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

 

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.

 

Coming from a unique position…

By Mark Laker

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Social media is a great way to keep up with positive news stories and topics of interest.

Although I rarely get involved in Facebook debates, I consider them to be a huge drain on my time for little or no reward and mostly trivia.

However, I recently commented on a post regarding a proposed rule change on the number of obstacles used in agility courses. I commented because I am privileged to be in a position where I see the sport from an International level right down to local club level. So I added my thoughts and left it for the decision makers to progress.

But, the conversations in the thread of the topic played on my mind, something about this didn’t sit well for me. It wasn’t a controversial thread or one of those pointless posts people put for the sake of stirring-up others. No there was something more deep-rooted about this. Then I realised…the conversation was focused on the topic the originator intended, but the issue’s raised weren’t all about the proposed number of obstacles, they were about the one thing that makes agility unique from many other sports…

Men, women, boys, and girls of all ages and capabilities competing against each other. Increasing the number of obstacles would increase the challenge for some, while for others it may just push agility from a fun hobby to something physically out of reach; a view I sympathise with.

Maybe agility has evolved to the point where we need to take a serious look and decide if we’re still happy with our unique position. Should we remain a sport which everyone competes against each other, or do we start looking at switching some of the focus on to the human athlete, with classes for young, senior, males, females as most other sports do?

Are we able to perceive this as a way to progress agility as a fun sport for all. 

 

Mark Laker

Ne’er cast an agility clout till May be out…

By Mark Laker

hawthorn (2)Maybe summer is here now, although I remember an olde English saying ”Ne’er cast a clout till May be out”… in other words don’t get rid of your winter clothes just yet. Anyway, after a glorious Easter, May so far has been a bit of a downer for me in more that just a weather related way.

Last October I picked up a muscle injury in my hip area (I told people I’d broken my bum as that’s what it felt like!) Apparently I’d damaged a deep muscle which wasn’t easy to stretch or repair so I just had to be patient and do the exercises. It meant I couldn’t run or do anything too strenuous for about five months.

Easter came and I’m fixed, exercising again and gradually getting back into training with Moog. Then we had a change of plan and decided Moog needed some proper dog training… I just pretend to be a dog trainer, Karen’s the dog trainer. I’m the people tamer!

Karen’s first run with Moog was at Shrewsbury earlier this month and they did well. I ran Karen’s well trained dog Rhyme and had a 1st place, a 2nd and a 5th which I was pleased about. So there we are, Rhyme and I both fit and running well again – some would say “ye olde magic is still there”.

Then without warning last week I picked up a back injury (ye olde-re occurring back pain). Fortunately it isn’t serious and everything was put back into place by the Physio. However I’ve had to miss another weekend of competition while it recovers.

I’ll be working on my fitness when I get the all clear and plan to enjoy the rest of season competing with Rhyme and supporting Karen with young Moog, Chic and Pikachu.

One of the many good points about dog ownership is even when you’re not feeling 100% dogs still want to be you and will enjoy anything we do with them. Whether it’s out for a walk, a run, agility or other work they are always keen to join in.

Have a great May and remember no casting of clouts yet…

PS – apparently the saying is also related to the Hawthorn being in flower too.

 

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Planning seriously for shows can help achieve your goals

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From left to right Torro, Moog, Rhyme Pikachu and Chic.

Well its April already and the agility show season is already begun with good weather making the outdoor shows already doable.

Our dogs are all set for a busy year with the competing dogs looking fit and strong.

We feed CSJ CP24 all year as even when not competing they are being kept fit and active.

This year we have decided to change Torro to CP18 as he is now 13 and naturally not quite so energetic.

Chic is coming up to 18 months and looking promising.

We have got out of the habit of taking our planning seriously for shows regarding getting the most benefit for achieving our goals.

Rhyme had an injury over 18 months ago that we didn’t manage to sort fully for a while and then had a long rest. Last year was a lot of lets see what happens.

Moog was a very immature dog and so again it was a case of let’s see what happens.

Pikachu was not keen on competing initially so again it was a case of …….. yes you’ve guessed it – lets see what happens.

This year Rhyme is now fit, Moog has grown up, Pikachu has got her agility mojo and Chic is old enough to compete. Now we need to drive our shows to make what we want to happen.

There are so many shows to choose from and each have their benefits depending on what is driving you.

It is easy to get on an agility show wheel and always go to the same shows and chase the same things. Sometimes it’s just any show within a certain distance or any show your friends are going to. This can be a lovely social way to enjoy agility.

However, if you are feeling that you are not achieving or enjoying your agility so much then take some time to list what you’d like to have achieved this time next year.

Write it down and take some time to consider if the shows you are attending will help you do that.

For example if your desire is to compete at Crufts but you only go to one show that has that chance then you are limiting your chances of success.

If you would like your dog to have moved up a couple of grades then you may want to consider which shows offer you more chances to get those wins. If the usual shows you go to only offer combined classes above your current grade but a show further away has graded classes and your favourite judge, then that show is a better choice for you.

Taking time to make different choices or understand why you make the choices you’ve always made will give you control over what you and your dog are capable of this year.