Where even the 'Vicar of Dibley' does agility
June Burrow and Glynis Whittle were invited to judge the Agility classes at the Isle of Man show in Castletown this year and they decided to extend our stay for a weeklong holiday. Glynis thought it would be nice to put the show on the agility map with this light hearted report.
We sailed from Heysham, not on the Queen Mary, but on a very crowded floating chip van. The overcrowding was due to the ferry at Liverpool having been turn round an hour out to sea, as it had a hole in its side. The passengers had been given a fiver compensation and a map to Heysham to catch the afternoon ferry. Scary or what?
Obviously obedience stays took precedence over the agility and the ‘Vicar of Dibley,’ a keen obedience competitor, usually came at the end of the class to run three dogs in quick succession in both rings. a feat very few of use could manage, myself having lungs that are limited, at best, to a 50 second dash.
The nickname ‘Vicar of Dibley’ stuck because it was the name of one of her dogs, but apparently she was a lady of the cloth. We did wonder how she managed to get Sundays off. Probably had an understanding boss.
Entertainment and a buffet were provided on Saturday evening, with prize giving, although I have to admit, we slid off for a walk on the headlands with the dogs.
On the Sunday, the locals set up archery practice at the side of the jumping ring, giving a new meaning to the saying ‘shoot the handler’. Luckily they weren’t bad shots!
The rest of the week we had to ourselves exploring the headlands, towns, and glens.
She became a member of Newton Heath DTC when she got her second spaniel Jenny. She says that Jenny never got a contact point in her life, but she did very well in the Knock Out competitions, taking her into the Barbour and Spiller finals. In her later years, Jenny appeared on a number of pet food products and starred in a Sherlock Holmes film.
These days Glynis competes in both agility and obedience with Midge, her handsome red and white collie. She has judged for the best part of 20 years, probably having in that time made most of the mistakes she's read about on The Agility Forum, but there is no substitute for experience.