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24 Oct 2011
Successful Alpha Agility Challenge Final

THIS year’s Alpha Agility Challenge final was a great success with competitors travelling from all over the country to take part.

Judge Jackie Gardner reports on a great event:

“I would like to thank Graham and his team of workers for inviting me to judge at the Malvern Autumn Show, which included judging the Alpha Agility Challenge Finals 2011.

“At the start of the day the weather was not looking good, as it started off a bit drizzly, turning into rain, but fortunately the weather started to brighten up by lunch time.

“I had three classes to judge in the morning which were: Large combined grades 1 – 5 Jumping, Large combined grade 1 – 5 Steeple Chase and Large combined grade 1 – 5 Touch and Go.

“All the courses I set were very fast and flowing and gave the competitors a good warm up for the afternoon Alpha Agility Challenge Finals.

“The Alpha Agility Challenge Finals 2011 was held in the main ring of the Malvern Autumn Show, and the audience was absolutely packed in to watch.

“The course I set was very big and fast flowing, set at Grade 1 – 3 levels. I didn’t want to over face anyone with the course as I knew this could be the first final they had ever taken part in, and they could be very nervous.

"There were 48 competitor taking part, and the competition really got going early on when Jack Greenwood and his GSD Tagsal Backchat set off at a roaring pace finishing the course in 29.70 seconds, but sadly picking up five faults on the see saw. "

We then got a series of excellent runs with Susie Josty and Cool Beans completing with five faults in a time of 34.25 seconds. Next up was Sarah Mclaren with Aviary Adonis who came through the finish with five faults in a time of 34.69 seconds.

“Jolene Bayliss and Whispering Fernbeck were next up, coming home with five faults in a time of 35.87 seconds. Eventually it was down to Barry Davies with Something Fishy to claim the first clear round in a time of 36.33 seconds, to set the pace and take the lead.

“We then had to wait until competitor 25 for our next clear which was from John Horton and Gracie Moon in a time of 39.90 seconds, and then two later we had Karen Mortimer with Corriedhu Chase putting in a clear in 38.44 seconds. Could anyone touch Barry, or even get near to the time set by Jack?

“Next into the ring was Mike Haines with Reges Red Roy who put in a good clear in a time of 38.22 seconds, but still couldn’t beat Barry. Then in came a very nervous Gemma Dorman with Freak On A Leash. She managed to hold it together and did a lovely clear in 36.16 seconds taking them into the lead. Our last contender was one of our top agility handlers Ian Smith with his young dog Kilnhurst Cluedo Barkaway who did a good clear in 37.69 seconds, but this was only good enough for third place.

“Thank you to everyone who helped with the final, which was run like clockwork and the audience seemed to really enjoy watching some excellent agility in action. Well done to everyone who qualified, but a very special well done and congratulations to the 2011 Alpha Challenge Finals Winner - Gemma Dorman with Freak On A Leash, a truly well deserved win.