Suffolk contestants win agility Starters Cup Final class

Kerry Munnings from Beccles, Suffolk, and her dog, Big ears where’s Noddy (Tirion), a three-year-old Border Collie/Corgi cross, won the Starters Cup Final for small dogs at London’s biggest dog event, Discover Dogs, run by The Kennel Club, which took place at ExCeL London last weekend.

The Starters Cup, The Kennel Club’s premier agility competition for dogs new to agility, was created for dogs in Grades 1 and 2 of the discipline. The top six large, six intermediate, six medium and six small dogs, who qualified in the semi-final at The Kennel Club International Agility Festival at Rutland Showground in August, took part in the exciting final, but only one was crowned winner in each height.

Overjoyed owner Kerry said: “I am so proud of Tirion after our achievements in the Starters Cup. Going into the competition with no expectations and coming home with three wins is more than I could have ever asked!

“Our partnership only started in January, and we have come so far in a short time. Tirion lives with two very good friends and I’m so thankful to be trusted with running her.”

Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at The Kennel Club said: “The Starters Cup is a wonderful opportunity for handlers and dogs who are relatively new to agility to perform in front of the big crowds at Discover Dogs. It is always inspiring to see competitors at the start of their agility journey competing at such a high level.

“Congratulations to Kerry and Tirion for winning the final against some tough competition, we are sure to be seeing them in future competitions!”

Discover Dogs, run by The Kennel Club, took place on 15 and 16 October at ExCeL London.

For further information visit the Discover Dogs website. Find out more about getting started in dog agility and results from the show.