Kennel Club Congratulates Agility Team GB On A Valiant Effort At The European Open Championships

The Kennel Club congratulates Agility Team GB for their valiant effort at the European Open Agility Championships (EO) in Taszár, Hungary, held this weekend.

Agility Team GB fought hard in both the team and individual rounds but unfortunately did not secure any of the coveted medals. Nevertheless, the event provided a great opportunity for the team to practice and hone their skills on European courses and to compete against top class competitors.

The European Open Agility Championships attracted hundreds of dogs and handlers from all over the world, with 33 countries represented at the competition including Venezuela, Japan, Argentina and Canada.

Kicking off on Friday morning with the team competition the EO got underway with the Small/Medium Jumping and Agility, both teams ran well with one clear round and several runs with only a few faults. Those who were eliminated were keen to improve their performance in the next rounds and many of the handlers and dogs did not disappoint. Overall the Small and Medium teams achieved four clear rounds and all team members left on a high.

The Large teams also ran in the morning, a few errors on the challenging courses meant that the pressure was on for the afternoon rounds. Despite temperatures of 30 degrees and testing conditions the handlers rose to the challenge, all the dogs ran better in the later rounds, with one clear and even those who had a few faults were pleased with their performances.

The individual event began on Saturday, where members of Agility Team GB also managed some clear rounds. Jessica Clarehugh and Cara achieved 7thand 3rdplace in the Large Agility and Jumping. This success meant Jessica was in a good position for the final competition on Sunday, where she came in a respectable 24thout of the 83 finalists.  Matt Goodliffe also secured a promising 2ndplace in the Large Jumping qualifying round but was unfortunately eliminated in the Final. Greg Derrett and Rehab formed Agility Team GB's most successful partnership and secured 18thin the Large Final which was the last event of the Championships.

Team Manager Mark Laker commented: "Agility Team GB worked exceptionally hard preparing for this year's EO, and it was a good job we did. We came up against some of the most challenging courses we've seen at this competition, particularly the small and medium dogs. To have four of our large dog team in the final was a huge achievement.  I was particularly proud of those handlers for who this was their first taste of international competition, they ran confidently and did their very best; I'm sure we'll be seeing more of them at future international events.

"A special mention must go to Matt Goodliffe and Quincy and Jess Clarehugh and Cara who finished second and third in the individual jumping class with two incredible runs.   Now we focus on the World Championships in September".

Ceri Rundle, CSJ's founder and sponsor of Team GB said: "They're incredibly rewarding individuals to work with and we're delighted to be the proud supporters of Team GB."

Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Agility First and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club's preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact. The team of fifteen handlers and their dogs were chosen following a performance weekend which attracted entrants from all over the UK, and was hosted by Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show in April 2014.  

Details of the Team GB squad:


Daniel Croxford with Bogshole Bess Beauty (T & I)

Marc Wingate-Wynne with Ag Ch Vanitonia Mister Big (T & I)


Christine Wingate-Wynne with Obay Tiz Wild (T & I)

Gemma Haycock with Simply Red Roobs (T & I)

Jenni Machon with Cloudtenn Fuel for Life (T & I)

Natasha Wise with Ag Ch Raeanne's Flipping Heck (T only)

Rebecca Sargent with Raeanne's Aurora (T & I)

Amanda Hampson with Ag Ch Shoredancer Sea Jade (T & I)


Alan Short with Give It Some Juice Irn Bruce (T & I)

Alan Wildman with Chikaramor Born Performer AW(G) (T & I)

Charlotte Harding with Ag Ch Rujaff Red Hot Scandal (T & I)

Dave Munnings with Devongem Mister Boss Man (T & I)

Greg Derrett with Devongem Rehab Sproglett (T & I)

Greg Derrett with Nedlo Detox Sproglett (I, Team reserve)

Jessica Clarehugh with Lynwood Cara Fuzzy Logic (T & I)

Matt Goodliffe with Turboed Widewater Wizard (T & I)

Shaun Hunt with Ag Ch Get Inna Phix (T & I)

Full results and commentary for each round of the event can be found on the Dog Agility Facebook page

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