“When it goes well, a brace run is lovely to watch!” says International Supreme Champion Ricky Hutchinson

“When it goes well, a brace run is lovely to watch!” says International Supreme Champion Ricky Hutchinson to Paddy Fanning in this fourth clip from the full 20 minute interview, in the run up to Series 2 of ‘A Way with Dogs’ sheepdog trials, launching in early 2019.

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“I still wish Glyn Jones was about, so I could ask him one or two things” says Katy Cropper

“I still wish Glyn Jones was about, so I could ask him one or two things” says English National Brace Champion Katy Cropper in this third clip from the full 20 minute interview in the run up to Series 2 of ‘A Way with Dogs’ sheepdog trials, launching in early 2019. Subscribe free now to our YouTube channel to be the first to watch the new Sheepdog Trial film series featuring top sheepdog handlers in the stunning countryside of North Wales. Watch here or on CSJ YouTube in HD.

Afternoon of the Qualifying Rounds of A Way with Dogs – Series 2

The making of A Way with Dogs. Blog post 3.

We broke for lunch and after a good chat in the Gourmet Sausage Box queue, I stopped to ask Sue how things were going…

Next, we were back on for the drawing of the running order for Group 4.

Group 4

10. Thomas Longton with Jim
11. Aled Owen with Llangwm Cap.
12. Kevin Evans with Preseli Ci

Peter signalled he was ready and the afternoon runs began.

 

A masterful line up, the air was heavy with tension and the chat ceased as the runs started.. The afternoon was underway now and the sounds of the whistles and commands cut cleanly through the cold, quiet air.

As Group 4 stood round waiting for a filmed review chat about the runs, the banter was back and better than ever…

Then the last group were called for the draw.

Group 5

13. Michael Gallagher with Coin
14. Ricky Hutchinson with Jock
15. Sergio Perello with Murguia Jim

 

Sue Main and Andy Jackman compared notes and stepped out of the raised ‘Judging vehicle’. The day was done. Next task was to announce the semi-finalists… Who would get to run in the morning on the infamously tricky Double Gather course at Bwlch Isaf…?

 

We’re not going to give the game away, so you’ll have to wait to find out what happens next until we release our ‘A Way with Dogs’ Series 2 films on YouTube. But until then… watch this space and wait for our next blog post to find out what happened that evening.

 

 

 

 

Morning of the Qualifying Rounds of ‘A Way with Dogs’ – Series 2

The making of A Way with Dogs. Blog post 2.

On Saturday 22nd September, after the excitement of meeting up the day before,  the handlers, crew and presenters devoured delicious Welsh breakfasts inside welcoming bed & breakfast establishments around Bodfari, then made their way to the Old Trials Field in Bodfari.

The morning was fresh, the sky a pale misty grey and the groups had been drawn after supper the night before. Everyone was ready for the action to unfold.

Andy Jackman and Sue Main drew everyone together to brief the course to the handlers

Director Peter Melling climbed up into his gantry to set up the film cameras and stills photographer, Jan Evans set out her lenses on the grass.

Now all that was waiting was to find out the running order of Group 1. The grey sky was mottled with tangled patches of dark grey cloud, but the rain held off for now.

Bryony stepped up to draw the running order for Group 1

Derek Fisher drew first to run

Derek had flown all the way from Idaho, USA, then travelled via Paris and Ireland and was now lucky enough (!) to draw first to run in the first group! Toddy Lambe followed with Ben and Mosse Magnusson with Sally.

 

Group 1

1. Derek Fisher with Nell

2. Toddy Lambe with Ben

3. Mosse Magnusson with Sally

Toddy Lambe with Ben
Mosse Magnusson with Sally

The ‘Gourmet Sausage Box‘ van was set up now and doing a roaring trade in teas and coffees. All day long, piping hot sausages, burgers, veggie sausages were served, as well as some extremely yummy, crumbly cakes.

Next up were Group 2

Group 2

4. Bryn Davies with Lad
5. Angie Driscoll with Kinloch Mazi
6. Allistair Lyttle with Scott

More cake!

Meanwhile, another hand-baked cake had arrived at Bwlch Isaf farm – this time a fruit cake with the A Way with Dogs logo carefully piped in icing.

In the Old Trials Field, tension was high and the onlookers were enjoying some dry wit and competitive spirit.

Now it was time to draw the running order for Group 3

Group 3

7. Neil Gillon with Sweep
8. Katy Cropper with Zac
9. James McCloskey with Sweep

The morning’s action was over, so we asked Mike Northwood what he thought about the show so far…

And then down came the drizzle, but it didn’t last for long. The onlookers were undeterred.

As the handlers from Group 3 gathered round to talk about the runs, the sky cleared in time for everyone to enjoy a break for lunch.

The crew including (especially!) Mike and Bryony looked extremely happy at the way things were preceding. And we’ll let you know more about what happened in the afternoon and evening  in next week’s blog post. As well as the most special, cake-tastic surprise Ceri…

Look out for the next in the series of ‘The making of A Way with Dogs – Series 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look out for the next in the series of ‘The making of A Way with Dogs – Series 2.

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