The Kennel Club congratulates Agility Team GB for their valiant
effort at the European Open Agility Championships (EO) in Taszár,
Hungary, held this weekend.
Agility Team GB fought hard in both the team and individual
rounds but unfortunately did not secure any of the coveted medals.
Nevertheless, the event provided a great opportunity for the team
to practice and hone their skills on European courses and to
compete against top class competitors.
The European Open Agility Championships attracted hundreds of
dogs and handlers from all over the world, with 33 countries
represented at the competition including Venezuela, Japan,
Argentina and Canada.
Kicking off on Friday morning with the team competition the EO
got underway with the Small/Medium Jumping and Agility, both teams
ran well with one clear round and several runs with only a few
faults. Those who were eliminated were keen to improve their
performance in the next rounds and many of the handlers and dogs
did not disappoint. Overall the Small and Medium teams achieved
four clear rounds and all team members left on a high.
The Large teams also ran in the morning, a few errors on the
challenging courses meant that the pressure was on for the
afternoon rounds. Despite temperatures of 30 degrees and testing
conditions the handlers rose to the challenge, all the dogs ran
better in the later rounds, with one clear and even those who had a
few faults were pleased with their performances.
The individual event began on Saturday, where members of Agility
Team GB also managed some clear rounds. Jessica Clarehugh and Cara
achieved 7thand 3rdplace in the Large Agility and Jumping. This
success meant Jessica was in a good position for the final
competition on Sunday, where she came in a respectable 24thout of
the 83 finalists. Matt Goodliffe also secured a promising
2ndplace in the Large Jumping qualifying round but was
unfortunately eliminated in the Final. Greg Derrett and Rehab
formed Agility Team GB's most successful partnership and secured
18thin the Large Final which was the last event of the
Team Manager Mark Laker commented: "Agility Team GB worked
exceptionally hard preparing for this year's EO, and it was a good
job we did. We came up against some of the most challenging courses
we've seen at this competition, particularly the small and medium
dogs. To have four of our large dog team in the final was a huge
achievement. I was particularly proud of those handlers for
who this was their first taste of international competition, they
ran confidently and did their very best; I'm sure we'll be seeing
more of them at future international events.
"A special mention must go to Matt Goodliffe and Quincy and Jess
Clarehugh and Cara who finished second and third in the individual
jumping class with two incredible runs. Now we focus on
the World Championships in September".
Ceri Rundle, CSJ's founder and sponsor of Team GB said: "They're
incredibly rewarding individuals to work with and we're delighted
to be the proud supporters of Team GB."
Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist
Canine Feeds, Agility First and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel
Club's preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment
supplier is First Contact. 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
Details of the Team GB squad:
Daniel Croxford with Bogshole Bess Beauty (T & I)
Marc Wingate-Wynne with Ag Ch Vanitonia Mister Big (T &
Christine Wingate-Wynne with Obay Tiz Wild (T & I)
Gemma Haycock with Simply Red Roobs (T & I)
Jenni Machon with Cloudtenn Fuel for Life (T & I)
Natasha Wise with Ag Ch Raeanne's Flipping Heck (T only)
Rebecca Sargent with Raeanne's Aurora (T & I)
Amanda Hampson with Ag Ch Shoredancer Sea Jade (T & I)
Alan Short with Give It Some Juice Irn Bruce (T & I)
Alan Wildman with Chikaramor Born Performer AW(G) (T &
Charlotte Harding with Ag Ch Rujaff Red Hot Scandal (T &
Dave Munnings with Devongem Mister Boss Man (T & I)
Greg Derrett with Devongem Rehab Sproglett (T & I)
Greg Derrett with Nedlo Detox Sproglett (I, Team reserve)
Jessica Clarehugh with Lynwood Cara Fuzzy Logic (T & I)
Matt Goodliffe with Turboed Widewater Wizard (T & I)
Shaun Hunt with Ag Ch Get Inna Phix (T & I)
Full results and commentary for each round of the event can be
found on the Dog Agility Facebook page www.facebook.com/Dogagility.