The journey to selection for 2018 the GB International Agility Team has started. By Mark Laker

By Mark Laker

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Last weekend young handlers and this years senior squad attended the first two Agility Team GB days at Nottingham Trent University Brackenhurst Campus.

Interest in the European Open Juniors [EOJ] increases each year. Two years ago 70 handlers attended the first try-out day, this year there were 140. And of course the standard increases too. Approx. 50% of the top performing young handlers from day 1 will be invited to go forward to the second day in February. 
 
We’ll then select the team who will represent GB in The Netherlands in 2018
 
For the senior handlers their first squad day was designed to set the scene for the 2018 World Championships in Sweden and the European Open in Austria and help them start their preparations. For the first time this years squad includes handlers from the Development squad and ex-juniors. So we have a diverse group with good depth across all heights.

Press release – 6.12.17. Mud larks at sled-dog World Championships!

Mary Carter IFSS World Championships Wetland 2017, Poland_previewMary Carter didn’t let the mud stop her from winning a fantastic Silver medal at the 2017 World Championships of the International Federation of Sleddog Sports held in Poland in November. 

As seen in the photo Mary gritted her teeth and triumphed in the ‘6 dog Rig pure breed’ race despite being splattered in mud from head to toe, whilst husband John persevered to take Bronze in the ‘8 dog Rig pure breed’.

CSJ’s Ceri Rundle says, “We’re so proud of all the handlers’ achievements at both the 2017 World Sleddog Association World Championships in Italy and the IFSS World Championships – with dogs fuelled by our CP30, Salmon Oil and STORM® Canis! everyone did incredibly well…

John Carter had already done a brilliant job at the WSA World Championships to win Gold in the ‘8 dog Rig pure breed’ whilst Vickie Pullin had pulled out all the stops to get the Silver medal in the ‘Bikejoring Women Elite’ – also going on to take Bronze in the ‘2 dog Scooter pure breed’ – before travelling to Poland.

Once there at the IFSS World Championships, Ben Robinson beat the exhausting conditions and strong competition to bring home a wonderful Gold medal from the ‘Canicross Mens Elite’ race.

With Vickie Pullin also getting a Bronze medal in the ‘2 dog Scooter pure breed’ and 5th, 6th and 9th in 3 other disciplines, young Jada Amoah coming 11th in the ‘Canicross Womens Junior’ and Danny Fitzgerald coming back from injury to get 19th in the ‘Bikejoring Mens Elite’ races, we couldn’t be happier for them all and send them huge congratulations!”

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Scottish Gundog Association 2017 Field Trials

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By Dougie Gibson*

Here are the prize winners of the three field trials you kindly supported:

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Shows winner, Willie Drummond, making his dog up to a FTCh, with 2nd Andrew Cunningham, left and 3rd Davie Wilson right with judges Richard Claydon and Jim Adamson

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Shows winner Billy Sankey (his first ever win at a trial), 2nd Dougie Gibson right (me) and 3rd Alan Sankey with Judges Eddie Scott and Willie Drummond

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Shows winner Kim Varty with handler Ian Openshaw and judges John Dickson and Richard Claydon

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A big thanks for supporting the trials.

*Dougie Gibson has taken on the task of Spaniel Secretary for the Scottish Gundog Association (SGA) as well as secretary for the Highland Gundog Club and SGA.

Tackling livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership

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All Party Parliamentary Group Releases Report on Dog Attacks on Livestock

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare has revealed an increase in dog attacks on livestock, which is costing farmers millions of pounds and causing great distress. Read the press release: APGAW Press Release Livestock Worrying

Read the new full 17 page report on – ‘Tackling livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership’ here
APGAW Livestock Worrying Report 2017 

Image_001Read the full 17 page report on – Tackling livestock worrying and encouraging responsible dog ownership’ here
APGAW Livestock Worrying Report 2017 

View as a turning pages pdf: http://127.0.0.1:8138/#p=1

Open KC Westglen HTM Show report

By Karen Braden, Westglen HTM Club
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Westglen Heelwork to music club held a KC open show on October 28th 2017. A great day was had by all. 168 entries from handlers from all over the country came to compete from starters through to advanced in both heelwork and freestyle.

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There was super routines with a variety of breeds of dog all competing with their handlers to gain a place showing off their amazing talent. The winners were thrilled with their winners bags of goodies sponsored by CSJ.

Race Report: SDAS Kershope 11th&12th November 2017

By Tracy Thomas
Thank you very much for continuing to sponsor the SDAS championship series,

Situated on the border, Kershope Forest found itself hosting the second championship race of the Sled Dog Association of Scotland last weekend bringing competitors from far and wide. As like mostly anything remotely relating to Scotland, Kershope does see its fair share of rain on a regular basis but with the weather looking promising for the weekend (which is anything other than rain!) the SDAS team and competitors made their way through the sleepy North Cumbrian villages and into the forest.

Alas!! The weather was fabulous! Temperatures between 5 and -3 degrees meant a lovely ground frost over the whole weekend which covered the grassy trails and glistened in the sun, although it’s a given there were a few cold fingers and toes over both days from mushers and handlers alike. Proper mushing weather. The dogs instantly picked up on the cooler temps and from 5am onwards the forest was alive with the screams and songs of them all.

 

Racing commenced on the Saturday morning at 9am sharp with the 8 dog registered teams heading out up the grassy hill and deep into the forest trails. They were followed shortly by the 6 dog registered teams who all managed to leave the start chute without a hitch expect that is for Jeff Trotter, who slid into the start chute, hard on the brakes with his dogs having only one intention of not being stopped for snubbing and had to be caught in quite a spectacular fashion by fellow musher Keith Hutchon. Well done Keith, hopefully your prize box of sweets on Sunday made up for having to be untangled from a 6 dog team on the start line and without your help Jeff Trotter wouldn’t have gone on to win the 6 dog Registered Class by over 10secs against some tough competition including that of fellow musher Matthew Clarke who came second to Jeff but also picked up a first place in the 8 dog registered class.

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James Leonard was undoubtedly the star of the weekend in Bikejor by completing the 3 mile course with his dog Rosie in an unbelievable 8mins 55secs. How he managed to cycle so fast on those grassy hills was amazing.

Sunday morning kicked off at 8.30am which is half an hour earlier than the Saturday to allow time at the end of the race day to set up prize giving, clear down the trail and race site and give the timer a chance to print of the end results. This Sunday the early start was particularly required as it allowed time for the racing to come to a standstill and all competitors to congregate at the start line at precisely 11am for a one minute silence to honour the fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

Prize giving on the Sunday afternoon was a joyful time with mushers celebrating their dogs wins and their fellow competitors wins. Competition is good and keeps everyone thriving with their end goals, but to be surrounded by a group of people who are happy to congratulate their opponents on a win always resonates the reason why this is the sport that we love. As mentioned above, a few on the spot prizes were given out via the Committee to Keith for his heroic 6 dog save and to Matthew and Adele Clarkes girls Darcy and Thea, for helping their mum and dad alongside Gary Patterson, Jeff Trotter and Keith Hutchon for setting up and organising such a lovely venue. Thank you so much to you all, it really was a fabulous weekend.

1st, 2nd and 3rd places were awarded with a 2kilo bag of CSJ CP30 and all other competitors were awarded with a bag of CSJ treats, getting to choose from either Fish and Hips or Fish Cuits

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A massive thank you to CSJ for their continued Sponsorship of SDAS events, it’s fabulous to have support from a good working dog food that the majority of sled dog people use.

No sooner is one race over and the preparation for the next begins as we look forward to Darnaway Forest on 9 & 10 December.

 

Arfon Working Gundog Club Novice AV Spaniel Trial – 17th October 2017

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By Gwilym Williams
The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their second AV Novice Spaniel Stake for 16 dogs at the Corwen Forest Shoot, Corwen, Denbighshire on the 17th October 2017 by kind permission of Mr Mike McBurney.
The judges were Mr Dai Lloyd and Mr Philip Sheldon. I would like to thank the guns Paul Dark, Rob Ervine, James Fowler and Andrew Fagan for their generosity, thanks also to our host, the judges, the helpers and the competitors for helping to make the day such a success. Our sponsors for their continued support  CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.
Special thanks to Derek Williams of BASC who attended and carried the red flag and presented the winner with a game bag compliments of BASC.
Congratulations to all in the awards almost a clean sweep by the girls.
RESULTS
First – Ian English with Helmsway Hotshot ESSB
Second – Nathan Cross with Beckys Heart ESSB
Third – Stephen Littler with ConerMarsh Rosetta of Houghgreen ESSB and Guns’ Choice
Fourth – Adam Graveson with Borronsfell Spice ESSD

 

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Stephen McGuire with Mulraven Mismark ESSB
Mark Froggatt with Ladycott Lucky Wish Cocker B
Richard Jones with Dunnbrigg Primrose ESSB
photo shown – l-r – Philip Sheldon (Judge), Dai Lloyd (Judge), Mark Froggatt, Adam Graveson, Ian English, Richard Jones, Stephen Littler, Nathan Cross, Colin Torr (FTS)