Report: Arfon Working Gundog Club AV Retriever Test 1st June 2019

DSC_2019The Arfon Working Gundog Club held its Summer test at The Kennels, Bodorgan Estate, Anglesey on the 1st June 2019 by kind permission of Sir George Meyrick & Bodorgan Estate and Mr Hugh Farrar (Head Keeper). This was a new venue for the club and proved quite testing. The morning started damp and drizzly but is cleared by lunch time for the Open Test .

The judges were Mr Andy Latham, Mrs Vicky Waterfield and Mr Noel Parry.

We would like to thank our hosts, the judges and all our helpers together with our Sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for making is a successful day.

Congratulation to the award winners 



First – Gary McCarthy with Hilbre Jackson of Thorsrock Lab D

Second – Caroline Slater with Glassgreen Alfie Lab D

Third – Arthur Telfair with Upperaughton Blackberry Lab D

Fourth – Judith White with Minstead Strike Lab D

COMs – Paul Edmunds with Kynigos Midnight Majic Lab D

              Paul Murphy with Elanore Paige


– Caroline Slater with Glassgreen Alfie Lab D

Second – Henry Vincent Price with Galloway Rose April Lab B

Third – Paul Murphy with Lady Shamrock Lab B

Fourth – Arthur Telfair with Upperaughton Blackberry Lab D

COMs – Judith White with Minstead Axel Lab D

            – Kim Dutton with Shady Acres Teardrop Lab B


Photo shows L-R – Judith White, Vincent Price, Paul Murphy, Kim Dutton, Arthur Telfair, Gary McCarthy, Caroline Slater, Noel Parry (Judge), Vicky Waterfield (Judge), Andy Latham (Judge).

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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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Scottish Game Fair Four Nations International Gundog Competition  Scone Palace on the 6th July 2019

Scottish Game Fair Four Nations International Gundog Competition Scone Palace on the 6th July 2019

thumbnail_IMG_2582This is the third successive year that the Wales International Gundog Team have competed at this Four Nations International event, at the beautiful Scone Palace Estate in Perth. The Wales team, consisting of 3 Spaniel and 3 Retriever handlers, took on the cream of England, Ireland and Scotland in what proved to be an extremely close and hard fought international test.


The Wales Spaniel Team of David Pither, Aled Jones, Stuart Morgan and reserve, David Gregory, competed on the Saturday morning over a very challenging course with difficult, long retrievers and water work. All handlers and dogs ran very well , each one taking on the challenges before them. The result was extremely close with Ireland coming out as eventual victors with 386, closely followed by England with 383, Scotland with 370 and Wales with 367; only 29 points separating all four teams.

Wales Team

The Wales Retriever Team of Haydn Willmott, Alan Rees and Nigel Probert took on the International course in the afternoon, again with long, challenging retrieves and extensive water work. Like the Spaniel Team the Wales team competed well and ran out a close 2nd to England; the final result being England with 380, Wales with 366, Ireland with 354 and Scotland with 344.

Nigel Probert

In addition, Nigel Probert with Stauntonvale Buckwheat of Llangynidr gained top Individual Retriever with 144 points, after what proved to be a superb run.

Overall Team standings at the end of the Competition were –

  • 1st England on 763 points
  • 2nd  Ireland on 740 points
  • 3rd Wales  on 733 points
  • 4th Scotland on 714 points


Alan ReesOnce again, the Wales Team were sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feed, with both Ceri and Phil travelling with the team to lend their  support as always. Alan Rees, and every member of the Wales Team, are extremely grateful to CSJ and Ceri and Phil, without them we would not be able to compete at this level of competition. “Diolch yn fawr iawn:.

Now we turn our attention to the up and coming International at the Game Fair at Hatfield House on July the 26th to the 28th 2019.

Alan Rees

Captain Wales Gundog Team



Clwyd Retriever Club Puppy & Novice Annual working test 2019 results


Kindly sponsored by C.S.J Cannine Foods Bodfari

6-12 month puppy

1st    Kevin Brady with Monwodelea Feldspar

2nd   Kevin Brady with Turpingreen Forest

3rd    Paul Webster with Brisingamen Capesthorne

12-18 month puppy

1st   Kevin Brady with Haverholme Packstorm

2nd  Lynda Illingworth with Jaby Star Apple

3rd   Morwenna Hext Howe with Applebriar Terne


1st   Ian White with Minstead Strike

2nd   L Joule with Elusive Lily

3rd   Paul Edmunds with Kynigos Midnight Magic

Com’s: Steve Burns with Eiderbay Fastnet at Jollybrow & Helen Healing with Master Galahad


Winner of the The Whitter Trophy for the highest score overall on the day:

Kevin Brady with Monwodelea Feldspar scoring 77 out of 80

Photo of all the winners & judges

Bronwyn Roberts

Clwyd retriever Club working test secretary

Meet Rob Bunning with his winning gundog, Drake and his latest delivery of CSJ

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Rob Bunning has a dog Drake, who runs extremely well in scurries all over England at game fairs, Here are a few pictures from a recent Northern shooting show, where they won the challenge over the weekend as well as other scurries.


“We’re in our 3rd year now and Drake seems keener than ever. He is 3 1/2 and I got him at 17 months, he wouldn’t do anything then… We run in the BASC scurry league, where we ended 2nd in first year and top last year by nearly double the points of second place .

Rob Bunning 5

We also ran in the Countryman’s Chudleys World Gundog Series , and any other competitions we can get in. I have 4 dogs and all compete in working tests etc and  I hope to trial a young dog who’s also coming on well. Most weekends we are out all over the country at game fairs and shows , my daughter also competes…


I get asked all the time what I feed my dogs. I go all around the country competing in working tests and with Drake scurrying. I use CP30 and mix in CP30 for my workers. I also always carry ‘Fruit ‘n’ Mutt bars to boost the dogs through the day and small amounts of Kronch”.

Rob Bunning 3

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Retriever World Cup 2019 report from Alan Rees

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Well this year was the first time the Retriever World Cup has come to Wales.

The outstanding picturesque estate at Glan Usk was the venue overlooking some of the most outstanding landscape in Wales.

Nigel Probert, the course designer had done a fantastic job with very challenging long retrieves on Llangynidr moor on the first day. He used the full location of the estate and river Usk for the technical retrieves on the second day. What an excellent job.

At the gala dinner on Saturday night, teams from all over Europe were entertained in the land of song by the Bois Goitre Wen Male voice choir. That was an event in itself.

Now onto the event

The ever consistent Scotland, winners for the second time in succession. England came a very close second and Denmark in third.

Wales trailed this year in 9th place, a big disappointment but things just didn’t go well for the home team. At the end of the first day Welsh dogs were prominent with Vickie Stanley leading the field closely followed by Alan Rees and Hayden Willmott. Mike Jones found things a little difficult for his young dog.

The second day followed much the same pattern with failures for Mike, Hayden and Vickie but on a course like this there were numerous bunkers to be overcome.

Hopefully we all have learnt from the experience and will benefit from it in future events.

A big thank you from the team, we all appreciated the support from numerous gundog people that had turned out to support us as well as some of the best dogs and handlers in the world.

On behalf of the team I would like to thank Ceri, Phil and all at CSJ for their continued support.


Alan Rees

Wales Team Captain

Thank you CSJ from the Irish Setter Rescue Walk

CSJ Julie & the boys

By Gill Dale

Thank you very much for your very generous donations for our fund raising afternoon on Sunday 5th May, in aid of Irish Setter Rescue & Rehome . 

So far we have raised £1100.00 with more promised. Every one appreciated the goody bags. The oldest walker was a 9 year old rescue Gundog  & very much appreciated his bottle of Salmon Oil ( he will have to share it with his rescue Irish Setter Companion) .

Many Thanks,

Gill DaleCSJ whats in here