British musher Vickie Pullin and dream sled dog team close to fetching world glory Yahoo Sport UK

British musher Vickie Pullin and dream sled dog team close to fetching world glory Yahoo Sport UK

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By Rachel Steinberg

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Vickie Pullin’s four-dog team Rio, Maverick Luka and Luna, at the 2018 Italian snow championships (Massimo Mazzasogni)

A log cabin sits at the heart of the idyllic Gloucestershire property where 12 of Britain’s top sprinters live. There is a hydrotherapy tank next door for resistance training and rehabilitation, and the on-site menu offers performance-ready, protein-packed meals for its clientele.

Most of the elite athletes who live there are huskies, but greysters and hounds are among the 34 dogs who call the place home.

The lone human in the mix, Vickie Pullin, 35, might be the most successful British athlete whose name you’ve never heard.

Pullin was once touted as a potential Team GB snowboarder for the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. A decade later, she’s donning the Union Jack in an entirely different sport: sled dog racing.

The Tewkesbury native is the country’s best female musher. This year, Pullin became the first athlete to claim four British Sleddog Sports Federation (BSSF) championship titles in a single season. She’s staged a meteoric international rise since her first race in 2013 and finally believes she has the experience—and her ‘dream team’ of canine competitors—to become a world champion.

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Pullin once seemed destined for the Olympic slopes

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Bikejoring is one of Pullin’s best events—she finished eighth in the world with Maverick in 2019. (Jackie Burrell)

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Adopting Willow, Pullin’s first dog, marked the beginning of her new dream

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Pullin’s 34 dogs go through a 15kg bag of food every day

‘PUSH YOUR MUSH!’ competition

‘PUSH YOUR MUSH!’ competition

The #pushyourmush competition was created in honour of CSJ, Leucillin and Photizo sponsoring the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain (SHCGB) 37th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally on January 25th and 26th 2020.

The winners are:

1st prize: Emma Maunder with Manny
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Emma Maunder #pushyourmush Manny at his 1st bssf race at Pembrey! We weren’t fast but we had a great time 😊

2nd Prize: Gill McLeod (Team Schwartz)
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Gilli McLeod #pushyourmush Team Schwartz, literally flying!

Runner Up Prize Winner: Jax Hopkinson – Milo
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Here are the entrants:

 

 

 

4 Golds, one silver and a bronze for Bowland Trails at the BSSF British Championships 2019

By Mary Carter

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We just headed down to the BSSF British Champs..

Our dogs were entered in 7 classes (one of which, our second 4 dog team, was just for experience for the yearlings) and came away with 6 podium placings.

Gold for John Carter in the 8

Silver for me in the 6, with less than one second away from gold.

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Joint Gold in the 4.  First time ever this happened… with my time exactly the same as our friend, Keith Hutchon, who has one of the yearlings we bred on his team… His team also fed on CP30!

Bronze for JC in the 2-dog scooter with the first race for one of our yearlings.

Gold for George Carter in the 2-dog junior class

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And Gold for Anna Williams with our boy Paddy again, in the ladies veteran Bikejor class.

See more photos from the 25.11.19 – BSSF Thorpe Forest by Matthew Shin 

 

 

 

Mary Carter wins the WSA World Championship with the Santanta 6-dog team

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MaryCarter powering out of the start chute with my World Championship, winning 6 at the WSA champs. Xenon & Copper, Promethium & Titan, Rod & Thor…. and I’m clean at this point! Photo by Christian Helm

By Mary Carter

The trail had something for everyone… trails meandering  in open grass fields, narrow woodland trails, straights, chicanes, hills, winding fast downhills, grass, dirt, sticky clay, mud, hard packed trackways, chalk, and floods!

I ran our home bred team of 5 brothers: Xenon and Copper in lead, Titan and Promethium in team, with Thor at wheel along side their cousin, Rod.

All six are home bred dogs, raised and fuelled entirely on CSJ dog food… and supplemented with Racing Blue Storm.

Mary Carter & her 6 dogs coming into the finish.

Mary Carter & her 6 dogs coming into the finish… a bit dirty now! Photo by Christian Helm

Xenon, who is now 6 years old, has lead our teams to win Gold not only this WSA World Championship in England, but also:

  • Gold at the IFSS European Championship in Sweden in 2018
  • Gold at the IFSS  European and World cup 2018/19
  • Gold at the WSA World Championship in Italy in 2017
  • Silver at the IFSS world championship in Poland 2017
  • Gold in the IFSS European Championship in 2016

As well as leading our teams to be winning the British and Scottish Championships since he started racing. Such a special dog.

John Carter's 8 dogs

John Carter’s 8 dogs, heading out of the crowd lined start chute area on day 1 – Radar & Mani leading, 4 Yearlings Nessi & Lara at point and Zirco & Uri in team (the yearlings first ever race) Oz & Atomic at wheel.

John Carter takes bronze

John was running 4 of our yearlings, Zirco, Uri, Nessie and Lara, amongst some of our more experienced dogs, Mani and Radar running lead, with Oz and Atomic running at wheel in his 8-dog class.  It was the first race for the yearlings and after the first heat John’s team were sitting in Silver Medal position.

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John Carter heading to the finish on day 2

Our starting times were so close on the second day, which meant I would not be able to see his team back in.

John decided to not run the two youngest, Lara and Nessie, on the second heat, just running six, so that the little girls didn’t get spooked at the finish with no familiar face there to reassure them while they are examined and  scanned by the vet team.

In spite of the reduced power, John still managed to stay on the podium and took a very respectable bronze, behind our fellow CSJ sponsored team, Pete Jones.

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George with Avenir & Vitesse in the junior class at the WSA World Champs. Photo by Christian Helm

George Carter competes for the first time at the WSA World Dryland Championship Juniors

Our oldest son, George, was able to compete for the first time at the WSA World Dryland Championships in the junior category with two dogs.. Avenir and Vitesse.

His first day of racing did not go smoothly, with a tangle to sort, losing lots of time, but a clear run on the second day gaining the third fastest time on the trail in his category that day, but not enough to gain a podium, finishing 4th.

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George at the WSA World Champs – Photo by Christian Helm

Lucy Van Zwanenberg and the four-dog team

We also had competing a four-dog team (two of our very  experienced leaders, Neon and Clea, and two of our yearlings, Samari and Mercury) being run by our trusted friend and vet student, Lucy Van Zwanenberg.

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Lucy VZ with four of ours that we lent to her to race at the World Champs. Experienced leaders – Neon & Clea in lead, with yearlings Samari & Mercury (Xenon’s son’s) running at wheel (their first ever race) Photo by Christian Helm

She had an absolute blast.  She safely negotiated the trail, looking after our precious yearlings on their first race, and was delighted to finish a very respectable 8th place in the largest class of the event.

Anna Williams running Paddy

Anna Williams running our dog, Paddy in the ladies Veteran Bikejor class. Photo by Christian Helm

Anna Williams and Paddy

Massive congratulations goes to another good friend, Anna Williams, who was running another of our very steady and trusted leaders, Paddy, in the ladies veteran bikejor class.

Anna had competed in this category last season with Paddy’s father, Bear, winning the British Championship with him, so we had no hesitation in Paddy making his competative bikejoring debut with Anna at the World Championships.

Anna ensured that Paddy was reassured on the tough sections and likewise, Paddy kept a steady line on the technical parts where many had crashed and burned!

Anna Williams running our dog, Paddy

Anna Williams running our dog, Paddy in the ladies Veteran Bikejor class Photo by Christian Helm

We were all delighted to see Anna on the podium in Silver Medal position.

Thank you CSJ

Thank you once again for all your amazing support, allowing our dogs to perform so well at this level.

We look forward to seeing how our yearlings progress this season… As I write this we are travelling with them all again down to the first of the BSSF  British Championship series  in Thetford forest, England. Our aim is to give all of our yearlings a great first or second race experience, a solid grounding, building their confidence for their years of competing ahead.

Best wishes,
Mary 

*CSJ note: Mary Carter feeds:

  • CP30
  • That’ll do!
  • Adult Champ!

We’re so proud of all the team at Bowlands Trails.

 

Bobbling along at the WSA Dryland (!) World Championship 2019

received_1464055957076269There were some amazing handlers who feed CSJ at the WSA Championships, so it’s great to see our CSJ bobble caps on their heads! Our warm thanks to Sharon Grocock for the fab photos.

Our congratulations to Pete Jones from Coldfeet Sibes, who won a Silver Medal in the 8-dog race and all the winners. Here are some of our proud CSJ bobble hat wearers:

  • Sharon Grocock
  • Pete & Kaz Jones
  • Roddy Milner
  • Sam Milner
  • Nicole Simmons
  • Patrick McIntyre
  • Yasmin Needham

They competed in the following classes:

  • Scooter 1 and 2 dog
  • 4 dog
  • Freight classes
  • 8 dog

The mud was phenomenal and so were the performances! Well done everyone.

Full results below

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CSJ’s founder ‘leads’ the way

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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 http://www.csjk9.com or call 01745710470
… and follow CSJ winners on:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/specialistcaninefeeds/
Twitter: @CSJDogFood
Instagram: @CSJDog_Food
YouTube: CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds

1st Results from the Bowlands Trails 2019

Report from Ewan Robertson

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Results

John Carter – 8 -dog – 1st

Mary Carter – 6-dog – 1st

George Carter – 2-dog Junior – 1st

Bethan FitzGerald – 1-dog scooter – 1st

Daniel Fitzgerald – 4-dog open – 1st

The races were on Saturday and Sunday were individual events, so all the above actually won twice in each class over the weekend.

6 classes entered, 5 medals!

I was running in the 6-dog class, my team was made up of 2 sets of 3 litter mates, one being mine (Chemukh, Amani & Piyip) and the other borrowed from John & Mary Carter (Denzel, Shrinkle & Sookie.

My daughter Kayleigh ran in 2 classes with dogs from John & Mary, she ran Bear in the bike class, and in the 4-dog she ran Tally, her 2 daughters Lulu and Bat, and Quick ( who is littermate to the 3 I borrowed from John and Mary.

All were fed on CSJ CP30 and will probably soon be changing over to CSJ Champ for the summer.

The race was the SDAS Championship final held at the amazing Bowland Trails ( John and Mary’s back garden 😜)

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Keith HutchonMary Carter and Ewan Robertson. Photo by courtesy of MMPhotography

More info: http://www.sdas.org.uk/

George Carter comes 6th in his first snow race

Screenshot_20190305-182808By Mary Carter

George did well at his first snow race… The youngest competitor there as he only turned 12yrs old a week prior to the world championship. It was his first international race, and his first time representing Scotland. He came 6th overall – photo attached courtesy of Vicky Pullin.

 

One more race to go at the end of the month (our SDAS race here), then the racing season is over till the autumn… Just keep them running till it gets too warm.. Hopefully into May… And starting off our pups that are a year old now.

 

John and Mary Carter

Bowland Trails

 

“Control of nutritional intake is critical for performance and the CP30 really enhanced this” Matt Hodgson 

By Matt Hodgson 

I spoke to you a couple of weeks ago prior to going out to the WSA Sleddog World Championships and you very kindly sent me out two bags of food to try.

In return I’d like to provide honest feedback…

The first was the grain free product, which while this had no adverse effect on my dogs in terms of stools being runny, they did not seem to find very palatable and I struggled to get the non racing dogs to eat it.

However on a positive note my racing dogs really enjoyed the CP30 and as normally fussy eaters ate it with gusto, furthermore while training in the snow prior to competing and competing the dogs performance continuously improved and culminated in our best ever performance on snow.

Making 5th place at the World Championships and the highest placed GB adult at the event.  I was extremely surprised at how much this helped improve performance as normally a more raw based diet is my preference but this is not practical for long periods away.  Control of nutritional intake is critical for performance and the CP30 really enhanced this.

The CSJ Big Sporting Dog Quiz Of The Year Check your answers here…

 

Screenshot 2019-02-05 at 14.56.38Agility

By Steven Richardson

Q1). How many championship tickets do you need to become an agility champion?
A). 3 championship tickets

Q2). What faults are incurred for a pole being knocked down?
A). 5 faults are incurred

Q3). What is the highest grade you can get to in Kennel Club shows?
A). Grade 7

Canicross

By Ben Robinson

Q4).What is the (stretched) length of the most commonly used canicross bungee line?
A): 2metres.

By Ben Robinson

Q5). What age can dogs compete in canicross competiton?
A): 1 year old.

By Lucy Matthews

Q6). What is the standard race distance for canicross?
A): 5km

Flyball

By Sam Bawden

Q7). How long is a flyball lane from the line to the box?
A). 51 foot

Q8). What consists of a multi breed flyball team?
A). 3 or 4 recognised breeds and one cross breed permitted

Q9). What is the fastest team time recorded?
A). 14.74 Tails We Win

Gundogs

By Andy Cullen

Q10).What does HPR mean?
A) Hunt Point Retriever.
Q11). Name three types of working Spaniel?
A) English Springer Cocker Spaniel Clumber Spaniel
Q12). What is a blind retrieve?
A) A retrieve the dog is sent for but hasn’t seen

HTM

By Kath Hardman

Q13). Is a dog allowed to compete whilst on a lead in HTM or Freestyle?
A). NO. A dog must be off lead whilst competing.

Q14). In Heelwork To Music, how many official positions can the dog work in?
A). 8 on the left or right hand side of the handler, facing forward or backward, across the front or back of the handler

Q15). What are the allocated maximum marks to be obtained for each of the three categories which are judged in HRM and Freestyle?
A. Content and Flow, Accuracy and Team Performance and Musical Interpretation, eachallocated a maximum of 10 marks

Obedience

By Jeannie Gee

Q16). What side does a dog usually do heelwork on in competitive obedience?
A: Left

By Mary Ray

Q17). Which is the first class that features sendaway as a test?
A: B

By Mary Ray

Q18). From which class do dogs have to retrieve the judge’s article?
A).:B

Sheepdogs

By Ceri Rundle

Q19) Who was first lady to win International Supreme Champs – when and where?
A). Julie Hill won the International in 1996 held at Chatsworth
Q20). How many handlers make up each Home Nations Team to go and compete at the annual International Championships?
A). 20 handlers (15 singles plus 1 reserve; 2 brace; 1 driving and 1 Young Handler).
Q21). Which Musketeer was mentioned in the first AWwD series?
A). d’Artagnan

Showdogs

By Emma Gates

Q22). How many Challenge Certificates must a dog win to become UK Champion?
A). 3
Q23). What does BIS stand for?
A). Best in Show
Q24). Which of the 7 groups in the UK is the border collie part of?
A. Pastoral

Sleddogs

By Mary Carter

Q25). If you want to tell your husky team to take a right turn, what command would you give?
A. Gee!
Q26. Which CSJsponsored handler won the IFSS European Championship in 2018 and the WSA World Championship in 2017?
A).John Carter
Q27). In Sleddog racing, what term is given to the metal anchor that is used to hold a Sleddog team from moving forward when racing in the snow?
A). Snow hook

 

Thank You!