Bearded Collie Club (Scottish Branch) Premier HTM Competition

Photograph credit to Graeme Mcculloch & Nicole Bowman

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Photos in no particular order

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What a great success the Heelwork to Music Show was this year.

As I write this my Facebook page is filled with posts from people sharing their photos and congratulations to the organisers and helpers and there are many more messages on the Dog Dance Forums. The feedback has been great and included positive comments on our DJ who goes above and beyond the call of duty, the wonderful home baking that Anne brings (OMG that mouthwatering fudge), the calm environment as well as the friendly welcome and the lovely venue.

The weather could have been kinder to us with the first day being a little damp, but the second day picked up greatly. And despite our sharing the venue with a wedding the venue staff were so very supportive and helpful – as indeed they always are.

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Over the two days we have sixteen classes and the entries this year were spread fairly evenly across these classes

The Starters Classes saw Jackie McLaughlin and Brachen in all four classes. In the Heelwork Classes they performed to ‘My Old Man’s a Dustman’ by Lonnie Donegan. This routine had lots of comic elements with Brachen pushing his bin across the ring and finishing with his head in the dustbin and they picked up a 4th and a 6th place.

Lanark Dog Show Class 1,2,3

Starters Freestyle also saw Kathryn Death and Quista (Runival Winter Sky) performing to ‘Baggy Trousers’ by Madness

The theme was a school with Kathryn dressed in a mortar board and gown and with Quista starting and finishing sitting up on a bench. They had lots of props to help tell their story from a lunch bag to dunces’ cap and Quista enjoyed weaving amongst these. They finished just outside the top six places in seventh, but we have something for everybeardie at our show so they received the Best Bearded Collie in Class Rosette which Anne Stewart has sponsored since our first ever show. Jackie McLaughlin and Brachen were also in this class performing to Pick a Pocket by Victor Spinetti and Boys and provided an entertaining routine which included some very memorable tricks with Brachen ‘drinking’ out of a bottle, jumping on Jackie’s back and hiding in a box. They picked up a place and a great deal of applause and laughter.

Novice Heelwork saw Marie Docherty and Mr. Walt I Am Wooly Wonka aka Walter in the Novice classes

They did training rounds on both days as Marie has only had Walter for around 15months and he is in his fourth home having come via Beardie Rescue. The freestyle routine was very entertaining with Marie and Walter performing as ‘children’ playing to ‘See Emily Play’ by Pink Floyd. This was full of some really unusual and well executed tricks such as Walter spinning a box and some super control as he waited in his window to be called out to play.

On Friday, Jackie Riddell was also in this class with her working Beardie, Miss B’haven Redefined performing to ‘Calling All Workers’ by Eric Coatest Symphony Orchestra. Afraid I didn’t see the routine but in the places were Michelle Porter and Jax Factor – no he’s not a Beardie but Michelle is on our Committee. Jaxon the Bichon Frise pulled off 4th place in this class of 14.

More Lanark Dog Show Class 1,2,3

 

Michelle and Luna (Princess Punk) were in the Intermediate classes

In the Heelwork to Music Class and performing to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’ they were pipped into 2nd place, unlucky since this partnership are one win away from making it into Advanced HTM. In the Freestyle where they are also just waiting for their second win, they picked up a 4th and a 5th place performing to ‘Touch the Sky’ by Julie Fowlis from the Disney film ‘Brave’.

The Advanced Classes had three Beardies – all mine!

And we had a very successful show, Dare (Dare to be a Daniel) won the Freestyle classes on both days performing our routine to ‘Eyes Shut’ by Years and Years. The theme is about not being able to see the damage being done to the world. She was a very lucky girl as her ‘sister’ Google finished second in the Freestyle on the first day on exactly the same score with Dare only beating her as her Musical Interpretation Score was higher.

Google’s performance was to Lily Allen’s ‘Somewhere’. This routine has some spectacular moves which really showcase the athleticism of a young bouncing Beardie such as jumping onto my back and into my arms. However, the Freestyle was all about Dare as she added the Crufts Semi Final Qualifier to her Heelwork Qualifier gained earlier in the year.

Class 3

The Advanced heelwork was won by Gertie (Runival Snowcrystal) on the first day and on the second day she qualified for the Crufts Semi Finals

Her music was ‘Sway’ by Il Divo and the interpretation is all about cleaning! I arrive in the ring with my able assistant Gertie, I take off my coat, remove my duster, decide to pick up a polish spray and we do some cleaning, including dusting Gertie’s bottom. Of course, cleaning is not as much fun as dancing so the polish is discarded and at the end we are dancing.

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We have annual trophies that are presented at the show and this year the Scottish Starter of the Year Trophy went to Jackie McLaughlin and Bearded Collie, Brachen

This trophy is awarded to the Starter with the most points over the year leading up to the show. The other Annual Trophies include The Backstage Trophy which this year went to Willie the Health and Safety Officer at the Market who is a constant support, The Pat Scott Memorial Trophy for the best newcomers in Starters Freestyle across both days that went to Deborah Morgan and her NSDTR Fitznitser Amber Eclipse, and the Bonnie (Runival Sgurr an Lochain) Trophy for the best newcomers in Starters Heelwork across both days which went to Lynn McFarlane and her Labrador, Gallowmar Midnight Morna.

Class 4,5 and 6

We had new sponsors this year with CSJ providing prizes for the top four places in each class

This is very generous and we hope they will continue their sponsorship into next year. We also have Tunnocks to thank for continuing their sponsorship and of course Penny and John Mansfield who sponsor the beautiful rosettes and sashes. And As I have already mentioned Anne Stewart for those stunning Best Bearded collie rosettes for every class.

It would be remiss of me not to thank all the people who help out. So many folks step up to make sure the many tasks required to ensure the show runs smoothly are undertaken such as helping competitors with their props, making sure the running order is adhered to, timing and so much more! Ken Handley so very kindly does our Scoring program which we so very much appreciate.

The Thursday night laying of the carpet and setting up always bring people to help and we genuinely could not do It without them. A big shout out to Marguerite Robertson and Helen in particular who give up their time and don’t even take part in the show, and a massive thank you to everyone else who helps out too.

If you are interested in getting involved in Heelwork to Music or Freestyle our Branch is in a very fortunate position of having plenty of experienced people who can help you with advice or point you in the direction of your nearest class or workshop. So do get in touch with Anne Stewart, Michelle Porter or myself via our Facebook page:

Bearded Collie Club (Scottish Branch) Premier HTM Competition

Class 4, 5 and 6

 

Overall we received 80 entries making 105 routines on Friday and 97 on Saturday

We had people from all over the UK. Lots of different breeds of dogs including gorgeous:

  • Crossbreeds Bearded Collies
  • Border Collies
  • Working Sheep Dogs
  • Toy Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Labradors
  • Australian Shephed Dogs
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • English Springer Spaniels
  • Chihuahua; Border Terrier
  • Chinese Crested Powder Puff
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Doberman
  • Golden Retriever
  • Pyrenean Sheepdog
  • Japanese Spitz
  • Pug
  • Whippet

Note. All the dogs mentioned by name are Beardies

Lanark Dog Show Classes; 7,8,9,10,11

Clwyd Retriever Club Puppy & Novice Annual working test 2019 results

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Kindly sponsored by C.S.J Cannine Foods Bodfari

6-12 month puppy

1st    Kevin Brady with Monwodelea Feldspar

2nd   Kevin Brady with Turpingreen Forest

3rd    Paul Webster with Brisingamen Capesthorne

12-18 month puppy

1st   Kevin Brady with Haverholme Packstorm

2nd  Lynda Illingworth with Jaby Star Apple

3rd   Morwenna Hext Howe with Applebriar Terne

Novice

1st   Ian White with Minstead Strike

2nd   L Joule with Elusive Lily

3rd   Paul Edmunds with Kynigos Midnight Magic

Com’s: Steve Burns with Eiderbay Fastnet at Jollybrow & Helen Healing with Master Galahad

 

Winner of the The Whitter Trophy for the highest score overall on the day:

Kevin Brady with Monwodelea Feldspar scoring 77 out of 80

Photo of all the winners & judges

Bronwyn Roberts

Clwyd retriever Club working test secretary

Winners all – CSJ Agility Open – Day 4

From Virginia Harry and the CSJ Agility Open Team

After watching you all perform over the last four days I can absolutely confirm that you all deserve your Win On Spot… You were all fabulous to watch, your phenomenal handling and training skills – it was an honour. Especial congrats, of course, to Steven Richardson#sponsoredbycsj, for winning the 500 category. Happy now, Steve???

From left to right – Jo Tristram and Brite, Steve Richardson and Digit, David Wright, Ashleigh Butler and Sully, and Sarah McLean with Milo (holding her puppy, Ember).

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Well done to you all! The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 400 height were:

  • 1st Samantha Towe and Franky
  • 2nd Becci Chant and Jaffa
  • 3rd Abigail Doxford and Wiggy

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Well done to these three competitors who have all been a total joy to watch this weekend. Such skills! The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 600 height were:

  • 1st Ola Kordas and Dessa
  • 2nd Anthony Clarke and Ava
  • 3rd Joanne Tristram and Brite

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Steve Seale gets it together when it counts! Huge congrats to Steven Richardson and Digit and Karen Marriott and the national treasure that is Puzzle. The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 500 height were:

  • 1st Steve Seale and Flec
  • 2nd Steven Richardson and Digit
  • 3rd Karen Marriott and Puzzle

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  • 1st Lucy Osborne and Fling
  • 2nd Sarah McLean and Milo
  • 3rd Roz Quail and Tula

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The WAO 2020 super win on spots for England, Scotland and Wales have been published. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in the Netherlands in May 2020.

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The winners of the future prospects award have been announced. Congratulations to them all.

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Championship Final Results
600 (Course Time: 45 seconds)

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View the results online

Superb photography throughout the event by Simon Peachey, can be viewed on The CSJ Agility Open Facebook page

CSJ Agility Open – Day 3

Report from Virginia Harry and The CSJ Agility Open Team

We are up and running on day 3 with the CSJ Agility Nationals round 2 judged by Judy Wills

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I’d just like to say what an incredible achievement it is for any dog and handler team to have had clear rounds consistently across the Pent (4 classes so far) so massive well dones to everyone who has achieved that, especially Steven Richardson, in pole position in the 500 height category with Digit.

The Pentathlon after four round results have now been published

Here are Steve’s runs from last night’s Steeplechase Final. He finished 3rd with Digit and 5th with Future. All the results are here

Nice work from Steven Richardson and Digit this morning, coming 2nd in the CSJ Championship Agility in the 500 height, perfectly placed for the Finals tomorrow. Congrats to Stephanie Best and Fate for a super winning run.

This morning’s course plans. I’m really looking forward to the CSJ Nationals agility course… it’s going to be a fast one.

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This afternoon’s course. Good luck to everyone from all at CSJ.

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Gamblers is one of those classes that you have to understand to enjoy spectating, in my opinion. The Gamble on this one is very difficult and so far, 16 dogs in, only Cameron Bunce has made the Gamble so far, although that still only puts him in second place, because current leader, Harriet Harding and Izzy, notched up more points on the course, even though they didn’t get the gamble. Making sense yet? 😂 Maybe these runs from Steve and Digit, Steve and Future, and Hayley and Pixel might help!

Well done chaps! Especially Steven Richardson and Digit (pictured left, next to lovely judge Judy Wills)… all the pressure on going last and you did us proud with your 3rd place… nano seconds in it!

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This amazing run from Hayley and Atom put them into 2nd place in 600 Gamblers. Hardly any dogs are getting the gamble so this is a remarkable achievement. Huge well done to Gemma Haycock and Jukebox for the win at this height.

In the 500 height, a well deserved win for Dalton Meredith and Munchy – that was some running, Dalt! Steve and Digit were 2nd.

300 was won by Katrina Hands and Sizzle, with Rachel Ward and Nimbus runners-up. At the time of writing, 400 is being won bHelen Swan and Cloud, with Steven Richardson and Poppy in 2nd place.

Games Awards

The Biathlon Agility and Biathlon Overall results have been published here

Steeplechase final 600

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Steeplechase Final 500

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Steeplechase Final 400

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Steeplechase 300 Final

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Photos from The CSJ Agility Open by Simon Peachey can be seen on the CSJ Agility Open Facebook page

CSJ Agility Open – Day 2

From Virginia Harry & the CSJ Agility Open Team

And the action starts again…

This afternoon’s CSJ Agility Open course plans. Notice the very tricky weave entries in both classes. In fact, the entry looks easier on paper in the Pent Jumping 2. In fact, the dogs have to make quite an adjustment after the tunnel to get in the correct weave. Of course, some are making it look very easy.

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Two more clears for young Steve! This time in the CSJ Championship Jumping Round 1. Currently lying in 3rd with Digit and 6th with Future, whose round is posted below.


So… in the Biathlon there’s a jumping and an agility round and the scores from the two are added together. A very unlucky pole from Digit put them in 8th place, with 6 clears above them, so all is not lost if they excel in the agility – and others don’t, of course! Here’s their run. Future crashed a jump and 
Steven Richardson wisely retired her.

Some very nice distance work from Hayley Laches and Atom…


Tonight’s Steeplechase Final course plan.

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The courses here at The CSJ Agility Open demand top level skills from dog and handler (@!**!#) difficult, in other words!) but of course there are always handlers who make you wonder what all the fuss was about. One such handler is Sarah Millwood (I hope you don’t mind my posting, Sarah!) with her dog Phaze. And as you can see, I had a bird’s eye view of her run. So many dogs are going from the weaves into the tunnel – it’s very close – so props to anyone who didn’t get eliminated there!


Rather annoying refusal for Steve and Digit in an otherwise flawless Pentathlon Jumping 2.

Photos of today’s action are available on the CSJ AgilityOpen Facebook page

 

Congratulations Jessie. Celebrating 15 years of our CSJ online shop

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Meet Jessie, one of five rescue dogs, who have been fed on Adult Champ! Poppets! and Billy No Mates! throughout their adopted lives.

Jessie is ten-ish, a rescue from an amazing centre called Last Chance in Edenbridge, Kent. Her owner believes the food and herbs have been instrumental in keeping her so fit and puppy-ish. She’s never been ill (touch wood) and once a week, Jessie accompanies her owner to help with  volunteers’ maintenance work in the woods around Hastings.

Jessie’s owner is one of our original CSJ online shoppers, who has bought CSJ food, treats, herbs and supplements from our online shop for the last 15 years.

Thank you!

CSJ Agility Open – Day 1

Pentathlon Agility 1 

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Today’s course plans

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First round CSJ Agility Open and Hayley Laches and Atom nail a 3rd place in the 600 height! What a great start.

Steven Richardson and Digit win their height in the Steeplechase 1 class!

Sarah Hamblin and Princess Karma were the first to run in the CSJ Agility Open’s first class, Pentathlon Agility 1.

Snooker… Here’s Steven Richardson and Future having a go and finishing in 11th place.

Taming Canines Dog-Sports Team

A ‘tail’ of two halves, the one in which Atom leaves his ears at obstacle 3 and gets them back at 8! Fantastic second half. The second half of this run is amazing…. Hayley doesn’t break out of a walk!

Two fabulous runs from Steven Richardson is in the Pentathlon Jumping 1, putting him 2nd with Digit, so far, and 3rd with Future. This superb run puts them in 1st place in Pent Agility 1 – for now! Also a nice run from Future…. that’s a very tricky weave entry!

Steeplechase Results

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Pentathlon Agility 1 results

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See you tomorrow for Day 2

Superb photos here from Simon Peachey on the CSJ Agility Open Facebook page.

Pentathlon photos

More Pentathlon Agility

Gamblers photos

Mobile Uploads

Remember, you can watch all the action on 4 Legged Flix YouTube channel.