Arfon Working Gundog Club Retriever Test 17th August 2019

The Arfon Working Gundog Club held a A V Retriever Test at Bodrida Farm, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey on the 17th August 2019 by kind permission of the Rogers family. The judges were Mr Phil Smithies, Mr Peter Thompson and Scott Marland.

The weather was sunny and windy with the wind strengthening as the day went on.

I would like to thank our hosts, the judges,and the helpers and dummy throwers for helping make the day a success, also to our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear. Thanks to the competitors for supporting us and congratulations to all in the awards.



First – Paul Edmunds with Kynigos Midnight Magic  lab

Second – Kim Dutton with Ashwynd Lemon Spirit  lab b

Third – Victoria Stanley with Craigmaddie Nevin Lab d

Fourth – Steve Burns handling S J & C P Burns’ Eiderbay Fasnet at Jollybrow lab b

COMs – Jackie Owen with Kensteen Tomorrow’s Dream of Marianglas lab b

              H Llyr Roberts Arrupe Janet lab b



First – Victoria Stanley with Minstead Maigret lab d

Second – Victoria Stanley with FTCH Patanavac Brough lab d

Third – Wendy Manning with Dallagil Bluebel with Overmarsh lab b

COMs – Vicky Waterfield with Brenjon Harry lab d

              Kim Dutton with Shady Acres Teardrop lab b


First photo – Novice awards – (L-R) Steve Burns, Jackie Owen, Victoria Stanley, Huw Llyr Roberts, Paul Edmunds, Kim Dutton

Second Photo – Open Awards (L-R) Victoria Stanley, Phil Smithies (Judge), Scott Marland (Judge), Wendy Manning, Peter Thompson (Judge), Kim Dutton, Vicky Waterfield

CSJ works for Sarah Hawkins’ dogs in July working tests

By Sarah Hawkins

Sarah Hawkins2I entered two puppy working tests recently. On Saturday 13th July he wasn’t in the top placings, but he won the best puppy award for puppy 15 months and under ). On Sunday 14th July, we came second in puppy test. He is on CSJ Tripe and doing really well on it he is only 11.5 months old he will be 1 on the 22nd July.

I’ve been feeding CSJ since 2016  and have used different food for them. I found Hike On! works really well with the dogs – keeps the weight on when they are working in the shooting season. They also like Complete Tripe! as that had the joint supplement in it. As you can see they look fit happy and healthy on CSJ products. The CSJ nutritionist is very helpful and the service is great.

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67560251_506825923454266_6596051073427832832_nWhat a fantastic International Gundog Competition



Compliments to the organisers, judges, helpers and all concerned for delivering such a wonderfully organised event.

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, each running 5 Retrievers and 5 Spaniels per team, and the International teams of 10 dogs, being marked out of a potentially maximum score of 1,200 points.

The competition as always was fierce over the two days,  but the camaraderie, sportsmanship and atmosphere was one of the best experiences ever, a real credit and advert for our sport.  After running 10 dogs each England ran out overall winners, 22 points behind England were Ireland in second place, and only 5 points separated Ireland and Wales, in third place. Scotland were in fourth place overall.

The International course was extremely well laid out causing all sort of challenges for both Retrievers and Spaniels who competed

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The Game Fair proved to be the best result for Welsh Spaniels since 2006. In a very close competition Wales ran out winners, with England 8 points behind in second, Ireland were third, 7 points behind England, with Scotland in fourth.

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The Wales Spaniel Team were superb:

  • David Gregory running Hillfighter Thresher and Draigoch Ella
  • Aled Jones running Barcudwen Molly and Barcudwen Mambo
  • Nathan Quinn running Tynywaun Beartrix

In addition Nathan ran out as Overall Top Spaniel in his first Game Fair, a fantastic achievement. This brilliant result was achieved despite losing two of our selected spaniels, having come into season the day before we travelled to the Game Fair.

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The Retriever Team ran out in third place overall  with England Retrievers worthy winners, 15 points behind England were Ireland in second and Wales in third place 20 points after Ireland with Scotland in fourth place:

  • Haydn Willmott with Stykes Boy Llangynidr
  • Andrew Fisher with Kaliture Rooster
  • Vikki Stanley with Minstead Maigret
  • Alan Rees with Fendawood Ecclestone at Delfryd
  • Nigel Probert with Stauntonvale Buckwheat of Llangynidr

The team and their travelling supporters were delighted to have Ceri and Phil of CSJ present at the weekend’s event. Their continued support and sponsorship is very much appreciated by us all.

In concluding I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to each and every one that have been involved with the Wales International Gundog Team this year. A big thank you for all your hard work and efforts!

Diolch yn Fawr

Alan Rees (Wales Captain)


GSP Rescue Services – Pointer Party

By Louise Furniss
“GSP Rescue Services would like to extend a huge thank you to you, for your generous donation which we greatly received for our recent Pointer Party on the 22nd June, held in Langport Somerset. This Annual Event would not take place without the generosity & support of our sponsors to help us to raise funds in aid of German Shorthaired Pointers.
The event was a great success. We managed to raise just over £1300.
Once again thank you so much for your support.”
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Photographs curtesy of Clayton Jane Photography

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!”

For more on CSJ products visit or call 01745710470
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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