Agility Team GB bring home silver medal at the European Open Championships

The Kennel Club would like to congratulate Agility Team GB for their performances at the European Open Agility Championships in Opglabbeek, Belgium, from 28 - 31 July 2022.

The Agility Team GB competed over four days showing an impressive display of skill, dedication and teamwork. The Medium team, named GB Gold or Sold, excelled in gaining a silver medal, the first Medium medal since 2013, in the championships final taking place on Sunday 31 July.

The silver-winning team was comprised of James Adams from Warwickshire, with his Working Cocker Spaniel, Willow; Lily Dakin from Hampshire, with her Shetland Sheepdog, Scout; Shannon Springford from Kent, with her Border Collie, Gift; and Steven Richardson from Cumbria, with his Shetland Sheepdog, Willow.

Agility Team GB Manager, Greg Derrett, commented: “With 28 dogs representing GB, there are inevitable highs and lows over the three days. Our silver medal in the Medium team event was a great result and is particularly exciting as it's GBs first Medium medal in nine years.

“Although we did not achieve any other podiums this time, many of our teams and individuals demonstrated huge potential and are extremely close to success. We can now strive to realise that potential over the coming weeks, months and years.”

Next year will see Denmark host the European Agility Championships, which will be held at Horsholm Sports Centre from 20 – 23 July 2023.
Agility Team GB is supported by The Kennel Club, Natural Instinct, Dog Sports Derby and Galican.

Phil Keen, Managing Director from Natural Instinct, said: “On behalf of Natural Instinct, we’d like to congratulate everyone on their results at the European Open Agility Championships. We are proud to sponsor this fantastic team and are excited to see what the future holds for these amazing athletes!”

The team of 32 dogs and handlers, including reserves, were chosen following this year’s European Open Tryout Day, which was held at Statfold, Tamworth, in March.

Find the full list of results.

For those interested in how they can qualify for the Pre Selection Qualifier, details can be found on The Kennel Club website.