The Kennel Club sponsored British Agility Team has struck gold in the first ever American Kennel Club Agility Invitational Event. Flying the flag for the UK, Simon Peachey with his Border Collie, Diesel, won the final round to come top in the Large Dog competition.
The AKC Invitational was held in Long Beach, California over the 2nd and 3rd of December and saw the very best competitors in Agility from the USA and the rest of the world all hoping to gain glory.
The competition was created to allow as many breeds as possible to show off their Agility skills. Great Danes, Belgian Shepherds, Malamutes, and even a St Bernard all ran in the top height category. In the other heights, breeds as varied as Boston Terriers, Border Terriers, Welsh Corgis, Dachshunds, Japanese Chins and many more were able to show off their skills in what is, probably, a unique agility event.
The Kennel Club sponsored the British Team; Simon Peachey and his Border Collie Diesel competed in the Large Dog category; Hannah Mitchell and her Miniature Poodle, Gem, competed in the Medium Dog category; Rachel Mowbray with Border Terrier Nutmeg ran in the Small Dog Competition.
Following on from their impressive performances in the World Agility Championships in Switzerland earlier this year, Hannah and Rachel both did very well, each getting three clear and fast rounds out of four in their respective competitions.With such an elite field in competition their sterling performances meant that they only just missed out on qualifying for the Final.
It was in the Large Dog competition that the British Team had its greatest triumph. Simon Peachey and Diesel had four clear rounds, winning 3 of the qualifying rounds and getting a 2nd in the other round. He then won the final round to see Britain winning first place.
The team enjoyed a warm welcome, with the international agility community, as ever, friendly and supportive, particularly to those competing from overseas.
British Team Manager Steve Croxford said, ‘I couldn’t be more proud of the team. Their hard work and training is putting the UK at the very front of world Agility. Everyone performed well, but Simon’s near perfect rounds ensured that we got the gold we had all dreamed of bringing home.’
Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko, added, ‘The Kennel Club is proud to be able to support the British Agility Team at such a prestigious international competition. We have some of the very best Agility handlers and dogs in this country and the British Team are wonderful advocates for our standards and skills. I am sure the team’s performances will inspire everyone in British Agility.’
For full competition results, please visit www.akc.org