Dark nights, muddy Moog – oh and Christmas too!

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By Mark Laker

It’s that time of year again. It comes round quickly every year… I’m sure the years are getting shorter as it comes quicker each time. Yes you’ve guessed it dark nights, colder weather, wet muddy dogs and log fires….oh and Christmas too.

Until last month we noticed how much drier the climate is living on the Eastern side of the country. We don’t seem to get anywhere near the amount of rainfall we used to experience in the South. That was until this winter, then it all changed.

thumbnail_DB036B1C-2CD2-4F61-91B1-3A5A87406EFA_4_5005_cFor the first time in five years the ditch around our field became a stream in full flow.  For the first time we had our very own puddles and not far away the River Trent has burst its banks flooding 100’s of acres of farmland. After a few days of constant rain, even the dogs appeared to be getting fed up with being wet – except Moog, he loves the rain and adores puddles.

So that’s winter here then

We give our dogs a break from competition and serious training over the winter. If we do any competitions they’re generally local, low key competitions and more to keep us and the dogs practiced.

I use this time of the year to catch-up with planning for the next year

My coaching students have already started thinking about their 2020 objectives and we often have a few seminar’s planned in too. The dogs would do agility all year round. However, they seem to appreciate the rest, they look forward to their exercise walks and a different winter maintenance routine.

2020 is looking like another interesting year for us with some new projects and opportunities on the horizon.

I wish Ceri, all the CSJ Team and all our readers a very happy and relaxing Christmas and New Year.  I hope you manage to stay warm and dry and enjoy some time with your families, friends, and of course your dogs.

Happy Christmas,

Mark

Team Manager of Agility Team GB

Mary Carter wins the WSA World Championship with the Santanta 6-dog team

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MaryCarter powering out of the start chute with my World Championship, winning 6 at the WSA champs. Xenon & Copper, Promethium & Titan, Rod & Thor…. and I’m clean at this point! Photo by Christian Helm

By Mary Carter

The trail had something for everyone… trails meandering  in open grass fields, narrow woodland trails, straights, chicanes, hills, winding fast downhills, grass, dirt, sticky clay, mud, hard packed trackways, chalk, and floods!

I ran our home bred team of 5 brothers: Xenon and Copper in lead, Titan and Promethium in team, with Thor at wheel along side their cousin, Rod.

All six are home bred dogs, raised and fuelled entirely on CSJ dog food… and supplemented with Racing Blue Storm.

Mary Carter & her 6 dogs coming into the finish.

Mary Carter & her 6 dogs coming into the finish… a bit dirty now! Photo by Christian Helm

Xenon, who is now 6 years old, has lead our teams to win Gold not only this WSA World Championship in England, but also:

  • Gold at the IFSS European Championship in Sweden in 2018
  • Gold at the IFSS  European and World cup 2018/19
  • Gold at the WSA World Championship in Italy in 2017
  • Silver at the IFSS world championship in Poland 2017
  • Gold in the IFSS European Championship in 2016

As well as leading our teams to be winning the British and Scottish Championships since he started racing. Such a special dog.

John Carter's 8 dogs

John Carter’s 8 dogs, heading out of the crowd lined start chute area on day 1 – Radar & Mani leading, 4 Yearlings Nessi & Lara at point and Zirco & Uri in team (the yearlings first ever race) Oz & Atomic at wheel.

John Carter takes bronze

John was running 4 of our yearlings, Zirco, Uri, Nessie and Lara, amongst some of our more experienced dogs, Mani and Radar running lead, with Oz and Atomic running at wheel in his 8-dog class.  It was the first race for the yearlings and after the first heat John’s team were sitting in Silver Medal position.

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John Carter heading to the finish on day 2

Our starting times were so close on the second day, which meant I would not be able to see his team back in.

John decided to not run the two youngest, Lara and Nessie, on the second heat, just running six, so that the little girls didn’t get spooked at the finish with no familiar face there to reassure them while they are examined and  scanned by the vet team.

In spite of the reduced power, John still managed to stay on the podium and took a very respectable bronze, behind our fellow CSJ sponsored team, Pete Jones.

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George with Avenir & Vitesse in the junior class at the WSA World Champs. Photo by Christian Helm

George Carter competes for the first time at the WSA World Dryland Championship Juniors

Our oldest son, George, was able to compete for the first time at the WSA World Dryland Championships in the junior category with two dogs.. Avenir and Vitesse.

His first day of racing did not go smoothly, with a tangle to sort, losing lots of time, but a clear run on the second day gaining the third fastest time on the trail in his category that day, but not enough to gain a podium, finishing 4th.

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George at the WSA World Champs – Photo by Christian Helm

Lucy Van Zwanenberg and the four-dog team

We also had competing a four-dog team (two of our very  experienced leaders, Neon and Clea, and two of our yearlings, Samari and Mercury) being run by our trusted friend and vet student, Lucy Van Zwanenberg.

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Lucy VZ with four of ours that we lent to her to race at the World Champs. Experienced leaders – Neon & Clea in lead, with yearlings Samari & Mercury (Xenon’s son’s) running at wheel (their first ever race) Photo by Christian Helm

She had an absolute blast.  She safely negotiated the trail, looking after our precious yearlings on their first race, and was delighted to finish a very respectable 8th place in the largest class of the event.

Anna Williams running Paddy

Anna Williams running our dog, Paddy in the ladies Veteran Bikejor class. Photo by Christian Helm

Anna Williams and Paddy

Massive congratulations goes to another good friend, Anna Williams, who was running another of our very steady and trusted leaders, Paddy, in the ladies veteran bikejor class.

Anna had competed in this category last season with Paddy’s father, Bear, winning the British Championship with him, so we had no hesitation in Paddy making his competative bikejoring debut with Anna at the World Championships.

Anna ensured that Paddy was reassured on the tough sections and likewise, Paddy kept a steady line on the technical parts where many had crashed and burned!

Anna Williams running our dog, Paddy

Anna Williams running our dog, Paddy in the ladies Veteran Bikejor class Photo by Christian Helm

We were all delighted to see Anna on the podium in Silver Medal position.

Thank you CSJ

Thank you once again for all your amazing support, allowing our dogs to perform so well at this level.

We look forward to seeing how our yearlings progress this season… As I write this we are travelling with them all again down to the first of the BSSF  British Championship series  in Thetford forest, England. Our aim is to give all of our yearlings a great first or second race experience, a solid grounding, building their confidence for their years of competing ahead.

Best wishes,
Mary 

*CSJ note: Mary Carter feeds:

  • CP30
  • That’ll do!
  • Adult Champ!

We’re so proud of all the team at Bowlands Trails.

 

Great results for HTM Team GB at the FCI World Championships

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HTM TEAM GB 2nd at the FCI World Championships in Stuttgart!

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The Team were 5th in Heelwork To Music and there were representatives from 19 countries in total.

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Lucy Creek and Skiffle were placed third in the HTM FCI Individual Championship.

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Lucy was also placed 4th in the HTM Individual Final with Nicci Hindson and Elsa placing 5th.

Lots of thanks and appreciation for sponsoring the team.

Kath Hardman

Heelwork To Music, Freestyle and HTM Team GB Manager

Essex Working Trials Society – Championship Working Trial

“Thanks once again for sponsoring our Championship Working Trial.”  Penny Bann

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Congratulations to: TD and CC winner: WTCh. Glenalpine Peg with Julie Atkins 

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WD winner: Pam Clark with Lupintoonz Black Phoenix 

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CD winner: Lauren Marlow with Petal Power

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UD winner: Mick Tustain with Vonhauswolf Voldemort

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Follow on Facebook: Essex Working Trials Society

Bobbling along at the WSA Dryland (!) World Championship 2019

received_1464055957076269There were some amazing handlers who feed CSJ at the WSA Championships, so it’s great to see our CSJ bobble caps on their heads! Our warm thanks to Sharon Grocock for the fab photos.

Our congratulations to Pete Jones from Coldfeet Sibes, who won a Silver Medal in the 8-dog race and all the winners. Here are some of our proud CSJ bobble hat wearers:

  • Sharon Grocock
  • Pete & Kaz Jones
  • Roddy Milner
  • Sam Milner
  • Nicole Simmons
  • Patrick McIntyre
  • Yasmin Needham

They competed in the following classes:

  • Scooter 1 and 2 dog
  • 4 dog
  • Freight classes
  • 8 dog

The mud was phenomenal and so were the performances! Well done everyone.

Full results below

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Discover the winning world of Briards with Carol Foster at Fostebrie

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“I feel that the CP range is a very good quality priced food which suits my Briards and as we all know – we are what we eat. We now only feed CSJ on all the Briards. I feed my Briards on CP21, CP24, and the younger ones on CP30. ” Carol Foster

Briards are good looking, large dogs with their striking, long, flowing coats.

Originally bred as working dogs, for herding and guarding flocks of sheep in France, they are highly valued for their alert, kind and loyal natures, often called ‘a heart wrapped in fur’. Once they have bonded to their family members they are protective of them. They are intelligent dogs and learn quickly.

Dogs can be black, fawn with variations in shade or slate grey.  Rugged, agile and supple they are able to turn very quickly making them ideal for herding. They have double dewclaws on their back legs as well as single ones on their front legs.

Carol and Fostebrie Briards

Carol Foster is based in South Yorkshire and believes in quality not quantity when breeding puppies. She focuses on breeding good natured and healthy, well-balanced Briards, ideal as family pets and suitable for showing or working.

Owning, showing and breeding Briards has been her passion for nearly 40 years. Carol’s dogs are treated as much-loved family members and she expects the same from any new puppy owners. They live in the house as part of the family and as Carol used to be a hairdresser, she spends hours grooming their flowing coats.

First and foremost to Carol is the health and well-being of the dogs and puppies she breeds. Her breeding dogs are carefully chosen for their health, temperament, character, structure and conformation.

Carol and her partner Phil have previously imported a dog from Europe and also brought in carefully chosen fresh bloodlines from USA, Australia and Belgium to broaden the Fostebrie gene pool.

For owners of her Briards, Carol offers ongoing support and advice whenever it is needed for the duration of the dog’s life.

It all started with Storm & Sergio, only 10 months apart in age,  They came from totally different lines and were the best of friends. They grew up, played, went to shows together and passed away within 2 weeks of each other after long and happy lives. Their memory lives on in the Fostebrie pups they both sired.

Some Fostebrie Successes 

Logan. Fostebrie Supremo Noir JW Sh Cm

1) Top Breeders 2018 in UK, Australia and Ireland.  

Carol believes that this success is due to hard work and consistent breeding.

2) Successes at 2019 Championship Shows:

Ch Fostebrie Precious Hope (ai) JW, ShCM, WW18, BW18

Bitch Challenge Certificate (CC) at;

  • Blackpool
  • ​​Windsor
  • Welsh KC

Bitch CC + Best of Breed  (BOB)  ​Richmond
Bitch CC + BOB + Pastoral Group 4 ​WPBS

Sel NL, IR Ch, Ch Fostebrie Magic Star

  •    Dog CC +  BOB at ​Manchester
  •    Reserve Dog CC  ​Blackpool
  •    IR Ch, Fostebrie Fantasy
  •    Bitch CC + Res. Best in Show at British Briard Club
  •    Reserve Bitch CC at​​   Birmingham
  •    Fostebrie Romantique of Kellbry
  •    Bitch CC + BOB + Pastoral Group 1 (Handled by 13 yr old Ilysia)
  •    Fostebrie Exotique Noir of Kellbry JW, ShCM
  •    Reserve Bitch CC at Blackpool
  •    Fostebrie Pure Creation
  •    Reserve Bitch CC at Welsh KC
  •   Fostebrie Supremo Noir JW, Sh CM
  •   Reserve Dog CC at ​WPBS
  •   Reserve Dog CC     ​British Briard Club

Ch Fostebrie Dream JW

  • Best Veteran at Windsor

Fostebrie Renaisance at Lavendale

  • Best Veteran at Welsh KC

3) Junior Warrant Competition: 

In 2019, Four Fostebrie Briards gained their Junior Warrants, (3 of them from the            same litter).  Three of these dogs qualified to go to London to take part in the semi-finals at Discover Dogs in October 2019. Out of 64 dogs 10 were chosen to go through to the final at Crufts in 2020.  One of the 10 finalists was Ch Fostebrie Precious Hope(ai) JW Sh Cm WW18 Benx18

4) World Dog Show (Amsterdam 2018):

Six Fostebrie Dogs travelled to the World Dog Show held over three days.  All six dogs were graded excellent on each day and placed in their respective classes.

Highlights of the World Dog Show were:

​13 yr old Ilysia competed in the Junior Handling semi-finals with Fostebrie ​​Romantique (Macey).

Ch & Ir Ch ​Fostebrie Magic Star (Oska): 1st in Championship Class and Reserve Best ​Dog at the Speciality Show.

Ir Ch ​Fostebrie Spartan (Troy): 1st in Championship Class and Reserve Best Dog at the Benelux Show.

Ch ​Fostebrie Precious Hope (ai) JW Sh Cm (Hope): Benelux Winner & World Winner

History of the Breed

Briards are one of the oldest French breeds that could date as far back as Emperor Charlemagne’s rule in 768 AD, when similar looking dogs appear in tapestries.

The breed is thought to be a descendant of Sir Aubry de Montdidier’s dog who took it upon himself to relentlessly pursue his master’s assassin. The King ordered that a duel should take place between the man and the dog in 1371 on the Isle de Notre Dame, and the dog won.  The dog might well have been known as the dog of Aubry (chien d’Aubry), and it could easily have become over time, to ‘chien de Brie’.

There is another story that the dogs came from the region of France known as Brie where they were developed for their wonderful guarding and herding skills.

Napoleon is believed to have had two Briards.

American President Thomas Jefferson was so impressed with the breed he took several back to the States where they worked with American farmers and became highly regarded.

The breed became popular after the Paris dog show of 1863, after being crossed with the Beauceron and the Barbet.

Briards in the War

The Briard was made the French army’s official dog. Due to their keen hearing and high intelligence they were used during World War I as red cross dogs, sentry dogs and ammunition carriers.  On the battlefield, Briards appeared to know which wounded soldiers needed help and which were beyond help. Sadly, as a result of the war, breed numbers were depleted almost to extinction at the end of the war.

Briards in the UK

The breed arrived in Britain in the late 1960’s. The first Briard to be exhibited in the UK was in 1967 with 2 dogs then qualifying for Crufts in 1969. The British Briard Club was established in 1973 and a year later the Kennel Club granted the breed full championship status.

As well as showing Briards compete in dog agility trials, obedience, flyball and herding events.  Briards are now used in service and therapy roles to help people with disabilities and comfort people in hospitals, schools, and retirement communities. They are excellent as autism and PTSD service dogs for adults and children. With keen intelligence and loyalty they can really help improve someone’s quality of life.

Briard Characteristics

Positives

Loyal and devoted family pets and companions

  • Low shedding coats
  • Real ‘extroverts’ and very playful by nature
  • Good watchdogs because they are always on the alert
  • Good around children
  • Intelligent and in the right hands, easy to train

Negatives

  • Mind of their own
  • Require regular grooming
  • Better suited to households with large, secure back gardens
  • Large dogs that don’t realise their own strength and size
  • Often not the best choice for first time dog owners
  • Low boredom threshold
  • Need to be very well socialised from a young age
  • Because they are a herding dog they like to chase

Latest news from Carol Foster at Fostebrie

“We have been away with the dogs showing with great results in Scotland. We have just booked to go off again before Christmas to the Netherland and taking Hope, she only needs one more win to become Dutch Champion…”

 

Our Lamb & Rice helps to sort out two puppies with runny tummies

We have two lovely border collie pups, Smoke and Spook, who have been plagued with chronic runny tummies.

They drink from the Thames and fetid puddles, so at first we attributed it to that. But they’ve tested for giardia, had all their parasite meds, and even on days without lapping up at random ponds the output was variable. The vet suggested looking at diet.beachThough we live in London suburbs, we’ve begun training them and they have of late been losing weight from the exercise; no doubt their regular kibble was inadequate for them.

It’s anecdotal, but it took just a day for CSJ mixed-in to their diet to stabilise them. We shall monitor the weight (too early to tell), but the dogs love the kibble and it shows. They sniff about near the new kibble bag, ignoring the old one (a so-called leading brand).restWe plan to move to the Irish countryside soon.  We’re thrilled your brand is available at Quinn’s agricultural stores and other fine locations.  Bravo.  Many thanks and Keep it up!

Lorna and Francis pachas