From Virginia Harry & the CSJ Agility Open Team
And the action starts again…
This afternoon’s CSJ Agility Open course plans. Notice the very tricky weave entries in both classes. In fact, the entry looks easier on paper in the Pent Jumping 2. In fact, the dogs have to make quite an adjustment after the tunnel to get in the correct weave. Of course, some are making it look very easy.
Two more clears for young Steve! This time in the CSJ Championship Jumping Round 1. Currently lying in 3rd with Digit and 6th with Future, whose round is posted below.
So… in the Biathlon there’s a jumping and an agility round and the scores from the two are added together. A very unlucky pole from Digit put them in 8th place, with 6 clears above them, so all is not lost if they excel in the agility – and others don’t, of course! Here’s their run. Future crashed a jump and Steven Richardson wisely retired her.
Some very nice distance work from Hayley Laches and Atom…
Tonight’s Steeplechase Final course plan.
The courses here at The CSJ Agility Open demand top level skills from dog and handler (@!**!#) difficult, in other words!) but of course there are always handlers who make you wonder what all the fuss was about. One such handler is Sarah Millwood (I hope you don’t mind my posting, Sarah!) with her dog Phaze. And as you can see, I had a bird’s eye view of her run. So many dogs are going from the weaves into the tunnel – it’s very close – so props to anyone who didn’t get eliminated there!
Rather annoying refusal for Steve and Digit in an otherwise flawless Pentathlon Jumping 2.
Photos of today’s action are available on the CSJ AgilityOpen Facebook page
Pentathlon Agility 1
Today’s course plans
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!
Pentathlon Agility 1 results
See you tomorrow for Day 2
Superb photos here from Simon Peachey on the CSJ Agility Open Facebook page.
More Pentathlon Agility
Remember, you can watch all the action on 4 Legged Flix YouTube channel.
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.
Wales Team Captain
Posting by Victor Pogson
Wendy and Calli did well, achieving solid pass grades in all three phases.
Marks were A: 79, B: 84, C:85, Total 248.
Out of 129 dogs entered, 107 achieved pass grades and Team GB came in 86th place. Considering that this was Wendy’s first World Championship event and only her second ever entry at IPO3 we are delighted with the result.
Thanks again for the support – the jackets looked great and it was good to fly the flag for CSJ.