Winner of YKC Dog of the Year 2003
Hayley Wells and the family dog have been competing in Junior competitions now for just over two years. Toca is now a six year old Working Sheepdog and together with her Junior Handler, they won the YKC 2003 Agility Final in fine style. Hayley and Toca train at St. Davids DTC with Dawn Williams who interviews them here about their triumph at Crufts 2003.
I have known Hayley for all of her ten years as her Mother and I have been dog training together for at least 13-14 years. Janice and her husband Colin have always had German Shepherd Dogs, and Janice competed and won out of Starters with her second agility dog, Carly. She progressed on to WSDs when I bred a litter of pups from Rudyard Daley and Moonlight Donít Stop Me Now (Daley and Flo), hence Toca came into their lives.
As we all appreciated at aged four Hayley was still too young to make a mark on training a young enthusiastic WSD, so Mum started the task with Hayley joining in around three years later. They both now jointly train the dog. Sometimes Hayley astounds us all with her ability to do some of the training exercises whilst the rest of us fail. It is good to see that a family can share a dog in both training and competition, and the dog works equally as well for both of them.
I travelled down to Crufts with Hayley and Janice and shared in their excitement for the day. A few days afterwards I spoke to Hayley about the competition to ask her about her win and how she enjoys agility.
I asked the following questions:-
It will be interesting to watch Hayley in the forthcoming years, and I hope that she will continue to enjoy the sport for as long as both her Mother and I have. Although there is one thing she is going to have to watch out for in the coming few years Ė her younger sister, Sophie!
About the author...
She started competing in March 1988, and her first Agility Show was at Yarkhill. Some of you may even remember the venue!
Dawn now lives in Oswestry with Don and their 11 dogs which still includes her first dog, Gem. She regularly competes around the country with her two competing dogs, Flo and Billie. They have successfully bred two litters of dogs from Flo (Moonlight Donít Stop me Now )and Daley (Rudyard Daley). Most of the pups have won into Senior/Advanced status.
Both Dawn and Don now take their own training classes at the Showground and are affiliated to St. Davids DTC.