Crufts – Agility

Dee here again with my reports from Crufts. You may have noticed that we like agility. Ludo just started competing last year and after a shaky start we’re getting into the atmosphere of shows.

I’ve always loved watching agility at Crufts so I’ve made sure I spent some time in the main arena. Remember you can still view the rest of today (the last day of Crufts, boo!) on the live stream. Plus you can follow links from there to see agility clips from the main arena . For anyone who doesn’t know KC agility in the UK is split into sizes small, medium and large. Your dog is measured and competes against others of a similar size to it. We start in grade 1 if you are new to agility and progress through the grades by getting so many clear round wins or points until you reach grade 7 and championship level. Crufts has competitions encompassing all the sizes, and grades from 3 up as well as international competitions and special ABC (anything but a ‘border’ collie) classes.

They also have rescue dog team displays. They have teams of 5 with a baton change in a centre box.

Various rescues were represented, these dogs are not usually as experienced as the competing dogs, but they are great ambassadors for rescue dogs, really showing what they can do.

Some of the charities represented in this event were Many Tears, Valgray’s, Battersea dogs home, the National Animal Welfare Trust and the Blue Cross.

Sorry the photos are not great quality, they were all moving so fast!

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Sam a lurcher originally from the National Animal Welfare Trust

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Deeta

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Look how happy!

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I also got some photos of the singles heats Round 2, Agility. It was a tight course, lots of obstacles in eye line in the middle of the course. I do believe that in Large Greg Derrett came 1st and 2nd and had amazing runs (with two different dogs obviously). I didn’t catch the final, but I’ve just looked up the results online and he came 1st with his dog Detox, but got E’d with Rehab, which just shows even the best can go wrong.

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Greg Derrett – I hope… (Great journalist, me.)

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Showing the course, the next obstacle is the wall (not in picture) just where the dog is pointing.

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Of course I had to finish on a sheltie!

-Dee

Wilmslow Agility show

Hurro, it me, Ludo!

At the show

A couple of weekends ago me and Mum (and Grandpaw) went to an indoor agility competition run by Wilmslow dog training club. Mum asked Grandpaw to go with us because she a big chicken and gets scared going new places by herself (she probably a sheltie type of people) and it gives Grandpaw something different to do. Grandpaw said he had fun. It my 4th show I entered and my 2nd indoor one.

Friends

We had a nice time. Lots of my friends from my club went too so it helped Mum be more relaxed, we did very well as a club and one of my friends even got a 1st! I didn’t get eliminated once, which makes a change from my 3 eliminations at my last indoor show. I still got some points for refusals though, I has to keep Mum on her toes! And I didn’t even leave the rings at all! I is really good at doing the agility parts of agility, I like going on the things called contacts so I tries to go to them whenever I can. For some reason Mum likes me to do the course in a certain order that she must has decided in her head so to be a nice dog I does try to listen to what she says but sometimes she not clear enough to make me want to do what she says.

I got two of those ribbon things that Mum likes. I did not really want them stucked on me though.

I got a second in grade 1 agility (on a 1-3 course) and I got a rosette for a clear round. Mum made sure to pick one up cos she forgot to get me one at West lakes show.

Grandpaw recorded 3 of my runs but on one of them he just recorded the floor so I doesn’t think you want to see that one.

Agility graded 1-3 (Mum note: Ludo got his 2nd place in this one, only 3 grade 1’s didn’t get e’d and no one went clear so I was extra proud of us, I took photos of the score sheet sheets, i’ve tried to blur out other names.)

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Agility combined graded 1-3. We like this judge, he overlooked some of my twiddles. (Mum note: One of my fellow club members pointed out that he was ‘kind’ to us here, but I figure he’ll be judging everyone the same and it’s nice for them to ease up on us beginners a bit and I guess it depends on how the rules are interpreted. A different person said that on the previous run we’d been marked tough on the weave refusal so I guess it all evens out in the end, I’ll still take the clear. 😉 )

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This jumping graded 1-3.

I went pretty fast here, if I hadn’t got those 10 faults I woulda beed a fast time!

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And the last one which Grandpaw did not record, only 5 faults but not so speedy.scoresheet4

When be our next show Mum?

Mum says she going to Crufts soon so will get to watch lots of agility, which she will be doing postings all about. Only I does not get to go!! Not fair!

~Lickies, Ludo