24 April 2019
We are excited to share the news that we have our first winner of the Agria Agility Challenge 2019!
The first heat of this year’s Agria Agility Challenge 2019 was held at Andoversford Point To Point Festival, and attracted many of agility’s rising stars. We were delighted to see agility at the forefront of this fabulous spring event, among some great family attractions. This is one of the venue’s premier equine events, and set in the lovely Spring sunshine, a spectator numbers were high which added to the exciting atmosphere.
Judged by ex-jump jockey, Veronica Hill, the competition was every bit as exciting as we could have wished for, with five fast clear rounds taking the top five places. Beating their nearest rivals by 1.5 seconds were Becky Bryant with Batfink Bombs Away, who completed the course in just 29.761 secs.
Becky says, “I was extremely happy when we found out we had qualified for the final! Bomb has a mind of his own sometimes, so clears can be rare. We are both very much looking forward to the final and fingers crossed he listens when it matters! But whatever happens we are going to go and have fun as that’s what it’s all about.”
The Agria Agility Challenge 2019 is open to Grades 1- 4 dogs, with heats throughout the year. The top three placed from each heat will qualify for the Agria Agility Challenge Grand Final at the Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday 29th September 2019, to be judged by Championship agility judge Hannah Banks.
Hopefully the Andoversford weather will continue across the outdoor season, as Heat 2 of the Agira Agility Challenge heads southwards to the North Somerset Show to find our next five Agria Agility Challenge 2019 qualifiers. Congratulations to our first set of finalists, and good luck to those taking part in the remaining heats!
Results - Agria Agility Challenge Qualifiers Heat 1 Andoversford Point To Point Festival
1. Becky Bryant with Batfink Bombs Away C 29.761 secs
2. Rachel Williams with Blamorder Just like Magic C 31.262 secs
3. Karen Sanders The Merle Of Valgrays C 32.860 secs
4. Rosie Reid with Splatterday Night Fever C 35.667 secs
5. Peter Dowie with Fearless Seal C 38.759 secs
Agria Pet Insurance was recently awarded ‘Pet Insurance Provider of the Year’ and ‘Best Claims Service’ for the second consecutive year at the Moneyfacts Consumer Awards 2019. Agria is one of the very few to cover dogs while they work – including agility dogs during training, travelling to events and competing.