2011 BSD World Championship Agility Team Selected
The Great Britain Agility team for the 2011 FMBB Belgian Shepherd Dog Agility World Championships has been selected. As BSD Worlds are held outside usually on grass, in previous years outside venues have been used. Due to some close calls with bad weather, however, the team manager and the organising committee decided to try a different approach for this yearís selection. Two indoor venues were used with separate judges at each.
The first selection in October was held at Andy and Helen Browns venue near Worcester. Lee Gibson set some very challenging and typically FCI type course. At the end of the day, the results were much closer than in previous years and it would be very difficult for anyone to predict the final outcome.
The second selection was held at Louise and Anne Challisís venue near Dartford. Andy Hudson set technical courses leading to a very exciting day. The scoreboard changed at every run and the squad gradually emerged. At the end of a very competitive day a squad of good dogs and handlers have been selected. All but one person in the squad has previous experience of both the selection process and competing at the world championships.
Over 30 handlers with slightly more dogs expressed an interest in taking part. From them, 25 dogs met the entry criteria and were able to compete. We are very keen to bring in new people and dogs into the selection process in order to develop them for future years. So the criteria starts at Grade 3 providing the handler and dog together have a top ten place in both agility and jumping.
Each year we have more Grade 5, 6 & 7 dogs and we were very encouraged by the number of new dogs joining them this time. Some of them may have found this a leap in standard and very different from the type of competition they are used to but it should be a very useful experience for future years.
Selection is done on the results at the two selection days. At each selection day, there are four runs -two Agility and two Jumping. To encourage the higher speeds needed at the world championships, the course times are set tighter than at UK competitions. As per the world championship, each dog gets a 1 minute practise session to get use to the equipment. This is particularly useful for getting use to a frame tyre and wider spacing in the weaves.
The judges gave a full briefing particularly before the first event carefully explaining the differences with FCI rules and that making sure that everyone understood that they would be strictly enforced. This was because we do not want people to get to the world championships and be caught out on a technicality.
In the team for both the team and the individual competition are:-
Also in the individual competition are:-
This year the FMBB World Championships are going to be held at Nieuwpoort in the home country of the Belgian Shepherd Dog on 1-5 June 2011. As well as Agility, it hosts IPO (schutzhund), Mondio Ring (protection), Obedience, Heelwork to Music and Breed Showing. More details can be found at http://2011.fmbb.net/news.php
The substantial amount of funds required to send the team is raised by the Belgian Shepherd Dog Association of Great Britain and the Working Belgian Shepherd Dog Society who jointly manage the whole enterprise.
For anyone interested for future events the details can be found on these websites www.bsdaofgb.co.uk/ or www.wbsds.org.uk. Or they can be obtained from Mike Bacon, the Team Manager email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Selection Dates for 2011 BSD World Champs Announced
The dates for the selection of the Great Britain Agility Team for the 2011 FMBB Belgian Shepherd Dog World Championsips have been announced.
The first selection day will be held on Sunday, 7 November at Sandbourne Stables, Baughton Hill, Earls Croome, Worcestershire WR8 9DG. The judge will be Lee Gibson. Registrations must be sent to the Team Manager and received by 1 November 2010.
The final selection event will be held on Sunday, 13 February at The Arrow Riding Centre, Darenth Park Avenue, Dartford, Kent DA2 6LZ. The judge will be Andy Hudson.
Full details of the selection and registration forms can be obtained from the Team Manager, Mike Bacon, email email@example.com