Supporting agility dogs with specialist lifetime cover
From the people
behind the scenes...
Linda Gore spends most of the year photographing
Agility. She says her job is to capture memories in the ring. This year she
covered Crufts at the NEC taking pictures not only of the competitors in the
Main Arena and behind the scenes but also the Judges who design the courses, the
commentators who explain the classes to the audience and the Ring Party who are
responsible for setting the courses up and making the Arena run like clockwork. We
have combined some of her pictures with their words.
Before: My ambition 20 years ago was to qualify and compete at Crufts.
That was achieved a few times, so I then needed a new goal which was to
judge at Crufts.
After: That dream came true this year. There are no words to
describe the feeling of walking out onto the green carpet.
My heart was in
my mouth as the first dog came in. I started to settle in by the Mediums
and got focused and ran every round. Happy dog, happy handler!
As for the competitors and dogs a
massive thanks for nailing my courses, so exciting. It was quite hard to
find the right balance, i.e. to entertain the crowd, get clear rounds,
test the handler, and most importantly safe for the dogs.
dreamed a dream and it came true.
Before: I am thrilled
to be here, really looking forward to a great show. Good luck to
everyone, enjoy it!
After: It was a pleasure to spend
time with all the competitors in the arena and amazing Ring Party in the
collecting ring this year. Personally it was an amazing experience. I
loved every moment of it and now have lifelong memories to cherish.
Back home absolutely
shattered but have loved every moment of the last four days. To have
seen every agility run from the Crufts carpet this year has been an
immense honour and left me with memories I will treasure for life.
Ah well... it was never going to last -
back to the day job.
Nic Jones (YKC Judge)
Before: 28 years after
my first visit to Crufts, I am back to where it all began. Cant
After: The whole appointment exceeded
all my expectations.
way the YKC handlers conducted themselves and their attitudes towards
their dogs, was impeccable.
Before: Really excited
to be judging at the biggest dog show in the world. I am honoured to
have been asked to judge. Enjoy the courses!
After: Wow! from the moment I stepped
onto the Crufts green carpet I felt fantastic. Yes, there were nerves -
who wouldn't - but
I soon settled into the job.
It's been a dream of mine for some
nine years to judge Crufts Champ. Luckily the dream came true!
Kate Smith & Nigel Davis
Iíve been commentating in the Main Arena at Crufts for a few years now
and I never tire of the excitement I get from getting a front row seat
of some of the most inspiring agility partnerships. Crufts never fails
to deliver and its lovely to see all the different breeds and levels of
handlers having their time on the green carpet! As a commentator itís
our job to liaise with all the different people who keep the Arena going
including the ring manager, the floor manager and the TV production crew
to ensure the public, both at the Arena and live on the internet, are
kept informed and can enjoy the experience.
This year had the added bonus as my partner Paul Moore was judging the
Agility Championship Class, and it was a fantastic to be able to be a
part of that whole experience with him.
I've commentated at Crufts for many years and must say 2019 was amazing
in many ways. The Agility was the best I've seen on the green carpet and
the Flyball was unbelievable and, without a doubt the fastest, breaking
Crufts records for individual runs and team runs.
still on a high nearly two weeks later which makes me think Crufts 2019
was the best I've had the pleasure of commentating at. Thanks must go to
everyone involved. What a team but most of all the dogs, they are all
winners in my mind.
Despite qualifying for Crufts 2019, my G7 dog Teek was forced to retire
prematurely this year due to injury. So agility now has a different
meaning to me. I am heavily involved in sports medicine and
rehabilitation working for The Smart Veterinary Clinic, but I was also
keen to give back some time to agility after all it's brought to my
2017 whilst at Olympia providing the veterinary cover for the agility
dogs, I was put on the spot by the BBC and soon found myself in the TV
box with Nick Luck, commentating on the Olympia finals for the BBC red
button. From there Kate Smith, gave me the confidence to stand out in
front of the 6000+ people at Crufts to commentate on the agility. It was
a great experience.
It's safe to say my hands were a little wobbly but it was such a
satisfying job and we had the best seats in the arena! Thank you
everyone for your support and compliments.
The Ring Party
The Bestest Ring Party
in the World
a team, we cover all the agility and flyball events. There is also a
team that is required BIS night. We usually also end up helping for
other odd bits, too. None of the ladies seem to mind helping the RAF
are responsible for setting out every agility course, changing it as
required and then clearing away. During competition, the usual things
need to be covered, pole picking scribe, calling, leads etc. The main
difference from your usual show being that you are very much in the
public eye and often under a lot more time pressure than a normal show.
Taking people in to the start line or bringing them out is well
orchestrated to avoid peopleís heads in the video coverage. We also try
and play dodge the camera.
Calling is a hard task! Many people are nervous and, therefore, often
not quite where they should be. Some are just too laid back and wander
off (Alan Bray!)
main ring is split into four corners. Each corner has a team responsible
for it. We build and look after our owner corners. This helps with the
smooth running of both course build and running of the
tend to have fairly long days. We work hard and laugh lots. We hope to
make the competitors and judges day as easy and enjoyable as possible
whilst also trying to keep things moving as per the request of The Boss,
Dave Jolly who in turn is trying to keep everyone else happy - those who
run the show, the ring, the TV guys etc etc.
Ring party is one big team effort. From those in pink on the green
carpet, to those scoring, calling, scrimping, TV guys, floor Managers,
camera crew. It all has to function seamlessly. It has its moments. But
as long as the spectators and viewers never notice, then weíre doing
published 1st April 2019