Last year there was Olympic glory for Team GB, last month there
was Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory and now, in another sporting
triumph, Agility Team GB have beaten the world's best agility dogs
to scoop gold, silver and bronze medals at this weekend's European
Open Agility Championships in Neeroeteren, Belgium.
Sian Illingworth and her dog, Maybe, beat nearly 200 competitors
from all over the world to bring home gold in the European Open
Medium Individual Final, and current World Champion, Natasha Wise
and her dog Dizzy, took home silver.
Competing for the first time at the European Open and up against
nearly 400 other dogs, Matthew Goodliffe and his dog Quincy won the
bronze medal in the European Open Large Individual Final.
The European Open Agility Championships attracted hundreds of
dogs and handlers from all across the world, with 33 countries
represented at the competition including Venezuela, Japan, South
Africa and Canada.
Agility Team GB also managed several clear rounds throughout the
final competition, which helped to make 2013 the team's most
successful year to date at the Championships.
Alongside the medal winners there were many commendable feats
achieved by other members of Team GB.
Team GB achievements were as follows:
· Gold - Sian
Illingworth and Maybe, Medium Individual Final
· Silver - Natasha
Wise and Dizzy, Medium Individual Final
· Bronze - Matthew
Goodliffe and Quincy. Large Individual Final
· First place -
Sian Illingworth and Maybe, Medium Individual Agility Round
· Second place -
Shaun Hunt and Phix, Large Individual Agility Round
· Fourth place -
Natasha Wise and Dizzy, Medium Individual Agility Round
· Fourth place -
Matthew Goodliffe and Quincy, Large Individual Jumping Round
· Fifth place -
Bernadette Bay and Zaz, Small Individual Final
· Joint Fifth place
- Team Red (Great Britain), Small/Medium Team Final
Despite long days with temperatures soaring over 30 degrees,
huge thunderstorms and floods, there was great team morale
throughout the whole competition, which can only have aided the
team's accomplishments in the ring.
Team Manager Mark Laker commented on the success of the team:
"This was a fantastic result for Team GB at the 2013 European Open.
I'm extremely proud of everyone in this year's team - the sponsors,
support team, grooms, my assistants and of course the competitors
all helped to make this one of the most successful teams we've
taken to this competition. Huge congratulations to our medal
winners Matt Goodliffe & Quincy, Natasha Wise & Dizzy and
Sian Illingworth & Maybe. You competed with the best and put in
a world class performance."
Ceri Rundle, CSJ's founder and sponsor of Team GB said: "We're
all so chuffed that the team achieved such great success at the
European Open this year. We are proud to be supporters of
Team GB for the next three years."
Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist
Canine Feeds and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club's preferred
cross-channel partner. The team of fifteen handlers and their dogs
were chosen following a performance weekend which attracted
entrants from all over the UK, and was hosted by Lincoln Agility
Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show in April 2013.
Details of the Team GB squad:
(Small/Medium Team) GB Union Jacks
- SianIllingworth (C) with Border Collie - Arnpriors Made Of
- David Wright with Miniature Poodle - Shanandi Strike It Lucky
- Louise Eden with Shetland Sheepdog - Clanavon Misty
- Nicola Wildman with Australian Kelpie - Za Zar Zoom
(Small/Medium Team) GB Red
- Natasha Wise (C) with Border Collie - Ag Ch Raeanne's Flipping
- Steve Richardson with crossbreed - Ag Ch Noworries Sweep's
- Rosie Cavill with Cocker Spaniel - Ag Ch Fieldspy Leana
- BernadetteBaywith Shetland Sheepdog - Ag Ch Obay It's Got
(Large Team) GB White
- Shaun Hunt (C) with Border Collie - Ag Ch Get Inna
- Ian Jackson with Border Collie -Darleyfalls at
- Roger Teasdale with crossbreed - Petnat by
- Karen Marriot with crossbreed - Petnat A Touch
(Large Team) GB Blue
- Greg Derrett (C) with Border Collie - Ag Ch Nedlo Detox
- Matt Goodliffe with Border Collie - Turboed Widewater
- Charlotte Harding with Border Collie -Ag Ch Rujaff Red Hot
Full results and commentary for each round of the event can be
found on the Dog Agility Facebook page www.facebook.com/Dogagility.