Simply the best...
Jayne Bray’s poodle Portia received the All-Time Achievement for Services to Agility Award from the Poodle Breed Club of Great Britain on Saturday, 14 January 2012, aged 16 years and four months. She was the very first Poodle Agility Champion in the UK. At her prime, if she went clear in either Jumping or Agility, you just couldn’t get near her time. Jayne Bray received this award, on Portia's behalf, in recognition of her achievements during her amazing agility career.
Ag.Ch. Harvest Geld for Aprika was quite simply an amazing dog to work. To watch her in full flow was a treat to behold and not only that – she delivered and she delivered consistently on the big stage. She knew her job and nothing phased her as her list of achievements and major honours testify. This makes her one of agility's truly all time greats.
Lynne Land of the Poodle Breed Club of GB told us, 'It was a total honour to resent this lifetime agility award to Jayne and Portia. They so obviously fit the bill! I was very emotional all day, but it was perfect and I was so glad to be part of it.'
During Portia's agility career, we changed our style of working her three times to keep her competitive and at the very top of the sport as handling methods changed a lot during her time. Portia simply adapted every time and took it all in her stride. She had natural drive across the ground and very fast 'two feet on and two off' contacts. She had a phenomenal turn of speed.
Portia, an apricot Miniature Poodle, is now over 16 years old and is virtually deaf and blind but her nose still works! She and Jayne are still inseparable and provide much entertainment around the house where Portia always manages to be under your feet, tripping you over!
She retired at Crufts 2007 after finishing as Runner Up in the Final, having been gradually wound down from competition over the previous two years. In terms of winning major honours Portia was the first major agility winning dog of modern times.
As well as having had three litters and battling through three cancer operations during her agility career, she achieved the following honours:-
In addition to her own illustrious career, two of Portia's sons, two grandsons and a granddaughter have all achieving Advanced agility status. Mary Ann Nester's Daz represented Great Britain at the FCI World Agility Championships while both of Sharon Brewster's dogs -Darcy (son) and Ruby (granddaughter) - achieved Ag. Champion status. We are immensely proud of them all!
Jayne has been fighting cancer for the past five years which has severely restricted her competing at shows. However, she now has a young black Sirensong Miniature Poodle called Bling. Anyone who knows Jayne will know that all her dogs wear diamond collars so it was inevitable that one would be called Bling, Bling is due to compete in July and Jayne says 'Bling is my world so my goal is to make it to July so I can be the one to share her first run.
Jayne would also like to take this opportunity to thank Yvette Dumont and Angela Gadenne for trusting her to have one of their fabulous babies, and also everyone in Agility for their overwhelming help and support which is greatly appreciated and has been the difference between going to shows or not during this time.