Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year 2012 and a review of 2011

2011 has been the most exciting, adventurous, rewarding year for me and my dogs personally. My students have also achieved many great results.
Here is my 2011 in pictures and videos:

Isle of Man February

Norway Seminars:

Early 2011 BBQ and Pot!

Germany Seminars March

Norway and the snow! March/April

Czech Rep April 2011

Beacon Champ Class (First KC Champ Appointment) - May

Northen Finland: May

Thames Fund Raising for EO

Wendy and Fern (Students of mine)

Weardale - July

EO 2011 - July

KC Festival - August

Scotts Champ wins at Fife and Wyre - August

Belgium - September

World Champs 2011 - October

Marc Saunders and Lee Gibson Training Day - October

LGT Dinner - December

Olympia 2011

Happy New Year!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Christmas To All

I would like to wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas!

(the genuine Santa Claus - taken in Lapland) He said it was a pleasure to meet me!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Olympia live and another couple of funny video's

As the festive season is upon us, here are a couple of video's that will hopefully make you laugh, as well as the live Olympia final run which is also funny. In the festive cheer... Enjoy!

I have had a few lessons this week and now am getting ready for Christmas. The dogs are not so impressed about having to be inside all the time as the weather is just shocking today. Lets hope that it gets better for Sunday!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Olympia Agility Stakes


These last few days have been a bit of a blur.. only seems a minute ago we were driving down to Olympia looking forward and hoping we would do well.

Now I am finally having time to read through all the congratulations and well done’s. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone. It is amazing and means so much.

We were down at Olympia for several days, watching the mediums run on Thursday night, the smalls on Friday and the Novice dogs Sunday.

Of course Saturday was the day I was competing. Scott worked very well and was on song all day. In the morning semi final he came 4th, and in the evening final we were the runner up. It was an amazing day. Competing at Olympia is a really special feeling, and I will remember 2011 for a long long long time.

Instead of me describing what happened, enjoy my video that I uploaded on Monday to YouTube (I am sure everyone will find it more interesting than me talking!)

Also enjoy the pictures. Thanks to Ian Watts for the pictures.

This week is a relaxing one, with a few lessons and preparation for Christmas. It has also just dawned on me that very soon I will be in South Africa for 3 weeks... 14 days now and counting. There is a lot to do still!

Monday, 12 December 2011

LGT Christmas Dinner Pictures

A selection of pictures (kindly taken by David Williams) from the LGT Christmas meal, which was held at the Pound Inn on Saturday 10th December. It was a super night.

Anthony Clarke & Lee Gibson! Gold Medals and Movember!

Thanks everyone for a fantastic evening!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Shrewsbury Training Day Sunday 11th December - Exercise Plans

Just an update. I have some good pictures from the LGT Xmas dinner (taken from Saturday night) to upload a bit later. Today I have been working alongside Anthony Clarke doing a joint training seminar in Shrewsbury.

The Morning groups were grades 3. The Afternoon groups were grades 5-7. We had a nice day but the weather got worse and worse as it went on. I had to move on to some small static exercises with the weaves as the ground became very slippy, hence only one plan from the afternoon.

Here are the training plans and exercises from my training session at Shrewsbury today.

Enjoy these course/exercise plans.

Lee Gibson 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Chesterfield Training Evening Dec 7th - exercise plan

Here are some of the exercise plans from tonights training session in Chesterfield (7.30pm - 9.45pm). For those on the seminar pleasee print off and make relevant notes on what we did and talked about.

For more course plans and exercises visit

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

NSARDA Charity Auction with FANTASTIC lots to bid on: Please read & share this post!

A great event for a great cause:

Hello everyone, thanks for taking the time to read this.

This is a post to make everyone aware of a fantastic charity action taking place this Friday (December 9th – 7.30pm) at Longden village hall, south of Shrewsbury. (SY58EX)

It is being held in aid of NSARDA which is the National Search and Rescue Dog Association, a super cause which really needs support from everywhere, as none of us quite know, one day we might just thank our lucky stars that a dog finds us or a relative! An auction has been arranged to raise some much needed funds in these tough times. With Christmas just around the corner, you may just find yourself a gem!

So here it is basically:

You can turn up and bid just like a real auction (from 7.30pm), or you can submit a “sealed bid” which is a maximum bid amount on a particular item. This allows participation from anywhere and as you will see, some of the items available for bidding are amazing.

All items start with no reserve and you could just net yourself a bargain or one of the super experiences!

Here is a selection of super lots available:

·         Pet portrait by local artist Sue Jones (retails for min £230!)

·         2 rounds of Golf at Arscott Golf Club

·         3 x Professional photo sitting and photo’s (worth £130 each)

·         2 Crufts tickets for 2012

·       Bungee Jump Experience - (who would want to do this? Seriously! I believe this can be exchanged for other experiences)

·         Half Hour Water Skiing lesson at Bomere pool

·        Couples photo shoot experience which included a make over and 3 photo’s – (just rub it in eh... rub it in! All of us single people cannot bid because we have no one to take! Well I dont need make over anyway... okay back to the list, just because this one isnt for me. I know, I know!)

·         Half hour light aircraft flight for up to 3 people – (This would be novel for me to bid on eh?! Cant remember the last time I flew in a plane!)

·         2 Tickets to Shrewsbury Flower show

·         Ironbridge Gorge pass for 2 and entry to all museums

·         Toy Story 200 piece art set (Ah a themed art set with a modern day blockbuster. This was obviously a lot from the 1995 aution which never sold!)

(Im not being too cheeky here am I?!)

·         2 x Aladdin tickets at the Theatre Severn (fair play if you havent been, the Theatre Severn is amazing. Well worth going, and ive been to a few theatres in my time!)

·         2 x 4 tickets for Shrewsbury Ten Pin Bowling

·         5 x pair of Welti Fitness and leisure guest day tickets

·        Suede lined full length ladies coat – (don’t ask I am simply writing what information I have been given and no I won’t be bidding on this item not even for the “weekend outfit”)

·         Trentham Gardens family day ticket (2 adults and 3 kids)

And finally... two belting items that will set the pulses racing!

·         Kampa Double burner and grill camping stove – a must for all stove fans

·        Stainless Steel Double Sandwich Toaster – The revolution of sandwich making is finally upon us. No kitchen is complete without one. Not just one sandwich, we are talking double the fun with this not to be missed Double sandwich toaster!

Okay I know I have had a bit of a laugh with one or two lots, but there are actually some cracking lots available and the bidding starts from a £1 so you really could grab yourself a absolute bargain, and most importantly we are all helping a fantastic cause.

The most important thing however is all the money raised is going to a great cause in the NSARDA.

Please share this blog post as we want to get as many people as possible to view the lots and items available.


Please contact - JANET

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Please support this great cause and fun evening. Tell your friends and family and share this blog. We don’t want anyone missing out on that Stainless Steel Double Sandwich Toaster!

I can say now I will bid £2 for every item to kick start the auction... well nearly every item, I cannot of course bid for the photo shoot can I and I dont really want a ladies coat, but il bid on the rest!


Please contact - JANET

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Thank you and good luck!
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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Shrewsbury Training Day Dec 3rd. C/plan & video link

This week has been a fun week. It has felt decidedly colder in the air though and I was wrapped up warm for my lessons. I also seem to have spent every evening out after work too. So now on Saturday evening I’m am thinking a nice cup of tea and an evening in watching MOTD will be fun!
Today (Sat) i was training up at Shrewsbury club doing a morning seminar about “Turn Selection & Efficiency”.
Attached is the course plan for reference for those on the course, as well as Scotts video I referred too during the seminar. Watch the turn on the 3rd last jump.

And below is the link to the video I refered to:
I have lessons all day Sunday, so am hoping for a decent days weather!
My Olympia shirt arrived today also. It is not long now and I am looking forward to going back to Olympia, and Scott following in the steps of Rory, Jack and Che having all qualified for the finals previously.
Scott may not have his mind on the job this week though, he was put to Stud and spent a week in Leicester with Maria Johnston, where he was mated to Pilot, Maria’s lovely little bitch. I am hoping that there will be puppies next year, but as always you never know do you! It went well and there could be none. Accidental mating’s happen and there are 10 puppies. We will have to wait and see now!
Lee Gibson

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

EO Video - Taddymoor Jack


The last week or so I have been looking back over the season and decided to plug in my video camera to the computer, and was enjoying looking back at some of our really good runs from what was a very successful season.

So now I have been editing them together and putting them onto YouTube. Now for those who don’t know our internet is via satellite, and the last week I have been trying to upload the first video, I reduced the size many times, and then last night, bang. Straight on and uploaded! No reason for being any better.. it must just be the internet gods playing.

The first video however is from Austria, at the European Open. Of my four runs from the last weekend of July. Jack did his absolute best and I was proud to be a part of team GB.

Now I do look back at my videos, I must have watched it 50 times, and watching it online (once it had actually loaded up) I noticed that there was a somewhat minor inconstancy with my spelling of Austria, apparently I also competed in Austia during the summer also!

Now I tend to hate spelling mistakes. I admit I am truly not a good speller, in fact once I have had to ask how to spell words from someone who’s first language isn’t even English! But I just don’t like spelling errors.

However having finally got this dam video loaded up, it is staying up. Austia or Austria, I’m sure we all get the rough geographical location of where I was competing!

So this hopefully will be the first of a few videos from the summer. I have many of Taddymoor Scotts excellent runs and wins from the summer at KC, and DINAS. It was nice watching them back, partly because it reminded me that we do have nice weather here, and not just rain and wind!

Enjoy and please subscribe to my YouTube account.


Monday, 28 November 2011

Training review: Marc Saunders & Lee Gibson Training Day Sunday 27th November

This weekend has been a really enjoyable one down in the south of England working with Marc Saunders on another of our joint seminars held in Horsham.

On the Friday night we indulged in a bit of social out and about in Crawely town, and on Saturday Marc and I went across London to the Emirates stadium to watch Arsenal v Fulham, Marc is a Fulham fan and I am an Everton fan, but for Saturday I was enjoying watching Fulham gain a valuable point in their bid to avoid relegation!

For the training day Sunday the theme of the day revolved around the type of deceleration and information needed to give your dog maximum efficiency through turns and over the distance between obstacles.

The morning started with an immense rain shower that looked to somewhat dampen everyone’s spirits setting up. I suggest Marc now buys some suitable footwear for training after having wet feet for the day! I was okay in my big ski Jacket and waterproof socks though!

The morning & afternoon groups all worked hard on the exercises we had planned and worked through. We had a summary at the end of each session and the feedback was extremely positive.

Well done to everyone who worked really hard during the day. It was most enjoyable to teach.

My exercises are below, morning and afternoon sessions.

Regards - Lee Gibson