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The Kennel Club Announces 2014 Agility Team GB Squad

02 May 2014    12:00
 

The Kennel Club has announced the names of this year's Agility Team GB, who will represent Great Britain at the 2014 European Open Agility Championships in Hungary from 24th- 27thJuly 2014 and the World Agility Championships in Luxembourg from 11th- 14thSeptember 2014.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year's squad selection process which concluded at the Performance Weekend hosted by Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show on 26th& 27thApril 2014.  Two teams have been selected from this year's squad, and one will attend the European Open Agility Championships and the other will compete at the World Agility Championships. The Kennel Club congratulates all the talented handlers who made it into Agility Team GB. Agility Team GB is kindly supported CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and sponsored by the Kennel Club.

Despite Italian judge, Paolo Meroni being used to the warmer climes of Italy, the wet weather did not dampen his or the competitors' spirits for the start of the event on Saturday morning. Kicking off at 9am with the European style Individual Jumping, the course proved challenging for the competitors. However as the morning progressed, the weather improved for the Individual Agility. These first two classes were significant as they influenced where competitors would start on day two and consequently required a focused and solid performance. The afternoon saw two more exciting competitions with the World Championship Jumping and a thrilling European Team event which ended this first day of top class agility.

There was little rest for competitors and organisers before the start of another challenging day on Sunday. Day two began early with the European Open style final, where the squad members ran in reverse order based on the combined results from the individual competitions held on the first day. There was also an International Jumping course and the weekend was completed with an FCI World Championship Agility class. The Performance Weekend saw brilliant handling and a host of fantastic dogs, with both days providing a great experience and enjoyment for all those involved.

The British teams will once again be managed by Mark Laker and will compete for places in a variety of individual and team competitions at both championships.

Team Manager, Mark Laker remarked: "Four months of training and squad preparation culminated in an exciting Performance Weekend at Lincoln. The standard of courses, judging and agility was extremely high and thrilling to watch.

"Both the World Championships and the European Open have rigid criteria for how many dogs can run, how many teams a country can enter and even the mix of small, medium and large dogs. This makes the selection process more complex and requires thinking through the options. I am very grateful for the support and input from my team in helping me carry out this process.

"My decisions for this year's team selection were based upon dog and handler performance over the four month squad period. I felt it important to assess handlers over a longer time rather than just one weekend. As a result of this process I believe we have two very strong teams who I'm very proud to be taking to Hungary and Luxembourg."

This year's European Open will be held at Taszár, situated in the southwest of Hungary. Although officially recognised by the FCI and held under FCI rules, the European Open is not a formal FCI competition. Consequently it differs from the World Agility Championships in that both purebred and non-purebred dogs may compete.  The World Agility Championships will be held at Coque, close to the centre of Luxembourg City. This event will be open to purebred dogs only.

The teams selected are as follows (T= team event; I = individual event):

European Open

Small:

Daniel Croxford with Bogshole Bess Beauty (T & I)

Marc Wingate-Wynne with Ag Ch Vanitonia Mister Big (T & I)

 

Medium:

Christine Wingate-Wynne - 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)

Sian Illingworth with Arnpriors Made Of Honour (T & I)

 

Large:

Alan Short with Give It Some Juice Irn Bruce (T & I)

Alan Wildman with Chikaramor Born Performer AW(G) (T & I)

Charlotte Harding with Ag Ch Rujaff Red Hot Scandal (T & I)

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)

 

World Championships

Small:

Bernadette Bay with Ag Ch Obay It's Got Pizzazz (T & I)

Louise Eden with Clanavon Misty Shadow (T)

Marc Wingate-Wynne with Ag Ch Vanitonia Mister Big (T)

Rosie Cavill with Ag Ch Fieldspy Leana (T & I)

 

Medium: 

Amanda Hampson with Ag Ch Shoredancer Sea Jade (T)

Christine Wingate-Wynne with Obay Tiz Wild (T)

Natasha Wise with Ag Ch Raeanne's Flipping Heck (T & I)

Sian Illingworth with Arnpriors Made Of Honour (T & I)

 

Large:

Anthony Clarke with Ag Ch Blazing Red of Rujaff (T & I)

Charlotte Harding with Ag Ch Rujaff Red Hot Scandal (T & I)

Dave Munnings with Devongem Mister Boss Man (I)

Greg Derrett with Ag Ch Nedlo Detox Sproglett (T & I)

Jessica Clarehugh with Lynwood Cara Fuzzy Logic (T & I)

 

Travelling / non-travelling reserves from the squad will be notified shortly.

Full results from the Performance Weekend and more information on Agility Team GB can be found via the Kennel Club website - please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.


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