BDTC AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2019
Chair – Eunice Pearson
Secretary – Pat Reynolds
Treasurer – Trudy Nye
Club Website: www.billingshurst-dtc.org
‘DOG ENDS’ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘DOG ENDS’ Editor- Neil Nye
BDTC NEEDS YOU!!!!
AT THE A.G.M.
BDTC will be holding their AGM on Friday 29th November 2019. Please come along and support your club, and have your say about how the club is run!!
Billingshurst Dog Training Club will be holding their
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
DATE: 29TH NOVEMBER 2019
TIME: 19.30 for 20.00
VENUE: St Gabriel’s Church Hall, East Street, Billingshurst, RH14 9QH
All members and friends are welcome.
Please come along and contribute. The committee are all volunteers and we need the input and support of all the club members. They help run the club for the benefit of all its members and their dogs.
The club needs charities to choose for 2019/2020, so if you have any suggestions, please fill in the form at the end of ‘DOG ENDS’ and email or send it to Sue Salisbury (or give to your section rep!) by 29th September 2019.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!
WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER, NEW OBEDIENCE COURSE
SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER, CRAIG OGILVIE WORKSHOP
FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER, BDTC AGM
MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER, BDTC CHRISTMAS MEAL
20TH JUNE 2020, BDTC OBEDIENCE SHOW
Pat, our ever capable secretary has asked me to add the following note to the newsletter. The Ed
’The views expressed in articles in this Newsletter are not necessarily the views held by the Billingshurst Dog Training Club and its Main Committee’
BDTC are hosting CRAIG OGILVIE
INTERACTIVE PLAY SKILLS WORKSHOP
Saturday 16th November 2019
Workshop 1 9.30 – 11. 30
Workshop 2 12.00 – 14.00
Workshop 3 14.30 -16.30
After hosting a successful day with Craig in January, we have invited him back for another day.
Internationally renowned seminar leader and author, Craig Ogilvie, is a highly experienced Certified Canine Behaviourist and Trainer, Police Dog Training Instructor and Mondioring Decoy (Licensed in France). Craig will teach you how using Interactive Play helps to create a unique and special experience to share with your dog.
Craig works with each dog individually, so he will help you from scratch or build on what you can already do together.
Please see full details at www.billingshurst-dtc.org/noticeboard/
Venue: Rudgwick Village Hall, Bucks Green RH12 3JN (on A281)
£45 per dog and one
handler (6 dogs/handlers per workshop)
£15 per spectator (spectating one workshop)
To book please contact Alison at email@example.com
SYLVIA BENSTEAD AND STOLLI
Back in July, one of the very longstanding members of BDTC, Sylvia Benstead, sadly passed away after a very short battle with cancer. A short while previous to this, her lovely dog Stolli was put to sleep after suffering a massive stroke that the vet did not think he would recover from. Sylvia was a popular and well liked member of our club. The end, when it came, came quickly. Her final days were spent in a lovely local nursing home where she was looked after very well.
Last time Elaine Heath saw Sylvia she told her she’d quite like to be taken in a horse-drawn funeral carriage through the village, but we know that didn’t happen. Sadly, the family chose a direct funeral and members did not get a chance to say a proper goodbye. But, she was lucky in that many of her friends were able to go and say goodbye to her at the hospital and nursing home.
Sylvia was a stalwart of the club and would be seen supporting the club in many ways over the many years she had been a member.
Sylvia’s main love was, of course, Agility, but she was involved in the Obedience Section for many years too.
Her dogs, Monty, Millie and Kessie all went through the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme with BDTC to Gold Level. A fantastic achievement.
But Stolli had other talents..!
I, personally, will especially miss Sylvia and Stolli, as I had the great honour and pleasure of running Stolli at agility training and at a number of agility shows. This I took over from Ros Ingram, who ran and trained Stolli for many years before me. This year, Stolli and I had our best year ever in competitions, and when I saw Sylvia in hospital just a few weeks before she passed away, she reminisced about how much she thought we had both improved and how proud she felt of us both as a team. We had achieved quite a few clear rounds at Sands Farm this year, achieving a fourth, as well as doing well in the club competition evenings.
Sylvia was a lovely lady with a lovely dog, and I am sure she is sadly missed by many members at BDTC.
Obedience Section Representatives: Maureen Strange – Tel: 01293 851170; Les Cocks; Richard Crew; Elaine Heath; Alison Poulton; Ann Reynolds: Duncan Reynolds: Graham Reynolds: Pat Reynolds; and Julia Wrathall.
Top Class – Rally Obedience
This year we have again run two Rally Obedience courses for the Top Class during the summer months when we are able to work outside. Unfortunately though, we have been ‘challenged’ by the weather on a number of occasions, with torrential rain one week and on another, when we had scorching heat, we took the decision to cancel all Obedience classes!
In Rally, the handler and dog are referred to as a ‘team’ and we have had several new ‘teams’ join us this year. As ever, all are having to cope with the new distraction of working outside (think rabbit droppings here!), on top of learning the new sport - and I have to say the standard has been incredibly high. I have it on good account that several of the new handlers were practicing the exercises while on holiday before they’d even come to a class – and without their dogs! You know who you are!
On our final week we will set a course – with no practice session beforehand. I have no doubt whatsoever they will all sail through it!
The Top Class is always fun to teach as it’s a very ‘sociable’ class. A big thank you to Ann, Liz and Wendy for helping with the classes. And, to Judy too for helping out at short notice.
Elaine Heath, Obedience Instructor
MAVIS KEMPSON AND HARRY
It’s been a very exciting time for Mavis and Harry recently with lots of cards, good wishes and a party at one of our training days!
Why you might ask?
Mavis and Harry have recently qualified to work championship C in obedience.
Harry is a seven year old Golden retriever. However, you don’t see many goldens in the ticket class, so it is even more special for them.
Mavis and Harry have worked their way up through the classes gaining their obedience warrant along the way.
They have that perfect partnership together and it is a joy to watch them work. They have achieved this through play, food and motivation and having that special relationship also helps.
So let’s all wish them the very best in the forthcoming shows.
Dave and Anne Burge
On the subject of qualifying, Lorna Hilton and her dog Lenny, qualified for Crufts at the Petersfield Show earlier in the year.
CHARITY FUN EVENING.
After the success of last year’s charity fun evening, the obedience section and trainers agreed to arrange another fun night on Wednesday 17th July 2019. The weather was perfect, so we were able to hold all the activities on the playing field at Rudgwick. Mandy Govier (The White Orchid, Hydrotherapy for dogs) and her friend Angie kindly agreed to judge the very popular exemption show fun classes. A big thank you for doing a great job. The Fun Challenge was organised by Wendy Adcock and Ann Reynolds and was a variety of exercises that tested the activities they would encounter on a day to day basis. Wendy said that the standard was very good, though some lost marks for using the lead, over handling and extra commands. Wendy also made a spectacular Malteaser cake which was won by Jaqui Wilson for guessing the closet number of Malteasers that were on the cake (225).
Liz Hiles made a number of obstacles, and with the help of Liz Brendon, ran a fun obstacle course. Julia Wrathall prepared the doggy quiz which had everyone wracking their brains, comparing answers or getting out their smart phones! Luisa Greg (Galen Therapy) was in attendance to give doggy massages, this was arranged by Jo Macleod, who also made homemade dog biscuits for sale along with Susie Lyons’ delicious jars of honey from her bees. We ended a very enjoyable evening in the village hall, where the raffle was drawn. Rosettes and prizes were handed out to the winners in each clas,s and tea, coffee and homemade cakes were provided. A huge thank you to everyone who organised and helped, made cakes, gave prizes for the raffle and also those who attended, helping to raise £228.50p towards this year’s charity, Garbo’s GSD Rescue.
1st Robert Kelsey and Megan 2nd Jo Macleod and Lola
3rd Duncan Reynolds and Toffee 4th Maureen Strange and Phebo.
5th Jackie Allen and Themba. 6th Richard Crew and Robbie.
1st Themba – Black Lab 2nd Harley – Cocker Spaniel
3rd Bodicia – boxer 4th Jaffa – Cocker Spaniel
5th Raffa – Cavaliar K Ch. 6th Phebo – Collie/GSD
Dog most like it’s owner.
1st Sampson – Boxer 2nd Megan – Corgie
3rd Harley – Cocker 4th Jazz – Terrier
5th Luna – X 6th Luna – Rottweiler.
Dog the Judge would most like to take home.
1st Luna – Rottweiler. 2nd Phebo – Collie/GSD
3rd Toffee – G.Retriever. 4th Kizzy – Standard Poodle.
5th Rosie – Collie/Australian Shepherd. 6th Milo – Labrador.
1st Lola – Labrador 2nd Luna – X
3rd Kizzy – Poodle. 4th Roxy – Cocker spaniel.
5th Phebo – Collie/Gsd 6th Robbie – Shetland sheepdog.
1st Liz Brendon and Lesley Milne.
2nd Pat & Graham Reynolds and Wendy Fisher.
3rd Jaqui Wilson and Wendy Jennings.
GALEN BASIC MASSAGE TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP WAS A GREAT SUCCESS
On the morning of Saturday the 17th August, the club hosted Luisa Greig from Galen therapy centre, who ran a canine massage workshop. 7 people and their dogs attended and were shown how to apply basic massage techniques which have an overall positive impact on their dog’s health.
The workshop consisted of both theory and practical sessions with 1:1 tuition to ensure these techniques were applied correctly. The workshop was not only informative but great fun and a lovely way to spend a morning with your dog learning something different. There was also delicious homemade cake and refreshments.
The morning raised £160 for BDTC’s charity Garbo’s. We will be hosting another morning on the 4th April 9.30-13.00. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Jo Macleod
The section have one further event planned which they hope will also raise a good amount of money for Garbo’s, and that is the Craig Ogilvie training day on 16th November at Rudgwick Village Hall. (More details earlier of the newsletter)
Section Representatives: Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002, Neil Nye – Tel: 07769814194, Roz Ingram, Tracey Masters, Jackie Reid, Pat Reynolds, Ann Riches, Kate Russell, Sue Salisbury, Chris Woodrow.
Due to Graham’s busy schedule, it was decided at the last section meeting that Graham should delegate more jobs in the Agility section. The section report has now fallen upon me, and I feel this will probably be a hard act to follow, but I will try to do my best! Graham is still in the driver’s seat although I think he will find it hard to take it a bit easier.
At present, the section has 41 dogs in training and a waiting list of 34. Sadly we still have a few injured dogs/handlers at present.
At the end of August, Thursday advanced beginners group moved to the early class on Tuesday. A new beginners’ class started then, bolstering the class numbers again and getting the waiting list down a little.
Unfortunately, the section has decided to stop the YKC group. The youngsters we have worked hard to help train over the last few years, have decided to move on. Very disappointing as the section has put so much hard work into their training. The decision to close the YKC class has, however, taken the pressure off the trainers.
The following are the results so far for the agility competition nights. At the time of going to print, all groups had one more competition night.
Early & Advanced Early Group.
1st Nicky Richards & Dino 17.85 faults 62.85 secs*
2nd Kim Nye & Mocha Eliminated 44.56
3rd Carol Booker & Saffie Eliminated 72.28
4th Neil Nye & Stanlee Eliminated 96.59
5th Val Bolton & Star Eliminated 100.13
Intermediate & Top Class.
1st Tracey Masters & Freddy Clear 30.28
2nd Kim Nye & Twix 5 faults 39.63
3rd Trudy Nye & Lexi 5 faults 42.07
4th Rosie Verdon & Taz 5 faults 58.03
5th Louise Moore & Willow Eliminated 44.66
6th Tara Evans & Maisie Eliminated 56.72
7th Richard Crew & Robbie Eliminated 94.94
*Course time 60 seconds.
Donovan Reid placings after 4 Competition Nights
1st Tracey Masters & Freddy 38 2nd Trudy Nye & Lexi 30
3rd Kim Nye & Twix 26 4th Kim Nye & Mocha 25
5th Amber Moores & Lacey 24 6th Rosie Verdon & Taz 20
7th Neil Nye & Stolli 20 7th Neil Nye & Stanlee 20
Tillington Admiral Cup for Advanced Beginners placings after 3 Competition Nights
1st Rachel Langer & Lexi 19 2nd Louise Bidlake & Cookie 16
3rd Annie Timson & Buddy 15 4th Maisie Walker & Fia 10
Dudley Trophy for Beginners after 2 Competition Nights.
1st Fiona Hughes & Alfie 19 2nd Ellie Watts & Max 17
3rd Helen Wood & Rosie 14 4th Denise Knightly & Domino 12
5th Hannah Secret & Minxie 11 6th Gail Byrne & Lottie 8
We had a reasonably good turnout from the section and club in general, at the clubs Agility Show in July. It was a lot of hard work for those involved, but well worth it. Thank you to all who turned out. We have had a lot of positive feedback from attendees, judges and ring parties about how much they enjoyed the show. Despite all of her treasurer, heavy mob and car park duties at the show, Trudy and Lexi had the added benefit of the section trophy for the most successful dog at the show. Please add your support to next year’s show!!
Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002. Email: graham.reynolds13 @sky.com
Fabulous Flyball 2019
This year we had an excellent group, 9 of which had never done Flyball before. The 3 attending who had joined us from last year were Maureen & Fibo, Kevin & Barney and the Top Dog Trophy winner of the last 3 years Sydney, run by Leigh & Jenny Perryman.
It took 4 weeks to get everyone to a standard where we could organise the competitions. Week 1 saw Sydney break our record for the fastest run at 4.36 seconds. The Flyball course measures 51 feet with 4 jumps to clear each way after taking the ball from the box which is triggered when the dog puts its paw on the footplate. A total of 102 feet in 4.36 seconds! Can anyone tell me what speed Sydney was travelling at please?
Our first competition was the Handicap. This was won by Pixy, who actually won it with a minus score of -1.75, much to the Handicapper’s embarrassment. Nori came 2nd in 2.93 with handicap allowance and 3rd Milo in 3.81. It was a great competition, the first ever for some dogs and it caused great excitement.
The Knockout Handicap saw Nori beat Barney in the final. Race Night saw the dogs racing each other in 2 lanes and this was a great fun night. Nori won with 6 wins, Kitcat was 2nd with 5 wins, Barney 3rd with 4 wins and Pixy was 4th with 3 wins. The next competition was Pairs night. Most of the dogs hadn’t done pairs running before in 3 lanes. This caused a few hilarious runs until the dogs and handlers got the idea of how to do a change-over and not chase the out-coming dog or drop the ball, or go up the side of the lane or not go at all!! All of the dogs were well socialised and got on very well and there were no incidents. Great fun. Eventually, Kitkat & Nori won with 4 wins, Fibo & Milo came 2nd with 3 wins and Pixy & Rosie came 3rd with 2 wins, after a run-off against Domino & Harry.
We had to cancel a couple of weeks before our final competition for the Top Dog 2019 Trophy competition. This is for the fastest dog over 3 runs. Sydney was going for his 4th title win this year and started with a run of 5.25, slow for him. Barney did a 5.94 and Nori did a 5.71. Sydney did a 4.81 and then a 4.62 to clinch his 4th win of the Robin Roffey Top Dog Trophy to be presented at the AGM in November. Sydney has announced his retirement for a well earned rest so we will be looking for a new champion next year.
It was a very enjoyable fun course at a brilliant ideal venue, thanks to Valerie & Peter Harrison not only providing an excellent surface in their outdoor riding school, but also staffing and providing a golf buggy to transport the equipment to the Riding School and back to the store. Our thanks to them for giving us the opportunity of having so much fun and making us so welcome. Pat was there most weeks, sometimes confused as to how things worked but took times excellently and corrected the instructors errors when necessary!
Thank you Pat, we are always a great team. The course raised £360 for our charity which was brilliant coming from such a fun time with a good friendly group.
Those attending the 10 week Course 20th May – 26th August were as follows:
Kevin Ridgeway & Barney, Leigh & Jenny Perryman & Sydney, Maureen Strange & Fibo, Caroline Baker & Steve & Kitcat, Jane & Max Wainwright & Sadie, Jean & Mitch Whiston & Nori, Jessica Gander & Milo, Denise Knightly & Domino, Nicky & Kevin Burke & Pixy, Claire Kershaw & Bonny, CC Guard & Harry, Wendy Fisher & Rosie.
Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. email: email@example.com
Charities 2018: Blind Dog Rescue and Pet Blood Bank: Money raised £1900.
Money raised so far this year: £1756.30
Garbo's German Shepherd Dog Rescue Registered Charity 1142451
Garbo's German Shepherd Dog Rescue is a non-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to finding the right home for each dog in its care. They take in unwanted German Shepherd Dogs and provide shelter and care for them until they can find them a secure and loving home. They promote responsible dog ownership and provide an after care advice, support and guidance service for the new pet owner. They need dedicated and caring owners to adopt their dogs which are sadly given into rescue for many diverse reasons e.g. owners become ill, divorce, go abroad, are evicted from their homes or can no longer afford such a large pet. Often the dog is very much loved and the owner is trying to do the "right thing" for the dog in difficult circumstances. www.garbosgsdrescue.co.uk
NEW CHARITIES - AGM 29th NOVEMBER 2019
Over the year, the committee have been looking at our charity work and trying to ensure a more consistent approach from year to year.
Consequently, we are now publishing the charity form earlier so members have more time to consider which charities they wish to propose for next year's fund raising. (2019 -2020) The charities proposed will then be looked at by the committee to ensure they meet Charity Commission guide lines and BDTC criteria that it is a dog or dog related charity. The appropriate charities will then be taken to the AGM for voting by members. If you nominate a charity, you will be required to do a short write up of the charity and attend the AGM to give a brief talk about your nomination, and why you would like this charity to be considered. Your write up of the proposed charities (with links to the website) will be posted on the BDTC website.
Date for the form to be returned is Sunday 29th September 2019.
BDTC CHARITY---SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2019
This is the deadline for you to propose a charity for the club to support in the coming year.
All sections of our club have for many years raised a considerable, worthwhile amount of money to benefit dogs of many breeds, shapes and sizes. Although charity fundraising is not the main aim of the club, we have always supported either one or two dog or dog related charities each year, some national, some local, some personal to ourselves.
This year so far, we have raised £1,756.30 as of 1st September 2019, for Garbo’s German Shepherd Rescue. A very generous amount already. Please continue to support Garbo’s in the next couple of months. But now we need to think which charities we want to support next year 2019-2020.
Please use the charity form in this newsletter or on your noticeboard, to nominate a charity in 2019-2020 that you feel deserves our support. The appropriate charities will be taken to the AGM for voting by members.
Forms please by email or by post (address is on the Charity Selection form at the end of the newsletter)
BY SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER!
Thank you for taking the time to do this. If you have any problems or need assistance please ask and I will try and help in any way I can.
COURSE FEES AND MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION PAYMENTS
The best way to pay your course fees and membership subscriptions is online. It is the quickest and easiest way to pay the club.
For anybody who wants to take advantage of this payment system here are the bank details.
Sort code: 30 94 41 Account number: 01678041.
Contact Trudy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
However, the treasurer has reminded me that if you wish to pay a cheque, please can your write out the clubs full name BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB as the banks are getting a bit strict on how the name is written.
BDTC CHRISTMAS DINNER 16th December 2019
Before you know it, Christmas will be upon us. (What a horrible thought!! It’s still Summer!! The Ed). Put this date in your diary, and find time to book your place at the BDTC Christmas Dinner.
Venue: Greets Inn, Warnham.
Date: Monday, December 16th 2019
Cost: TBC (but probably similar to last year: £23.50)
All BDTC members, active or not, from all sections are welcome. Menus will be available from Agility and Obedience classes in the future, or contact Pat Reynolds.
PETS AND FIREWORKS
In the coming season, Alison Poulton has reminded us that fireworks will start again. It's estimated that 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. It doesn't have to be that way though, so don't ignore the problem. There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. By preparing in advance before fireworks start your pet will be better able to cope with the noises. Download the ‘Fireworks Frighten Animals’ leaflet from the RSPCA website for more info.
How to calm dogs during fireworks
TAI L NOTE
I hope you all enjoyed this copy of ‘DOG ENDS’ and have found something of interest.
Although it’s still a long way off, hopefully I will see most of you at the AGM at the end of November. Please come along and support us and contribute if you want to. It’s your club after all.
Don’t forget to fill in the Charity Selection form on the last page of ‘DOG ENDS’ if you have a worthwhile charity to nominate at the AGM, and don’t forget the deadline for nominations is the 29th September.
Also if you want to have a good night out (with excellent food and drink) with a group of like-minded dog people, come along and join the other club members at the BDTC Christmas Dinner on the 16th December. Details above!
If you need to find anything out about Billingshurst Dog Training Club, the best place is to check out the website www.billingshurst-dtc.org which I try to keep updated regularly.
If you have anything you would like added (or put in ‘DOG ENDS’) e.g. results, articles, notices, something doggy to sell/wanted etc, or maybe a picture of you and/or your dog in action in your doggy discipline, please contact me at email@example.com, and I will be pleased to add it.
Contributions for the next issue and website are always gratefully received.
As ever, a big thanks to all of you who contributed to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’