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
Agria Agility Challenge Final
Following a spring and summer of thrilling
heats across the country, the Final of the Agria Agility Challenge made for a
very exciting end to the competition.
Some of the UK's highest flying, rising stars with their G1-4 dogs had qualified
to take part in what has become a staple of the agility calendar. For many of
the dogs taking part, this was their first experience of an agility final – and
what better event than at the Malvern Autumn Show on 29th September with over
30,000 visitors to impress!
Throughout the morning,
the finalists gathered in the Top Dog arena for a few warm-up runs to get used
to all the hustle and bustle of the showground before the afternoon’s big event,
Hannah Banks said, 'The Agria Agility
Challenge is a wonderful and important competition giving great experience
for the up and coming agility stars of the future. I
was thrilled to be invited to judge the 2019 Final, ending a day designed to
give these fabulous dogs and handlers the confidence to do their very best.
It was great to have a mix of interesting classes in the morning, a
Steeplechase with a nice, flowing. confidence giving course to start, then a
Jumping round and finally a Power and Speed to practice accuracy and speed.'
The weather was somewhat
changeable weather but luckily the worst of the rain fell during the lunch
break. The afternoon Final drew quite a crowd that seemed to appreciate the
skills on display. It was lovely to see a good range of breeds making it through
to the final.
There were some great rounds and some
oh-so-close runs, such as Sam Clarke, running Lalapaws Shaken Not Stirred. and
the crowd-pleasing Gary The Gooner run by Alan Brickley, who unfortunately just
tipped a pole. A wonderful run won the Final for Jan Gordon with Lilhaze Kwik
Save Me in 38.185 secs. The runner up with another lovely run was Karen Sanders
with The Merle Of Valgrays.
of a certain vintage will no doubt recognise an early Doctor Who companion, Blue
Peter presenter and a voice of Crufts, Peter Purvis who joined us for
Shelley Harrison from Agria Pet
Insurance, one of the very few providers to cover agility dogs while they
work, train and compete, said, 'The Final was fantastic with so many
enthusiastic dogs creating a great spectacle for the audience. At Agria Pet
Insurance, we are very passionate about pets and owners enjoying their time
together, so we're thrilled to support Agility/ What could be a better
example of having fun together? Well done to all our finalists, and many
congratulations to Jan and the gorgeous Kwik for their stunning winning
Hannah Banks finished by saying, 'Thank
you everyone involved for great organisation, for looking after me so well,
and thank you Agria Pet Insurance for sponsoring, supporting and enabling
this great competitive experience.
As ever thanks go to all the ring party
for all your help throughout the day and also to all the handlers for their
continued support of all for this event. Many thanks
to Sean Cameron for taking the photos which can be viewed at:
Gordon with Lilhaze Kwik Save Me - 38.185 secs
Karen Sanders with The Merle of Valgrays - 40.908 secs
Melissa Royall with Fairground Floss - 41.038 secs
Lou Pink with Follyfleet Thief of Time - 45.611 secs (0.611f)
Alan Brickley with Gary The Gooner - 36.083 secs (5f)
Williams with Blamorder Just Like Magic - 38.232 secs
with Buffalo Girl Go Round the Outside - 39.948 secs (5f)
Julia Mclean with Freyasways Emerald Yolo - 43.109 secs (5f)
Flood Page with Tilly Quickstep - 45.912 secs (5.912f)
Trevor Many with
Magical Maisie - 47.780 secs (7.180f)
Chatsworth Open Agility Show
qualifier of 2019 took place at the stunning Chatsworth Country Fair where the
results were unusual in that they were completely collie-free! Topping the
results was Craig Woodhead's super-fast Staffie while the last finalist to get
in was Alan Brickley' with Gary the Gooner with a wonderful performance that was
a great testament to the owner’s hard work throughout the summer.
was Dawn WIlliams.
Heat 10 - Chatsworth Country Fair Open
Woodhead with Buffalo Gal Go Round D'Outside -39.071 seces
Charlotte Ward with Gillygals Dream Boat - 42.969 secs
Thorn with Mayhem Earth - 51.371 secs (5f)
Webb with The Dizbomb - 60.522 secs (8.522f)
Brickley with Gary The Gooner - 35.768 secs (10f)
So after a
spring and summer of incredible heat - and heats - the 50 finalists for the
2019 Agria Agility Challenge Final have all been decided. Huge congratulations
to all of our qualifiers – we cannot wait to watch you in action at the final on 29th September
at The Malvern Autumn Show.
Bromsgrove Premier Agility
Heat 9 took
place at Bromsgrove Premier Agility Show on one of our hottest days of the year
which didn't suit all the dogs. Judge Ben Elsworthy, however, did his best
efforts to set an appropriate course.
One or two
familiar Midland faces made the line up at the penultimate heat of the
Challenge. The winner was a delighted Kim Watts who, over the year, has achieved
success with many dogs and seems to yet again to be a rising star of the agility
Heat 9 - Bromsgrove Premier Agility
Watts with Weircourt Darcy
Stevens with Kinaway Greased Lightening
Gordon with Wilihaze Kwik Save Me
White with Flyaway on My Zephyr
Royall with Fairground Floss
Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility Show
the way back to Heat 8 at the Welsh Kennel Club Show, where the weather was an
altogether different prospect. Fortunately for us, the purpose-built RWAS
showground welcomed Championship Agility, Breed and Obedience with none of the
mud that shows at other venues were dealing with.
Judge Robin Gretenkort got the best of the weather as he found our
Welsh-connected qualifiers for this year's Challenge.
Izzy Hill told Agilitynet, 'It was a lovely course not that I walked it
before I ran. Deno listened very well. He’s my first dog and a very
special boy in every way.'
Heat 8 - Welsh Kennel Club
Championship & Open Agility Show
Hill with Little Dynamo Deno - 33.653 secs (C)
Harris with Hawksflight Jus Lyk a Movie - 36.905 secs (C)
O’Connor with Griffsgirls Concealed - 39.161 secs (5f)
Flood-Page with Tilly Quickstep - 43.126 secs (5f)
Maclean with Freyasway Emerald Yolo - 45.156 secs (5f)
Good luck to all the finalists and special thanks to all our host
events, the judges, ring parties and hard-working show secretaries who make a
massive contribution to this competition for the rising stars of the Agility
The Challenge returns in 2020!
Holkham County Fair
The theme for this year’s
Holkham County Fair was celebrating land, sea and sky which was appropriate as
the Showground is just a stone’s throw from acres of beach and a coastal pine
forest. We arrived in brilliant sunshine which encouraged both holidaymakers and
local residents to visit the fair.
With the lake and ducks close
by the Agility ring, the temptation for the dogs to take a dip was great but
resisted by all, although several took a very close look much to the amusement
of the crowds and the discomfort of the handler. No duck was harmed during our
Our judge Jackie Kenny
surprised some by announcing that today would be her last Agility judging
appointment. Hopefully she enjoyed her day and the happy faces of some of the
qualifiers - the rest were discovering the delights the fair - bore testament to
an enjoyable time.
Heat 7 - Holkham Country Fair
Laurence Blake with Bruno's
Trevor Manby with Magical
Eliza Fisher with My Curly
Tailed Boy Jasper
Lisa Holler with Morgansr
Kissed The Blarney
Emma Austin with
Invitations will shortly be
sent across the country to all 50 finalists for this year’s Agria Agility
Challenge and we very much hope all will be able to join us at the Malvern
Autumn Show on Sunday, 29th September 2019, for the final of Agria Agility
Challenge, to be judged by Championship Agility judge, Hannah Banks.
Rugby DTC Championship Weekend
Rugby Championship Weekend was
a really busy show, and one which produced some of our fastest Agria Agility
Challenge finalists to date.
Judged by Doc Doherty, the top
five completed the full agility course in under 30 seconds, making them hot
contenders for the Agria Agility Challenge final to be held at the Malvern
Autumn Show on Sunday, 29th September 2019, judged by Championship Agility
judge, Hannah Banks.
With the heats of the
competition almost over, the opportunities are reducing of joining us at this
year’s final, so do make sure you check out the remaining host clubs dates and
Heat 6 - Rugby Championship
Sam Clarke with Lalapaws Shaken Not Stirred
- 27.133 secs (C)
Kathrin Tasker with Cha Cha Cha Charlie -
27.998 secs (C)
Gwynne Lyons with Borderpops Buzz Lightpaws
- 28.288 secs (C)
Isabel Austin with Jonanelle Portia - 28.359
Marilyn Murphy with Indistorm Lyte of Neon -
29.461 secs (C)
RVA Championship Weekend
Heat 5 of Agria Agility
Challenge heat took place at the RVA Championship Weekend show which, for the
first time, was held at Peterborough FC. As usual, it attracted a great range of
breeds including a very agile Boxer, and it was great to see a Bearded Collie in
the final line up.
Grace Mead might have been the
unluckiest competitor to take part in the Agria Agility Challenge thus far.
for the rising stars of the Agility world, sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance and
kindly judged by Lynne Garstang. With the fastest time of class, her five faults
might have cost her a place in the FInal at the Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday,
29th September 2019 to be judged by Championship Agility judge, Hannah Banks.
Happily for her, good fortune
took a hand and Grace, who had traveled from Wales to attend the event, secured
that last qualifying place.
Heat 5 - RVA Championship Show
Gemma Walchester with Bexonolly Miss Dior -
34.994 secs (C)
Pauline Droy with Moore with Kalizar Dakota
- 41.096 secs (C)
Jane Gemmill with Holtend Harmonica - 43.464
Rachel Wilcox with Two Oh Two Llanbister
Tyke - 52.811 secs (C)
Grace Mead with Kaiyanita Midnight Charm -
34.748 secs (5f)
Huge congratulations to all of
our qualifiers so far!
The phrase 'Bustling Bakewell'
describes this Peak District town perfectly. The showground is within walking
distance of the town centre, and Dogs Unleashed weekend arrived in the warm
sunshine with a host of canine activites, trade stands and dog things to watch.
The deluge waited until late Sunday night.
Dogs Unleashed, this year on
the weekend of 22nd-23rd June, drew visitors from across Central England. It was
a truly active doggy event giving an exciting, fun filled and informative
weekend for everyone with the Agility ring centre stage. The judge for the
Fourth Heat of the Agria Agility Challenge, sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance,
was Pat Wallis.
Completing the course in a
lightning speed clear round was Michael Adams with Cloud City Destroyer,
followed hot on the heels by Clarissa Brown with Miss Rose Strike A Pose.
Well done to you both, and the
other finalists who have made it through to join the at the Malvern Autumn Show
on Sunday 29th September 2019, for the final of Agria Agility Challenge, to be
judged by Championship Agility judge, Hannah Banks.
Heat 4 - Dogs Unleashed
Michael Adams with Cloud
City Destroyer - 22.004 secs (C)
Clarissa Brown with Miss
Rose Strike a Pose - 22.776 secs (C)
Nicola Trickett with
Thorntonfern Kestrel - 24.054 secs (C)
Craig Asker with Jinxy Lynx
Paws a While - 32.142 secs (C)
Mandy Welton with Dogtanian
a Journeys Eve - 37.134 secs (C)
Huge congratulations to all of
our qualifiers so far!
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
it's 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.