Local leader Ceri Rundle, Founder of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, shortlisted for national leadership awards

Local leader Ceri Rundle, Founder of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, shortlisted for national leadership awards

Daring to leadCeri Rundle, Founder of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, from Bodfari, North Wales has been named a finalist in this year’s Leading Wales Awards.

The Leading Wales Awards Consortium that run Wales’ long-established and only dedicated leadership awards have announced this year’s short list. They are delighted that once again The Institute of Leadership & Management are the headline sponsors.

Ceri Rundle from Denbighshire has been nominated in the Leadership in the Private Sector category for her leadership role and is one of 4 finalists in the category.

The awards, which have been running for 15 years, have eight individual categories including Women in Leadership and Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion and one organisational leadership category which was won last year by the NHS Wales Finance Academy.

Barbara Chidgey, Chair of the Leading Wales Awards consortium, said; “This year our theme is “Daring to Lead®”. We received many impressive and outstanding nominations for individuals in Wales (in all sectors and at all levels of responsibility) whose leadership is courageous, inspirational and transformational. They were a privilege to read and a challenge to shortlist.”

Ceri Rundle, founder of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds said “Entering the Leading Wales Awards is an important step and I feel the time is right. I’ve grown our business from the ground up, since we started out to develop our own range of natural working dog food and supplements, over 20 years ago and supported handlers, teams and dog events from grass roots up to championships throughout Wales and Europe. Today at CSJ, we continue to do our best to promote the finest of Wales’ heritage and qualities throughout all our business endeavours”

This is the 15th and concluding year of the Leading Wales Awards®. They will culminate with the Awards presentations as part of a legacy dinner at Hilton Cardiff on 26th September 2019. Tickets are available for £67.50 and by emailing leadingwalesawards@learningpathways.info.

Previous alumni include Laura Tenison MBE, Jo Jo Maman Bébé, Mario Kreft MBE, CEO of Pendine Park Care Homes, Kelly Davies, Managing Director of Vi-Ability, and Dr Sabine Maguire of Sparkle, South Gwent Children’s Foundation.

For more information please visit www.leadingwalesawards.wales and www.gwobrauarwain.cymru

Press contact: wendy@csjk9.com

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  1. Leading Wales Awards 2019 Finalist details

 

Category Finalists
Leadership in the Public Sector

(Supported by Academi Wales)

·      Iwan Davies, Chief Executive, Conwy County Borough Council

·      Sarah King, HR Director, Gower College Swansea

·      Tracy Myhill, CEO, Swansea Bay University Health Board

·      Detective Chief Inspector Tracey Rankine, South Wales Police

Young Leader  (14 – 25 years old)

Sponsored by Alcumus

·      Christie-Leigh Holvey, Volunteer Activity Coordinator, Volunteering Matters

·      Rudina Koka, Volunteer & Trustee, EYST

·      Levi Rees, Volunteer & Trustee, WRAP

Leadership in the Private Sector

Sponsorship TBC

·      Jack Kelleher, Managing Director, JDK Cleaning

·      Ceri Rundle, Founder, CSjk9 Ltd

·      Jenny Scourfield, Operations Manager, DataKom Limited

·      Richard Selby, Director and co-founder, Pro Steel Engineering

Leadership in the Voluntary & Not for Profit Sector

Sponsored by Williams-Ross Ltd

·      Katie Dalton, Director, Cymorth Cymru

·      Sarah Hughes, Centre Head, Maggie’s Swansea

·      Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO, Techniquest

·      Helgard Krause, Chief Executive Officer, Welsh Books Council

Leadership for the Future (Sustainability)

Sponsored by Educ8 Group

 

·      Mari Arthur, Director, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales

·      Catrin Middleton, Head of Programme, Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board / Welsh Goverment

·      Ian Titherington, Lead Officer, Drainage, Cardiff County Council

Women in Leadership

Sponsored by Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University

 

·      Nia Brennan, Assistant Director, Joint Legal Service South Wales and Gwent Police, South Wales Police

·      Dawn Casey, Macmillan Lead Nurse for Cancer Services, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

·      Julia Heslop, Operations Sections Head, Aberthaw Power Station

·      Lynne Thomas, Project Manager, Community Gateway / Cardiff University

Leadership in Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Social Business Wales

·      Arthur Beechey, CEO, Agoriad Cyf

·      Simon Michaels, Founding Director, Riverside Market Garden / Bodloni Soup

·      Vicki Roskrams, Director, The Enbarr Foundation

Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion

Sponsored by CMI Cymru

·      Ali Abdi, Partnerships Manager, Community Gateway / Cardiff University

·      Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan, South Wales Police

·      Sharon Williams, Managing Director, Pia

·      Alicja Zalesinska, Director, Tai Pawb

Inspiring Great Leadership (Organisational Award)

Sponsored by The Institute of Leadership & Management

·      Bridgend College

·      Cadoxton Primary School

·      Do Digital Agency

·      Orbis Education and Care Ltd

 

 

About the Leading Wales Awards

  1. The Leading Wales Awards are Wales’ only designated leadership awards. The Awards seek to identify, recognise and celebrate personal achievement in outstanding leadership in Wales and is hosted in association with The Institute of Leadership & Management.

 

  1. The Leading Wales Awards is run by a consortium of organisations from across Wales, they are:
  • ACCA Cymru Wales
  • CBI Cymru
  • FSB Wales
  • gofal gair
  • Hilton Cardiff
  • Learning Pathways Cymru
  • WCVA

 

Winners all – CSJ Agility Open – Day 4

From Virginia Harry and the CSJ Agility Open Team

After watching you all perform over the last four days I can absolutely confirm that you all deserve your Win On Spot… You were all fabulous to watch, your phenomenal handling and training skills – it was an honour. Especial congrats, of course, to Steven Richardson#sponsoredbycsj, for winning the 500 category. Happy now, Steve???

From left to right – Jo Tristram and Brite, Steve Richardson and Digit, David Wright, Ashleigh Butler and Sully, and Sarah McLean with Milo (holding her puppy, Ember).

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Well done to you all! The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 400 height were:

  • 1st Samantha Towe and Franky
  • 2nd Becci Chant and Jaffa
  • 3rd Abigail Doxford and Wiggy

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Well done to these three competitors who have all been a total joy to watch this weekend. Such skills! The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 600 height were:

  • 1st Ola Kordas and Dessa
  • 2nd Anthony Clarke and Ava
  • 3rd Joanne Tristram and Brite

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Steve Seale gets it together when it counts! Huge congrats to Steven Richardson and Digit and Karen Marriott and the national treasure that is Puzzle. The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 500 height were:

  • 1st Steve Seale and Flec
  • 2nd Steven Richardson and Digit
  • 3rd Karen Marriott and Puzzle

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  • 1st Lucy Osborne and Fling
  • 2nd Sarah McLean and Milo
  • 3rd Roz Quail and Tula

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The WAO 2020 super win on spots for England, Scotland and Wales have been published. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in the Netherlands in May 2020.

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The winners of the future prospects award have been announced. Congratulations to them all.

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Championship Final Results
600 (Course Time: 45 seconds)

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View the results online

Superb photography throughout the event by Simon Peachey, can be viewed on The CSJ Agility Open Facebook page

CSJ Agility Open – Day 1

Pentathlon Agility 1 

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Today’s course plans

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First round CSJ Agility Open and Hayley Laches and Atom nail a 3rd place in the 600 height! What a great start.

Steven Richardson and Digit win their height in the Steeplechase 1 class!

Sarah Hamblin and Princess Karma were the first to run in the CSJ Agility Open’s first class, Pentathlon Agility 1.

Snooker… Here’s Steven Richardson and Future having a go and finishing in 11th place.

Taming Canines Dog-Sports Team

A ‘tail’ of two halves, the one in which Atom leaves his ears at obstacle 3 and gets them back at 8! Fantastic second half. The second half of this run is amazing…. Hayley doesn’t break out of a walk!

Two fabulous runs from Steven Richardson is in the Pentathlon Jumping 1, putting him 2nd with Digit, so far, and 3rd with Future. This superb run puts them in 1st place in Pent Agility 1 – for now! Also a nice run from Future…. that’s a very tricky weave entry!

Steeplechase Results

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Pentathlon Agility 1 results

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See you tomorrow for Day 2

Superb photos here from Simon Peachey on the CSJ Agility Open Facebook page.

Pentathlon photos

More Pentathlon Agility

Gamblers photos

Mobile Uploads

Remember, you can watch all the action on 4 Legged Flix YouTube channel.

 

Ne’er cast an agility clout till May be out…

By Mark Laker

hawthorn (2)Maybe summer is here now, although I remember an olde English saying ”Ne’er cast a clout till May be out”… in other words don’t get rid of your winter clothes just yet. Anyway, after a glorious Easter, May so far has been a bit of a downer for me in more that just a weather related way.

Last October I picked up a muscle injury in my hip area (I told people I’d broken my bum as that’s what it felt like!) Apparently I’d damaged a deep muscle which wasn’t easy to stretch or repair so I just had to be patient and do the exercises. It meant I couldn’t run or do anything too strenuous for about five months.

Easter came and I’m fixed, exercising again and gradually getting back into training with Moog. Then we had a change of plan and decided Moog needed some proper dog training… I just pretend to be a dog trainer, Karen’s the dog trainer. I’m the people tamer!

Karen’s first run with Moog was at Shrewsbury earlier this month and they did well. I ran Karen’s well trained dog Rhyme and had a 1st place, a 2nd and a 5th which I was pleased about. So there we are, Rhyme and I both fit and running well again – some would say “ye olde magic is still there”.

Then without warning last week I picked up a back injury (ye olde-re occurring back pain). Fortunately it isn’t serious and everything was put back into place by the Physio. However I’ve had to miss another weekend of competition while it recovers.

I’ll be working on my fitness when I get the all clear and plan to enjoy the rest of season competing with Rhyme and supporting Karen with young Moog, Chic and Pikachu.

One of the many good points about dog ownership is even when you’re not feeling 100% dogs still want to be you and will enjoy anything we do with them. Whether it’s out for a walk, a run, agility or other work they are always keen to join in.

Have a great May and remember no casting of clouts yet…

PS – apparently the saying is also related to the Hawthorn being in flower too.

 

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Retriever World Cup 2019 report from Alan Rees

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Well this year was the first time the Retriever World Cup has come to Wales.

The outstanding picturesque estate at Glan Usk was the venue overlooking some of the most outstanding landscape in Wales.

Nigel Probert, the course designer had done a fantastic job with very challenging long retrieves on Llangynidr moor on the first day. He used the full location of the estate and river Usk for the technical retrieves on the second day. What an excellent job.

At the gala dinner on Saturday night, teams from all over Europe were entertained in the land of song by the Bois Goitre Wen Male voice choir. That was an event in itself.

Now onto the event

The ever consistent Scotland, winners for the second time in succession. England came a very close second and Denmark in third.

Wales trailed this year in 9th place, a big disappointment but things just didn’t go well for the home team. At the end of the first day Welsh dogs were prominent with Vickie Stanley leading the field closely followed by Alan Rees and Hayden Willmott. Mike Jones found things a little difficult for his young dog.

The second day followed much the same pattern with failures for Mike, Hayden and Vickie but on a course like this there were numerous bunkers to be overcome.

Hopefully we all have learnt from the experience and will benefit from it in future events.

A big thank you from the team, we all appreciated the support from numerous gundog people that had turned out to support us as well as some of the best dogs and handlers in the world.

On behalf of the team I would like to thank Ceri, Phil and all at CSJ for their continued support.

Diolch,

Alan Rees

Wales Team Captain

Wonderful news about Lottie

By Rachel White

Well this little lady has had another massive come back. Here she is at the beach the other evening loving life.

She has perked up no end and has amazed us with her resilience where we thought she was at deaths door. Her weight is going between 23 – 24kgs but she isn’t exercising as she used to. Such a happy little girl and Thursday is her 1 year anniversary with us !

Arfon Working Gundog Club Novice AV Retriever Stake

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The Arfon Working Gundog Club held two Retriever Stakes this season.
On the 5th October 2016 an Open one day AV Retriever Stake was held at the Checkley Wood Shoot, Nantwich, Cheshire by kind permission of Mr Ivor Beavis. The judges were Mike Newsom, Keith Bellamy, Sheila Suzuki and Mike Allen.
No awards were made and Guns’ Choice was awarded to Norman Onens with Kestrelway Freddie lab Dog
On the 15th November a Novice AV Stake was held at The Glasfryn Shoot, Pwllheli, Gwynedd by kind permission of Mr Gwilym Jones. The judges were Kevin Bradey, Lynn Mitchell, Mike Allen and Carol Clarke.
The weather when we started off was dull and drizzly and whilst it dried out it remained cloudy.
It was a driven day and on the first drive four dogs were lost and this is how it progressed and by the end of the third drive, three dogs were left for the run off, these became two and eventually one was left to await the judges verdict.
I would like to thank our hosts for the two venues, the judges, the guns and the helpers for both days. Our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear and to Derek Williams of BASC Wales who presented the winner with a game bag courtesy of BASC.
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Winner was Jason Owens with Avonstream Avor Lab D
Photo 1 show l-r: Carole Clarke, Lynn Mitchell, Mike Allen, Ken Jones  (Gun), Jason Owens, Vaughan Jones (Gun), Colin Torr (FTS), Geraint Owen (Gun), Kevin Brady7, Derek Williams (BASC)
Photo 2 shows: Derek Williams with Jason Owens