The Team Event runs like a Pentathlon; two agility runs, two jumping runs, finished by a speed-stakes team relay. Each country selects from its pool of handlers and dogs to run 3 dogs of different heights in each of the first four runs, before selecting one dog of each height to run in the relay. But these decisions are made on the mornings of the competition having less than 15 minutes to analyse the course maps and make the best selections.
The 2019 World agility open WAO has now finished, and the England team produced some amazing results, this year 38 countries attended the event and the level of skills on show from both dogs and handlers was truly breath taking. The WAO competition has the following 4 elements, individual pentathlon, biathlon and games, plus team pentathlon. Each height division 300,400,500,600
am, There’s that same tune again that mum plays every morning. It’s getting boring now, I wish she would choose another one. However I just cannot help myself, it is quite catchy after all, so I have to burst into tune just before I make my way over to mums bed to poke her with my wet cold nose, and lick her ears and eyes. WAKE UP, I want my breakfast!!!
Firstly I would like to thank Nutriment for giving me a forum to write this brief introduction to me and my dogs, but also for being the best food sponsors out there! My name is Ashleigh Butler and I am going to be competing with two dogs, Sullivan a 6 year old crossbreed, and Eliza, a 5 year old Bearded collie at the World Agility Open for Team England.
Camberley, Surrey, March 2019 – Nutriment, an award-winning industry leader in the innovation and formulation of premier, raw dog food and raw cat foods, has reported fantastic success at this year’s Crufts®: the world’s largest dog show. Now in its 118th year, the four-day international event welcomed 27,000 dogs, from 44 countries, to the NEC in Birmingham earlier this month
The role of the Team England Coaches prior to the World Agility Open event is to organise venues and run training days for handlers and their dogs, setting courses that will be similar to the tests that they will encounter at the event itself in May. In particular handlers and dogs may be tested on slightly longer courses than in previous years. This is because the WAO 2019 will give judges the opportunity to set courses with 22 rather than 20 obstacles. This may not seem like a major change but it really does give the judge a lot more scope to test the skills of handlers and dogs .
In May 2019, 17 handlers, 22 dogs, 2 Team Managers and their supporters, will travel out to Ermelo in The Netherlands to compete at the World Agility Open Championships. The Team are very proudly sponsored for the second year by Nutriment Raw, who provide an optimum raw dog food diet to support the canine athlete. Without this support, the team who work hard all year to be at the very top of their sport, would not be able to compete at such a prestigious international event. We are all incredibly grateful to Nutriment for continuing to support us this year.
The object of agility is to negotiate a full course of equipment performed in the correct order and direction defined by a set of numbers.
An electronic timing system records the speed the dog completes the course. The fastest dog to complete the course without error, wins.
The grass is mowed, the sun briefed and the humour ordered by the bucket load because on Friday 17th August 2018 the biggest event of a flyballer’s year will be getting underway with over 100 clubs giving it their all at the British Flyball Associations Outdoor Championship 2018 event at Catton Hall in Derbyshire.
I think we have all just about come back down to earth following the World Agility Open Championships 2018. It was an amazing experience being part of an event with top dogs and handlers from 33 countries competing across 4 events.