Remembering agility friends who have passed away...
Died 24th March 2019
Resilient, determined, inspirational. Just a
few of many many adjectives to describe Ann Hennessy, an incredible lady who
since 2017 had been battling with lung cancer which had tragically spread over
the course of two years despite intense treatment to her brain and spine. Ann
never, never let it get to her.
Attending weekly training classes and
continuing to compete until she could no longer walk, Ann is a perfect example
of facing fear head on and smashing straight through it without thinking twice.
Ann was so caring and loving, so happy and so friendly to everyone and anyone
who would pass by and say hello. She was that wise lady who's advice youíd
always trust, always so honest.
It is a great tragedy that Ann passed away on
Sunday, 24th March at Princess Alice Hospice with all her family present. Her
presence at shows for so many was a welcome sight and her humour will be sorely
missed, but she is leaving a legacy that will never be forgotten. Ann is the
motivation behind past and present charity events and the reason a charity has
been set up, and her love for the colour green will be a constant reminder to us
all of how very special a lady she was.
RIP Ann Hennessy.
The funeral will be on Tuesday, April 16th at
12pm at St. Anneís Church in Banstead (4 Brighton Road, Banstead, Surrey SM7
1BS). This will be followed by a reception to celebrate her life. Instead of
getting flowers. Ann for her, mum had requested that people donate money
to onr of two charities -
Alice Hospice or
Finally she also asked that people wear a bit of colour on the day, preferably
green which was her favourite colour
27th March 1941 - 21st January 2019
This week we said good bye to Bobby Rowlands,
a lover of dogs and another member of the early agility community. She was known
around the agility circuit as a competitor, judge and for a number of years, she
worked hard as Secretary of The Agility Club.
funeral, Val Philipps said, ' I had the pleasure of knowing Bobby for many
years and, of course, she had three wonderful Valgrays dogs. We go back many
years, training in in my field. I remember the car getting stuck in the mud
with her saying, 'Val, push. It will come out.' and then mud slinging
I will treasure my
memories of the years we spent together around the shows and training... RIP
my dear friend.'
Died 28th January 2019
Terry Polley, one of the loveliest of men,
lost his battle against cancer. He was Alan Gardner's step dad, Jackie Gardner's
father-in-law and an agility competitor for over 30 years.
He was only taken ill just before Christmas,
never really having been ill before, only to be diagnosed with cancer.
We got to spend time chatting with Terry at
the weekend at the hospice.
Jackie said, 'It was
rather a shock, as we'd spent the weekend at the hospice with him and he was
doing so well. Chatting and eating. We took Pixie to see him. He was so
happy to see her. To get the news yesterday morning that he'd died was very
unexpected, although we did know he didn't have a lot of time. Cancer seems
to always win in the end.
We will post details of the funeral
arrangements when they are available.
Rest in peace lovely man.
Terry's funeral will be at 11.20am on Monday,
25th February at the South Chapel at the South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Road,
Upminster RM14 2UY. Afterwards at the Huntsman & Hounds. Please pass on to
Died 1st November 2018
Arnold Moore adored his agility and his
agility friends. He passed away on 1st November.
The funeral will be at Barham Crematorium at
2pm on Friday, 30th November with the wake at Deal Town FC afterwards. All are
welcome to come and celebrate his life with the family.
Sue Harvey R.I.P.
A great loss to the
agility community after a sudden illness, Sue Harvey was an avid competitor and
very well known handler on the Northern and Scottish agility circuits.
She was born in the
Lincoln area and her love of horses and her work as a groom saw her move to the
North to work at Hall Barns Farm where she met her partner Jimmy Liddle. She
then became a Head Groom and moved to a Hunt yard at Chesters, near her home at
It was after a severe
riding accident that Sue turned from horses to her other love - dogs - which led
to her training and competing in Agility.
The huge turnout for her
service almost overwhelmed her family who were so pleased to see so many people
from the agility community attend to show how much Sue was loved by this second
A very heartfelt eulogy
was read by her very good friend Kathy Harris who remembers Sueís support and
kindness when she was ill herself and had to undergo chemotherapy. Sue would sit
with Kathy when she was feeling at her lowest. She took Kathyís dog to agility
training and ran her at competitions for her, a kindness never to be forgotten.
Much ice-cream bought at shows as a small repayment.
The usual collection was
taken with more than the usual coins and shrapnel collected as sometimes seen on
these occasions. The collection saw the huge amount of over £900 raised which
will to go the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. More memories were to
follow and Katie Arnold who ran as a member of the Great Britain Juniors Team
has set up a just giving fund in the hope to raise even more money for the
charity and to be donated in Sueís name.
The following words have
been written by Katie Arnold...
Trusting someone else to
run your dog isn't for everyone, but I was lucky enough for Sue to let me run
Thames. We achieved so much together - all thanks to Sue's training and advice.
I remember phoning Sue
to let her know we had made it on to the GB Team, a phone call I will never
forget. We leapt into action in preparation for our trip to Slovakia; countless
visits for training, walks, and just to spend some time with her and the dogs.
The bond I have with Thames is beautiful, but nothing in comparison to that of
his owner. Sue was dedicated to her dogs and they were to her. Standing on the
podium in Slovakia is my proudest moment, seeing Sue's face beaming back at me -
it was her medal just as much as mine. I am eternally grateful for the
opportunities she gave to me, she opened so many doors, that I just wouldn't
have managed on my own. I cannot thank her enough for everything she did.
These words can never
convey how much Sue will be missed as we all continue to enjoy our agility
I know many people were
unable to travel to the service and have made many posts on all the agility
pages on Facebook to share their sentiments.
To everyone who wishes
to remember Sueís name even further, please look out for the
Just Giving page Kateís Story and take the time to make a donation.
This is to let you all
know that Paul Payton lost his short fight with cancer on 10th August. He leaves
behind Kay, their boys and wider family.
Paul was a huge part of
Chippenahm Agility Club. Many of you may know him through his various judging
appointments over the years, or helping out at various shows in other ways.
Always on hand to support people, a true gentleman, always going the extra
distance to help everyone. He will be truly missed.
Paulís funeral will be Thursday
30th August, 1:45 at Semington Crematorium, BA14 6HL. Afterwards people are
invited to join the family at Trowbridge Rugby club.Paul requested NO black
(wear your favourite colour).
Family flowers only, but
if anyone would like to make a donation then this will go to the West Wilts
Child Contact Centre which is a small local charity that Paul had supported and
been involved with since it started some 20+ years ago. Donations can be cash
or cheque, and these will be collected at the funeral. If you want to write a
cheque, please make it payable to West Wilts Child Contact Centre.
If you are wanting to
come to the funeral or the gathering after, please can you let me know (Nicky
by Thursday 23rd please.
Iím sure you will all
join with me in offering Kay and family continued support at this difficult
Died 19th June 2018
Ken Stephens sadly
passed away on 19th June 2018, surrounded by family.
The first time Ken took
his wife Ann to agility, she remembers that she was wearing a long white coat.
It was a damp field and lunch was a burger from a shed. Ann knew there and then
that life would never be the same.
Ken loved the
camaraderie of the agility world and loved camping at shows. He had a GSD called
Max at the time and paid 75p per class to compete. They were part of the German
Shepherd Devon Dog Club display team. The team would meet at Marsh Mills at a
set time. They would then all pile into a white transit van 'in mass' -
people and up to eight dogs. If you were late, you were left behind and lost
those days, all dogs worked on the left. There was no such thing as a 'wait' -
just walk away. In the beginning GSDs were taking the top places and then the
Collies came along. Ken got his first Collie Gyp and was competing with a local
club. He could train all breeds of dog to do the equipment, but Gyp had a will
of his own. He would do half the course, then stop and have a look around. When
Ken got a black Bichon Xs called Seiko and started to work with her, Ann took on
Gyp with Ken teaching her agility. Little did he know at the time that his wife
would start to win with Gyp. Ken took many a ribbing from his friends.
When he stopped agility
and retired from Plymouth Market, he started to train dogs on a 1-2-1 basis. In
addition, he was a long time member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and
very proud of that. This worked for him and he quickly became known as the 'Dog
Trainer of Wembury.' He had an uncanny feel with dogs and there are many stories
of how dogs would rush over to Ken, leaving their owners trailing behind them.
As Ken introduced more people to agility, he would go along to shows and meet
up with folks from way back. He loved these days out and loved seeing the
changes in agility.
Ken spent many a weekend
judging dog shows for local charities and always loved the Scruffs event at
Gables. The shows were always hard for him to judge as so many of the dogs knew
Ken and Ann holidayed in
Goa for over 12 years where Ken soon got involved helping out with street dogs.
The stories he told would break your heart. In helping the local vets, he saw
some horrendous things, but he came back dirty and tired but satisfied. He
organised sponsored walks on Dartmoor and raised over £10,000 for these dogs.
We have lost a person in
this world who will leave a gap to both people and dogs.
Ken's funeral will take
place at Efford Crematorum, Plymouth on Wednesday, 4th July at 10:45. The family
requests that you wear summer colours. Family flowers only with a retiring
collection or donations to Gables Cats & Dog home.
Died 27th May 2018
Brightling sadly passed away on 27th May 2
She died peacefully in St. Michael's Hospice. She was such a lov
person and has been taken far too soon
started Agility ten years ago with her little dog Ollie, the Jack Russell who
took her up through the grades. Then came along Hattie, a Collie x Kelpie who
was also a very successful Agility dog and more recently Fig, another little
rescue dog who has just started her Agility career,
will be greatly missed by all her friends and family. Our thoughts are with
David and the family at this very sad time.
From Alex Blackmore
and I trained together at Leah's and I always thought that she was a Beginner,
not that she also had a Grade 6 woof. I always took the mike out of Jenny as she
didn't care if her caravan was straight in the pitch when camping.
a down to earth and nice person. It's a shame that cancer always seems to take
the nice people.
that she's chilling and relaxing now. Miss you 'Secret Grade 6 Handler.'
Died 22 May 2018
Garstang was tragically killed in an RTA on 22nd May. He leaves behind his wife
Lynnette and an eight year old son Lewis.
one of our own.
He was a
big part of Agility.
helped at numerous shows, ring managed and helped with setting up, too.
According to Jacqui Wood 'This guy would do anything for anybody.'
Ace Agility has set up a
page to assist Lynnette and Lewis at this awful time.
have lost a dad, husband and soulmate and, at Ace Agility, they have lost a true
From Rosemary and Ian
I were saddened and shocked to hear the sad news that Steve Garstang has been
killed in a road traffic accident two days ago.
with Lynette and Lewis, he was always there at our Summer Open Agility show and
he ran the Finals ring for the past few years and did an absolutely amazing job.
always had a smile on his face and his sense of humour was unique. Nothing was
too much trouble in making sure that the ring was managed efficiently and he put
our Finalists at ease when queueing to ring.
will be hugely missed not only in the Agility world, but by all his family and
news is so hard to accept and our sympathy and condolences are sent to Lynette,
Lewis and their family."
quite believe I'm writing this but as some of you know, my Mum, Pam Ellwood, was
diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer back in January. Today, she lost her
battle. The only saving grace we really have is that throughout it all, she
wasn't ever in too much pain.
who has ever met my Mum or been to Lune Valley show will know how very
determined she was. Her determination was always driven by the strongest desire
to make sure that people were happy and had a good time, whether that be for the
time she spent as the secretary at my sisters' high school, as Club and Show
Secretary at Lune Valley or just being a great Mum. The amount of effort she put
into the things she did, particularly the Lune Valley shows, cannot be
underestimated. I saw it first hand year in, year out and I know so many of you
appreciated her and the work she did for the benefit of the agility community.
She didn't even run a dog these last few years, partly because I kept stealing
them, but she wanted to stay a part of the community.
like this post isn't really doing her justice to those that don't know her but
to those that do, you will have your own thoughts about her and I'm sorry to be
sharing such dreadful news. I know she's shared many an opinion on topics on
Agilitynet - and the Agility forum before that - which may well have irked some
of you. But this most likely irked people that didn't really know her. Above
everything, she believed in fairness and whenever she felt fairness was at risk,
she would say so. Whether you agreed or disagreed with her, no one can question
her motives, as they were always in the interest of fairness and equality. She
was the epitome of selflessness and we could all learn to be a bit more like her
in that respect.
can be such a great community and has been for the 20ish years my Mum and I have
been involved. So thank you to all who have been a part of that for her (and me,
but this is more about her) and really given her so many good years and friends
along the way. Be kind to each other everyone and remember that we are not here
for very long. Make the most of the life we have and try to be as fair and
selfless as you can. I know I will.
will be sure to share details of the funeral when arrangements have been made
for anyone who would like to attend.
Because so many of you are such wonderful people, I'm sure many of you want to
send messages of condolences. Of course that will be fine but I'm sorry if I
don't reply to you all. It won't be anything personal, just a little hard to
take at the moment.
you to everyone who has taken the time to 'react' or comment on my post from
last night. I've read every single comment and message and passed on many of
these to our family. It's been both overwhelming and comforting to see how many
people were positively affected by Mum's life.
promised, here are some details for the funeral. If you think you will be able
to make, please could you 'like/react to/comment on' the post to let us know.
It'll just help us with the amount of food to order. So, details are as
funeral will take place at 14:00 on Friday 20 April at Beetham Hall Crematorium,
Beetham Hall, Beetham, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7BQ. It is between the villages
of Beetham and Hale just off the A6 (Turn at Beetham Hall signs on the A6 and
then follow signs for crematorium).
will be a wake afterwards at Burton Memorial Hall, Main Street, Burton, Cumbria
LA6 1NA with some food, tea/coffee and possibly a quiz!
not expecting anyone to offer anything but we know many want to. Rather than
flowers we would appreciate a donation to St. Johnís Hospice North Lancashire
and South Lakes who looked after Mum so well in her final hours. There will be a
donation box at the Crematorium but again, no pressure.
share this post or the details as much as you like. It would be great to see as
many of you there as are able but we understand it won't be possible for all.
say, just let us know of you can.
Longley passed away on Saturday night. He always put a lot back into agility
with ring managing, general ring party and judging. He also competed for many
funeral will be Friday, 11th May at 12.15pm at the Margate Crematorium. The
family has requested no flowers - only donations to The Dogs Trust, Please do
not to wear black. Afterwards, there will be a wake at the Crown Eythorne (CT15
Can I just say how saddened I was to receive the news of the passing of Andy
early yesterday morning.
met Andy way back in '93 when I started Agility with Swalecliffe. Andy was one
of the trainers there along with Bob Humfreys. Since then the three of us
remained good friends.
could not wish for a better guy to belong to an agility club. Andy was always
there to help everyone, could be relied on to make important decisions when
needed, was always polite, could be serious and also liked a joke.
his enthusiasm to the agility shows. If he was not a ring manager, he was always
to be seen about helping in the rings.
he was like me a bit regarding running a dog. It did not really matter as long
as you could have a laugh at yourself and not take it all too seriously.
packed up agility and moved to France, I would come over and attend certain
shows just to pick up dog portraits. Andy and Bob were always the first guys I
would look out for to have a chat with and catch up on things. Andy helped me
out several times by delivering some of my dog portraits as he attended a lot of
the shows and everyone knew him.
near him back in England and, if I drove past his house, I would always have a
look in to see if he was in. I will find it every difficult to drive past his
house now when I go back. It would not be the same. I know I am not the only
one. He will be sadly missed.
(Lori) Clifford died on Friday, 1st December from pancreatic cancer, aged 81.
She passed away peacefully following a final week of rapid declined. Before
this, however, she had continued to engage with life fully, and she had enjoyed
a spring and summer of agility with her St. Poodle Sadie.
first dog was, in fact, a Miniature Poodle called Suki who joined her when she
was a young lady. She held a deep love for the breed. Once her children had
flown the nest, Lori quickly took the opportunity to replace them with St.
Poodles and generally had to or three at anyone time.
She joined Sherborne Vale DTC
with her first brown St. Poodle, Sophie. She began with Obedience but quickly
fell under the spell of Agility.
Over a period of 30 years,
she became an integral part of the club, eventually becoming Club Secretary. She
took classes herself, enjoying teaching the foundation agility classes and
encouraging new members to give it a go.
Alongside fellow members, she
helped the Club to grow and develop it's own agility show, starting at the
beautiful but somewhat challenging setting of Aldon - with it's notorious
cowpats - and then moving to the flatter and easier venue at Ilchester where the
club will hold its annual show again this year.
Lori enjoyed competition,
perhaps gaining most success with her Poodle Ruth, a loveable rogue. She
collected many rosettes and plastered them across a number notice boards at her
Lori told one of her children
that it was Agility and the Club that kept her going during the difficult days
of diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and the effects of the illness. She told him
that when she was going Agility that she forgot all of this, focusing only on
the dogs and people. It was a welcome respite and lots of fun.
She kept going right up tot
he end, training Sadie who is emerging as possibly her best agility dog yet.
When it became difficult for her to leave the house, she had her husband set up
the jumps in the garden and pottered around them.
We the Club and Lori's family
would like to thank all those in the Agility and Obedience world who knew Lori,
worked and played with her, shared and admired rosettes and walked courses
Lori remains in our heats and
minds, and we know her inspiration lives on in those who have known here.
with great sadness that I inform you that after a long and bravely fought battle
with cancer our dear long serving Club and Show Secretary Lori Clifford has
Paul Bingham was diagnosed
with melanoma in February 2017. We always seemed to be two steps behind this
terrible disease. We knew there was no cure but we tried to stay positive.
Paul had a groin dissection
and radiotherapy but the melanoma spread which meant he was in and out of
hospital throughout 2017. In December he was told it had spread to his spine. He fought it but it was not to be, and Paul passed away on 22.1.2018.
He was one of the gents of
we said goodbye to another gentleman of Agility in Paul
He always had a good word for everyone whether competing or judgeing. I really
nice guy who I will always remember as a good friend.
We want something positive to
come from our loss, and want to support Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in the work
and care they provide. We are grateful to all staff who are dedicated and very
caring to all.
We have set up a
Just giving page in his memory.
Paul's funeral took place on
the 14th February and was attended by close family, agility friends and work
colleagues who all loved and respected him greatly.
With grateful thanks
Joanne & Siobhan Bingham
It is with the heaviest of
hearts that we have to inform you that Neville Watson passed away peacefully in
his sleep Monday, 15th January.
Nev competed many years ago,
but he was well known in the agility community. He used to say that all
you need to run a dog is two commands 1) Come here and 2) Go there.
He was a lovely guy - a true
His funeral service will be
held at The Parish Church of All Saints, 1921 Main Rd, Elm, Wisbech PE14 0AF on
Friday, 2nd February at 11am
very poorly two weeks ago and has been fighting for her life since then. She was on
life support, but sadly passed away at 1:15am from heart failure.
a kind and funny woman who even when in hospital had not lost her sense of
agility world has lost yet another legend.
It is very sad news that Dave Andreassen has died.
Our love goes out to all who knew him.
funeral will be held at St Helens crematorium, Rainford Road. St. Helens which is just off
the A580 (East Lancashire Road) WA10 6DF on Tuesday, the 19th December at
11.30am. Please no flowers. If anyone would like to make a donation In Dave's
memory, the please contribute to a dog charity of your choice.
Afterwards, all wishing to join us to remember Dave will be very welcome at
Eccleston Park Golf Club, Rainhill Road, Rainhill, St. Helens, L35 4PG.
Died 13 November 2017
this difficult to write is an understatement. Sadly my sole mate for over 30
years lost his fight to live earlier this evening. No longer does he have to
suffer the pain he was enduring the last few days. RIP Mr John Gilbert. With
endless love from your family two and four legged.
funeral will be on Monday, 4th December at The Vale Crematorium, Luton, Beds.
LU2 8DD at 3pm. Flowers from family only. If you wish to make a donation in
remembrance of John, there will be collection after the Service for Aspire
(Supporting People with Spinal Injuries) or follow the
Following the Service you are invited for refreshments at Putteridge Bury, LU2
8LE. If you are thinking of coming please pm me so we have an idea for catering.
contribution John made to agility is immeasurable, right from the start of
agility when there were no official rules and a group of us formed The Agility
Club with the 'pound in a bucket.' John was first in the queue when it came to
writing the voluntary rules that would be in use for the first few years until
the Kennel Club recognised agility officially.
excelled in wording rules, proof reading them and being able to see through
rules and pick up where they could be misinterpreted by accident or intention.
In my time as Chairman of the Agility Council, John's contribution was
both in the meetings and to me personally. This continued when he joined
the Activities Sub-Committee which was the next level up. His contribution to
the sport whilst active in The Kennel Club was first class. For John, membership
of Committee was not about self-promotion. It was about improvement of Agility.
In fact, that was Johns outlook in all his voluntary work in Agility.
When I took over as Manager of the Olympia Agility Stakes finals in 1990, I
knew who I wanted as my right hand man - it was John. I certainly could not have
made the necessary, radical changes at Olympia over the following years without
him. The added bonus was that Jackie came along him. Her input and diplomacy was
very welcome> She was also a key member of the team. It was sad day for me when
John decided he would retire from Olympia.
When agility took off at Crufts, they obviously needed an expert. John was
there again, officially as the Ring Party Manager, but unofficially also taking
charge of the presentations, organising the collecting ring and overseeing the
Crufts can be a stressful event for competitors but John was always there
to put competitors at ease. He made my role as a commentator so much easier as I
knew John would ensure that everything would run like clockwork. He organised me
as well. It was not unusual for John to whisper in my ear whilst I was
commentating with one of his two pet instructions 'Get a move on - we are
running late' or 'slow down - we are running early.' However slick we think the
management of the Agility events in the main ring at Crufts is now its only
because John put all the groundwork in over the years.
In 1996 the Kennel Club decided that they needed to have a flagship event
in London due to Crufts being relocated to the NEC, The new event would called
Discover Dogs and it's home would be Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
I was appointed commentator and, of course, the Kennel Club knew that they
needed the best people in the Main Arena to ensure its success John and Jackie
were asked if they would take on the ring management. 21 years later I can look
back and see how it grew in the number of agility events and how successful it
has been and the outstanding contribution that John made to that success.
John, of course, was also in demand as a judge and had an excellent
reputation for both his courses and judging skills. He also 'had a thing' about
judges being dressed properly and he led by example, always in a suit and with a
hat on if outside. This
was not only for judging whenever John had an official position at an
event, he always looked like he was attending a business meeting.
From the very beginning, he took the view that if you want people to take
agility seriously it starts with the officials dressing in a manner that sends
the message to the audience that it is a professional sport. When I worked with
him, I certainly I had to ensure I was well turned out as well!
Although John had always been very generous with his appreciation of other
competitors' achievements, we must not forget an important fact and that is that
John is the longest competing agility competitor in the UK and probably the
world, he qualified for the Olympia finals in 1979 with his lovely GSD Becky and
has still been competing in 2017 with his lovely Beardie Buffy who without this
terrible tragedy after his operation without doubt would still been competing in
John, it is so sad you have left us so early. I can look back over the last
38 years at the outstanding contribution you made to the success of agility as a
worldwide sport, and it has been entirely selfless. You have done so much
because you just loved agility. Agility is a poorer place without you.
Agility lost another legend yesterday when John Gilbert passed away, having
fought ill health for a long time.
simply, agility wouldnít be what it is today without him.
started competing in 1978, and only ill health stopped him. He has had
significant involvement in developing agility in the UK and abroad, He trained
people for many years and ran his own club with his wife Jackie. He judged to
ticket level here and around the world. He was involved in the ALC and the
Agility Club, and was editor of The Agility Voice for many years. Team
GB, Heelwork to Music . His contribution to our hobby is huge.
thoughts go to his Jackie and his family, who are understandably devastated.
Rainbow Bridge Agility Club just gained a legend.
John - Always cheerful Always smiling Always the same.
known John since the early 80 s when I was a new kid on the block and he was an
Agility God- yet he always had time for everyone. I was in awe of him.
smart chap judging with the smart suit. For years I thought he worked for a
gentlemanís outfitters! Then his white hat and pale trousers. I thought he
was a cricket umpire!
of the first BAGSD Hemel Hempstead shows when he and Peter Lewis decided to
start an Agility magazine aka The Agility Voice and all those in favour put
£1 in a bucket later to be The Agility Club
of the main instigators in taking agility across the water, teaching agility
and the first judges seminars
Hosting audiences with Mary Ray and the start of HTM .
Sitting on Neville Watson s knee pretending to be a ventriloquist dummy at
The Rugby Agility Show entertainment was.
Escorting competitors into the ring at Olympia and Crufts with a little
'good luck tap' on the arm.
most of all, sitting alongside John at many KC Council meetings when on
occasions we were told off for 'talking in class' by The Chairman (whoops).
His wit was second to none and his uptake on rule interpretation was spot
tribute page was posted on Facebook last year following John's retirement. I
feared the worst - as many did) -I bet that made him chuckle but so glad
he was able to read them all.
for real. Yes, I m sad but feel so privileged to have shared so many memories
with him. Thank you.
RIP dear John Gilbert. He will be very sadly missed. When I started agility
25 years ago with my Standard Poodles John was a regular trainer on the Poodle
training days. Always complimentary and encouraging, and always smiling.
got my Disney he told me how much he liked him and said that heíd go far - and
most certainly he did.
always had time to stop and chat at shows and ask how things were going with
both Disney and my future dogs , and I shall miss that.
judge he was always impeccably dressed no matter what the occasion. He was one
of a kind a true gent. My condolences to Jackie and
all his family.
Today I found out that my agility trainer passed away. What is so special is
this man was there at the inception of agility at Crufts 1978.
haven't been doing agility as long as others, only starting in my late 30s. I
wasn't lucky enough to experience the good old days, or to have competed at
prestigious events in the agility calendar. But directly and indirectly, this
man has influenced my agility career.
hardly knew John Gilbert and asked for his help with my large Springer Spaniel
Jerry who had suddenly lost confidence and took every jump on a course out. When
people said I was mean and cruel, or suggested I retired him at the age of four.
John said, 'No problem. I can help.' He gave me and my trainer valuable advice
and helped to get my boy back to running full height Large, loving the sport
again with enthusiasm and passion. Who acknowledged that Jerry wasn't bad for a
Springer Spaniel and was there when Jerry won jumping in CG4-5 - amazing
especially against all those collies. Who helped me with my crazy collie Neo, my
naughty Pip and saw her go from Grade 4 to 6. And my little Chilli dog who
attended Obedience and his first proper classes at John's.
banter, mickey taking during class, never mean always just for a laugh! The
surprise on his face when I rushed up to him at Keston show in 2016 and gave him
a big hug for helping my crazy collie win Jumping a few days before! I have only
been judging a few years, but it was such an honour to be asked to judge at our
club show and for John to compliment me on my courses.
bitter sweet thatin 2018 Jerry will semi-retire knowing we have had a
fabulous time and got to Grade 5 with top five placings under our belt and that
wouldn't of happened without John's guidance and help. I would of so loved for
John to have seen Chilli win this year (He came close). So thank you John
Gilbert and rest in peace and to you Jackie Brett and your family, I know you
have some tough days, weeks and months ahead but you can see from the out
pouring on social media that John was truly loved and respected. I hope that
will be some comfort over the next few months. Be kind to yourself and remember
the good times.
So sad to wake up this morning and read the news of John Gilbertís passing.
If ever there was a man that shaped our hobby and gave us the fun we have today,
then it was John.
remember disliking his courses when he judged. Why? Because he challenged you so
much. But the sense of victory when you nailed one, huge. It was something we
laughed about in my early agility days.
never walked passed you at show. He always had a smile, often a hug, for you.
comforting and encouraging face to see at the start of any Olympia or Crufts.
you for the legacy you have left behind.
Died 8 November 2017
It is with great sadness that I would like
to inform friends that Joan Gardiner passed away Wednesday, 8th November
competed in agility for many years, starting with her GSD Blue along with her
late husband Keith and his Collie X Freddie. They both helped with running The
Summer Show for many years.
funeral will be on Thursday, 7th December at 2.15pm at Ipswich Cemetery.
Died 6 October 2017
with broken heart that I need to tell friends of Jacqui Tucker that she passed
away on Friday, 6th October, 2017 after a short but devastating illness.
was the most amazing, creative, friendly, happy and lovely person you could wish
to meet. She could brighten up anyone's day and it was my pleasure to have known
had several dogs over the years competing in obedience, agility, working trials
all with great success.
thoughts and sincere sympathies are with her daughter Emma and all those who
was one of a kind and I will never have the luck to meet such a person like her
again in my lifetime.
Goodnight Jacqui. I hope you know how many people loved you.
will post funeral details when I know them. Her dogs have already been safely
23 November 1940 - 6 September 2017
Lis Spreadbury died at 1.30 on the morning of 6th September, having put up a
really good fight to beat that dreadful cancer invading her body. The treatment
was too hard on her body and gradually it shut all her vital organs down over
the last few days. Her husband Ian, niece Tabbi and second youngest sister Wendy
were there to the end.
His sister-in-law said that Ian is, of course, devastated and will need the
support of the agility community now.
The one thing that comes across from comments on Facebook is how everyone
remembers Liz's smile. This is what will remember too as she smiled through her
days in hospital and the nursing home. The nursing staff all commented on that
smile and she was still smiling on her last day!
funeral arrangements yet but Ian is thinking the service will be at
Easthampstead Crematorium but nothing has yet been discussed with any official.
Watch this space for details.
Ian Spreadbury's address is c/o Perry Bridge Farm, Wokingham Rd. Sandhurst, GU47
RIP Liz xxx
Wendy (second youngest sister)
From Lynn Frances Cook...
Liz's funeral will be on 16th October at the East Hampstead Park Crematorium
(REG40 3DW) at 2,15. No flowers but donations to PAT dogs (as Ollie is good at
that) or Agility Against Cancer please.
Afterwards at Sean Deveraux
Park Bistro (19 GU46 7SZ.)
Ian does not want people in
black. Bright colours please to celebrate her life and energy. If you are
thinking of going, could you please let Ian know so he has a rough idea for
is with incredible sadness that I have to tell you that our amazing Sarah passed
away on the afternoon of 4th September.
Many of you will be aware that she has been battling cancer since earlier this
year but, despite her immense courage and bravery, our beautiful Sister has been
taken from us.
With the amazing help of so many friends, family and carers we were able to keep
her wish that she could stay at home, surrounded by her beloved Stig, Lilli &
Kiss and her sisters Liz and Kate. Now free from pain, she has taken her last
journey to find the love of her life, the Big Man Leigh and that is some
Sarah was such a beautiful person, both inside and out, so we know that a huge
number of family, friends and Agility family will miss her as much as we will.
will let you know funeral arrangements as soon as we can, but it would be a
great comfort to the family if you could take the time to post your favourite
photo of you and Sarah so we can remember what she meant to all of us.
RIP sis-in-law... until we meet again.
funeral will be held on Friday, 22 September at St Richard's Chapel, Sussex &
Surrey Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley RH10 3NQ. Start time is 2.15 pm.
added such colour to life and was a great competitor with horses and& dogs so
the family invite you to wear a rosette in her honour to the celebration of her
life. Don't worry if you can't as you will all still be welcome.
flowers only please but donations to St. Catherine's Hospice, Crawley would be
most welcome. Funded by donations it provided welcome help to Sarah recently and
she was a great supporter of it after they gave Leigh dignity in his final days,
It is great
sadness and shock that we announce that Gary Bye passed away on Sunday 3
Gary has been
at the heart of our show office for the last seven years and helped us with so
many different things during that time.
go to his wife Lyn, step son Ryan and all Gary's family.
He will be
missed hugely by all in the CSA team.
Luke & Graham Taylor
behalf of Craig Emery - and with his permission - it is with deep sadness that I
have to tell you that Catherine Emery passed away last night at 10.25pm with her
husband and her family beside her. She was the most amazing, strongest, bravest
person and she fought to the very end.
would ask that you give Craig and her family time to grieve for their loss. An
announcement will be made re funeral etc. when known.
The agility world will be a sadder place without her. Goodnight, my bestie.
is with great sadness that we announce that Tony Edwards passed away peacefully
on Thursday 6th April.
will be greatly missed by the agility fraternity.
The funeral is to be held at Guildford Crematorium on Wednesday, 19th April at
11.15 am. Followed by a garden celebration of Tony's life at Stonehousewood (RH5
5PL) Family flowers only all donations to St. Catherine's amazing hospice in
world became a sadder place yesterday. Sam McCracken was called home.
Best Man at our wedding and he really was the best man. He was the best friend
anyone could ask for.
achieved so much in his doggy career. I first met him in 1979 when I joined
Lisburn & District Dog Club and we've been friends ever since.
part of an elite group who have qualified dogs for both Champ Obedience and
Champ agility. He also was part of the Northern Ireland Obedience team who won
the Obedience World Cup in 2010. Sam also won Irish Dog of the year which
qualified him for Olympia. Sam has also had an illustrious judging career
judging at the KC Festival, too.
more personal note: Sam has been my right hand man for all those years and a
more dependable friend you could never meet. I will miss him more than any words
can express. I'm proud that I could call him a friend. Sam left the life the way
he lived it - no fuss and peacefully.
really were the BEST MAN and I miss you already.
passed away on 8th January and is now pain free. He always had a smile on his
face and you always new a conversation would end in laughter. He will be missed.
those who wish to attend his funeral, it will be held on Friday, 10th February
at 12.00pm at the Medway Crematorium (Bluebell Hill), Robin Hood Lane, Chatham,
ME5 9QU. The wake will then be held at The Gamecock Pub, London Road, West
Kingsdown, Kent TN15 6EL.
Christine and Lynn want to celebrate his life and would love to see people
wearing bright colours on the day. Black is not necessary. Also, flowers will be
from family only. There will, however, there will be an opportunity for donate
to the Ellenor Hospice. If you wish to attend, please could you let them know
just so they can work out catering.
Yvonne Goode lost her battle with cancer, and passed away peacefully in
her sleep at 1.35am on 17th December. It's a very sad day for our
The agility community has lost a brave and inspirational
have known Audrey and her husband Reg Rogers for over 30 years from when we went
to one our first Agility shows - the Rugby show at Olney Prison in 1986. We
borrowed a tent so that we could compete over the weekend, but it rained
constantly from the time we arrived on the Friday throughout the weekend. We got
chatting to Audrey and Reg and they could clearly see that our first camping
experience was dreadful so they invited us into their cosy warm caravan for a
cup of tea and a warm up. From then on we became firm friends.
agility shows under the name of Watford Agility Club and we would help them out
in any way we could and vice versa. Reg would judge for us and Audrey would
come along and scribe at the show or do any other job that was required, always
with a happy smile on her face.
met up with them each year when we went to Jersey where there was one venue -
a farmerís field - where we would have to clear the cow pats so that we could
compete in the ring. Audrey had her run and the next thing we saw was that she
had stepped into a cow pat, but Audrey being Audrey, just laughed it off.
was always very happy and helpful and she will be so sadly missed in the Agility
world and by her family and extensive friends that both she and Reg made over
funeral will be held on Friday, 9th December at 3 pm at West Herts Crematorium,
Garston. Audrey wanted casual clothing and no black clothes and no flowers.
Post funeral get together will be at Bushey Cricket Club, Eastbury Road, Watford
Rosemary & Ian Stowers
just heard of the very sad passing of Ruth Mackintosh, a wonderful lady who will
be sadly missed by all the agility community.
the chance to chat with Ruth via Messenger awhile back and - as you do - I said
to her if there was anything I could do to let me know. The one thing she
specifically said was that she knew she was not well enough to travel to
Gleniffer, SKC and Prestwick Agility shows and she said she had hoped to come
along to see her many friends and say goodbye as she knew how ill she was. So. I
am passing this message from Ruth. Goodbye to her many friend that she has met
through her and Kevin's love of the dogs. She is sorry she never got to say it
those that would like to attend Ruth Mackintosh's funeral, it will be on
Tuesday 8th November at 1pm in Inverurie.
respect family's wishes of family flowers only.
Photo: Linda Gore
Flower fought hard her battle against stomach cancer but sadly passed away on
Monday morning, 18th July. Pink Flower Sunday on Sunday, 24th will be occurring
around the shows and afar to remember the beautiful Tracy that we loved as our
let's show our love by wearing something ink and standing together to applaud
Tracy's wonderful life and the strength she showed in battling this cruel
a champion of so many people's hearts.
behalf of all the agility community, we would like to thank Nick Cirket for
taking this opportunity to raise money to help Macmillan Cancer Support - via a
page - as per Tracy's wish. The agility press look forward to attending the
handover of the cheque of the final funds raised to Macmillan Cancer. In loving
memory for our dear friend Miss Tracy Flower.
Helen Murphy on behalf of Nick Cirket
Tracy Flower's funeral will be on 3rd August at 2pm at St. Albans Woodland
Burial Trust, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford MK44 2JP. Family flowers only.
Donations to the
Just Giving site please. Attire is bright colours especially PINK. The site
is set in 60 acres of woodland and the ceremony will be held outside. Dogs are
welcome but please, please respect the area.
funeral will be followed by a reception in the equestrian centre which situated
at the entrance to the Woodland Site. All are very welcome.
Died 5 June 2016
those people that don't know, last Sunday a very special lady passed away. Hazel
Williams was one of the most happy, laid back ladies I've ever had the pleasure
of meeting and training with. She was devoted not only her family but also her
We will be
a glass at Oswestry/High Lane agility show also friends far as are friends - far
and wide - who cannot be here are doing the same and on Sunday we will be
holding a minutes silence in her honour.
who didn't know Hazel, she was often referred to her as the 'lady with the
purple hair.' So drink in hand, purple hair clipped in, we raise to you Hazel.
We miss you.
Lisa Jones on FB
Died 27 May 2016
very sad to say that Terry passed away peacefully last night. He had suffered
for so many months fighting this cancer, and we were both optimistic that trying
immunotherapy would help to give him some quality time, but it was not to be. He
died fighting the disease with all that he had, which is what he wanted to do
right from the start, but eventually the disease had taken too much of a hold.
It was very quick and peaceful in the end though which is all any of us can wish
funeral will be held on Tuesday 7th June at 4pm at
Parndon Wood Crematorium, Harlow,
CM19 4SF with light refreshments afterwards atThat
Amazing Place, Hubbards Hall Drive, off Churchgate Street, Old Harlow
Essex CM17 0NH which is a B&B where Terry and I stayed at last summer.
flowers only please with donations in Terry's memory to The Margaret Kerr Unit
which is the hospice that helped Terry so much in recent months, and where he
was made so comfortable. There will be a collection box at the funeral for
either cheques (made payable to The Margaret Kerr Unit) or cash, or if you would
prefer please donate directly to the hospice via this
specify that the donation is to go to The Margaret Kerr Unit in memory of Terry.
welcome but please let either Terry's sister Jean or myself know if you will be
attending so that we can ascertain catering numbers.
Greening Memorial Trophy
year at Hatton Festival 2015, Tom Greening was one of the judges and the
previous year he had been one of the Ring Managers. He was well known around the
Midlands and judged at many shows - a true gentleman who always had a smile on
Unfortunately last year a lot of Tomís friends were unable to attend his funeral
as they were down at the Pembrokeshire by The Pond show at the time. The Red
Jackets who run that show thought it was fitting to have a minute's applause for
Tom at the mid-day prize giving - once again a touching moment in this
closely knit Agility community.
Jackets, who make charitable donations from revenue received, also decided to
remember him by having a Tom Greening Memorial Award The 'Well Done' trophy
commissioned Tom always enjoyed his judging appointments so we put the idea to
Maddie Tomís wife and as most of the team that make Hatton work are also Red
Jacketís we thought this show would be perfect so with her blessing here we came
together to celebrate Tom's life with Dave Perry making a bespoke trophy.
of the 2016 Tom Greening Class were: -
Robin Gretenkort with Cories Black Toast - 32.281 (C)
Elseworthy with Tri Lola - 35 275 (C)
Parker with Gwynion Aki - 35.574 (C)
Steve Tubb said, 'The Agility Community is one big family and many
of us come together at weekends to enjoy this sport. Just like the Gary Woodham
Memorial class which is presented at the Pembroke show each year, we hope that the Tom
Greening Memorial 'Well Done' trophy will be presented at the Hatton Festival
in years to come. '
11 November 1935 - 28 April 2016
heard the sad news that Reg Rogers has passed away this morning. He was in so
much pain that it was a welcome release. His cheeky personality and the many
tireless hours he spent judging at shows will be missed.
with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Elizabeth Sagger's husband Antony
on 23 March 2016. He was such a helpful man - always doing ring party when there
were plenty of others who could have.
23rd September 1933 - 5th March 2016.
with great sadness that I am letting the Agility Community know that very sadly
Rita Alderson passed away on March 5th. She will be greatly missed by all her
Agility friends and even more so by her daughters Claire and Hazel. A truly
inspiring lady who was well known at the shows for her amazing distance
handling. Rita was still working her collie Millie well into her 80s.
take a piece of your heart, as you likewise keep a piece of theirs. Never ever
to be forgotten and with us forever. Our very dear friend Rita, we will treasure
the swop. Thanks for being our friend.
told Nicolina Mansfield
that she had seen One Man and His Dog and thought 'if he can do it so can I.'
celebration of Rita's life, there will be a service on Wednesday, 23rd March at
10am at Peasmarsh Church, Peasmarsh, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6XS and afterwards at
The Cock Inn, Peasmarsh. Perigoes are the funeral directors and any flowers need
to be at their Northiam branch by 4pm the day before.
donations preferred then either Parkinson's Disease or St. Michaels Hospice.
Please send c/o J. Perigoe & Son, Dixter Road, Northiam, East Sussex TN31 6LB.
Died 10 March 2016
Webster sadly passed away in L&D Hospital Thursday morning, 10th March after a
involved with the startup of BATS Club which was one of the first ever UK
Agility Clubs. Although he didn't compete very often, his main passion being
Obedience, he enjoyed training his dogs and was a BATS trainer for many years.
those wishing to attend Peter's funeral service, the details are as follows:
3.15pm Tuesday, 5 April at The Vale, Butterfield Green Road, Stopsley, Luton LU2
8DD. No flowers. Then back to Pete's afterwards, if you wish.
Died 27 February 2016
news from North of the Border. Jan Guyan sadly passed away peacefully in her
sleep on Sagturday, 27th February. She fought to the very end - a truly brave
and I were by her side. The care she received from the staff at Roxbrough House
in Aberdeen was outstanding. We can not thank them enough for what they did for
Mum in her last few days.
Scottish Agility will miss you.
you all would like to pass on your thoughts to Graham personally. However, he
has asked me to say, please could you all respect his privacy at this time.
been a tough couple of days but I can now confirm Mum's funeral arrangements
below. Mum has planned the whole of her funeral, so, as I'm sure you all can
imagine it's going to be anything but normal!
funeral will be on Wednesday,9 March at Kaimhill Funeral Home, Kaimhill Road,
Aberdeen AB10 7JL
included the Funeral Directors website below should you wish to contact them
direct for further information.
Farry on FaceBook
very sad and have shed a few tears tonight after hearing that the agility
community has lost a true gent today - such a loving, caring, and supportive man
who will be dearly missed by many.
you Dick Farrar for all you have done for this wonderful sport and the many
happy memories we have shared. We will miss you.
go out to Rita and family at this difficult time - love and hugs.
- a bright star shining over us tonight.
20 March 1930 - 7 January 2016
the most amazing loving Mother and Grandmother sadly passed away Thursday, 7th
January 2016. Millie Paterson first started agility 20 plus years ago with her
lovely wee sheltie Jess. She was a member of Chippenham Agility Club for many
years where she met some wonderful friends.
love for agility was still present right up to the end. Whilst running a full
course became increasingly difficult for her, she continued to train Lizzie
weekly and enjoyed watching friend's run her dogs, too.
will be sorely missed by many.
anyone that would like to attend the funeral, it will be held at Semington
Crematorium, Semington, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 6HL on Thursday 21st January
at 11.30am. The family kindly ask if you can all wear something cheerful to
reflect the lady she was.