The Welsh Kennel Club is one of only two UK organisations to hold Championship Agility, Breed and Obedience on the same site. On 20th August some 160 Agility partnerships at the top of their game gathered on the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells to find the 2016 winners amongst the largest dog entry in Wales. Judges Bob Griffin (Small & Medium) and Chris Huckle (Large) got together to write this report.
It was a privilege to be invited to judge both theChampionship classes - and one which we thoroughly enjoyed. We have known each other for many years and have a similar mind set on how to test various aspects of agility. All in all, we both were extremely happy with how the courses ran and felt that they provided the opportunity for all sizes of dog to show off their agility and the skills of the handler.
Small & Medium - Bob Griffin
The weather improved somewhat to just being blustery with shorter lighter showers, but this did not detract from the competition which was keenly fought with a range of contact faults and poles down as the handlers were pushing their dogs as fast as the conditions allowed, yet still turning in some excellent rounds.
I would like to congratulate all the competitors who got through to the Final round a superb achievement in itself.
The final round was once again a fairly large but open and flowing course that still required a degree of control.
The weather did improve slightly for the Small final which turned out to be the only class that was judged during the day without any wet weather gear on!
It was good to see everyone attacking the course and putting in some excellent runs. When Lauren Langman ran with Blink, knocking four seconds off of the fastest time, I did not expect that to be beaten. However Bernadette Bay with her Ag.Ch. Obay Itz Got Pizazz was to prove me wrong. She put in a superb run which was extremely smooth and didnít lose any time at all on the turns, beating Laurenís time by just 0.148 sec and, thereby, taking the ticket!
Many congratulations to Bernadette with Ag.Ch. Obat Itz Got Pizazz AW/G for winning the KC Small Challenge Certificate and to Lauren with Samsir Blinkin Brilliant for Devongem for taking the KC Small Reserve Challenge Certificate.
The Medium final was also a very keenly fought competition with some very good runs and even closer times than in the SmallFinal. The difference between Linda Cummings 3rd and Christine Wingate-Wynne 4th was only 0.079secs. Nicola Garrett had a fantastic run with Obay One Crazy Dude in 40.363 secs, only to be beaten by just 0.035 secs by Jo Gleed with Ag.Ch. Letís Get Ready to Rumble.
Congratulations to Jo with Ag.Ch. Letís Get Ready to Rumble for winning the KC Medium Challenge Certificate and to Nicola with Obay One Crazy Dude for taking the KC Medium Reserve Challenge Certificate.
Large - Chris Huckle
We were down to the last few dogs when Lee Windeatt and Pip took the competition to another level with a wonderfully smooth round, taking over a second out of Greg and Rehabís round.
Well done to Lee and Pip taking the Kennel Club Large Challenge Certificate and to Greg and Rehab for taking the Reserve Challenge Certificate.
We would also like to extend our thanks to our ring party for keeping everything running so smoothly. With a special mention to our old friend Robert Andrews who provided the backup timing, and Luke Taylor and Barrie James who kept everything running to time.