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John Gilbert & Jackie Brett

Agility Judging in 1984
The Judge's Word Is Final This wonderful editorial comes from the Agility Voice archives in the days when the dogwalk was known as the cat-walk. Have things changed? Read it and see.

Brenda & Heidi at Crufts

Coming Back to Agility
In 1982, Brenda Johnston saw her first Agility competition at Crufts when Agility was in it's infancy and the jumps were all one height! She talked to a few people to get some information and was directed to Val Pollock (now Phillips) who told her that she and her friend Lindsey Parker would be starting an Agility club very soon at Warlingham Rugby Club. Brenda and her six year old Border Collie Heidi were amongst their first members. We hope you enjoy her trip down Memory Lane.

Enid Buckland-Evers & Lynn Shore

Fashion Circa 1985
What the best dressed agility handlers wore in the good old days. Sue Ashby did this delightful cartoon of Mr & Mrs Agility, a typical agility couple in the mid-1980s which appeared in the Agility Voice Newsletter (April 1985). What a far cry from the designer track suits, running shorts and trainers of today!
iSS - On the Road to Digital Agility
June Richardson was there in the early days when agility was a strange cross between fast-paced heelwork (it was all done on the left), working trials and show jumping. All breeds, sizes and abilities were mixed together. If your dog could jump 30inches (760mm) you could take part, and some of the smallest dogs did remarkably well. There were no PCs, mobile phones, sat nav nor the Internet. A stopwatch was the nearest we got to technology. Now look at it. June Richardson looks back at how agility came into the digital age.

Thoughts of a Judge
Roy Wilce was judge of the Crufts Team qualifier and the Mini Agility class at Severnside on 29th August 1992. While waiting for Chris to finish judging in another ring, there was plenty of time to reflect on the day's events. Here are a few of his thoughts shared for the benefit of competitors, potential judges and show managers alike.
Signing in at Watford Two Pads Good
As a means of maximising ring party efficiency, and in particular where there is a large class involved, the 'Two Pad System' was invented for scribes as a time saver. However, any system you care to invent or employ is absolutely no good if it is not explained precisely to the people who use it.
Electronic timing has already been used this year at quite a few shows around the UK. Altogether the Tarytimer system has been booked by more than 40 clubs for shows stretching from Longleat to Aberdeen and Pembroke. Developer Martin Pollard reports that the general handler reaction has been the best that can be hoped i.e. complete, seamless and immediate assimilation. It's as if it has always been there. Time and time again... and again... and again.


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