The Kennel Club would like to congratulate Agility Team GB on topping the medal table at the European Open Agility Championships in Hoersholm, Denmark, this weekend (21 – 23 July 2023).
Agility Team GB competed over three days at the Championships, with handlers and their dogs showing an impressive level of skill across both team and individual competitions. Agility Team GB won a total of six medals, which is the most the team has brought home from the championships in their history.
Medals were won in the following competitions:
- Martin Reid, from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with his Shetland Sheepdog Get It With Eager To Work (Selfie) in the Small Individual competition
- Dalton Meredith, from Yatton, Somerset, with his Border Collie Fandabidozi Eclipse Of Dust (Clippy) in the Intermediate Individual competition
- Team GB Cool Name Pending won a silver medal in the Large Team Finals. The team was comprised of Martin Reid, from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with Lilhaze Spring Into Shape (Shape); Sian Illingworth, from Crawley, West Sussex, with Zhanisgo’s Secret Agent (Agent); Naarah Cuddy, from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with Ag Ch Lilhaze Dark Pleasure (Lemon) and Karen Marriott, from Blyton, Gainsborough, with Comebyanaway A Touch Crazy (Trio)
- Team GB Replay won a bronze medal in the Medium Team Finals. The team was comprised of Steven Richardson, from Wigton, Cumbria, with Sanscott Midnight Mist (Willow); Lily Dakin, from Andover, Hampshire, with Wavesong Honky Tonk Blu (Scout); Stephanie Best, from Kingston, Hampsire, with Z-Atomic Spice Koryfej (Skedaddle) and James Adams, from Ettington, Warwicksire, with Devongem Tiz Gold Standard (Willow)
- Euan Paterson, from Stonehaven, Scotland, with his Border Collie Ag Ch Devongem Quick Time (Crazee) in the Intermediate Individual competition
- James Adams, from Ettington, Warwickshire, with his Cocker Spaniel Devongem Tiz Gold Standard (Willow) in the Medium Individual competition
Agility Team GB Manager, Greg Derrett, commented: “I’m delighted with the performance of all 28 partnerships that represented Great Britain at this year’s European Open Championships! Bringing home so many medals, from all four heights and in both the individual and team events, shows great progress for Agility Team GB since 2022.
“We still have many more targets to strive towards and I’m excited for the future of the team with our next event, the Agility World Championships in the Czech Republic from 5 – 8 October.”
Next year will see The Kennel Club host the European Agility Championships, which will be held at Dallas Burston Polo Club, Southam.
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 was chosen following this year’s European Open Tryout Day, which was held at Dog Sports, Derby, in March.
For the full list of results over on the European Open's website.
For those interested in finding out more about qualifications for the Senior Try-outs, details can be found on our website.
More information about dog agility and how to get involved is available on our website.