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A successful trip to Monk Fryston by Wendy Beasley No matter how much you may love your sport or hobby there are times when the pressure’s on and you are feeling particularly nervous that you wonder why you do it.
Busy life and busy season ahead by Matt Hammersley This past month life has been manic to say the least in our household, between getting married, having our litter of long awaited puppies born only two days before our wedding day and then opening our new outdoor shop...
A purple patch and stubble practice by Wendy Beasley There is no doubt that dogs have purple patches, a time when all the luck is with them and they can’t seem to put a paw wrong, and this certainly seems to be the case for Alan Bexon and WT Ch Fly By Night Lad at the moment. You will remember this...
A busy year of displays and herding by Richard Curtis This year has been very busy for myself and the dogs performing various displays around the country. On the whole the weather has been very good for us and only a few events have been a little damp. In the past I have spent the whole season...
The movers and shakers so far by Bronwyn Bartley Just recently I have been checking the list of qualifiers for Crufts 2015 and I thought it would be interesting to look at the situation as it is at the moment. So far there have been 35 championship shows which takes us up to the end of August...
Trouble in the sendaway at Lauder by Wendy Beasley Trialists will always have reason to be grateful to land owners without whom our sport would be impossible, but this was brought very much home to us on our recent holiday in Scotland when we found ourselves initially with six dogs and nowhere to...
A trio of medals at World Championships by Becca Middleton THE International Mix and Breed Championships (IMCA) and ParAgility World Championships (PAWC) were held in Italy in Voghera.
Last qualifier for Championships by Wendy Beasley It has been a busy time for trials lately but none more important than the Hampshire TD trial which is the last qualifier for the 2014 Kennel Club Championships.
Working party recommendations by Richard Curtis The members of the HTM working party meet at the Kennel Club twice yearly to discuss any matters that have arisen in the previous six months but also to try to develop the sport in the UK.
Are you plate spinning your training? by Wendy Beasley One of the questions I am frequently asked is how often I train my dogs. Most people assume I am out every day but, much as I wish this were true, it is really not the case.
Teek comes back from injury in style by Becca Middleton Natalie Mitchell who works at Many Tears Animal Rescue in South Wales, and her talented rescued Collie Streak of Chaos have achieved great results this season and has kindly agreed to answer a few questions that I put to her about herself and Teek.
Preparing for the Scottish heather by Wendy Beasley Our next trial will be the Scottish Working Trials Society TD championship at Lauder, and this is one where we can be sure what we will be tracking on.
Are you settling for ‘okay’? by Richard Curtis I was asked a question the other day which was “why do you think you have been successful in freestyle” which got me thinking about why some people seem to do well whereas others stay at a level and don’t seem to progress.
UK first for German duo by Bronwyn Bartley On Saturday August 16 Mavis Mills and I made our way to Builth Wells for The Welsh Kennel Club championship show where Mavis was judging the bitch ticket with Steve Barnes judging the dogs.
What’s in your training bag? by Wendy Beasley ONCE AGAIN we were lucky enough to get together with friends at the weekend for some really valuable training. These were different friends from our last session and so an opportunity for all of us to benefit from new eyes and new ideas which...
A testing course at European Open by Becca Middleton Mark Laker, GB team manager, who is based near Newark in Lincolnshire, has kindly written a report about his experience managing the competitors from the UK who had high hopes of stepping up onto at least one of the prestigious podiums at the...
Not so straightforward after all by Wendy Beasley We have just returned from a very enjoyable trip to the ASPADS Scarborough championship TD trial but, as is often the case, for me and my training it has raised more questions than answers.
First tickets and double wins by Bronwyn Bartley We start this week’s article with two championship shows at opposite ends of the country, North West Kent DTC on July 26 and Redcar DTC on July 27.
A month of teaching by Richard Curtis The weather has been so nice recently I had my fingers crossed that it would remain sunny for the two heelwork to music boot camps that I was due to teach over the last month.
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