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For the rising stars of agility...
Agria Agility Challenge celebrates all that is good in the Agility calendar. It is one
of the 'must try' for annual finals for the rising stars of the Agility world.
Once again it is being organised by Country Shows Agility and is open to Large
on Display at Top Barn!
Worcester’s Premier Agility
Show, held at Top Barn on the 18th May, was a brilliant event at a great venue
which also provides a location to several agility events throughout the year.
With a backdrop of a farm shop, a maize maze, 44 tonners loading chilled crops
and an activity centre, it was a perfect day out for the 150 rising stars of the
agility world who came from far and wide, seeking one of the five quaifying
places at each heat of the Agria Agiity Challenge.
This was the third heat of the
Agria Agility Challenge, judged by Agility Team GB Manager Mark Laker, who set a
course that sent handlers from one side of the ring to the other, just to get
going! Those making it have joined the finalists at the Malvern Autumn Show on
Sunday, 29th September 2019, set to be judged by Championship Agility judge,
In a fast and thrilling clear
round, Hilary Jordan, with Amduki's Crispy Temaki Zooka, took 1st place, beating
her nearest rival by almost two seconds.
Heat 3 - Worcester Premier Agility Show
Hilary Jordan with Amduki's Crispy Temaki
Zooka - 24.295 secs (C)
Carolyn Davies with Mister Wisdom - 26.003
Julie Stevens with Kinaway Grease Lightening
- 26.357 secs (C)
Anne-Marie Waugh with Chazak Skys The Limit
- 29.494 secs (C)
Ian Radford with Adric of Alzarius - 29.507
Huge congratulations to Hilary
and all of our qualifiers so far!
The Winning Continues at North Somerset
The second heat of this year’s
Agria Agility Challenge 2019 was held at the fantastic North Somerset Show. With
car parks overflowing, the fine day had everything from award-winning cattle to
unbelievable tractor pulling – and of course, the wonderful spectacle that is
the Agria Agility Challenge!
Many different breeds - from a
greyhound to a boxer – took part in the second heat of the competition, which is
especially designed for the rising stars of the Agility world. Judged by David
Sweeney, the course resulted in many clear rounds right up until the last fence.
Winner Ally Weller, with My
Teddy Boy, did manage to retain her clear until the end – completing the
course in an impressive 31.96 seconds. She was thrilled to have won and
qualified for the Agria Agility Challenge Grand Final at the Malvern Autumn
Show on Sunday, 29th September 2019 and commented, 'I am very excited and
slightly stunned to have won a qualifier!'
The Agria Agility Challenge
2019 is open to Grades 1- 4 dogs, with heats throughout the year. The top five
placed at each heat will qualify for September’s final, be judged by
Championship Agility judge Hannah Banks.
Heat 2 - North Somerset Show
Ally Weller with My Teddy Boy - 31.967
Lou Pink with Follyfleet Thief of Time -
33.039 secs (C)
Julie Palmer with Alfie Loves a Sweetie
- 35.098 secs (C)
Hilary Bowden with Son of a Gunner -
36.967 secs (C)
Lesely Dean with Melindhowr of Godrevy -
37.825 secs (C)
Huge congratulations to Ally and all of our qualifiers so far!
Heat 3 will see the Agria Agility Challenge head northwards to
the Worcester Premier Agility Show to find our next five Agria Agility Challenge
First Winners at Andoversford
first winners of the first heat of
the Agria Agility Challenge 2019 which was held at Andoversford Point to Point
Festival on 7th April, and attracted many of agility’s rising stars.
Country Shows Agility Graham Taylor
were delighted to see Agility at the forefront of this fabulous spring
event, amongst some other great family attractions. This is one of the
venue’s premier equine events, and set in the lovely spring sunshine,
spectator numbers were high which added to the exciting atmosphere..
competition, appropriately judged by ex-jump jockey Veronica Hill, was every bit
as exciting as we could have wished for, with five fast clear rounds taking the
top five places. Beating their nearest rivals by 1.5 seconds were
Becky Bryant with
Batfink Bombs Away, who completed the course in just 29.761 secs.
Becky said, 'I
was extremely happy when we found out we had qualified for the final! Bomb
has a mind of his own sometimes, so clears can be rare. We are both very
much looking forward to the Final and fingers crossed he listens when it
matters! But whatever happens, we are going to go and have fun as that’s
what it’s all about!'
Heat 1 -
Andoversford Point to Point Festival
Becky Bryant with
Batfink Bombs Away - 29.761 secs (C)
Rachel Williams with
Blamorder Just like Magic -
Sanders The Merle of Valgrays - 32.860 secs (C)
with Splatterday Night Fever - 35.667 secs
with Fearless Seal - 38.759 secs
Andoversford weather will continue across the outdoor season as
Heat 2 of the Agira
heads southwards to the North Somerset Show to find the next five Agria
2019 qualifiers. Congratulations to our first set of finalists, and good luck to
those taking part in the remaining heats!
Agria Backs Agility in 2019
Agria Pet Insurance will continue to support the Agria Agility Challenge in 2019. With
its regional heats for dogs at Grades 1- 4, this competition is for standard
height Large dogs during the spring and summer, culminating in a thrilling final
in September in the Top Dogs Arena at The Malvern Autumn Show.
Tom Vaughan, Head of Marketing at Agria
Pet Insurance, said, 'We’re delighted to announce continue Agria support of
Agility in 2019. It’s fantastic to see the speed and skill of the rising
stars of the Agility world and we cannot wait to watch their progress
through to what no doubt will be thrilling final in September. Agility is an
outstanding activity for the health and well-being of both dogs and handlers
– great for fitness and mental well-being, and to deepen the bond for the
most rewarding of animal-owner partnerships. We can’t wait to follow the up
and coming agility stars of 2019 through to the final in September. It’s
going to be an exciting year!'
Heats for the Agria Agility Challenge 2019
have been announced at the following venues:-
06 May - Severnside at The North
Somerset Show (Wraxall, Somerset)
18 May - Worcester Premier Agility Show
(Top Barn, Worcestershire)
05 -07 July - RVA Championship Agility
Show (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)
13 - 14 July - Rugby Championship
Agility Show (Royale Farm, Staffordshire)
20 - 21 July - Holkham County Fair (Holkham, Norfolk)
16 - 18 August - Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility Show
(Builth Wells, Powys)
24 - 25 August - Bromsgrove Premier Agility Show (Dodderhill
31 August - Chatsworth County Fair (Chatsworth, Derbyshire)
For schedules, please visit The Agilitynet
Agria Pet Insurance, recently awarded Pet
Insurance Provider of the Year and Best Claims Service at the Moneyfacts
Consumer Awards 2019, is one of the few insurers to cover dogs while they work.
This includes agility dogs during training, travelling to events and competing.
Agria strongly believes in animals leading full, happy and healthy lives,
and so supporting agility is a natural match.
Agility training enriches dogs’ lives by giving them a mental and physical
outlet, enhancing their level of focus and self-assurance while encouraging a
strong owner/ animal bond. Agria is proud to support an activity that fosters
such positive outcomes.