Sheepdog trialling IS a sport

By Ceri Rundle

I read a post earlier in which someone said that sheepdog trialling was not a sport. In my opinion it is and should not be perceived as being something negative either. ‘Sport’ in general can bring communities (even the whole country at times) together where people/handlers compete against each other and strive to be the best or to get better. This then inspires others to get involved, enjoy the sport and improve themselves to hopefully one day beat these same handlers/sportsmen.

Over the years this competition has improved the handling skills and level of training put into our dogs that are like athletes nowadays with improved welfare, knowledge of nutritional needs and general health and condition. Even simply worming of pups/dogs years ago was alien to many people. A trial can be a really fun place with lots of banter and handlers mixing in to help make the competition a fair test – well that is what we strive for (and achieve) at Bodfari.

Anyone who isn’t willing to muck in has a choice and it is their loss. People will always make the time-old argument that the dogs of today are not as good as those of yesteryear… In some respects maybe but that is probably attributable to the fact there are fewer shepherds ie the dogs getting less rough work. Those dogs probably wouldn’t even have set paw on a trials course until they were nearly 3 years of age.

Nowadays there is far too much expectation and pressure put on youngsters that are really still only pups in their heads. So many do not get the proper chance. However the standard of handling/training generally IMHO has greatly improved. How many years ago was it where many dogs failed to Turn Back at the International or did it very badly? Nowadays, the handlers train for it. Some might argue that the dogs today are trained purely for running trials courses – yes maybe but many are still working for their living too. The likes of Ricky Hutchinson etc have top quality stock and use their dogs to manage them on a daily basis but they can then go out and win. Who wants to go to a trial and see a plain farm dog, maybe tail in the air, working? It might be an absolute star of a dog working at home on the flock but….horses for courses… Anyway those are my muddled thoughts this morning…!

 

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Watch 3 International Supreme Champions’ get ready to compete in the Sheepdog Challenge event at Surrey County Show…

CSJ’s roving reporter went behind the scenes at the Surrey County Show 2018 Sheepdog Challenge and produced a series of fascinating videos about the organisation, the people and the runs.

The first 19 minute video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihA5iGiN8Xk is a generalisation over the whole day of the trial and encapsulates the humorous atmosphere between the handlers, organisers, and the judge.

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The banter between handlers and judge as he gives his briefing of the course sets the scene then excerpts from the runs are followed by the 3 competing Supreme Champion handlers Aled Owen, James McGee, Ricky Hutchinson, plus the judge, Andy Jackman giving their views of the trial in separate interviews.

As the 4th planned competitor was unable to attend Ricky Hutchinson also gave a brace demonstration with his renowned father and son duo, Jock and Sweep to the delight of the crowd.

The competition was in its second year and the hope is to make it an annual event – judge Andy Jackman commented, “Thanks to Ceri and CSJ for their support, it’s good publicity for the Collie dog.”

To find out which of the 3 Supreme Champion handlers won the trophy watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihA5iGiN8Xk

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Stellar line-up for CSJ’s next ‘A Way With Dogs’

Press release – 6.6.18

CSJ’s first 4 part ‘A Way With Dogs’ competition aired online in 2016 gained a global following and was so popular that top UK and overseas sheepdog handlers have been queueing up to enter series 2.

This year’s 15 competitors are sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats again as they negotiate the unique trial set in the beautiful landscape of North Wales and vie for the specially commissioned bronze trophy and the title of ‘A Way with Dogs’ Champion 2018.

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The stellar line includes ever popular Katy Cropper – in 1990 the first lady to win TV’s One Man and His Dog – plus renowned triallists:

Sergio Perello – Reserve English National Champion 2017

Toddy Lambe – International Supreme Champion 2004

Nigel Watkins – Reserve World Champion 2005

Torbjorn Jaran Knive – World Champion 2017

Angie Driscoll – Welsh National Champion 2017

Ricky Hutchinson – International Supreme Champion 2017

Mosse Magnusson – Scandinavian Champion 2009

Aled Owen – 2 x World Champion 2002, 2008

Neil Gillon – Scottish National Champion 2017

Derek Fisher – US National Reserve Champion 2017

Kevin Evans – 2 x International Supreme Champion

Michael Gallagher – International Supreme Champion 2010

Allistair Lyttle – Irish National Champion 2017

James McCloskey – 2 x Reserve Irish National Champion 2016, 2014

With hundreds of titles between them and long lists of accolades too many to list here visit https://csjk9blog.com/awaywithdogsseries2/meet-the-a-way-with-dogs-handlers/   to see just how tough the competition will be!

CSJ are delighted to have retained their presenters – Bryony Billson and sheepdog triallist, Mike Northwood for the trials which will be filmed to make 8 online programmes on CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds YouTube channel… CSJ’s founder and sheepdog triallist Ceri Rundle says, “I can’t imagine that there could be such a stunning gathering of handlers and dogs again.”

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Logan’s Run press release

Logan Williams and Ned winning International Young Handler competition 2017By Lynda Ward

13.9.17

Less than 2 years after their partnership began Logan Williams and his young dog Ned have just won the International Young Handler Championship competition held by the International Sheep Dog Society.

At Lodge Park near Cheltenham on 8th to 10th September the trials attracted huge entries plus crowds of visitors and in their classification Logan and Ned beat off strong competition from other excellent young handler and dog duos to carry off the prestigious title.

Amazingly Logan only purchased Ned in October 2015 when he was 7 months old for the farm. After lessons they competed in their first trial in May 2016 and came away with first – Logan says, “The love and passion for the sport has grown from here.”

The pair’s long run of successes now include winning both the Young Handlers and Novice at the South Wales Sheepdog Trials Association Novice Trial in August 2016 and becoming Reserve World Champions in the Young Handler competition (only 3 points behind the winners from Norway) in the CSJ sponsored World Sheepdog Trials in July 2017.

There’s more about Logan and Ned on CSJ’s website www.csjk9.com and there’s surely more success in store for the pair…

 

 

Photo courtesy of Lisa Soar

Bodfari Sheep Dog Trial

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By Ceri Rundle

There will be two days of sheepdog trials taking place at Bodfari on Good Friday, 14th April and Saturday 15th April 2017, in aid of next year’s Welsh National Trials, which will be held in Denbighshire.

Bodfari trials always used to be the first of the season in Wales and attracted handlers from all over the country including England and Scotland so it was always over subscribed.

This will be the first time we have held the trials at Easter for many  years.

Good Friday:  2 Opens and Novice Classes

Saturday: 1 Open

Judges

Kevin Evans will judge one of the trials on Friday
Gwynfor Owen will judge on Saturday

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The Daily Post announces A Way with Dogs

Sheepdog TV series in North Wales sets out to rekindle glory days of One Man and His Dog

Web-based programmes have been produced by Denbighshire’s CSJ Canine Feeds to recapture the true essence of sheepdog trials

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LOOK: CSJ web TV sheepdog trials
A Way with Dogs presenter Bryony Billson

A leading dog food firm from North Wales is behind a new TV venture which aims to throw the spotlight on sheepdog trialing in its rawest form.

Many of the region’s top handlers agreed to take part in A Way with Dogs, a web-only TV series commissioned by CSJ Canine Feeds, Bodfari , Denbighshire .

The four-part series is being launched on Monday, November 14, and climaxes on Boxing Day with a grandstand final between the three top-scoring handlers.

Company boss Ceri Rundle hopes the on-line programmes will reach a younger audience and inspire a new generation of handlers.

“Wales was and remains the home of sheepdog trials and this series will enable people to see handlers they might have heard about in action,” she said.

“We’re now seeing some very good handlers emerge in other countries around the world but there are fewer youngsters getting involved in the UK.

“Hopefully this series will encourage some to take up trialing.”

The competitions were filmed at Bwlch Isaf Farm, Ceri’s home and the base for her company, now one of Britain’s leading suppliers of specialist dog food.

Nine top handlers were invited to compete over a tricky, steep course, including Dolgellau shepherd Medwyn Evans, this year’s Welsh National Champion .

Others in the line-up are Gwyn Jones, JR Griffiths, Arwyn Davies, Hefin Jones, Gwynfor Owen, Gethin Jones, Alun Ll Jones and Pennant Williams.

The competition was judged by Llangwm’s Aled Owen , a four times International winner and double World champion .

Ceri is a renowned sheepdog handler herself, having been the first woman to qualify for the Welsh National in 1996.

But her interest in the venture has its roots in the success of her late father H Glyn Jones, a former International champion and five times Brace winner on TV’s One Man & His Dog .

His TV success came in a different era, she said.

“These days the show relies on fast editing to interest the viewer but it means you can’t follow the action properly and see how the dogs perform,” said Ceri.

“We wanted to portray the true skills of the handler and the dog, enabling the viewer to see the straight lines to and through the hurdles and the tight turns.

“Our films will show this very clearly – allowing the viewer to understand what is going on and how the run is judged.”

Read the full story in The Daily Post onlinehttp://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/sheepdog-tv-series-north-wales-12074388