CSJ Highland Agility Heat

Scottish Border Collie Club on Saturday 14th April 2018

Graded 6-7 judged by Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan SBCC

Large Grade 6 Results

Course Time 45 seconds

Place Handler Dog Faults Time
1 Sarah Smith A Little More Ace 0 41.398
2 Paul Nester Shaftesbury Flyer (AWS) 0 41.945
3 Morag Finlay Dixies Midnight Runner 5 42.186

Large Grade 7 Results

Place Handler Dog Faults Time
1 Shaun Potter Dodger the Lodger 0 34.253
2 Katrina Hands Red Rose Dreamer 0 34.564
3 Dougie Finlay Glencooley Mischief Maker 0 39.759

Medium Grade 6 Results

Course Time 48 seconds

Place Handler Dog Faults Time
1 Carole Boyd Hedleysrock Clurichaun 12.940 50.940
2 Jennifer Nicholson Nessa Rose of Burnawn (AWB) 15.664 48.664
3 Marilyn Melbourne Lynday Lightful 17.593 60.593

Medium Grade 7 Results

Place Handler Dog Faults Time
1 Erin Inverarity Erin’s Delight 0 37.394
2 Derek Elms Calderwood Charmer 0 38.060
3 Pamela Wightman Kenquince Magnolia 0 38.580

Small Grade 6 Results

Course Time 48 seconds

Place Handler Dog Faults Time
1 Terresa McTaggart Rambling Bramble Rose (AWB) 5.238 48.238
2 Jodi Swanson Clashnoir Rubi Carys 5.263 53.263
3 Sarah Kirk Darling Spirit Dee 16.232 54.232

Small Grade 7 Results 

Place Handler Dog Faults Time
1 Miree Quechon Carozza Luna de Pastel 0 38.345
2 Tricia Elms Hotspot’s Jive Bunny 0 38.553
3 Louise Raine Morgans Fallen Angel 0 38.604

For full results of these classes please visit https://www.showtime-online.co.uk/results/135/.

If you missed out on qualifying you have the following opportunities, all for Small, Medium and Large dogs:

  • Fair City DTC, 28/29 April 2018
  • Woodside DAC, 5/6 May 2018
  • Gleniffer DTC, 26/27 May 2018

This year’s final will take place at the Scottish Game Fair on Sunday July 1st 2018 at Scone Palace.  The winners in all heights will be invited back to defend their titles in 2019.




The CSJ UK Agility Grand Prix

CSJ Heat 1.4.18-2

Heat 1. 1st April 2018. UKA Easter Show

This competition is open to dogs at Novice, Senior and Champ levels.  It gives Novice dogs an opportunity to compete over a Senior grade course and, together with Senior dogs, a chance to pit their abilities against those of Champ dogs and handlers.

Due to weather conditions Lydiard Park, the show at which the next heat was to be held, has been cancelled so competitors’ next chance to qualify for the Grand Final will be at Agility Antics, Derbyshire, on 21 April.

Maxi Height Results


Place Faults Time Competitor
1 0 27.214 Oliver Tatton & Thea
2 0 27.336 Steven Richardson & Digit
3 0 27.711 Joanne Tristram & Tuesday
4 0 28.923 Lenni Paul & Zuko
5 0 30.956 Louise Hawkins & Laser
6 0 32.424 Bridget Fletcher & Kellie
7 0 33.960 Rachel Jordan & Trixie
8 0 34.240 Sarah Trigwell & Kita
9 0 41.676 Nikki Whittingham & Shadow
10 0 43.706 Diane Gorton & Amber

1st Ollie Tatton & Thea
2nd Steven Richardson & Digit

Judge Emma Wiles and Graham Wills from CSJ


Standard Height Results


Place Faults Time Competitor
1 0 27.690 Steve Seale & Flec
2 0 29.467 Susie Josty & Ozzie
3 0 29.615 Jenny Lovegrove & Guvnor
4 0 30.169 Alastair Mcgregor & Erin
5 0 32.289 Donandsally Bradbury & Moss
6 0 41.791 Michael Pugh & Nell
7 0 45.226 Sophie Hillier & Swift
8 5 35.519 Jodie Brutto & Chip
9 5 36.890 Donna Mcdonnell & Sky
10 5 39.086 Chloe Brutto & Flash


1st Steven Seale & Flec
2nd Susie Josty & Ozzie
Judge Em Ma Wiles and Graham Wills from CSJ


Midi Height Results


Place Faults Time Competitor
1 0 28.732 Steven Richardson & Libby
2 0 29.927 Rebecca Foster & Bindy
3 0 31.704 Des Cufley & Dino
4 0 36.696 Jennifer Howard & Lacey
5 0 37.434 Maxine Bryce & Lexi
6 0 39.186 Annika Norris & Poppy
7 0 39.863 Claire Tye & Amber
8 0 50.558 Trish Helme & Bolt
9 5 30.175 Jennifer Hillis & Roxy
10 5 33.192 Sandra Jones & Luna


1st Steven Richardson & Libby
2nd Rebecca Foster & Bindy

Judge Em Ma Wiles and Graham Wills from CSJ


Toy Height Results


Place Faults Time Competitor
1 0 29.878 Jennifer Hillis & Bizzie
2 0 32.089 Jo Burt & Gem
3 0 35.550 Jack Ryan & Jet
4 0 37.071 Darcey Shears & Ritzy
5 0 38.536 Roxanne Van Der Vliet & Caesar
6 0 43.327 Karen Hallam & Ziggy
7 0 43.714 Karen Hallam & Leo
8 0 45.575 Leah Marturet & Rosie
9 5 34.966 Tracy Ryan & Tink
10 5 39.352 Jo Burt & Max


1st Jenny Hillis & Bizzie
2nd Jo Burt & Gem
Judge Em Ma Wiles and Graham Wills from CSJ

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Not only did Steven Richardson win a first and a second place in this CSJ heat, his young dog Future – bred by CSJ owner Ceri Rundle – won Beginners Agility (by 20 seconds!) and Novice Agility too!  Definitely a star of the Future!

More information: https://everythingagility.co.uk/csj-uka-grand-prix-heat-1-results/

So how are your New Year habits going?

March blog by Mark Laker

International Agility Team Manager  -Agility Team GB

So how are your New Year habits going?


Hopefully you’re still maintaining focus on them…It’s difficult though isn’t it. I’m pleased to report that I’m still on track with mine…well the easy ones like drinking more water, eating more fruit and less chocolate (that is a hard one actually). I still have to work at the tougher habits I want to develop, its so easy to find reasons [read excuses] not to do them. It’s too wet, its too cold, I’m tired, I have other important things to do etc… But I’ve been working really hard to ignore these thoughts and just do it. I’m pleased to say its working and the habits are forming.

Later this month we have the second tryout day for the juniors hoping to be selected for the team going to the European Open for Juniors in The Netherlands this year.

And we also have the second squad day for the adults. Both days will require handlers to pull out their best runs on the day to be in with a chance of selection, especially the juniors as this will be their last try-out day. I’ll let you know how they get on next month and hopefully may be able to announce the team too.

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

By Mark Laker


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.

Mark Laker’s CSJ blog – The FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec

FCIThe FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic lived up to our expectations. The atmosphere amongst the supporters and competitors was fantastic. The standard of the agility courses was very high; they were technically challenging and yet exciting to watch. And of course the standard of competition was incredible. Much like the European Open the handling seen amongst the top teams was precise, fast and well practiced.

Agility at this level gets faster and more exciting each year. The top dogs are now regularly reaching speeds exceeding 6 metres per seconds (MPS). To put this in context when I first started looking at dog speeds we were aiming at 5.6 MPS for the same group of dogs. That’s a 12% increase in speed in four years. Obviously there are many factors that effect the speed including course design, the surface, jump heights etc.. however dogs and handlers continue to achieve faster times.

FCI arenaUnfortunately we didn’t win any medals this year. Which obviously we were disappointed about; I felt we were strong contenders for at least two medal positions. Our results didn’t reflected our performance. Many team members exceeded expectations, some pulled out a few surprises and others showed potential for the future.

Overall as a team I felt we were well prepared and knew what to expect. I think what caught us out was the raw power and speed of many of the dogs and handlers. This didn’t phase us, but it did make us push for every drop of energy and speed we could find.

So what next? Well the Coaching Team re-group later this month to plan our 2018 activities and how we are going to get our dogs quicker. Follow Mark Laker’s blog here: http://marklaker.blogspot.co.uk/

Saving in the Bank of Comfort…

By Mark Laker
Do you remember the first time you stepped out of your comfort zone with your best friend (canine companion) next to you?

I still can, although I often try to forget it. Comfort zones are strange things, some people hate them and some people appreciate how they can help develop us to deal with many life experiences.

The other weird thing about comfort zones is unless you keep working on them, they fade away. Something I experienced recently with flying.

I’ve never been a great flyer, I don’t hate it, but its not my first choice of transport. I used to fly weekly with my job, but now its a few times a year.

I recently flew to Italy for the European Open. I could feel those same feelings building up inside like they were many years ago when I first took regular flights. I realised I haven’t practised being in this comfort zone for a while.

AWC 2017 logo
The Agility Team GB handlers, preparing for next months FCI World Championships, will be working hard on their comfort zones over the next few weeks. While they’ll be preparing their physical fitness and their handling skills, their mental skills training will include pushing they comfort zones out even further.

Having your dog next to you in these situations can give you confidence and a distraction from the things effecting your mental game. So what ever activity you do with your dog, remember if you’re feeling ‘uncomfortable’ , on the start line (out of your comfort zone), focus on your dog, let your skills take over and your brain run on auto-pilot. Very soon another competition experience will be in the ‘Bank of Comfort’.

Next month I’ll be reporting from the FCI World Championships in Czech Republic.

“At last, we have put CSJ on the French Agility map”

By Cliff Mtett from JarDirect
I thought you might be pleased to see the following photos – the 2 men holding
the CSJ Banner are the Head Coach and the Deputy Coach just in front of
banner with Liliane is another deputy coach.

We have put CSJ at last on the French Agility map

In the last photo you can see Liliane handing out Jardirect green bags which
contain 1 x Billy No Mates! & 1 x Go On! pouch together with 1 Pemmikan Bar. The coach next to Liliane when taking part in the agility competition wore
Jardirect colours.

We also sponsored the 42 podiums at this open

The French Team member Renaud we sponsor on an individual basis was Agility
Champion in the small category and came 2nd in the Final TITAN which was
based across small, medium and large categories. In the photo Renaud is in
the second row 3rd from the right hand side of the first photo he has been
10 years in the French National Team and he feeds CP24 to his dogs.

The other Team member we sponsor is the deputy coach Greg. He has been in the
French Team for 6 years and is now Agility Coach. He is 3rd in from the left
on our photo and is holding the CSJ banner. He often goes to the UK to coach
and is very well known and like by a number of the Team GB.  He is a Border
Collie fanatic and will help Liliane choose a BC next year as Garonne will
be coming up to 6 years of age and Liliane will possibly retire her in a
couple of years time and Greg will coach and her BC right from the very