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Celebrating remarkable people and dogs...

We believe this is the first Agility Hall of Fame in the world. It's here to recognise the outstanding achievement - and longevity - of exceptional dogs and / or their senior handlers. Your nominations are welcome. Inductees need not be well known nor advanced handlers but should have given something special to the agility world. The only stipulation is that the handler must be over 55 years of age and dogs should be retired or nearing retirement.

Thank you to Norton Rosettes for their support over the years and fo providing the remarkable rosettes.

2021

Congratulations to the 2021 inductees to the Hall of Fame including our first couple. All of them are legends in their own time.

2021


Nominated by Hilary Poole and Gemma Swan

Lesley Olden

I honestly don’t think there has been anyone or will be anyone who has achieved as much as Lesley Olden has in agility. 

She began to compete 40 years ago and is still winning at the top level today.  Her wins are too many to list here – even she has lost count of the hundreds of trophies and awards received throughout her long career.  Olympia has always been one of her highlights and she won with Midge in 1986 (who was also Agility Dog of that Year), with Katie her poodle in 1989, Loobie in 1999 and 2001 and Yodel in 2022.  30 years of competing and winning at Olympia is certainly a record which will be hard to beat! 

Loobie, her working sheepdog, was the very first UK Agility Champion dog in 2001, and it didn’t take her very long to achieve that title either.  Lesley’s determination together with her skills in reading her dogs and using their strengths to achieve success is what makes her a true legend.  I know she always says her poodles Katie and Bisto taught her so much – including patience and looking outside the box!!  Crufts teams winner, Barbour Pairs and Skinners Knock Out, Agility Dog and Handler of the Year….  you name it she has won it.  Every dog she has owned and competed with was her 'dog of a lifetime.' As well as those already mentioned, there were also Dot, Beanie, Toot and Ding, and I’m sure her new pup Tweet will prove to be just as successful.

Lesley has also bred some amazing Nedlo agility dogs who have gone on to attain Championship status – Will’s Scout, Tasha's Pebbles and Greg's Detox to name but a few.

Lesley would be the first to admit that she is not the fastest runner on the circuit, but she doesn't have to be to beat the others. She proved that recently at Olympia with a foot perfect performance demonstrating incredible distant handling skills.  Lesley, you are the absolute Queen of Agility! Hilary Poole

From Lesley...
Oscar Speech coming up... Wow, what a month! All down to my partners in crime - my little furry friends - ) and the support I have been so lucky to have been given over the past 40 years by so many people.

My first agility trainer Peter Lewis, one of the main instigators of our sport, once said to me, 'It’s all about the 3 Rs - The Right information at the Right time with the Right dog.'

Well, I reckon I hit the jackpot with the trainers I have had over my time in Obedience, Working Trials, Agility and now in Hoopers and Scentwork.

2021

Nominated by Greg Derrett

Steve Croxford

I would like to nominate Steve Croxford to the Agility Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame, I'm told, is not only for successful handlers but for unsung heros in the sport. Steve is one of the few people that fall into this category.

A successful handler who won at the very highest level of British Agility including winning Olympia in the early 1990s (1991?). Steve has represented Agility throughout all levels of the Kennel club committees and continues to this day supporting Agility through the KC Prestige Events committee. He was Team GB manager for ten years, leading GB into international competition for the first time and creating many memorable podium winners.

A definite choice for the Agility Hall of Fame. Greg Derrett

From Steve...
Thank you.

2021

Nominated by Mike Hallam

Clive & Dorothy Foden

I am nominating Clive and Dorothy for their support and devotion to the Agility world and what they have achieved. I first knew Clive and Dorothy from the 80s and 90s. They've only retired on the 13th of November at Wilmslow Agility Show after decades of competing, judging and supporting everyone around the shows and clubs, especially in the Northwest.

Clive is a legend in the ring taking three dogs to Championship level with Poppy achieving Champion Status and all of them competing regularly at Crufts. Many including myself have spent many a day trying to beat him and not succeeded. He was always a generous in his praise but also giving advice and guidance.

I can also say that, as a couple, they have been supportive of everyone. Clive is a a true gent and Dorothy a special lady. We have been privileged to be called close friends and will miss them round the rings and at the shows in general.

I am in awe of what Clive has achieved competing well into his 70s and winning a ticket recently. Mike Hallam

From Dorothy & Clive...
We had a lovely surprise this lunchtime when we received our beautiful rosette saying Hall of Fame.

Thank you to Mike for putting our names forward. I am not sure I should be there. Clive is the star who managed to get the best out of all our dogs.

2020

Nominated by Gay Horsley

Clive Hildersley

I would like to nominate the late great Clive Hildersley, not only for being an inspiration and a perfect gentleman but for years and years of service to agility in general.

His contribution to agility over the last 30 years has been tireless including his work on the KCAI Organising Committee and locally the Kernow shows. His wicked sense of humour and infectious smile is what most of us will miss most, he retained this even through his own adversity.

He was a special man who inspired many.

Clive Hildersley RIP

  • Fran Hildersley
    Thank you for the keepsake rosette.
     

  • Chris Huckle
    Well deserved, for a Cornish Agility Legend
     

  • Lindy Margach
    How extraordinarily appropriate
     

  • Wendy Radcliffe
    Wowee that's a rosette and a half! It's beautiful.

2020

Nominated by Linda Croxford

Faith Whitely

Faith Whitely was 80 years young this year (December 2020) and has continued to compete and train despite some quite severe health issues this year. She trains her four Italian Volpinos with Whitstable Agility Group over two or three evenings each week.

She is a member of the UK Para Agility Team and in 2018 won Gold in the Group 5 Par Agility World Championships in Spain. In 2018, the UK hosted the Championships in Huntingdon and, when we were clearing up the venue late on the final day of the championships Faith was on her hands and knees helping to roll up the 40 meter by 25 meter astro turf we had purchased – despite being 78 years of age at the time!

From Faith Whitely
I was totally amazed to receive my Hall of Fame rosette. it is such a lovely idea and I shall really enjoy having it. It is the lovely reminder of the happiest of times. It was sweet of Linda to recommend me- she is always full of surprises - and very kind of you to include me. Thank you so much.

I did not start in agility until I was 69 and then I could only watch my Bella beginning her agility journey as I was recovering from an operation.

I have had such a wonderful time learning to communicate with my dogs and enjoying their enthusiasm for the sport. We all adore it, love the training sessions and owe so much to the patience of Linda Croxford over many years and to Dawn Hughes, who introduced three of us to agility. I have received so much kindness from many other handlers, ring parties and judges who put up with the fact that I am a bit slow at organising myself and arriving at the start.

I only do about five shows a year as I work at weekends, but the shows are my real highlights of the year. So amazing to take part, and such a privilege to share my life with my wonderful dogs - Dorabella, my ‘Golden’ Fleur and their respective offspring, Gemma , Gena and the irrepressible Bizzie Lizzie - all agility addicts.

2020

Nominated by Jennie Costello

Freda Wallace

I’d like to nominate Freda Wallace and Tika. Not only are they consistent performers (gaining lots of points) but Freda is such a great ambassador for the sport.  She judges, ring parties, and trains. She’s been active this year by setting courses for Covid safe course running days,  to give us addicts the chance to run grade appropriate courses.  All proceeds went to local animal charities.  She is always willing to give advice when asked and quick to congratulate any successes.

Probably the most amazing thing is that she can still be found camping in a tent at shows whatever the weather. I think she is truly an agility treasure.

From Freda & Tika
I would like to say thank you for the beautiful rosette that arrived this morning from the senior agility league with my name on for the hall of fame. Rosette pictured with Tika who made it all possible. Let's hope we can have fun together again later this year. Thank you once again. it was a wonderful surprise.

2019

Nominated by Karen Parker

Barry Parker

I would like to nominate my wonderful Dad, Barry Parker who is competing in the Diamond Small Division of the Senior Agility League.

Dad has been in Agility for many years and has competed with his GSP Tammy, WSD Jack, Collie x Kelpie Taff, JRT x Eddie and more recently JRT Gem.

Dad and Gem started in May 2019 in Grade 2 and finished the year in Grade 5. It has been a pleasure to watch their partnership grow and to see their smiling faces at the end of every run! She is a little powerhouse and loves nothing more than having fun and being kissed!

I am so very lucky to have this wonderful man in my life and I'm so very glad that both Dad and Mum introduced me to this fantastic sport! I have loved watching him competing in 2019 and can't wait to see what this amazing partnership do in 2020.

2019

Nominated by Jean Tuck

Myndoc Minstrel for Craygill AW/G

Now 14 ½ years old, Scott started to compete just before the grading system came in and, on the strength of a 3rd place at his first show, he started the next year in Grade 5. 

He was my first Grade 7 dog, and he discovered that he loved running in teams. He was at Crufts for his agility team every year from 2009 to 2016. In his one individual appearance at Crufts, he came 3rd in the Singles Final and he also gained two Reserve tickets.

Just after his last Crufts, he moved down to Veteran classes which he loved and finally retired from Agility in August 2017 after two Veteran wins at West Lakes. In 2015 he took up Rally, and then Obedience - with success in both.

Despite being somewhat arthritic, he continues to enjoy country walks, aided by hydrotherapy, supervising the younger Shelties and being my shadow. He is a favourite with our grandsons.

2019

Nominated by Frances Cobb

Stillmoor Jazz Cadenza

I bought my beloved slate merle Border Collie Jazz in 2009 when I retired from work with the plan of him becoming a Heelwork to Music dog. He made a good start and was awarded the Paws & Music Starter Dog of the Year in 2010.

Whilst on a training holiday in 2011, Jazz and I had a go at Agility and it was immediately clear that Jazz was much more motivated by this sport so we  'took a year out' from the HTM to see whether Agility was more our thing. That was a major turning point in both our lives. We moved to Wiltshire where we made so many new friends through learning and competing in Agility. We quickly became addicted to the sport and never went back to the HTM!

Jazz made quick progress in the lower KC grades of Agility and qualified for the Proplan Starter finals. He also had success in UKA competitions and was a Circular Knockout finalist and a Team finalist. The peak of Jazz’s career was to qualify for the Olympia Novice Large dog quarter finals in 2018 held at KCI Although we had a clear rounds both, Jazz and I were beginning to feel our age running in the heat so we were too slow to qualify for the final at Olympia.

This year with Jazz aged 10 we got off to an amazing start with three wins at KC agility shows and this put him up to Grade 6. However in August and September, it became apparent that all was not well with Jazz and after he had been examined by a specialist I was told that Jazz is going blind so I have had to retire him from agility.

Many people have complimented me over the years on the wonderful bond that could be seen between myself and Jazz, he seemed to automatically know his way around an agility course and would go the right way even when my commands were sometimes incorrect! He has been a ‘once in a lifetime’ dog and I have been very lucky to have him as my amazing agility dog, loving pet and companion.

2019

Nominated by Jodie Naz1mi

Carole Fiori

I have had the pleasure of training Carole Fiori at JAC's for about four years now. She is always encouraging and takes new members under her wing and supports them on their journeys, too. She is one of the nicest people, always ready to laugh at her dogs' antics.

Her Beagle Buddy (Carole's Buddy Boy) is nearing retirement and is going into Anysize. She continues to train and compete with Beau her youngster who is super fast.

2018

Nominated by Lesley Wilks

Catch a Dream

Lesley Wilks has nominated her gorgeous, little sable girl Catch a Dream (Kat.

Lesley said, ‘Kat is my soul mate, my special treasure. She has even managed to drag me up to Grade 7. For the past two years, she has run Anysize. I retired her from KC shows at Dog Vegas in September where she did her last run under Carol Stanley, and actually won the class. We were all in tears.

As I help out at their shows, she did a couple of unaffiliated Bitz 'n Bobz but now, age 13, she has run her last. The last Bitz show was also quite emotional because she’d saved her paw money and bought a large bag of biscuits so every dog competing there could have one.

Have a healthy retirement, Kat.

2018

Nominated by Agilitynet

Jane Cameron

Although Jane Cameron was not active in 2018, she was a member of the Senior Agility League from the start. She won a trophy for three successive years with Borderstorm Lincoln Imp after which she retired from the League. And that's why we have nominated her for the SAL Hall of Fame.

Due to ongoing health problems since the virus which struck 20 months ago - the day after she lost her Kai -  she has decided to retired from Agility altogether this year. 

She said, 'Despite encouragement, it is time to sadly admit my Agility days are over. It was great meeting you all and I will continue to watch you from afar. It was such fun while it lasted.'

2017

Nominated by Jenny Rothwell

2004-2022 Poppet the Rocket RIP

Poppet & Jenny

Our second nominees are Jennifer Rothwell and her Bedlington X Poppet. This pairing has often been in the places in the League and we would like to recognise their achievements.

Jenny said, 'With me being 80 in August and Poppet 14 in May, we are both no longer 'spring chickens, but I think agility is her favourite sport so we are continuing as long as we can. No doubt she will let me know when she no longer wants to do it. I think her weekly hydrotherapy swim keeps her fit and well. She is an absolute sweet little lady that everyone loves.'

2017

Nominated by Agilitynet

Oh Ted!

Once again Jacky Oriss and the amazing Oh Ted! have topped the Senior Agility League (again), winning the Allsorts category with a stunning total of 4647 points. Ted is now 10 and slowing down a bit, but he is still ran away with the 2017 Senior League.

Jacky said, 'Ted is 10 now and I am sure going to miss him when he is no longer around.  You are right, He is a star. I had no idea how much my lovely red pup would become such a friend to me, and we would share so many many happy times together. He is a real a star and I am proud of his achievements along with his 101 babies, grand and great-grand babies.

Ted becomes our first nominee for the newly created Senior Agility League Hall of Fame.

First published 17th January 2019

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