Lisa Duggan reports on the CSJ Highland Agility Stakes

By Lisa Duggan

Photos by Samantha Houston – contact Sam on facebook

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Lisa feeds her dog ‘Dee’ on CSJ

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes

Sunday 2 July

Scone Palace… Scottish Game Fair, main ring event

5 qualifiers around Scotland in spring 2017, from the heats of a max. of 5 Small, 5 Medium and 20 Large dogs are invited to Final.  In addition the winner from the 2016 final is invited back to defend their title.

Open to grade 6/7 dogs

Youngest finalist Kyle Davidson and Scream (border collie)… Eldest 60 Peter Elms, 65 Mark Bruce and at 70 Anne Ripley.

Judge Tam Quinn (experienced Scottish agility judge who has judged at Olympia and Crufts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESULTS

Prelim  – invitational run

Small

1)Mark Bruce and Sindy (Jack Russell Terrier)  – defending 2016 winner

2) Anne Ripley and Clova (Schnauzer)

Medium

1) Derek Elms and Kia (merle Collie X)

2)Nigel Staines and Scorch (Kelpie)

Large

1) Kyle Davidson and Scream (Border Collie)

2) Peter Elms and Jynx (Border Collie

Final (full results and photos below)

Small

1) Pamela Keith and Sway (working Cocker Spaniel) (Musselburgh East Lothian)

2) Derek Elms and Bunty (Jack Russell Terrier X)

Medium

1) Nigel Staines and Scorch (Kelpie) ( Lockerbie Dumfries and Galloway)

2) Steven Richardson and Libby (X breed) (Agility Champion, defending 2016 winner, World Agility Open World Champion) Steven Richardson feeds Dee on CSJ

Large

1) Lisa Duggan and Dee (Border Collie) (Stirling). Lisa feeds Dee on CSJ

2) Kyle Davidson and Scream (Border Collie)

Comments from Nigel Staines…

“First time a mother and daughter dog have won as Scorch’s mum won back in 2008.”

“I have appeared at the Highland Final many times over the past 12 years.  I have always referred to the Final as Scotland’s equivalent to Olympia thanks to size of course and large crowd.”

“Zico (AG CH Dragonheart Dark Destroyer AW Gold), won the apparently cursed invitational event (no previous winner of this event had won the main final later on) and then broke the curse and went on to win the final, this was in 2008, a great day, a great occasion, one of the many fantastic memories this amazing dog left for me. Zico qualified for the final every year, Scorch (Morgans Dark Destroyer AW Gold)is 7 years old, is Zico’s daughter, was at the Highland 2016 Finals – Large, placing top 5 in both runs. Sunday was a great day, I got her as relaxed as I could by having her Sire ringside with her (Zuma – An Australian import kelpie, Elfinvale Legend), it was great to relive 35 seconds of the feeling that I was competing with Zico again for that short moment. Steve Richardson who got the reserve is a great friend of mine, Libby owes him nothing as defending Highland Winner and current World Champion and was great to compete against him.”

Large and small winner dogs at the CSJ Highland Trials

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes
2017 final results
large
Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 lisa duggan sherebridge kismet c 34.465
2 kyle davidson scream if you want to go faster c 34.732
3 heather mclean morgans shocking navigator c 35.949
4 steve pegram borderbrook final match c 36.051
5 carol anne duthie incanto in it together c 36.219
6 euan paterson clan chieftan macsweep c 36.285
7 katrina hands just the best jess c 36.333
8 peter elms chikaramor lovegame c 36.393
9 claire todd storms macy be the one c 37.089
10 allan wright no shadow of doubt c 37.253
11 bethany todd morgans R smooth criminal c 37.900
12 karen penman ticky two c 39.980
13 dorothy anderson lalapaws just jude c 40.637
14 elaine brownlie tale of two tribes c 41.408
15 steven richardson morgans digital demon 5 34.456
16 euan paterson preloved glendale girl 10 33.738
17 dane redford rednamuir truly focused 10 36.433
medium
Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 nigel staines morgans dark destroyer c 36.358
2 steven richardson ag ch no worries sweeps dream c 36.723
3 derek elms calderwood charmer c 38.582
4 jennifer kent ag ch maximus mischief managed c 42.84
5 linda hill crash bang wallop 5 41.793
6 denise clayton scallie marise of vynor e
small
Place Handler Dog Faults/Clear Time
1 pamela keith tiz awesome for devongem c 39.175
2 derek elms calderwood cheeky cherub c 41.889
3 sharon sturgeon carive don biggles c 45.698
4 mark bruce sindy of erskine 10 39.579
5 anne ripley olecrose cotton lavender e

Report by Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain – Scone Palace Four Nations Challenge 2017

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By Alan Rees, Team Captain
What a venue, the picturesque Scone Palace , the racecourse and the river Tay. The Four Nations had congregated, accepting the invitation to this inaugural event. The format of the competition had each country running 3 retrievers and 3 spaniels and started with introductions after a lone piper’s welcome.
England and Ireland fielded their Game Fair teams while Scotland and Wales were experimenting with a development team, with a number of new faces and new dogs, giving handlers and dogs an opportunity to run at this full international event.
The course for both spaniels and retrievers was long and challenging, over tall jumps, thick cover and with a very challenging water retrieve. The spaniels were marked out of 120 and retrievers out of 100. Wales found the going tough; Jamie Bettinson with 78%, Alan Rees on 72% and Vikki Stanley 68% for the retrievers and Dave Williams with 78%, Dean Melhuish with 68% and Steve Erasmus on 48% for the spaniels were locked in a 3rd and 4th place battle with Scotland, whilst England and Ireland locked horns in a battle for 1st and 2nd.
The competition ended with England in 1st, Ireland 2nd, Scotland 3rd and Wales in 4th place. Compliments go to our Scottish hosts who made us all feel very welcomed and left no stone unturned with regards to the organisation. We look forward to the event’s development.
A very big thank you to Ceri, Phil and all the staff at CSJ who accompanied the team on this trip. Thank you for your support, especially the sponsorship, which allows the Wales team to compete at these prestigious events.
David Rees
Alan Rees
Team Captain

Jo Hipwell at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair

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Joe Hipwell and his Sealpin Gundogs had a busy weekend at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, held at Scone Palace, Perth from the 30th June – 2nd July.

Joe and 12 dogs spent the weekend demonstrating in the main ring each day, giving ‘have-a-go’ gundog lessons at the World of Gundogs area, judging the gundog element of the inaugural Estate Challenge and judging the CSJ sponsored junior handlers event.

The junior handlers competition was very well received with gundog trainers of the future being put through their paces. All the prize winners went away with a bag of CSJ Champ! and hopefully a keen interest to pursue our sport.

After demonstrating at the Royal Highland Show the previous weekend, the Sealpin team were away from home for nine of the last twelve days. It is important at these busy times to keep the dogs in good condition so they were all enjoying an extra scoop of CSJ Champ! whilst on the road.’

For all the Gundog results, please visit: http://www.scottishfair.com/docs/2017/2017%20Gundog%20Results.pdf

“As you know it was the first time I had attended this event and had a thoroughly great experience – finding everyone so warm and friendly.” Ceri Rundle

Another kilo down for birthday Lottie!

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By Rachel White

Well she made it through the year of living in our mad house and has made it to her 12th birthday. She has had all her fur clipped and we couldn’t believe how tiny she is looking.

An interview with Steven Richardson after winning Gold with Libby at the WAO

An interview with Steven Richardson

 

How many times have you and Libby competed at the WAO?

We have competed together at WAO since 2013 Achievements at this event? This year Libby was amazing getting gold!! in the biathlon event and bronze in the pentathlon.

What were you concerns leading up to the competition?

My main focus was making sure Libby was at full fitness for the event!

With Libby being 10 and a half, did you need to do or train on anything in particular? 

Just making sure her fitness was as high as it could be.

What did you think of the course?

I thought all of the courses where challenging but also well designed to show off all the dogs full speed!

Did you decide to go all out for it or go for a safe clear run – based on what the dogs had done before?

In the biathlon I went all out for it where as in the pentathlon didn’t push as hard as wanted 5 consistent rounds rather than 2 all out runs!

Best moment?

The moment that Libby and I achieved our goal and becoming world champion!!

Biggest worry?

My biggest worry is will this be Libby’s last WAO!

Describe your overall experience of this event – travel, difficulties, joys, team mates, coaching??

Being on the team for a few years now, this year for me was the best team attitude and atmosphere I’ve seen coaches and management where brilliant!

Thank you Steven Richardson and congratulations.

STOP PRESS! Future has just qualified for the UKA Grand Finals at the end of the year.