UK dogs bring home bronze
The UK has won a bronze medal in the FCI World Championships in Agility in Helsinki. This is the first time that the UK has secured a place on the podium in the worldwide dog championships.
The bronze-winning team was the Small British team, made up of small dogs: David Alderson with Toy Poodle, Ag Ch Steelthorn Rum Truffle; Nicola Garrett with Shetland Sheepdog, Ag Ch Obay Truly Driven and Rachel Mowbray with Border Terrier, Laurelton Winter Nutmeg. and were only beaten by Brazil and Russia which took gold and silver respectively.
The UK team also did well in the individual rounds. Owner Natasha Wise and Border Collie Dizzie took 7th lace in the Medium group, and Rachel Mowbray with her Border Terrier Nutmeg were placed 11th in the small group, followed by Nicola Garrett and Shetland sheepdog Indi came in 12th position.
FCI World Championships in Agility UK leader Steve Croxford said: “This was one of the most exciting World Championship events and the first ever podium win by the Small team was an incredible achievement. We are really proud of all of the dogs that took part and this shows that we remain a force to be reckoned with on the world stage of agility.”
The victory follows a successful performance at the European Open Championships in July. The UK team took home three medals from the event; silver for Large won by working sheepdog Herbie, and two bronze medals for Small won by Shetland sheepdog Hex and an overall win for the Large agility team.
KC secretary Caroline Kisko said: “We are very proud that our Small dogs were able to go to the World Championships and bring back a medal for Britain. It just shows that any dog, no matter what their size or breed, can be champions in this sport. We hope that these dogs and their handlers can be an inspiration for others who think that they would like to get involved in the sport.’