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Kennel Club announces Agility Team GB 2018


The Kennel Club has announced the agility teams which will represent Great Britain at the European Open Agility Championships in Vienna, Austria from 27-29 July, and the FCI Agility World Championships in Kristianstad, Sweden from 4-7 October.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year’s squad selection process, which concluded at the Performance Weekend hosted by Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst Campus from 6-8 April.

The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent Agility Team GB this year, which once again is kindly sponsored by the team’s two main sponsors, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and DOG StreamZ.

This year’s Performance Weekend was judged by Seppo Savikko from Finland. Courses were designed to test dogs and handlers on speed, fitness, consistency and accuracy. Over the weekend there was some fantastic handling on these courses where dogs and handlers could really show off their skills. 

Due to positive feedback, the coaching team brought back the win-on place for the European Open Championships. This meant an opportunity was given to one handler and dog from each of the heights (small, medium and large) to be automatically selected onto the European Open team after being the top performing dog and handler in a final round held at the Performance Weekend. Natasha Wise with Nedlo Flipping Shiny Pebble, in the large height group; Steven Richardson, who has won this place for two consecutive years, with Ag Ch NoWorries Sweep's Dream, in the medium height group; and Sarah McLean with Milo'd Of Mischief, in the small height group won the coveted spots, and will be joining the rest of the European Open team in Vienna in July.

Team Manager, Mark Laker said “Congratulations to all the handlers who have been selected for this year’s teams. It’s always a tough decision when there are so many top performing dogs and handlers on the squad. However, the coaching team and I believe we have selected a strong team who can go out to the European Open and the FCI World Championships and win medals.”

The teams selected are as follows:

European Open

Small:

Medium:

Large:

All competitors at the European Open will get an individual run and be part of a team. Teams will be confirmed nearer the time.

World Championships

Small:

Medium: 

Large:

T – Team run

I – Individual run

Full results from the performance weekend can be found at http://mobile.firstplaceprocessing.com/. More information on the qualification process for the 2019 squad can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.

Agility Team GB is sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, DOG StreamZ, First Contact, Nottingham Trent University, Eurotunnel, Agility1st, Animal Trust and supported by the Kennel Club.