Sleddog & Bikejor Silver Success from Colin Spalding

Posting by Colin Spalding

We have been racing in our first race of the season this weekend at the IFFS world cup race and BSSF British chamionship race at Bowlands Trail…. On a very physical technical course and despite crashing 7 times in 6 races, we came home with 3 silver medals:

  • Dexter in the open elite bikejor
  • Cupar in the 1 dog open scooter
  • Diamond and Granite in the 2 dog Nordic scooter.

There were 30 teams with 600 dogs were at the event. Our next race is the European Championships at Thetford from 18th to 20th Nov, so some hard work from now until then for the dogs and myself.

A huge thanks to CSJ for supporting our teams.


Ceri Rundle talks about ‘A Way with Dogs’ on BBC Radio Wales

Watch A Way with Dogs:

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:

You can listen here at 49.04 – 55.04 on BBC iPlayer:

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


English Springer Spaniel Open Trial 18.10.2016

dsc_1351The Arfon Working Gundog Club held an Open Stake for 16 English Springer Spaniels on the 18th October 2016 at Glasfryn Estate, Pwllheli, Gwynedd by kind permission of Mr Gwilym Jones.

The judges were Mr Barry A Jones and Mr Terry Frost. Chief Steward Colin Torr.
I would like to thank our host, the judges, the guns and competitors for helping to make is a successful day. Also thanks to our sponsors CSJ Specialist Caning Feeds for providing gifts for the winner and also to Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for his support.


First – Ian Openshaw handling Simon Dixon’s Rytex Reba ESSB
Second – Frank Wilson with Dawsonlee Gemini ESSB
Third – Ian Openshaw with Rytex Riggle ESSB
COMs – Bill Allen with Edwardiana Mercedes ESSD, Frank Wilson with Clarborgh Rosie ESSB
Huw Jones with Skersmoor Augustus ESSD
Picture shows L-R Huw Jones, Bill Allen, Ian Openshaw & Frank Wilson

A Way with Dogs. What’s it all about?


Our new filmed 4-part Sheepdog Trial series

We’re very excited to be launching our own series of Sheepdog Trial programmes called ‘A Way with Dogs’.

Inspired by Ceri Rundle and her late father’s (H.Glyn Jones) own experiences in Sheepdog Trialling, Ceri wanted to launch a new type of filmed Sheepdog Trial programmes that focus on the tension of the competition, the expert handling and the relationship between dog and handler.

The first series is filmed in the rolling green hills of Denbighshire. Future plans involve moving round the UK to film in different areas of country landscape, each with new handlers, dogs and fresh challenges.

The handlers are simply the best of the best. In the first series of A Way with Dogs, nine of North Wales’ top handlers focus their attention on dog, course and sheep to win the coveted A Way with Dogs title.

The programmes will be posted onto YouTube and aired on the CSJ website: on:

  • Monday November 14
  • Monday November 28
  • Monday December 12
  • Monday December 26

Filmed by film producer Peter Melling and presented by TV star Bryony Billson, the quality of the production is guaranteed from start to finish.

Expert trainer and handler Mike Northwood is on hand to comment on the handlers’ skills and the dogs’ moves. He helps to explain the dynamics of the course, handler decisions and tricky situations.

The tension is hair raising from the start. Years of training, practice and skill has gone into each competition round. Ceri has set a practical but very testing, hillside course which really tests the skills of the handlers – as well as the judge – twice World Champion, four times Welsh National winner and Supreme Champion Aled Owen. Each handler and dog has fresh sheep for every run.

Now try putting your own skills to the test and work out who you think will win at the A Way with Dogs grand final on Boxing Day 2016.

Don’t miss the first programme on Monday November 14th

We’d really appreciate your feedback after the first series of A Way with Dogs. Tell us your ideas and comments. We want to make A Way with Dogs the most exciting sheepdog trial event yet.

Contact us at:



FCI IPO World Championships, Slovenia, Sept 2016

Posting by Victor Pogson

Wendy and Calli did well, achieving solid pass grades in all three phases.

Marks were A: 79, B: 84, C:85, Total 248.

Out of 129 dogs entered, 107 achieved pass grades and Team GB came in 86th place. Considering that this was Wendy’s first World Championship event and only her second ever entry at IPO3 we are delighted with the result.

Thanks again for the support – the jackets looked great and it was good to fly the flag for CSJ.

Over the Worlds – Agility Team GB at the FCI Agility World Championships 2016

Posting by Mark Laker


Agility Team GB did well at the FCI Agility World Championships in Spain. Although we didn’t come home with any medals, we had some big achievements and moved the  team forward in respect to our longer term development.


Over 40 countries attended the championships this year. Our top handlers were pitched against the best in the world on challenging courses and in front of over 6,000 supporters.


We’re on a journey
mlaker1Over the last three years we’ve been catching up with how we develop the team, how we bring new people on board and how we get more depth into the small and medium height groups.


On reflection I really feel like we’re making progress in these areas.


Notable achievements from the team competition this year were:


    • Small team – 20th
    • Medium team – 7th
    • Large team – 10th
… and highlights from the individual competition:
    • Small – Lucy & Fling 40th
    • Medium – Christine & Zev 19th, Tash & Dizzy 13th
    • Large – Jess & Cara 5th (highest placed team member)
mlaker3On behalf of the team I’d like to say a massive thank you to Ceri and the Team at CSJ who do so much to support the team over the year.


Your hard work really is appreciated by everyone. It is also recognised that without sponsors like you, we simply couldn’t get a team so well prepared and out to these championships.


Next month I’ll reflect on the competition and take a look forward to 2017.