South Downs Show 2018

By Terena Plowright

What a joy to run an event where the staff, traders, and the exhibitors & acts were so well organised and so experienced. The event flowed like a dream and everyone was exceptional. I had people from all ages and backgrounds approach me during the show
(and write to me after the event), saying how much they enjoyed it and how amazing everyone was. You are all incredible! Traders feedback was also really encouraging with good sales across the showground, and the food traders seemed to have steady queues but the public did not have too long to wait – perfect.

Numbers attending approx 7,000 (last year 6,500) – again a steady increase. We had over 123 organisations and businesses on site – most from the very local area.

“Thank you Terena it was fabulous – I felt so welcome. I could have known all of you for years.”

“This was a really nice show and l would like to attend next year”

“We really did enjoy the Show and being part of it.”

“Looking forward to next year’s Show”

“Congratulations to Terena and all those involved in the organisation of the Show. What a fantastic Event it was. A big thank you to all those who took part in the main ring and those on the outside. Your presence and contribution made for a wonderful Show and a great atmosphere. Hampshire Horsewatch looks forward to next year’s Show.”

“First Day was very enjoyable. Good crowds attended. Lots to see and do.

“Well done all of you I really don’t think you can improve the show it was perfectly run and had such a good atmosphere.”

“Thanks so much. It is US who need to thank YOU. We all know how much effort goes into organising such an event. As a ‘first timer’, what really struck me was the community spirit and friendliness of the show. I knew it would be like that from the dealings I had with you over the ‘phone. I thoroughly enjoyed the show”

“The visitors I spoke to were lovely and I am sure you have worked hard to target such an audience. So again, well done.”

“Thanks to you and all your staff for another impeccably organised show. There was always at least one of your team visible at all times wherever I was on the showground – not easy to achieve on such a big site. Everything which could be controlled was controlled – only the weather was disappointing. It was especially good to see the ‘early-warning’ signs on the A3 which made hitting the rather sharp turn off at the right speed so much easier.”

“I would like to say how much we enjoyed the show and the opportunity we had to be a part of this show”

“Congratulations to you and your team for hosting a brilliant event!”

“We had a fab day also for the trust, so please do get in Touch for next year!”

“Thank you for the opportunity to trade at this years show. Such a nice setting, my family and I will never tire of taking in the views from the top of the hill. Lots of activities this year for the kids to see and do which was nice although they were hoping to see the reptiles that were there last year. Again food and drink was reasonably priced which for me is a biggie. We trade at festivals throughout the year and food/drink prices have become a major issue with visitors (£2.50 for a can of coke). Toilets were kept clean, staff were very welcoming and friendly.”

Once again, thank you for letting me attend your wonderful event!

Read the full report here:

South Downs Show 2018 Report

 

 

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…!

 

New series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ coming soon…

Watch ‘A Way with Dogs’ 2017- Sheepdog Trial film series and get ready for  the new series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ 2018 – to be filmed in September 2018. More

https://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

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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Press contact

Lynda Ward
Pet trade Solutions
lyndaward@pettradesolutions.com tel: 07946 743784