Bwlch Isaf Farm,
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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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.”
We’re very excited to be launching our own series of Sheepdog Trial programmes called ‘A Way with Dogs’.
Inspired by Ceri Rundle and her late father’s (H.Glyn Jones) own experiences in Sheepdog Trialling, Ceri wanted to launch a new type of filmed Sheepdog Trial programmes that focus on the tension of the competition, the expert handling and the relationship between dog and handler.
The first series is filmed in the rolling green hills of Denbighshire. Future plans involve moving round the UK to film in different areas of country landscape, each with new handlers, dogs and fresh challenges.
The handlers are simply the best of the best. In the first series of A Way with Dogs, nine of North Wales’ top handlers focus their attention on dog, course and sheep to win the coveted A Way with Dogs title.
The programmes will be posted onto YouTube and aired on the CSJ website: http://www.csjk9.com on:
Filmed by film producer Peter Melling and presented by TV star Bryony Billson, the quality of the production is guaranteed from start to finish.
Expert trainer and handler Mike Northwood is on hand to comment on the handlers’ skills and the dogs’ moves. He helps to explain the dynamics of the course, handler decisions and tricky situations.
The tension is hair raising from the start. Years of training, practice and skill has gone into each competition round. Ceri has set a practical but very testing, hillside course which really tests the skills of the handlers – as well as the judge – twice World Champion, four times Welsh National winner and Supreme Champion Aled Owen. Each handler and dog has fresh sheep for every run.
Now try putting your own skills to the test and work out who you think will win at the A Way with Dogs grand final on Boxing Day 2016.
Don’t miss the first programme on Monday November 14th
We’d really appreciate your feedback after the first series of A Way with Dogs. Tell us your ideas and comments. We want to make A Way with Dogs the most exciting sheepdog trial event yet.
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Report by Wendy Hopper
Judge Mrs S Jones (Bodmin) 28 dogs ran
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1. Bob Watson (North Tawton) Max 88
2. John Wheaton (Port Talbot) Ben 87OLF
3. Jed Watson (Postbridge) Jim 87OLF
4. Jed Watson Joe 87
5. Carol Worgan (Chumleigh) Holly 86
6. John Carter (Delabole) Jay 82
1. Jed Watson Zac 75
2. Jim Nicholls(Buckland Brewer) Ross 74
3. Norman Dalgarno (Tregony) Jen 67OLF
4. Jed Watson Shep 67
1. Alan Bennett (Hewaswater) Duke 76
2. Jed Watson Mo 69
3. John Carter Jack 54
4. Lesley Lock (Plmouth) Fly 52
5. Jed Watson Rock 50
6. Jim Nicholls Rob 47
1. Will Cater (Davidstow)Joe 77
2. Will Carter Blue 57
3. Mark Hopper (Veryan) Zac 53
Winner – Cassidy Patterson (Whitfield) with Kendal
Young handler under 8 yo class: 3 competitors:
Winner – Brooke Patterson (Whitfield) with Kendal
Young handler class under 10 yo:3 competitors:
Winner – Murray Common (Lockerbie) with Queen
New handler class: 12 competitors,winner Murray Common with Grit.
Novice class: 22 competitors:
1 Hazel Jackson (Co Durham) with Jill 80/90 points
2 Murray Common with Grit 78
3 Hazel Jackson with Bess 77
4 Jeanette Moscrop (Newcastle) with Beck 77
5 Astrip Estep (Germany) with Eli 75
6 Jacquie L’Etang (Lanark) with Gyp 73
All judged by Bevis Jordan
“We were at the Rural Seaside Show at Southsea this weekend and it was a great show.” said Terena Plowright. “Loads of people aw the CSJ banner and wanted to discuss what I was feeding Sweep.”
There were heavy horse displays, donkey rides, archery taster sessions, welly throwing and tug of war, sheep grazing, market stalls, Punch and Judy, basket weaving, ferret racing, dog show, classic cars, children’s rides, refreshments and much more!
One of the attractions at this year’s show, was a chance to meet Terena Plowright, who appeared on BBC Countryfile on Sunday, 28th Feb. Terena was talking about Sheep Watch UK, a national campaign which is trying to reduce the number of dog attacks on sheep. Sheepwatch UK is asking Farmers to put signs up warning people when sheep are in the field, then asking people to put their dogs on a lead when they are near the sheep.
Terena was at the Rural Seaside Show this year and lots of people came to meet her and Sweep and ask questions about their dog. Sweep and Terena were working in the arena every day with their geese. Find out more about Terena Plowright