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The Animal Health Company is sponsoring a new Agility competition in 2014 that might get you or your dog wet!  The Animal Health Company Classic will welcome all sizes of Agility dogs in a Steeplechase-style course that features the Westcotts Water Jump!
 

The Final
Lynne Shore's Judge's Report

It was a nail biting week leading up to the Animal Health Company Classic Final, keeping an 'eye' on the predicted weather as the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo was heading our way. Fortunately the day dawned fairly bright, dry and breezy.

The brief for both classes was to use a variety of obstacles including the Westcott's Water Jump, creating courses suitable for all heights of dogs in Grades 3-6 and, therefore, in addition to the water jump, the well and wall were included. The Invitation Jumping class was to also include weaves. My own brief to myself was to create a course which could be appreciated by the general public spectators at The Robin Hood Game & Country Fair and to show off the fun and skill of the finalists.

All heights were competing against each other and the running order for the warm-up round in the morning was to be Large, Medium and then Small dogs. After all the Large dogs had run, Mandy Melville-Love and Keeva were in the lead, closely followed by Lorna Goodban and Bex. What could the Mediums do?  Lisa Gantly and Cloudtenn Kaleidoscope had the answer - a stunning run to take the lead by over two seconds. Okay so what about the Smalls?  Janice Harris with her very fast black Cocker Spaniel had a great run, but lost time on a couple of wide turns. Ray Amps with his terrier were on target for a superb time, but then they unfortunately took Jump 12 instead of 13, resulting in an elimination. The last to go was Bonny Quick and Shelley – a super round but not quite fast enough to beat Lisa so they went into 2nd place just 2/100’s of a second behind.

The brief for the Animal Health Company Classic Final was similar to the Invitation Jumping but minus the weaves. The course needed to be fast and flowing, whilst still giving handlers a chance to get to places. The running order was to be Small, Medium and then Large dogs.

Bonny Quick and Shelley again did a superb run, with tight, fast turns and went into the lead. Ray Amps was determined to improve on his earlier run, which the partnership did all the way!  Into 2nd they went, just 0.7 seconds behind Bonny. Could Lisa Gantly's Medium do the double? It was a superb start, but Lisa just couldn't hold on to her and it wasn't to be.

By the time the Large dogs started, the dreaded wind had really picked up, creating a problem with the wall. Luke Taylor and a very kind gentleman from Wales kept rebuilding it every time the bricks blew off. This did provide some extra entertainment for the spectators and competitors.

Valiant attempts were made to try and beat Bonny and Shelley, but to no avail. The closest was Emma Haines with Diagemtas Dexter with a lovely smooth run, putting her in 3rd whilst Lorna Goodban with Bex also had a lovely run, showing their consistency by gaining another 4th place.  There was great camaraderie and good humour amongst the competitors with many creditable performances, making it altogether a very enjoyable final to judge.

I would like to thank Graham Taylor for inviting me to judge the Final, but also I would like to thank The Animal Health Company for their very generous sponsorship of this competition. Also thanks to my ring party Kate, Helen, Enid, Luke and that Welsh gentleman. The Animal Health Company were also very generous to all competitors and helpers, and everyone went home with a lot of goodies.

Animal Health Company Classic Final 2014

  1. Bonny Quick with Goldheart Trail of Flames - 21.12 secs (Clear)

  2. Ray Amps with Trouble & Squeak - 21.82 secs (Clear)

  3. Emma Haines with Diagemtas Dexter - 22.37 secs (Clear)

  4. Lorna Goodban with Astra Bex - 22.45 secs (Clear)

  5. Darren Stokes with Dreamchart Star Kruzer - 22.57 secs (Clear)

  6. Jeff Walton with Comebyanaway to Infinity - 22.64 secs (Clear)

  7. Mandy Melvile Love with Dreamchart Keevas Thunder - 22.95 secs (Clear)

  8. Ian Harvey with High Spying How - 23.02 secs (Clear)

  9. Jackie Kenny with Morgan’s Son of a Ledgend AW/G - 23.07 secs (Clear)

  10. Sandra Cherry with Allsorts of Saffires - 23.07 secs after run off ! (Clear)

The Animal Health Company offers a range of products that will be ideal for the Agility dog including their new food, Westcotts. Unique to the market it contains HypercCoat Prime their popular supplement. Westcotts is formulated with high levels of chicken and rice is hypoallergenic, pro-biotic and has no added flavourings or preservatives produced from quality ingredients helping dogs with a sensitive palate. The Animal Health Company website http://www.animal-health.co.uk has all the details.


Spot the Finalists
Competition for Charity

Animal Health finalists and supporters taking tea after the Final
There are 13 people in the picture.

The Animal Health Company has a £25 donation to make to the favourite charity of the the winner of the competition who can name the most correct names of those in the picture. In case of a tie, the £25 is splitable. Adjudicators decision is final.

To start you off, one name you will need is Championship Agility Judge Lynne Shore who officiated at the Animal Health Company Classic Final 2014.

Send your entry to countryshowsagility@gmail.com
Competition closes noon 31 October 2014 with the results being announced shortly afterwards.


Heat 10
Blenheim ADTC

Some 270 competitors decided it was worthwhile to see if they could secure a final qualifying place at the last of the 10 heats of the 2014 Animal Health Co Agility Challenge. With so much interest Animal Health decided to increase the qualifiers here by 100% by inviting the top 10 to the final.

Judge Steph Thomas set the course in bright West Midlands Showground sunshine, using all the Ws - wall, wishing well and Westcott's water Jump.

Ann Hinze, all the way from Germany, won this and other classes at the show and very much hopes to attend the Final.


As ever, you can't keep Collies out of water and the judge said definitely 5 faults.

  1. Anna Hinze with Amayze Me

  2. Jeff Walton with Comebyanaway to Infinity

  3. Vanessa Lloyd with Trust Your Heart Gin

  4. Sue Stock with My Dashing Dappled Boy

  5. Steve Fox with Rosmarinus Gunpowder

  6. June Burrows with Guipenco Playboy

  7. Catherine Rowlands with Ratx My Perfect Valentine

  8. Judith Bainbridge with Tom The Womble

  9. Janet Melville with My Lickle Diamond Deeba

  10. Diane Cook with Legend of Red Blade

May we take the opportunity to thank all the host clubs and hardworking show secretaries for hosting the competition. You may like to know that invitations to the finalists will be sent out shortly and we do hope that all your qualifiers will be able to join us at the Animal Health Company Classic Final on Sunday, 19th October at the Robin Hood Country Show. Good luck to one and all.


Heat 9
Dog Vegas

Is it true that everyone goes to Vegas?

Well, The Animal Health Company Classic did to find some more winners to join those already qualified for the popular Animal Health Company Classic Final on Sunday, 19 October at the Robin Hood Country Show.

Heat 9 took place at  the Dog Vegas show at Winterton. Judge Nigel Staines laid a great course which seemed to find real favour with Dog Vegas organiser Jackie Kenny who found the time to win the class!

  1. Jackie Kenny with Morgan’s Son of a legend - 23.117 (Clear)

  2. Sue Lascalles with Wilma Flintstone -  23.301 (Clear)

  3. Carole Pollard with Sam’s Precious Gem - 23.419 (Clear)

  4. Steve Birch with Quories Flecksability - 23.474 (Clear)

  5. Sarah Crouch with Batfinks Days of Thunder - 24.691 (Clear)

The road show moves on to West Midlands Showground for the 10th and last qualifying heat. Good luck to one and all.

With so many entries, The Animal Health Co has decided in increase the qualifiers by 100% .

UK Animal Health Sales Manager Jennie Westcott said, ‘We are delighted how interest has grown in this year’s competition and we are very pleased we are able to extend the invitation to even more winners to join us at the final.



Heat 8
Pembrokeshire By The Pond

Heat 8 of the Animal Health Co Classic, judged by Iain McDonald, took place at the Pembrokeshire By The Pond show as far west as Agility goes on Mainland UK. Many a partnership benefitted from the great weather, going on to win a coveted Dragon or two.

As heat winner Ann Button and Third Tri Lucky had already qualified for the AHC Final at Dogs Unleashed, 5th placed winner Frances Cobb was delighted to learn that she and her dog Stillmoor Jazz Cadenza will be invited to join all the finalists at the Animal Health Company Classic Final on Sunday, 19 October at the Robin Hood Country Show.


Iain McDonald & Ann Britton

  • Joanne Orrell with Agilty Qualitiesse - 22.324 secs (C)

  • Joe Barnsley with Moltini Ice - 22.723 secs (C)

  • Richard Scarrot with Casina Beauty - 23.690 secs (C)

  • Sue Shaw with Something of a Lad - 24.378 secs (C)

  • Frances Cobb with Stillmooor Jazz Cadenza - 25.122 secs (C)

Good luck to one and all.


Heat 7
Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show

Bonny Quick had a pretty good day on Saturday 16 August at The Welsh Kennel Club Championship & Open Agility Show. Not only did she win the Large Championship class with Goldheart Trial of Flames but earlier in the day, this partnership also won Heat 7 of The Animal Health Company Classic.

Judge Sara Kirkwood set a great course and whilst our show winners came from far and wide. It was great to see Welsh handlers featuring in the Animal Health line up who will join all our finalists at the Animal Health Company Classic Final on Sunday, 19 October at the Robin Hood Country Show.

  • Bonny Quick with Goldheart Trail of Flames

  • Michelle Waugh with Passim Chance for Gold

  • Heulwen Williams with Tywysog Cwmtwrch

  • Sarah Evans with Ishmaeleyah Pharok

  • Ray Alway with Weslshspel Lightening Bolt

Good luck to one and all.


 Heat 6
Empingham Premier Agility Show

Judge Malcolm Jones is a brave man. Not once but twice did he lay his course over The Westcotts Water Jump at Empingham's Premier Show last month. Despite the real threat of enough rain to flood the ring, hardly a drop materialised and organisers must have been much relieved. And amazingly there was not a black and white amongst the winners.

  • Lisa Gantly with Cloudtenn Kaleidoscope

  • Janice Harris with TottleFields Totally Rocks

  • David Carlile with Heidron High Perfection

  • Jackie Kenny with Morgans Son of a Legend AW/G

  • Heidi Johnson with The Munsters Apprentic

Some 30 winners have already secured their place at the Animal Health Company Classic Final, which will be held at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday, 19 October 2014.

Go west they said, so Heat 7 of The Animal Health Company Classic joins the champions at The Welsh Kennel Club Championship & Open Agility Show which, for the first time, joins Championship Breed & Obedience competitions on the same site. With just three remaining qualifying heats across the country, will you be joining them at the Animal Health Company Classic Final in October? 

Good luck to one and all.


Heat 5
Just Dogs Live

The search for the winner of The Animal Health Co Class moved eastwards to Just Dogs Live with more than 150 dogs looking for qualify in Heat 5 for the Finals. Judge Chris Jenkins set a flowing course.  In warm summer sunshine only one dog stopped for a Westcotts Water Jump drink!

Taking time off from helping run Just Dogs Live, show organiser Ray Amps found time to take 1st place with his partner Trouble and Squeak.

  1. Ray Amps with Trouble And Squeak - 19.640 secs (Clear)

  2. Sandra Cherry with Allsorts Saffires - 19.833 sacs (Clear)

  3. Gillian Mason with Notchlings Legend - 20.211 sacs (Clear)

  4. Jenni Gemmill with Bon Sooty De La Belle Follie - 20.787 sacs  (Clear)

  5. Ian Harvey with High Spying How - 20.810 sacs (Clear)

The Animal Health Company Classic is open to all sizes of G3 – 6  agility dogs with 10 qualifying heats leading to the Animal Health Company Classic Final, which will be held at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday, 19 October 2014.

Heat 6 of The Animal Health Company Classic moves on to the Empingham Premier Agility Show. With just four remaining heats across the country, there is still time to qualify. Good luck to one and all.


Heat 4
Dogs Unleashed

The Agility finale at Dogs Unleashed in the heart of the Peak District was Heat 4 of The Animal Health Company Classic.  It attracted an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed the fine weather and a great range of Dog activities over a busy weekend. Officiating for the second time at a heat was Judge Hannah Grantham who laid a great course,  Joining our winners to present the awards was Paul Westcott MD of The Animal Health Company.

  1. Mathew Parker with Rocket Roxanne - 27.18 secs (Clear)

  2. Ann Button with Third Tri Lucky - 28.58 secs (Clear)

  3. Samantha Mills with Hazard Warning Indie Cater - 29.51 secs (Clear)

  4. Carole Stone with Mad about Fudge - 30.07 secs  (Clear)

  5. Claire Mewies with Hedgefield Blue Lady - 33.44  secs (Clear)

The Animal Health Company Classic is open to all sizes of G3 – 6 Agility dog with 10 qualifying heats leading to the Animal Health Company Classic Final, which will be held at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday 19th October 2014.

Heat 5 of The Animal Health Company Classic moves East to Just Dogs Live with 5 remaining heats across the country. Good luck to one and all.


Heat 3
North Derbyshire

North Derbyshire ATC hosted Heat 3 of The Animal Health Company Classic in brilliant sunshine earlier in the month. As ever, Osmaston provided judge Hannah Grantham with a great backdrop for her course which definitely did not suit tunnel happy dogs

  1. Emma Gamble with Dynamite Didgeridoo 27.292 secs (Clear)

  2. Hannah Vaugton with Latonian Pi By Night  28.023 secs (Clear)

  3. Jacky Orriss with Oh Ted 28.237 secs (Clear)

  4. Miranda Bladen with Canen Luna 29.397 secs (Clear)

  5. Sarah Hobson with Cookie Doughball  30.534 secs  (Clear)

The Animal Health Company Classic is open to all sizes of 3 – 6 grades of Agility dog with 10 qualifying heats leading to the Animal Health Company Classic Final, which will be held at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday 19th October 2014.

Heat 4 of The Animal Health Company Classic moves to Dogs Unleashed in the heart of the Peak District with 6 remaining heats across the country. Good luck to one and all.


 

Heat 2
PADS / Heart of England

Heat 2 of The Animal Health Company Classic took place on the banks of the Trent at Catton Hall. Despite the venue being very soft in places, the ring areas held up really well allowing organisers to run the classes as planned in unexpectedly fine weather. Just ½ a second separated our five qualifiers today.

  1. Lorna Goodban with Astra Bex - 22.114 secs (Clear)

  2. Pam Cashmore with Ferrous Jack The Lad -  22.279 secs (Clear)

  3. Mandy Melville-Love  with Dreamchart Keevas Thunder - 22.506 secs (Clear)

  4. Darren Stokes with Dreamchart Star Kruzer - 22.538 secs  (Clear)

  5. Michelle Sturge with Benjamin's Gwter Goch - 22.682 secs (Clear)

The Isle of Man's Ian Gwanne officiated. He was more that amused when one obviously very thirsty dog took advantage of the Westcotts Water Jump and had a good drink!

The AHC competition is open to all sizes of 3 – 6 grades of Agility dog with 10 qualifying heats leading to the Animal Health Company Classic Final, which will be held at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday, 19 October 2014.

Heat 3 of The Animal Health Company Classic moves to Osmaston hosted by North Derbyshire. There are seven remaining heats across the country. Good luck to one and all.


Heat 1
Hatton Agility Festival

 

The flags were out for the first heat of the Animal Health Company Classic, judged by Steve Retter, at Hatton Agility Festival recently. With 10 heats,  the competition is open to every size of G3 – 6 dog.  Unique to the Animal Health Company Classic competition is the Westcotts Water Jump which, despite some pre-class handler trepidation caused no issue to any dog in the judge's attractive course.

The winner of the Heat 1 was Emma Haines with Diagemtas Dexter. This partnership is no stranger to success as Dexter continues to delight Emma with win after win.

Qualifiers Heat 1 Hatton Agility Festival

  1. Emma Haines with Diagemtas Dexter - 25.148 secs (Clear)

  2. Andrew Green with John O’Gaunt Rocky Rovers -27.883 secs (Clear)

  3. Yvonne Goode with Backstreet Boorooree - 28.020 secs (Clear)

  4. Paul Gordon with Quaries Tes -29.027 secs  (Clear)

  5. Kathryn Shuttleworth with Hope On The Horizon - 29.193 secs (Clear)

Seen here is Jennie Westcott presenting Emma and Dexter with their awards. Apparently Gareth has already booked a hotel - they live in Wales - so the partnership can attend the Animal Health Company Classic Final, which will be held at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday, 19 October 2014.

Heat 2 of The Animal Health Company Classic moves to Catton Hall hosted by PADS. There are eight remaining heats across the country. Good luck to one and all.


 New Qualifier Announced

With ten qualifiers around the country, everyone will have the opportunity to take part in something different in 2014.

Animal Health Company's Sales Manager Jennie Westcott said, ' We are delighted to sponsor this new Agility competition and I look forward to meeting everyone at our first heat at the Hatton Agility Festival on 10 & 11 May 2014. I have recently started Agility myself and both my dog and I love it! It will be great to see just how Small and Medium dogs compete against the Large. I just hope they are up for the challenge! 'We wish everyone a successful 2014 and looks forward to meeting you at an Agility show near you.'

The Animal Health Company Classic 2014 Qualifiers are to be held at:-

May 2014
Hatton Agility Festival Hatton Country World (Warwickshire)
PADS Agility Show Catton Hall (Staffordshire)

June 2014
North Derbyshire Agility Show Osmaston (Derbyshire)
Dogs Unleashed Bakewell (Derbyshire)

July 2014
Just Dogs Live Peterborough (Cambridgeshire)
Empingham Premier Agility Show Newark (Nottinghamshire)

August 2014
WKC Championship Agility Show Builth Wells (Powys)
Pembrokeshire By The Pond Haverfordwest (Pembrokeshire)
Dog Vegas Winterton Showground (Lincolnshire)

September 2014
Blenheim Agility Show West Midlands Showground (Shropshire)

The The Agility Health Co Classic 2014 Final will take place in the Main Arena at the Newark Robin Hood Game & Country Show on 19 October, under the watchful gaze of Championship Agility Judge Lynne Shore. With some 23,000 people expected to attend the show,  it will be a great venue to showcase agility talent.

About the sponsors...
The Animal Health Company offers a range of products that will be ideal for the Agility dog including their new food, Westcotts. Unique to the market, it contains HypercCoat Prime our popular supplement. Westcotts it is formulated with high levels of chicken and rice, is hypoallergenic, pro biotic and has no added flavourings or preservatives produced from quality ingredients helping dogs with a sensitive palate. The Animal Health Company website http://www.animal-health.co.uk has all the details.