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2010 Olympia Judge's Report

 

 

 

Judge's report

The Kennel Club Agility Stakes Finals, supported by Joint Aid for Dogs, took place at the Olympia International Christmas Horse Show on Thursday. 16 December to Monday, 20 December 2010. After many course planning sessions and revisions, judge Arthur Rodgers arrived at the Hilton Hotel, Olympia, confident about the courses he had designed, and he was not to be disappointed. This is his report. Photos by Kit Houghton.

 

 

We started the first day with a hearty breakfast and a meeting to discuss procedure and the jobs that everyone was going to be doing. I suppose I would call it a Stewards and Judge's Briefing Meeting, chaired by Dave Ray.

Thursday: Medium Day
Thursday was Medium day and the afternoon event was to be Medium Jumping Grand Prix. All the invitation events were to be judged with 5 seconds to add for each fault instead of our usual marking and all the finals were to be judged as per Kennel Club rules. It certainly does make it more exciting for the Jumping and the Pairs Relay because a handler could win with faults if they were fast enough.

If I had any misgivings about how fast and accurate the course would be laid out, they were dispelled at this first event as within two minutes the course was up and exactly to plan.

All ten competitors put in a good performance including four who were competing at Olympia for the first time. Nerves were visible but the cheering crowds distracted not one dog. If anything they went faster.

First to be judged was Denise Wilkinson who put in a stunning clear round in 26.47 seconds. This proved to be unbeatable, although the others gave it a really good try.

Natasha Wise was running second. With the tremendous success she's had recently, it was a big shock when missing out a hurdle eliminated her. In mitigation, she had been unwell over the previous couple of weeks so any thoughts of Natasha being hot favourite for the day vaporised immediately.


A View from Behind the Scenes

I have been organising this event for 19 years now and even though it means spending almost one week in London immediately prior to Christmas, I still find it an amazing experience. I do believe that this is one of the best series of singles agility competitions, probably in the world. This year we were to see some of the very best agility I've ever witnessed in the main arena at Olympia.

Our judge, Arthur Rodgers, set some superb courses that were both challenging and exciting. He was totally unfazed when faced with the daunting task of building, judging, dismantling and presenting a course to be run by ten handlers within 15-17 minutes, so once more we were blessed with a judge who could withstand the pressure of doing all this with a live audience of nearly 10,000 watching.

It was a sad weekend for us in one respect as John and Jackie retired from Olympia this year. They were the first people I turned to when I took over the Olympia event and, like me, they have worked on the event for 19 years so it would be remiss of me not to express my sadness on their retirement and gratitude to them both.

Dave Ray

Place

Handler

Dog

Time

1

Denise Wilkinson

Meisterwerk Jexie Jangles (AW)

26.47

2

Steven Richardson

No Worries Sweep Dreams

27.18

3

Alan Gardner

Ag.Ch. Touchango Again Girl (AW)

27.58

4

Bernadette Bay

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Balanced

29.44

5

Samantha Lane

Woodhouse Quartz

29.50

6

Ashleigh Butler

Ag.Ch. Ashpen Pudsey Bear

33.83 (28.83)

7

Heidi Windheuser

Cody's Countless Capers

33.95 (28.95)

 

Toni Dawkins

Ag.Ch. Tenita Magic Minx

E

 

Natasha Wise

Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck

E

 

Helen Anderson

Dinky Demon of Downunder

E

Thursday evening Medium Agility was our first final. As with all finals at Olympia, the running order was the reverse of the placings for the Semi-final. Samantha Lane was first to go and was unfortunately eliminated. She was to be followed later by a back-jump elimination for another of the favourites, Toni Dawkins. Bernadette Bay and Heidi Windheuser both picked up faults. Alan Gardner's long recall from the start let him down and he would finish the course with 15 faults. Another favourite, Ashleigh Butler, had a brilliant round but picked up faults for a silly refusal.

The run of the evening came from a young lad called Steven Richardson who got 2nd place in the afternoon event and was determined to try to win the final. He ran round like I've never seen before and his dog was like a bullet from a gun as he had a fantastic clear to take the lead in 32.73 seconds, to a huge round of applause from the audience.

The afternoon winner, Denise Wilkinson, couldn't quite catch his time but went clear in a time of 33.08 seconds. Helen Anderson gave it her best shot but unfortunately picked up faults. She did, however, have the fastest time of the final.

Last to go was Natasha Wise who had had an elimination in the afternoon but she regained her composure and her determination to put in an absolutely stunning round with Dizzy, even though she nearly lost her at one point with a wide turn. She showed us why she's the World Champion, beating Steven's time by .83 sec to become our first Kennel Club Agility Stakes Final Winner in 2010.


Debbie Deuchar & Natasha Wise
 

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults/Time

1

Natasha Wise

Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck

C/31.90

2

Steven Richardson

No Worries Sweep Dreams

C/32.73

3

Denise Wilkinson

Meisterwerk Jexie Jangles (AW)

C/33.08

4

Ashleigh Butler

Ag.Ch. Ashpen Pudsey Bear

5 /35.69

5

Bernadette Bay

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Balanced

5 /35.95

6

Heidi Windheuser

Cody's Countless Capers

5 /36.03

7

Helen Anderson

Dinky Demon of Downunder

10 /31.31

8

Alan Gardner

Ag.Ch. Touchango Again Girl (AW)

15 /46.12

=9

Samantha Lane

Woodhouse Quartz

E

=9

Toni Dawkins

Ag.Ch. Tenita Magic Minx

E

Friday: Small Dogs
The afternoon event was a Small Pairs Agility Relay. As with all events at Olympia the competitors are given the courses earlier in the day so that they can study them well. They need to because they have less than two minutes to walk the course. Quite amazingly, folks - it does work. As with all our events, they started to walk the course while I was ensuring I'd got all the angles right but it went up effortlessly.

Worthy winners at the end of this competition were Jeanette Tandy and Wendy Clay. The competition, as with all invitations at Olympia, gave the competitors a try in the main arena before the main final.


Top 10 Small

Place

Handler

Dog

Time

1

Jeanette Tandy &
Wendy Clay

Wee Betsy Boo &
'Racingredd Brussell Scout

67.48 (62.48)

2

Nicola Garrett &
Bernadette Bay

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven &
Obay Itz Got Pizazz

68.96

3

Helen Nelson &
Sharon Brewster

Sirensong Fallen Angel &
Upanova Limited Editi

74.95 (69.95)

4

Dawn Weaver &
Amy Lawson

Ag.Ch. Tonring Just a Puzzle &
Millie On to One

77.92 (72.92)

5

Dave Alderson &
Marc Wingate-Wynne

Ag.Ch. Steelthorne Rum Truffle &
Vanitonia Mister Big

81.51 (76.51)

The final in the evening began with Sharon Brewster with her poodle. Sadly it was the first of the two eliminations. The other was David Alderson which must have been a great disappointment after a very long journey. Marc Wingate-Wynne had a refusal at the seesaw. Third to go was Wendy Clay with her little dog, Scout. They performed a brilliant clear round in a very quick time of 34.77 seconds. It was obvious that this was going to be a very difficult time to beat.

Bernadette Bay with her young sheltie put in a superbly fast clear but was just less than one second behind Wendy on time. Helen Nelson had a refusal on the dog walk and then picked up another fault on the A-frame. Amy Lawson gave a great showing going clear in 37.95 seconds. Nicola Garrett's sheltie hit the second hurdle heavily but continued bravely. Jeanette Tandy shot round, as she always does, but sadly picked up ten faults with the fastest time of the night.

One of my favourite dogs was running last: Dawn Weaver's Puzzle. For a little Papillon perhaps the ground was a little heavy going and the distances rather long but, true to form, they put in a super clear round, although around three seconds behind the leading dog to be placed 3rd. It was a great final though with four clear rounds but nobody could catch Wendy Clay's time with Scout.


Winners Small

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults/Time

1

Wendy Clay

Ag.Ch. Racingredd Brussell Scout

C/34.77

2

Bernadette Bay

Obay Itz Got Pizazz

C/35.59

3

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Tonring Just a Puzzle

C/37.60

4

Amy Lawson

Millie On To One

C/37.95

5

Marc Wingate-Wynne

Vanitonia Mister Big

5 /40.94

6

Nicola Garrett

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven

5 /41.27

7

Jeanette Tandy

Wee Betsy Boo

10 /33.55

8

Helen Nelson

Sirensong Fallen Angel

10 /42.70

=9

Sharon Brewster

Upanova Limited Edition

E

=9

Dave Alderson

Ag.Ch. Steelthorne Rum Truffle

E

Saturday: Grade 6-7 Large Agility
By now the Arctic conditions had arrived in London and it was pretty dreadful, not just in London itself but also the routes into London. We were seriously afraid that a substantial amount of handlers would not make it. In the end there was only one, Sarah Young, who couldn't get to Olympia. What a stroke of luck and planning on the handler's part as the correct reserve just happened to be there with a dog!

There's too much to go through with regards to the Semi-final competition in the morning with 36 runners. This is a very very pressured event and nerves were to play a big part and, in some cases, causing unexpected handler errors by experienced handlers. Then there were those who just suffered plain and simple bad luck. Of the 36 who started, there were 15 clear rounds, seven with 5 faults and nine eliminations. There was only half a second between the winner and runner-up and both had superb runs. Laura Chudleigh must have been absolutely delighted with her win as she's had a really successful year. I could say that a new agility star has been born!


Laura Chudleigh

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults/Time

1

Laura Chudleigh

Flickcee Hot Rod

C/34.65

2

Elaine Auty

Nedlo Heeza Beauty

C/35.29

3

Greg Derrett

Nedlo Detox Sproglett

C/35.35

4

Dave Leach

Bonvivant Kallisto

C/35.58

5

Mathew Rouse

Baileys on Ice

C/35.95

6

Will Rolfe

Nedlo Black Magic

C/35.95

7

Leah Gardner

Chaffords Herbal Illusion

C/36.14

8

Lee Windeatt

Ag.Ch. Deeann What a Cracker

C/36.22

9

Joanne Tristam

Cascades Itsy Blitzy

C/36.27

10

Ian Balchin

Darleyfalls Pick Me

C/36.88

11

Katie Long

Saxtondale Copper Flame

C/36.90

12

Fiona Vaughan

Black Diamond at St. Kenelms

C/37.29

13

Nikka Collins

Hotshots Little Dweeb

C/37.74

14

Nancy Hudson

Bryning Red Rascal

C/37.97

15

Sharon Brooke

Jazzmel Dot

C/38.54

16

Angela Williams

Nedlos Jitterbug

5 /35.20

17

Shaun Young

Gracie Grace the Ace

5 /35.65

18

Helen Davey-Smith

Nedlo Nellie Bean

5 /36.97

19

Dave Munnings

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree

5 /38.28

20

Lucy Osborne

Ag.Ch. Ben Bombastic Mr Fantast

5 /39.29

21

Paul Oldfied

Sveta Black Magic

5 /39.71

22

Stuart Harmes

Nog Bach

5 /41.59

23

Dave Alderson

Rock on Rocketman

10 /35.21

23

Ian Dobison

Ag.Ch. Call me Mr T

10 /37.12

25

Sarah Osborne

Touchango Top Gear

10 /38.14

26

John Cook

Brentmoor Macaw

15 /40.46

27

Sam Row

Odds on Oddie

20 /40.74

=28

Pat Brown

Nedlo Sheez a Diva

E

=28

Nik Jones

Slieve Digit

E

=28

Jane Seller

Rosmarinus Rum Runner

E

=28

Tracy Flower

Dellekko Madame Barbie

E

=28

Anthony Clarke

Blazing Red of Rujaff

E

=28

Amanda Pigg

The Jagged Edge

E

=28

Matthew GOodliffe

Mamoka Mahina

E

=28

Jo Thorpe

Kyp Me Ghosted

E

=28

Dawn Weaver

Its Easy with a Beezy

E

Handlers placed 1st to 10th would run in the final on the Saturday evening with dogs placed 11th to 20th competing in an Agility Pairs Relay during the afternoon performance. This is judged on 5 seconds to add again, so congratulations to Shaun Young and Helen Davey-Smith who completed the round in 64.89 seconds but were not as fast as Dave Munnings and Lucy Osborne they had 5 seconds to add to take 2nd place.

Place

Handler

Dog

Time

1

Shaun Young &
Helen Davey-SMith

Gracie Grace the Ace &
Nedlo Nellie Bean

64.89

2

Dave Munnings &
Lucy Osborne

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree &
Ag.Ch. Ben Bombastic Mr Fantast

66.84 (61.84)

3

Katie Long &
Fiona Vaughan

Saxtondale Copper Flame &
Black Diamond at St. Kenelms

66.84 (61.84)

4

Sharon Brooke &
Angela Williams

Jazzmel Dot &
Nedlos Jitterbug

71.30 (66.30)

5

Nikki Collins &
Nancy Hudson

Hotshots Little Dweeb &
Bryning Red Rascal

71.35 (66.35)

Saturday evening is always a glamorous time and especially important to all as the Kennel Club had a hospitality box which unfortunately was a little depleted due to the weather getting worse, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Kennel Club could not join us on this evening, The awards were to be given out by Crufts Show Director Vanessa McAlpine. The final was run in reverse order from the semi final placings and I have to say it was probably the most exciting agility event I've ever seen, and judged –it was also a commentator's dream as every dog seemed to beat the previous dog's time. It was just tremendous!

Will RolfWe had seven clear rounds, two with 5 faults and one elimination. Ian Balchin was to go first and although getting a good time, he had the first pole down. Joanne Tristam was to set a target running second going clear in 33.67 seconds. Lee Windeatt picked up 5 faults on a contact, Leah Gardner then took the lead by 0.07 seconds. Our senior citizen Will Rolfe ran fifth and took the lead from Leah with a clear in 33.20 seconds. After that, Matt Rouse sadly picked up an elimination, Dave Leach then took the lead with our first sub 33 seconds round.

On the start line was Greg Derrett who shot off at full speed but unfortunately the dog stumbled in the tunnel. The time lost would prove to be expensive, but at that point he still took the lead, knocking half a second from Dave Leach's time, clear in 32.44 seconds. Elaine Auty stepped up to the mark knowing exactly what she had to do, and did she give it a go! A brilliant clear in 33.08 seconds to go into 3rd.

The final runner, Laura Chudleigh, who had won the semi-final in the morning, came to the line with the crowd buzzing from what had gone before. It is against all the odds for the same handler to win the semi and the actual final. She had an absolutely faultless round to beat Greg's time by 0.2 seconds to snatch the win. Throughout this competition the noise from the audience was unbelievable and, believe me, if you'd been in the audience then you would be joining in with them. What a great competition and a very worthy young winner in Laura Chudleigh. You have got the X Factor Laura!

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults/Time

1

Laura Chudleigh

Flickcee Hot Rod

C/32.24

2

Greg Derrett

Nedlo Detox Sproglett

C/32.44

3

Dave Leach

Bonvivant Kallisto

C/32.93

4

Elaine Auty

Nedlo Heeze Beauty

C/33.08

5

Will Rolfe

Nedlo Black Magic

C/33.20

6

Leah Gardner

Chaffords Herbal Illusion

C/33.60

7

Joanne Tristram

Cascades Itsy Blitzy

C/33.67

8

Ian Balchin

Darleyfalls Pick Me

5 /33.11

9

Lee Windeatt

Ag.Ch. Deeann What a Cracker

5 /33.68

10

Mathew Rouse

Baileys on Ice

E

Sunday: Novice
There were some horrendous stories about the journeys to Olympia but all the Novices turned up, even from Scotland. If I thought the Saturday was nerve-racking, then it was even worse on the Sunday as a high proportion of handlers had not competed at Olympia before  which, of course, is what Olympia is all about - it's not only Novice dogs it's also Novice handlers. So once more, nerves would play a big part with just 8 clear rounds, two handlers with 5 faults going through to the final but there were only 7 eliminations - I say ‘only' because I stress again that it is a very very pressured event for the handlers.

It was the same procedure again as for Saturday with the top ten going through to the final on the Sunday evening, with eleventh to twentieth place going forward to the Pairs Relay competition during the afternoon performance. After her stunning win in the Medium final, Natasha Wise took the winning crystal with a 1.5 second lead against the 2nd placed handler Lesley Olden and the lucky handler to scrape in to tenth place with 5 faults was ‘young' Bill Glover who unfortunately was not able to catch his wife who came in sixth, so it was going to be a ‘Mr and Mrs Final' that night!


Donna Kerse

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults/Time

1

Natasha Wise

Flickcee's Latin Dancer

C/33.52

2

Lesley Olden

Nedlo Hello Ello

C/35.26

3

Lindsay Cheshire

Darleyfalls No More Wishes

C/35.50

4

Pat Partridge

Gunran Guaranteed

C/36.45

5

Alan Bray

Upanova Dior Mine

C/38.03

6

Pia Glover

Borderstorm Midnight Blue

C/38.31

7

Donna Kerse

Tri 'n' Fly Amazin Grace

C/39.35

8

Karl Mallin

Loui Ratatoui

C/39.61

9

Andy Sandercock

Nedlos Wot a Whirl

5 /34.83

10

Bill Glover

Brentmoor Osprey

5 /35.09

11

Lorraine Walchester

Corriedhu Lace

5 /36.39

12

Sharon Eldridge

Upanova Shaken not Stirred

5 /36.48

13

Mathew Rouse

One Indy Million

5 /36.63

14

Simon Peachey

Lookylooky Little Cracker

5 /37.45

15

Jane Powell

Nedlo Bean Bop Alula

5 /37.81

16

Malcolm Card

Pioneer Macendy's Boy

5 /37.96

17

Sarah Shaw

Jedeyes of Valgrays

5 /38.34

18

Georgina Baker

Borderstorm Dare to have Fun

5 /38.40

19

Sarah Woolley

Astra Cruz

5 /38.98

20

Helen Cross

Bobby Boy Blue

5 /41.79

21

Lyndsey Forrest

Diesel Boy

5 /44.38

22

Jack Greenwood

Redrex

10 /34.20

23

Barry Marks

Bazanjo's Dream Machine

10 /34.39

24

Shaun Young

Not My Nipper

10 /34.42

25

Sian Illlingworth

Zhanisgo Crystal Edition

10 /35.22

26

Sam Johnston

Rosmarinus Rum Cherry

10 /35.30

27

Pat Bowley

Get Shorty

10 /39.48

28

Caroline Ashby-Daniels

Just a Hunch

10 /40.81

29

Dani Jeffrey

Feroda Lily Fudge Cake

10 /42.34

=30

Sharon Jackson

Iteru Life of Riley

E

=30

Kim Kraushar

Charley of Tollcarne

E

=30

Lynden THompson

Black Eyed Bede

E

=30

Lucie Hinchley

The Artful

E

=30

Mark Saunders

Gempaws Diamond Illusion

E

=30

Lauren Langman

Darleyfalls No Feer at Devongem

E

=30

Dave Alderson

Devongem Pitch Black

E

Sunday afternoon was Agility Pairs. Unfortunately there were two pairs with an elimination. Another two had 5 seconds to add. The winners not only had no faults but also had the fastest round so congratulations to Jane Powell and Malcolm Card.

Place

Handler

Dog

Time

1

Jane Powell &
Malcolm Card

Nedlo Bean Bop Alula &
Pioneer Macendy's Boy

67.63

2

Lorraine Walchester &
Sharon Eldridge

Corriedhu Lace &
Upanova Shaken not Stirred

79.30 (74.30)

3

Sarah Woolley &
Helena Cross

Astra Cruze &
Bobby Boy Blue

95.83 (75.83)

=4

Sarah Shaw &
Georgina Baker

Jedeyes of Valgrays &
Borderstorm Dare to have Fun

E

=4

Mathew Rouse &
Simon Peachey

One Indy Million &
Lookylooky Little Cracker

E

In the evening we were looking forward to another exciting Olympia final BUT well, well, well - I would think there are many who are kicking themselves after this competition! There were certainly some excellent dogs in the final but to use a well-known phrase, ‘nice dog shame about the handler'. You will perhaps understand what I mean when I tell you that seven out of the ten dogs in the final were eliminated. Bill Glover was first to run as he came tenth in the morning's semi. He had a lovely round but rolled a brick out of the wall to finish the final with our only 5 faults albeit in a very creditable fastest time of under 32 seconds.

Running fourth, Donna Kerse was first to go clear; she had made a long journey from the Scottish borders and it was obviously going to be worth her time and effort. At just over 35 seconds it wasn't as fast as Bill's round but it was clear so into the lead she went. She wasn't to hold the lead for long as next to go was Pia Glover - could she beat her ‘old man'? Well, she didn't beat his time but she did it without any faults in under 35 seconds to snatch the lead from Donna Kerse.

The following five handlers were all eliminated so that's the way the placings stayed. So a special congratulations to the Glover family taking first and third, split by Donna Kerse, who was flying the flag for Scotland, in second. As for the seven handlers eliminated, in the main it was handler error – the weave poles being the main problem with handlers pulling away to get in place for the next obstacle before the dog had completed the weaves and several handlers just repeated someone else's mistake.

Commiserations to Alan Bray and Pat Partridge who were nearly home but put their dogs in the wrong end of the tunnel.


Novice Top 10

Place

Handler

Dog

Time

1

Pia Glover

Borderstorm Midnight Blue

C/34.64

2

Donna Kerse

Tri 'N' Fly Amazin Grace

C/35.45

3

Bill Glover

Brentmoor Osprey

5 /31.73

=4

Andy Sandercock

Nedlos Wot a Whirl

E

=4

Karl Mallin

Loui Ratatoui

E

=4

Alan Bray

Upanova Dior Mine

E

=4

Pat Partridge

Gunran Guaranteed

E

=4

Lindsay Cheshire

Darleyfalls No More Wishes

E

=4

Lesley Olden

Nedlo Hello Ello

E

=4

Natasha Wise

Flickcee's Latin Dancer

E

Monday: ABC
After a very busy two days with Semi-finals, at least we had a more relaxing start to the day on MOnday. We met the ten ABC handlers for the briefing before lunch for both the afternoon Jumping competition and the ABC finals in the evening. This, I knew, would be another exciting day.

The Monday afternoon Jumping did not disappoint me with seven Kelpies running. It was a very very fast Jumping class and, as with a lot of the other events at Olympia, the support from the audience was extremely noisy. Mark Douglas, with his Ag.Ch. Cories Ruby Tuesday would take 1st place in 27.68 seconds. Anna Braley came in 2nd in 28.61 seconds and Jason Gardner 3rd in 28.62 seconds.


Mark Douglas

Place

Handler

Dog

Time

1

Mark Douglas

Ag.Ch. Cories Ruby Tuesday

27.68

2

Anna Braley

Revel Without a Pause

28.61

3

Jason Gardner

Chaffords Prodigy

28.62

4

Jo Hyslop

Bonvivant Objet d'Art

29.01

5

Nicky Holden

Kenward Casca

29.64

6

Jane Anderson

Cories Boomerang Bindi

30.41

7

Jackie Kenny

Cories Kinder Surprise

30.92

8

Neil Ellis

Pelham Tully

31.85

9

Nigel Staines

Ag.Ch. Dragonheart Dark Destroy

33.07 (28.07)

10

Sue Leech

Blackthorn's Red Devil

35.91 (30.91)

Our final final would again be an exciting one. It was stunning! The running order was the reverse of the Semi-final places with Jane Anderson going first. She put in a great clear round in just 36.91 seconds with her Kelpie, but it wouldn't be fast enough to take the winning spot. Jo Hislop, with her extremely fast Belgian, picked up 10 faults.

Neil EllisNeil Ellis was running third with Tully the Beardie who, quite amazingly, is now nine years old. Coming up to the start line next, he probably had the biggest applause from the audience of anyone in the final as he looked absolutely magnificent. He did a great clear round in just over 37 seconds to go into 2nd place. Colin Skeeping owns the dog and he must have been so proud to watch his dog and Neil compete.

Jackie Kenny had a clear round in 37.57 seconds but was not quite quick enough. Another handler with the ‘R' factor dog was Nicky Holden with her clipped-out Beardie - another audience favourite but unfortunately picking up 5 faults on the dog walk. Anna Braley and her Kelpi, were going brilliantly until she lost her dog at the see-saw and picked up a refusal.

Nigel Staines was running seventh and is always guaranteed to give a predictably good performance in the ring and today was to be no exception. He took the lead with a clear in 33.15 seconds. Jason Gardner tried hard but unfortunately had 5 faults at the A-frame. If only, Jason!

The penultimate dog to run was handled by Mark Douglas, the afternoon winner, who put in quite a stunning clear round to snatch the lead from Nigel Staines by .06 second. The final dog to run was the winner of the Semi final, Sue Leech and her Kelpie Blackthorn's Red Devil. Unfortunately, Lady Luck didn't turn out today as she suffered an elimination. An emotional win for Mark and Marie, congratulations. What a great finish to Olympia!


Mark Douglas & Vanessa McAlpine

Place

Handler

Dog

Time

1

Mark Douglas

Ag.Ch. Cories Ruby Tuesday

C/33.09

2

Nigel Staines

Ag.Ch. Dragonheart Dark Destroyer

C/33.15

3

Jane Anderson

Cories Boomerang Bindi

C/36.91

4

Neil Ellis

Pelham Tully

C/37.09

5

Jackie Kenny

Cories Kinder Surprise

C/37.57

6

Jason Gardner

Chaffords Prodigy

5 /32.57

7

Nicky Holden

Kenward Casca

5 /35.73

8

Anna Braley

Revel Without a Pause

5 /39.58

9

Jo Hyslop

Bonvivant Objet d'Art

10 /40.53

10

Sue Leach

Blackthorn's Red Devil

E

Thank you
It was an honour and privilege to judge the best dogs and handlers in the country at such a prestigious event. The week had been exhausting both mentally and physically but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I can see why getting to Olympia is the dream of most if not everyone's agility career. For those of you who go on about ring parties, I had the most excellent, friendly and above all knowledge bunch that I could have asked for, so I'm indebted to Dave Ray for the invitation and his support at Olympia and to John, Jackie, Gwyn, Ann, Shaun, Dave Jolly, Rob, Elaine and Liz. I would also like to wish John and Jackie a very happy retirement from their job at Olympia.

My final thanks to the Kennel Club for continuing to support what is one of the premier agility events in the world and also to GWF Nutrition, manufacturers of Joint Aid for Dogs for their support of the Kennel Club at this competition.

 

From Nicky Holden...
I would like to thank Arthur for the fantastic courses he set for the ABC finalists on Monday. It was a real pleasure to run them. They both flowed beautifully, and all the dogs loved running them.

Arthur had minutes to get the course out and make any adjustments. What a huge responsability?! I was so wrapped up with dealing with my own nerves, i forgot how much pressure Arthur must be under to make sure the courses were just right.

So thanks, Arthur. Job well done

First published 22/01/11

 

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