2019 will likely go down in international agility history

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By Mark Laker

2019 will likely go down in international agility history as the year the European Open was run at night. With day time temperatures in the high 30’s a decision was made to start the competition at 7pm and run until to midnight. Then start at 5am the following day and run until 10:30am. After that it was too hot for dogs and humans to be doing agility.

Team GB rose to the challenge of the disrupted time table and ended up having one of our most successful EO’s ever.

Our focus this year has been on improving consistency. Our results demonstrated we’ve done exactly that. 

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5th places in all three individual events (S,M & L). The highest place’s we’ve ever achieved in the small and medium height categories.

All three large teams made the team relay final – we’ve never achieved that before either, with one team finishing 5th overall.

Ex-juniors and handlers from the development programme in the placed teams and individual placing. 

All these results show we’re improving across all three height categories and our various programmes are bringing competitive dogs and handlers through to the adult teams. Of course when we’re looking at elite performance against the best in the world, there are always improvement opportunities. However, I’m encouraged that despite the challenges of this year’s championships, the team performed exceptionally well, supported each other, remained upbeat and were well prepared for the courses the judges set.

Another highlight was the handing over of the EO flag to the UK. We host the championships in 2020 which is a really exciting prospect.

 

Best regards,

Mark

Mark Laker

UK Team Manager

 

Sven and Blitz won a 2nd place on the agility course at the European Open Agility

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By Adelaine.Bastiaansen

Sven and Blitz had a 2nd place at the agility course on the European Open Agility Kreuzlingen, Switserland.

They started on Friday 12th of July with the jumping, but there was thunder, so Blitz was afraid and run away. Sunday the 14th, they had the agility course and went 2nd.

 

There where 25 dogs in his class and total there were 450 competitors.

 

This was already the 3rd time that Sven and Blitz were on the stage. Also in 2017, in Luxembourg and in 2018 in The Netherlands.

 

 

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Press release – 17.7.19

As one of 4 finalists in the Leadership in the Private Sector category of the prestigious 2019 Leading Wales Awards® Ceri Rundle was invited to attend a judging panel on Friday July 12th at the Hilton Cardiff.

The Leading Wales Awards® were developed by a consortium of professional institutes, voluntary and public sector bodies as well as private companies. The Awards seek to identify, recognise and celebrate personal achievement in outstanding leadership in Wales.

This final stage – having been selected from shortlisted candidates from businesses as diverse as engineering and data – saw Ceri interviewed by a panel of 4 including 2 previous winners.

With a theme in this year of “Daring to Lead®” the judging criteria had sought individuals in Wales whose leadership is courageous, inspirational and transformational.
Ceri whose background took her from breeding, working and trialling her Border Collies to developing her own brand of natural food, treats and herbs for working and active dogs says, “My husband Phil and I are looking forward to attending the awards ceremony on September the 26th…in such strong competition who knows the final outcome, but it has been an honour to have progressed to the final 4!”

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British Manchester Terrier Fun Weekend in Witney

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Report from Ann Harrison

CSJ K9 were a huge success at the British Manchester Terrier Fun Weekend in Witney last weekend.  Despite the odd heavy shower we held Games, Flyball, Terrier Racing, Good Citizen Testing, a Limit and Companion Show plus lots of socialising and it was all rounded off with a ‘Manchester Mooch’ across the fields to a local pub on Sunday night.

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Every canine competitor earned their pack of CSJ goodies to take home, although I have a feeling some were devoured long before the owners could get back to their cars!  From the first picture of the generous boxes full of sample packs that I put on our MT FB page

We had fantastic feedback for your product.  Some already feed CSJ, and another who lives in North Wales spoke very highly of you and your family so we had really positive vibes from the start.

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Manchester Terriers have been bred for generations to be the ultimate ratters, a pursuit that many still enjoy although most now follow alternative careers.  The general consensus was that the kibble had the perfect ‘crunch’  with the perfect mix of ingredients for sleek athletes with discerning tastes.  Several folk told me they were going to give CSJ a go, they had already gone onto your website and sussed out the competitive prices!

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Thank you so much for your generous support, and if there is anything else you would like from me please let me know.

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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