The second of this year’s Agria Agility Grand Prix competitions was held on Saturday 1st August at The Pet Show, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
We are delighted to report that Rob Morley and his super-fast dog Whitefield Chloe became our second Agria Agility Grand Prix winners of the year! Congratulations Rob and Chloe on winning £400 towards a Dog Friendly holiday as your very well-deserved prize!
As well as the Agria Grand Prix, we were delighted to sponsor a range of classes at the weekend-long agility show, expertly organised and run by Country Shows Agility, and caught up with two competitors who did rather well too!
Maddie from Banbury has rehomed many rescue dogs and has been involved in agility for over 15 years. This weekend she took her dogs, Coco a Toy Poodle; Dizzi, a Poodle/ Yorkie cross; and Minx, a Spitz cross – all of whom Maddie has adopted. The show was a great success for them, with Minx placed 3rd and Dizzi 4th in the 1-7 agility class. Well done!
Despite having a very difficult start to life, Minx is a brilliant agility dog. She was found as a young pup roaming the streets in Ireland before being rescued by Valgrays Border Collie Rescue. Maddie adopted her when she was around six-months-old.
“Minx loves people and has grown into a wonderful pet and fantastic agility dog. We’re really excited to have qualified for the Agria-sponsored Brillo Bounce final in September, and we’re now trying our best to also qualify for the pairs competition at Discover Dogs and for our team to qualify for Crufts,” says Maddie.
Maddie’s sister Moira, also from Banbury, was there with her dog Twist, a striking nine-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. She’s also a rescue dog and unbelievably, Moira became her sixth owner when she adopted her at just five months old, after Twist’s ‘challenging’ behaviour had resulted in her spending time in rescue centres from Battersea to the north of England.
“Twist is definitely not the easiest dog, but agility has been her saviour. Once she started training her whole character changed and she settled down, happy that she’d found her passion of life,” says Moira.
Moira also has four other dogs; Blink, the fast and successful Border Terrier/ Poodle cross; Snitch, a tiny Norfolk Terrier/ Toy Poodle; Dash, a 13-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer who was part of the Crufts winning team in 2010; and finally Ekko, who is a fabulous example of just how agility can change a dog’s life.
Rescued from a puppy farm having never been outside, Moira welcomed Ekko into her home and, when the time was right, introduced her to agility. “Agility was the making of her. She was so nervous, but the people and the atmosphere at agility changed her – unlocking her happiness and showing her how to live.”
“Agility is a fantastic activity to help owners and their dogs build a healthy bond and a sense of togetherness that’s hard to beat,” says Moira.
We’re delighted to report that Blink came second in the Brillo Bounce qualifier at The Pet Show, so now both sisters will be taking part in the Brillo Bounce Final in September at Golden Valley Agility Show – we can’t wait!
We would like to say congratulations to everyone else who took part at The Pet Show. It was a fabulous weekend and we’re looking forward to the next one – Pembrokeshire By The Pond, Pembrokeshire County Show, 18th -20th August.