2019 will likely go down in international agility history


By Mark Laker

2019 will likely go down in international agility history as the year the European Open was run at night. With day time temperatures in the high 30’s a decision was made to start the competition at 7pm and run until to midnight. Then start at 5am the following day and run until 10:30am. After that it was too hot for dogs and humans to be doing agility.

Team GB rose to the challenge of the disrupted time table and ended up having one of our most successful EO’s ever.

Our focus this year has been on improving consistency. Our results demonstrated we’ve done exactly that. 


5th places in all three individual events (S,M & L). The highest place’s we’ve ever achieved in the small and medium height categories.

All three large teams made the team relay final – we’ve never achieved that before either, with one team finishing 5th overall.

Ex-juniors and handlers from the development programme in the placed teams and individual placing. 

All these results show we’re improving across all three height categories and our various programmes are bringing competitive dogs and handlers through to the adult teams. Of course when we’re looking at elite performance against the best in the world, there are always improvement opportunities. However, I’m encouraged that despite the challenges of this year’s championships, the team performed exceptionally well, supported each other, remained upbeat and were well prepared for the courses the judges set.

Another highlight was the handing over of the EO flag to the UK. We host the championships in 2020 which is a really exciting prospect.


Best regards,


Mark Laker

UK Team Manager


CSJ works for Sarah Hawkins’ dogs in July working tests

By Sarah Hawkins

Sarah Hawkins2I entered two puppy working tests recently. On Saturday 13th July he wasn’t in the top placings, but he won the best puppy award for puppy 15 months and under ). On Sunday 14th July, we came second in puppy test. He is on CSJ Tripe and doing really well on it he is only 11.5 months old he will be 1 on the 22nd July.

I’ve been feeding CSJ since 2016  and have used different food for them. I found Hike On! works really well with the dogs – keeps the weight on when they are working in the shooting season. They also like Complete Tripe! as that had the joint supplement in it. As you can see they look fit happy and healthy on CSJ products. The CSJ nutritionist is very helpful and the service is great.

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Sven and Blitz won a 2nd place on the agility course at the European Open Agility


By Adelaine.Bastiaansen

Sven and Blitz had a 2nd place at the agility course on the European Open Agility Kreuzlingen, Switserland.

They started on Friday 12th of July with the jumping, but there was thunder, so Blitz was afraid and run away. Sunday the 14th, they had the agility course and went 2nd.


There where 25 dogs in his class and total there were 450 competitors.


This was already the 3rd time that Sven and Blitz were on the stage. Also in 2017, in Luxembourg and in 2018 in The Netherlands.




67560251_506825923454266_6596051073427832832_nWhat a fantastic International Gundog Competition



Compliments to the organisers, judges, helpers and all concerned for delivering such a wonderfully organised event.

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, each running 5 Retrievers and 5 Spaniels per team, and the International teams of 10 dogs, being marked out of a potentially maximum score of 1,200 points.

The competition as always was fierce over the two days,  but the camaraderie, sportsmanship and atmosphere was one of the best experiences ever, a real credit and advert for our sport.  After running 10 dogs each England ran out overall winners, 22 points behind England were Ireland in second place, and only 5 points separated Ireland and Wales, in third place. Scotland were in fourth place overall.

The International course was extremely well laid out causing all sort of challenges for both Retrievers and Spaniels who competed

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The Game Fair proved to be the best result for Welsh Spaniels since 2006. In a very close competition Wales ran out winners, with England 8 points behind in second, Ireland were third, 7 points behind England, with Scotland in fourth.

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The Wales Spaniel Team were superb:

  • David Gregory running Hillfighter Thresher and Draigoch Ella
  • Aled Jones running Barcudwen Molly and Barcudwen Mambo
  • Nathan Quinn running Tynywaun Beartrix

In addition Nathan ran out as Overall Top Spaniel in his first Game Fair, a fantastic achievement. This brilliant result was achieved despite losing two of our selected spaniels, having come into season the day before we travelled to the Game Fair.

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The Retriever Team ran out in third place overall  with England Retrievers worthy winners, 15 points behind England were Ireland in second and Wales in third place 20 points after Ireland with Scotland in fourth place:

  • Haydn Willmott with Stykes Boy Llangynidr
  • Andrew Fisher with Kaliture Rooster
  • Vikki Stanley with Minstead Maigret
  • Alan Rees with Fendawood Ecclestone at Delfryd
  • Nigel Probert with Stauntonvale Buckwheat of Llangynidr

The team and their travelling supporters were delighted to have Ceri and Phil of CSJ present at the weekend’s event. Their continued support and sponsorship is very much appreciated by us all.

In concluding I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to each and every one that have been involved with the Wales International Gundog Team this year. A big thank you for all your hard work and efforts!

Diolch yn Fawr

Alan Rees (Wales Captain)


GSP Rescue Services – Pointer Party

By Louise Furniss
“GSP Rescue Services would like to extend a huge thank you to you, for your generous donation which we greatly received for our recent Pointer Party on the 22nd June, held in Langport Somerset. This Annual Event would not take place without the generosity & support of our sponsors to help us to raise funds in aid of German Shorthaired Pointers.
The event was a great success. We managed to raise just over £1300.
Once again thank you so much for your support.”
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Photographs curtesy of Clayton Jane Photography

Report: Arfon Working Gundog Club AV Retriever Test 1st June 2019

DSC_2019The Arfon Working Gundog Club held its Summer test at The Kennels, Bodorgan Estate, Anglesey on the 1st June 2019 by kind permission of Sir George Meyrick & Bodorgan Estate and Mr Hugh Farrar (Head Keeper). This was a new venue for the club and proved quite testing. The morning started damp and drizzly but is cleared by lunch time for the Open Test .

The judges were Mr Andy Latham, Mrs Vicky Waterfield and Mr Noel Parry.

We would like to thank our hosts, the judges and all our helpers together with our Sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for making is a successful day.

Congratulation to the award winners 



First – Gary McCarthy with Hilbre Jackson of Thorsrock Lab D

Second – Caroline Slater with Glassgreen Alfie Lab D

Third – Arthur Telfair with Upperaughton Blackberry Lab D

Fourth – Judith White with Minstead Strike Lab D

COMs – Paul Edmunds with Kynigos Midnight Majic Lab D

              Paul Murphy with Elanore Paige


– Caroline Slater with Glassgreen Alfie Lab D

Second – Henry Vincent Price with Galloway Rose April Lab B

Third – Paul Murphy with Lady Shamrock Lab B

Fourth – Arthur Telfair with Upperaughton Blackberry Lab D

COMs – Judith White with Minstead Axel Lab D

            – Kim Dutton with Shady Acres Teardrop Lab B


Photo shows L-R – Judith White, Vincent Price, Paul Murphy, Kim Dutton, Arthur Telfair, Gary McCarthy, Caroline Slater, Noel Parry (Judge), Vicky Waterfield (Judge), Andy Latham (Judge).

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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!”

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