Pat Brown with Hope and Roxy.
It was a slow start to 2016 due to Roxy having a slight intermittent lameness and with Hope being half trained. However, when I did finally get into the ring, both dogs performed well; achieving good results. Hope & Roxy also continued to improve steadily over the course of the summer.
Having got Hope at 20 months of age and completely untrained, I began to have doubts if she would ever be able to run in a ring with other dogs working close by. Her training progressed gradually, so her 1st place agility at KCI show was a great achievement. She achieved good results at other shows but that was the highlight against so many talented dogs.
Roxy didn’t get in the ring until late June and her highlights included a creditable performance at her first final – Agility Secrets, at Malvern Agricultural Show. It’s always a big ask with a young dog at that type of venue – which is totally different from their normal agility competitions. She didn’t disappoint with 2 clear rounds, resulting in 6th in the warm up and 7th in the final.
But the best weekend by far was The British Agility Championship show, sponsored by Kronch. It was a well-run show with a good venue and excellent courses. My favourite type of competition where points are accumulated over 2 days and 4 runs to reach the final. Roxy was in the Novice Stakes and got into the final, a great run was spoiled by me being too cautious at the tyre after the weaves, causing me to be out of position 3 obstacles later where she back jumped at obstacle 18. Such a good run until then.
Kronch’s hospitality was, as usual, second to none. Their hospitality marquee at the KCI show was unique and helpful to the Agility circuit. This was much appreciated and enjoyed by all competitors taking part at the event.
Thank you Kronch for your sponsorship and support.