World Agility Open – Proud to be sponsored by CSJ

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By Becky Dixon

For the last 5 years, CSJ have been the main sponsor of the World Agility Open Championships

Held for the first time in 2011, the WAO is an annual international event and was the first international agility event created and managed by agility competitors. It provides the ultimate in dog agility competition, where speed, efficiency, and consistency are all necessary for success.  All dogs, whether pedigreed or not, can compete in an environment that is solely focused on the sport of agility and the event showcases the highest level of agility training, human/canine partnership, and athleticism.

During the competition, which this year is held from 17-19th May, competitors from 42 countries will arrive in Ermelo, Netherlands to compete for one of four World Champion titles; Pentathlon, Biathlon, Games and Team.  The only inhabited continent not represented is Africa.  There will also be a large number of “Wildcard” competitors, who have applied independently of their countries and been through a WAO selection process. Added to this are Country Managers, Team supporters, Trade Stands and of course the WAO Crew and the numerous volunteers, without whom the event simply could not take place.

CSJ blog 2The commitment and experience of the Management Team behind the World Agility Open is essential to its success, and has been proven time and again in organising events around the globe.

Heading up the Team is Greg Derrett

Greg has been competing in agility trials since 1989, racking up enviable success nationally and internationally.  His exposure to competition at all levels as both competitor and judge, at home and abroad, gives him a unique perspective as an international agility event organiser.  His goal is to manage competitor-focused competitions, with their safety and enjoyment, twinned with excellence in course design and judging, of paramount importance.

The logistics of the event take some organising, so initial planning for an event starts around 2 years in advance and even longer if a venue needs to be secured.  Ermelo will be the venue until at least 2022 so that is one major factor taken care of for now.  However, internationally renowned judges aren’t available at the drop of a hat and as three are needed, careful consideration is given to this at a very early stage.

Detailed planning starts as soon as the previous year’s competition is over, with Greg often typing notes for the next year on the journey back home to GB.

The WAO Crew from the UK arrive on site on the Monday of the competition week with a clear focus… transform an equestrian centre into a world class agility venue, enable two days of training for the competitors, followed by a three day international competition and then leave the venue as if they were never there.  All that in just seven days!!

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The example above is the main ring.  There are also two outdoor rings to transform.

Days 1 and 2 are all about the build

A huge amount of equipment is either stored at the venue or shipped out from the UK for the event.  This includes barriers, IT equipment, networking systems, thousands of metres of cables, marquees, banners, podiums, country flags and flag poles, paint, signs, stationary and refreshments to name but a few things. All the agility equipment that will be used is also shipped out from the UK.   The UK team of around 20 people will already have been given their roles for the event back in the UK and know exactly what they need to do in the build days.  They are joined by volunteers from the host country to get the venue looking as it should be.   A Team leaders meeting takes place every evening to ensure things are on track.


Days 3 and 4 are for countries to check in at the event and train their dogs on the equipment and surface that they will be using during the competition

There are also a number of briefings and meetings that take place during these days.  These include meetings between the Judges, Ring Manager Meetings and Country Manager Briefings.  The aim is to ensure that everyone is aware of all the information that they need to know to make sure the event runs successfully. With 42 countries attending, the Managers meeting can sometimes take some time due to the translation required to ensure that everyone is getting the same message.

Day 4 concludes with the Opening Ceremony

A riot of colour, flags and noise as all competitors assemble in the main arena to declare the Championship open.

In the next instalment we will take a closer look at the competition days themselves.

Thanks always to Ceri Rundle and CSJ, without whose support this event could not take place. 

About Becky Dixon

Becky-Dixon-458x458Becky has been involved in agility since 2006 and currently runs a working cocker spaniel. Together with her partner, Neal, she has 4 dogs. Once bitten by the agility bug she soon realised that she wanted to contribute more to the sport and decided to have a go at judging at a club show. Ten years later she has attended a number of judging courses and undertaken a whole range of judging appointments across the UK.

She is passionate about the need for judges to be good role models and enable competitors to develop their skills by setting challenging tests of ability, while ensuring they are also safe and appropriate. She has always been keen to develop her skills further and attended the Global Judging Program in 2016. In January 2017 she undertook the Global Judging Program Assessments and achieved the status of GJP Approved Judge.

She has judged the UKA Grand Finals in November 2016, the Team England WAO Try-outs in September 2017, the CSJ Agility Open in June 2018, the UKI Canadian Open in September 2018 and the CSEN finals in Italy in December 2018.

Becky worked as a UKA representative at shows for a number of years and has become a lot more involved in show management over the last couple of years. This includes the UKA Grand Finals, The CSJ Agility Open, The US Open and The World Agility Open. She really enjoys being involved in event management and is always grateful to work as part of such a fantastic team, who consistently deliver world class events.

Results from the Arfon Working Gundog Club – 16 Dog Novice AV Spaniel Stake – 2019


The Arfon Working Gundog Club held its 16 Dog Novice AV Spaniel Stake at the Corwen Forest Shoot, Corwen, Clwyd North Wales by kind permission of Mr Mike McBurney.

The judges were Mr Jeff Ayres and Mr Aled Jones

We would like to thank ous sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for their continued support.


First – Mr Kenny Hiley with Rheasmooar Queen of Hearts ESSB

Second (also Guns Choice) – Paul Murray with Reddy Cover ESSD

Third – Damien Riley with Cornermarsh Haw Head Girl of Lindowmoor ESSB

Fourth – David Ross with Betley Court May ESSB

COMs – Alister Hoyle with Esgob Floass ESSB

              Damien Riley with Helmsway Herirage at Lindowmoor ESSD


Photo – L-R – Paul Murray, Jeff Ayres (Judge), Kenny Hiley, Damien Riley, Aled Jones (Judge) David Ross, Gwilym Williams

Mid Wales Retriever test results and photos

Novice and Puppy Awards

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By Mike Prytherch

Here’s the results and pictures from yesterdays test at Loton Park,,,

“Another fantastic working test at Loton Park by kind permission of Sir Michael Leighton.  This time round it was the retrievers and we had a great showing with 17 in the Puppy (6-12 & 12- 18), 26 in the Novice and 25 in the Open.  Thank you to all the helpers on the day and for the competitors for all being good sports.  Thank you to Nigel Kirby Photography for coming and documenting the day, any pictures wanted, see his website. Finally, Thank you to our sponsors for the great prizes, CSJ and Sporting Saint.”

Open Awards

Open Awards

Judges: Glenys Caldwell, Robin Lloyd, Gary Collier, Scott Marland


Puppy 6 – 12 – No awards given

Puppy 12 – 18

1st Place – Diglake Napravnik, Lab Bitch, Dawn Scott

2nd Place – Etomanni Ludo of Corsemalzie, Lab Dog, Carol Probert


1st Place – Shadeoak Ripple, Lab Bitch, D Astley

2nd Place – Ashwynd Brush Gold, Lab Dog, James Murphy

3rd Place – Upperaughton Blackberry, Lab Dog, Arthur Telfair

4th Place – Constanigree Star Beam, Lab Dog, Nick Swan

COM – Laura Tara Tiara of Oncote, Lab Bitch, Bob Clay

COM – Kindermear Be Reet at Jassporta, Lab Bitch, Alan Towle

COM – Kynigos Midnight Magic, Lab Dog, Paul Edmunds


1st Place – Eiderbay Malin, Lab D, James Murphy

2nd Place – Waysgreen Comet, Lab Dog, Nicola Reynolds

3rd Place – Minstead Costello, Lab Dog, Judith White

4th Place – Minstead Axel, Lab Dog, Judith White

COM – Constanigree Shooting Star, Lab Dog, Nick Swan

COM – Brenjon Harry, Lab Dog, Vicky Waterfield

COM – Tan-y-rhallt man of war, Lab dog, Paul Edmunds

COM – Shady Acres Teardrop, Lab Bitch, Kim Dutton




George Carter comes 6th in his first snow race

Screenshot_20190305-182808By Mary Carter

George did well at his first snow race… The youngest competitor there as he only turned 12yrs old a week prior to the world championship. It was his first international race, and his first time representing Scotland. He came 6th overall – photo attached courtesy of Vicky Pullin.


One more race to go at the end of the month (our SDAS race here), then the racing season is over till the autumn… Just keep them running till it gets too warm.. Hopefully into May… And starting off our pups that are a year old now.


John and Mary Carter

Bowland Trails


Introducing The Great Sniffathon! for Oliver

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Help raise £3,000 towards funding Oliver’s ongoing treatment and chemotherapy

By Positively Canine

We are holding an event to raise money for Olivers ongoing treatment and after care.

Read about Oliver’s Story on his Just Giving page

This is aiming to be a huge sniffathon! maybe even record breaking!

We need to get as many people and dog teams through on the day to sniff out hidden items and clues. It will involve a crime scene, a roadblock, a fugitive on the run, drugs ( not real!) and stolen money.

No previous scentwork experience necessary, providing your dog can sniff out food and is up for some serious sniffing and you are ready for a tired dog then please please come along and support us. There will be someone with you in each search area to help and guide you along so you have nothing to worry about (if you do scentwork please do bring your preferred scent to search for if you would like to).

There will also be goods and refreshments for humans and dogs on sale and tombolas and bottle stall. so even if you don’t want to sniff still come along and support Oliver.
Doors open at 11am, sniffing will start from 1130am and the last dog allowed through to sniff will be at 230pm – your sniffing time should take around 15 to 20 minutes.

We would appreciate a minimum donation of £10 per dog and handler on the day.** if you have a dog that does need space please can you leave them in the car and come in and tell us so we can try and accommodate your dogs needs. If you do not think your dog will cope in a group environment please leave them at home. If we think at any point your dog is getting too stressed we may ask you to pop your dog in your car **

Every yellow is TurmerTinc! yellow


It’s a fact that the Turmeric in our highly-effective TurmerTinc! can vary through several shades of yellow. This is something we’ve learned from our canine nutrition scientists working with natural ingredients to form CSJ products.
The colour can vary, but the quality and consistency of  TurmerTinc! remains the same
Lately, we’ve had a few queries from stockists about the colour of the most recent batch date of ‘Best before November 2020’. Now the current batch that we’ve just started to issue is definitely a few shades lighter in colour.
We’ve discovered that the colour of TurmerTinc! can change in two ways:

1) It goes naturally darker with time
2) It goes darker if you shake it

The manufacturer has assured us the formulation of TurmerTinc! is 100% the same as always. We’re pleased to say that we haven’t had any performance related queries from customers. So we recommend that if you have any questions, you advise that as a natural product, the shades of yellow in TurmerTinc! can vary.


We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions, please contact:

Mid Wales Working Gundog Society results of Novice and Open trial



By Michael Prytherch

Open Award Winners – photos courtesy of Nigel Kirby Photography – official photographer for the day.

The test went very well with 27 dogs in the novice and 18 in the open!

Results were:


Judges: Nick Powell, Steve Shimwell

Novice Results

1st – Popsheath Bombay (cocker b) – Dan Leigh

2nd – Boundarymoor Edward (ESS D) – Richard Sanderson

3rd – Merebrow Lucky Loki (ESS D) – Jim Sutton

COM – Primrose Poplar (ESS b) – Ryan Simpson

COM – Eirian Alys Ruby (ESS b) – John Pearce

COM – Dakotagun Frodo (cocker d) – Stephen Littler

Open Results

1st – Edgegrove Stitch of Cudannsa (ESS b) – Louise Allen

2nd – Edgegrove Ronan (ESS D) – Tony Mason

3rd – Steelhouse Eleri Mountain Mist (ESS b) – Mark Gibson

4th – Dainty of Birlingham (ESS b) – Stephen littler

COM – Glencambus Razzberry (ESS b) – Joshua Stubbs

COM – Leahanie Ellsa (ESS b) – Neil Davies

COM – Shellspoon Cometh the Hour (ESS D) – Stuart Lewis

COM – Boundarymoor Eric (ESS D) – Paul Burrows


“Control of nutritional intake is critical for performance and the CP30 really enhanced this” Matt Hodgson 

By Matt Hodgson 

I spoke to you a couple of weeks ago prior to going out to the WSA Sleddog World Championships and you very kindly sent me out two bags of food to try.

In return I’d like to provide honest feedback…

The first was the grain free product, which while this had no adverse effect on my dogs in terms of stools being runny, they did not seem to find very palatable and I struggled to get the non racing dogs to eat it.

However on a positive note my racing dogs really enjoyed the CP30 and as normally fussy eaters ate it with gusto, furthermore while training in the snow prior to competing and competing the dogs performance continuously improved and culminated in our best ever performance on snow.

Making 5th place at the World Championships and the highest placed GB adult at the event.  I was extremely surprised at how much this helped improve performance as normally a more raw based diet is my preference but this is not practical for long periods away.  Control of nutritional intake is critical for performance and the CP30 really enhanced this.

Our Salmon Oil helps to raise funds for the Scottish Inter Regional Team event at Crufts 2019

Jackie Taylor helps to raise funds for Morgan’s Dog Rescue which is a rescue centre in Alston in Cumbria. Jackie  is also running an online photo competition to raise funds for the Scottish Inter Regional Team event for Crufts 2019. This team is made up of Beginner, 2 Novice dogs, 2 A dogs a B and C dog to compete against other regions throughout the UK. We gave Jackie some Salmon oil, which she sold to raise money towards raising enough funds to buy sweatshirts for all the handlers, team captains, plus dog collars and leads for those who qualify for the teams.
“Just a few pics to show the wonderful jackets the box of CSJ Salmon Oil helped. The Scottish team didn’t look out of place this year, they had the fancy gear too lol.
We really can’t thank you enough, the Scottish team even won beginners, yes B and we came second in test C. Not enough to get on the podium at the end but it’s a marked improvement on previous years.
I think when you feel good and look good in line with others then you do your best, they were all very grateful for your support. Thanks a million” By Jackie Taylor

Surprise, surprise this month I’m writing about Crufts…


By Mark Laker

Yes its that time of the year when dog enthusiasts all over converge on NEC for four days at one of, if not THE best known dog show on the planet.


Karen and I are planning on being there for three days this year. On Thursday I’ll be at the YKC ring watching the Agility Dog of the Year competition which is part of this year’s YKC Team GB qualification process. The standard of this years junior handlers is extremely high, so team selection is going to be tough…again…


Crufts is also a great opportunity to watch the senior squad members perform on the green carpet and to meet friends and clients in a perfect environment for dog fans.


Karen and I have recently refreshed Agility1st our online service for agility instructors. We launched at Crufts five years ago – it doesn’t seem that long ago. Since then the business has trained over 100 instructors and hopefully helped to raise the standard of agility instruction. So I’ll be looking forward to meeting some of our trainers at Crufts too.


And of course I’d love to catch-up with some CSJ customers, blog readers and followers. Ceri and the team have provided fantastic support to agility in the UK over the years and I feel honoured to represent them. So if you see me at Crufts come and have a chat. I’m particularly interested in any subjects you’d like me to blog about…or those you’d rather I didn’t!