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The Burns Pet Nutrition Welsh Handler of the Year competition is open to any Large, Medium or Small dog with a handler and/or owner (inc. joint) resident since 1 January 2015 or born in Wales. Dogs must run in two classes - one Agility and one Jumping. Times and faults are added together with the winner being the dog with fastest combined time and least faults. Eliminations are given 200 faults. In the event of a tie, a further Jumping round will be held to determine the overall competition winner(s). In the Jumping class, the winner of the Agility round will run last and so on down to 12th place, according to placing achieved. (Not size). There will be one set of awards for each class.

Pembrokeshire by the Pond would not be the same without the Burns Pet Nutrition Welsh Handler of the Year competition. Open to all Welsh Agility handlers, the competition over two days, lets everyone stake their annual claim to the title of being Walesís top Agility handler at the Pembrokeshire County Show.

Several previous winners of the Welsh Handler of The Year title joined us. Day 1 was the Agility part, set by judge Lee Amos, was held in glorious sunshine. Some of the names in contention included Roberta Powell, Coral Woods and James Davies, lead by Lorraine Rule with Baban Dwr. They were ready for the Jumping competition the next day.

Then it rained.

The Judges decided it was safe to continue on Day 2. Thankfully the rings held up with the walkways suffering most.

Competitors took part in good spirit and I think it stopped raining occasionally in the afternoon with Thursday definitely drying.

Agility Championship Judge Hilary Bowden officiated for the second part of the competition. By running the top 10 in reverse order of merit, it adds a frisson of danger to those who did well in Round 1 who had to one who wait to see if they could reproduce perfection in the second round.

Super Dooper Tommy Trooper, handled by rising star James Davies, set the competition alight with a jumping round of just over 25 seconds and managed to fend of all comers to take the 2015 title. 

Congratulations then to the 2015 Burns Pet Nutrition Welsh Handler of the Year Champion James Davies with Super Dooper Tommy Trooper, seen here with Hilary and Burnís Managing Director John Burns. We are indebted to the generous and continued support of Burns Pet Nutrition at Pembrokeshire By The Pond. 

 I reckon James will be back to defend his Burns Pet Nutrition Welsh Handler of the Year title at Pembrokeshire by the Pond 2016.

Winners (Combined Scores)

  1. James Davies with  Super Duper Tommy Trooper - 56.724 secs

  2. Lorraine Rule with Baban Dwr - 66.785 secs

  3. Roberta Powell with Miners Boy - 74.097 secs

  4. Coral Woods with Wyndlee Penny Arcade - 74.999 secs

What a Welsh week! Sun, sea, sand and mud. Thanks to all our judg

es, red jackets, sponsors and everyone who chipped in special thanks to Emma and Gareth. See you all soon and back next year for another great Welsh week