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The Animal Health Company Classic, started in 2014, 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
Judge Rosie Pearson's Report

The Animal Health Company Classic is a unique event to dog agility in that all three KC heights of dog compete together against each other so to have the privilege of judging the 2015 final was indeed an honour.

Warm up
In the morning, the Finalists had an opportunity to get a feel for the ground that been set aside as the Main Arena within the Robin Hood Game & Country Fair.  Under somewhat grey and murky skies, the warm up jumping competition was well received by the albeit limited number of members of the public who had made their way through the various attractions to the far end of the Newark showground on what for them was probably early on a Sunday morning.

Running in the size order - Large, Medium, then small dogs -  there were some nice clear rounds , a few faults due to refusals or dropped poles, as well as some unlucky eliminations.  Nevertheless, there were enough qualifying scores for the 10 places that were on offer with Louise Ashman clearly delighted to take first place with her rescue collie Zaks a Million of Valgray.

The Final
Making sure all was in place for the morning warm up had been relatively straightforward as it had been possible to set up the course the night before because the jumping class was the first event of the day in the Main Ring. The Final in the afternoon was a different proposition as the Main Ring programme had a time slot of just one hour during which the course needed to be built, walked, run and dismantled afterwards.  This presented it's own unique challenges for all involved, and it is a testament to Graham and Luke Taylor and their team that this was achieved without severely overheating the stress levels of a rather apprehensive judge or the nervous competitors.

My aim with the Final course was to create something which I could have used as a judge in a qualifying heat, or indeed would have been happy to run with either my new to competition Grade 3 dog or my more experienced Grade 6 one. I was keen for handlers simply to be able to run with their dogs but also to give just enough of a need for them to work as a team, with the dog listening to commands when necessary, rather than merely taking whatever obstacle was in front.

This time dogs ran in the order Small, Medium, Large because it is easier to keeping adding water to the next size water jump tray than to be tipping it out!

Perhaps it was nerves, or dogs simply pressing ahead regardless of what their handler wanted, but the end result was pairings either achieved a final placing or they were eliminated.  Standing in the middle as a judge, you can immediately see what goes wrong on each run and the eliminations occurred for one of three reasons:

  • When running across from fences 5 to 7, handlers naturally held out their left arm as the dog was clearing fence 6 in order to indicate that they wanted the dog to push out towards 7. If the handler was running a slight curved line towards the right with their left arm pushing forwards the dog went for fence 7 but, if the running line was straighter and their arm was held out to the side away from their body, the dog took this an indication to make a sharp left turn into the wrong end of the tunnel.

  • It was unfortunately a similar occurrence when running from fence 8 towards tunnel 9. For handlers giving a command of through or tunnel, coupled with a left arm out gesture the dogs opted for the pipe tunnel at 14 instead of the collapsible one at 9. Handlers giving the same command but running a line more towards fence 10 rather than the tunnel entrance, and reinforcing this line with a forwards turn of the left shoulder, then the dogs took the correct course.

These are the small nuances of body language when running at speed with our dogs that make it such a fine line between a clear round and an elimination. It is probably no consolation to the competitors on the day but it did lead to numerous sighs and groans from the watching spectators who were eagerly willing the dogs on. As well as from the judge I might add!

  • The third cause of elimination was the one we all see week in week out at each and every agility show. The dog gets 5F due to a refusal, the handler knows the chance of a clear has gone and drops their concentration and drive so the dog then simply back jumps the obstacle it has just run past. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve done this myself when running with my dogs.  Ironically if handlers’ focus had been maintained after a refusal then 5F would have secured them a place rosette.

In the end, four handlers achieved a place on the winners’ rostrum. Many congratulations go to Phil Barber, who having qualified for the final with his wife’s medium size dog Dreamarkis Fly Me to The Moon finished more than a second ahead of the rest.

A total of 50 dogs and handlers from across 10 qualifying heats had earned the right to compete and those who did attend and support this final were well looked after by the sponsors and their organising team.  Where else can you arrive at a dog show to be greeted with coffee & croissants, be provided with hot drinks before the final, and be treated to tea & cakes during the prize giving afterwards?  There were finalist rosettes and sponsors goody bags for everyone regardless of how well things had gone during their actual runs. Add to this the trophies, sacks of dog food, and prize money for the top places and I am in no doubt that the Animal Health Company should be commended for the level of support they provide for this competition.

Thank you to all the competitors for the way they attacked the courses and for still managing a smile even when things went wrong.  I am especially grateful for the support and hospitality provided by Graham & Luke and their team, as well as the Animal Health Company personnel for making it such an enjoyable day.


Heat 10
 Paws In The Park

All good things have to come to an end and The Animal Health Company Classic completed the 10th and final qualifier in 2015 by a visit to one of the south’s bigger dog events – Paws In The Park on Kent’s showground.

A truly breathtaking range of dog sports and canine activities in lovely sunny weather with lots of visitors both two legged and four provided a great backdrop to our final 2015 search for the last 5 qualifiers of the competition.

Well travelled judge Michelle Guerin officiated and as ever the ladies excelled again today if the line up is  representative. Robert however is very well placed as he has managed to get to 2 dogs to this year’s final.

Invitations to the Animal Health Company Classic Final under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday 18th October 2015 have already been sent and we hope all can join us.

    Heat 10  - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Karen Richardson with Borderpaws Secret Tipple - 24.864 secs (C)

  2. Tanya King with Lunarlites Just Like That - 25.614 secs (C)

  3. Robert Putnam with and Driving Miss Daisy - 27.153 secs (C)

  4. Emma Knowles with Lowenlands Star - 28.109 secs (C)

  5. Iain Macdonald with and Rice Pudding - 28.155 secs (C)

May we take the opportunity to thank all the clubs and hardworking secretaries who have hosted a qualifier and all those who have taken part. Good luck to all our finalists and if you have not been successful this year maybe next will be your year in The Animal Health Company Classic.

Good luck to one and all.


Heat 9
The Welsh Kennel Club

By heck Jo Gleed is on form this year! Everywhere I go, time after time, I seem to hear her name amongst the prize winners. Surely she is going to need a new trophy cabinet soon.

Today was no exception with Jo and Looky Looky hanging onto the lead after some stiff competition from other championship handlers. Judge Nikki Martin did not allow them to hang about and not for the first time this year, less than a second separated the five winning places in Heat 9 of The Animal Health Company Classic at Builth Wells where The Welsh Kennel Club held its Championship Agility, Breed and Obedience Show.

And it is true that the sun does shine in Wales – sometimes, as the photo shows!

    Heat 9 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Jo Gleed with Looky Looky Ready or Not - 19.748 secs (C)

  2. Kevin Lampitt with Beyond Infinity - 19.766 secs (C)

  3. Rhianedd Thomas with Belting Bessie - 19.992 secs (C)

  4. Karen Laker with Devongen Dante - 20.023 secs (C)

  5. Heulwen Williams with Fy Nhywysoges Cwmtwrch - 20.444 secs (C)

Paws In The Park hosts our final heat of the 2015 competition and invitations to the Animal Health Company Classic Final under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday, 18th October 2015 will be sent out in early autumn.

Good luck to one and all.


Heat 8
Pembrokeshire By The Pond

It was great that we had a Pembrokeshire winner for the first of Animal Health’s two visits to the principality with Adele Newman winning at her local show!

Judge Lee Amos used all the space in the Feature Ring at Pembrokeshire County Show and an attentive crowd, bathed in brilliant sunshine saw more than 100 partnerships try to secure a qualifying place.

    Heat 8 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers -

  1. Adele Newman with Devongem Dark Desire - 22.830 secs (C)

  2. Barbara Banks with Laetare Pikes Frolic - 23.368 secs (C)

  3. Cassie Bond with He Who Stares Wins - 23.570 secs (C)

  4.  Sally Grove with Devongem Freestyler - 23.715 secs (C)

  5. Robert Putnam with Train Spotyn - 23.907 secs (C)

Heat 9 of The Animal Health Company Classic is joining the largest gathering of dogs in Wales at The Welsh Kennel Club’s Championship Agility, Breed and Obedience Show at Builth Wells later in August and with just 1 remaining heat of the 2015 competition it’s time you booked your place at the final.

Invitations to the Animal Health Company Classic Final under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday, 18th October 2015 will be sent out in early autumn.

Good luck to one and all.


Heat 7
Colchester DTC

It seems they do things differently in Essex and a ‘snappy’ dresser was in charge of heat 7 of The Animal Health Company Classic . I don’t think there are any KC Agility rules to prevent a crocodil,e lying submerged in the Westcotts Water Jump, or indeed a judge officiating in the ring in a crocodile onesie!

Just five dogs qualify at each heat so with over 230 entrants it was a tall order for Judge Steve Treamer (aka Croc) Steve Treamer. He had a really good day, having set, adjudged by many, a lovely course with no dogs suffering any undue 'snapping.'

   Heat 7 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Mel Doyle with Devongem Dare to Stopper - 24.106 secs (C)

  2. Matthew Button with Dizzy Tizzy Taz - 25.152 secss (C)

  3. John Foord with Detania Rules The Waves Again - 25.203 secs s (C)

  4. Janet Smith with Makeitso Midnight Echo - 25.688 secss (C)

  5. Sandra Cherry with Allsorts of Saffires - C 25.978 secss (C)

Heat 8 of The Animal Health Company Classic is crossing the country to Pembrokeshire By The Pond with just 2 remaining heats of the 2015 competition. Have you booked your place at the final yet? 

Invitations to the Animal Health Company Classic Final under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson at the Robin Hood Game & Country Show on Sunday, 18th October 2015 will be sent out in early autumn. Good luck to one and all.


Heat 6
Just Dogs Live

Nearly 200 partnerships at Just Dogs Live again endorsed this competition’s popularity across all sizes of dogs. Judge Craig Stevens laid a flowing Steeplechase course, starting with a spread and leaving the Westcotts Water Jump as the last challenge on the course.

 As ever, size was everything and, once again, one of the smaller dogs on the circuit beat all comers, much to the delight of the handler.

The weather on Animal Health day was very warm, although I don’t think our winner Trouble & Squeak was allowed to get wet today. Collies, however, have no such inhibitions and just trust a red and white to get soaked.

Invitations to the Animal Health Company Classic Final, under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson, at the Robin Hood Game & Country Show on Sunday, 18th October 2015 will be sent out in early autumn.

   Heat 6 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Ray Amps with Trouble and Squeak - 20.742 secs (C)

  2. Emily Cowdroy with Bryalys Mischievous Magic - 20.863 secs (C)

  3. Liz Brown with Tragility Will Do It - 21.131 secs (C)

  4. Sue Ellis with Dreamwork Curious George - 21.296 secs (C)

  5. Louise Ashman with Zaks A Million of Valgrays - 21.447 secs (C)

Heat 7 of The Animal Health Company Classic is on home territory for Animal Health at Colchester DTC with just three remaining heats across the country. Good luck to one and all.


Heat 5
Dog Vegas at Thetford

Boy, was it hot at Dog Vegas in Thetford... and a red and white won! The water in the Westcott's water jump evaporated during the competition and I am amazed not more dogs stopped for a drink on the way round.

With 10 days of agility, the Animal Health Company Steeplechase course was a welcome finale to a glorious week and great to see so many fit and healthy dogs able to cope with the sweltering conditions.

Tony Butcher officiated in the Norfolk sunshine and sent five more partnerships to the Autumn final. We are seeing a growing trend that the ladies feature far more than the gentlemen in the top 5 at each heat. Is it numbers or ability? 

  Heat 5 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Mandy Cowdrey with Bulls Quizardry - 20.420 secs (C)

  2. Gill Thomas with Gendpaws Sully Destiny - 20.695 secs (C)

  3. Janice Harris with Tottlefields Totally Rocks - 20.823 secs (C)

  4. Claire Alderson with Belumira Bella Fiamma - 21.395 secs (C)

  5. Jennie Hastie with Ruby Poppet - 21.490 secs (C)

Invitations to the Animal Health Company Classic Final under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday 18th October 2015 will be sent out in early autumn. Good luck to one and all.

Heat 6 of The Animal Health Company Classic is on the way to Just Dogs Live on Peterborough’s East of England Showground with just four remaining heats across the country.



Pictured right is Judge Carolyn Snowden and Jennie Westcott from The Animal Health Company
with our 2015 Dogs Unleashed qualifiers.

Heat 4

Dogs Unleashed

The Bakewell Showground in the heart of the Peak District provided a great backdrop for Dogs Unleashed 2015 and our 4th heat of the competition for some of Agility’s speed merchants.

Whilst the day dawned with a downpour or two, by the time Agility got underway the weather was fine and it just got better and better, bringing in the crowds to watch and participate in everything canine connected from Agility to Zorbing.

The larger show continues to grow with all things canine and will soon reach capacity on this town site.

   Heat 4 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Phil Barber with Dreamarkis Fly Me to The Moon - 24.32secs (C)

  2. Mandi Marks with Scrumpi On Ice - 24.72 secs (C)

  3. Miranda Bladen with Canen Luna - 25.55 secs (C)

  4. Julie Dunlop with Hillside Jemz Topaz - 25.86 secs(C)

  5. Ann Hinz with Twix Classical Mix - 27.77 secs (C)

Invitations to our 50 finalists of The Animal Health Company Classic Final under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday, 18th October 2015 will be sent our in the early autumn

Heat 5 of The Animal Health Company Classic is on the way to Dog Vegas in Thetford Forest with five more heats across the country for the 2015 competition. Good luck to one and all.



Heat 3

North Derbyshire Championship Agility Show

If you’ve never been to Osmaston, which hosts North Derbyshire’s Championship Agility Show, it could almost be a village in Midsomer Murders - complete with duck pond, pub within walking distance of the cricket pitch, wooden cricket pavilion - all on a country estate. It’s a tranquil site amongst the rhododendrons.

That atmosphere - or maybe married life - really suited Jo Gleed as she had a storming weekend, wining a handful of classes including Animal Health Company Classic under judge Jacqui Wood.

Our five qualifiers today are some well-known Agility faces who are planning a great day out at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday 18th October 2015 where, under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson the Animal Health Company Classic Final will be held. Even better all the dogs stayed put for the photo call and whilst the collies shone through today, all managed to avoid getting wet in the Westcotts Water Jump.

  Heat 3 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Jo Gleed with Looky Looky Ready or Not

  2. Ruth Parker with Rosmasrinus Easter Picnic

  3. Steven Swankie with Crash And Burn Fern

  4. Lisa Adamson with Redanmuir Shock Tactics at Borderstorm

  5. Kevin Bowers with Lord Toby Wan Kanobi

Heat 4 of The Animal Health Company Classic joins Dogs Unleashed at the end of June on Bakewell Show ground with 6 remaining heats across the country. Good luck to one and all.



Joining our judge Eileen Wischnia to present the awards
is Jennie Westcott UK Sales Manager for The Animal Health Company.

Heat 2
Hatton Agility Festival

Unique to The Animal Health Company Classic competition, once again the Westcotts Water Jump created a splash or two at the Hatton Agility Festival with more than 200 partnerships seeking one of the five qualifying places in the Animal Health Co Classic Final at the Robin Hood Game & Country Show on Sunday, 18 October. It should be a great day out, under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson.

On form Bryndle Bewrry was just pipped at the post by experienced partnership of Alison and Chilli Peppa.

 Heat 2 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Alison Williamson with Chilli Peppa at Willowyarde -27.102 secs (C)

  2. Kate Stokes with Bryndle Bewrry - 27.980 secs (C)

  3. Becky Doughty with Switchin Sides - 28.075 secs (C)

  4. Sarah Roots with Stowledge Angelica - 28.302 secs (C)

  5. Alison Naylor with Wynwich Wot The Heck - 28.674 secs (C)

Heat 3 of The Animal Health Company Classic moves up country to North Derbyshire Championship Agility Show with 7 remaining heats across the country. Good luck to one and all.



Heat 1
Lincoln Agility Enthusiast Show

The ladies definitely found favour with Garry Smith’s course for the first heat of the 2015 Animal Health Company Classic at Lincoln Agility Enthusiast Show. The 1st heat winner was a Medium sized dog, Tottlefield Totally Rocks, superbly handled by Janice Harris. 

  Heat 1 - Animal Health Company Classic Qualifiers

  1. Janice Harris with Tottlefield Totally Rocks - 18.522 secs (C)

  2. Jackie Kenny with Morgans Son Of A Ledgend - 19.593 secs (C)

  3.  Amelia Tayt with Jazzytrail Cascades Leo - 19.624 secs (C)

  4. Jessica Cuthbertson with Jess Skye Blue Shining - 20.001 secs (C)

  5. Jane Woolrich with Saarjjte Snapdragon - 20.358 secs (C)

Unique to The Animal Health Company Classic competition is the Westcotts Water Jump, which again created a splash or two amongst the 200 odd partnerships. 

All 50 finalists will be invited to a great day out at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday 18th October 2015 where under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Rosie Pearson the Animal Health Company Classic Final will be held.

Heat 2 of The Animal Health Company Classic moves to Hatton Agility Festival with eight remaining heats across the country. The AHC Classis open to all dogs G3-6.


2015 AHC Season Launched

The Animal Health Company is delighted to announce that it will be continuing its Agility competition in 2015. The Animal Health Company Classic will welcome all sizes of Agility dogs in a steeplechase style course that features the Westcotts Water Jump!

Animal Health Company’s Sales Manager Jennie Westcott said 'We are delighted to continue sponsorship of this Agility competition with new heat hosts in 2015 and I look forward to meeting everyone at our first heat at The Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Show in April. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the hard working secretaries of the host venues for their support and wishes everyone taking part good luck in qualifying for The Animal Health Company Classic Final 2015. We look forward to meeting you at an Agility show near you.'

With qualifiers across the country The Animal Health Company Classic Final will be held at the Newark Robin Hood Game and Country Show on the 18th October in the main arena. Some 23,000 people attend the show and it will be a great venue to showcase agility talent.

The Animal Health Company Classic 2015 Qualifiers are to be held at: -

  • Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Show
    Lincoln Showground, Lincolnshire - 17-19 April 2015
     

  • Hatton Agility Festival
    Hatton Country World, Warwickshire - 9-10 May 2015
     

  • North Derbyshire Championship Agility Show
    Osmaston Derbyshire - 6-7 June 2015
     

  • Dogs Unleashed
    Bakewell Derbyshire - 27-28 June 2015
     

  • Dog Vegas
    Thetford Norfolk - 3-5 July 2015
     

  • Just Dogs Live
    Peterborough Cambridgeshire - 10-12 July 2015
     

  • Colchester Agility Show
    Colchester Essex - 18-19 July 2015
     

  • Pembrokeshire By The Pond
    Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire - 18-20 August 2015
     

  • Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility Show
    Builth Wells Powys - 22–23 August 2015
     

  • Paws In The Park
    Kent Showground Detling Kent - 19-20 September 2015
     

  • Final
    Newark Robin Hood Game & Country Show
    Newark Nottinghamshire - Sunday 18 October 2015

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 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.

The Animal Health Company wishes everyone a successful 2015 and looks forward to meeting you at an Agility show near you.

Animal Health Company Classic 2 Medley Grove Leamington Spa CV31 2GA 01926 315335 /07831 548911 email rover.pro@outlook.com