International Agility Judge Barrie James Reports
Having competed at the
Malvern Autumn Show Finals previously, I knew there would be a great atmosphere
as the show itself attracts crowds of over 60,000 people and has over 180
exhibitors there too, so its a big event. This is a great opportunity for
Grades 1-3 to get used to the environment and excitement that finals bring and
to use as a stepping stone for future Agility events, too.
I had originally set and
run my course at home and was pleased with the way it run. As the main arena has
a tight schedule with many attractions throughout the day, we arranged for
laminated copies to be available on the day for the competitors to peruse before
the actual course was ready to walk. Warming up the crowd before we entered the
ring was was Meirion Owen with the infamous Quack Pack duck herding team were
warming up the crowd.
When setting the actual
course, the ground conditions were not the best - heavy machinery had been
there previously - so I had to amend the course slightly and also take into
consideration the large green electric box in the ring. The course with a few
changes was set swiftly - thank you, helpers -and a few minor changes were made.
No.6 was moved closer to the dog walk exit, the weaves closer to the seesaw and
the A-frame moved to avoid the green box.
So after all the
competitors had walked the course, they were asked to leave the ring. I must say
they all looked very smart in their new, red Royal CaninŽ shirts.
As I was introduced to
the ring with a round of applause, I could see some very worried faces. Trust
me, I was in their shoes the day before in the same ring at another final which
I am delighted to say I won, so I totally understood how they felt.
Rather than someone
having to run first, a 'white dog' was run NFC (not for competition). A few
mistakes were made and I could see competitors thinking, 'Well I wont be the
only one then!'
competition then started
One great thing about this Final was the many types of dogs
that had qualified. There were the usual Border Collies and WSDs, but it was
great to see so many crossbreeds, Labs, GSDs and even a Samoyed!
There were a few
unforeseen errors like missed dog walk contacts. Having moved the jump closer,
this now was an added problem. Also Jump No.6 after the tunnel caused many more
eliminations than I had expected, However, after a fantastic run from Kevin
Turner and Spot on Maise in 38.861 seconds, they took the lead. More dogs
faulted on the dreaded No 6 jump after the tunnel but the weave entrance also
caused a few more problems.
In addition, we did have
a few dogs distracted by the little messages from the Ducks left in the ring!
Special mention to Kayleigh Gulliford who persevered and completed the course
despite her dog Pablo taking a liking to the Quack Pack.
I must also mention the
fab run by Jenn Tulk and her dog Jenson Herbmeister. It wasanother cracking
round but Herbie was very distracted by the smells of our feathered friends.
However they did come home in a respectable time of 46.692 seconds even with
lots of lost time - a great result!
A young man who had done
well earlier in the day was Ben Tandy. He and his dog My Blast of Sunshine did
an amazing run, faultless and very fast. I could see his proud Mums smile when
he crossed the finishing line clear in a time of 36.145 seconds.
Another partnership on
form in the morning class was Rebecca Leatherbarrow and her dog Cuppa Teaser
Turner. This little collie was fast, consistent and just amazing. They handled
the course beautifully and produced a time of 32.209 seconds which took the
Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge winner's title. It was a much deserved win and
one of many partnerships that have a very bright Agility future, hopefully with
many more finals to come.
The competition was
complete but the hospitality and prizegiving happened a few minutes later.
Joining me from Royal CaninŽ to present the prizes was Peter Wilson. Each
competitor received a finalist rosette with the top 10 each receiving a bag of
Royal CaninŽ food, generously given by the sponsors in addition to over Ł200 of
prize money for the top places.
drinks and a buffet then took place for all. I must say it was great to be a
part of a successful final and I really enjoyed the day.
I would like to thank
all the competitors, Graham Taylor's team of stewards and, of course, Royal
CaninŽ for organising and sponsoring this great event for the rising stars of
Agility who often attend their first Agility final here.
Royal CaninŽ Agility
Challenge Final 2016
Leatherbarrow with Cuppa Teaser Turner
- 32.209 secs
Benjamin Tandy with My Blast
of Sun - 36.145 secs (C)
with Spot on Maise -
38.861 secs (C)
with Penclose Dazzle -
44.156 secs (C)
Jen Tulk with
Jenson Herbmeister -
46.692 secs (C)
Niamh Owen with Stokepand Eleanor - fault 48.152 secs (1)
with Bannetstane Silver Lightening
-38.453 secs (5)
with Wicani Revered Spirit
-45.902 secs (5)
with Son of a
Gunner - 47.379 secs (5)
Micheal Adams with Principal Boy - 48.084 secs (6)
Photos by Gary Bye. More pictures from the Finals can
be found at
Photo: Nathan Turner (NatCapture Photography)
Team Hollie at the Royal CaninŽ
This morning it's
Malvern Show time and the Royal CaninŽ Challenge Final beckons. The alarm has
gone off and a quick glance outside shows it's been raining overnight. It is
still damp and still dark, no cackling sound from the hen house yet. Our horses
and few neighbouring houses are sensibly still cloaked in darkness and merged
into the trees.
Since I've retired,
Hollie knows that an early morning alarm can only mean one thing - a competition
somewhere, and she's already looking over the kitchen stable door. I have to
risk letting the dogs out. Please don't find anything in the garden and or the
field to bark at. And Heidi, who is staying behind, no rolling. If I'd wanted a
fox cub, I'd have got one! I haven't got time to wash you now. Whistle ready
round my neck just in case.
Hollie was groomed
last night. If nothing else, we can at least look presentable for our public.
Breakfast over, I pick up our prepared bag. Like an anxious airline passenger,
how many times must I have checked our entry passes, 'find the car' and Hollie
sprints up the drive.
It's a couple of
hours later and, as early arrivals, we are allowed to park inside the
showground, right next to the morning ring. I recognise a few friends who are
there competing but are not in the afternoon Final.
The first of the
three morning runs is a Combined G1 - 5 with more than 50 entries scheduled to
run. To my surprise, my normally slow and steady Hollie gets a very credible 6th
place, in the Helter Skelter of all things. Two more unplaced clears in the
Jumping and Power & Speed follow.
sunshine is interspersed by threatening dark rain clouds which thankfully don't
We have now changed
into our very impressive red Royal CaninŽ polo shirts. We watch the ones in
front of us - several mishaps part way round with the jumps and tunnel sequence.
Then we are off.
After her morning speed, Hollie is now dropping down a gear to slow and steady.
I encourage her. Come on, ignore the crowds, you can do it. Then the A-frame and
just the home finish a few yards in front! Yes. Clear so far. What can possibly
go wrong now. In my excitement, I raised my arm - probably both arms - to
encourage a sprint finish and, ever responsive to my every move, Hollie running
on my left side, took an earlier fence parallel to the home straight on the way.
It was a running slalom I'd have been proud of if I'd intended it. The crowd,
who by now have grasped the basics of agility competition, audibly gasp for us.
I'd thrown away the chance of maybe at least getting a reasonable placing. The
judge, an avuncular guy whose waistcoat with its colourful umpteen sheep
pattern could have put him at risk of being rounded up by a serious-minded WSD
later kindly said he 'felt' for me.
Yes, I'd forgotten
the usual advice to run every course as if there is still a fence after the
finish. I'd made that mistake once before in a qualifying heat when a watcher
said they could read my mind as I thought, 'Yes, cracked it' and threw a clear
But the most
important rule of all to me is that my faithful pal, who gives me unconditional
love, goes home happy.
I'd like to thank
Graham Taylor, his helpers and the sponsors Royal CaninŽ for a great day and for
the bag of Royal CaninŽ Sporting Life that every unplaced finalist received
along with the extra Energy Booster kibble packs that Hollie shamelessly
solicited from the sponsor's caravan after finishing about three sachets of her
The pic above is
Hollie's celebration jump after the show, kindly taken professionally for us by
Nathan Turner of NatCapture Photography.
Bromsgrove Premier Agility Show
The Royal CaninŽ
tradestand provided an ideal shelter from the rain for the winners of our last
2016 heat at Top Barn. Joining judge Nikki Martin was a very delighted youngster
Jack Masterman who, with his dog Canen Alfie, had shown most of the field a
clean pair of heels. Jack, who lives in Jersey was on holiday with his mum
Janine before going back to school the following week. After time off to go to
Slovakia with all the other Agility youngsters in the summer he wasnt sure if
he could find the time to attend another final!
With hundreds of
entries across the 10 Royal CaninŽ heats hope that everyone enjoyed this
year's competition and especial thanks to the hard working show secretaries,
judges and of course the vital ring parties that looked after all the Royal
CaninŽ competitors around the country.
Jenn Tulk with
Jensons Herebmesiter - 36.461 secs
with Canen Alfie - 36.943 secs
Niamh Owen with
Stokepound Eleanor - 40.626 secs
with Chase The Blues Away - 40.858 secs
with Devonsairs Kitty - 41.662 secs
Now that we have
found our 50 finalists for 2016 final we are sure everyone would want to wish
all our finalists the very best of luck at the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge
Final where international agility judge Barrie James awaits them on Sunday, 25th
September 2016 at The Malvern Autumn Show.
Good Luck to one
Heats 8 & 9
Pembrokeshire By The Pond and Welsh
was a right royal Welsh week at Pembrokeshire by The Pond and the Welsh Kennel
Club shows. Royal CaninŽ has been supporting Welsh Agility for some years so it
was very fitting this year that a qualifying heat was held at both the largest
county and the largest dog show in the Principality.
After some Agility
on the Beach at the beginning of the week, the serious stuff started in front of
a great County Show crowd with Heat 8 of the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge
under judge Paul Payton in the feature ring at Pembrokeshire By the Pond. As
ever the watching crowd, flying balloons, helicopter rides and the fragrance of
cooking burgers all provided their own challenges even to one or two escape
artists joining the crowd to check out the picnic hampers. Nicola Garrett and
Wicani Revered Spirit showed why she is still one of the best with a great round
to take the top spot and qualify for a second time for this years final.
with Wicani Revered Spirit - 28.654
(C) (Already Qualified)
with Dodge Boy AW/B - 29.765
with Red Rose Day - 30.588
Helen Law with
Star Logic - 32.724
with Finbar Noir - 37.240
with Rules the Roost - 40.293
Welsh week continued at Builth Wells Showground where we joined the largest dog
event in Wales. The Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show which offers Agility,
Breed & Obedience competitons all at Championship level. With Pembrokeshire By
The Pond avoiding much of the wet stuff this year, its arrival on and off over
the weekend did nothing to dampen the qualifiers spirits. Judge Steph Matthews
stood in sunshine for most of her day to find our penultimate five rising stars
of the Agility world. Susan Williams took advantage of the fine weather and took
top spot with her dog Bronwen Bonbon.
with Bronwen Bonbon - 36.699
with Criafolen Amberqueen - 38.054
with The Loveable Rogue - 38.089
Judi Cross with
Tikifrosted Flame - 42.566
with Fladburyhill Principle Boy - 43.505
Good luck to one
The Pet Show -
I am not sure you
should call a dog Stinki Inki. John Horton did and he was delighted that his
rescued greyhound from Evesham Greyhound rescue performed so well in Heat 7 of
the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge held at The Pet Show. They will join four
other partnerships, qualifying places for the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge
Final to be held on Sunday, 25th September 2016 at The Malvern Autumn Show.
It was deja vu when
Howard Richards and Hollie qualified again in 4th place as they did last year.
Howard has written a light hearted report on Team Hollie below.
Jennifer Stocking with Ronald Regis
Jo Bird with Inspired To Tri
John Horton with Stinki Inki
Howard Richards with Hollie Stellata
Tracy Allen with Ari Garton
With 35 finalists already
confirmed, we move across country to the homeland of our judge at the final this
year giving two opportunities to those based in Wales to join judge Barrie James
at the Final.
Heat 8 sees the Royal
CaninŽ Agility Challenge heading to The Pembrokeshire County Show at
Haverfordwest to find our next five Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016
qualifiers. Good luck to one and all!
The Royal Canin Challenge 2016 at
the Pet Show Stoneleigh
A Qualifiers View
describe the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge as a search for the 'rising
stars of agility' with five qualifiers from each of ten heats invited to the 50
dog grand Final ring at the RHS Malvern Autumn Show in September. Well, we're
open to flattery but, as a late comer to agility with both my dog (in dog years)
and myself staring 70 in our muzzles, our stars took a heck of a time to rise!
More like black hole on the horizon beckons.
Hollie is the only dog I
have done agility with after non-competitive obedience and Gold Kennel Club good
citizen scheme. There is, however, a young Heidi maybe in the wings. That, by
the way, was a daft name choice - me Howard, Hollie and now Heidi, the three
Aitches. We all get confused as who is being called for supper or expected to
sit up! And in the ring Hollie (aka Heidi) often looks bemused.
In 2014, as a Grade 1 dog
Hollie got a 4th place at the Stoneleigh Pet Show heat. We tend only to compete
within our local Warwickshire area and are now a Grade 3.
Deja vu all over again
After failing to qualify earlier at Hatton 2016, I really wanted to do well,
so it was show time. Slow and steady is Hollie's approach and often I do mean
slow. Handler error yes, but poles down is not Hollie. Demolition is for the
It was a hot, muggy
weekend, only four days after the hottest days of the year. The ring was
surrounded on all sides by the chips, tea and coffee vendors, ghost train, tea
cup roundabout, flying chair, and similar, an adjoining arena with a services
display team with dogs and fire hoops, flyball, and racing pigs - yes pigs - and
then even racing camels on a third side. and oh, let's not forget the kids with
their sweets, sitting at tempting ground level all around. We got a 4th place so
have qualified again. Although clear, I think only the first placed dog was
within the course time so clearly our dogs all took a different course to the
one the judge anticipated. Hollie determined to count the clock down 'paws-ed' on
the see saw's pivot point watching these distractions.
Ironically I remember the
day we won out of Grade 1 at the Southam Show. It was the first time I'd given
Hollie some of the Royal Canin Energy treats, coincidence or what, it was
I still think fondly when they called me across the field with the results and
made a big thing of it for me, because we have made a lot of friends in our
local area. Every one knows Hollie. She is just so gentle.
I retired 20 years ago
from my first job as a cop. Now, as I near 70, I just say, 'if I knew I was
going to live as long as this I'd have taken more care of my body.' I reckon
Hollie is slow because she doesn't like to show me up and just runs at my speed
in the arena!.
Organiser Graham and his
team are really friendly and, during the year Hollie and I even got invited to
join them at a small agility display at the NEC Birmingham Caravan and Camping
Show. Perhaps if Royal Canin would do a human version of their 'Enery Booster'
kibble which I give Hollie, Team Hollie could go further.
So come September's final
we are just going to remember the first rule of agility and have fun and create
some memories to maybe later dream when about back home in our bed and basket.
P.S. Thanks for our
winning out certificate.
Rugby Championship Agility Show
Agility has come a long
way since the first Rugby DTC agility show in 1981 when some of the jump wings
were makde of straw bales! This year many world class handlers gathered in the
sunshine at Catton Hall for Rugbys annual summer show to see if they could
achieve their aim of securing that often elusive qualifying place for this or
Fresh from his exertions
in the Championship classes the previous day, judge Dave Munnings laid a course
which found favour with many as they tried to claim one of the five qualifying
places for the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge Final with, as ever, some 'if
only' rounds much to delight the onlookers.
Rebecca Leatherbarrow with Cuppa
Dave Jolly with Make It So Next
Jan Upton with The Strathclyde
Charlotte Harding with Catching Fire
Nicola Garrett with Wicani Revered
Heat 7 sees the Royal
CaninŽ Agility Challenge heading to The Pet Show at Stoneleigh Park to find our
next five Royal CaninŽAgility Challenge 2016 qualifiers. Good luck to one and
Waiting to meet at the
qualifiers at the final will be international agility judge Barrie James who on
Sunday, 25th September 2016 at The Malvern Autumn Show will find our Royal
CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016 winner. Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge qualifiers
may wish to know that there are some Agility classes at The Malvern Autumn Show
with the schedule now on Agilitynet.
Just Dogs Live welcomed
the fifth heat of the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge Final 2016, giving the
eastern part of the agility world the opportunity of qualifying in their own
Just Dogs Live is a
celebration of agility, breed, flyball, canine exhibitions and shopping, brought
together on the Peterborough showground across three days. Janet Arnetts
officiated and, as you can see, seems the collie predominated today with the top
three less than a second apart.
Kevin Turner with Spot On Maise -
Dee Croft with Cookvale Dees Delight
- 34.820 secs
Suzie Hobbs with Nefertitis - 34.861
Sue Cunningham with Nose to Tail -
Thelma Quinn with Velvet Sky Dawn -
Heat 6 sees the Royal
CaninŽ Agility Challenge heading to Staffordshire to Rugby DTC Championship
Agility Show to find our next five Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016
With 50% of the
qualifiers found for 2016 there are just 5 more heats for the final which will
be held on Sunday 25th September 2016 at The Malvern Autumn Show under
international Agility judge Barrie James to find our 2016 winner. Good
luck to one and all!
The Peaks of Derbyshire
provided a dramatic backdrop for the fourth heat of the Royal CaninŽ Agility
Challenge Final 2016. Organisers of Dogs Unleashed struggled to find good ground
for everyone after the previous weekend's visit of 40,000 cyclists to the
Bakewell showground. That was the weekend the weather forced Agility shows to
Andrew and his Dogs
Unleashed team worked wonders including the weather and an enjoyable weekend was
had by especially all the Tandy connections as illustrated by a delighted Ben
pictured here with judge Phil Barber. The If Only award this week definitely
goes to Paul Wheeler and Lady Four Paws who would have won the heat save for a 5
faults, taking them to 4th place.
Benjamin Tandy with
My Blast of Sunshine -37.235 secs (C)
Craig Asker with The
Megastar - 54.755 secs (C)
Jacky Motts with Dice
Da Devil My Questgalore - 59.358 secs (C)
Paul Wheeler with
Lady Four Paws - 36.527 secs (5f)
Amy Pearce with
Bumble Bree - 39.624 (5f)
Heat 5 sees the Royal
CaninŽ Agility Challenge heading eastwards to Just Dogs Live on Peterborough
Showground to find our next five Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016 qualifiers.
Happily the top five
pairs qualify for the final and all 10 heats qualifiers will meet on Sunday 25th
September 2016 at The Malvern Autumn Show under international Agility judge
Barrie James to find our 2016 winner. Good luck to one and all!
Premier Agility Show
Judge Steve Croxford officiated over those seeking to secure one of the five
qualifying places on offer for the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge Final 2016.
With a 60 seconds course time, some 140 partnerships gave it a go in mixed
Again the ladies
triumphed although the photo session became a bit of a challenge as you see. The
dog really did give the impression that he had nothing to do with the collapse.
Great to see different breeds going to the final and the Weimaraner really is a
Amanda Williams with
Bannetstane Silver Lining
Jan Upton with The
Marion Maggs with
Kiss Me Quick Cass
Hilary Bowden with
Son of a Gunner
Rebecca Stanford with
All qualifiers will meet
on Sunday 25th September 2016 at The Malvern Autumn Show under international
Agility judge Barrie James to find our 2016 winner.
Heat 4 sees the Royal
CaninŽ Agility Challenge heading northwards to Dogs Unleashed on 25 June to find
our next five Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016 qualifiers. Good luck to one
Hatton Agility Festival
judge Andy Brown took almost 150 rising stars of the Agility community around
his course (49 secs course time) at the recent Hatton Festival. With the
competition aimed at probably the largest group of Agility dogs, all were there
to secure one of five qualifying places on offer for the Royal CaninŽ Agility
Challenge Final 2016.
The warm sunshine held
for most of the day but it was spoilt by an afternoon thunderstorm.
It was early in the
outdoor season, and new dogs were in abundance. With the inevitable fallen pole
here and missed contact there taking their toll, Andy produced a great line
up.Trust Andy to finish up with only lady winners!
Deborah Dobson with
Parkfield Reiver - 30.581 secs
Carla Whyte with Aviary The Wild
Wish - 31.113 secs (C)
Estelle Morris with
The Poppler Effect - 32.395 secs
Lauren Fanthorpe with
Fieldranger Crusader - 32.661 secs
Jan Gordon with
Lilhaze Nisa by Far - 33.585 secs
Heat 3 sees the Royal
CaninŽ Agility Challenge heading westwards to Worcester Premier Agility Show on
21st May to find our next five Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016 qualifiers.
All qualifiers will meet
on Sunday, 25th September 2016 at The Malvern Autumn Show under international
Agility judge Barrie James to find our 2016 winner. Good luck to one and all!
Severnside DAC North Somerset Show
Bob Gates has never been
surrounded by so many happy women! As
I am sure you have worked out, he is amongst some the rising stars of the
Agility community as they seek one of the some 50 places for the final of the
Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016.
Thousands from the West
Country visited our first heat hosted by Severnside DAC at the 157th North
Somerset Show in the lee of the Mendip hills with the rings on a main
thoroughfare allowing the public to enjoy the many Agility skills displayed.
Whilst we did have a drop
of rain, it did not manage to wipe the smile off our Royal CaninŽ Agility
Challenge qualifiers faces. With less than 5 seconds between our qualifiers, it
just shows all the winter training has paid off.
Kayleigh Gulliford with Picasso's
Dream of Speed - 34.769 secs (C)
Claire Legg with Batty Cuz Im No
Lady - 35.207 secs (C)
Emma Dunford with Terence Farmers
Boy - 36.503 secs (C)
Trish White with Gwynion Flax -
36.949 secs (C)
Wendy Sadlo with Penclose Dazzle -
38.918 secs (C)
Heat 2 sees the Royal
CaninŽ Agility Challenge heading northwards to Hatton Agilty Festival on 7th May
to find our next five Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016 qualifiers.
With ten qualifying heats
across the next few months taking the first 5 winners, all will meet on Sunday
25th September 2016 at The Malvern Autumn Show under international Agility judge
Barrie James to find our 2016 winner. Good luck to one and all!
Final Height Confirmation
Royal CaninŽ is pleased
to confirm that, alongside other prestige Agility events, the Royal CanineŽ
Agility Challenge Final - which is open to Large Agility dogs Grades 1- 3 - will
use jumps set at 650mm.
The first qualifier of
the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016 is at Severnside DAC Open Show at North
Somerset County Show on 2nd May 2016 and the schedule is now available on
Royal CaninŽ has
announced details of the Royal CanineŽ Agility Challenge 2016. The competition
is for large Agility dogs Grades 1-3 and celebrates its 9th year in 2016 with
the competition one of the must try for annual finals for the rising stars of
the Agility world.
With 10 chances to
qualify across the country, the top 5 competitors from each of the qualifiers
will be invited to the Royal CaninŽ Agility Grand Final at the Malvern Autumn
Show on Sunday 25th September 2016 under the watchful judging eye of
internationally renowned Barrie James. The Final will be run over jumps set at
Gary Gray National
Sales Manager for Royal CaninŽ said, 'It is great to be supporting the
Agility Challenge which is all about what can be achieved with a healthy,
fit and active dog. Our Sporting Life Agility 4100 complete dog food is
designed especially for dogs where the focus is speed, taking part in short
and intense activity such as agility. We look forward to meeting Agility
competitors at a number of the heats and wish everyone good luck in
qualifying for the final.'
02 May Severnside at
The North Somerset Show - Wraxall, Somerset
07 - 08 May Hatton
Agility Festival Hatton - Warwickshire
21 May Worcester
Premier Agility Show - Top Barn, Worcestershire
08-10 July Just Dogs
Live - East of E Showground, Cambridgeshire
16 - 17 July Rugby
Championship Agility Show - Catton Hall, Staffordshire
23 - 24 July The Pet
Show - Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Herefordshire Country Fair - Sellack, Herefordshire
16 - 18 August
Pembrokeshire by The Pond County Show - Pembrokeshire
27 - 28 August
Bromsgrove Premier Agility Show - Top Barn, Worcestershire
The first qualifier of
the Royal CaninŽ Agility Challenge 2016 is at Severnside DAC Open Show at North
Somerset County Show on 2nd May 2016 and the schedule will shortly be available
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