An American in Burnham
Mike and Sandy
Birdsall were planning a holiday in the UK, but four weeks of 'doglessness' was more than Sandy
could stand. She was currently in the process of training her first agility dog, a young Border
Collie. Perhaps she could learn some things from the country where agility was born. Colin
Palfrey e-mailed this report.
Agility IOM Style
Martin first set foot on the Isle of Man on honeymoon - not for her the beaches and sun of
totally foreign shores - and she immediately felt like she'd come home. So just a year or two
later in 1988, she and her husband made the life-changing decision to move from West Sussex to
the Island, and she hasn't looked back. It wasn't easy to begin with, but she's never
regretted the decision.
John Gilbert's View of World
Since the change in the quarantine laws,
there has been much talk about amending British agility regulations to be in line with
those of the FCI. But much do we really know about the differences between the British
and FCI rules and regs? International judge, trainer and editor of Agility Voice John Gilbert takes a look at the whole FCI debate including issues such as
injuries, jump heights and crossbreeds.
the title of this article conjures up an exotic image of running around an agility course
sporting an Hawaiian style shirt, at a venue surrounded by palm trees with white beaches and
blue seas just beyond, you're on the wrong island. We do have some palm trees and, sure enough,
at only 33 miles long and 13 miles wide you are never far from the beach! But where agility is
concerned, the Isle of Man follows much more in the footsteps of the UK, except with a
population of only about 77,000, it is scaled down accordingly with the inevitable geographical
restrictions of living on an island! Debbie Martin explains...
Agility in Northern
Ireland is growing fast! It's a small friendly, close knit community where everybody knows everybody else
but where there's still a healthy rivalry and spirit of competition - just as it should be. Over the past
number of years, they have seen many changes, with many dedicated people doing their utmost to
keep moving the sport forward. Although the community is small in size, there are a good number of
handlers and dogs holding their own on a national level with a high standard of agility. The
Glandore Gang reports on agility in the Province.
Scottish Agility: Impressions of a Canadian Agilityphile
It all began when Deb Witmer sent an innocent e-mail to the AGILE email list asking about trials
in Scotland during the time of their vacation. Much to her surprise, she received several
enthusiastic replies containing information about trials, dates and websites that could help.
She and her husband Tom were home-based in Callandar for a week. This article about their visit
to the East Lothian DTC Dog Agility Show on the weekend of 17 July was written with a Canadian
audience in mind.