Watch out! You
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Animal Health Company Classic, started in 2014, is a unique event that
involves dogs of all three Kennel Club heights competing against each
other in a Steeplechase type course. With ten regional heats
around the country during the year and the coveted Final held at the Autumn Food
& Country Fair event at the Peterborough Arena, this is a competition to
watch. Reports from each of the heats by Graham Taylor.
It Was a Classic Final
finalists from heats all around the country from early spring were invited to
celebrate their achievement at Rugby's Christmas Show. As ever an experienced
judge was needed and much travelled Angelo (Doc) Docherty kindly agreed to
accept the challenge.
Doc has added a few words,
saing, 'I would like to thank Animal Health for asking me to judge the
final of this awesome final, plus all of the work that the team from the Animal
Health including Graham not only for the Final but all the heats over the year,
The venue was the
beautiful Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire. I attempted to set a flowing
fast course with a couple of bits to give the finalists to think about. As
ever, the final course included the Westcott’s water jump. Every single finalist
attacked the course and gave it 100 percent, making it a real pleasure to judge.
I believe every single
finalist was indeed a winner, but the one who lifted the prize was Ian Dobison
with his awesome dog called Pineapple.
Ian told Agilitynet,
'We got Pineapple from Morgan's Rescue. After having a couple of years away
from competing in agility, I've now got a renewed interest and Pine (aka
Pineapple) is the reason. We started competing in April 2019, and we are
building up a great connection. There's still lots for us to learn together
and Bit I'm really pleased with our first season and looking forward to what
the future will bring
Some brilliant prizes
plus a teatime buffet for all finished off the day.
Health Company Classic Final 2019 - Results
Ian Dobison with Pineapple Express -
21.718 secs (C)
Carla Whyte with Papikoi’s Amazing Secret
C- 22.406 secs (C)
Debbie Figg with Debbemy Magical Swift -
22.994 secs (C)
Jackie Ling with Bella Luna - 25.164 secs
Beverly Pesaud with Runwell Dream -
26.144 secs (C)
Sue Newing with Parisway Kandyman -
25.038 secs (5f)
Michael Adams with Black Lotus - 25.289
Dennis Colthup with Olley Born To Run -
26.103 secs (5f)
Jane Stickdale with The Teflon Don -
26.244 secs (5f)
Dave Deaville with Midwinter Sunrise On
Ice - 29.070 secs (5f)
Company’s Sales Manager Jennie Westcott said , 'May I add my congratulations
to our winners of the Animal Health Company Classic 2019. Some great dogs at
the final and Pineapple Express certainly lived up to its name to Ian's
obvious delight, Congratulations to all our finalists and as ever, some 'if
only' moments at the final. Thanks for joining us and we hope you enjoyed
I would like to
thank everyone on the Animal Health Company team for their input and support
in 2019 including the host clubs, judges and officials as well as those who
made the Final work.'
Deadline for Final Approaching
The Animal Health
Company Classic Final is near. It will be held on the 14th December at Rugby
Christmas show. Make sure you've entered and accepted the invitation from Graham
Jennie Westcott said, 'I won’t have the trade Stand there, but you can place
your orders via email and I’ll
bring your items to the show. Looking forward to seeing you all.'
The Final Finalised
The Animal Health
Company is delighted to announce that The Animal Health Company Classic
Competition Final 2019 will held at Moreton Morrell College, Equine Centre,
Moreton Morrell, Warwick, CV35 9BLon Saturday 14 December 2019, kindly judged by
well known Agility judge Angelo (Doc) Docherty.
Taylor said, 'As many will know, this is also the venue for the Rugby DTC
Christmas Open Agility Show and we hope that the combination will make a
winning destination for all finalists.'
Company’s Sales Manager Jennie Westcott added, 'We are delighted to join
such an established Agility club and, with Christmas just around the corner,
a share of over £100 prize money will help you celebrate in style.'
Huge congratulations to
all the finalists. Invitations to the Final will be sent out shortly.
Paws in the Park
Wendy Fassam was our
judge for the final heat of the Animal Health Company Classic competition 2019
at Paws in the Park with the total cooperation of the weather.
The Paws In the Park
show ran through to a very late afternoon finish. Throughout the day, the larger
event had offered everything dog-wise you can think of although I am sure that
the jump and splash queue length must have put a few off. Not so our Animal
Health winners who all appeared at the photo call with their dogs.
Paws In The Park Winners qualifiers for the Final
Debbie Figg with
Debbemy Magical Swift - 27.071 secs (C)
Sue Newing with
Parisway Kandyman - 27.724 secs (C)
Morgan Tait-Shoosmith with Sugar Baby Love - 27.950 secs (C)
Vicki Adams with
Just a Little Merry - 28.968 secs (C)
Emma Randall with
Growlithe Yawanago Faster - 29.869 secs (C)
Graham Taylor said,
'With all 10 heats now run now, we would like to thank all our host events,
judges, ring parties and hard working show secretaries who bring it all
together and to all those who took part around the country. Congratulations
to all our 50 finalists, Invitations to the 2019 Final will hit the mat
later in the Autumn. Good luck to one and all at the Animal Health Company
North Derbyshire Open & Premier Agility Show
Southwell Racecourse was
our penultimate stop on the trail to find this year’s winner of Animal Health
Company Classic competition. It came as a bit of a surprise to find that horses
were being put through their paces on the racecourse during the day although it
seems not to have given this bunch of speed merchants much trouble. Judge
Allison Saunders set a fast course and was delighted that several more new faces
will be joining us at set to join us for the Animal Health Company Classic final
later in the year.
With qualifiers across
the country in 2019, we will welcome the top 5 from each heat to join us at the
autumn final to seek a share of over £100 of prize money.
North Derbyshire qualifiers for the Final
Lee Lainton with He
Is Marvellous - 24.549 secs (C)
Iain Dobison with
Pineapple Express - 25.003 secs (C)
Nikki Collins with
Hotshot's Number Five - 25.203 secs (C)
Heather McLean with
MorgansR Iza Wiza Navigator - 25.710 secs (C)
Samantha Pegg with
He's Kinda Hot - 28.809 secs (C)
Paws In The Park hosts
heat 10 of the Animal Health Company Classic to find our final five qualifiers
for the 2019 final. Good luck to one and all.
Welsh Kennel Club Champ Show
It seems it was a very relaxed affair at the recent Welsh Kennel
Club show. Despite all the tension of the Championship classes running alongside
the steeplechase class it seems judge Jo Edward’s course found favour and some
new faces join our cohort of finalists for the Animal Health Company Classic
final later in the year.
With qualifiers across the country in 2019 we will welcome the
top 5 from each heat to join us at the autumn final to seek a share of over £100
of prize money.
Welsh Kennel Club
qualifiers for the Final
Steve Young with Little Cobra - 25.11 (C)
Traci Freeman-Gaunt with Whenya Ready Janet - 25.559 secs (C)
William Verney with Lillie Collie - 25.811 secs (C)
Natalie Woolford with Sofa King Iconic - 26.456 secs (C)
Michelle Sturge with What a Blip - 26.839 secs (C)
Off to North Derbyshire hosts Heat 9 of the Animal Health
Company Classic to find our next five qualifiers for the 2019 Final.
Rugby ran their first Agility show in 1981 - both Dave Ray and I were there.
Nearly 40 years later, we both made it to Royle Farm for the 2019 Rugby
Championship Weekend on 14-15th July. Even more amazingly, my dog got a 3rd
Rugby show hosts a range
of qualifiers including the Animal Health Company Classic where this year some
130 dogs took on Dawn William's course with relish. As ever, the Westcotts Water
Jump came as a surprise to a few dogs but, as it is a speed class, most paid no
attention. Only about two seconds separated the five qualifying places.
The sharp-eyed will
notice Dave Deaville did not make the photo call. He was in the Champ queue and
sent Wendy instead!
Rugby qualifiers for the Final
with Castomya Love is Gifted at Shansdream - 25.710 secs (C)
Carla Whyte with
Papikpoi’s Amazing Secret - 26.847 secs (C)
Melanie Norman with
Longtimbers Inka Diamond - 26.870 secs (C)
with Shansdream Charliesangel -
27.143 secs (C)
Dave Deaville with
Midwinter Sunrise on Ice - 27.930 secs (C)
We cross The Border next
month to the Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility Show at Builth Wells for
Heat 8 of the Animal Health Company Classic to find our next five qualifiers.
Who will join us at the autumn Final to seek a share of over £100 of prize
RVA moved to
Peterborough RFC and the site was filled. With both Championship and Tour
included across the three-day event there was something for everyone especially
the speed merchants who joined us for the sixth heat of this year's Animal
Health Company Classic.
With good ground and
good weather for most of the time, none of the dogs stopped for a drink at the
Westcotts Water Jump despite the heat.
It seems there was a
three line whip for the photo call today and judge Ray Burke certainly added
style with again the ladies doing very well in today’s competition.
RVA qualifiers for the Final
Vicky Bryning with
Little Miss Trim - 24.122 secs (C)
Laura Chudleigh with
Borderpaws Secret Teaser - 24.857 secs (C)
Amy Bennett with
Heaven Sent to Mirramay - 254.678 secs (C)
with Strawberry Bonbon - 26.270 secs (C)
Pauline Droy - Moore
with Kaliazar Dakota - 26.962 secs (C)
Agility Show are our hosts for heat 7 of the Animal Health Company Classic where
we will find our next five qualifiers for the 2019 final.
Dog Vegas -
Judge Graham Scott must
have known a thing or two about his visit to Dog Vegas Thetford. Not only was he
appropriately dressed for the occasion which turned out to be the hottest day so
far this year; he surrounded himself with a bevy of beauties who looked after
him to perfection during Heat 5 of this year's Animal Health Company Classic
With Thetford Forest the largest lowland pine forest in Britain
covering over 19,000 ha and an SSI, the forest
provided a great backdrop to this long stay Agility event with the classes early
timing in the day allowing the partnerships to give of their best before the
heat hit them.
Now you may not know
that this competition is open to small, medium and large dogs who all compete
against each other over a steeplechase course featuring the Westcotts Water Jump
and whilst you might imagine large dogs will win every time so far not proved so
at the final. With the half way point of the competition now reached will 2019
be the year you qualify for the Animal Health Company Classic final ?
Dog Vegas Thetford qualifiers for the Final
Helen Flatt with
Halliwells Magic Charm - 25.464 secs (C)
Leonie Knight with
Birkcross Thunder in The Sky - 26.818 secs (C)
Jackie Ling with
Bella Luna - 26.818 secs (C)
Jane Stockdale with
The Teflon Don - 27.494 secs (C)
Gina Colton with
Dexy Midnight - 28.634 secs (C)
RVA are our hosts
for heat 6 of the Animal Health Company Classic where we will find our next five
qualifiers for the 2019 final.
Golden Valley DTC Open Agility Show
how many years Golden Valley has run a weekend agility show at Top Barn but it
must be well into double figures. Whilst the newer members get stuck in, the
perennial connections seem to be about, allbeit after all the years in less
Whilst the farmers might have been pleased with the downfall the previous week,
the weather did eventually play ball for the early arrivals . By Saturday, the
ring surface was fine with a 100+ partnerships seeking one of five qualifying
places for the autumn 2019 Animal Health Company Classic Final.
Pictured with judge Gill Blanchard are her winners who made the photo call
flanked by the great range of products that the Animal Health Company offer the
canine community both at Agility shows and their website. Worth a look.
Valley qualifiers for the Final
Sarah Barr with Kenquartz Worthwhile -
23.688 secs (C)
Julie Bearder with Paulcelin Jester - 23.903
Sally Friswell with Mickey Moo from Dysynnis
- 24.210 secs (C)
Kathy Clements with Tiptoeing to Success
-24.270 secs (C)
Jan Upton with The Strathclyde Detective -
25.225 secs (C)
Dog Vegas Thetford are our hosts for Heat 5 of the Animal Health Company Classic
where we will find our next five qualifiers for the 2019 final.
Dog Vegas Onley 5 Day Open Agility Show
Heat 3 of this year's
Animal Heath Company Classic found pastures new at Dog Vegas during the Spring
Bank Holiday weekend.
For Onley virgins, they
probably thought they had arrived several times to be meet with – keep going!
Lots did keep going to find a spacious site and the venue farm shop did a good
trade with lots of Warwickshire produce on offer.
Judge Donna Griffiths
decided the real speed merchants could have a field day with a lovely tunnel and
two fence pattern that, if done right, secured the partnerships a qualifying
Today I think the most
surprised was Savina to learn that she was the class winner. Her face was a
Dog Vegas Onley qualifiers for the Final
Savina Hart with Klairella Never Forget -
25.099 secs (C)
Jenny Gibson with Cassaroling Chaos - 25.247 secs (C)
Michael Adams with Black Lotus - 26.967 secs (C)
Karen Lawlor with Eceini Red Moon - 27.347 secs (C)
Michael Adams with Cloud City Destroyer - 27.361
Golden Valley hosts Heat
4 of the Animal Health Company Classic where the next five qualifiers for the
2019 final will be found.
Stonebridge Open Agility Show
Heat 2 of The Animal Health Company Classic
was hosted by Stonebridge Dog Agility Club at Ashfields Carriage and Polo Club
in Essex. With 500 acres of space, a great clubhouse offering food all day and
the stunning sight of horses and carriages going out on exercise, it was a
glorious setting for an agility show.
The judge Steve Hickson set a tunnel-tastic, fast
course. He said he loved judging this unique competition. A mixture of 120
Small, Medium and Large dogs ran with their handlers all hoping to be being in
the top five to qualify for the fabulous final. On the day, the collies had it.
Stonebridge qualifiers for the Final
Dawn Hughes with Eye Spy Rose flies Firefly -
26.056 secs (C)
Dennis Colthup with Olley Born to Run - 26.981
Beverly Persaud with Runwell Dream- 27.105 secs (C)
Lucy Wheelwright with Super Mini Cooper - 27.753
David Timms with Syd Madeit Seven - 28.140 secs (C)
caravan is off next to Dog Vegas for Heat 3 of the Animal Health Company Classic
to find the next five qualifiers for the 2019 final.
Scunthorpe Championship Agility Show
It's not true. The sun really does shine in
With the Agility outdoor season well and
truly started, The Animal Health Co Classic competition headed north for our
annual view of the illuminated Humber Bridge.
Agility Organiser Graham Taylor said, 'Now
you may not know that this competition is open to Small, Medium and Large
dogs who all compete against each other over a steeplechase course featuring
the Westcotts Water Jump. Whilst you might imagine Large dogs will win every
time, so far it has not proved so at the Final. With ten opportunities to
qualify this year, will 2019 be the year of the Large dog winning the final
Judge Carol Stapley officiated today for the
opening round of the Animal Health Company Classic 2019 and looks like the
Collies cleaned up today. Unfortunately Smooth Criminal didn’t make the photo
Scunthorpe qualifiers for the Final
1 Sarah Crouch with Batfink Twist of Fate -
23.846 secs (C)
2 Tanya King with Lunalite Just Like That -
24.495 secs (C)
3 Colette Attwell with Sirensong Smooth Criminal
- 24.777 secs (C)
4 Emma Nicholson with Castomya New Edition -
24.933 secs (C)
5 Sara Peall with Brook Matilda - 25.299 secs (C)
Keeping the East is East theme we travel to the
Ashfields Carriage and Polo Club in Essex where heat 2 of the Animal Health
Company Classic will see us find our next five qualifiers for the 2019 final.
AHC Continues Sponsorship
The Animal Health
Company is delighted to announce that it will be continuing it's Agility
competition, The Animal Health Company Classic, which will welcome all sizes of
Agility dogs in a steeplechase style course that features the Westcotts Water
Company's Sales Manager Jennie Westcott said, 'We are delighted to continue
sponsorship of this Agility competition with new heat hosts in 2019, and I
look forward to meeting everyone at our first heat at the Scunthorpe
Championship Agility Show in April. We wish everyone a successful 2019
and looks forward to meeting you at an Agility show near you.'
There will be qualifiers
across the country in 2019 with the top five from each heat qualifying for the
Final in the autumn. They will be competing for a share of the £100 prize money.
The Animal Health
Company offers a range of products that will be ideal for the Agility dog
including their new food, Westcotts. Unique to the market, it contains
HypercCoat Prime our popular supplement. Westcotts it is formulated with high
levels of chicken and rice, is hypoallergenic, pro biotic and has no added
flavourings or preservatives produced from quality ingredients helping dogs with
a sensitive palate. The Animal Health Company website
http://www.animal-health.co.uk has all the details.