5 pups all took to the feed very well, grew very evenly and were lovely healthy pups

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Photo of pups by Howard Kent

By Lesley Knowles

Twiggy had her first litter of pups earlier this year and following advice from CSJ I used CP27 for Twiggy in the last stage of pregnancy and for weaning the pups. The 5 pups all took to the feed very well, grew very evenly and were lovely healthy pups.

They were all early reaching their developmental milestones, were all very keen to learn and had mastered basic commands by 8 weeks of age and then each pup went off to its new home and settled in very well right from the first night. Their new owners have been thrilled with how well the pups coped with such a big change in their lives and as breeders we were very pleased with how well the puppies did.

They were 5 weeks old here and it took three of us about 2 hours to get a couple of photos of them all together as they all thought it was a great idea to run all over the place – huge fun!!

This is my second order of CP30 and I am now changing all of our dogs onto this feed. Since changing to CSJ some time ago I have had all 4 dogs (3 Clumbers & 1 collie cross) on Fit n Fast and have been very happy with this feed. However our youngest dog, despite many trainers saying how talented she is, was not quite achieving her full potential.

“>We recently started gundog training with a new trainer and he suggested that we move her onto CP30 as he has seen it make a difference in similar dogs. Since being on the new feed, Twiggy has gained her Working Gundog Certificate and been placed third & first in two gundog tests as well getting her first two clear rounds at agility shows. Her energy levels and ability to concentrate have both improved since being on CP30.

The Game Fair 2017 – Hatfield House , Hertfordshire.

Home International Team Competition by Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain

Photographs by Polarstar Photography

 

No doubt this is the biggest working test arena in the World, over Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th of July, thousands watched England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales go head to head, with 5 Retrievers and 5 Spaniels competing in each International team.

The International course was exceptional, although very challenging, which proved to be the position over the two days of competition. The Gundog Committee and Chief Stewards, along with the arena crews, must be complemented in the set up of this challenging event.

CSJ, our sponsors for many years now, also sponsored the Irish Team, led by Willie Edgar. He felt that he had the strongest team that Ireland had fielded for many years. Wales, on the other hand, had lost Haydn Willmott from the Retriever team just one week before the Game Fair, and, on the Saturday morning of the competition, Dean Melhuish unfortunately had to withdraw his spaniel when she pulled up lame. This meant a quick change in the running order and brought in the reserve spaniel handler, the ever reliable Alastair Ross.

The spaniel test, marked out of 120 points, resulted in the Wales handlers, David Pither scoring 71 (59%), Steven Erasmus, in his first Game Fair scored 87 (73%), Kevin Woods scored 74 (62%), Alastair Ross scored 87 (73%) and an excellent performance by David Williams, running Edwardiana Howdee, scored 98 (82%), ending up at 3rd place overall in the individual spaniel competition. Top Spaniel Team was Ireland, sixty points behind in second place was Wales, eleven points ahead of England and sixteen points ahead of Scotland. This was a good result for the Welsh lads who hung on in there.

The Retriever Team, running over a very difficult track, undulating with a series of fences and thick cover crop of stubble turnip, mustard and rape, caused a few problems. I was delighted with the Welsh Retriever team’s performance; Vikki Stanley’s Minstead Maigret returned a score of 106 out of 120 (88%), Alan Rees with young Ecclestone scored 104 (87%), Barney Williams, running in his first Game Fair with another young dog Duke scored 92 (77%), Nigel Probert and the evergreen Jenny scored 97 (81%) and Vikki Stanley running her Field Trial Champion Patanavac  Brough, anchoring the team, scored 102 (85%).

The Welsh Retriever Team’s total score of 501 was enough to secure the victory for the second year in succession as the Top Retriever Team, retaining the trophy. England were in second place, seven points behind Wales, followed by Scotland 46 points and Ireland 48 points adrift. This was an excellent result from a team that showed a lot of character.

Final placings for the International teams resulted in Ireland running out overall winners with 931 points, Wales an excellent second place, with 918, England in third with 900 points and Scotland in fourth with 847 points. It was a very successful weekend for Ceri, Phil and CSJ, with both their sponsored teams scooping top and second team overall, top Spaniel and top Retriever team.

Once again a huge thank you to all the handlers and helpers that were involved with the Welsh International team this year. The biggest thank you must go to CSJ our sponsor, as the International season draws to a close. As we look forward to next year’s competitions, good luck to all for this coming trialling season.

A big thank you (Diolch yn Fawr) to Ceri and Phil and all at CSJ; without your help and support we couldn’t compete at these prestigious events.

Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain.

 

 

 

 

2017 North West Kent Weekend on 22nd & 23rd July.

By Beth Carroll

Thank you so much for our prizes they were very much appreciated by our winners.

If you would like any more candid shots from the show there are some on the ‘Out and About’ page of Obedience UK:

  1. Our Championship Dog winner was Trish with Cloud, who is a very young dog winning his very first ticket at 2.5 years old.
  2. Our Championship Bitch winner was Di Martin with Eazi, this is their 3rd Ticket win and therefore will make Eazi an Obedience Champion.
  3. Our Show Secretary Won her B dog class on Saturday and Our Assistant Show Secretary won A dog on Saturday with various other club members also placed both days!

“At last, we have put CSJ on the French Agility map”

By Cliff Mtett from JarDirect
I thought you might be pleased to see the following photos – the 2 men holding
the CSJ Banner are the Head Coach and the Deputy Coach just in front of
banner with Liliane is another deputy coach.

We have put CSJ at last on the French Agility map

In the last photo you can see Liliane handing out Jardirect green bags which
contain 1 x Billy No Mates! & 1 x Go On! pouch together with 1 Pemmikan Bar. The coach next to Liliane when taking part in the agility competition wore
Jardirect colours.

We also sponsored the 42 podiums at this open

The French Team member Renaud we sponsor on an individual basis was Agility
Champion in the small category and came 2nd in the Final TITAN which was
based across small, medium and large categories. In the photo Renaud is in
the second row 3rd from the right hand side of the first photo he has been
10 years in the French National Team and he feeds CP24 to his dogs.

The other Team member we sponsor is the deputy coach Greg. He has been in the
French Team for 6 years and is now Agility Coach. He is 3rd in from the left
on our photo and is holding the CSJ banner. He often goes to the UK to coach
and is very well known and like by a number of the Team GB.  He is a Border
Collie fanatic and will help Liliane choose a BC next year as Garonne will
be coming up to 6 years of age and Liliane will possibly retire her in a
couple of years time and Greg will coach and her BC right from the very
beginning.

Great weekend competing at Ynys Mon HTM Competition on Anglesey.

By Kath Hardman

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Kath Hardman with Denby

Denby and I swept the board – 1st in Advanced Freestyle – 1st in Advanced Heelwork To Music – our last competition before the Open European Championships.

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Karen Sykes with Midge

Team Member Karen was 2nd in Freestyle and Lucy Creek (HTM Reserve) was 3rd in HTM!!

And the competition sponsored by CSJ – thank you for my two goody bags1! I use them for all HTM Competitions for keeping bits of my costumes in!!

Find out more about HTM Team GB for both HTM and Freestyle competing at the Open European Championship Belgium 2017: https://teamgb2017.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/htm-team-gb-uniform.html

Getting ready for the European Open Junior 2017

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In the next couple of days we leave for the first of this years international agility championships. the European Open for Juniors (EOJ) in Luxembourg.

 

This year 500 dogs and their young handlers from 24 countries will be attending these championships that continues to grow in both size and the level of competition.

 

Agility Team GB are sending a team of 24 dogs this year at all three height categories and in the two age groups, children and juniors. The Team were selected in February and have been training and preparing hard since then getting ready for these Championships.

 

You can keep up to date via the KC Facebook Group:
Agility Team GB Twitter feed @agilityteamgb
And for the first time the event is being live streamed: https://www.working-dog.com

 

After the EOJ we have a week back and then it’s off to Italy for the Adult European Open (EO). An exciting month of top agility competition.

 

I’d like to thank CSJ for all their support sponsoring the team. You’ve enabled these juniors to compete with other top handlers from around the world, gain valuable life skills and experience from an international championships and start their pathway to future top level agility competition.