17th November 2015 at the Glasfryn Shoot, Pwllheli, Gwynedd by kind permission of Mr Gwilym Jones.

The judges were Mr Barry A Jones & Mr Jason Toon. The weather forecast for once was correct, the day started with a steady drizzle developing to a downpour which cleared in the afternoon when the gales arrived.

It was a very difficult day for all and I would like to thank our host, Gwilym Jones  for his efforts to find game for the trial to proceed, what self respecting pheasant would sit in a wet marsh when they had nice warm woods to stay in. The trial progressed steadily with the rain testing everyone’s waterproofs and the guns shooting well in the difficult conditions.

I would like to thank our host, the judges, the guns, the helpers and the competitors for their resolve to make the day a success, I would also thank our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for their continued support.
Results –
First – Greg Lewis with Angarrick Kassie ESSB
Second – Richard Jones with Aelfryn Bronk ESSD and Guns’ Choice
Third – John Edwards – Edwardiana Jess ESSB
Fourth – Paul Flaherty with Edwardiana Kerry of Shirecourt ESSD
COM -Terry Frost with Riprap Jake ESSD
Photo shows L-R – Ken Jones (gun), Berwyn Evans (gun), Greg Lewis, Richard Jones,John Edwards, Paul Flaherty, Colin Torr (Arfon’s Field Trial Secretary)

Press release – BSSF Qualifying for IFSS European Championships Nov 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 08.53.56The British Sleddog Sports Federation, Canicross Midlands and would like to invite you all to attend the CSJ Qualifying weekend on March 26th and 27th 2016.

This year we have teamed up with our affiliated Canicross Organisation, Canicross Midlands to give new and exciting options for gaining your qualification for selection into the GB team for the next IFSS European Dryland Championships, which is being held in Thetford Forest November 2016.

This will give athletes a choice of options in addition to those who are competing at the Sled Dog Association of Scotland National Championships & IFSS World Cup at Eagle Brae.

Option 1 will be for BSSF members to compete in one or more of the Rig, Scooter, Bikejor or Canicross classes at the BSSF National Championships / IFSS World Cup event at Thetford Forest, Cambridgeshire.

Option 2 will be for BSSF members to compete in one or more of the Canicross, Bikejor and Scooter classes on the Saturday and Sunday of the four- day Canicross Midlands Series Finale, Catton Hall Estate, Derbyshire.

Full explanation of the qualification and selection process will be published on the BSSF website shortly.

We would like to thank CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds for showing their continued and loyal support by sponsoring both events for the CSJ Qualifying Weekend as well as the IFSS World Cup event hosted by SDAS.

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Report from Arfon Working Gundog Club Open AV Retriever Stake 4 Nov 2015‏

ArfonThe Arfon Working Gundog Club held its one day 12 dog Open AV Retriever Stake at the Checkley Wood Shoot on the 4th November 2015 by kind permission of Mr Ivor Beavis. The judges were Mr Kevin Brady, Mr Peter Bates, Mr Mike Allen and Mr Peter Spencer.
The weather was overcast but dry and mild. The ground was testing with the first two dogs on the left eye wiped by the judges on the first bird shot. The stake continued in this vein with a steady supply of game and  half the dogs dropped by the end of the second round. A further dog was lost by the end of the third round and to finish there was a short dive after which the judges closed their books and declared the trial over.
Congratulations to all those in the awards and to all the competitors who took part. I wish to thank Ivor and Nick Beavis our hosts,the judges the guns.and the volunteer helpers who helped the day run smoothly.
Thanks also to our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.
First – Victoria Stanley with Patanvac Brough lab D
2nd – not warded
3rd – Victoria Stanley with Minstead Maigret  lab D
to Gordon Hodgson with Garagill Nizam lab D, Peter Thompson with Thornyoaks Topaz lab D (also guns Choice), Mr Wayne Skett with Emmanygan Ultra lab B
Photo shows (l-r) – Wayne Skett, Peter Bates, Gordon Hodgson, Mike Allen, Peter Thompson, Kevin Bradey, Peter Spencer, Victoria Stanley.