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The Agility Team GB Performance Weekend Report

26th April 2017 - 12:00 AM


The Agility Team GB Performance Weekend took place on 22nd and 23rd April 2017. This was supported by the Agility Enthusiasts Show held at Lincolnshire Showground.

Jorge Piers (Portugal) was appointed to judge the entire weekend. He set some great courses which were challenging, but also a reflection of the kind of courses competitors would run when competing at the FCI competitions (European Open, and World Championships).

For the first time, the YKC EO Junior Team competed amongst the Agility Team GB squad on the Saturday. This was a team practice day for the YKC EO Junior Team before they head to Luxembourg to compete at the European Open Junior Competitions in July. Even though the courses were demanding, and unlike courses a lot of them would have previously run, the junior team performed brilliantly. They attacked the courses and in some cases coming 1st in some rounds beating the Adult Squad.

For the adults this was their last opportunity to show their skills before the European Open team, and World Championship team selection happens. This year the Coaching Team offered a win-on-place for the European Open for 2017. This gave an opportunity to one handler and dog from each of the heights, (Small, Medium and Large) to automatically be selected onto the team. This was a combination of being the top performing dog and handler from the results of Squad Day 2, and the Performance Weekend. It was announced on Saturday 22 April after the last class at the Performance Weekend that Lee Gibson with Sadie in the large height group, Steven Richardson with Libby in the medium height group, and Toni Dawkins with Sunflower in the small height group won the spots onto the European Open Team.

The atmosphere over the two days was good with both squads taking the competition seriously, but very supportive towards each other also.

If  you would like further details on how to be invited onto the YKC EO Junior selection process please email ykceo@thekennelclub.org.uk, or alternatively are interesting in looking at joining the Adult squad process please see the squad qualification document here.



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