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2009 Olympia

 

 

 

The KC Agility Stakes Final

This was the 31st year that the Agility Stakes Finals had been hosted by the Olympia London International Horse Show (17-21 December) and what a final it was! It was five evenings of finals with some of the most skilled and exciting agility that you could find anywhere in the world, watched by a live audience of 10,000 for each performance and televised by Eurosport, Horse & Country and the BBC. What a recipe for success! Dave Ray sent this report.

I have been organising this event for the last 18 years and I still find this to be one of the most exciting events in the world. Certainly it is the final all the competitors want to qualify for. It still amazes me how the dogs can hear the handlers' commands over the sound of 10,000 spectators cheering a dog down the finishing straight.

The sport of agility is once more indebted to the Kennel Club for supporting this final and, in addition, all the Olympia heats to be held in 2010.

My personal thanks the our judge Charlie Wyatt who is skilled, experienced, professional and good company. What more could you ask for? Charlie lists all the team working behind the scene at the end of his report so I will just add that I am indebted to you all for the contribution you have made in the last 18 years. It's easy standing at the front but success can only be achieved with a first class team behind me which I have.

Finally congratulations to our guest helper this year, Arthur Rodgers who has been appointed to judge the 2010 Olympia Finals.

Judge's Report

It was truly a great honour to be asked to judge at Olympia in 2009. I was looking forward to it from the moment I accepted the appointment back in October 2008. I attended some of the competitions last year when Graham Partridge judged, and the atmosphere was electric. The Olympia audiences love the dog agility and are very vocal. Sometimes you can't hear yourself think when the crowds are cheering and urging the dogs across the finishing line. I couldn't wait to be a part of that magical experience.

As we all know, time flies by so quickly. Where 2009 went, I don't know. It wasn't long before I found myself driving down to London to 'do my bit' at Olympia 2009.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

The Kennel Club Medium Dog Jumping Grand Prix
It all started Thursday afternoon with the Medium Jumping won by Natasha Wise with Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck. Toni Dawkins and Ag. Ch. Tenita Magic Minx took the runners up spot. The awards were presented by Frank Kane, General Committee Member of The Kennel Club.

The Kennel Club Medium Dog Jumping Grand Prix

1

Natasha Wise

Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck (BC)

22.05

2

Toni Dawkins

Ag.Ch. Tenita Magic Minx (BC)

24.74

3

Heather McLean

Morgans Chance Navigator (WSD)

25.14

4

Angela Wiliams

Withersfarm Perfect Ten (BC)

25.36

5

Bernadette Bay

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Balanced (Sheltie)

26.14

6

Karen Smith

Man On a Mission (WSD)

26.99

7

Amanda Hampson

Winfren Vulpecula Kayla (NSDTR)

28.67

8

Alan Gardner

Touchango Again Girl (BC)

30.57

9

Keith Palmer

The Black Velveteer (X)

42.82

The Kennel Club Medium Dog Agility Stakes Final
The Final that evening promised to be a cracking event. Not only did we have the best Medium dogs in the country here, but some of the best in the world! Unfortunately Karen Cole had to pull out of Olympia at the very last minute due to an injury to her dog, Obay One Helluva Charmer so we only had nine competitors taking part in the Medium finals.

First up was Keith Palmer with his dog The Black Velveteer. They got the final off to a fabulous start, going clear in 38.89 seconds. Amanda Hampson and Winfren Vulpecula Kayla were a little faster, 38.71, but they picked up 5 faults on the dog walk. Angela Williams and her Border Collie Withersfarm Perfect Ten snatched the lead from Keith with a clear in 37.35 seconds. Karen Smith with Man on a Mission ran fourth. She also recorded a clear round, and her time of 40.12 put her into 3rd place.

Toni Dawkins and Ag. Ch. Tenita Magic Minx were next to go. Minx was having a fabulous run and was, without doubt, well on the way to posting a superb time, but she picked up 5 faults when she ran past the see saw. They finished the course in 38.17 which was a brilliant time considering Toni had to take Minx back to do the see saw after running past it. Heather McLean and Morgans Chance Navigator were having a lovely run, but knocked a pole off for 5 faults in 40.91.

Next on the line were only the Medium World Champions, Natasha Wise with Ag. Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck. They were introduced to the thousands of people watching as the reigning World Champions. Let's face it, Tasha was the odds on, red hot favourite to win this Final. If the pressure was getting to Natasha, it certainly didn't show. With the whole arena expecting something special from the World Champs, Natasha and Dizzy stood on the start line. They certainly didn't let anyone down because they put in a run that can only be described as absolutely brilliant. There was just one wide turn, but the rest was flawless. The crowd cheered all the competitors as they ran down the home straight, but they raised the roof when they saw that Natasha's time of 34.15 took the lead by some margin.

The penultimate pairing were Alan Gardner and his Border Collie Touchango Again Girl. Alan always gives 110% when he runs his dogs, and I could see he was certainly up for this challenge. He wasn't going to let Natasha have it all her own way if he had any say in the matter. He also had a storming run and his time of 36.36 was good enough for 2nd place.

Last to run was Bernadette Bay with her Sheltie, Ag. Ch. Obay Truly Balanced Bernadette. She was clear until she had a couple of refusals at jump number 18 when she decided to call it a day. So after a great Final

The placings were:-


The Kennel Club Medium Dog Jumping Grand Prix

1

Natasha Wise Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck (BC) 34.15

2

Alan Gardner Touchango Again Girl (BC) 36.37

3

Angela Williams Withersfarm Perfect Ten (BC) 37.35

4

Keith Palmer The Black Velveteer (X) 38.89

5

Karen Smith Man On a Mission (WSD) 40.12

6

Toni Dawkins Ag.Ch. Tenita Magic Minx (BC) 38.17

7

Amanda Hampson Winfren Vulpecula Kayla (NSDTR) 38.71

8

Heather McLean Morgans Chance Navigator  (WSD) 40.91/5

9

Bernadette Bay Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Balanced (Sheltie) E

Awards presented by Debbie Deuchar, Kennel Club Canine Activities Manager

Friday, 18 December 2009

The Kennel Club Small Pairs Relay
Friday afternoon Nicola Garrett with Obay Truly Driven and Jeanette Tandy with Wee Betsy Boo were the top pairing in this competition, with Jeff Walton with Chazey Midnight Special and Sharon Brewster with Upanova Limited Edition claiming 2nd place.


The Kennel Club Small Dog Pairs Relay

1

Nicola Garrett

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven (Sheltie)

64.34

Jeanette Tandy

Wee Betsy Boo (X)

2

Jeff Walton

Chazey Midnight Special (Sheltie)

66.01

Sharon Brewster

Upanova Limited Edition (Min Poodle)

3

Mark Douglas

Danfrebek Star Blossom at Star (Sheltie)

67.88

Dawn Weaver Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine (Min Poodle)

4

Miranda Franham

Chandling Black Charger (Sheltie)

71.47

Mandy-Su Sarti

Stonebridge Black Magic (Patterdale)

5

Dave Hutchinson

Upanova New Edition (Min Poodle)

73.67

Amy Lawson

Millie On To One

Awards presented by Diane Brookes Ward, Kennel Club Health Co-ordinator

The Kennel Club Small Agility Stakes Final
Mandy-Su Sarti and her Patterdale, Stonebridge Black Magic got this Friday evening Final under way. A refusal at jump 6 and a missed A-Frame gave her 10 faults in a time of 39.33. Miranda Frankhams Sheltie, Chandling Black Charger wouldn't go in a tunnel at the first attempt, so incurred 5 faults in 43.23. Upanova Limited Edition, run by Sharon Brewster, missed the dog walk so they also finished with 5 faults in a time of 40.26. Fourth to run was Amy Lawson and her Sheltie Millie On to One. A lovely clear round in a good time of 38.28 seconds put them into the lead.

Jeff Walton ran next with his Sheltie, Chazey Midnight Special. They also ran a clear round in a time of 41.25. Sixth to run was Dave Hutchinson with his Min. Poodle Upanova New Edition. They started off really well but after going in the collapsible tunnel, Ozzie turned around, came back out again and took the next jump, so unfortunately, it was elimination.

Jeanette Tandy and Wee Betsy Boo were next up. Betsy, a Collie X JRT, put in a blistering round in an incredibly fast time of 35.50 seconds that really got the crowd cheering. I don't think they had ever seen such a small dog run so fast. Unfortunately 5 faults for a missed dog walk meant that they wouldn't win this years final, but I am 100% certain that Olympia has not seen the last of Wee Betsy Boo!

A missed dog walk and 5 faults in the weaves also meant that Mark Douglas and his Sheltie, Danfrebek Star Blossom at Stars of Mars would also miss out this year. The reigning Olympia Champions Dawn Weaver and Min. Poodle, Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine were next to run. A faultless run in a time of 37.14 seconds put them into the lead with only one dog left to run.

The last partnership hoping to beat Dawns time was Nicola Garrett and her fast Sheltie, Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven. Nicky was having a great run with Indie, but on the run home Indie lost her footing after the long jump, and fell over, costing her valuable time. No one knows whether Nicola and Indie would have been fast enough had she not fallen over, but it would have been very close. Another great Final, with Dawn and Chelsea winning again.

 Dawn Weaver
The Kennel Club Small Dog Agility Stakes Final

1

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine (Min Poodle)

37.14

2

Amy Lawson

Millie On To One (Sheltie)

38.23

3

Nicola Garrett

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven (Sheltie)

38.82

4

Jeff Walton

Chazey Midnight Special (Sheltie)

41.25

5

Jeanette Tandy

Wee Betsy Boo (X)

35.50

6

Sharon Brewster

Upanova Limited Edition (Min Poodle)

40.26/5

7

Miranda Frankham

Chandling Black Charger (Sheltie)

43.23/5

8

Mandy-Su Sarti

Stonebridge Black Magic (Patterdale)

39.33/10

9

Mark Douglas

Danfrebek Star Blossom at Star (Sheltie)

42.74/10

10

Dave Hutchinson

Upanova New Edition (Min Poodle)

E

Awards presented by Nick Brookes Ward, Crufts Committee Member and Main Arena Director

 Saturday, 19 December 2009

The Kennel Club Agility Stakes Semi Final
With 35 dogs competing for the ten places available for this evenings Final, obviously there would be a lot of disappointed people after this mornings event. The Semi Final produced a remarkable 21 clear rounds and only two eliminations.

The qualifiers in time order were:-

Lucy Osborne & Ben
The Kennel Club Agility Stakes - Semi Finals

1

Dave Munnings

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree (BC)

35.25

2

Lucy Osborne

Ben Bombastic Mr Fantastic (WSD)

35.74

3

Simon Peachey

Rosmarinus Rum Twister (BC)

35.88

4

Jacqui Tarn

Morgans Halloween Kracker (WSD)

36.12

5

Kenny Spottiswoode

Bannetstane Nike Just Do It (BC)

36.16

6

Elaine Auty

Nedlo Heeza Beauty (BC)

36.22

7

Mark Douglas

Ag.Ch. Cories Ruby Tuesday (Kelpie)

36.71

8

Alan Stiff

Mr Scrumpy (WSD)

37.33

9

Toni Dawkins

Ag.Ch. Spellcast Made in Heaven (BC)

37.47

10

Lee Windeatt

Tenita Pricess Lyla (BC)

37.53

11

Stuart Harmes

Nog Bach (WSD)

37.63

12

Matthew Goodliffe

Mamoka Mahina (BC)

37.75

13

Natasha Wise

Ag.Ch. Eastern Lyric (BC)

37.89

14

Elspeth Baird

Touchango Black Jack (BC)

37.95

15

Debbie Fox

Alexaaron's Don't Look Back

38.49

=16

Rebecca Costello

Bryning Time To Shine (BC)

38.57

=16

Lynne Ward

Waggerland Rookie (BC)

38.57

18

Jane Seller

Rosmarinus Rum Runner (BC)

38.60

19

Lesley Hildrew

Alsorts Magic Monster (WSD)

39.24

20

Katie Mitchell

Comebyanaway Rocket Man (BC)

41.17

21

Jackey Slater

Caritas Foxtrot (WSD)

41.45

22

Greg Derrett

Nedlo Detox Sproglett (BC)

35.26/5

23

Lindsay Cheshire

No More Tia's (WSD)

36.16/5

24

Sarah Young

Gunran Hot Shot (BC)

37.12/5

25

Agnes Campan

Vazy Manouk (BC)

37.40/5

26

Leah Gardner

Chaffords Herbal Illusion (WSD)

37.56/5

27

Becca Middleton

Moonlight Maverick (WSD)

38.02/5

28

Amanda Pigg

The Jagged Edge (WSD)

38.05/5

29

Sue Rolfe

Kestrel GTX (BC)

38.84/5

30

Nic Jones

Slieve Caleb (BC)

41/68/5

31

Sarah Osborne

Touchango Top Gear (BC)

36.11/10

32

Janet Thompson

Comebyeanaway Divas Tigress (BC)

39.89/10

33

Jo RIchardson

Nedlo And Behold (BC)

46.41/15

 

Malcolm Card

Pioneer Mac Endys Lad (Lurcher)

E

 

Michelle Naughton

Siacruz in Like Flynn

E

Awards presented by Steve Croxford, General Committee Member of The Kennel Club

Hard luck rosettes must go to Greg Derrett, Lindsay Cheshire, Agnes Campan and Sarah Young - all of whom had times that would have qualified them for the Final, had it not been for the five faults they each picked up during their run. Greg's time of 35.26 seconds was the same as Dave Munnings who won the event. Stuart Harmes finished in the dreaded 11th place, just 1/10 of a second behind Lee Windeatt.

The Kennel Club Large Dog Pairs
The Pairs event on the Saturday afternoon was made up from the handlers and dogs who finished 11th - 20th in the mornings Semi-Final. After some great runs, the results were:-


The Kennel Club Agility Pairs Relay

1

Elspeth Baird

Touchango Black Jack (BC)

61.16

Natasha Wise

Ag.Ch. Eastern Lyric Wise (BC)

2

Matthew Goodliffe

Mamoka Mahina (BC)

65.80

Stuart Harmes

Nog Bach (WSD)

3

Rebecca Costelo

Bryning Time To Shine (BC)

75.55

Debbie Fox

Alexaaron's Don't Look Back (BC)

4

Katie Mitchell

Comebyanaway Rocket Man (WSD)

E

Lesley Hildrew

Alsorts Magic Monster (WSD)

5

Jane Seller

Rosmarinus Rum Runner (BC)

E

Lynne Ward

Waggerland Rookie (BC)

Awards presented by Cathy Choules, Crufts Event Manager

The Kennel Club Agility Stakes Final
The Final on Saturday evening is run in reverse order from the Semi so Lee Windeatt and Shy were the first on the line. They started us off with a very nice clear round in 35.36 seconds, putting the pressure on all the other handlers. Toni Dawkins and Kite also had a clear, but Kite ran on a bit after the long jump before turning for the last three obstacles, so the time was slower at 36.61. Alan Stiff and Jack were just a fraction slower than Toni, going clear in 36.68.

Mark Douglas and his Kelpie Ruby were next. They didn't waste any time around the first part of the course. Ruby got a tight turn after the long jump setting them up for a fast finish. A time of 35.08 catapulted them into the lead. A missed dog walk and A-frame put paid to Elaine Auty and Davey's chances of winning tonight, but their time of 33.89 would prove to be the fastest of the night. Certainly one to watch for the future!

Kenny Spottiswood and Nike were unfortunate. They were eliminated when Nike took the see saw instead of the long jump. Becca, handled by Jacqui Tarn, had a brilliant run but a wrong turn after the long jump, costing them valuable time. They completed the course clear in 36.39.

With three left to run, Mark and Ruby were holding on to the lead. Simon Peachey and DJ had a blistering round, and would have definitely been in contention, but DJ knocked a pole for five faults and had a wide turn after the long jump. The clock stopped at 35.40, but the five faults meant they would finish eighth overall.

Then Lucy Osborne and Ben stepped up to the line. Just like everyone before them, they were determined to give it their best shot. Ben flew round the course with Lucy's expert guidance, and they didn't put a foot wrong. The turn after the long jump was perfect, and with the crowd cheering her down the finishing straight, they stormed home in 34.33 seconds to take the lead from Mark. What a fantastic run.

Last to ruin were Dave and Dobbie, the reigning Olympia champs. Could they beat the time? Dobbie, like Ben, blistered round this big course with ease, not wasting any time anywhere. The crowd were roaring as they approached the long jump, which was obstacle 17, but Dobbie, like a few other dogs before him, turned the wrong way after the long jump. You just knew that the Final had slipped away from Dave at that point. They recovered quickly and finished in 34.69 seconds.

As I have said before, Olympia is a very noisy place when the dogs are running. The audience goes wild, and Dave said afterwards that the dogs just can't hear your commands over the crowds. Lucy certainly deserved to be crowned Olympia Champion after her phenomenal run with Ben. So ended after another tremendous Final.

The placings were:-


The Kennel Club Agility Stakes Final

1

Lucy Osborne

Ben Bombastic Mr Fantastic (WSD)

34.33

2

Dave Munnings

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree (BC)

34.69

3

Mark Douglas

Ag.Ch. Cories Ruby Tuesday (Kelpie)

35.08

4

Lee Windeatt

Tenita Pricess Lyla (BC)

35.65

5

Jacqui Tarn

Morgans Halloween Kracker (WSD)

36.39

6

Toni Dawkins

Ag.Ch. Spellcast Made in Heaven (BC)

36.61

7

Alan Stiff

Mr Scrumpy (WSD)

36.68

8

Simon Peachey

Rosmarinus Rum Twister (BC)

35.40/5

9

Elaine Auty

Nedlo Heeza Beauty (BC)

33.89/10

10

Kenny Spottiswoode

Bannetstane Nike Just Do It (BC)

E

Awards presented by Bill Hardaway, Vice Chairman Of The Kennel Club

Sunday, 20 December 2009

The Kennel Club Novice Agility Stakes Semi Final
On Sunday morning, we were back in the ring. Once again thirty five handlers started with only ten places up for grabs. This Semi produced an impressive 20 clear rounds and only two eliminations.

Worthy of mention were Ian Balchin had a lovely run with Darleyfalls Pick Me. Their time was 36.55, but they picked up five faults for a pole down. Christine Barrett with Raeanne's Kay Tee was lying in 6th place with only eight dogs to go, but five of those dogs qualified for the Final, leaving unlucky Christine in 11th place.

The Kennel Club Novice Agility Stakes - Semi Finals

1

Anthony Clarke

Blazing Red of Rujaff (BC)

35.19

2

Bonny Quick

Redwood Trail of Flames (X)

35.83

3

David Isbister

Raeanne's Moondance (BC)

35.91

4

Kate Truluck

Just A Little Farm Boy (WSD)

35.98

5

Ian Jackson

Darleyfalls at Midnight (BC)

36.53

6

Mary Ray

She's The One (BC)

36.75

7

Linda Smith

Harrjak Guided Miss Isle (BC)

37.04

8

Sophie MacBeth

Stillmoor Strawberry Ice (BC)

37.07

9

Hazel Barker

Rock on Rocketman (BC)

37.12

10

Rachel Stevens

Laetare Pike's First Edition (BC)

37.25

11

Christine Barrett

Raeanne's Kay Tee (BC)

37.31

12

Sally Grove

Brentmoor Red Robin (BC)

37.59

13

Elaine Brammer

Canen Magpie (BC)

37.60

14

Heidi Vague

Just Pepperpot AW (WSD)

37.91

15

Jo Hayes

Touchango Sea Breeze (BC)

38.00

=16

Matt Scott

Lunarlites Red Magic Star (BC)

38.02

=16

Nikki Collins

Hotshot's Little Dweeb (WSD)

38.51

18

Louise Raine

Megastar Miracle Madness (WSD)

38.90

19

Janet Thompson

Comebyanaway Totalli Diva

39.53

20

Alan Hutcheson

Verstone Bewitchment (ESS)

45.74

21

Ian Balchin

Darleyfalls Pick Me (BC)

36.55/5

22

Carol Smith

Perranfell Playmate (WSD)

37.33/5

23

Shaun Young

Lovely Mister Darcy (X)

37.37/5

24

Sarah Osborne

Corriedhu Emmy Witch Way (BC)

37.98/5

25

Angela Williams

Nedlo Jitterbug (BC)

41.12/5

26

Sarah Mann

Nedlo Able May (BC)

45.13/5

27

Tracy Runyeard

Dark Side of The Moon at Twizz (X)

 35.07/10

28

Ann Harmes

Noo Noo Nog (WSD)

37.62/10

29

Dianne Talbot

Paws for Persuasion (BC)

37.64/10

30

Hannah Shapland

Gempaws Diamond Edge (BC)

37.99/10

31

Doris Sotkoe

Sherebridge Icon (BC)

46.74/10

32

Arthur Read

Astley Sally (BC)

45.37/15

33

Emma Braisby

Red Hot Lily Pepper (WSD)

42.25/20

 

Karen Cato

Pink But Deadly (WSD)

E

 

Lauren Langman

Darleyfalls No Feer (BC)

E

Awards presented by the Judge Charlie Wyatt

Sunday, 20 December 2009

The Kennel Club Novice Dog Pairs
This was a cracking competition which needed a run off for 1st place. Sally Grove with Brentmoor Red Robin and Christine Barrett with Raeanne's Kay Tee recorded exactly the same time as Louise Raine with Megastar Miracle Madness and Nikki Collins with Hotshots Little Dweeb. After the run off, Sally and Christine were victorious, leaving Louise and Nikki as runners up.

Christine Barrett's Katie
The Kennel Club Novice Agility Pair Relay

1

Christine Barrett

Raeanne's Kay Tee (BC)

28.47

Sally Grove

 Brentmoor Red Robin (BC)

2

Nikki Collins

Hotshot's Little Dweeb (WSD)

30.65

Louise Raine

Megastar Miracle Madness (WSD)

3

Elaine Brammer

Canen Magpie (BC)

62.46

Heidi Vague

Just Pepperpot AW (WSD)

4

Jo Hayes

Touchango Sea Breeze (BC)

64.84

Matt Scott

Lunarlites Red Magic Star (WSD)

5

Alan Hutcheson

Verstone Bewitchment (ESS)

74.00

Janet THompson

Comebyanaway Totalli Diva (BC)

Awards presented by Maurice Cooke,
Member of General Committee Member of The Kennel Club and Crufts CommitteeSunday Evening,

The Kennel Club Novice Agility Stakes Final
Rachel Stevens and Finn got this Sunday night Final underway with a fabulous clear round in 37.72. This would certainly put the pressure on the rest of the finalists. Hazel Barker with Rock on Rocketman was eliminated when Rocket entered the wrong end of the tunnel at Obstacle 7. Sophie Macbeth and Jinx were having a great run but a refusal and a back jump at the last obstacle also resulted in an elimination. Linda Smith and Missie were next. They were also going well until Missie came in after Jump 10 and picked up the weaves instead of the cloth tunnel.

China, run by Mary Ray, were next to go. I don't think anyone has had more experience of competing at Olympia than Mary. She has qualified for the finals 24 times with eight different dogs. What a fabulous record! But could she get around this big course. She certainly could - and did. Mary and China finished in a time of 38.41 but unfortunately they picked up five faults for a missed A-frame.

Ian Jackson with his Border Collie Bobbie were sixth to run. They set off at a terrific pace, not wasting any time anywhere. Bobbie was flying! As she took jump fourteen, Ian moved over to the other side of the long jump, but Bobbie was too fast for him. He couldn't get where he wanted to be and after taking the long jump, she pulled in and entered the wrong end of the tunnel at sixteen. Kate Truluck and Mannie had a very nice run, going clear in 39.05, and that time was good enough to take 2nd place at that stage of the competition. David Isbister running his Border Collie Thyme, were next on the line. David also had a great run and finished clear in 37.79 seconds, just a fraction slower than Rachel, who was holding on to the lead after running first. Only two dogs to go. Bonny Quick and Hayley who finished second in the semi that morning were next. Unfortunately, Bonny suffered the same fate as Hazel when Hayley went in the wrong end of the tunnel at seven.

Only Anthony Clark and Ruby could snatch victory from Rachel and Finn. With the crowd cheering them on, they didn't put a foot wrong with a fantastic clear round in 35.23 seconds. The noise coming from the audience when Anthony was running down that final long straight was deafening. It was a well deserved Olympia win after a brilliant run.


The Kennel Club Novice Agility Stakes Final

1

Anthony Clarke

Blazing Red of Rujaff (BC)

35.23

2

Rachel Stevens

Laetare Pike's First Edition (BC)

37.72

3

David Isbister

Raeanne's Moondance Isbister (BC)

37.79

4

Kate Truluck

Just A Little Farm Boy (WSD)

39.05

5

Mary Ray

She's The One (BC)

38.41/5

6

Hazel Barker

Rock on Rocketman (BC)

E

6

Sophie Macbeth

Stillmoor Strawberry Ice (BC)

E

6

Linda Smith

Harrjak Guided Miss Isle (BC)

E

6

Ian Jackson

Darleyfalls at Midnight (BC)

E

6

Bonny Quick

Redwood Trail of Flames (X)

E

Awards presented by Stan Ford, General Committee Member of The Kennel Club

Monday, 21 December 2009

On Monday afternoon, Ray Ellerton and his Lurcher Learn to Fly won this in a very fast time, just ahead of Nigel Staines and his Kelpie, Ag.Ch. Dragonheart Dark Destroyer.


The Kennel Club ABC Speed Jumping

1

Ray Ellerton

Learn To Fly (Lurcher)

24.58

2

Nigel Staines

Ag.Ch. Dragonheart Dark Destroyer (Kelpie)

25.53

3

Karen Young

Rock Melody (Beardie)

27.08

4

Joanne Apostolou

Sabrefield Xciting Story (Malinois)

27.49

5

Andy Brown

Heidron Chasing Stormy Skye (Groendendale)

27.96

6

Daniel Slinkert

Mr Pudding Esq. (X)

29.64

7

Jane Anderson

Cories Boomerang Bindi (Kelpie)

32.34

8

Gill Raddings

Minka Morgan Check (Tervueren)

32.59

9

Diane Griffin

Heidron Fin's Chasing Time (Groenendale)

33.40

10

Anna Braley

Revel Without a Pause (Kelpie)

 40.99

Awards presented by Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Director

The Kennel Club ABC Agility Stakes Final
Too soon it was was Monday evening and the last event of the 2009 Olympia finals. Joanne Apostolou and her Malinois, Zelic started it off with a lovely clear in 41.51 seconds. Diane Griffin and Finn, a Gronendael, ran next but, unfortunately, they were eliminated when Finn ran into the tunnel instead of the weaves. Jane Anderson, running her Kelpie Bindi, had a fabulous run, and the crowd cheered her home in 37.59 to take the lead. Gill Raddings and Check had a very nice clear in 39.06 to slip into 2nd place behind Jane.

Anna Braley's Kelpie Revel missed a weave pole for five faults. They completed the weaves correctly and finished the course in a time of 39.66. Running sixth was Karen Young with her Beardie, Dee. They were so nearly eliminated when Dee veered off to the tunnel instead of the weaves, but Karen managed to recover the situation just in time. They then went clear in a time of 40.07. So with four to go, Jane and Bindi were still in the lead, with Gill and Check 2nd.

Andy Brown went next with his Gronendael, Skye. Andy has experienced Olympia many times before, and he certainly wouldn't hold anything back. He steered Skye round clear in a good time of 37.78. It was not quite enough for top spot, but good enough for 2nd with only three to go. Ray Ellerton and his Lurcher, Learn to Fly who had won the mornings jumping competition with a brilliant run, but unfortunately they couldn't match that performance this evening. After a refusal at the first obstacle, they picked up further faults on the A-frame, dog walk and a run-by at the cloth tunnel. Obviously Ray was disappointed with his run, but I am sure he will be back at Olympia some time soon.

Another regular to Olympia was next on the start line. Nigel Staines with his Australian Kelpie Zico certainly had the speed, but could they go clear? They started off well, but Zico did what a couple of other dogs had done. She headed towards the tunnel instead of the weaves. Nigel soon got her back on track, and she entered the weaves from an awkward angle perfectly. They completed the rest of the course without any more scares in a tremendous time of 35.86 to a cheering crowd. Nigel was in the lead now with only one dog to go.

Daniel Slinkert and Pudding - to give him his full name, Mr. Pudding Esq. - were last to run. They also completed the course clear with a time of 41.63 which was good enough for 7th place overall. And then it was over - yet another great Final,

The placings were:-


The Kennel Club ABC Agility Stakes Final

1

Nigel Staines

Ag.Ch. Dragonheart Dark Destroyer (Kelpie)

35.86

2

Jane Anderson

Cories Boomerang Bindi (Kelpie)

37.59

3

Andy Brown

Heidron Chasing Stormy Skye (Groendendale)

37.78

4

Gill Raddings

Minka Morgan Check (Tervueren)

39.06

5

Karen Young

Rock Melody (Beardie)

40.07

6

Joanne Apostolou

Sabrefield Xciting Story (Malinois)

41.51

7

Daniel Slinkert

Mr Pudding Esq. (X)

 41.63

8

Anna Braley

Revel Without a Pause (Kelpie)

39.66/5

9

Ray Ellerton

Learn To Fly (Lurcher)

40.45/15

10

Diane Griffin

Heidron Fin's Chasing Time (Groenendale)

E

Awards presented by Dave Ray
 Kennel Club Agility Council Chairman & Olympia Event Manager

Last word
After my nerves settled down a bit, I really enjoyed my judging at Olympia. It was something I will never forget. The dog agility at Olympia, just before Christmas, are the finals everyone wants to qualify for, and I feel very privileged to have been part of the 2009 Finals. There were some outstanding runs and some hard luck stories but, as we all know, that's agility for you.

Thank you
Huge thanks must go to Dave Ray, firstly for asking me to judge and secondly for all the behind the scenes work he puts in - not just at Olympia, but all year round. There is no doubt that these finals would not run as smoothly as they do without Dave at the helm. Also a big thank you to Jackie Brett who scribed for me and supplied me with all the official details for my report.

I am also indebted to the fabulous ring party including Gwyn and Anne Roberts, Shaun Young, Mary Ray, Rob Hunter, Elaine Seagroatt, and, of course, the Ring Manager, John Gilbert. I would also like to say thank you to Graham Partridge, last years judge, for all his help.

Lastly I would like to thank all the competitors for their sportsmanship during these Finals. Everyone was either congratulating someone who did well, or commiserating with someone who had a bit of bad luck. It really was nice to see. I should imagine that most of you will be back in 2010 trying again. I wish you all the very best of luck in your qualifying campaign, and good luck to Arthur Rodgers who will be judging Olympia 2010. Well done everyone.

You can experiences all the exciting runs, over again and again,
on the
Agility at Olympia 2009 DVD, available in January 2010.


First published 14/01/10

 

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