That winning feeling…


By Mark Laker,

Coming away from a big competition with great results provides a lot of satisfaction and gives the whole team a feeling of achievement. Coming away with a medal, class wins and top five places provides that winning feeling and causes huge excitement amongst the team.


The FCI Agility World Championships in Finland was another huge success for Agility Team GB. The large team won a bronze medal in the team event. Euan Paterson won the individual large agility class and Lauren Langman finished overall 4th in the small individual class.


When we take the results from the Junior European Open and the European Open (adults) into consideration, these results from the FCI World Championships make 2019 one of the teams most successful years with medals, class wins and high places across the three championships.


There are other good news stories below these highlights too

We’ve worked hard at our performance in all areas this year, not just podium places. We’ve seen significant improvement across the board. Our clear objectives and the strategy to achieve them is showing though in our overall performance figures.


We’ve had a few weeks to recover from our trip to Finland before we start planning for the 2020 season. The Coaching Team have just held their planning day at Hartpury College / University which will provide fantastic facilities for the team to prepare for next years competitions. This new partnership opens up opportunities for more research, use of facilities and access to experts in the canine and sports fields.


So we have lots of good news stories to share with next years squad and of course high expectations to build on.

Animal exhibit regulations in Wales. Make your opinion heard

Screenshot 2019-09-24 at 15.12.35By Rhian Stanley

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on new Regulations regarding Animal Exhibits, including the proposal that anyone exhibiting an animal in Wales will need to be licensed and inspected. This will not only apply to those who live in Wales, but any exhibitor who shows dogs at any Welsh show. The Regulations will also require anyone who lives in Wales and exclusively exhibits their dogs outside of Wales to also obtain a licence and be inspected….”

If the bill goes through without any amendments a price of approx £350 has been suggested for a licence to show per owner 😞. Can you imagine having to pay £350 on top of the ridiculous entry fees we already pay?

It’s fast becoming a rich man’s game as it is. It will be the death of showing horses, cats, dogs, birds etc in Wales, and to anyone from Wales wanting to show in the rest of the UK. The consequences are almost incomprehensible – it would almost certainly signify the end of showing as we know it in the UK .

The apathy regarding signing the online petition is so frustrating

Think how many people currently show pet animals in Wales? Yet currently there is less than 3,000 signatures. If we are not careful it’ll be like the final of X.Factor with the favourite losing because people thought it was a sure thing and didn’t bother voting! Then they will be the ones screaming and shouting… but by then it’ll be too late.

Please sign and ask your friends and family to sign, it takes seconds to show your support for those of us who love travelling our beautiful countryside to show our lovely dogs at weekends.

See petition 


The WSCC Working Assessment Tests for Any Variety Spaniel

Report by Sharon Barkley

The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club (WSSC) held their Autumn Working Assessment Tests on Saturday 21st Sept at Hall Farm, Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon by kind permission of John Fellowes, 4th Lord de Ramsey with judges: Mr Roy Ellershaw [2766] (N&O) & Mrs Jane Sutherland (N&O).

It was a really hot day so I am sure that the dogs appreciated the fact that much of the day was in shady woods but that there were also water retrieves for each test.

The results are as follows (dogs WSSs unless specified):

Novice – 1. & BH River Bank Bremner (Clumber) handled by Robert Lawson, 2. Kingsknoll Hercules (Clumber) handled by Tim Poole, 3. Ruelowhills Zeus (Clumber) handled by Kevan Hawkes, 4 Seolfre Bombay Saphire handled by Gary Barstow, COM. Kingsknoll Sebastian (Clumber) handled by Julie Poole.

Open – 1 & BH Madadhbhan Clements At Seolfre (Clumber) by Gary Barstow, 2. Isfryn Peeping Tom JW handled by Tina Smith, 3. River Bank Bremner (Clumber) handled by Robert Lawson, 4. Blythway Sunflower Gold handled by Fiona Stevenson, COM Kingsknoll Hercules (Clumber) – Tim Poole.

The judge’s choice for Best In Tests was Robert Lawson with River Bank Bremner .
Thank you CSJ, once again, for your kind & generous sponsorship.”>