The Kennel Club has announced eighteen new dogs and handlers who have been selected onto the 2018 development programme for Agility Team GB.
They were chosen from those who competed exceptionally, as well as those who showed potential as up-and-coming dogs and handlers, for the 2018 squad process. The try outs took place at the Performance Weekend hosted at Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts show at Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday 23rd April.
Mark Laker, Agility Team Manager said: “I am very excited to invite these dogs and handlers onto this year’s development squad. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the coaching team who will be on hand to support them and prepare them for a possible team selection.
“I am also very grateful to our main sponsor, the Kennel Club, which continues to support the team in creating opportunities for handlers keen to be part of Agility Team GB.”
The development programme consists of:
- Jessica Clarehugh with Lynwood Beanie
- Anthony Clark with Rujaff El Fate Protest
- Heidi Clelland with Gunrun Too Hot To Handle At Cornishmyth
- Greg Derrett with Nedlo Addicting Sproglett
- Danny Ewing with Lucky Ball Bailey
- Laura Hope with Regalaway Serendipity
- Sian Illingworth with Ferdi’s Mirror Image
- Vanessa Lloyd with Trust Your Heart Gin
- Annette Parker with Smoketrail Coco Chanel
- Natasha Wise with Nedlo Flipping Shiny Pebble
- Anna Allan with Buddy’s None The Wiser
- Abigail Doxford with Annervalley Cassie
- Roanna England with Cacciatore Bianco
- Sam Towe with Foxstones Penelope Pitstop
- Karen Hugo with Willowthorns All The Jazz
- Rhiannon Thomas with Channerswick Kryptonite
- Hayley Tindall with Tindall’s Ussellby Princess
- Rachel Ward with Blazecroft Midnight Akemi
The team is sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Gencon, First Contact, Agility 1st, Nottingham Trent University, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, Vale Vet Referrals and the Kennel Club.
This year, Agility Team GB will be competing at the European Open Agility Championships in Salice Terme, Italy from 27-30 July, and the FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic from 5-8 October.