As the Agria Pet Insurance agility season nears its end for another year, it’s time for one of the highlights; the Agria Brillo Bounce finals.
After months of heats at shows across the country, finalists in both the small and medium categories will come together at The British Agility Championships to find the winners – who will each win a fabulous £250 DogFriendly voucher!
Agria Brillo Bounce is sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance and supported by DogFriendly – the UK’s largest directory of dog friendly days out and places to stay. And this year, the finals – being judged by internationally renowned judge, Jorge Pires – will also be streamed live to a global audience.
It’s set to be a thrilling day, and, as we can’t wait, we caught up with some of the finalists to find out a bit more about them…
Betsy and owner Jeanette Tandy qualified for the Agria Brillo Bounce final in July at Just Dogs live. Betsy, a Border Collie/ Jack Russell cross, will be competing in the ‘small’ final.
Despite being twelve and a half years old, Agility Champion Betsy is still at the top of her game. As well as making up part of the GB agility squad twice, the pair have also competed at Olympia five times – once securing a 3rd place, and have qualified for Crufts on a number of occasions.
Betsy has loved agility from the moment Jeanette introduced her to it at 18-months-old. And the combination of Betsy’s passion and exuberance in the ring, together with having an instructor as an owner, has made the pair a force to be reckoned with! Jeanette owns Jay’s K9 Buddies, a dog grooming and agility training business where she not only holds group lessons but training days and 1-1 sessions.
Jeanette says, “We’re delighted to have qualified for the Agria Brillo Bounce final! Betsy enjoys agility so much it’s always such a pleasure to be in the ring competing with her. She has another side too – she loves just chilling out as much as possible!”
Jack Russell Jake, with owner Sue Hamer-Moss, has also secured a place in the Brillo Bounce ‘small’ final after qualifying at Sevenside Agility Show. Four-year-old Jake competes at Grade 6 with Sue, who’s had him since a puppy.
With an agility dog for a mother, it’s clearly in Jake’s genes to fly around the ring! In fact, just over two years ago Jake was at Grade 2, so he has made phenomenal progress to get to Grade 6 in such a short time.
Jake trains at Dartmoor DTC and at Barnstaple and District DTS. Sue says, “I am so pleased with the progress that Jake’s made. He initially needed help getting his focus, and we couldn’t have got where we have without the guidance and excellent training from experts including Gloria Tucker and Ginny Folley.”
Once Brillo Bounce is over, Jake will be preparing for the UK Agility Circular Knockout Grand Final this November and a few more shows after that, where Sue is hoping to earn four more points for Jake to reach UKA Champ status.
When Jake’s not training or taking part in agility, during his downtime he is very keen on gardening, and likes to catch weeds Sue throws for him! [Photograph courtesy of Debbie Fuller]
17-year-old Aemillia Nicholson and her cocker spaniel/ collie, Wyllow, flew through the qualifier and will be competing in the Agria Brillo Bounce Finals for medium dogs.
At just two-years-old, Wyllow is another exceptionally talented dog who has already reached Grade 6. Aemillia says, “Wyllow is such a lovely dog. She just wants to please and has been fantastic to train. She absolutely loves her ball and is happy all the time!”
Aemillia and Wyllow won’t be having too much a break this winter as they plan to embark on the try-outs for the Junior Team GB – a team Aemillia has previously been part of with her Border Terrier, Roo.
Good luck Betsy, Jake and Wyllow! All of us at Agria will be cheering you on! Catch the finals as they’re live-streamed – see www.britishagilitychampionships.com