Nominated by Gay Horsley
I would like to nominate the late great Clive
Hildersley, not only for being an inspiration and a perfect gentleman
but for years and years of service to agility in general.
contribution to agility over the last 30 years has been tireless
including his work on the KCAI Organising Committee and locally the
Kernow shows. His wicked sense of humour and infectious smile is what
most of us will miss most, he retained this even through his own
He was a
special man who inspired many.
Nominated by Linda Croxford
was 80 years young this year (December 2020) and has continued to
compete and train despite some quite severe health issues this year. She
trains her four Italian Volpinos with Whitstable Agility Group over two
or three evenings each week.
She is a
member of the UK Para Agility Team and in 2018 won Gold in the Group 5
Par Agility World Championships in Spain. In 2018, the UK hosted the
Championships in Huntingdon and, when we were clearing up the venue late
on the final day of the championships Faith was on her hands and knees
helping to roll up the 40 meter by 25 meter astro turf we had purchased
– despite being 78 years of age at the time!
Nominated by Jennie Costello
I’d like to
nominate Freda Wallace and Tika. Not only are they consistent performers
(gaining lots of points) but Freda is such a great ambassador for the
sport. She judges, ring parties, and trains. She’s been active this
year by setting courses for Covid safe course running days, to give us
addicts the chance to run grade appropriate courses. All proceeds went
to local animal charities. She is always willing to give advice when
asked and quick to congratulate any successes.
most amazing thing is that she can still be found camping in a tent at
shows whatever the weather. I think she is truly an agility treasure.
Nominated by Karen Parker
I would like
to nominate my wonderful Dad, Barry Parker who is competing in the
Diamond Small Division of the Senior Agility League.
Dad has been
in Agility for many years and has competed with his GSP Tammy, WSD Jack,
Collie x Kelpie Taff, JRT x Eddie and more recently JRT Gem.
Dad and Gem
started in May 2019 in Grade 2 and finished the year in Grade 5. It has
been a pleasure to watch their partnership grow and to see their smiling
faces at the end of every run! She is a little powerhouse and loves
nothing more than having fun and being kissed!
I am so very
lucky to have this wonderful man in my life and I'm so very glad that
both Dad and Mum introduced me to this fantastic sport! I have loved
watching him competing in 2019 and can't wait to see what this amazing
partnership do in 2020.
Nominated by Jean Tuck
Minstrel for Craygill AW/G
Now 14 ˝
years old, Scott started to compete just before the grading system came
in and, on the strength of a 3rd place at his first show, he started the
next year in Grade 5.
He was my
first Grade 7 dog, and he discovered that he loved running in teams. He
was at Crufts for his agility team every year from 2009 to 2016. In his
one individual appearance at Crufts, he came 3rd in the Singles Final
and he also gained two Reserve tickets.
after his last Crufts, he moved down to Veteran classes which he loved and finally retired from Agility in August 2017 after two Veteran wins
at West Lakes. In 2015 he took up Rally, and then Obedience - with
success in both.
somewhat arthritic, he continues to enjoy country walks, aided by
hydrotherapy, supervising the younger Shelties and being my shadow. He
is a favourite with our grandsons.
Nominated by Frances Cobb
Stillmoor Jazz Cadenza
I bought my
beloved slate merle Border Collie Jazz in 2009 when I retired from work
with the plan of him becoming a Heelwork to Music dog. He made a good
start and was awarded the Paws & Music Starter Dog of the Year in 2010.
Whilst on a
training holiday in 2011, Jazz and I had a go at Agility and it was
immediately clear that Jazz was much more motivated by this sport so we
'took a year out' from the HTM to see whether Agility was more our
thing. That was a major turning point in both our lives. We moved to
Wiltshire where we made so many new friends through learning and
competing in Agility. We quickly became addicted to the sport and never
went back to the HTM!
quick progress in the lower KC grades of Agility and qualified for the
Proplan Starter finals. He also had success in UKA competitions and was
a Circular Knockout finalist and a Team finalist. The peak of Jazz’s
career was to qualify for the Olympia Novice Large dog quarter finals in
2018 held at KCI Although we had a clear rounds both, Jazz and I were
beginning to feel our age running in the heat so we were too slow to
qualify for the final at Olympia.
with Jazz aged 10 we got off to an amazing start with three wins at KC
agility shows and this put him up to Grade 6. However in August and
September, it became apparent that all was not well with Jazz and after
he had been examined by a specialist I was told that Jazz is going blind
so I have had to retire him from agility.
have complimented me over the years on the wonderful bond that could be
seen between myself and Jazz, he seemed to automatically know his way
around an agility course and would go the right way even when my
commands were sometimes incorrect! He has been a ‘once in a lifetime’
dog and I have been very lucky to have him as my amazing agility dog,
loving pet and companion.
Nominated by Jodie
I have had
the pleasure of training Carole Fiori at JAC's for about four years now.
She is always encouraging and takes new members under her wing and
supports them on their journeys, too. She is one of the nicest people,
always ready to laugh at her dogs' antics.
Buddy (Carole's Buddy Boy) is nearing retirement and is going into
Anysize. She continues to train and compete with Beau her youngster who
is super fast.
Nominated by Lesley WIlks
Catch a Dream
Lesley Wilks has nominated her gorgeous, little sable girl Catch a Dream
Lesley said, ‘Kat
is my soul mate, my special treasure. She has even managed to drag me up
to Grade 7. For the past two years, she has run Anysize. I retired her
from KC shows at Dog Vegas in September where she did her last run under
Carol Stanley, and actually won the class. We were all in tears.
As I help out at their shows, she did a couple of unaffiliated Bitz 'n
Bobz but now, age 13, she has run her last. The last Bitz show was also
quite emotional because she’d saved her paw money and bought a large bag
of biscuits so every dog competing there could have one.
Have a healthy retirement, Kat.
Nominated by Agilitynet
Jane Cameron was not active in 2018, she was a member of the Senior
Agility League from the start. She won a trophy for three successive
years with Borderstorm Lincoln Imp after which she retired from the
League. And that's why we have nominated her for the SAL Hall of Fame.
Due to ongoing health problems since the virus which struck 20 months
ago - the day after she lost her Kai - she has decided to retired
from Agility altogether this year.
She said, 'Despite encouragement, it is time to sadly admit my Agility
days are over. It was great meeting you all and I will continue to watch
you from afar. It was such fun while it lasted.'
Nominated by Agilitynet
Once again Jacky
Oriss and the amazing Oh Ted! have topped the Senior Agility League (again), winning
the Allsorts category with a stunning total of 4647 points. Ted is now 10 and
slowing down a bit, but he is still ran away with the 2017 Senior League.
'Ted is 10 now and I am sure going to miss
him when he is no longer around. You are right, He is a star. I had no idea
how much my lovely red pup would become such a friend to me, and we would
share so many many happy times together. He is a real a star and I am proud
of his achievements along with his 101 babies, grand and great-grand
Ted becomes our
first nominee for the newly created Senior Agility League Hall of Fame.
Nominated by Jenney Rothwell
second nominees are Jennifer Rothwell and her Bedlington X Poppet. This pairing
has often been in the places in the League and we would like to recognise their
Jenny said, 'With
me being 80 in August and Poppet 14 in May, we are both no longer 'spring
chickens, but I think agility is her favourite sport so we are continuing as
long as we can. No doubt she will let me know when she no longer wants to do
it. I think her weekly hydrotherapy swim keeps her fit and well. She is an
absolute sweet little lady that everyone loves.'
Both dogs have
received amazing (and enormous) rosettes marking their achievements.