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Discover Dogs

Meet and greet more than 200 breeds of dog

2013

Discover Dogs 2013 took place at Earl's Court (London) on 9-10 November,  attracting more than 34,000 people over the weekend. It hosted four exciting Kennel Club Agility Finals and Semi-finals including Discover Dogs Small / Mixi Pairs, Crufts Medium ABC Semi Finals, Crufts Novice ABC Semi-FInals and The KC Festival Starters Agility Finals. Handlers and dogs qualify to take part in the prestigious finals by gaining points at qualifying heats held at agility shows across the country during 2013.

The Kennel Club has offered thanks to everybody who helped to make Discover Dogs 2013 the most successful in the 18 year history of the show. A total of 34,047 people attended the two day event, which celebrated dogs and helped people to choose the right pedigree dog for their lifestyle, from a responsible breeder. The attendance figure was up by 13 per cent on last year, in a time when other events are seeing a decline due to the economic climate.

Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at the Kennel Club, said: 'We are so pleased that Discover Dogs continues to go from strength to strength and remains such a fixture in the calendar for dog lovers. The atmosphere of the show was fantastic and is testament to the fun and enjoyment that people have there. We could not put the show on without the help of the many volunteers who run the breed booths throughout the weekend and all of those that help out with the display rings and competitions, so we offer our sincere thanks to everybody involved. We also extend our appreciation to our sponsors, Eukanuba and Metro Bank who helped to make the event such a success.'

Visitors at the show were able to meet more than 200 breeds of dog, shop for products at the hundreds of trade stands and get advice about choosing the right dog, dog training and buying from a responsible breeder.

Competitions taking place at Discover Dogs included the ABC Agility semi finals for medium dogs and large novice dogs, the agility Small Mixi Pairs finals and the agility Starters Cup finals. The event also saw the Kennel Gazette Junior Warrant of the Year semi finals, the UK Junior Handler of the Year finals, the Companion Dog Club finals, and the class finals for Scruffts, the grand final of which will be at Crufts.

VIPs and celebrities came out in force to support the event with special appearances including Merlin actor, Anthony Head, radio DJ Sara Cox who came to the event to find a new dog, the Geldof family and Olympic swimmer, Sharron Davies.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: 'Discover Dogs is a unique event that enables visitors to meet more than 200 breeds of pedigree dog under one roof, and to find out about their many advantages, as well as making a responsible decision about which breed is right for their lifestyle. We are so glad that the public continue to find so much enjoyment from this event, which really does make a difference for dogs.'

The KC Agility Starter Cup Final
Some of the rising stars of the agility world took part in the prestigious Kennel Club Starters Cup Agility Finals at the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court this weekend (Saturday 9th November).

The Starters Cup is a showcase for the most talented newcomers in agility. Large, medium and small dogs, along with their handlers, qualified to compete in at the Starters Cup finals at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, which was held in August at Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire.

The Starters Cup is for beginner dogs competing in Grades 1 and 2 in the UK or the equivalent overseas classes (e.g. Grade 1 under FCI rules or Novice in the USA).

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary says: 'Discover Dogs is a celebration of the many roles dogs play in our society, and the Starters Cup Agility Finals gives less experienced dogs and handlers the chance to compete at a major show in front of a large crowd. Agility is the fastest growing dog sport and these finals may well have given us a glimpse of some of the potential winners of the future.'

The following were pronounced as winners of the Kennel Club Starters Cup Agility Finals:

Katie Doyle

Alyson Walker

Sebastian Thomas

Small

  1. Katie Doyle with Patchy Dude

  2. Camilla Westmacott with Treasured Bruce

  3. Isaac Hartley with Bella Ella

Medium

  1. Alyson Walker with Shanandi Wild Poppet

  2. Diane Barry with Smiley Miley Moon

  3. Jack Biddle with Sergeant Benjamin of Broom

Large

  1. Sebastian Thomas with Time Goes By

  2. Laura Hope with Regalaway Serendipity

  3. Jake Wilkins with Gwynion Ice Lady

Medium ABC Agility Stakes
Nancy Hudson and Obay Tiz Zensational beat 19 pairs of dogs and handlers to win the Medium ABC (Anything But as Collie) Agility semi-final at the Kennel Club's Discover Dogs event at Earls Court on Sunday 10th November. The talented duo will now compete in the grand final at the world's greatest dog show, Crufts 2014.

The grand finals of the two ABC competitions will take place at Crufts 2014, featuring the following top ten dogs and handlers from the Discover Dogs semi-finals:

  1. Nancy Hudson with Obay Tiz Zensational

  2. Eleanor Balchin with Sheldray Smoke on The Water

  3. Angie Edwards with Dunnellons Gotabe Crackers AW/G

  4. Lara Staplehurst with Shamrock Star Maker

  5. Nicola Wildman with Za Zar Zoom AW/G

  6. Elaine Sherwin with Sirensong Beyond All Reason at Tarnwalk AW/G

  7. Michelle Henderson with Silvora Marley's Legacy

  8. Sue Cooper with Blackthorns Speedy Mitzi

  9. Helen Anderson with Ag.Ch. Dinky Demon of Downunder

  10. Cheryl Tustain with Raeannes Black Magic

KC  Large ABC Agility Stakes
Joanne Sullivan and Alfredo Frog beat 20 pairs of dogs and handlers to win the Large ABC (Anything But as Collie) Agility semi-final at the Kennel Club's Discover Dogs event at Earls Court on Sunday 10th November. The talented duo will now compete in the grand final at the world's greatest dog show, Crufts 2014.

The grand finals of the two ABC competitions will take place at Crufts 2014, featuring the following top ten dogs and handlers from the Discover Dogs semi-finals:

  1. Joanne Sullivan with Alfredo Frog

  2. Lucy Waldron with Exmoor Kangaroo Kid

  3. Jenna Allinson with Gonegos Soft Parade

  4. Becci Chant with Nantiderri's Black Lace

  5. Graham Burgess with Notchlings on A Shoestring

  6. Angie Edwards with Dunnellons Gottabe Spot On

  7. Elaine Sherwin with Penwest Phoebus at Tarnwalk AW(S)

  8. Christine Russell with Galways Rominy Ruby

  9. Neil Henderson with Delark Black Pearl

  10. Kevin Holmes with Coklebelshay Indian Trail

Small/Mixi Pairs Winners
Ryan Hennessy and Ann Hennessy with Shandon's Busy Little Fizzy and Shandon's Slinky Little Inky beat 12 other dogs and handlers to win the Small/Mixi Pairs Final at the Kennel Club's Discover Dogs event at Earls Court on Saturday 9th November.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary says: 'Discover Dogs is a wonderful celebration of dogs and is London's biggest dog event. The Small/Mixi Pairs Finals is a fantastic competition and a highlight on the schedule every year. Congratulations to all the handlers and dogs for a tremendous performance.'

The winners were:-

  1. Ryan Hennessy and Ann Hennessy with Shandons Busy Little Fizzy and Shandon's Slinky Little Inky

  2. Lou Cadman and Amanda Hampson with A Moment Of Madness and Winfren and Vulpecula Kayla

  3. Chris Stamp and Sally Walker with Raeannes Take That and Tan Bellina

The Small/Mixi Pairs Challenge consists of eight heats of jumping. The competition is open to Small dogs (35cm or under at the withers), partnering either a medium dog (over 35cm but 43cm or under at the withers) or a large dog (over 43cm in height), with heats scheduled as a special combined class for all grades of dog.


The DD Line Up

Handlers and dogs have qualified to take part in these prestigious competitions by gaining points at qualifying heats held at Agility shows across the country during 2013. The Grand Finals of the two ABC competitions will take place at Crufts 2014, featuring the winning dogs and handlers from the Discover Dogs semi-finals.

Good luck to all the competitors!

Discover Dogs Small / Mixi Pairs Final
Saturday, 9 November 2013

Pair

Handler

Dog/Breed

Height

1

Kate Howlett

Millennium Falcon Princess (WSD)

Large 

1

Des Cufley 

Fudgie Wudgie (X)

Small

2

Alan Bray

Rosmarinus Rumrosa At Upanova (BC)

Large 

2

Hayley Bray

Sirensong Dare to Wear Bling at Upanova (Miniature Poodle)

Small

3

Alan Bray

Upanova Dior Mine (BC)

Large 

3

Wendy Clay

Ag.Ch. RacingRedd Brussel Scout AW/G (X)

Small

4

Sally Walker

Tan Bellina (WSD)

Large 

4

Chris Stamp

Raeannes Take That (Poodle (Minature ) 

Small

5

Alan Stiff

Devongem Mist (BC)

Large 

5

Donna Lewis

Iceniares Celtic Amethyst (Chinese Crested)

Small

7

Lisa Jones

Tripple Choca Mocha (X)

Small

7

Hazel Williams 

A Present from Loon Vali (WSD)

Large 

8

Lou Cadman

A Moment of Madness (X)

Small

8

Amanda Hampson

Winfren Vulpecula Kayla (Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)

Medium

9

Sally Walker

Astley Tess (BC)

Large 

9

Moira Bowden

Truly Blinkin Scrumptious (X)

Small

10

Ann Hennessy

Shandon's Slinky Little Inky (X)

Medium

10

Ryan Hennessy

Shandons Busy Little Fizzy (X)

Small

11

Carol Ellis

Our Connie (X)

Small

11

Cheryl Tustain

Raeanne's Valentine Play Boy (Miniature Poodle) 

Medium

12

Sue Stock

Sues Fluff from Darlington (X)

Large 

12

Gill Alcorn

My Little Cody (X)

Small

13

Tricia Robarts

Kes's Gipsy Lad (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)

Small

13

Amanda Hampson

Ag.Ch. Shoredancer Sea Jade (Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)

Medium

14

Jane Emmett

Myter Who Dares Wins AW/B (Shetland Sheepdog )

Small

14

David Carlile

Carnthrone Con Con (Shetland Sheepdog)

Medium

15

Sue Stock

Lucy Long Socks (WSD)

Large 

15

Hilary Bowden

Lets Smartie Partie (X)

Small

Kennel Club Starters Cup Final
Saturday, 9 November 2013

Handler Dog Height

Nicola Clark

Robenger Great Wall Suprise (BC)

Large

Dee Dakin

Rare Coincidence (Weimaraner)

Large

Clare Graham

Fenborders Curious George (BC)

Large

Laura Hope

Regalaway Serendipity (BC)

Large

Laura Hope

Tallula Lowe (American Bulldog)

Large

Melissa Matthews

Castomya First Flame (BC)

Large

MrIan Patz

He's Just Leo (WSD)

Large

Denise Ramshaw

Kia Star (X)

Large

Sara Singlehurst

Livvy of Kilkenny AW/B (X)

Large

Sebastian Thomas

Pixie Brogan (X)

Large

Sebastian Thomas

Time Goes By (WSD)

Large

Jake Wilkins

Gwynion Ice Lady (BC)

Large

Diane Barry

Smiley Miley Moon (X)

Medium

Jack Biddle

Sergeant Benjamin of Broom (Cocker Spaniel)

Medium

Alyson Walker

Shanandi Wild Poppet (Miniature Poodle)

Medium

Katie Doyle

Patchy Dude (X)

Small

Isaac Hartley

Bella Ella (X)

Small

Madeleine Herridge

Oh Henry No (Papillion)

Small

Laura Maxted

Afterglow First Noel (American Cocker Spaniel)

Small

Darcey Shears

Little Zoom (X)

Small

Camilla Westmacott

Treasured Bruce (JRT)

Small

Crufts Large Novice ABC Semi-Finals
Sunday, 10 November 2013

Handler

Dog

Height

Jenna Allinson

Gonegos Soft Parade (Wire Haired Hungarian Vizsla)

Large 

Graham Burgess

Notchlings on a Shoestring (Australian Kelpie)

Large 

Becci Chant

Nantiderri's Black Lace (Flatcoat Retriever)

Large 

Neal Coombes

Decoymans Piper Jonagold AW/S (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever)

Large 

Lynette Coward

It's All Tickitty-boo (X)

Large 

Carol Disley

Iskander Red Alert (Australian Shepherd)

Large 

Alan Dormann

Harsett Tamar (Golden Retriever)

Large 

Angie Edwards

Dunnellons Gottabe Spot On (Australian Shepherd)

Large 

Neil Henderson

Delark Black Pearl (BSD - Groenendael)

Large 

Kevin Holmes

Coklebelshay Indian Trail (Cocker Spaniel)

Large 

Karen Hugo

Jopium Touch of Velvet (Rough Collie)

Large 

Laura Lee

Rowles Robin (Cocker Spaniel)

Large 

Sharon Lloyd

Destiny's Girl  (X)

Large 

Hilary Loy

Belsud Terva (Flatcoat Retriever)

Large 

Victoria Lyons

Jamedemi Molly Andromeda (Labrador Retriever)

Large 

Sue Mosedale

Skinny When Wet (Bearded Collie)

Large 

Alison Pell

Goldmali Cherish (BSD - Malinois)

Large 

Yvonne Reid

Jody's Dottir (Golden Retriever)

Large 

Christine Russell

Galways Rominy Ruby (German Shepherd Dog)

Large 

Elaine Sherwin

Penwest Phoebus at Tarnwalk AW/S (Pointer)

Large 

Joanne Sullivan

Alfredo Frog (X)

Large 

Lucy Waldron

Exmoor Kangaroo Kid (Australian Kelpie)

Large 

Crufts Medium Novice ABC Semi-Finals
Sunday, 10 November 2013

Handler

Dog

Height

Helen Anderson

Ag.Ch. Dinky Demon Of Downunder (Australian Kelpie)

Medium 

Julie Ashton

Master Dumbledore (Cocker Spaniel)

Medium 

Eleanor Balchin

Sheldray Smoke on the Water (Shetland Sheepdog

Medium 

Sue Cooper

Blackthorns Speedy Mitzi (X)

Medium 

Angie Edwards

Dunnellons Gotabe Crackers AW/G (Australian Shepherd)

Medium 

Anne Edwards

Gefni Free Flow (Brittany Spaniel)

Medium 

Naomi Hall

Dunnellon Fae Tal Atrakshun (Australian Shepherd)

Medium 

Gemma Haycock

Simply Red Roobs (Staffordshire Bull Terrier)

Medium 

Michelle Henderson

Silvora Marley's Legacy (Miniature Poodle)

Medium 

Nancy Hudson

Obay Tiz Zensational (Shetland Sheepdog)

Medium 

Iain Langman

Bonwillan Dizzy Blonde (Beagle)

Medium 

KarenPenman

Fire Flier (Staffordshire Bull Terrier)

Medium 

Millie Roberts

Cloudtenn Candyman (Cocker Spaniel)

Medium 

Elaine Sherwin

Sirensong Beyond All Reason at Tarnwalk AW/G (Miniature Poodle)

Medium 

Lara Staplehurst

Shamrock Star Maker (Spaniel (English Springer Spaniel)

Medium 

Cheryl Tustain

Raeannes Black Magic (Miniature Poodle)

Medium 

Nicola Wildman

Za Zar Zoom AW/G (Australian Kelpie)

Medium 

 


2012

Meet the Starters Cup finalists and their dogs...

Follow your nose to Discover Dogs, London's biggest dog event, at Earls Court 1 on 10 & 11 November and you'll find four prestigious agility competitions including the finals of the Kennel Club Agility Starters Cup. The top G1 & 2 handlers - 12 Large, 6 Medium and 6 Small - from the Semi-finals held at the KC International Agility Festival in August were invited to compete at Discover Dogs 2012. For many, it will be their first major final, but not their last. We've asked the finalists to write a little something about themselves and their dogs. In no particular order, here is what they sent in.

Congratulations to the winners!

Place

Handler

Dog

Total faults

Total Time

 

Small Starters Cup

 

 

 

1

Hayley Telling

A Trick of the Tail

0

63.023

2

Dean Williams

Lozek Daisy May

5

77.468

3

Amanda Coles

Helles Belles

5.717

80.615

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medium Starters Cup

 

 

1

Kate Davies

Miss Maisie Minx

5

62.54

2

Rachel Carroll

Glanyrhyd Seraphim

8.912

79.431

3

Becki Calcutt

Little Miss Tipsy Toes

15

77.673

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Starters Cup

 

 

1

Chris Lawes

Keigame Smart Mover

0

61.063

2

Sara Acock

Dassett Jess

0

66.794

3

Savina Hart

Denicol Caitlin AW(B)

0

73.191

Good luck to the Finalists


Redanmuir Wild and Wicked

  • Handler name: Lee Warford
  • Dog name: Todd
  • Breed: Border Collie
  • Age: 3 year
  • Current Grade: Todd is now in G3
  • How long have you been training:
  • Where do you live?
  • Rescue?
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment:
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Todd is my first 'proper' agility dog. I previously ran a friends dog in Veterans.
  • Last word: Todd had a fantastic time at the KCI Festival, winning a total of five classes including the Starters Cup Semi-final and both Agility and Jumping qualifiers!


Afterglow First Noel

  • Handler name: Laura Maxted
  • Dog name: Splash
  • Breed: American Cocker Spaniel
  • Age: 2 1/2 years
  • Current Grade:
  • How long have you been training: I have been competing with Splash for a year now
  • Where do you live? (Whitstable, Kent)
  • Rescue? No, I've had her since she was 12 weeks old
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Jumps
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Splash came from a show breeder but has taken to agility and seems to really enjoy it
  • Last word: Splash and has a huge attitude. 


Gwynion Ice Lady

  • Handler name: Jake Wilkins (12)
  • Dog name: Ice
  • Breed: Red Merle Border Collie
  • Age: 3 years
  • Current Grade: G1
  • How long have you been training: Before I got ice I was running and training with my Dad's dogs
  • Where do you live? Swindon, Wilts
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Tunnels
  • One surprising thing about your dog: This year Ice and I appeared on the Children's BBC programme 'Who Let The Dogs Out' where we competed against other kids and their dogs, learning new tricks in each round and we came out overall winner.
  • Last word: This will be my first time visiting and competing at Discover Dogs.


Silent Bob
Photo: Ian Watts Photography

  • Handler: Corinne McLavy
  • Dog's name: Logan
  • Breed: WSD
  • Dog's age: 2 1/2 years
  • Current Grade: G2 + 2 Jumping wins
  • How long have you been training: Since 2010 with Charlotte Hughes at Kampeon.
  • Where do you live? Leicestershire
  • Rescue? Yes, from Many Tears. He was an unwanted puppy from Ireland.
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Tunnels & weaves
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Bob likes to sing along to the radio – a real treat when I am trying to work!
  • Last word: People bring your earplugs. He does enjoy a good bark while running. He's not called Silent Bob for nothing!


Brundledean Beleza

  • Handler name: Jane Stafford
  • Dog name: Pixie
  • Breed: Portuguese Podengo
  • Age: 4 years
  • Current Grade: Pixie is my first agility dog and this year was our first ever trip to compete in the UK. She did amazingly well, going G2, winning the Starters Cup Semi-finals and then qualifying in the top spot for the Dogs In Need Small Classic Graded 1-2 finals. Unfortunately, it all went a bit pear-shaped in the final, with Pixie literally flying off all the contacts. I think the excitement was too much for us.
  • How long have you been training: 2 years. Pixie is not a natural agility dog and I am definitely not a natural agility handler, but I know that she'll always be there doing her very best for me even when she'd rather be somewhere else doing something else!
  • Where do you live? Jersey (Channel Islands)
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Dog Walk
  • One surprising thing about your dog: She is one one of the only Portuguese Podengos competing in agility. 2012 has been quite a year for us, because apart from all of the above, we won the agility round of the Jersey Agility Dog of the Year and then went on to represent Jersey in the World Agility Open (WAO) in Belgium, making it through to the second round.
  • Last word: Pixie is truly awesome and I love her to bits.


A Trick of the Tail
The song that was playing when I was born!

  • Handler name: Hayley Telling
  • Dog name: Barney
  • Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Age: 4 years
  • Current Grade: G4
  • How long have you been training: 1 year and 2 months
  • Where do you live? Rustington
  • Rescue: Yes, Barney was bred on a puppy farm and was sold to a pet shop at only a few weeks old. He developed very severe kennel cough, and the pet shop assumed due to his breed that he was in heart failure so were going to put him to sleep. He was rescued by a lady who gave him to the Worthing & District Animal Rescue (WADARS) who took him to the vet practice where I work as a nurse. With no fosterers available, I offered to take care of him until he was back to full health. It took many weeks, several different courses of antibiotics, a general anaeasthetic and a lot of love, but eventually, at around 6 months of age, he was healthy enough to be vaccinated! By tht time I had fallen totally in love and wasn't able to part with him. Even my mum who is terrified of dogs agreed that there was no way he could leave!
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: He loves all of it equally!
  • One surprising thing about your dog: He has battled lots of health issues from his poor start and bad breeding but still blasts the agility courses with the waggiest tail!
  • Last word: Barney is a pleasure to train and just loves to work and learn! In his first year of competition he has by-passed everyone's expectations of what he could do and I am incredibly proud of him!


Patchy Dude

  • Handler name: Katie Doyle
  • Dog name: Archie
  • Breed: Jack Russell X Corgi
  • Age: 5 years old
  • Current Grade: I am currently G1 but putting him up to Grade 2 for the start of next season.
  • How long have you been training: We have been training since 2009 and competing since 2011. In 2011 we started to train with a second club.
  • Where do you live? Hitcin, Herts.
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Tunnel.
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Archie can beg (as in pic) for hours. I have even seen him nod of whilst begging. It's amazing how high Archie can jump considering how small he is.
  • Last word: Archie loves agility and will bark his head off to let everyone know he's about to run.


Denicol Caitlin AW/S

  • Handler name: Savina Hart
  • Dog's name: Tarnie
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Age: 4 Years
  • Current Grade: G2
  • How long have you been training: About 3 years
  • Where do you live? Bedfordshire
  • Rescue?
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Dog Walk as there is nearly always food at the end of it!
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Tarnie is such a happy and consistent dog. When she is on form, she is such great fun and a pleasure to run. She can be hard work in an afternoon or in the heat, but she's perfect in every other way!
  • Last word: This is our second time in this final and we are so excited about going to Discover Dogs again. We both have regular blonde moments but we are hoping not to have any in the ring!


Glan Rhyd Seraphim

  • Handler name: Rachel Carroll
  • Dog name: Marly
  • Breed: Working cocker
  • Age: 5 years
  • Current Grade: G3
  • How long have you been training: 4 & ˝ years. Marly was also my first spaniel, although I had a Rottweiler and a Bullmastiff at the time. The difference between the breeds was huge. I had no idea how to deal with a spaniel puppy when I first got her! It's taken a while for us to get over some issues, but I have learnt how to work with her to get the best from her and I feel like we're really progressing well at last!
  • Where do you live? Huntingdon, Cambs.
  • Rescue? Sort of, I bought her at 4 1/2 months old and already on her third home. The person who bought her from the breeder wanted to use her as a gundog but changed his mind. She did have a few issues including sound sensitivity and separation anxiety but she is much better now than she has been previously.
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: All of it!! She absolutely loves agility. She squeals as we arrive at training, flies from the van to the arena and either starts going over jumps by herself - whatever height they are - or she’ll put herself in a 2 on / 2 off on a piece of contact equipment and start barking at me!
  • One surprising thing about your dog: It is surprising that she qualified at all! She’s incredibly sensitive to loud noises, and really struggled to cope with the loud speakers at Rockingham so to put that to one side and manage to run an agility course well enough to qualify in 3rd place is amazing really. I have no idea how she will cope with Discover Dogs, it’s quite possible she won’t cope with the crowds and noise and not want to perform but as it’s such a once in a life time opportunity I couldn’t turn it down. I have however invested in various calming products, and I have learnt to take the attitude that if she does it, great, and if not well, it’s one of those things. We’ve still done amazingly well to qualify!
  • Last word: Marly is an amazing little dog - affectionate, sweet and funny and so cheeky. I love training her and spending time with her at home. I really feel like we have overcome so much to get where we are - both behavioural and physical problems - and our bond is stronger today than it has ever been.


Katajack Deppity Dawg

  • Handler name: Lisa Tarry
  • Dog name: Depp - And yes, he was named after the fabulous 'Johnny'
  • Breed: black and White spotted border collie
  • Age: He was 5 years old last Saturday.
  • Current Grade: We are now G3. Depp won out of G1 at the beginning of June this year at the Keston show and then won out into G3 at the end of July at Tenterden. This has been his best year ever!
  • How long have you been training: We live in a rural village near to the Thames Estuary, Upper Stoke, which is about 10 minutes from Rochester in Kent. We train at Keston Agility Club which is near Orpington and have been training there for three years.
  • Where do you live?
  • Rescue? I've had Depp from a pup. He was bred by one of out trainers, Kate Davoll. His mum is only a Medium but Depp is a very large, Large! To see him next to his mum, you wouldn't think she could have produced such a big boy!
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: I don't think Depp has a favourite piece of equipment, but he definitely has a least favourite which are the weaves!
  • One surprising thing about your dog: His favourite toy is a rubber ball on a rope, but we get through loads of them especially in the winter when we lose them in the dark! He won't go on a walk without his toy!
  • Last word: He is a big lovable lump. He is very gentle and likes his cuddles - he loves to put his paws around your neck and sniff your ears. Despite being a border collie Depp is quite a chilled out dog at home and loves to just veg by the fire. I have three other dogs, 2 border collies and an italian volpino, and Depp is very much the boss of the gang!

    Depp was my first agility dog and we have such a special partnership now thanks to the agility that allowed us to spend time together on our own away from the other dogs. He is very special to me and I love him very much. I wouldn't change him for the world.


Miss Maisie Minx

  • Handler name: Kate Davies (15)
  • Dog name: Maisie
  • Breed: BC X Working Cocker
  • Age: a 2 ˝ year old
  • Current Grade: We have recently won into G3
  • How long have you been training: I have been involved in agility since I was seven years old but have been training Maisie since she was a little puppy, doing tricks and foundation work for agility.
  • Where do you live? West Sussex
  • Rescue?
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: She loves the tunnel also likes the end of the contact> Sometimes in the middle of training, she just goes and stands on the end because she has learnt that this is a rewarding exercise through shaping the position.
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Maisie is that she may look all sweet and innocent but she is very cheeky, hence her KC name, she has been known to steal things like glasses cases, pens, paperwork, letters, food, even to the point where she put her foot through the stair gate to drag my brand new shoes down.
  • Last word: Maisie and I love doing agility together as it is great fun. She is such a sweet, fun dog to work and I hope to be doing agility with her for many years to come.


Lady Tealington of Rutland

  • Handler name: Emma Drabble
  • Dog name: Teal
  • Breed: Spaniel X
  • Age: 2 1/2 years
  • Current Grade: We competed in our first Kennel Club show this summer and have managed to move up to G2 over the last few months.
  • How long have you been training: We have been training for just over a year at Paws on Dog Training Club in Leicester where the lovely Julie has put up with both me and the crazy spaniel and taught us loads. We attend one class a week where we practice an agility and a jumping course.
  • Where do you live?
  • Rescue; No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Teal's favourite piece of agility equipment is the tunnel with her least favourite being the weaves. 
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Teal was initially meant as my boyfriend Andrew's gun dog, unfortunately for him but luckily for me she turns out to be a rubbish gun dog so I kidnapped her and we have become agility addicts!
  • Last word: I can't wait to compete at Discover Dogs and am looking forward to our trip to London. A spaniel on a tube could be interesting!


Rhuaridh's Red Devil

  • Handler name: Ruth Mackintosh
  • Dog name: Bailey
  • Breed: Working Cocker Spaniel
  • Age: 2 years (born Jan 2010)
  • Current Grade: G2
  • How long have you been training: 1 year
  • Where do you live? Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
  • Rescue? No, Bailey is son of one of our other dogs.
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: This is a hard one... A-frame maybe because he likes to sit on top and admire the view or the see-saw because he likes to be 'Super Dog' and fly off it.
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Not really got one
  • Last word:


Helles Belles

  • Handler name: Amanda Coles
  • Dog name: Ellie
  • Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
  • Age: 3 years
  • Current Grade: When she qualified for the final she was G1. She is now G3
  • How long have you been training: Ellie has been training for two years, but has only been competing for the last year. I’ve been training for about four years. I also run a whippet.
  • Where do you live? Northamptonshire
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: The contact equipment because she gets treats in training
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Her best friend is a cat!
  • Last word:


Sarasal's Blue Cascade of Pepperbox Nov Ex

  • Handler name: Becky Collier
  • Dog name: Storm
  • Breed: Cocker Spaniel
  • Age: 8 3/4 years
  • Current Grade: We won into G3 in September this year
  • How long have you been training: About two years, attending a class most weeks.
  • Where do you live? Bristol
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: A-frame
  • One surprising thing about your dog: He used to do forward rolls as a puppy!
  • Last word: I'm really excited to be a part of the final at Discover Dogs and hope that everyone involved in the events has an enjoyable day.


Bramble the Mudlark

  • Handler name: Julie Mason
  • Dog name: Bramble
  • Breed: Border Collie
  • Age: 9 years
  • Current Grade: We are Grade 1
  • How long have you been training: have been training for 6 years although only competing for 3 years.
  • Where do you live? Aylesbury, Bucks
  • Rescue?
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: She loves all the equipment but weaves are possibly one of her favourite pieces of equipment. Bramble loves agility and once in the ring is totally focussed on what she is doing.
  • One surprising thing about your dog: She is toy mad (especially tennis balls) and can find a tennis ball (or piece of tennis ball) that no-one else would know is there. She is even known to leave a good tennis ball for a manky piece of tennis ball!
  • Last word: I am delighted to be at Discover Dogs and pleased with our achievements. I only wanted to do agility for fun in the first place but, thanks to my trainer Gloria and the other members of Rebels 2000, we got sucked into competitions and are now hooked.


Brindlebay Kilt

  • Handler name: Liz Williams
  • Dog name: Bryn
  • Breed: Labrador
  • Age: 5 1/2 years
  • Current Grade: We went into Grade 2 in August 2012 and have an ambition to make it to Grade 3 next year.
  • How long have you been training: Bryn started his agility career four years ago at Letchworth DTC. I now run three dogs, two of which have qualified qualified for the KC Starters Cup this year.
  • Where do you live? Bedfordshire
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Bryn doesn't have a favourite piece of agility equipment. He loves the lot
  • One surprising thing about your dog: For the first two years, I thought we would never have a clear round. He was enjoying himself so much that he was forever missing contacts, knocking poles and missing weaves. In the last 18 months, however, he has suddenly grown up. Whilst we still have our overenthusiastic moments, he has gone from strength to strength and has gained his Bronze Agility Warrant and is only ten points away from his Silver.
  • Last word: I would like to say a special thank you to all the Club Instructors, we wouldn't be competing at Discover Dogs without their help and advice.


Decoymans Piper Guelder

  • Handler name: Liz Williams
  • Dog name: Rudi
  • Breed: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Age: He is nearly four years old
  • Current Grade: We went into Grade 2 in August 2012 and have an ambition to make it to Grade 3 next year.
  • How long have you been training: He went to his first agility show when he was four months old, just to watch. He was fascinated. Rudi started training when he was eighteen months and started competing nine months later. 
    Where do you live? Bedfordshire
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Rudi just loves the weaves to the extent that, given the choice, he will run through them in preference to going through a tunnel. He also likes the contact equipment.
  • One surprising thing about your dog: This year is only second year of competition and he has gone from 'Mr Clear Round' to consistently gaining top ten places. He has had a fantastic year gaining his Bronze Agility Warrant
  • Last word: I was really pleased to qualify one dog for the Final, but when I realised I had qualified both I was over the moon. We are really looking forward to the day but hope that I don't let the dogs down by letting nerves get in the way. Whatever happens on the day we are just going to enjoy ourselves.



Keigame Smart Mover

  • Handler name: Chris Lawes
  • Dog name: Todd
  • Breed: German Short Haired Pointer
  • Age: 8 years
  • Current Grade: G2
  • How long have you been training: A long time...
  • Where do you live? Langley, Berks
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: Loves it all
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Nothing surprising. He's just a great dog!
  • Last word: I am very proud of him and looking forward to Discover Dogs


Lozek Daisy May

  • Handler name: Dean Williams
  • Dog name: Daisy
  • Breed: Papillon
  • Age: 8 years
  • Current Grade: G1
  • How long have you been training: 6 years
  • Where do you live? Ramsgate, Kent
  • Rescue? No
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: See-saw
  • One surprising thing about your dog: Her speed
  • Last word: I was as at Discover Dogs last year and am pleased to be here again.


Dassett Jess

  • Handler name: Sara Acock
  • Dog name: Jess
  • Breed: Labrador
  • Age: 5 years
  • Current Grade: 2
  • How long have you been training: 3 years
  • Where do you live? Banbury
  • Rescue? Yes, privately 
  • Dog's favourite bit of equipment: A- Frame
  • One surprising thing about your dog: She likes spicy food.
  • Last word: She loves loves life to the full!