Watch out! You
might get wet...
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.
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.