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Easter weekend and now the show season starts to get properly under way with two championship shows, the Midlands Border Collie Club on April 19 and Knightswood DTC the following day.
The public perception of the sport of HTM has not always been favourable in some people’s eyes. There are sections of the public who feel that the sport is just all about getting the dog to do circus tricks with no thought of the dignity or...
A Panoramic setting at Flintham by Wendy Beasley There has been some doubt about whether or not we would go to the BAGSD PD Trial at Flintham as Lunar had been having physio for a muscle injury in her neck, but after a course of anti inflammatory...
LAST MONTH saw the first AGM of the BSSF held at Sherwood Pines forest park in Derbyshire and was attended by a small number of its members.
A month of championship shows by Becca Middleton THE SCOTTISH Border Collie Club championship show for large dogs was held on April 19 at Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland and was judged by Cathy Keith.
A first taste of summer at Enfield by Wendy Beasley Last Saturday Paul and I had one of the nicest days at a trial that we’ve had in a long time. Entered in the TD stake at ASPADS Enfield under John Wykes, it was really good to get back to doing a TD with Lunar and Spica, and with the forecast of...
Celebrating Lichfield Dog Training Society by Bronwyn Bartley On Friday April 4, members of Lichfield Dog Training Society were invited, along with a guest, to a superb complimentary evening meal at Cannock Golf Club to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club – a milestone indeed.
A pleasure judging freestyle in Austria by Richard Curtis As I mentioned in my last article I recently spent four days teaching and judging in Austria. After the two days I had been teaching I then had to put my judges hat on for the next two.
Despite one of the wettest winters of recent years, and the severe flooding in the area just a few weeks ago, the BAGSD Tewkesbury trial did go ahead with the land recovered and the sun shining for at least some of the time. Unfortunately a few...
The show season has well and truly started now and this week I have two championship shows to report on. Wye Valley championship show for small and medium dogs was held at Monmouth, the championship judge for both height categories was Dave...
Tony and Isla cutting the numbers by Wendy Beasley The Welsh Championship TD trial took place at the end of March, and in the words of judge Linda Newbold the weather threw everything barring snow at them. Starting on the Thursday with an entry of 24 with 21 working, it promised to be a very...
As I said in my previous article, I was invited, along with co-judge Roy Page, by Rick van Veeren to judge in Holland at Obedience Wedstrijd Te Kerkwijk on March 22 and this gave me the chance to take another first hand look at the obedience scene...
Teaching a workshop in Austria by Richard Curtis With Crufts out of the way it was going to be a busy time for me teaching workshops as I had not booked as many in at the start of the year so that I had more time to practise.
A surprise win at Beachey Head by Wendy Beasley UNLIKE all other championship trials the Southern Alsatian Training Society (SATS) has for the last few years been running a ‘one day’ TD championship. This means that instead of only nosework taking place in the first few days of the trial, and...
Do your best, forget the rest by Becca Middleton THE 2014 season is really kicking off now that spring has arrived and we have been blessed with some long awaited sunshine. The first championship show of the year was Wyre held at Myercough Equestrian Centre in Preston, Lancashire on March 22-23.
Well I can hardly believe that no sooner has the season started than it’s coming to a close already! It hardly seems with the warm and wet weather that it had got going, we didn’t even see any snow or properly cold weather this season.
A great day in Lincoln for ‘Alans’ by Wendy Beasley The Lincoln championship trial always coincides with Crufts, but as we had a Friday draw this year we had planned to visit the show on Saturday.
Apart from Crufts March has been a fairly quiet month for shows although in the Midlands and North West we are fortunate to have winter shows at equestrian centres and we have been to three open shows this year already.
Preparing two Crufts routines by Richard Curtis With the dust now settling on Crufts 2014 I thought it would be interesting for readers of the column to know a little about the thinking behind the routines that I performed at Crufts 2014.
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