Watch out! You might get wet...
Two Major Names Continue Agility Support into 2018
Getting the 2018 agility show season off to a great start is the news that both Agria Pet Insurance and The Animal Health Company will be sponsoring agility sport for another year!
The competition is open to all sizes of Agility dogs in a steeplechase style course featuring the Westcotts Water Jump!
For The Animal Health Company, this is their fifth year supporting the sport. Their exciting steeple chase competition is a thrilling event thatís unique to the agility world with a course that always includes a bespoke Westcotts Water Jump.
With the motto 'Committed to animal care,' The Animal Health Company is well known for producing a leading range of complementary feeds for horses and dogs. The significant and ongoing research the company carries out to produce award-winning products to increase the well-being, comfort and health of animal consumers creates an outstanding contribution to the world of animal healthcare.
With qualifiers across the country, there are 12 opportunities in 2018 for the top five to join us at the autumn final to seek a share of over £100 of prize money.
For ring reports, follow the links.
With a day of Animal Health hospitality for our winners, all of whom will need to book Saturday, 24 November 2018 to join us at The Animal Health Company Classic Final which will be judged be Championship Agility Judge Jackie Gardner. With Stratford upon Avon just down the road and a great place for some Christmas shopping so itís definitely a weekend destination.
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, a 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 thus helping dogs with a sensitive palate.
The Animal Health Company website http://www.animal-health.co.uk has all the details.
Many fields on the way up the A15 to the Scunthorpe Champ show had water lying in them so the arrival of the Westcotts Water Jump for the first of 2018 heats was probably a bit over the top.
Well done to all the organisers and everyone connected to the show including the landowners. With a few roadway changes, all the rings and surrounding ground - whilst soft - easily accommodated Scunthopre's 4000+ entries across the weekend. The local Travel Lodge must have thought Christmas had come early with the increase in trade.
The fast moving competition, under the watchful eye of judge Doc Doherty, produced it's usual crop of 'if onlys' as well as five successful finalists.
Scunthorpe qualifiers for the Final are:-
Heat 2 see us joining the Hatton Festival where we look forward to finding our next five qualifiers for the 2018 Final.
Heat 3 of The Animal Health Company Classic took us to Essex on 19th May where our hosts Stonebridge DTC seem to have found a great venue alongside the Ashfields Carriage and Polo Club.
I have no idea why our judge Elaine Hudspeth missed the photo call - although I am told she was seen in the ice cream queue. With all three sizes of Agility dogs able to take part, the course laid influenced the outcome and seems today all our winners were legless afterwards!
Congratulations to our finalists and you will need to book Saturday 24 November 2018 in your dairies to join us at the final. More details soon.
Stonebridge DTC qualifiers for the Final are:-
Heat 4 see us going up North l where we look forward to find our next five qualifiers for the 2018 final.
If you have ever been to Matlock Bath, you will know that end of the pier feeling about the place with a range of motorbikes on a sunny evening that would gladden the heart of any enthusiast. Just down the road peace and tranquillity reigned at Cromford where Dog Vegas hosted Heat 5 of the Animal Health Company Classic 2018.
Dog Vegas at Matlock qualifiers for the Final are:-
Keeping with the motoring theme, we move to the birthplace of Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce fame where Heat 6 will see us find our next five qualifiers for the 2018 final.
Finally we even got Sassy to look at the camera!
With the weather in full cooperation, the Wye flood plain provided the backdrop for the Wye Valley DTC Premier Show under the lee of, and within walking distance of Monmouth Town Centre, which hosted this heat of the Animal Health Company Classic 2018.
Open only to Small and Medium dogs, 150+ partnerships took up the challenge with judge Richards Ascough's winners today coming from as far away as Cornwall.
Wye Valley qualifiers for the Final are:-
Returning to England we will cross the country to Peterborough Show ground where Just Dogs Live, a celebration of the dog in many guises where Heat 7 will see us find our next five qualifiers for the 2018 final.
For the sharp eyed amongst you, youíll notice our judge Christine Stratford did not make the photo call. I am sure Just Dogs Live was pleased that Nigel Rudd, Christineís ring manager was able to step into the presentations breech.
Now I only have this second-hand as it were, but it seems some orange fencing 'attacked' Christine on her way to the water tap, resulting in an A& E visit of some hours where they found she had a broken right wrist - perhaps making her 'armless.' Enough!
Just Dogs Live Championship Agility Show qualifiers for the Final are:-
Thanks to our hosts of Heat 6 of the Animal Health Company Classic 2018, we are building a great range of finalists to join us on Saturday 24 November 2018 us at The Animal Health Company Classic Final.
Rugby Championship Agility weekend is where Heat 8 will see us find our next five qualifiers for the 2018 final.
With a day of Animal Health hospitality for our winners with the final kindly judged by Championship Agility Judge Jackie Gardner; Stratford On Avon and Warwick Castle just down the road it all makes a great short break destination.
With this show drawing entry from Cornwall to Scotland it was the first time hosts Rugby DTC welcomed a heat of the Animal Health Company Classic
The question was could this weather last? Rugby connections certainly hoped so for their Championship Agility weekend and so it proved as even our winners sought a bit of shade in the Animal Heath Company trade stand.
Judge Simon Thurlbeck took charge today and found a further five finalists to join us on Saturday 24 November 2018 at The Animal Health Company Classic Final. With a day of Animal Health hospitality for our winners with the final kindly judged by Championship Agility Judge Jackie Gardner; Stratford On Avon and Warwick Castle just down the road it all makes a great short break destination for some pre Christmas shopping just a month away
Rugby Championship Agility Weekend winners and qualifying for the final are: -
It was too hot for the dogs for the photo call today. Judge Jane James glowed all day as Chipping Norton took over their favourite venue to host, amongst other qualifiers Heat 8 of the 2018 Animal Heath Company Classic.
With the competition open to all sizes of dog, itís often the smaller dogs, with tight turns and bouncy style that hold their own against what maybe perceived the larger striding dog in this competition.
Chipping Norton Premier Show qualifiers for the final are: -
And so a further five finalists join us on Saturday, 24 November 2018 at The Animal Health Company Classic Final kindly judged by Championship Agility Judge Jackie Gardner.
There are details about the day on Animal Health Face book page, Agilitynet and from the address below with family, friends and connections very welcome to join you to celebrate your achievement.
Pembrokeshire By the Pond is where Heat 9 will see us find our next five qualifiers for the 2018 final.
It is true that all sizes of dogs can successfully compete in this competition as a delighted Jackie Travers Spencer proved in front of an enthusiastic County Show crowd.
Mimi set the pace and, whilst some came close, neither handler experience nor a previous winner of Welsh Handler of the Year managed to topple her.
Thanks to Judge Sam Jackson who joined us especially for the show.
Pembrokeshire By The Pond qualifiers for the final are: -
Welsh Kennel Club is just around the corner, which will see us find our next five qualifiers for the 2018 final.
Keeping it Welsh, Judge Sam Jackson joined us and 150+ entrants in Bulith Wells in the heart of the Welsh dog world to find some more qualifiers for the Animal Heath Company Classic.
It was success for one of Agility's youngsters , 15-year-old Sara Bacon who also won the Championship Large dog class as well so no doubt she really enjoyed her day.
Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility Show qualifiers for the final are: -
North Derbyshire Championship Agility Show will see us find our penultimate five qualifiers for the 2018 final.