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!

CSJ fuel the The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain 36th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally 2019

26th-27th January 2019

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This year for the 2nd year, we’re delighted to be a co-sponsor of the The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally, organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain and the Forestry Commission Scotland, along with Leucillin,  and Photizo Light Therapy. The race is run on forest trails around beautiful Loch Morlich, in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountains.

The race is now the largest event of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers

“Every year since 1984, mushers from across the UK have gathered in the forests around Aviemore for the biggest event in the British sled dog racing calendar, The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.   In 2019 we celebrate our 36th anniversary of the race on 26 and 27 January.” says Pete Jones, Organiser.

CSJ sponsored sleddog handlers

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Colin Spalding

At CSJ, we’ve sponsored incredibly successful sleddog handlers and events for many years, including:

John and Mary Carter

Pete and Karen Jones of Team Coldfeet

Colin Spalding of Suco Sleddogs

Matthew and Adele Clarke of Quinaya Sleddogs

Bethan and Danny Fitzgerald

Vickie Pullin and more.

Now we look forward to seeing some of our CSJ sponsored handlers at The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally,

How the race works at Aviemore

From an original of only 12 teams, the race is now the largest event of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers.  Teams of between two and eight dogs pull their musher on a sled around a four to seven mile trail.   If there’s no snow at ground level for the event, the races still go on with mushers using a three-wheeled rig that looks like a tricycle without a seat.   There are eight adult classes and two children’s classes and mushers range from just 8 years old to over 60.  Along with the Siberian Huskies, race dogs include Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland Dogs and Canadian Eskimo Dogs – the pedigree breeds of dogs first bred to pull sleds in Arctic conditions hundreds of years ago.

The trail is a designated cross-country ski course and is clearly defined. The Start lies just over the wooden bridge from the car park and runs parallel to the ski road for a short distance before entering the forest. The first part of the trail is quite demanding, but then runs along the loch side to the Finish without great problem.

CSJ’s founder Ceri Rundle commented, “We have been involved in this exciting sport for many years with numerous successful mushers using our food,  so we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the biggest event in British sled dog racing.”

Pete Jones and CSJ

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Pete Jones

Pete Jones has used CSJ for his dogs for many years and says “We have a successful kennel built up over many years and have learned many things on the journey. One of the major things is finding a diet that works. The food you choose to give the dogs needs to produce good energy levels and help to keep a good healthy dog that you get the longevity for a long healthy working life. A happy dog is a good working dog… We find CSJ CP30 does this and as we train all year round (weather permitting) we have no need to change their food from summer season to winter.”

 

 

We’ll be there taking photos, live video streaming and recording social media interviews  and running a photo competition. We promise to keep you in touch with action and results all the way.

Veteran Charlie gets back in harness to win Gold!

Bethan and Danny Fitzgerald had stopped racing their ‘oldie’ sled dogs but felt that early retirement just walking on the beach and in the forest didn’t suit them so Danny decided to treat them to a 6 dog race at the New Year’s race at Thetford ….. and Bethan told CSJ, “They ran like 3 year olds and won Gold!

Charlie ran like a dream pulling the bike and was just pipped into second place by a younger dog, so the next weekend Danny raced Charlie again on the bike at the prestigious BSSF British Championships round one and two race. The great combination brought home a Gold and were the second fastest team of the whole weekend – the old boy still has it!”

Veterinary Surgeon B

eth went on, “Charlie will be 7 years old this year and thankfully is still looking amazing. Looking after our dogs is our priority especially as most are at senior status this year. A lifetime of good nutrition and training helps the

 longevity of the dog, especially for the larger breeds. A fine balance of the right amount of energy in their com

plete diet is key for growth and maintenance. Thanks CSJ for providing the best nutrition for our dogs!”

 

There’s more about their Scandinavian sled dogs (a precise combination of Norwegian Pointer, Greyhound and Alaskan Husky) and Bethan and Danny’s remarkable successes in World, European and National Championships since becoming enamoured by the sport in 2006 at https://www.csjk9.com/profiles/bethan-and-daniel-fitzgerald_p1217.html

Find out more

Press release – 6.12.17. Mud larks at sled-dog World Championships!

Mary Carter IFSS World Championships Wetland 2017, Poland_previewMary Carter didn’t let the mud stop her from winning a fantastic Silver medal at the 2017 World Championships of the International Federation of Sleddog Sports held in Poland in November. 

As seen in the photo Mary gritted her teeth and triumphed in the ‘6 dog Rig pure breed’ race despite being splattered in mud from head to toe, whilst husband John persevered to take Bronze in the ‘8 dog Rig pure breed’.

CSJ’s Ceri Rundle says, “We’re so proud of all the handlers’ achievements at both the 2017 World Sleddog Association World Championships in Italy and the IFSS World Championships – with dogs fuelled by our CP30, Salmon Oil and STORM® Canis! everyone did incredibly well…

John Carter had already done a brilliant job at the WSA World Championships to win Gold in the ‘8 dog Rig pure breed’ whilst Vickie Pullin had pulled out all the stops to get the Silver medal in the ‘Bikejoring Women Elite’ – also going on to take Bronze in the ‘2 dog Scooter pure breed’ – before travelling to Poland.

Once there at the IFSS World Championships, Ben Robinson beat the exhausting conditions and strong competition to bring home a wonderful Gold medal from the ‘Canicross Mens Elite’ race.

With Vickie Pullin also getting a Bronze medal in the ‘2 dog Scooter pure breed’ and 5th, 6th and 9th in 3 other disciplines, young Jada Amoah coming 11th in the ‘Canicross Womens Junior’ and Danny Fitzgerald coming back from injury to get 19th in the ‘Bikejoring Mens Elite’ races, we couldn’t be happier for them all and send them huge congratulations!”

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Race Report: SDAS Kershope 11th&12th November 2017

By Tracy Thomas
Thank you very much for continuing to sponsor the SDAS championship series,

Situated on the border, Kershope Forest found itself hosting the second championship race of the Sled Dog Association of Scotland last weekend bringing competitors from far and wide. As like mostly anything remotely relating to Scotland, Kershope does see its fair share of rain on a regular basis but with the weather looking promising for the weekend (which is anything other than rain!) the SDAS team and competitors made their way through the sleepy North Cumbrian villages and into the forest.

Alas!! The weather was fabulous! Temperatures between 5 and -3 degrees meant a lovely ground frost over the whole weekend which covered the grassy trails and glistened in the sun, although it’s a given there were a few cold fingers and toes over both days from mushers and handlers alike. Proper mushing weather. The dogs instantly picked up on the cooler temps and from 5am onwards the forest was alive with the screams and songs of them all.

 

Racing commenced on the Saturday morning at 9am sharp with the 8 dog registered teams heading out up the grassy hill and deep into the forest trails. They were followed shortly by the 6 dog registered teams who all managed to leave the start chute without a hitch expect that is for Jeff Trotter, who slid into the start chute, hard on the brakes with his dogs having only one intention of not being stopped for snubbing and had to be caught in quite a spectacular fashion by fellow musher Keith Hutchon. Well done Keith, hopefully your prize box of sweets on Sunday made up for having to be untangled from a 6 dog team on the start line and without your help Jeff Trotter wouldn’t have gone on to win the 6 dog Registered Class by over 10secs against some tough competition including that of fellow musher Matthew Clarke who came second to Jeff but also picked up a first place in the 8 dog registered class.

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James Leonard was undoubtedly the star of the weekend in Bikejor by completing the 3 mile course with his dog Rosie in an unbelievable 8mins 55secs. How he managed to cycle so fast on those grassy hills was amazing.

Sunday morning kicked off at 8.30am which is half an hour earlier than the Saturday to allow time at the end of the race day to set up prize giving, clear down the trail and race site and give the timer a chance to print of the end results. This Sunday the early start was particularly required as it allowed time for the racing to come to a standstill and all competitors to congregate at the start line at precisely 11am for a one minute silence to honour the fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

Prize giving on the Sunday afternoon was a joyful time with mushers celebrating their dogs wins and their fellow competitors wins. Competition is good and keeps everyone thriving with their end goals, but to be surrounded by a group of people who are happy to congratulate their opponents on a win always resonates the reason why this is the sport that we love. As mentioned above, a few on the spot prizes were given out via the Committee to Keith for his heroic 6 dog save and to Matthew and Adele Clarkes girls Darcy and Thea, for helping their mum and dad alongside Gary Patterson, Jeff Trotter and Keith Hutchon for setting up and organising such a lovely venue. Thank you so much to you all, it really was a fabulous weekend.

1st, 2nd and 3rd places were awarded with a 2kilo bag of CSJ CP30 and all other competitors were awarded with a bag of CSJ treats, getting to choose from either Fish and Hips or Fish Cuits

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A massive thank you to CSJ for their continued Sponsorship of SDAS events, it’s fabulous to have support from a good working dog food that the majority of sled dog people use.

No sooner is one race over and the preparation for the next begins as we look forward to Darnaway Forest on 9 & 10 December.