The Kennel Club announces YKC Agility Team GB 2022

The Kennel Club has announced the names of the team members who will represent Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB at the Junior Open Agility World Championships in Finland from 14 - 17 July.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following two try-out events, which concluded at the Statfold Arena, Tamworth on 27 March.

The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent YKC Agility Team GB this year. In addition to being sponsored by The Kennel Club, the team is also kindly supported by Natural Instinct, Galican and Statfold Arena.

This year there were opportunities for win-on places for the Junior Open Agility World Championships, with successful young handlers and dogs being selected through a statistics-driven process. Two selection days were held at Statfold Arena, which consisted of both agility and jumping courses, with the squad competing alongside Agility Team GB. Handlers had the opportunities to progress from the Pre-Squad Qualifier to the Junior Try-Out weekend. Those winning the coveted spots were:

  • Isabella Twigg with Roo Star of Ainmhithe (Roo)
  • Mariann Bayliss with Lilhaze Spring Dan Sir (Daniel)
  • Max Glover with Neuadd Lwyd Beat At Soldaze (Beat)
  • Max Glover with Soldaze Out Of The Blue (Boost)
  • Mia Steedman with Lorramia English Rose (Rosie)
  • Rhianna Morgan with Langthwaite Freak Out Fuse (Fuse)
  • Sophie Atkinson with Fenland Mad Star (Maddie)
  • Yvie Thompson with Castomya Epic Enchant Mint (Epic)

  • Amelie Selby-Bird with Folkvang Bantham Beach (Dex)
  • Mariann Bayliss with Coral's Crush At Crai (Coral)
  • Max Glover with Maximus Silvestris (Woody)
  • Taylor Lyon with Rohamki Taylor Made (Elliott)
  • Will Bacchus with A Message to You Rudi AW(G) (Rudi)

  • Blair Hands with Turbotoes Rapid Beat (Rapid)
  • Blair Hands with Twinkle Star Koryfej at Licosateria (Sofi)
  • Chloe Cooper with Aint he Sweep (Sweep)
  • Rebecca Chuter Smith with Bramleycott Mis Moneypenny (Bella)
  • Ryan Feehan with September Bouncing Bunny (Mitsi)

Greg Derrett, Agility Team GB Manager said “The YKC team is the future of Agility Team GB and we are extremely pleased with the partnerships that have won on to and been selected for this year’s teams. I believe that we have teams representing Great Britain that will not only be competitive at this year’s events but can develop and gain experience for their future agility careers. The selection process comprised eight challenging courses over two weekends and I would like to congratulate all the junior handlers on their performances.”

Phil Keen, Managing Director of Natural Instinct, added: “We are extremely proud to be sponsoring Agility Team GB, knowing that many of the dogs competing are ‘fuelled’ by Natural Instinct complete raw meals. We have been supporters for a number of years now and to be part of the events taking place this year is really exciting. We would like to wish everyone competing the best of luck.”

Find full results from the try-outs.

More information on the qualification process for the 2023 can be found on The Kennel Club website.