British Agility News

Team GB WIN Gold At The Agility FCI World Championships

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Gencon would like to join the Kennel Club in offering a huge CONGRATULATIONS to TEAM GB who had an amazing performance and came home with a gold medal.

Gencon are proud to have supported the team throughout their 2015 campaign and supplied all of the team members with Gencon All In One head collars.

The Large team won gold in the team competition after coming third in the jumping round and second in the agility round. The FCI Agility World Championships took place from 8th – 11thOctober 2015 at the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy.

The triumphant world champion team members and their successful dogs are: Charlotte Harding with Ag Ch Rujaff Red Hot Scandal, Greg Derrett with Devongem Rehab Sproglett, Jess Clarehugh with Ag Ch Lynwood Cara Fuzzy Logic and Matt Goodliffe with Turboed Widewater Wizard.

In addition to the team’s success, congratulations go to Naarah Cuddy and Sheltysham Séance who came fifth overall in the Large individual competition, competing overseas for Agility Team GB for the first time this year.

Agility Team GB’s previous successes at the FCI Agility World Championships include Natasha Wise and Dizzy becoming three times world champions (2009, 2010 and 2012) and the Large team won gold back in 2003.

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Team Manager, Mark Laker said: “It has been a very successful World Championships for Agility Team GB. Congratulations go to the Large team who are now the world champions – such a wonderful achievement. Also congratulations must go to Naarah Cuddy for finishing fifth overall in the Large individual competition, and the Medium team who finished eighth out of twenty eight.

“All the team did well – it’s a tough competition with an incredible amount of pressure on the handlers. They coped well and the dogs were fantastic. We would like to thank all the sponsors for their continued support, the people from the agility community who travelled to Italy and to everyone at home watching and supporting the team.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Agility Team GB from everyone at the Kennel Club. We are very proud of the team’s fantastic achievement in Italy. It highlights how high the standard of British agility really is. We hope that their success will inspire other people to consider taking up agility as a sport, which is great fun for both dog and owner.”

Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Gencon, Agility 1st, NTU and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club’s preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact.

For the full list of results, visit www.agility-awc2015.it/en/rankings-tracks, and for further information about Team GB please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.

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The Kennel Club Team GB Agility Announce New 3 Year Sponsorship Deal with Gencon

 

The Kennel Club is delighted to announce a new three year sponsorship deal between Team GB Agility and “Gencon” to run between 2015 and 2017 inclusive.



Gencon manufacture a head collar which is a simple and effective solution to stop a dog pulling on a lead. The Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed after a great deal of research into dog psychology and development work on innovative technologies and high quality materials so that they don’t pull up into a dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking. The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls the lead, which gently but effectively stops the dog pulling forwards and is recommended by the Guild of Dog Trainers.

Andrew Treleaven Director of Gencon said “The Gencon range was born out of Agility – Irene Holbrook who designed the Gencon was a very keen and successful Agility Competitor who couldn’t find a product that matched her needs and so designed her own. So effective was the Gencon that through word of mouth it became a product of choice for many people competing in the Agility world. Having taken on the company from Irene we are delighted that the Gencon Range is still a favoured product with the Agility fraternity and is now recommended by both the Guild of Dog Trainers and the RSPCA. By supporting Team GB we believe that we can make a positive contribution to the Team’s success and also increase our knowledge of the training equipment requirements of competitors in the sport of Agility.”

For further information please visit the Gencon website

 

Agility Team GB is the UK international agility team whose principle sponsor is the Kennel Club (KC). The principal objective is to promote the welfare, training and improvement of agility dogs and be ambassadors of top, high performance agility in the UK.

Agility Team GB also plays an important role in developing the latest performance techniques to the sport, in identifying new talent to top flight agility and caters for all breeds and all ages of handlers. But, as well as focusing on the top level of competition Team GB is also passionate about the development of the sport in general.

The team is led and accompanied by a team manager, an assistant, a vet and a physiotherapist all supported by specialist organisers within the KC to handle all the administrative tasks that selecting, training and sending teams abroad to compete involves.

A thorough selection process is conducted using a combination of results from the top competitions, a selection competition day and performance training days to determine the final teams. Training days are carried out on grass, sand and astroturf as appropriate to the event surface itself and for all three agility competition heights of Small (where we would normally take a team of 5 dogs and handlers), Medium (Also a 5 strong team) and Large dog categories (7 strong team).

The Agility Team GB will compete in the European Open Finals (EO) to be held between the 24th-26th July 2015 in (Reiterstadion Germany and in the FCI Agility World Championships (AWC) to be held in Bologna – Italy between the 08th-11th October 2015.

There has been a steady progress made since Team GB first started competing internationally with the recent podium placed highlights being in the Medium height category where Natasha Wise and her blue merle Border Collie “Dizzy” have been crowned World Champions on no less than three different occasions which is an amazing achievement in itself and Sian Illingworth with her Border Collie “Maybe” won the European Open Championship.

ENDS
23rd June 2015

For further details regarding Team GB and International Agility visit the Kennel Club website If you have any queries please do contact the Working Dog Activities Team via cat@thekennelclub.org.uk or by calling 020 7518 1013.

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