By Rachel White
Lottie has just been down to the beach for some fresh air. She absolutely loves the beach and her little tail doesn’t stop.
She continues to lose weight, and we are hoping she is close to the 20kg mark. She is still toning up and she is bursting with energy bless her. Really proud of her, never moans or groans even though she must be so uncomfortable with her joints etc.
She is still on No Ake! as she is forever clicking. #lottietheoverweightspaniel
The Highland Field Sports Fair took place in August and both the Novice and the Open Spaniel tests managed to get the best of the sunshine over the 2 days. It was quite a muddy game fair after days on rain in the run up to it and we probably had the best of it up in our corner of the ground.
It was great to have some new faces competing this year and our thanks must go to all of our competitors, Judges Duncan Sutherland & Davy Wilson who gave up their time for us, all those who helped to throw dummies on the day and of course to everyone else who helped to prepare the ground.
The Spaniel tests this year were sponsored by CSJ Specialist canine feeds, Tain Pottery, D & FM Sporting and Heather Gibson Arts.
We are extremely grateful to them for their continued support this year, the prizes always go down well with our award winners. The Open test was a very close test with there only being 8 points between all of the competing dogs.
Awards were as follows:
1st Kim Stewart – Delnamer Swinging on a Star at Taykimoor (c/b)
2nd Barry Lamb – Salrowbra Ruby’s Sunshine (ess/b)
3rd Alan Pett – Quickaway Neptune (c/d)
1st Graham Clark – Broomfield Gnat (ess/b)
2nd Nicola Hannan – Skronedale Hansel of Druimmuir (ess/d)
3rd Kate Robertson – Jill Limekiln (ess/b)
By Alan Rees
Alan Rees with young Fendawood Ecclestone at Delfryd, winner of the Tyne,
Tees and Tweed All Aged Stake at Whitfield Estate, Cumbria. Congratulations
and good luck for the coming season.
By Lynda Ward
Less than 2 years after their partnership began Logan Williams and his young dog Ned have just won the International Young Handler Championship competition held by the International Sheep Dog Society.
At Lodge Park near Cheltenham on 8th to 10th September the trials attracted huge entries plus crowds of visitors and in their classification Logan and Ned beat off strong competition from other excellent young handler and dog duos to carry off the prestigious title.
Amazingly Logan only purchased Ned in October 2015 when he was 7 months old for the farm. After lessons they competed in their first trial in May 2016 and came away with first – Logan says, “The love and passion for the sport has grown from here.”
The pair’s long run of successes now include winning both the Young Handlers and Novice at the South Wales Sheepdog Trials Association Novice Trial in August 2016 and becoming Reserve World Champions in the Young Handler competition (only 3 points behind the winners from Norway) in the CSJ sponsored World Sheepdog Trials in July 2017.
There’s more about Logan and Ned on CSJ’s website www.csjk9.com and there’s surely more success in store for the pair…
Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar
By Avis Boreham
Our first Working Gundog Charity Test and Fun day in aid or the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance was a great success.
Top Winners gratefully received Trophies and a bag of CSJ CP21 and other award winners won trophies and CSJ goodie bags.
The day raised just over £2000 for the charity in honour of our friend Angie McLelland who’s life was saved by the Air Ambulance crew in March this year. Gundog Trainer Angie is now back at home and continues to make good progress in her recovery.