Open KC Westglen HTM Show report

By Karen Braden, Westglen HTM Club
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Westglen Heelwork to music club held a KC open show on October 28th 2017. A great day was had by all. 168 entries from handlers from all over the country came to compete from starters through to advanced in both heelwork and freestyle.

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There was super routines with a variety of breeds of dog all competing with their handlers to gain a place showing off their amazing talent. The winners were thrilled with their winners bags of goodies sponsored by CSJ.

Race Report: SDAS Kershope 11th&12th November 2017

By Tracy Thomas
Thank you very much for continuing to sponsor the SDAS championship series,

Situated on the border, Kershope Forest found itself hosting the second championship race of the Sled Dog Association of Scotland last weekend bringing competitors from far and wide. As like mostly anything remotely relating to Scotland, Kershope does see its fair share of rain on a regular basis but with the weather looking promising for the weekend (which is anything other than rain!) the SDAS team and competitors made their way through the sleepy North Cumbrian villages and into the forest.

Alas!! The weather was fabulous! Temperatures between 5 and -3 degrees meant a lovely ground frost over the whole weekend which covered the grassy trails and glistened in the sun, although it’s a given there were a few cold fingers and toes over both days from mushers and handlers alike. Proper mushing weather. The dogs instantly picked up on the cooler temps and from 5am onwards the forest was alive with the screams and songs of them all.

 

Racing commenced on the Saturday morning at 9am sharp with the 8 dog registered teams heading out up the grassy hill and deep into the forest trails. They were followed shortly by the 6 dog registered teams who all managed to leave the start chute without a hitch expect that is for Jeff Trotter, who slid into the start chute, hard on the brakes with his dogs having only one intention of not being stopped for snubbing and had to be caught in quite a spectacular fashion by fellow musher Keith Hutchon. Well done Keith, hopefully your prize box of sweets on Sunday made up for having to be untangled from a 6 dog team on the start line and without your help Jeff Trotter wouldn’t have gone on to win the 6 dog Registered Class by over 10secs against some tough competition including that of fellow musher Matthew Clarke who came second to Jeff but also picked up a first place in the 8 dog registered class.

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James Leonard was undoubtedly the star of the weekend in Bikejor by completing the 3 mile course with his dog Rosie in an unbelievable 8mins 55secs. How he managed to cycle so fast on those grassy hills was amazing.

Sunday morning kicked off at 8.30am which is half an hour earlier than the Saturday to allow time at the end of the race day to set up prize giving, clear down the trail and race site and give the timer a chance to print of the end results. This Sunday the early start was particularly required as it allowed time for the racing to come to a standstill and all competitors to congregate at the start line at precisely 11am for a one minute silence to honour the fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

Prize giving on the Sunday afternoon was a joyful time with mushers celebrating their dogs wins and their fellow competitors wins. Competition is good and keeps everyone thriving with their end goals, but to be surrounded by a group of people who are happy to congratulate their opponents on a win always resonates the reason why this is the sport that we love. As mentioned above, a few on the spot prizes were given out via the Committee to Keith for his heroic 6 dog save and to Matthew and Adele Clarkes girls Darcy and Thea, for helping their mum and dad alongside Gary Patterson, Jeff Trotter and Keith Hutchon for setting up and organising such a lovely venue. Thank you so much to you all, it really was a fabulous weekend.

1st, 2nd and 3rd places were awarded with a 2kilo bag of CSJ CP30 and all other competitors were awarded with a bag of CSJ treats, getting to choose from either Fish and Hips or Fish Cuits

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A massive thank you to CSJ for their continued Sponsorship of SDAS events, it’s fabulous to have support from a good working dog food that the majority of sled dog people use.

No sooner is one race over and the preparation for the next begins as we look forward to Darnaway Forest on 9 & 10 December.

 

Arfon Working Gundog Club Novice AV Spaniel Trial – 17th October 2017

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By Gwilym Williams
The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their second AV Novice Spaniel Stake for 16 dogs at the Corwen Forest Shoot, Corwen, Denbighshire on the 17th October 2017 by kind permission of Mr Mike McBurney.
The judges were Mr Dai Lloyd and Mr Philip Sheldon. I would like to thank the guns Paul Dark, Rob Ervine, James Fowler and Andrew Fagan for their generosity, thanks also to our host, the judges, the helpers and the competitors for helping to make the day such a success. Our sponsors for their continued support  CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.
Special thanks to Derek Williams of BASC who attended and carried the red flag and presented the winner with a game bag compliments of BASC.
Congratulations to all in the awards almost a clean sweep by the girls.
RESULTS
First – Ian English with Helmsway Hotshot ESSB
Second – Nathan Cross with Beckys Heart ESSB
Third – Stephen Littler with ConerMarsh Rosetta of Houghgreen ESSB and Guns’ Choice
Fourth – Adam Graveson with Borronsfell Spice ESSD

 

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Stephen McGuire with Mulraven Mismark ESSB
Mark Froggatt with Ladycott Lucky Wish Cocker B
Richard Jones with Dunnbrigg Primrose ESSB
photo shown – l-r – Philip Sheldon (Judge), Dai Lloyd (Judge), Mark Froggatt, Adam Graveson, Ian English, Richard Jones, Stephen Littler, Nathan Cross, Colin Torr (FTS)

News from the The Battle of the Sexes dog obedience competition.

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By Sarah Prince

The event went really well and everyone is so keen for it to be an annual event, we already have judges and teams booked for the next 2 years! We only had 8 weeks to pull this years event off, and that’s from the original idea to the event day itself,  but it went really well. Everyone is expecting it to be bigger and better next year though, so I  just hope I can do what they expect. This year the event raised £2,291.05 for Macmillan, so we were really pleased.

Thank you so much for kindly sponsoring the ladies team and for donating the goodies bags to the judges, they were thrilled with them, and everyone loved the t-shirt too.It is because of your kindness and also of the other companies that kindly donated that we were able to raise such a good amount for Macmillan, which they were thrilled with.

See more photos and find out more about the The TerMANators and The LADykillers event on Friday 22nd September @ 3pm at: King George V playing Fields, West Bromwich, West Midlands: https://dogobediencebots.weebly.com

 

Bethan and Danny Fitzgerald – back on the winning track!

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Bethan is a full time Veterinary Surgeon and Daniel is a full time Joiner
who both successfully race their Scandinavian sled dogs in their spare time. They have fed CSJ food, salmon oil and herbs for the last 5 years and have excelled in the
sport…

Bethan won the Silver medal at the Dryland World Championships with her 4 dog team and the Gold medal on the scooter at the European Championships.

Daniel has amazingly held the title of 4 dog Scottish champion and British champion for many years and has come close to podium finishes at European and World Championships over the last 5 years.

In July 2016 CSJ received the sad news that Danny and Beth would no longer be racing due to an old knee injury but with the usual determination, they were not quitting the sport which was what they thought was their only choice, but had just changed the discipline.

Sadly racing the big dog teams (4 dog/6 dog) would be no more due to injury but as Danny’s knee benefits from cycling he would be concentrating on the one dog bike-jor from now on. Bethan would also continue to compete in the mono-discipline, the one dog scooter.

In early 2017 Beth said, “The old dogs are retired and are enjoying their walks in the forest and on the beach and the odd Canicross club run.

This year we have had a litter of 10 beautiful puppies due to popular demand. Our first litter has been showing great potential so it was silly to not produce another British litter and I love to watch them all grow and excel in what they do.”

Then in October 2017 CSJ had this fabulous news from Beth ….

“Most people have complained about the lack of warm weather this year but we have been using the cold nights to our advantage as we have managed to start training early. All the dogs have been eating our favourite kibble – CP30 splashed with some Salmon Oil and they are looking amazing as usual – even the oldies!

This year Danny has been working hard losing 5 stone and concentrating on Bike-Jor as this is the only thing his bad knee can tolerate. Charlie is now 6 years old and is looking fit and healthy and very eager to run!

The first race was at the very popular Cani-fit Experience race at Boswell Coach House. The first race is always the big test if your training and care for your dog has been good enough and Danny passed with flying colours, he flew through to first place both Saturday and Sunday!

The Boswell race by Glasgow was en route to the European Championships in Italy. Charlie and Danny shared the long ride with a friend, Vickie Pullin and her dogs and both joined 100’s of people, all wondering how they’d fare against the whole of Europe. The trail was tough and the downhill was fast, Charlie ran his heart out and Danny peddled hard which placed them high up at 16th out of 45.

Charlie is 6 years old now and still runs like a 2 year old. He looks nice and lean and bulging with muscle bulk and a shiny coat.”

The next race is in a few weeks’ time, another long journey, this time to Poland for the World Championships. Hard training for both dog and human continues!”

Here’s the full story of Bethan and Danny’s journey with their dogs…

How it all started

Bethan and Danny spent most of their lives growing up in Wales and have lived and travelled all over the World but in 2005 they both decided to settle down and get a dog and this is when their lives took a big turn in a direction that was never predicted!

Danny decided to get a Malamute puppy and Bethan got a German Wire-haired Pointer puppy.  At puppy class they started talking to sled dog people and they become more and more interested in the sport, the Malamute was a natural but it took a while to get the pointer running!

In 2006 they moved to Edinburgh so that Bethan could follow her dream to become a vet. They wanted to continue with the sport so joined the Sled Dog Association of Scotland who accepts any capable breed, they were welcomed with open arms and learned so much from people like Keith Johnston, Steven Lyndsay and Shane Murray, who encouraged them to be the best and have a lot of fun doing it!

3 years later they had gained another German wire-haired pointer to make a 2 dog team for Beth and 4 Scandanavian Hounds to make a 4 dog team for Danny and by 2015 the pack had increased to 12, aged between 10 months to 11 years, all playing a very important role in the sport and the family.

From 2014 until injury stopped play in 2016:

Danny’s truly remarkable 2014-2015 season:

4 dog SDAS Champion

3 dog SDAS Champion

4 dog National Champion

Bike-jor National Champion

Silver 3 dog scooter National Championships

4th at the IFSS European Championships, Paris 6 dog class (fastest in the World) out of 35 competitors.

8th at the European Bike-jor Championships, South France out of 40 competitors

THEN … Bethan got Gold in the European Cani-cross Championships 2015

 

Here’s what Bethan told CSJ about the Championships…….

“The European Cani-cross championships in Scotland finally arrived, the dogs looking lean, shiny coated and full of muscle.

Danny entered the bike-jor and Bethan the scooter but which dog would they choose!

The trail was hilly and thanks to a few days of rain, had some good muddy areas, this was a test of strength and fitness for both dog and athlete!

Looking around in the start shoot, I couldn’t help but look at how athletic the other dogs were and how long legged the human athletes were! But not to worry, our dogs were looking just as good, they have been eating CP30, go-on herbs and storm canis.  The trail was hard with steep hills but our superstar, Charlie pulled like a train, he is known as the mud monster so I had to just let go of the brakes and go for it!!!!”

The whole weekend was “awesome” as we all put it! The British pulled together to put on a fabulous event and a huge big thanks to CSJ too for the sponsorship.

Charlie and I managed to storm way ahead of the competition and brought home Gold!!!! Danny chose our “big” Harry as his bike dog and managed a fantastic 7th place, the bike men’s class is the most popular and competitive of all.”

AND then… Fitzgeralds’ team effort gains Silver in World Championships 2015!!

Here’s what Bethan and Danny told CSJ:

“Team effort from the Fitzgerald family wins a Silver in the World Championships!!

Danny and Beth recently embarked on a mammoth trip, flying their dogs to Canada to compete at the dry-land World Championships. Alongside four other Team mates, they all managed to work together to complete the almost impossible task of getting dogs and equipment from A to B and keep them well hydrated, fed and supple!

The dogs took everything thing in their stride, after a few days of jet-lag and TLC, they performed better than they ever have done. Beth said “I had tears of pride for my dogs in my eyes for most of the time!!!”

They stayed on the same feeding regime and they kept their weights and condition well. One of the dogs ran 2 days with Danny on the bike and then in Beth’s 4 dog team with no sign of tiredness. Supplements like Storm Canis have a huge role in keeping the muscles fresh and go on herbs gets the maximum energy out of them.

Results:

Bethan won silver, the title of “second fastest 4 dog team in the World!” She says “I’m so proud of my dogs, I had two 7 year olds and two 5 year olds, one of which had already ran the previous two days, they averaged over 21mph, words can not describe the feeling of pride for my dogs”.

Daniel took 8th place on the bike, this was an fantastic result as this class had some amazing biking athletes and dogs who have the advantage of training full time.

Beth says “it’s all about what you do with your dogs months before the race, the right food, supplements and of course training. There is no other dog sport that asks a dog to work as hard as he/she can for just the fun of it”.

At home, Bethan and Danny’s two 10 week old puppies are looking amazing with their shiny coats, producing perfect poops and are very big and chunky! They were fed CP27 and then changed onto CP30. Danny says “They prefer it dry and finish the bowl every time. We are very excited to see how they turn out for our future races – next year, the European Championships will be held in England”.

Thanks to CSJ and Storm Canis for their support, without them, silver may have not been achievable.”

Finishing 2015 on a high!!

In their last race of 2015 in December Bethan and Danny both finished on a high!

  • Danny took home Gold with his 4 dog team, achieving the fastest time of the whole rally!
  • Beth also won Gold with her two dogs too, Bryn and Gimli!

Beth told CSJ, “The trails were muddy, hilly and fun. Half the trail was fast but the other half was a slow incline with so much mud so it was hard for the musher to get grip. It all came down to the dogs’ strength and fitness to get the Gold and they did us proud one more time.

Now it’s time for a little rest and back to full training for next month. The dogs are doing fantastic, getting CP30, Go On herbs, Storm and salmon oil. Salmon oil is great in the winter to keep their coats and skin in top condition for fending off the mud and keeping them warm.”

2016 starts with 5 races in 5 weeks……….

Bethan’s two dog team and Danny’s four dog team achieved:

Silver at the World Championships

Gold in the European Championships

Gold in the National Championships

2 Golds in the Scottish Championships

Danny won every one of his races and Bethan’s two dog team won every race except one due to an injury!

Then in July 2016 CSJ received that awful news that Danny and Beth would no longer be racing.

Now at October 2017 they’re back on track in Bike-Jor with the great news at the beginning of this tale

CSJ is delighted for them and wishing them both well for the trip to Poland for the World Championships – watch this space, their story continues…

Contact details: rafiki_beth@yahoo.co.uk

 

Mark Laker’s CSJ blog – The FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec

FCIThe FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic lived up to our expectations. The atmosphere amongst the supporters and competitors was fantastic. The standard of the agility courses was very high; they were technically challenging and yet exciting to watch. And of course the standard of competition was incredible. Much like the European Open the handling seen amongst the top teams was precise, fast and well practiced.

Agility at this level gets faster and more exciting each year. The top dogs are now regularly reaching speeds exceeding 6 metres per seconds (MPS). To put this in context when I first started looking at dog speeds we were aiming at 5.6 MPS for the same group of dogs. That’s a 12% increase in speed in four years. Obviously there are many factors that effect the speed including course design, the surface, jump heights etc.. however dogs and handlers continue to achieve faster times.

FCI arenaUnfortunately we didn’t win any medals this year. Which obviously we were disappointed about; I felt we were strong contenders for at least two medal positions. Our results didn’t reflected our performance. Many team members exceeded expectations, some pulled out a few surprises and others showed potential for the future.

Overall as a team I felt we were well prepared and knew what to expect. I think what caught us out was the raw power and speed of many of the dogs and handlers. This didn’t phase us, but it did make us push for every drop of energy and speed we could find.

So what next? Well the Coaching Team re-group later this month to plan our 2018 activities and how we are going to get our dogs quicker. Follow Mark Laker’s blog here: http://marklaker.blogspot.co.uk/

CSJ sponsors 35th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

aviemore-sled-dog-rally (1)We are proud to announce that in 2018 we are the main sponsors of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.

To be held on 27th and 28th January, at Glenmore, the race will feature teams of between two and eight dogs pulling their musher on a sled around a four to seven mile trail. If there’s no snow at ground level for the event, the races will still go on with mushers using a three-wheeled rig that looks like a tricycle without a seat.

From an original of only 12 teams, the annual race is now the largest event of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers taking part. CSJ’s founder Ceri Rundle said, “We have been involved in this exciting sport for many years with numerous successful mushers using our food so are delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the biggest event in British sled dog racing.”

To see more about our involvement in all canine activities visit www.csjk9.com