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The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes at the London Olympia Horse Show are not just any finals. They're the M&S of agility competitions. From start to finish, it's 34,000 entries, 74 heats and 11 semi-finals. Only 100 can qualify, and they are the best of the best. We asked the handlers to tell us a little something about their dogs.

Thursday, 17 December
The Kennel Club Olympia Medium Dog Jumping Grand Prix - All finalists to compete
The Kennel Club Olympia Medium Dog Agility Stakes Final



Morgans Chance Navigator (Mooie)

Age: 3 years
Breed
: WSD
Handler: Heather McLean
Size: Medium

More: Mooie is a dirty little midden! Looks sweet and angelic - butter wouldn’t melt - but she is actually a little bi**h! Should be Chance but is better known by her nickname – Mooie)


The Black Velveteer (Rizzo)

Age:  7.5 years
Breed:
X
Handler:
Keith Palmer
Size:
Medium

More: My dog licks feet very well. She has been a dream dog since we rescued her.


Withersfarm Perfect Ten (Ten)

Age: 4 years
Breed:
Border Collie
Handler:
Angela Williams
Size:
Medium

More: Ten is slate gray, loves swimming and herds anything.

 


Winfren Vulpecula Kayla (Minx)

Age: 7 years
Breed: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Handler: Amanda Hampson
Size: Medium

More: Minx's favourite food is jelly babies. She likes to steal my hair scrunchies.

 

Friday, 18 December 2009
The Kennel Club Small Dog Pairs Relay - All finalists to compete
The Kennel Club Small Dog Agility Stakes Final


Upanova Limited Edition (Ruby)

Age: 6.5 years
Breed:
Miniature Poodle
Handler:
Sharon Brewster
Size:
Small

More: Ruby likes to rub her face and ears with both front paws just like a cat. If you offer her a treat and its not her favourite she pushes it away with her nose.


Stonebridge Black Magic (Izzy)

Handler: Mandy-Su  Sarti
Age: 5 years old
Breed: Patterdale
Size: Small

More: Izzy lives with 11 others dogs, the majority being rehomed or rescue dogs. Two of the dogs are her pups called Diva and Pippa. They are 20 months old. She has a piece missing from her tongue were she has bitten through it.



Millie On to One (Fudge)

Age: 3 years
Breed:
Shetland Sheepdog
Handler:
Amy Lawson
Size:
Small

More: Fudge goes into flight panic just at the sight of another dog or person when she is not at a agility show. She has qualified for for 14 different finals in 16 months of competing

     


Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine (Chelsea)

Age: 9 years
Breed:
Miniature Poodle
Handler:
Dawn Weaver
Size:
Small

More: Chelsea has a terrible sense of humour. She thinks it is funny to nip my bum on the way to the start line!


Wee Betsy Boo (Betsy)

Age: 4 years
Breed:
Collie x JRT
Handler:
Jeanette Tandy
Size:
Small

More: Due to the fact that Betsy lived outside in a barn for the first 16 months of her life, she took a years to house train. She used to grab the poles and run round with them when we first started agility.

 

Saturday, 19 December
The Kennel Club Large Dog Agility Stakes Semi Final - All finalists to compete
The Kennel Club Large Agility Pairs Relay - Dogs placed 11th - 20th in Semi Final
The Kennel Club Large Dog Agility Stakes Final - Dogs placed 1st - 10th in Semi Final


Nedlo Heeza Beauty (Davey)

Age: 3 years
Breed:
Border Collie
Handler:
Elaine Auty
Size:
Large

More: Davey's second favourite pastime is watching TV, especially action movies. He hates flies, and leaves the room if one comes in.

Moonlight Maverick (Kit)

Age: 6 years
Breed:
WSD
Handler:
Becca Middleton
Size:
Large

More: Kit was rescued at a year old. I collected him from a dog pound to foster and find him a home, but I quickly fell in love with him and decided I couldn’t part with him. He is the most cuddly and affectionate dog when he's in the house. However, at a show he can't bring himself to look at anything but dogs doing agility. He is also a terrible little thief and steals the eggs from the hen house whenever he can.


Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree (Dobby) 

Age: 4 years
Breed:
Border Collie
Handler:
Dave Munnings
Size:
Large

More: Dobby is the handsomest dog in the world.  He jumps onto the kitchen surface - all 4 feet -  and finishes dinner!! 

     


Comebyanaway Diva's Tigress (Elsa)

Age: 5 years
Breed:
Border Collie
Handler:
Janet Thompson
Size:
Large

More: Elsa shouts her way around an agility course but at home is very quiet.  Every evening she watches TV with her front paws crossed.  She can recognise the theme tunes from her favourite programmes, Paul O'Grady, You've Been Framed and Pet Rescue.


Rock on Rocketman (Rocky)

Age: 2 years
Breed: Border Collie
Handler: Hazel Barker
Size: Large

More: Rocky has a great sense of humour and loves to pinch a drink out of my glass of cider.


Kestrel GTX (Kes)

Age: 8.5 years
Breed: Border Collie
Handler: Sue Rolfe
Size: Large

More: Kes is a girl - a beautiful one at that! She keeps getting referred to as a 'he'! She loves stealing socks and biting a hole in them. Consequently we have lots of odd ones at home!

Sunday, 20 December
The Kennel Club Novice Agility Stakes Semi Final - All finalists to compete
The Kennel Club Novice Pairs Relay - Dogs placed 11th - 20th in Semi Final
The Kennel Club Novice Agility Stakes Final - Dogs placed 1st - 10th in Semi Final


Comebyanaway Totalli Diva (Talia

Age: 2 years old
Breed: Border Collie
Handler: Janet Thompson
Size: Large

More: Talia is just a little sweetheart, in our village she is everyone's friend. She has no special tricks, just gives loads and loads of kisses.


Just Pepperpot AW(B) (Pepper)

Age - 3 years
Breed: WSD
Handler: Heidi Vague
Size: Large

More: Pepper barks like mad at the radio when it plays Mika's Grace Kelly. As a puppy, Pepper used to escape over a hedge to play with our neighbour's dog.


Sherebridge Icon (Cash)

Age: 2.75 years
Breed: Border Collie
Handler:
Doris Stokoe

Size: Large

More: Cash is a very loving dog who likes kisses and cuddles and he loves to get wet. If there is a pond, river, lake or sea, Cash will be there!

     


Stillmoor Strawberry Ice  (Jinx)

Age: 3 years
Breed:
Border Collie
Handler:
Sophie Macbeth
Size: Large

More: Jinx never stops - she loves life, agility and tennis balls and hates being cuddled.

Lunarlites Red Magic Star (Danny)

Age: 2 years
Breed:
WSD
Handler:
Matt Scott
Size:
Large

More: Danny burps after every meal and drink! He loves to play ball no matter what time day or night


Raeanne’s Kay Tee KayTee (Katie)

Age: 3.5 years
Breed:
Border Collie
Handler:
Christine Barrett
Size: Large

More: Katie hates being fussed! She loves plastic bottles

     

 Brentmoor Red Robin (Tess)

Age: 3 years
Breed:
Border Collie
Handler:
Sally Grove
Event: Size:
Large

More: Tess is a real tomboy and loves rolling in fox muck despite her petite looks. She  bosses my boys around. She has a fantastic work drive and adores toys.


Redwood Trail of Flames (Hayly)

Age: 2 years old and already in G 7 - a total superstar. In just one season, she has gone from G3 to G7
Breed: Kelpie x Collie
Handler: Bonny Quick
Size: Large

More: Hayly nearly died as a puppy after chewing up some pot pourri which poisoned her. She spent several days in intensive care at the vets. She couldn't even walk in a straight line. Hayly's best buddy in the whole world is my other dog, Tully (a labrador). Hayly's favourite sleeping position is on top of Tully. She will either sit or lie down on her. She started doing this as a puppy, but now Hayly is bigger than Tully it looks ridiculous! Tully is top dog but still tolerates Hayly as if she were a little puppy. They are best pals and stick up for each other when they meet other dogs. I love them both to bits.


Harrjak Guided Miss Isle (Missie)

Age: 3 years old
Breed: Border Collie
Handler: Linda Smith
Size: Large

More: Missie loves lying on my pillows and blinks in the rain


Perranfell Playmate (Bob)

Age: 2+ years
Breed: WSD
Handler: Carol Smith
Size: Large

More: Bob is also known as 'Big Bob.' It is his third birthday the day after we compete at Olympia.


She's The One (China)

Age: 4 years
Handler: Mary Ray
Breed: Border Collie
Size: Large

More: China is a very cheeky girl. She actually belongs to Julie Skipp. Julie's too old to run her and I'm getting there!


Nedlos Jitterbug (Tif)

Age: 2.5 years
Breed: Border Collie
Handler: Angela Williams
Size: Large

More: Tif loves toys and sleeping

 


Hotshot's Little Dweeb (Yam but known as Dweeb to his friends!)

Age: 2 Years
Breed: WSD
Handler: Nikki Collins
Size: Large

More: Yam's favourite toy is a giant blue octopus and he loves watching Life on TV.

 

Monday, 21 December
The Kennel Club ABC Speed Jumping - All finalists to compete
The Kennel Club ABC Agility Final


Sabrefield
Xciting Story AW G (Zellik)

Age: 10 years
Breed:
Malinois

Handler:
 Joanne Apostolou

Size:
Large

More: Zellik has become a food thief as she has got older, and will do anything to get a treat.  Also, she helps herself to my tea, if left at her level. Otherwise, she is a very lively, loving and affectionate dog and still flies around an agility course like a mad puppy, keeping me on my toes.


Cories Boomerang Bindi (Bindi)

Age 4 years
Breed: Australian Kelpie
Handler: Jane Anderson
Size: Large

More: Bindi is a secret tea drinker. She uses our Belgian as a bed. Sorry don’t have a photo of that. Looking forward to my first visit to Olympia - not just to spectate.



Rock Melody (Dee)

Age: 4 1/2 years
Breed:
Bearded Collie
Handler:
Karen Young
Size: Large

More: Dee is one of the very few beardies to make it to Grade 6. I don't know what else to say about her other than she is the most brilliant dog. She is so loving and affectionate. She tries so hard to please me, but she can also be the stereotypical beardie - irritating, noisy, stubborn and self-opinionated, but I wouldn't swap her for anything. And yes, she comes with her very own devil horns!