Border Terrier Club Agility Team (medium)

At the beginning of the year, the Border Terrier Club Committee were asked if the Club would be willing to grant the use of its name by a team being set up to run agility in the medium range with a view to qualifying for Crufts 2013. The Committee agreed at their meeting on 25 Feb 2012 that we would be pleased to have the team run with the title The Border Terrier Club Agility Team. 

We welcome the participants and wish them every success in 2012 and beyond. 

Kathy Wilkinson, Hon Sec, The Border Terrier Club.

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Preview of the Year Ahead

2012 is going to be a very exciting year for the newly formed Border Terrier Club Medium Agility Team. Lots of hard work and excitement is in front of us as we attend qualifying events this summer in the hope of representing the Border Terrier Club at Crufts 2013!!

It all started with a chance meeting at an Agility show, (inevitable that one Border Terrier owner will end up talking to another!!), and the realisation that our dogs shared the same sire, this was followed by a throw away comment during a Facebook conversation ‘why don’t we run as a team??’ … and the rest as they say is history!!

The team consists of Julie North with Northborders Mr Pickles (Mr P), Gill Smith with Northborders Red Storm (Branston), Helen Rowley with Wharfestone Artemis (Mabel), Stephen Mellor with Asplands Muddy Waters (Jim) and our reserve Anne Heathcote with Vallemoss Viscount von Saxheath (Whiz).

Northborders Mr Pickles, Northborders Red Storm and Wharfestone Artemis are all sired by Stewart McPherson’s Brumberhill Blue Tempest, (they were going to be joined by Wharfestone Amber Mist running as another reserve, for a full complement of ‘Storm’ pups; unfortunately she measured in as a ‘small’ instead of ‘medium’)!! 

Julie North has been the driving force to get the team up and running and we are very grateful to her. Mr P is just two years old, by B. Blue Tempest out of Julie’s own N. Dark Ruby. Julie and Mr P are currently competing at Grade 4, which is a fantastic achievement for such a young dog, at the start of his agility career. Julie has been competing in agility for five years and her two older dogs – Tibbyted Touch of Class at Northborders AW (G) and N. Dark Ruby AW (S) are both Grade 7 dogs. Both Patsy and Ruby are now running at Championship level with the aim of becoming Agility Champions very soon – we are hoping Julie will pass on all her skill and experience to help us succeed! We also need to mention that Mr P has beauty as well as brains having just being placed 1st in Yearling at Crufts 2012! 

Gill Smith has been competing in agility for four years with her x-bred, Jay, who is now running in veteran classes. Gill fell in love with Border Terriers after meeting one at a show and after some research was introduced to Julie. Branston is Mr P’s litter brother, he is currently running at Grade 1, and is doing really well, just missing out on moving up a grade by a ‘whisker’ last autumn. Branston is a real character and is definitely going to keep the team happy and laughing. 

Stephen Mellor has been competing for nearly 5 years; Jim is 6 years old. Steve and Jim are competing at Grade 7, and are running at the dizzy heights of Championship level, so hopefully we will soon have an Agility Champion in our team! 

Helen Rowley started competing in agility over 20 years ago, although family and work commitments have meant a ‘very long’ break from the sport - she has only just returned to competitions, and is finding it very different and much more challenging from the old days!! Mabel is also just two years old and by Brumberhill Blue Tempest out of Helen’s Princess in Rags at Wharfestone. Mabel, too is a real character, she is very enthusiastic on an agility course, and likes to shout about it as she is going round!! 

Our reserve is Anne Heathcote with Whiz. Whiz is 9 years old and he and Anne have been competing occasionally for the last two years, although Anne says she is going to have a ‘good crack’ at it this year!!

Our first competition is at TAG agility show at Shrewsbury on 7th April. This one isn’t a qualifying event, just a ‘team dash’ but it will give us a good opportunity for a competitive practise before the ‘real thing’ – our first qualifying event at Beacon Agility Show, Sutton Coldfield is on Saturday 12th May!! If anyone is around and would like to come and watch and support that would be great!! 

We are thrilled and very proud to represent the Border Terrier Club, and will do our utmost to make it to the main arena at Crufts 2013!! 

Helen Rowley

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