Agility Team GB news...
European Open 2013 is an Agility competition which is officially recognised by the FCI and is
based on the FCI-Agility Regulations of 2012. The competition is open to all dogs, with or
without pedigree. Competitors
have to be citizens of the country which they represent. All National Member Organisations of
the FCI or National Organisations with a close relationship to the FCI are invited to
participate in this event.
Agility Team GB Scoops at Hat-Trick of Medals
there was Olympic glory for Team GB, last month there was Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory and
now, in another sporting triumph, Agility Team GB have beaten the world’s best agility dogs to
scoop Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the 2013 European Open Agility Championships in
Illingworth and her dog, Maybe, beat nearly 200 competitors from all over the world to bring
home Gold in the European Open Medium Individual Final, and current World Champion, Natasha
Wise and her dog Dizzy, took home Silver. Competing for the first time at the European Open and
up against nearly 400 other dogs, Matthew Goodliffe and his dog Quincy won the Bronze medal in
the European Open Large Individual Final.
Team GB also managed several clear rounds throughout the final competition which helped to make
2013 the team’s most successful year to date at the Championships.
the medal winners there were many commendable feats achieved by other members of Team GB:-
GB achievements were as follows:-
Gold – Sian Illingworth with Maybe
(Medium Individual Final)
Silver – Natasha Wise with Dizzy
(Medium Individual Final)
Bronze – Matthew Goodliffe with Quincy
(Large Individual Final)
place – Sian Illingworth with Maybe (Medium Individual Agility Round)
place – Shaun Hunt with Phix (Large Individual Agility Round)
place – Natasha Wise with Dizzy (Medium Individual Agility Round)
place – Matthew Goodliffe with Quincy (Large Individual Jumping Round)
place – Bernadette Bay with Zaz (Small Individual Final)
Joint 5th place – Team Red (Great
Britain) (Small/Medium Team Final)
long days with temperatures soaring over 30 degrees, huge thunderstorms and floods, there was
great team morale throughout the whole competition, which can only have aided the team’s
accomplishments in the ring.
Manager Mark Laker commented on the success of the team: 'This was a fantastic result for
Team GB at the 2013 European Open. I'm extremely proud of everyone in this year’s team - the
sponsors, support team, grooms, my assistants and of course the competitors all helped to
make this one of the most successful teams we've taken to this competition. Huge
congratulations to our medal winners Matt Goodliffe & Quincy, Natasha Wise & Dizzy and Sian
Illingworth & Maybe. You competed with the best and put in a world class performance.'
Rundle, CSJ's founder and sponsor of Team GB said: 'We’re all so chuffed that the team
achieved such great success at the European Open this year. We are proud to be supporters of
Team GB for the next three years.'
European Open Agility Championships attracted hundreds of dogs and handlers from all across the
world, with 33 countries represented at the competition including Venezuela, Japan, South
Africa and Canada.
Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle,
the Kennel Club’s preferred cross-channel partner. The team of fifteen handlers and their dogs
were chosen following a performance
weekend which attracted entrants from all over the UK, and was hosted by Lincoln Agility
Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show in April 2013.
Full results and commentary for
each round of the event can be found on the Dog Agility Facebook page
Teams Allocated for 2013 Squad
Kennel Club is pleased to report that following a rigorous training day at Nottingham Trent
University, the British Agility Squad has been divided up into teams for the 2013 European Open
Championships which will be held in Neeroeteren (Belgium) on 25-28 July 2013..
Brackenhurst Campus at Nottingham Trent University played host to the training day and proved
to be an impressive venue with fantastic facilities. First Contact generously provided agility
and timing equipment for the day which could not have gone ahead without the team sponsors, CSJ
Specialist Canine Feeds and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.
majority of the day was spent in the arena working on the agility courses where Marc Saunders,
Team GB Assistant, set up four challenging international courses designed by this year's EO
Championship judges. During the day, the team worked through these courses getting further
experience on the kind of course they could expect to be faced with in Belgium. The team was
also kept busy with a multitude of tasks involving classroom time working in their individual
groups, visiting the Team Vet and Chiropractor as well as spending time with the Team Handler
Fitness Coach, working through agility specific fitness drills.
Manager, Mark Laker said: 'Thanks must go to everyone who worked very hard in advance and on
the day. Also to First Contact who provided all the agility and timing equipment. To
Nottingham Trent University staff and students who spent the entire day helping set up
courses and carrying out the detailed data collection we wanted. Finally acknowledgement and
a big thank you to CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle for their
sponsorship and support making it possible to run days like this.'
was hugely successful and resulted in the finalising of teams including mixed heights for the
small and medium groups.
Following the selection, Mark Laker continued: 'I believe these are four very strong teams
combining handlers that can produce fast clear rounds on a regular basis and those that when
required to, can 'pull out the stops' and set the course alight. I'm very excited and
honoured to be working alongside such a strong dedicated group of competitors.”
selected are as follows:-
GB Union Jacks
Sian Illingworth (C)
Shaun Hunt (C)
Natasha Wise (C)
Greg Derrett (C)
be noted that Louise Eden (reserve) has replaced Amy Lawson in this year's team who has
withdrawn due to personal reasons. Marc Wyngate-Wynn has kindly stepped in as the
non-travelling reserve for the Small dogs team.
Laker commented: 'While the team is saddened to have said goodbye to Amy, a big
congratulations goes to Louise and Marc.'
European Open 2013
Here's a little
taster from the host
nation. Go Team GB
Team GB Squad Selection Announced for EO 2013
Kennel Club has announced the names of this year's Agility Team which will represent the GB at
the 2013 European Open Agility Championships in Belgium from 25-28 July 2013.
successful handlers and dogs were chosen following a performance weekend which attracted
entrants from all over the UK, and was hosted by Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts at its Open
Agility Show from 19– 21 April 2013. The Kennel Club congratulates all the talented handlers
who made it onto Agility Team GB, which is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds.
Undeterred by the windy conditions, the European Open Performance Weekend kicked off at 9am on
the Saturday with the Individual Jumping followed by Individual Agility. Results from these
classes were then combined and used to group handlers into teams. In these groups, competitors
went on to demonstrate how their skills and strengths would be effective in a team environment.
the team round finishing late on Saturday, there was little rest before the start of another
challenging day with the Dog & Handler Sequence Skill Test. Requiring focus and solid
performance, Sunday’s tests were designed to test the dog and handler at International level
agility; they also provided the deciding points for the selection of the final team.
year’s European Open will be held at Neeroeteren, situated in the north east of Belgium.
Although officially recognised by the FCI and held under FCI rules, the European Open is not a
formal FCI competition. Consequently it differs from the Agility World Championships in that
both purebred and non-purebred dogs may compete. The GB team will be managed by newly appointed
Team Manager, Mark Laker and will compete for points in an Individual Competition, a Team
Competition and potentially the Finals.
qualifiers were open to anyone with a Grade 7 agility dog. Handlers with Grade 6 dogs, who were
considered to be eligible to compete at an International level, were also allowed to enter at
the discretion of the team management. Full results from the Performance Weekend and course
plans are available on the Kennel Club website via:
wishing to be considered for next year’s team, it should be noted that the selection process
will be conducted by a different method. Dogs will be able to gain points from high prestige
Kennel Club events, resulting in a team being selected at the end of the year. The actual teams
who will be competing at both the European Open Championships
and the FCI World Championships will be selected at a performance weekend in April 2014. For
more details please visit the Kennel Club
The performance weekend was highly
competitive and saw the biggest turnout of participants in the history of the event. With
brilliant handling and a host of fantastic dogs, both days provided great experience and
enjoyment for all those involved.
Manager, Mark Laker remarked, 'With such a variety of skilled dogs and handlers to
choose from, the final team will prove to be strong competition at the Championship. A big
thank you to the Kennel Club and CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds for their sponsorship, to FCI
judge Sandra Deidda, who travelled from Rome to judge this significant event, the organisers
of Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Open Agility Show and of course the support team and
competitors who attended the performance weekend.'
Team GB Squad
- Rosie Cavill with Fieldspy Leana
- Amy Lawson with Ag.Ch. Millieon
to One (Shetland Sheepdog)
- Bernadette Bay with Ag.Ch. Obay
It's Got Pizzazz (Shetland Sheepdog)
- David Wright with Shanandi
Strike It Lucky (Miniature Poodle)
reserve - Louise Eden with Clanavon Misty Shadow (Shetland Sheepdog)
- Natasha Wise with Ag.Ch.
Raeanne's Flipping Heck (Border Collie)
- Nicola Wildman with Za Zar Zoom
- Steve Richardson with Ag.Ch.
Noworries Sweep's Dream (Crossbreed)
- Sian Illingworth with Arnpriors
Made of Honour (Border Collie)
reserve - Christine Wingate-Wynne with Obay Tiz Wild (Shetland Sheepdog)
- Large Teams
- Greg Derrett with Nedlo Detox
Sproglett (Border Collie)
- Anthony Clarke with Ag.Ch.
Blazing Red of Rujaff (Border Collie)
- Matt Goodliffe with Turboed
Widewater Wizard (Border Collie)
- Ian Jackson with Darleyfalls at
Midnight (Border Collie)
- Charlotte Harding with Rujaff
Red Hot Scandal (Border Collie)
- Shaun Hunt with Ag.Ch. Get Inna
Phix (Border Collie)
- Karen Marriott with Petnat A
Touch Puzzling (Crossbreed)
- Roger Teasdale with Petnat by
reserve - Steve Richardson with Kesrock Flyte Control (WSD)