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(Updated 24/8/01)

Supa Dog Agility Week proves great success

IT WAS celebrations all round as this year's Burgess Supa Dog Agility Show proved a huge success. With more than 2,000 dogs taking part and a mammoth 19,000 entries there was plenty to keep everyone entertained throughout the week.

The fifth running of the event was held at the Hickstead showground, which provided superb facilities with evening entertainment bringing a wonderful holiday atmosphere to the occasion.

Burgess Supa Dog Marketing Manager, Sarah Riddolls, said: 'The week-long show ran extremely smoothly, we were delighted with the huge number of entries and the wonderful way in which competitors really enjoy the event.

'It is a superb week, and now the biggest dog agility event in the country. The Supa Dog Active and Supa Dog with Lamb and Rice were especially popular, and Burgess Supa Dog were delighted to support the week once again.'


One of the highlights on the agility circuit, the week is organised by well-known agility trainer Linda Croxford.

Said Linda, 'I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the week a success. It is a very big task to undertake and wouldn't be possible without the assistance of many volunteer helpers.

'The sponsorship provided by Burgess Supa Dog is very much appreciated. The whole week is very much a team effort, with much excitement on the final day's competitions.'

This year's judges for the final were Peter and Hilary Crew. Winner of the Supa Dog advanced final was well-known agility handler Greg Derrett and his Border Collie, Fern.

Greg and Fern have won many of the major agility awards on offer and were delighted to add this one to their tally. Said Greg: 'The Supa Dog Agility Show was a great week, especially as I also finished second in the final with my other dog, Jaycee'.


Novice: 1 Beverley Manners, Meandering Too Jalus; 2 Pauline Thomas, Celebration Magic Cracker; 3 Sara Gilding, Rykas Blue Todd.
Senior: 1 Chris Cole, Shanowl Aray of Hope; 2 Amanda Rodgers, Mac the Lawbreaker; 3 Andy Brown, Smiling Storm.
Advanced: 1 Greg Derrett, Fern Sproglett; 2 Greg Derett, Jaycee Sproglett; 3 Michelle Elder, Skips Jaunty Jack.
Juniors under 12: 1 Bethany List; 2 Danielle Pollard, Baby Jane; 3 Matthew Henwood, Apsledene Blaze Away.
Juniors 12 and over: 1 Katie Smith, Jolly Jumping Bean; 2 Alex Heal, Jolly Joey Joker; 3 Emily Barnes, Stonewall Shelley.
Mini: 1, Sarah Ashmead, Roma Clio of Dialthryst; 2 Jeanette Tandy, Too Short by Farley; 3 Janet Wagner, Lusanjo Handsome Harry of Pans.
Midi: 1 Mandy Cowderoy, Double Trouble og Valgray. 2 Sue Pincombe, Isa the Rune; 3 Jan Davies, Dainty Diva. Starters: 1 Jane Lethbridge, Bendy Brintastic; 2 Nikki Murden Tipperary Girl; 3 Joanne Apostolou, Saberfield Ultimate Story

l l-r: Burgess Superfeeds Regional Sales Manager, Martin Atkins; judge, Peter Crew; Juniors Under-12 winner, Bethany List and Bethany Likely Lad of Valgray; judge, Hilary Crew.

l l-r: Martin Atkins; judge, Peter Crew; Starters Winner, Jane Lethbridge and Bendy Brintastic, judge, Hilary Crew.