First trial of the season at Upton Pyne and wow what a trial, plenty of game and the ground was perfect for spaniels, all thanks to Paul Bowyer the keeper for all his hard work getting it ready for our trials.
Thank you to the judges: Nick Davies and David Gregory
This year’s event saw the welcomed return of the Four Nations Challenge competition. Three Spaniels and three Retrievers made up the International teams from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. From the outset the warm, dry, still weather conditions was going to cause scenting problems, despite the fact that the event was being held some three months later than usual, it still felt like it was being staged in mid July.
The Welsh running order of Aled Jones with Brynambor Blaze of Barcudwen , Rhys Carpenter with Lynchside Shikra and Nathan Quinn with Whitebeam Warbler made up the Spaniel team, Aled having to substitute Barcudwen Molly for his young dog. The Retriever team was Alan Rees with Fendawood Ecclestone at Delfryd, Andrew Fisher with Kaliture Rooster and Nigel Probert with F.T.Ch. Stauntonvale Buckwheat of Llangynidr.
This year’s event proved to be one of the closest fought international competitions at Scone Palace, Scotland and Ireland battling it out for the top two places respectively with England and Wales in a close battle for third and fourth. Three dogs returned a top score of 114, Drew Allen, Scottish Retriever and Spaniels, Ireland’s Raymond Wilson and Wales’ Rhys Carpenter .
The International competition turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag with Scotland registering a win after their fourth place at the Game Fair, England in third place after their previous win at the Game Fair and Wales and Ireland reversing their positions.
Despite the disappointing result at Scone Palace, the Team has shown its resilience, consistency and development, each team member personally supporting each other. This can only bode well for future competition.
It was fantastic to have Ceri and Phil, of CSJ K9, at the event with us supporting the Welsh team. A huge thank you to you both for your generosity and continued support.
May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a successful up and coming trialing season.
It was great to be back at the Game Fair, after a two year break, due to the pandemic
It was excellent to meet up with friends, new and old, competing with their dogs; Some dogs, not having competed for two years.
The ground and tests were well thought out with some very technical elements, while conditions were at times challenging, with scenting and the cover proving to be trying at times. Compliments to the two Spaniel judges and two Retriever judges and also to Steve Smith and his team. This is indeed a difficult job.
Over Saturday and Sunday, in a very keenly contested International competition
Overall winners were England, closely followed by Ireland and Wales, and then Scotland. There was fantastic individual performances, for Wales, Spaniel handler Nathan Quinn returning an impressive winning score of 113 out of Maximum 120, being awarded top Spaniel at the event. Likewise a fantastic performance from Drew Allan, of Scotland returning a score of 117 out of a maximum of 120, winning the top Retriever and dog overall.
The spoils were shared evenly, with Wales winning the top Spaniel team at the event, Ireland winning the top Retriever team, and yet another highlight for Wales was Rhys Carpenter’s performance in the run off for top Spaniel team.
The handlers representing Wales were as follows:
Winning Spaniel team Aled Jones, David Pither, David Gregory, Rhys Carpenter, Nathan Quinn and reserve Julie Thatcher.
Welsh Retriever team, who came a creditable third were Andrew Fisher, Nigel Probert, Mike Jones, Alan Rees, Nigel Probert and reserves Jane Middle and Wendy Glue.
A big personal thank you to CSJ K9, Ceri, Phil and the whole team for your continued support and encouragement. You were sadly missed at the event this year and hope that we will be back together as a full team at Scone Palace in September. DIOLCH YN FAWR IAWN.
One special comment from the team – the coats are a big hit, everyone loves them!!
Before the start of the Game Fair I decided, with Aled, that the top three Spaniels and Retrievers would represent Wales at the Four Nations International Gundog Challenge at Scone Palace in September. The team named is as follows –
Spaniels – Rhys Carpenter, Aled Jones, Nathan Quinn ( reserve to be confirmed)
Retrievers – Alan Rees, Andrew Fisher, Nigel Probert ( reserve to be confirmed)
Clwyd Retriever clubs Annual working tests held on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July 2021, both kindly sponsored by CSJ Canine Foods, Bodfari -www.csjk9.com or 01745 710470, who provided the winners with some wonderful goodies for their dogs.
We held our Puppy & Novice test on Saturday 17th and our Open test on Sunday 18th both held at Plas Isaf, Rhosant, Halkyn By invitation of Mrs Price & Mr Ian Jones, which we thank them for as it is wonderful ground and as always the land owners where very supportive and helpful providing water troughs around the ground to help keep the dogs cool.
Well done to all those who were in the awards and to all who competed in the tests and we hope that you all had enjoyable days out running your dogs, although the heat was a challenge over both days.
Our judges on Saturday were Alan Fryer (A), Victoria Waterfield, Gill Awty & John Benyon and on Sunday Andrew Latham (B), Victoria Waterfield, John Benyon & Kevin Jackson, Who we need to say a big thanks to as both days were extremely challenging in the heat and although we tried to provide shade for the waiting dogs and competitors the judges were out in the sun for most of the day.
Big thank you to all the helpers and club committee members who all did an amazing job over both days whether they were throwing dummies, placing or stewarding they made the days run smoothly and for most they helped over the both days which is greatly appreciated as without them the tests just would not be able to run, I hope everyone who came to help enjoyed the days. I would like to say a special thanks to Chris Kettle who helped set up the tests with Glenys Caldwell and who organised all the helpers over the 2 days.
Raising money for Cancer Research UK
And as all the entry fees are being donated to Cancer research U.K, along with all collected in the donation bucket from the 2 days and on my just giving page in memory of Mary Roberts we have raised £1108.40 so far, the just giving page is open until the end of the month so I am hoping that this may increase and will keep you updated at the amount raised for such a worthy cause.
Puppy 6-12 MTHS
1st Anthony Appleton with Abbeyfold Dandelion King of Applebriar
2nd Karen Jones with Caedyah Kelen Music
3rd Lesley Chapman with Our Golden Quill to Canalhouse
Puppy 12 -18 Months
1st Henry Vincent Price with Galloway Rose May
2nd Bill Dewhurst with Claybrow Indiana Copper
3rd Roz McIlroy with Gibbolt Time After It’s Gone
1st Nicola Pipe with Calonbride Calumet
2nd Phil Goulden with Turpingreen Espinoza
3rd Jackie Owen with Kensteen Tomorrow Dreams of Marianbach
C of M Karen Jones with Mood Music Millie
C of M Roz McIlroy with Applebriar Jet
And the winner of The Whitter Trophy for the highest score overall on the day, was Anthony Appleton with Abbeyfold Dandelion King of Applebriar scoring 75 out of 80.
1st & The winner of The Mary Roberts Trophy for the highest scoring dog was
Tarryn kindly sent us these photos taken as a result of the show we sponsored.
The show season died with the Covid epidemic. Now with the pick up of shows after lockdown ends, our charity fun shows are due to start and CSJ have supported South Warwickshire Canine Club with some products as prizes.
These were won by our members who entered the show. Everyone had a great time and we raised money for Dementia Care. We have 4 shows booked, starting with the latest fun show on 11th July 2021.
The next shows will be held on 8th, 22nd August and 19th September 2021– our Novelty Champ Show. We try to give a goodie bag to our winners 1st to 6th. We’ve enjoyed having your products before.
“I highly recommend CP30. A Fantastic food. I now feed all my dogs on CSJ. I finally found a food that really gives my dogs the energy thats required for a busy day working, training & running in field trials.
I also feed it to my whelping bitch to ensure she remains in top condition & it provides good quality nutrition to the pups to help in growth & weight gain.”
I have taken time to write this email as I wanted to make sure that having followed your advice and that of our vet to change Chester over to a different food, it had worked!
I’m pleased to say that I also spoke to Lesley Slade, a stockist on your list and quite local to us here in Fleet, Hampshire, who also suggested the foods that you had mentioned but felt that the CP All Rounder would be her first choice based on Chester’s symptoms and her personal experience of using it.
Meet Chester, watching avidly at The Game Fair – fed on CSJ – “Everyone comments on how glossy his coat is and how bright he is” Lynda Cantelo-Jones
I decided to go ahead with this one and collected a bag the next day from Lesley. Over the next couple of weeks I introduced the food and Chester responded well. He has only had a couple of “off days” but those have been helped by giving him half of the vet prescribed Buscopan tablet.
He is now onto his second bag of CP All Rounder, again collected from Lesley, and all is going well, so fingers crossed we have come through the worrying time we had with him in January.
Your advice and the service you at CSJ provide with samples etc is so helpful and I can’t thank you enough.
Lynda Cantelo-Jones and Chester the happy working cocker spaniel
Being a new customer this year (2019) using CSJ dog food I feel it’s only right to give you all some feedback about the product I used on my 5 working dogs this grouse season.
With previous dogs and over many years of going on the grouse moors up in Northumberland feeding working gundogs, keeping them up to performance with work was a worry that the dogs never came out the kennels match fit for the job especially when they had just done two days previous on hot, heavy going, tiring days out for the team.
Then I started using CSJ That’ll Do!I was given the name and address of Brian Syms from my good friend Steven Ferguson aka BLACKLEK Gundogs. Brian and Jane only live 15mins away from me on the coast at Seaton Sluice in Northumberland – Brian and Jane couldn’t be more helpful. That’ll Do!kept the weight and healthy balance throughout all of my dogs (3 Labradors and 2 Cocker Spaniels) and I am very impressed with the coats on the dogs, the mess from the dogs was regular and not wet- this is an all-round brilliant dog food for the price and results.
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.