Sheepdog trialling IS a sport

By Ceri Rundle

I read a post earlier in which someone said that sheepdog trialling was not a sport. In my opinion it is and should not be perceived as being something negative either. ‘Sport’ in general can bring communities (even the whole country at times) together where people/handlers compete against each other and strive to be the best or to get better. This then inspires others to get involved, enjoy the sport and improve themselves to hopefully one day beat these same handlers/sportsmen.

Over the years this competition has improved the handling skills and level of training put into our dogs that are like athletes nowadays with improved welfare, knowledge of nutritional needs and general health and condition. Even simply worming of pups/dogs years ago was alien to many people. A trial can be a really fun place with lots of banter and handlers mixing in to help make the competition a fair test – well that is what we strive for (and achieve) at Bodfari.

Anyone who isn’t willing to muck in has a choice and it is their loss. People will always make the time-old argument that the dogs of today are not as good as those of yesteryear… In some respects maybe but that is probably attributable to the fact there are fewer shepherds ie the dogs getting less rough work. Those dogs probably wouldn’t even have set paw on a trials course until they were nearly 3 years of age.

Nowadays there is far too much expectation and pressure put on youngsters that are really still only pups in their heads. So many do not get the proper chance. However the standard of handling/training generally IMHO has greatly improved. How many years ago was it where many dogs failed to Turn Back at the International or did it very badly? Nowadays, the handlers train for it. Some might argue that the dogs today are trained purely for running trials courses – yes maybe but many are still working for their living too. The likes of Ricky Hutchinson etc have top quality stock and use their dogs to manage them on a daily basis but they can then go out and win. Who wants to go to a trial and see a plain farm dog, maybe tail in the air, working? It might be an absolute star of a dog working at home on the flock but….horses for courses… Anyway those are my muddled thoughts this morning…!

 

New series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ coming soon…

Watch ‘A Way with Dogs’ 2017- Sheepdog Trial film series and get ready for  the new series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ 2018 – to be filmed in September 2018. More

https://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

Stellar line-up for CSJ’s next ‘A Way With Dogs’

Press release – 6.6.18

CSJ’s first 4 part ‘A Way With Dogs’ competition aired online in 2016 gained a global following and was so popular that top UK and overseas sheepdog handlers have been queueing up to enter series 2.

This year’s 15 competitors are sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats again as they negotiate the unique trial set in the beautiful landscape of North Wales and vie for the specially commissioned bronze trophy and the title of ‘A Way with Dogs’ Champion 2018.

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The stellar line includes ever popular Katy Cropper – in 1990 the first lady to win TV’s One Man and His Dog – plus renowned triallists:

Sergio Perello – Reserve English National Champion 2017

Toddy Lambe – International Supreme Champion 2004

Nigel Watkins – Reserve World Champion 2005

Torbjorn Jaran Knive – World Champion 2017

Angie Driscoll – Welsh National Champion 2017

Ricky Hutchinson – International Supreme Champion 2017

Mosse Magnusson – Scandinavian Champion 2009

Aled Owen – 2 x World Champion 2002, 2008

Neil Gillon – Scottish National Champion 2017

Derek Fisher – US National Reserve Champion 2017

Kevin Evans – 2 x International Supreme Champion

Michael Gallagher – International Supreme Champion 2010

Allistair Lyttle – Irish National Champion 2017

James McCloskey – 2 x Reserve Irish National Champion 2016, 2014

With hundreds of titles between them and long lists of accolades too many to list here visit https://csjk9blog.com/awaywithdogsseries2/meet-the-a-way-with-dogs-handlers/   to see just how tough the competition will be!

CSJ are delighted to have retained their presenters – Bryony Billson and sheepdog triallist, Mike Northwood for the trials which will be filmed to make 8 online programmes on CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds YouTube channel… CSJ’s founder and sheepdog triallist Ceri Rundle says, “I can’t imagine that there could be such a stunning gathering of handlers and dogs again.”

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Cats go wild for CSJ’s new cat food!

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PRESS RELEASE

CSJ’s nutritionists aimed to formulate protein, fat and carbohydrate content close to that preferred by cats and of a natural diet in CSJ’s new Command Purrformance feeds.

In two complete extruded rations – for Active Adult cats and for Mature cats the crunchy texture (which helps promote healthy teeth and gums) and high percentage of animal fats and protein has sent cats into raptures in trials.

Command Purrformance for Active Adult Cats is suitable for all and preferably active adult cats and may be fed as part of the daily diet to kittens. With ingredients including poultry meal, sweet potato, marigold flowers and spinach it is formulated to help maintain urinary pH near to optimum when fed free choice, help maintain muscle mass and help support healthy heart and eyes.

Command Purrformance for Mature Cats is suitable for all and preferably ageing and geriatric adult cats. Containing a mix of animal proteins, enhanced protein quality and quantity to help maintain muscle mass in old age, the blend which includes duck, poultry, salmon, green lipped mussel and cranberry extract has the benefit of healthy ingredients yet with a yummy taste – which is so important to all cats and often lacking in a mature cat food.

Made in Britain and packed in 1kg metallised foil sachets with a 12 month shelf life and an RRP of £5.50 new Command Purrformance for cats is an eagerly awaited addition to CSJ’s renowned natural dog food, herbs and treats ranges.

For more details, talk to your local stockist

 

 

Bodfari Sheep Dog Trial

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By Ceri Rundle

There will be two days of sheepdog trials taking place at Bodfari on Good Friday, 14th April and Saturday 15th April 2017, in aid of next year’s Welsh National Trials, which will be held in Denbighshire.

Bodfari trials always used to be the first of the season in Wales and attracted handlers from all over the country including England and Scotland so it was always over subscribed.

This will be the first time we have held the trials at Easter for many  years.

Good Friday:  2 Opens and Novice Classes

Saturday: 1 Open

Judges

Kevin Evans will judge one of the trials on Friday
Gwynfor Owen will judge on Saturday

CSJ.K9 Ltd,
Bwlch Isaf Farm,
Bodfari,
Denbighshire,
LL16 4HS

Enquiries to: ceri@csjk9.com

Ceri Rundle talks about ‘A Way with Dogs’ on BBC Radio Wales

Watch A Way with Dogs: http://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

Did you hear Ceri on BBC Radio Wales this morning? Here she is: speaking live to Caryl Parry Jones on BBC Radio Wales about our new  sheepdog trial film series of ‘A Way with Dogs’ available on 14th November 2016 on: http://www.csjk9.com/a-way-with-dogs.asp

You can listen here at 49.04 – 55.04 on BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07zf8cq

Listen to our recording of the show here:

ceri-mike-bryony-watching-jrQuotes from Ceri

“I wanted to produce something that reflects the sport”

” When we talk about clever dogs, I always assume they mean bitches”

“I called on a friend  and a very, very good handler, Aled Owen”

“Obviously my father would have normally been here on hand to support and criticise… H. Glyn Jones… was well known. He had two dogs, Gel, who was trained in Welsh and Bracken who was trained in English… the public took them to their hearts””

“We’re looking for a nice controlled run… straight lines… tight turns”

Ceri and her father – H. Glyn Jones

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Autumn Novice & Open working Test for AV Spaniels

Results from Anna Sole

 

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By kind permission of Hon C.A Pearson

Judges: John Johnson A Panel 1978 & Linden Jones NP

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Novice

1st and winner of the Raker Trophy

       Manselpark Finest AR01349606 09.08.14 Cocker F

Sire Tiptop Jack Dam Breckmarsh Bliss

Breeder J Smith Handler/owner Len Earl

2nd Breezybrook Hot Toddy AR01706303 09.04.14 Cocker M

Sire Chyknell Jackdaw of Breezybrook Dam Breezybrook Troupers Dream

Breeder J Ward Handler/ owner Simone Cunliffe – Lister

3rd Kenquartz Perwinkle AR01169801 28.01.14 ESS M

Sire Tylacoch Smut dam Lemonshill Ferny Hill

Breeder R Hall Handler/ owner Shane Walker

4th Shantae’s Little Tinker AM01095204 13.03.12 Cocker M

Sire Lomcovak Darjeeling Dam Royal Rebecca

Breeder C Colin Handler/ owner Trisha Healy

Open

1st and winner of the Bitterroot Trophy

       Wiltonsprings Cleo AR01629303 12.05.14 ESS F

Sire Cowamecourt Gaffer of Edgegrove Dam Lucy the Lady

Breeder J Etherington Handler/ owner Julie Etherington

2nd Moonreed Magic AR02847901 03.08.14 ESS F

Sire FTCH Belveden Vatanen Dam Kidnais Spidder

Breeder M Light Handler/ owner Anna Sole

3rd Molly of Gunters Bridge AL03135804 ESS F

Sire Baxter of Tattletow Dam Mitford Toubkal

Breeder R Pinnock Handler/ owner Sue Gilbert

4th Shantae’s Modesty Blaise AQ00726605 01.02.13 Cocker F

Sire Sherbet Dabb Scherzando Dam Royal Rebecca of Shantae

Breeder C Taylor Handler Julie Etherington Owner C Bridgewater

COM Valnew Hallebo at Wiltonsprings AR03296506 08.09.14 Cocker M

Sire Wharfewright Marlow Dam Perfect Beaming Bracken

Breeder T Stone Handler/ owner Julie Etherington

 

 

 

Clwyd Retriever Club Open Annual Working Test results

Posting by Mary Roberts

Open Annual Working Test results from Checkley

1st -Wesley Travis with Brackenbird Lucas
2nd- Judith White with FTCH Labdom Lewis of Minstead
3rd – Victoria Stanley with Patanavac Brough
4th – Philip Goulden with Tearsol Magnus

C of M – Jacqui Eyre with Highhouse Bran
C of M – Gary McCarthy with FTW Muggleswick Samba

Wesley Travis with Brackenbird Lucas also won the Mary Roberts Trophy

… and the winner of the Whitter trophy for the highest scoring dog from all the annual Working tests in 2015 is Innes Jones the winner of the Novice test.

Find out more about Clwyd Retriever Club:http://www.clwydretrieverclub.co.uk/