After a 3 year break, the Skinners World Cup Retriever International team event returned to the beautiful Englefield Estate. 14 teams, from all over Europe, competed over two days, every team consisting of 4 Retrievers and their handlers.
Alan Rees, having committed to judge this prestigious event for the second time, was therefore ‘unavailable’.
Nigel Probert lead the team, who were as follows – Nigel Probert, Mike Jones, David Christmas Thomas and Craig Perry. It was great to see Craig return to the competition stage after a few year’s absence.
The standard of dog work was extremely high, competing in 10 tests over the two days. This was the first time in 19 events, that 2 teams tied for First place with 685 points, resulting in an exciting run off, with the judges setting up a very long unseen retrieve. England’s top dog, handled by team Captain, David Latham, brought his team home in 1st place. Second place went to France and 3rd place to Holland on 679 points.
Wales ended up, after a brave fight back on the second day, with 610 points and 11th place. Individual scores were Nigel and Craig on 159, Mike on 148 and David on 144.
The overall winning dog was Holland’s Cor Chrunpf’s dog, Finley, on 184 points.
Now moving on, the Wales team travel to compete at the Kennel Club’s 150 Years Celebration International.
Once again, a huge thank you to Ceri, Phil and the team at CSJ K9, for their continued support. We would not be able to compete at this level without your generosity.
Ceri Rundle, founder and owner of CSJ, who, as usual, sponsored the annual Bodfari Sheepdog Trials on Good Friday and Saturday said, “From 2 days of top-level sheepdog trialling we were delighted to have raised over £400 for such a good cause that is close to the hearts of so many people.
As usual the competition was of the highest standard with the current International Supreme Champion, Dewi Jenkins, winning Saturday’s Open Class with Reserve Champion, Aled Owen, again in second place. There were 5 former International Supreme Champions competing and over 70 dogs running each day.”
The top 6 competitors in both Open classes were presented with mugs designed and supplied by Dr Kelvin Broad – a fellow handler. The initials WA appear at the bottom of each mug’s handle to commemorate CSJ’s sadly missed social media expert Wendy Allen.
On Good Friday, the trial judge was Osian Jones when the top 3 places in the Open Class were:
Open 1. Dylan Davies with Treflys Ben
2. Kevin Evans with Kemi Jack
3. Emyr Jones with Sam
On Saturday the results of the first 3 places in each class under judge Cyril Roberts were:
1. Dewi Jenkins with Tynygraig Meg 3
2. Dewi Jenkins with Clwyd Bob 4 OLF
3. Aled Owen with Llangwm Bud 4
1. Aled Owen with Llangwm Tom 8
2. J.R. Griffith with Ben 20
3. Glynn Howells with Lad 21
Dewi Jenkins posted: “Great start to the season with Tynygraig Meg and Clwyd Bob. Thanks Ceri Rundle and team for a great trial and a great donation for a worthy cause.”
The Pennine Training Area held their 2nd working test of the season on Sunday 2nd of April, at The Hoghton Woodfold Shoot. This was for Open dogs and consisted of 8 very challenging tests over varied terrain – woodland, cover crops, meadow and a river. The four judges each saw 37 dogs in the morning, and the same dogs again in the afternoon with marks out of 20 judged on style, drive, handleability, a work like manner and delivery of the dummies to hand. This event was very kindly sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and AK Gundog Accessories. A fabulous day was had by all.
We were delighted to hear from Jane Hoare, trustee at Service Dogs UK, regarding the CSJ treats gifted to their most recent graduates.
“The treats have gone down incredibly well with our veterans, fosters and dogs. Here is a picture of our latest veteran/dog accredited partnerships receiving their treats after a gruelling 2 day public access test. Their eyes lit up when they were given these as a ‘well done from CSJ’. Thank you so much for your generosity, Ceri.”
SDUK provide veterans from the Armed Forces and Emergency Services suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder the benefit of specially trained psychiatric assistance dogs.
Our dogs, from rescue, are carefully selected to help the Veterans. We train dogs to the highest standard, being a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI).
Once a rescue dog has completed their basic training and assessment, the Veteran will be training their own partnered dog for a period of 9 – 12 months under the guidance of professional dog trainers. This journey greatly benefits both the Veteran and the dog.
We welcome applications from men and women of the Armed Forces, Emergency Services, Coastguard (MCA) and RNLI.
As an organisation we actively wish to raise the awareness of the mental health danger of PTSD to our brave men and women on the front line, be it abroad or at home; in the military or emergency services.
CSJ’s owner and founder Ceri Rundle doesn’t just ‘feed the most Champions in the most canine activities’ … she breeds many of them too, under her Moel affix.
Crufts 2023 was no exception, with Stephen Richardson winning the hotly contested Intermediate Agility Championships with his Border Collie ‘Gamble’, or to give his full title, Agility Champion Moel Gamble Demonic Risk. Stephen is a professional dog agility trainer based in Cumbria with over 20 years’ experience in agility.
Ceri says, “We really enjoyed the TV coverage and spotting so many people who feed CSJ doing so well in a variety of activities. It was thrilling to see Toni Dawkins and her Miniature American Shepherd win the nail-biting Medium Agility Final, which gave Tiger his Champion title to become Agility Champion Bachero Cross My Heart.” Toni later posted, ‘Thanks to my bestest pals and to CSJ who have now sponsored me for the best part of 20 years.’
Ceri continued, “In the Gundog rings, amongst so many enjoying their day was Debra Harker with Hector, her beautiful Gordon Setter Ch. Hernwood Achilles at Ettrick JW, who was shortlisted in a fantastic Open class and James Reavil of Cwnsaethu Gundog Training with his lovely Vizsla dog Nadorpusztai Gore at Cwnsaethu getting a VHC in Junior.”
Whilst Crufts was in full swing Ceri, herself a world-renowned sheepdog trainer and triallist, heard the news that another CSJ user, Kevin Evans, had won the EU Nursery Championship 2023 in Belgium on 12th March with Kemi Jack and also his Balearic Meg coming 6th .
Ceri added, “Congratulations to everyone, unfortunately just too numerous to mention!”
We were delighted to hear from gundog handler, Debbie Mould, at Daisygate Gundogs. Debbie switched her bitch, Marketgate Marble, aka Daisy, to CSJ Complete Tripe in 2019.
“I spoke to Ceri at Ragley Hall Game Fair and told her how I had struggled to find a food to suit Daisy, until Andy Cullen at Laochin Gundogs recommended CSJ and we have never looked back!”
Daisy won the Kennel Club Open Working Test at Chatsworth in 2019. She went on to be selected for the England Spaniel Team in 2021, giving a great account of herself at both The Game Fair Ragley Hall and the GWCT Scottish Game Fair Scone Palace in the International Competition. Her daughter, Mavis, won the Open Spaniel Working Test at the GWCT Scottish Country Fair in 2021, the same weekend her mum had run for England.
Daisy ran in the Open Working Spaniel Test at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair in 2022, only being beaten to second place by one point by “The Flying Scotsman,” Mr Eddie Scott.
Daisy’s daughter Mavis was selected for the England Spaniel team for 2022 as reserve dog. Mavis went on to win the Lincolnshire Novice Field Trial and then The Kennel Club Open Field Trial qualifying her for the 92nd Kennel Club Any Variety Spaniel Championship in January 2023, at Invermark Estate in Scotland. Although her championship run was cut short by a bird getting up behind, after a nice flush and retrieve over a fence in front of the Gallery.
Both Daisy and Mavis are fed on CSJ Complete Tripe. I had some lovely comments about Mavis from some very experienced handlers as both girls have great stamina and hold their condition really well. My Local supplier is Operation K9 Canine at Sherburn Malton.
BIS & Best Dog Beaconpike Dionysus (Mr S & Mrs K Golding) Reserve BIS, Reserve Best Dog Stineval Lambert JW (Mr A & Mrs C Horner) Best Opposite Sex & Best Bitch Olliesorchid Dame at Ragatam (Miss T J Peacock) Reserve Best Bitch Haystoun Cosmic Dancer At Paleside (Mr & Mrs D Mitchell) BPIS & Best Puppy Bitch Haystoun Cosmic Dancer At Paleside (Mr & Mrs D Mitchell) BOSPIS & Best Puppy Dog Tyneotter Bolt From The Blue (Mrs N Anderson) Best JuniorAlcumlow Show And Tell At Riseburn (Miss C Tutin) Best Veteran Caznray Just A Mystery From Thornheswin (Mr J C Dixon)
Firstly, I would like to thank the Committee for my invite to judge my first Club show, also my 2 able stewards Judy and Kathy for keeping me and the ring in order. Mostly, I thank the exhibitors for their wonderful entry and allowing me to go over their beautiful dogs. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, I was really pleased with both my line ups. I loved all my main winners and look forward to following their futures.
Minor Puppy Dog Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st: Tyneotter Bolt From The Blue (Mrs N Anderson)Blue & Tan, 6mths old raw baby, head is developing nicely, correct bite with lovely big teeth, lovely expression nicely set ears, has a correct double jacket of good texture and ticking starting to show itself, easily spanned, nice bone, tighter feet will help the over all picture, moved well for such a raw baby, nice type. Best Puppy Dog and BOSPIS.
Puppy Dog Entries: 0
Junior Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st: Hightarn Nightfall At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson) 15mth old Blue and Tan, super jacket with lots of ticking, nice head with correct bite and not over done, easily spanned, ribbed well back, he’s nicely angled in front with a good lay of shoulder, moved very well in profile but needs to tighten up in front.
2nd: Whittonglebe Poacher (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie) Grizzle and tan boy. Beautiful headed boy with nice small ears, good expression, good pelt, excellent tail and well set, nice angles and narrow throughout, again moved really well in profile but feet could be tighter, sadly he left his coat at home which cost him the class.
3rd: Beaconpike Adonis (Miss J Strother)
Res: Netherhill Lochy (S Laverick)
Special Beginners Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st: Hightarn Nightfall At Roseghyll 1st in Junior
2nd: Foxwater Captain Scarlet (Mrs J Spence) Grizzle and tan boy, up to size but still spannable, good head and correct bite a little heavy in ear but well placed on a broad skull, nice bone, a little short and deep in rib, good pelt and good jacket and moved ok.
3rd: Netherhill Lochy
Maiden Dog Entries: 0
Novice Dog Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st: Tyneotter Bolt From The Blue 1st in Minor Puppy
2nd: Foxwater Captain Scarlet 2nd in Special Beginners
Post Graduate Dog Entries: 10 Absentees: 2
1st: Thornheswin Huntsman (Mr. J.C.Dixon) Masculine Ottery head, lovely dark eye and great expression, very little stop, neat ears ,super lay of shoulder, good angulation all around, lovely tight thick feet, correct jacket with thick pelt and undercoat, good tail and set well, easily spanned, sound mover in fit condition.
2nd: Hollexby Travellin Man (Mr P Appleby) Grizzle and tan, a little longer in muzzle but has little stop, correct bite, easily spanned with very good rib carried really well back, good ground covering movement in profile, so wasn’t surprised to find good angles all around, shame he was missing jacket.
3rd: Smurfski Jingle Bells (Mrs A Walker)
Res: Ravenside Run To Me (Mr G Grassie)
VHC: Kadaredhills Breaking Free (Mrs J Potts)
Limit Dog Entries: 7 Absentees:
1st: Beaconpike Dionysus (Mr S & Mrs K Golding) Lovely sized red boy, so lovely to go over with no exaggeration, good otter like head with very little stop, good bite and nice neat ears, best of fronts with lovely rib carried well back so easily spanned, brand new tight jacket, lovely tail set and level top line, beautifully angulated, this dog excels on the move in profile and coming and going he makes a balanced picture, so pleased to award him Best in Show.
2nd: Stineval Lambert JW (Mr A & Mrs C Horner) Grizzle and tan, beautiful boy in the best of jackets with correct undercoat, has a masculine head with well set ears and correct bite, ok in rib, nice lay of shoulder, really good tail and set so well too, great pelt, I would to see more reach on the move. Reserve Best Dog and Reserve Best in Show.
3rd: Fisherbloom Dont Stop Me Now At Louajak (Miss C Gwilliam)
Res: Hollexby Travellin Man
VHC: Lairehope L’ile D’or (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
Open Dog Entries: 4 Absentees:
1st: Cedarhill Dish Of The Day For Dexlin (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness) lovely headed Grizzle and Tan boy, excellent expression, correct bite, in super jacket, a squarer dog being shorter in rib but still lots to like, good pelt, moved soundly.
2nd: Lairehope Starman (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian) Pale Red very masculine boy, bigger dog in heavy coa , beautiful masculine head with the best of expressions, under all the coat is great angles and moves really soundly with good reach and drive and this won his placing, good tail and well set only just spannable with thick pelt.
3rd: Otterpaws Mountain High (Mr & Mrs G Birrell)
Minor Puppy Bitch Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st: Foxwater Alma Ann (Mrs J Spence) Just 6 mths old Grizzle and tan raw baby, lovely front being narrow with nice angulations, good feminine head with a strong short muzzle correct bite, nice expression and dark eye, beautiful hard jacket with good undercoat and thick pelt, ribbed well back and spanned so easily, moved well and so confidently for one so young, should have a bright future.
2nd: Otterpaws The Thunder Rolls (Mrs J M Dixon) Another 6 mth old Grizzle and Tan baby, lovely head of correct proportions good correct bite, neat ears, moderate neck into nice lay of shoulder, bit shorter in rib than 1, no jacket today but nice thick undercoat, lovely well set tail, moved ok.
3rd: Craigshield All The Way (Mrs J Blakey)
Puppy Bitch Entries: 8 Absentees:
1st: Haystoun Cosmic Dancer At Paleside (Mr & Mrs D Mitchell) Blue and Tan 11mth old puppy. Beautiful, so well made she really caught my eye, nice for bone and good rib carried well back, easily spanned, good angulation throughout beautiful thick tight feet, amazing jacket and good undercoat, lovely feminine head, good expression good dark eye and short strong muzzle with correct bite, moved well once she settled, I loved her and look forward to watching her in the future. Best Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy in Show and Reserve Best Bitch
2nd: Ragatam Brodie (Miss T J Peacock) Grizzle and Tan, almost 12mths old another really nice puppy , lovely feminine Ottery head, dark eye and nicely neat ears, great expression, very easily spanned and such a showy girl that catches your eye, unlucky to meet 1st today.
3rd: Earthwise Andromeda (Mr E Houston)
Res: Ragatam Isla At Louajak (Miss C Gwilliam)
VHC: Otterpaws The Thunder Rolls
Junior Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees:
1st: Alcumlow Show And Tell At Riseburn (Miss C Tutin) head with little stop, slightly heavy in ear, nice reach of neck into well laid shoulders, beautiful tight feet, ribs carried well back which allows for such neat elbows and gives her a lovely underline very easily spanned,good tail and set well, good thick pelt and great jacket with thick undercoat, moved true when she settled, really liked her. Best Junior.
2nd: Picer Mirabel Ostler (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering) 15 mth old Blue and Tan, a different type to 1 but a lot to like, she moves very soundly and lovely to go over, beautiful head and expression correct bite, moderate length of neck into nicely laid shoulders, ribs ok but a little deep, spannable, lovely tail and set really well which she uses to advantage on the move, good pelt and thick jacket with good undercoat.
3rd: Ravenside Despacito (Mr M Lowry)
Res: Thornheswin Northern Lass (Mr J C Dixon)
VHC: Whittonglebe Pearl ( Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)
Special Beginners Bitch Entries: 11 Absentees:
1st: Foxwater Alma Ann 1st minor puppy
2nd: Roseghyll Lady Solitaire (Mrs A Johnson) Grizzle and Tan, smaller type, a little wider than I like but nice head and correct bite, neat ears, moved well today on tight feet, good jacket and thick undercoat, good pelt.
3rd: Lairehope New Beginning For Tyneaster (Mrs S Gill)
Res: Whittonglebe Lots To Like (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)
VHC: Elemcella Sedum (Miss C Blackie)
Maiden Bitch Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st: Foxwater Alma Ann 1st in Minor Puppy
2nd: Earthwise Andromeda 10mth old Grizzle and Tan puppy, nice feminine head with short strong muzzle, good expression and lovely dark eye, well angled throughout good tail and set really well, sadly in her underwear, I liked her a lot.
3rd: Otterpaws The Thunder Rolls
Res: Realydorn Lilac (D Martin)
Novice Bitch Entries: 7 Absentees:
1st: Alcumlow Show And Tell At Riseburn 1st in Junior
2nd: Roseghyll Lady Solitaire 2nd in Special Beginners
3rd: Elemcella Sedum
Post Graduate Bitch Entries: 11 Absentees: 1
1st: Whittonglebe Hazy Mist (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie) Grizzle and tan lovely sized bitch, ok in head with nice dark eye and expression with correct bite, she’s a lovely moderate bitch with nothing over done and is easily spanned, moved well, nice tight feet.
2nd: Foxwater Miss Adventure At Dejurra (Mrs A E Pitt) Grizzle and tan bitch, good feminine head, she sports the best of jackets and good undercoat, nicely angulated but needs to tighten her feet, good tail and tail set, easily spanned.
3rd: Remony Fallen Embers (Mrs B Wakefield)
Res: Lairehope New Beginning For Tyneaster
VHC: Hollexby Heartbreaker At Tinkletop (Mrs L Templeman)
Limit Bitch Entries: 10 Absentees:
1st: Olliesorchid Dame at Ragatam (Miss T J Peacock) Beautiful grizzle and tan bitch ,she’s lovely size, easy to span, ok pelt, correct Ottery head of good proportions, correct bite, small neat ears, well laid shoulders, good rib, racy hind leg and she uses them well on the move, could be tighter in front movement, great tail and set so well. Pleased to award Best Bitch and Best Opposite Sex
2nd: Thornheswin Set To Strike (Mr C Dixon) Blue and Tan, lovely Ottery head with very little stop, best of expressions, correct bite, nice length of neck into really lovely lay of shoulders, narrow throughout. Great tail and set well but unfortunately she left her jacket at home, she moves really well and very sound.
3rd: Beaconpike River Sky (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
Res: Kadaredhills Henley Star (Mrs J Potts)
VHC: Achnagairn Touch Of Class (Mrs A Fraser)
Open Bitch Entries: 7 Absentees: 5
1st: Carrock Curiosity JW (Ms J Fawcett) Grizzle and Tan lovely light framed bitch, she’s a cracking size, beautiful femine head with very little stop, good angulations throughout and moved ok, pelt could be thicker and sadly didn’t have her jacket with her, very easily spanned, correct bite.
2nd: Oakyard Objet D’art at Hollexby (Mr P Appleby) Beautiful head, great expression, sporting a lovely jacket and correct undercoat, good lay of shoulders and good angles in front with good length to her upper arm, good rib which are carried well back, tail and set could better, moved ok.
Special Open Dog or Bitch Holding a Working Certificate Entries: 0 Absentees: 0
Veteran Dog/Bitch Entries: 14 Absentees: 6
Really enjoyed judging this class, great to see so many Veterans still sound and spannable enjoying their day out
1st: Caznray Just A Mystery From Thornheswin (Mr J C Dixon) 8 year old Grizzle and Tan bitch, super bitch that is easily spanned, great jacket and super undercoat, excellent rib carried well back, narrow throughout, good angles and moves very soundly, nice feminine head with correct bite. Best Veteran
2nd: Otterpaws Muninn (Mr & Mrs G Birrell) 7 Year old Grizzle and Tan, lovely headed boy, with good reach of neck into good shoulders, good angulation in front but slightly over angulated behind, good pelt and fabulous jacket, moved well.
3rd: Blue Duke Of Cumbria At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson)
Res: Kalebank Harvester (Mrs S Portsmouth)
VHC: Otterpaws Firebird ShCM (Miss A M Dixon)
Brace Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st: Thornheswin Huntsman / Thornheswin Set to Strike Super matching pair, really similar in colour type and movement, looked great together and moved well.
2nd: Otterpaws Munnin / Otterpaws Mountain High Nice pair that compliment each other well, didn’t quite move as well together as 1st.
3rd: Blue Duke of Cumbria at Roseghyll / Crosby Dark Duchess at Roseghyll
Res: Oakyard Objet D’Art at Hollexby / Hollexby Travellin Man
A team of 6 Manchester Terriers, 5 of whom have been fuelled by CSJ for many years, are off to Crufts in March to defend their title in the ‘Obreedience’competition. Known as ‘Manchesters Re-United’, the team have worked hard all year to qualify for the competition that sees teams of 4 pedigree dogs of the same Breed, plus two reserves, compete in Heelwork and four set exercises, including a retrieve, scent, send to bed and stop on recall. For a team of Terriers to hold their own against breeds more usually associated with obedience is no mean feat, and we will be working hard to once again be hailed ‘Britain’s Most Obedient Breed’!