Discover Dogs Agility Judges Report by Dave
It was a great honour to be invited to judge at this year's
Discover Dogs. This was my first visit to Discover Dogs and
also the first time the show was held at the Excel Centre in the
As the majority of the events were based on a combined score
over two runs I wanted to test a balance of skills over both
courses with the morning jumping runs being open & flowing to
showcase speed and then the agility runs requiring a larger degree
The exception was the pairs final which was about speed and fun
all the way.
Saturday morning started with the Medium ABC Jumping semi-final
and this course really suited all the dogs resulting in 16 clears
from the 19 competitors, with the only faults being incurred in the
weaves. A super run by Hannah Banks and Basileas Little Bing won
This was followed by the first Small - Mixi Pairs Relay run
where there were seven double clears resulting in a win for Alan
& Selena Bray.
The morning concluded with the first of two YKC Crufts Agility
Qualifiers. There were some super runs here resulting in wins
in the various categories for Annabel Haith, Amy Challis, Isabella
Baigent, Katie Lines and Stacey Frost.
The afternoon events started with the Medium ABC Agility round
with all 19 handlers still in with a chance of qualifying for
Crufts. There were nine further clears here with a win for Lara
Staplehurst and Alfee's Surprise. The combined scores
resulted in an overall win for Tash Poddubecki and Lady of
Croftmoor with Lara Staplehurst in second place.
Saturday finished with the Small - Mixi Pairs Relay again and
another fast exciting competition that the spectators really
enjoyed. The baton became too hot to handle for a couple of
unfortunate pairs but there was a further eleven clears with Claire
Burrell & Samantha Lane running out winners. However, by
achieving a first and second place meant that the overall winners
for the second year running were Alan & Selena Bray with
Upanova Dior Mine and Shanandi One and Only, Ashleigh Butler &
Gemma Haycock were runners up and Alan Bray and Louise Challis came
Sunday morning brought two new competitions and first in the
ring was the Starters Cup Jumping. There were 14 clears from
24 finalists across the three heights with wins for Becky Foster,
Nicola Bradshaw and Scarlet Baguley.
Completing the morning was the Large Novice ABC. Again an
excellent display with 13 clears from 20 runs with Selena Bray
& Starsofmars Phar Lap a clear winner.
The afternoon commenced with YKC Agility again. There were
6 clears from 15 runs with the small winner being Lucy Maguire
& Racing Robin and winning both Medium and Large was Shannon
Springfield with Shansdream a Gift of Love and Castomya First
Shannon Springford winner of the YKC Medium and Large
It is difficult to pick out just one performance but an
example of what is so good about YKC came from possibly the
youngest competitor of the weekend. Having just turned 7
years old and despite an early elimination, Kourosh Nazimi worked
his dog round the course with skill and a great determination and
crossed the finish line to one of the loudest cheers of the
weekend. He is just one of the many junior handlers to watch out
for in the future.
Next up was the Large ABC Agility with Selena Bray who was
enjoying a very successful weekend once again coming home the
quickest of seven clears to win which gave her a decisive overall
win to qualify for Crufts 2016 in style. Sarah Graham with Relver's
Jumping Geordie was runner up.
Completing the day was the Starters Cup Agility where there were
12 clears here with wins for Becky Foster, Nicola Bradshaw and
Gabriella Barrett. The overall winners were Becky Foster with
Starquin Brandy Snaptoit in large, Nicola Bradshaw and Mr Jay Tee
in medium and Emma Hewerdine with Jetpack Jess in small.
My thanks go to all the ring crew who did a superb job all
weekend with great humour.
Finally congratulations once again to all the competitors who
contributed to a very enjoyable and positive weekend.