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Any trials in/around Shropshire/Mid Wales?
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Wyrd



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:14 am    Post subject: Any trials in/around Shropshire/Mid Wales? Reply with quote

I have just looked on the carriage dog trials website but can't see any events that are close enough for me to travel to, does anyone know if there are any events organized for the Shropshire/Mid wales area?

I would love to bring my pup and watch till he is old enough to compete Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lovely Anne will be along presently to advise -whispers alas 'tis a southern sport me thinks with the occasional venture up North. If you can make it (and you probably cant) I think Skipton may be the closest but then again I failed Geography...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Skipton might be a bit too far north for me. Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did warn you about my geography though: wait for Anne
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stourport on Seven Worc 3rd July folow the links.

http://www.britishdalmatianclub.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3796
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant thank you Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are looking at the possibility of running a training day/instinct try out in the Hereford area, this should suit you down to the ground.
Please keep checking the website www.carriagedog.org as details will appear as dates etc finalised.
Chris Cleland
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will keep an eye out for that one Smile

Has anyone looked into the possibility of maybe trying to run an event at Dyfnant Forest in Powys?

It's a nice area and has specially made tracks for carriages.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:26 pm    Post subject: Carriage Dog Trials Reply with quote

Hi there

Not feeling that "lovely" tonight in grubby jodphurs and covered in dog hair (as usual) but thank you anyway Fred Smile

Yes, do please come along to the nationals - spectators are welcome. As far as national trials goes, Stourport on Severn is pretty close to you (we'll be on the road for about five hours to get there!).

A link to the precise location and some directions is here on the trials tab www.carriagedog.org

The weekend's events include the following:

Friday:
Competitors may arrive after noon
Cross Country course available to hire
5.006.00pm Obedience Field available for competitor horses no dogs
Assemble 6.00pm Fish & Chips (pre-booked only)
6.45pm Competitors - compulsory briefing followed by escorted endurance course drive

Saturday:
Trials start approx 8.30am
n.b. obedience trials usually over by mid afternoon
AGM & Awards will follow trials as soon as results have been calculated (late afternoon/early evening)
BBQ to follow (pre-booked)

Sunday:
Cross country course available to hire
Instinct tests - for people interested in trying their dogs out with a carriage
Dalmatian Decathlon - a fun agility and obedience event

Photos available afterwards from EquinePix Photography www.equinepix.co.uk

You will have to forgive the committee if you turn up and can't find anyone to talk to - everyone has a job on the day! - but do stay and watch anyway. There are always a few things to buy in the marquee, including raffle tickets, some photos to look at, some information leaflets and membership forms.

Don't forget to bring some chairs.

I'm judging so will be on horseback all day - and likely to have to be winched off Nobel after x hours in the saddle!

See you there.

Anne
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: Carriage Dog Trials Reply with quote

Sunday:
Cross country course available to hire
Instinct tests - for people interested in trying their dogs out with a carriage
Dalmatian Decathlon - a fun agility and obedience event

Hi,

Can you tell more about this. I would love to come along on the Sunday to try out my girl. I am also interested to know more about the dalmatian decathlon. What do both involve and is there any equipment etc that I would need to bring? Also what time would these events take place?

Regards

Karen
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: National Carriage Dog Trials events Reply with quote

Hi Karen

The Sunday of the Trials weekend is the fun day after the competition (the competition is also fun of course, but by Sunday all the stress and any competitiveness is spent!).

The events run in the morning, as some of the weekend's organisers and competitors travel home on Sunday lunchtime onwards, so it's usually between 9.30am and 1pm-ish.

The instinct tests involve trying out your dog with a carriage. One or two of the previous day's competitors volunteer to drive their horses for a short time to enable people who've never done it before to see how much instinct their dog has to work with a carriage. The Society will issue 'Instinct Certificates' on the day to dogs showing promise.

The Dalmatian Decathlon will be a circuit of a variety of fun agility/obedience exercises with an element of choice i.e. to be able to work with what you and your dog are good at and enjoy. You will not need to bring any special equipment (except your usual training kit e.g. collar, long lead, treats/toys!). The emphasis will be on motivation and fun Smile

(The cross country course is open to people with horses who prefer to have a relaxing ride out.)

Hope that's helpful (and we'll see you there).

Anne
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:53 am    Post subject: Dally Decathlon Reply with quote

Just a little more information on the Dally Decathlon. This will comprise of 10 stations spread out around a field. Each station will pose a challenge to be completed by your dog in an allotted time. We would like some teams of 3 dogs, as at each station you will be able to gain-or lose points.QI style- think I might end up with a minus score! You may use some of this time to practice the skills you need. The course will be left up and anybody is welcome to go round in their own time after all the teams have had a run. All will be revealed on the day, but it is all good fun. You may use toys and treats. If it is a hot day be prepared to get wet! Still no wiser? An example of a challenge for instance "fastest recall", but there could well be a few "distractions" on the way to slow your dog down.These might be edible('Wink')It should be fun, lets hope for good weather and then we can use the water challenges! If you come alone we can put you in a team if you would like to be involved, or of course you can go round with a friend in your own time.It is all very flexible.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
funny you should mention Dyfnant Forest in Powys, I did actually go to a driving event here some years ago, to see if it would be suitable for a trial. I ran my dogs with the carriage but it was not very long before their pads got sore and they run on the roads a lot. The stone was quite sharp so I think probably if the dogs were local it would be fine but not suitable for most of our dogs, so we could not pursue it which is a shame as I agree with you it is lovely. If any one knows of a venue that might be suitable we are always very interested to hear from them. We need a 10 km track suitable for ridden and driven horses and a field for camping and obedience.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ann/Alison,

Thanks for your replies. Sounds really good fun - I have got the date noted in my diary and hoepfully will be able to make it.

Regards

Karen
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look forward to seeing you Karen
Anne and Alison!
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