Giving dogs a second chance
DARL Finals 2012
Once again we had a fantastic turn out of rescue dogs, along with their owners to compete in the SupaDarl Finals. Invitations were based on standings in the 2011 League Tables.
Despite the rain and howling wind of the previous few days, we woke to the sun shining. So the mood of the day was set, with lots of smiling faces to greet us. As usual we had a great atmosphere with competitors and friends gathered ringside to watch the day’s competition, and as each story behind the partnership was read out by Renee Patience, there was huge support for everyone, win or lose.
I would like to thank Becca Middleton who judged this years event and set some great flowing courses. Thank you, also to the small group of friends who always do such a great job of taking all the responsibility away from me on the day and work so hard to ensure everyone has a lovely day.
Many thanks to Chipping Norton for hosting this years event and finally, to our sponsors Burgess Pet Care for providing everyone with an award and a bag of food.
Photos, results and more information on the SupaDog Agility Rescue League can be found on the website: www.supadarl.co.uk
I had been looking forward to the appointment for a long time and was so pleased when the day finally arrived. The weather forecast was not too promising. Rain was on the cards, but someone must have been watching over the showground as we had a warm and sunny day which was perfect for all of us.
Karen and her small but perfectly formed and very efficient team - Andrea, Lynne, Renee, Larry and Jackie - had everything in place for me to come in and do the easy part.
I would like to say a huge well done to everyone who qualified for this event with your rescued dogs> It is a great achievement in itself and you should all be very proud of yourselves and your wonderful dogs. I have taken part with my dogs in the past and know how special the occasion is, made even better by the enthusiast support given by the spectators and competitors around the ring.
My first course was Jumping, designed as a warm-up round to give people a chance to run with their dogs and relax a bit before the final scheduled for later in the day. It was the same for all grades and sizes. I have to confess to becoming a little misty-eyed whilst judging this class and listening to the sometimes heart-wrenching stories of the history of the dogs that were competing. I was glad not to have had any contacts to mark and that I was wearing sunglasses!
Next we had the agility courses for the final. I did two different courses for Small and Medium CG 4-7, Large CG 3-4 and Large CG 5-7 and then made a few adjustments for the Small and Medium CG 1-3 and the Large Graded 1 and 2.
These two courses were designed to flow and be achievable with no nasty traps, but also required some subtle handling skills. Apart from the weaves causing some of dogs a few problems - which was a shame - I felt they ran very well and I hope they enjoyed running them.
Congratulations to all of the winners of the fabulous trophies and rosettes, not to mention the sacks of food all kindly sponsored by Burgess Supadog, you and your dogs are stars!
Agility Finals 2012 Winners
The standard of the dogs that competed throughout the day was very impressive at all levels. Regardless of the final results, in my eyes you were all winners and deserve a huge pat on the back for giving a 'second-hand' dog a chance to shine. What lucky dogs you have! Good luck for next year!
And finally thank you to Karen Fuller and the Supadog Agility Rescue League for allowing me the honour of judging the SARL finals held at the Chipping Norton show.
2011 League News
I would like to take this opportunity to thank-you for your support this year. Just a reminder that the 2011 league closes on the 21 December 2011. Points will not be accepted after this date, so please make sure your points are added before then.
Awards for the Large Top 10 or the Top 3 in Medium, Small & Junior categories and winners in the ‘Special’ awards will be posted to the address we have for you on record from January this year, so could you please make sure your address and email details are up to date if you are due to receive an award. We hope to have the awards processed and posted before the new registration in January.
Registration for the 2012 league will open in January, and any points from the 21 December onwards will count towards the 2012 league.
Any stories received after that date will be entered in next years award.
For further information please see the SupaDog Award page on the website: http://www.darleague.com/supadogaward.htm
The finals will take place on Sunday, June 10 2012, and I am also pleased to announce they will be judged by Becca Middleton.
Qualifiers will be announced soon, so keep an eye on the website
Burgess Sponsorship Renewed
Burgess Pet Care are to continue their sponsorship of the SupaDog Agility Rescue League, and in keeping with Burgesss rebranding the league now also has a new logo.
Visit the website at www.supadarl.co.uk to find out more.
2011 League Call for Entries
The SupaDog Agility Rescue League 2011 is now open for registration.
Administrator Karen Fuller said, 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members for their continued support and to our sponsors Burgess Pet Care, who once again have sponsored the 50+ awards that have/will be posted to the winners. We also have added a 'Many Tears' award to our specials section for dogs rehomed from them.'
Congratulations to all the 2010 winners and good luck to everyone in 2011Finals.
For more information about the League or to register go to www.supadarl.co.uk