Foxtwist Cause a Commotion AW/S
Pet name: Riot
Age: 10 years
has done me proud, and we are going to have a year of fun in
Intermediate and do some AnySize classes and a bit of Hoopers.
dog: Riot was never more aptly named. I was slightly horrified when I
started competing with her as she had decided that chasing a dog in the
adjacent ring was far more exciting than playing agility with me. In 30
years of competing in agility with multiple dogs, I'd never had one do
that before. She also found time to have two litters of beautiful
She came out of competition for over a year while I tackled the problem
of her strong chase drive. When she finally started competing again,
she rapidly went up through the grades, ultimately achieving Grade 7.
The Marvel Stan Lee
When Covid struck and we went into lockdown, I
decided to retire Stanley due to his age and the height he would have to jump.
As we have not been able to train properly for a year, it is better that
stop competing and give way to the two younger dogs in his pack. Now
he is enjoying having long walks and cuddles if and when he comes along to
Introduce your dog: I
was given Stanley when he was 1 1/2 years old by a family who had young
children and didn’t have enough time for him. He was introduced to
Agility and, after several months of being bitten by him at every
possible opportunity, probably due to him being used as a sheep dog), he
finally clicked as to what his new job was.
We started off in Grade 1 and my aim was to get to Grade 3. Never in
my wildest dreams did I ever have think we would actually get to
Grade 7 which we managed in 2019.
Bottlesford Odd One Out AW/S
Working Cocker Spaniel (Medium)
Retirement: We decided to retire Chilli after the 2020 the Kernow
Easter Show 2020, exactly 10 years after his debut at the same show
under judge Alison Grimes. Despite his age and breathing with a loose
larynx, he's still barking and doing zoomies at every opportunity around
the house and garden, leading our other dogs astray or lying on his
back, jerking his legs in the air in a come play with me invitation. .
He can still outrun me by some distance, whilst barking 'hurry up.' The
lower Medium height helps out but competing is a no, no as people
ringside would mutter about his choking noise. He still has fun doing a
little training and long may that continue health-wise. Our, much loved,
licky 'Little Brown Dog.'
your dog: Chilli was bred by Joyce Turner and he was the only male
in the litter. His KC name reflected both his birth and living status.
He came into a household of three black & white Springer Spaniels as a
Medium, liver WCS. After 30+ years of owning mad Springers, we didn't
think a Cocker would be much different. How wrong were we! He's always
watching you and is a real character.
Achievements: We've never been that competitive, only running
two classes per day, but Chilli went from G3 to G5 - with two wins
towards G6. He is only a few points from his Gold Warrant.
English Springer Spaniel (Large)
Retirement: He was to have been retired at the end of 2020 season. I
had him re-measured in 2019 as Intermediate so as to reduce joint stress
as he got older, but like others, he never got to compete in this height
category. He may appear in an Anysize class this year, just to get his
swan song run. Druid is also my 'marking up' dog, carrying spray cans or
retrieving the end of laid out ropes, so we will still carry on doing
that job together. We will carry on with Obedience as it's easier on his
your dog: He is a beautiful dog inside and out, with not an ounce of
malice in him. He's great with nervous or young dogs, so gentle. He
adores playing with our younger dogs and rolls around on his back like a
giant hearth rug, making lots of growly noises or playing chase around
the garden. Druid would live quite happily on the beach. He loves a
cuddle on my lap - or on the bed - and reads my down or unwell moments
like a book, nuzzling for a fuss. He's my one in a million dog.
Achievements: Druid started his Agility career late due to an elbow
injury. He was nearly three before his first competition. At times, I
didn't think would happen. He took me from G2 to G4 in rare moments of
brilliance - I'm not that good, he's indifferent - but we had immense
fun. As he is a heavier type of Springer and, with his former elbow
issue, I made sure he was never over jumped in training or competition.
He went from G2 to G5 (with one win towards G5). He is only five points
from gaining his Bronze Warrant.
competes in Obedience, winning out of introductory and Pre beginners
with one win in Beginners towards Novice. We reached Discover Dogs in
the KC Good Citizens semi-final for Crufts. He was a star there, with
kids making a big fuss of my hairy monster and him taking London crowds
in his stride.
Poppet the Rocket AW/G
Owned by: Jenny Rothwell
Pet name: Poppet
Breed: Bedlington Terrier X
Age: 17 years on May 10th 2021
Poppet retired at the Dig It Dogs virtual show in June 2020. Sadly
she started to loose her sight just after her last run, though she would love to carry on.
She still goes for a weekly hydrotherapy swim.
Achievements: We got to Grade 4 in KC Agility and also attended Crufts Activity Ring twice. Agility has
always been her first sport but she has
had placements in Flyball, Heelwork to Music, Freestyle and Obedience shows,
Herbie (aka Herbmonster)
years 9 months
Our last competitive season was always going to be 2020. My aim was to
reach G7 before retiring but, due to COVID, that goal was never reached.
His last competition was at Kelluki in September where he had a
successful day with his 2nd win to G7, winning the Combined G5-7 Agility
and getting a 2nd and a 4th. I will miss standing on the Start Line with
him as I say 'Let's do this for grampies' - in memory of my dad who
never got to watch us compete, passing away three days before our first
ever comp. To you Dad, the boy did good.
your dog: Herbie was rescued for Dogs Trust at 16 weeks old, and he
has been by my side ever since. We started agility in 2012 but almost
didn't continue due to his lack of focus and because he was forever
wandering off! We persevered and started competing in 2014. He quickly
went from G1 to G3 in 12 weeks! I love running Herbie. He just loves
Agility and always has fun with a cheeky smile on his face. I never know
whether it's 'sensible' Herbie or 'woohoo' Herbie where we end up with
Es. Either way, he has been a superstar - my dog in a million.
Starbound Keep Trying
He deserves his rest. He's given me his heart and soul over the
competing years and we have loved every minute of our competing life. He
now has a new role as a lazy beachcomber and champion sand digger.
your dog: Otto is a loving boy with a very high food drive. He
originally started in Obedience, going on to the Scottish Kennel Club
Beginners Finals. All to soon it was clear that he was meant for Agility
and in his first season went from Grade 1 to 5. His first Grade 6 run
saw him be the only clear and in time dog with a very skillful sharp
turn to avoid the "killer trap" before the final run home. His last
competition saw him running the the final Crufts Team event. Sadly they
were beaten on time.
Sapphire Star Amber AW/G
Owned by: Jason Drinkwater
Breed: Border Collie X German
Age: 13 Years
Retirement: August 2020
Introduce your dog:
Amber was a
puppy who needed a second home at eight weeks as 'she doesn't stop and I
need to go back to work.' She is very high drive and energy. She
excelled at puppy training and Good Citizen Dog Scheme and showed huge
promise at competitive Obedience, but I didn't! She entered her first
agility competition aged 6, won the Jumping and never looked back. Amber
is loyal, funny and has been a pleasure to own from the time she learnt
to switch off. I couldn't have had a better first agility dog.
Tidgy Pud Too
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
We would have retired her in 2020 due to heart problems.
your dog: She shares her home with her daughter Minnie and Harvey,
our rottie x mastiff. She is a very loving dog and mothers Harvey and
Minnie, constantly ensuring that they have clean faces, whether they
like it or not. She is very laid back, leaving Harvey and Minnie to
guard the house whilst she snoozes on the sofa. She is very food
motivated and will watch us avidly whilst we are eating, in the hope of
a dropped titbit.
Daisy was never going to set the agility world on fire as she wasn't
fast but, what she lacked in speed, she made up for in enthusiasm. She
always started barking excitedly as soon as we pulled into the car park
at a show. She only had a win into Grade 4, although she had numerous
rosettes for placings, Her best achievement was getting a 1st place on a
course when every other dog was eliminated due to some nasty traps.
Sadly she was out of time on the course.
Tess to Impress
Tess would have run in any size and veterans jumping in 2020, she
wasn't 13 until September so still wanted to take part in agility and
still up for it.
your dog: I got Tess as a puppy. The first time she saw my other
dogs she screamed and, for a while any dog she met she screamed at them.
In saying that she soon grew in confidence and nothing much really
phased her. She was - and still is - ruled by her belly, so training was
relatively easy for her, working with her to the excitement of finishing
a round and getting to those treats. She is a typical Schnauzer though.
If hubby was about, he had to be right there or she would go looking for
him. All male dogs loved her and she was good with boisterous puppies as
she would tolerate so much then tell them to behave and they did.
We were lucky to be in a group of dogs who all started their agility
at the same time. Tess went up the grade steadily all the way to Grade
7, but didn't really do well in Champ. She was a consistent dog.
Although she wasn't the fastest, she was tight and always brought home a
rosette or two. Tees took me to Crufts twice, Olympic qualifier and
although we could go discover dogs. More importantly though I absolutely
loved running her. She was and still is a star.
Beaglebug at Seabriar
Owned by: Paul Garland
Age: 11 years
16th March 2020 due to
her slowing down. Then after a health check, we found out she had a
heart murmur. Sadly we lost her on the 21st September 2020.
your dog: We
rescued Evie her at 12 weeks old as I always wanted a beagle. First we
tried Flyball, but Evie was not ball orientated, so we tried Agility and
she loved it. She was always friendly especially when people had treats.
Always got told she would be hard to train but proved them wrong, lots
of sniffing to start but got there in the end. All our training was at
BTH run by Lee Hayes. Evie loved running course's and loved by all
Judges and ring parties.
wins but not progressing due to faults and times (only missing out by
seconds). Her first win was at Barnard Castle, her last win was her last
ever competition which she had to run twice due to timing issuses but
ran clear both times. We did our best and got to Grade 3.
Daisy Be Lucky
Owned by: Shirley
retired to Anysize at the start of 2019 , a small built collie jumping
full height until she measured into intermediate, 2020 would probably
have been her final year running in Anysize,
All I can say is Daisy has been a lovable and amazing dog
since puppyhood, she has always been ready for a challenge and always
wants to please. At home, she is everyone's favourite.
has had a fantastic agility career with lots of wins and getting her to
Grade 7. I have really enjoyed running her, and I will miss having her
by my side at the start line. She enjoyed Anysize as there were no tight
turns. I'm sure she would love to carry on, but it’s time to let the
younger dogs have a play.
She is currently facing arthritis problems.
your dog: Daisy is a gentle giant who likes to sleep all day now.
It took her eight years to get to Grade 7. She finally got there
just four months before the first lockdown.
Lie Low Lilly
Owned by Sue Taylor
Collie. Her parents were ISDS trialling dogs.
on 4th March 2008
2020 would have been her final year jumping in Veteran/ Any Size but
Covid put an end to this so now she has put her paws up and is enjoying
a well earned retirement.
your dog: I have had Lil since she was eight weeks old. Her passion
has always been playing and Agility. She has never been interested much
in food, not keen on fuss. She always hated finishing a course and would
go around again if allowed! She would work all day if she could. She has
been an amazing girl always giving her all, an elegant careful jumper
who just loved to work and would work for anyone.
KC Grade 7, UKA Champ
Owned by: Pam Stokes
Age: 9 years
Decision made - July 2020. Last training - March 2020. Last competition
October 2019. Jasmine's first Kennel Club show was Ayrshire DTC in June
2014 and her last was Excel in October 2019 where she measured into
Intermediate. In hindsight neither of us needed the stress of that
queue. She has been losing her hearing and with the restrictions this
year I decided not to aim for returning to competition fitness. A
subsequent diagnosis of wear and tear damage to her cruciate ligament sealed the retirement decision.
dog: I got Jasmine as a puppy. I had wanted a puppy for a while and had
high hopes for all we would do together. Two weeks after I got her, I
became ill and so those plans all had to change. Jasmine grew into a
nervous dog who was scared of many things especially noises and other
dogs. The latter lead her to be highly fear reactive with other dogs.
Training, competing and queuing all posed huge challenges. We had
tremendous support from friends, club members, ring parties, judges and
many others for which I am very grateful.
she competed in 72 classes on 18 days of KC competitions which, in the scheme
of things, was not much at all. She was eliminated 40 times and had 31 runs with
faults - three of which were course clears - and 1 fully clear round, which
got her 16 warrant points. She brought home some rosettes - 2 x 5ths,
1 x 3rd and 2 x 2nds and some 1sts from fun shows.
It' s not a huge haul but every single result was the result of a lot of
blood, sweat and tears.
Bottlesford Lemon Truffle
Rio. Also answers to Princess!
Breed: Working Cocker Spaniel
Rio was supposed to be running in Anysize 2020 and finishing at the end
of the season, but sadly there were no shows for her.
About your dog: Rio was bred by a friend. She was the only lemon
and white in a litter of liver puppies, and I often feel she was destined
to be mine. She was always exciting to run in the ring - very fast and
often noisy! She gave
everything, every single time. I always left
the ring with a sense of breathlessness and stunned surprise that we
survived the 30 seconds, whether it went right or wrong. She has
absolutely no sense of self-preservation and is still wild running
through the trees at 12 years old. At home, she is happiest under a
blanket on the sofa.
Rio ended her career at KC Grade 7 and UKA Champion
at both Performance and Steeplechase. She competed in several Champ and UKA finals.
Winter Sky AW/S
Owned by: Sue Lackey
Cali or Cali Doodle
Age: 11 years
Bedlington Terrier X Pomeranian
She retired in August 2020 needing only one more agility win to Grade 6.
We had hoped 2020 would give us that final win so she could retire at G6
but, in this pandemic year, it wasn't to be.
About your dog: Cali came into our family as an eight week
old puppy. It was obvious early on that she was quite clever and very active. I saw something on
TV about Agility and I thought might be a fun thing to do with her,
I contacted Highdown Agility Club, a local group and thus our adventure
Achievements: Cali spent
years in Grade 1 but eventually won up to Grade 5. She qualified twice for The
Agility Club Starters Final and earned her Bronze and Silver KC
Baron von Schnoodle
Owned by: Babs Foster
Pet name: Zippo
Age: 13 years in May 2020
Schnauzer x poodle – or Schnoodle!
retirement – January 2020
About your dog:
Zippo came into our family as a puppy. He was
one of the three
boys, all looking all very similar. He made the choice for me by coming
and laying on my feet, something he often still does today. He has been
the easiest of dogs to live with and train, and loves everyone - both two and
four legged. He has a soft, friendly nature, not too noisy or
demanding, although can have his moments! He was a great dog to share
the ring with, although inconsistent on his contacts, particularly
rushing to get off the see-saw. He has taught me such a lot and given me
so many smiles and
proud moments! Love him!
took me to the dizzy heights of KC Grade 7 and Champ classes. Some of his best achievements
include being 3rd at his first ever in the Champ Final at Chippenham and later winning the
Won the first overall UKA Masters
Qualified for the Mini / Mixi Pairs at Discover Dogs on a couple of
occasions with his collie girlfriends Swift and Dottie
TAG Team Dash final with team mates Blink, Wicked and Whizzer –
against all heights
Runner-up in Grade 6
in The Agility Club
Fly Bys Limited Edition
Owned by: Deanne Nash
Tag / Tagman
Age: 10 years
Sadly he retired from Agility on 12th October due to being diagnosed
with terminal cancer.
dog: I have had Tag since he was eight weeks old. He was born on
Valentine's Day and is truly my soul mate. He was my first dog. Tag lives up to his KC name
as he is truly a limited
edition. He is the biggest character of our house. He now enjoys going on new
adventures, going to the pub, beaches, country walks, coming out in
Agility classes to see all his friends and mug the owners for treats.
His favourite toy is soft squeaky tennis ball.
Grade 1 to G6 in Agility
Health Company Final twice
Ran in the Rest of the
World final at Agility by the
Jumping Cup Final
Jump & Twist
Black Sky's Little Witch AW/B
Owned by: Donna McDonnell
Sky (aka Twiz, Oi, Mouth Almighty, Evil Edna)
Breed: Working Sheepdog
10 1/2 years
May 2020. I wish they didn't have to get old.
dog: I love the bones of this little dog with all of her
quirks and issues. She is a feisty, funny, spicy little workaholic! She came
to me at nine months of age, having been farm bred and failed in her
first domestic home. She had no off switch, a talent for getting into
trouble and an epic attitude. Now she's an older lady she still has an
epic attitude except now she feels she's old enough to be allowed to
indulge it - and she does.
She loved her
agility for its own sake, and although we were never the most consistent
partnership - clears were few and far between, if she went clear she
often won. We had so much fun together, I'll remember her career with
incredible fondness and joy. She' s also very vocal and always gave it
plenty of verbal all the way round every course.
We got to G5 with one win towards G6 when I retired her
and reached UKA Champ in both Steeplechase and Performance. She got
her AW/B. Her biggest achievement is that she gave me 100% effort on
every single run and had a blast doing it.
Age: 10 1/2
We retired Red this year 2020 in
September at one of Sam Hatcher's Kelluki shows. He was starting to measure jumps
and, after shows, he would be very stiff and achy. That said I
am sure he still wants to do it as when we go to shows and I run his
nephew Red gets very excited and I know he would run for me but I do not
want to hurt him, its time now to thank him for all he has done for me
in agility and look after him in his old age,
About your dog: Red was my very first agility dog. I have had him since
he was a puppy at just six weeks old. He came from a very good
breeder and has very good breeding lines.
I did not get him for agility but a good friend encouraged
me to give it a go because I was finding it hard to suppress his energy. I am so glad I
did take up agility with him as I love the sport and I am totally
obsessed with it now.
Red was an absolutely amazing dog to work with and
I am convinced that if he had gone to a more experienced handler he
could have achieved anything. One thing that
has always struck me about Red is his intelligence. He never stops
amazing me. Even at ten and a half years old he still does stuff that I
think how does he work it out? Away from
agility Red loves long walks (not so long now he is getting older) he
just loves the outside, he loves hunting and running around in the
woods, his discipline is amazing he makes me very proud, and I
frequently get nice comments on how well behaved he is, he is hardly
ever on a lead as he knows all of the rules. Red has one
favourite toy that he loves called Stinky Pig. This is the toy he will
get if he wants you to play.
That said I am
more than pleased with what we have both achieved together (first
agility dog) some of his achievements over the years:-
Not for the Faint Hearted
Meesha Meesh or Oh Gobby One!
Breed: Border Collie
Age: 11 years
went on to do a few Hoopers
sessions, but I've had to stop that with her now. Now she's a pet dog
and loves her walks and bosses the other two around.
About your dog: She is my first ever dog from a breeder. All the
others are rescues. Everyone knows when she is around as she is a tad gobby around the rings especially with total excitement;
I could never
queue with her as she wore herself out barking before we even got to the
start line. She had a special tuggie for training which she loved as
soon as it came out she was at the front door at 100mph!
We started in default G3 and retired in... G3. She was one of those dogs who gave all or nothing at all/
never knew what you were going to get until she got into the ring. She was
very bold. Sometimes she was deaf and took her own line because she couldn't hear
my commands above the barking! If she was on form, she came in the top 3.
She was so much fun to run and the entertainment value was second to
none. She was very confident and worked well ahead of me. Yes, she was
very fast but unfortunately had no self preservation whatsoever and
picked up a few injuries which came back as she aged to bite her in the
bum! I do miss running her a lot.
Colour of Magic
Owned by: Janet Nero
will be 13 years old in February 2021. I wanted to give her one more run
earlier in 2020 to mark her retirement, but alas Covid
put a dampener on that.
Echo has been entered in Anysize for the last couple of years and, like all
the classes she ran in, she swept the board.
About your dog:
I have been
doing agility for over 33 years and loved every minute.
Achievements: Echo's first show was at West Lakes when she was 18 months old and she was
like a released balloon you have partly blown it up.
She soon recognised what the game was all about and got to Grade 7 very
quickly. Had a few goes at Champ and came 3rd in one of them. In the
ring she was magical to watch
And fantastic to run. I felt that I only needed to cough and she knew
what I wanted.
Age: Approx. 13 years
Retirement: He also fell foul of the full height
debate measuring just into Large and being quite a chunky boy as well.
About your dog: I got Gizmo as a rescue. He was
thrown out of a car on a main road near where I live. He was very
scared and hiding. After lots of coaxing, he came out of his hiding
place and crawled on his belly to me. After the dog warden collected
him - I didn't want another dog as had recently lost my Boxer x Terrier
- I realized what a terrible mistake I had made and went to the
pound to bring him home. Seven days later he came home with me. That
was 11 years ago
Gizmo was the first dog I ever did
agility with. When we started, I never planned to compete. He was the
typical Velcro dog so would only run as fast as I could go! We never competed at KC but he achieved
Novice level in Performance and Steeplechase at UKA and Novice and
Advanced levels at various independent shows where he could jump
Standard height. Over his career, we have collected two huge boxes of
trophies and rosettes and he has won quite a few leagues at different
shows of the years.
Whinburn Sweet Whispers
Pet name: Perri
years. Will be 11 in May.
I retired her after Ribble show in
early 2020 though she did attend Crufts 2020 as the reserve in Wes Lo's
Tiny Terrors Small team which was placed 3rd.
was retired a season or two early due to Covid pandemic.
About your dog:
We got Perri on Boxing Day 2012. She came
home on loan on condition she went back to breeder to have a litter. She
was my first competition Agility dog, She
started Agility aged five after her pups and having to have an operation to
have the end of her tail amputated.
Achievements: She first competed in G1
on 16th April 2017 and went G2
by 18th June 2018. When she was G6, she had to have a year out to mend a damaged cruciate.
She has also qualified
for Crufts for Life as a show dog.
Pet name: Evie
Breed: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever x
Age: She will be 12 in January.
She would have had a
retiring run in 2020, but it was not to be!
About your dog:
Evie is a small
and so we rarely competed at Kennel Club shows in her early years. We concentrated
on UKA where she measured Standard with ease. When the lower height
option was introduced at KC shows, this was a blessing for us.
measured into Intermediate, but sadly has never competed at that height. She still loves to have a
run around the garden when I get the practice jumps out, but Covid has
stopped our club from meeting since March. She has done a little Hoopers,
but really is just enjoying her retirement. I will miss running this
beautiful girl who has taught me so much! And I hope to do the odd Anysize whenever agility shows recommence.
Achievements: I have loved running her
over the years and have met many wonderful people. Evie attained Champion
status at UKA Performance and at also at Steeplechase. She also got to
Grade 5 at KC and attained her Silver Warrant in 2019. So proud of
x Lancashire Heeler
Age: 15 years
About your dog:
I rescued Tigger
when he was a year old. He always gave 100% and used to jump in my arms to be
carried into ring. You could always tell when he was enjoying himself as always
barked when going round the course. He doesn't really have a favourite
toy but likes balls.
started at Grade 1and got to Grade 7 and Champ. In 2015, we went to Crufts.
My Perfect Parker
Owned by: Julia Durrant
Poodle x Jack
Happy retirement, my perfect partner.
About your dog: My little man
has given me everything when doing Agility, He loved running with me as
much as I have with him.
went from Grade 3 to Grade 7 in nine months. When he won into G7, I was
told by someone that he would not be any good at that level. How wrong
they were! My perfect Parker has been at Crufts three times, where we
won , along with our amazing team mates 1st in the Small Crufts teams.
He has come 3rd in three Agility Champ finals and competed in many more.
Rowanbriar Prima Rendevous
Owned by: Ann Sizer
Breed: Labrador Retriever (Chocolate)
Age: 13 years
Retirement date: At the age of 10, decided it was time
for Vinnie to retire from competitive heights and we did Anysize
courses, eventually retiring fully when he became the travel mascot for his successor.
About your dog:
I first saw Vinnie when he was a day old, and he's
been a permanent part of my life since then.
He is one of the most
chilled boys you could ask for and has quite a fan club, two legs as
well as four.
It’s lovely to see how the other dogs we socialise with,
greet him with obvious affection.
At 13, his main interests are eating
and sleeping but he still joins us on our walks and adventures around
the New Forest and local woods which I am so thankful that he is still
able to do.
Achievements: We started agility in a local display team and took
up training and competing when Vinnie was four. I knew we were never going
to set the world on fire and for most of his competing life we were in
Grade 1. In 2015 a new trainer taught me to go with Vinnie's strengths,
and the introduction of the lower height meant we were able to continue
to enjoy our partnership. We were still having fun, coming 4th
on one of the ABC 4th Height challenges. We were also part of an
ABC team event coming 2nd . Then amazingly, at the age of
won into Grade 2 and just after he turned 10 years old, we won into Grade
Upsy Daisy Here We Go
Whippet, 1/4 Staffie
Retirement: 8 March 2020.
We'll continue to
play in Veterans and at UKA shows where we never managed to progress beyond
We picked up our trick training in the first lockdown and are now
working towards her trick dog Champion title. We found in the summer
that she loves man-trailing, so we will definitely be continuing with
dog: Hoddy was my first dog and my first agility dog. We started
classes in 2011, and she took to it fairly well though we a tendency to do
laps of honour (aka zoomies). She won a class at her first ever show,
but would be almost seven years old before we'd win out of grade 1, doing so
on 3 jumping wins. From there we really started to settle into
competitions and wins came steadily. At about 46cm tall 650 jumps were
always a big ask but won to grade 3 before the introduction of lower
height and eventual intermediate. In July 2019 on a very wet day in
Derbyshire we did one last trip round a full height course to win the YKC pairs qualifier, earning our place at Crufts, which would eventually
be our final competition, and a third place. With the lockdown, and her
pre-existing hip dysphasia, I decided to end her career on a high as she
began to suffer from occasional neck pain, and getting get back into
fitness to compete in Grade 6 would be a tall order. She continues to enjoy zooming around training courses,
complaining vocally when the other dogs have a turn, and her walks.
Grade 6 plus 4 wins to Grade 7
Agility Warrant Silver
Crufts 2019 - YKC ABC agility
Crufts 2020 - YKC ABC agility and Pairs (3rd place)
2019 LHO National Jumping Cup Final
Izzy Whizz is the Biz
Owned by: Sarah Plant
Pet names: Known as Iz, Izzy, Iz Whizz, Little Miss Iz
Whizz or Baby Girl
13 in February 2021
Her last run was in September 2019 in Veterans. It would
have been her last year in Veterans this year.
About your dog: Izzy is a rescue who joined our family at 15 months
running and chasing her friends, but put sand beneath her feet and she
is at her happiest. She loves all food and is a sweetheart but gets scared
of bangs and fireworks. She is my heart dog.
Achievements: It took a long time to
get a clear and an even longer time to get any wins but eventually won
into Grade 4. She loved a good
straight run to the finish jump. She specialised in zoomies.
Pet name: Milo
Breed: Sprocker (Springer x
Age: 12 in August 2020
Retirement: His last
competition was at Dog Vegas at Onley in March 2020. He then
developed arthritis in his hips which, together with Covid and the end
of lower height for Medium dogs, led to his retirement in September
2020. He’s adapted well to retirement and is now trying Hoopers and
About your dog: I’ve had Milo from the age of 15 weeks. He
was my first agility dog and loved the sport. He’s always given 110% in
everything he does. His enthusiasm was often greater than his skills,
but he always came out of the ring laughing. Very food orientated which
often got us in trouble in the ring where he’d manage to find anything
edible on the ground including sheep poo. He’d always complete the
course but then end his round by checking out the Scrimer's tent for food.
If Milo had a clear round he
usually gained a place. Even his final competition in March 2020 he got
a 3rd place. One thing he was famous for with
my friends was barking as he went through the weaves. Everyone said he
was counting the weaves and it really did seem like it. Weaves had been
our or rather my nemesis at the beginning of our agility career but
turned out his best achievement. He achieved Grade 5 which to me was
amazing and also managed our Silver Warrant. He’s my first dog as an adult and
my first Agility dog. He is my dog of a lifetime and my soul mate.
Milo had no time for contacts as they slowed him down. His greatest
achievement was winning the Semi-finals of The Agility Club Starters Cup in 2013. He
ran a faultless round to win and we then went to Discover Dogs in
November that year 2013. All didn’t go to plan as he was so excited by
the atmosphere but he loved being there nevertheless.
Bells Beau Delicious Boy
Pet name: Beau
He will be 10 years old in March.
His sight is going so I have decided it was time to
He will still be very active, however, as he has started a new career in
Hoopers. So far he loves it. There is no jumping and no contacts to
worry about with poor eyesight.
About your dog: My boy Beau is
a Rescue from Ireland.
He was a day away from being put down when Dumfries & Galloway Canine
saved him Whatever Beau
does he loves and he is such a good boy. We call him the Clear Round Boy
as very rarely did he ever knock a pole. He was never the fastest but he
was very consistent with Clear rounds.
He made it to Champ in UKA and Grade 6 in Kennel Club.
Pet name: Flash
Eye ulcers and now joint problems have meant that he was retired
About your dog: We attended CDAC where he refused
to do any training after 9pm. You could set your watch!. He might not
have been the fastest, but he was accurate on touch points and taught me
that if your dog isn't in the mood for work don't force them. They
really don't want to be in the ring. A funny moment was at the Letchworth show when he refused the tunnel because (I think) he didn't
want to get this back wet. Even the judge tried helping to no avail. His favourite treat is cheese. In his opinion, toys are a no no.
Food is better.
His biggest achievement was to get to Grade 3.
Owned by: Bob Wakelin
Age: 14 years.
February 2020. Given the chance, she would still be doing Agility -
if she could. She is now blind and her hearing isn't good.
About your dog:
Before Ruby started Agility, she was on medication to bring down her
serotonin levels. She didn't start
until she was six years and I was 65. She took to it like a duck to
water and soon settled in. It was new to both of us so it was a steep
learning curve but we both really started to enjoy it.. We made new
friends and were soon traveling around from show to show. She is now off
all meds. We used to laugh that she could read the numbers as I often
got lost on the course, but Ruby would take off and she was usually
right. My wife said she was my comfort blanket. Agility saved her life
and completely changed mine.
Achievements: We got to Grade 7.
Sp.Ch. Larling Action
Owned by: Amanda Spinks
Age: 14 1/2
Retired at Crufts
About your dog:
Jack and his first mum lived in Spain. After he made it to Show Champion,
he came here to live with me.
He was always active, and he took to Agility immediately. He won
into G4 at his first Kennel Club show after only six months of training and
he ultimately reached Grade
7 and Champ at UKA. He qualified for Crufts for five years before retiring.
The highlight of his agility career was being part of the amazing,
winning Stamford Team in 2016.
Myter Who Dares Wins
Owned by: Jane
Pet names: Robbie
or Mr Robs
Age: 12 years 8 months.
DOB 6th April 2008.
May 2020. To keep him happy, we have been training at Hoopers which he
loves. We have to limit his runs -otherwise he would just keep running
and be stiff the next day. Happy retirement my wonderful, special Mr
About your dog:
I bought Robbie
as a puppy. He is loyal, cuddly and just loves working even now. He
enjoys giving advice in the ring and always lets me know when my
commands are late and not given quickly enough. Early on, following an
ankle injury, he taught me that he would work away from me. It was
always enjoyable to watch even if it wasn't the judge's course. Robbie
will be a hard act to follow. Miss Mitz take notice.
In his first ever Champ class, he got through to the Final,
finishing 6th. His highest placing was 4th. He got to G7 and
did well at Champ, his highest placing being 4th.
Poppy. Her other nicknames include Popadom
Working Labrador Retriever
Age: Born 23 July 2010
Retirement: I had planned to run her at
Intermediate in 2020 and then retire her in 2021 as she is now 10 1/2 years old. Covid
restrictions meant early retirement so unfortunately she
never got to run at the new height. There is more to life than Agility.
About your dog: A little black Lab,
Poppy was originally bought for my husband to take shooting, but I
ended up training her! This wee dog has been my soul mate and has seen me through illness,
bereavement and hard times. She has taught me so much about both Obedience and
Agility. I pray that I have her for many
Poppy has been a wonderful dog, winning me from Grade 1 to Grade 5 in a career spanning six years. She was a consistently placed dog at each
grade and has been awarded the highest Agility Warrant - Diamond. In
2016, she won the Scottish Kennel Club qualifier, taking us to Discover
Dogs where she qualified us for Crufts in 2017. We competed in the
Novice ABC and came 6th in each round and 4th overall. In her last year,
I competed her whenever possible at Lower Height and in 2016 she also won the
Low 550 Jumping Qualifier and was Runner Up in the Scottish Final.
Her career was cut short as I had a bout of illness which resulted in 18
months away from Agility. When we returned to the ring in late 2019, she
won her first Grade 5 class.
Owned by: Debbie Prince
Breed: German Shepherd Dog
Age: 8 years - Born 15 June 2012
Retirement: Pippa missed out on 18 months of competition when I was ill so I ran her
at lower height. I would have run her at 500 in 2020,
be nine next year and I feel for a German Shepherd that's a bit old to
keep hips and joints healthy, hence her retirement.
About your dog: She was my very first German Shepherd. I
had wanted a GSD since I was six so she is a very special dog for me.
Unfortunately she doesn't always do 'what it says on the tin.' She is a
very able dog who frequently decides NOT to do! She has been hard work,
but I have learned so much from her as well.
started in Grade 3 and throughout her career she won several rosettes -
one or two even within course time. After several years of cajoling, she
finally won out of Grade 3 (twice) so she is retiring at Grade 4. Phew!
Harrjak Taking the Mick
Owned by: Georgina & Glynn Davies
Mickey (aka Mickey Marmite which was his nest name and it's kinda
years old in April 2020.
I was hoping we would be able to do a few
Veteran and Anysize
classes - and maybe we will next year.
About your dog:
He is an amazing dog, a real workaholic and always gives his all.
At home, he is usually found asleep
on our bed! He is a big goof ball and loves people.
He reached the dizzy heights of Grade 7.
Shanandi Wild Poppet
Breed: Miniature Poodle
Age: 10 years old
was going to compete at the Adams show in September 2019 but alas all
the shows were cancelled. I realised that the aches and pains and pulled
muscles meant it was time to step back. Covid had made the decision for
About your dog:
She came to us when she was just seven weeks old.
She seemed such a tiny dog after having had Belgian Shepherds. At the
age of three months, She contracted a virus which almost cost her life
but she survived. She was always full of life and had lots of energy and
took to Agility like a duck to water.
always wants to get it right. She seemed to have an on/off switch. She
could stand quietly in the queue ready to go into the ring. Then on her
release word, she would be off like a rocket.
Poppy made it all the way to Grade 7, winning against bigger and
faster dogs. Running In 2013 we were so proud to win Starters Cup at
Discover Dogs, with me limping around with a torn calf muscle and Poppy
barking at me to say hurry up. By 2019 she had made all the Champ finals
bar one in which she was entered. Thank you to Penelope Lowes who
handled her at Champ shows and was able to keep up with her.
Tuft (aka Scruffawuffalump and Tuffers)
Although eight years is not that old, I have made the
decision to retire her, especially in the current covid situation of not
knowing when we will be able to return to our hobby. Tuft still loves
learning tricks and seeing her friends, 2 and 4 legged, she loves life,
her countless toys and her home comforts.
About your dog:
Tuft came to me at nine months of age from Many Tears
Rescue. I had wanted a small scruffy dog for a long time and, after
losing out on a litter, a friend sent me a picture of Scarlet' which is
what she was called at the time. I was smitten as she was just what I
had been looking for. Everything seemed to fall into place as if it was
meant to be. Tuft fitted in really easily with our collies as she was
outgoing and friendly. On the night I brought her home, she fell asleep
in my arms as if she'd always been there. I started to train her and,
although I did not get her with agility in mind, she seemed to love it.
As long as you had a toy for her - especially a squeaky tennis ball -
she'd do anything.
Tuft went quickly from G3 to G7 with many successes.
although at times, she'd get what I'd affectionately call 'little dog
syndrome' when she would decide that she wouldn't run or perhaps stop
and sniff and switch off. She became very good at jumping over the down
contacts in the ring, whilst at training she'd run right through them.