Catch up with Ystwyth Racing’s latest season update

Catch up with Ystwyth Racing’s latest season update

By Chelsea-Anne Lee

Just a quick message to say a huge thank you for sponsoring our team of rescue sled dogs last season, we were over the moon to have this opportunity from you. The suggestion of using CSJ Xtra too has also ensured that Nero held weight fantastically all season and we have recommended this to several other mushers.

Although covid scuppered a few plans we still managed to do incredibly well and held our own against the Eurohounds and racing line Nordic breeds too. Below are some of our highlights from the season:

  • 2019/2020 1st Place Champion at Newnham Bark for bikejor – This was with Nero our rescue Welsh Sheepdog
  • 2019/2020 1st Place Champion at NATB for 2 dog bikejor – Kai and Nero
  • Tri Dog (Annual Dog Triathlon) 3rd Place – Kai
  • NATB 4 Dog Open (although we only ran 3 dogs) 2nd Place – Kai, Nero and our new rescue Nala

As well as some other podium placings…

This was Nala’s first season running so hopefully more to come from her this year. In addition to this was Kai’s first season racing again after 12 months off having knee surgery. The key is that all our rescue dogs train at their own pace and build confidence so they can enjoy the sport. Therefore, we hope that all 3 of our team will continue to develop and be even more competitive in 2020/2021 and earning a UK ranking this year with BSSF.

We also have some long distance canicross events planned including a half marathon next month, TDM a multi day race in the French Alps and a 4 day ultra event in the Brecon Beacons in 2021.

We have had race tops, coats, and a logo on our van representing your company (although just purchased a new van so would need to get a new van decal). You can also check out our story highlights on Instagram where we have saved our CSJ featured stories as well as regular mentions on our team Facebook too. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ystwyth.dogs/

Instagram: @YstwythRacing

Maddi Wells goes to summer camp with Vicki Pullin

Maddi Wells goes to summer camp with Vicki Pullin

By Danielle Card – Madison Wells’ mum

So, although most races are still postponed, Maddi has just spent the week with Vicki Pullin at her amazing summer camp. Learning new skills, like bikejor technique, caring for the dogs, fitness tests and water activities. 

She has had the most amazing time and can’t wait for the season to start, she’s so hooked on bikejor she’s also going to enter for the junior school age bikejor at the British Championship.

Arctic Quest and training with Vickie Pullin

Vicki Pullin’s summer camp is an amazing opportunity for kids to come and stay for 5 days working and living the sled dog life with multi-time British Champion and International sled dog racer Vickie Pullin and her amazing team of dogs, along with some fantastic Staff.

This jam packed week of adventures included running dogs, caring for dogs, cuddles with dogs – all things sled dogs! Arctic Quest work with kids that one day dream of becoming world champions in the sport and other kids who just love to hug a Husky, we have something for everyone – to top of the dog activities we also include a lot of land based activities, team building and water sports. 

Find out more about Arctic Quest and Vicki Pullen’s training

Madison runs in a virtual 10 mile race

Madison runs in a virtual 10 mile race

Madison and Bronte took part in a virtual 10 mile event on the weekend, where canicross groups across the UK were competing with each other. Each member had to run 1 mile and the fastest combined 10 mile team won! 

Madison ran for team k9 trail time. She teamed up with our English Pointer Bronte while other junior Elsie ran our GSP X Lilly. 

Madison managed a great time of 6 minutes for 1 mile. 

Madison Wells is enjoying her new found freedom from school. It means she can spend every waking minute with the dogs…

Madison Wells is enjoying her new found freedom from school. It means she can spend every waking minute with the dogs…

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By Danielle Card

Here’s a little update on Maddi and the dogs.

Maddi is enjoying her new found freedom from school, it means she can spend every waking minute with the dogs. I’m sure they are looking at me asking when will she return to school!!!!

All races may be cancelled but Maddi has been out training daily, 1/2 times a week a short 2km canicross run with her training dog Bella the spaniel. She even tried 100m sprint with the Pup (11 months) and managed to stay on her feet!

Daily scent work and games with the dogs in the garden. Lots of off lead walks and free running. Most importantly daily trampolining!! 

Stay safe everyone.

Lots of love Maddi, Bronte, Lilly and Bella.

 

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Maddi was testing her new CSJ coat out at a canicross event today… such a smart coat! 

Maddi was testing her new CSJ coat out at a canicross event today… such a smart coat! 

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By Danielle Card – Madison Wells’ mum

“Maddi was testing her new coat out at a canicross event today! Such a smart coat!

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The coat was needed – Sunday was horrendous!!!!

Race overview 

So this weekend Maddi headed to Westonbirt Arboretum – Forestry England to take part in CaniX UK (official) Cani-Cross UK or CaniCross UK weekend event. Due to Bella our spaniel being in season. Maddi’s brother Lewis ran English Pointer Bronte which meant Maddi had to find a replacement…. so she teamed up with K9 trail time team mate Chris & Wolfie Canicross and ran eurohound Wolfie. Maddi together with Chris remain unbeaten this season 💪🏼

Maddi, Wolfie and Chris managed 🥇 on a slippy slippy course with a super strong dog, Maddi did well to stay afloat.

Thanks to Di Newton for the pictures

Huge thanks to sponsors

CSJ K9 foods who fuel our dogs

K9 Trail Time who provide kit for our dogs and Madison

Find out more about Madison Wells: https://www.csjk9.com/profiles/madison-card_p2104.html

Madison Wells is up and running!

Madison Wells is up and running!

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This was from this weekend, another first place win for the pair. This was at the Canix Delamere 2 day event, Madison and Bronte were the fastest time on the short course in all categories. It was tough, muddy, hilly, wet and windy! They finished first both days. Even the crazy spaniel got a run by Maddi’s older brother.

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Find out more about Madison Wells: https://www.csjk9.com/profiles/madison-card_p2104.html

CSJ’s founder ‘leads’ the way

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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!”

For more on CSJ products visit http://www.csjk9.com or call 01745710470
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Update on Lucy Mathews and Ezra’s 2018/2019 season

LMWe had our last race of the season this weekend just gone, which we finished first on both days, with fastest female times!

Me and Ezra have had a very successful season. Our results this season have been:

  • 2nd in the BSSF National Championships
  • 8th ranking in the World
  • 2nd in the Canicross Midlands series

A total of 5 weekend wins and 5 weekend second places!

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Now the season has finished we are hard into training ready to go to Belgium to the world championships in October. We are also aiming to improve out National Championship ranking as it was very close this season, we only missed out by seconds to first place!

I just wanted to thank you for all your support and commitment in supplying me and the team! It wouldn’t be possible to achieve what we do without your support and for that I am very grateful!

Lucy Matthews

The CSJ Big Sporting Dog Quiz Of The Year Check your answers here…

 

Screenshot 2019-02-05 at 14.56.38Agility

By Steven Richardson

Q1). How many championship tickets do you need to become an agility champion?
A). 3 championship tickets

Q2). What faults are incurred for a pole being knocked down?
A). 5 faults are incurred

Q3). What is the highest grade you can get to in Kennel Club shows?
A). Grade 7

Canicross

By Ben Robinson

Q4).What is the (stretched) length of the most commonly used canicross bungee line?
A): 2metres.

By Ben Robinson

Q5). What age can dogs compete in canicross competiton?
A): 1 year old.

By Lucy Matthews

Q6). What is the standard race distance for canicross?
A): 5km

Flyball

By Sam Bawden

Q7). How long is a flyball lane from the line to the box?
A). 51 foot

Q8). What consists of a multi breed flyball team?
A). 3 or 4 recognised breeds and one cross breed permitted

Q9). What is the fastest team time recorded?
A). 14.74 Tails We Win

Gundogs

By Andy Cullen

Q10).What does HPR mean?
A) Hunt Point Retriever.
Q11). Name three types of working Spaniel?
A) English Springer Cocker Spaniel Clumber Spaniel
Q12). What is a blind retrieve?
A) A retrieve the dog is sent for but hasn’t seen

HTM

By Kath Hardman

Q13). Is a dog allowed to compete whilst on a lead in HTM or Freestyle?
A). NO. A dog must be off lead whilst competing.

Q14). In Heelwork To Music, how many official positions can the dog work in?
A). 8 on the left or right hand side of the handler, facing forward or backward, across the front or back of the handler

Q15). What are the allocated maximum marks to be obtained for each of the three categories which are judged in HRM and Freestyle?
A. Content and Flow, Accuracy and Team Performance and Musical Interpretation, eachallocated a maximum of 10 marks

Obedience

By Jeannie Gee

Q16). What side does a dog usually do heelwork on in competitive obedience?
A: Left

By Mary Ray

Q17). Which is the first class that features sendaway as a test?
A: B

By Mary Ray

Q18). From which class do dogs have to retrieve the judge’s article?
A).:B

Sheepdogs

By Ceri Rundle

Q19) Who was first lady to win International Supreme Champs – when and where?
A). Julie Hill won the International in 1996 held at Chatsworth
Q20). How many handlers make up each Home Nations Team to go and compete at the annual International Championships?
A). 20 handlers (15 singles plus 1 reserve; 2 brace; 1 driving and 1 Young Handler).
Q21). Which Musketeer was mentioned in the first AWwD series?
A). d’Artagnan

Showdogs

By Emma Gates

Q22). How many Challenge Certificates must a dog win to become UK Champion?
A). 3
Q23). What does BIS stand for?
A). Best in Show
Q24). Which of the 7 groups in the UK is the border collie part of?
A. Pastoral

Sleddogs

By Mary Carter

Q25). If you want to tell your husky team to take a right turn, what command would you give?
A. Gee!
Q26. Which CSJsponsored handler won the IFSS European Championship in 2018 and the WSA World Championship in 2017?
A).John Carter
Q27). In Sleddog racing, what term is given to the metal anchor that is used to hold a Sleddog team from moving forward when racing in the snow?
A). Snow hook

 

Thank You!

An update for 2019 from Lucy Matthews

Just a quick email to update you on the year as we don’t have anymore races left for 2018, just some training miles still to go!

 

This year has gone as planned and we have so far achieved (from September):

  • 8th in the ICF (International Canicross Federation) World Championships in Poland
  • 2nd in the senior female category and fastest female time at the first race weekend in Scotland for the BSSF British Championships
  • 1st place and fastest female at Canicross Anglesey Race at Newborough Forest

Two 2nd places at 2 race weekends for Canicross Midlands race series (in both events finishing second on the first day, and first on the second day)

 

Going into 2019, our first race will be in Suffolk at the 2nd race weekend for the BSSF British Championships on the 12/13th of January. As Nika will be taking a back seat for a few months, this will allow mine and Ezra’s partnership to grow even stronger and faster times will hopefully be achieved!

 

 

Thank you so much for all your support towards me and the team in 2018 and I hope we continue to do you proud in 2019!

 

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

 

Kind Regards,

Lucy Matthews