Three dogs and their owners set to compete in national finals
Three dogs and their owners from the county have qualified for the prestigious Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes finals in London.
All three of the finalists qualified in the large competition; Lucy Osborne, aged 24 from Lincoln qualified with her Working Sheepdog, Ben; Roger Teasdale, aged 70 from Gainsborough qualified in the large category with his crossbreed, Jingo and Toni Dawkins from Lincoln qualified with her Border Collie, Cute.
The country’s most talented agility dogs and handlers have been competing in qualifying heats at agility shows across the country in an attempt to gain a place in the finals, which take place from December 18-22 as part of the London International Horse Show.
Ms Osborne said: “I'm absolutely over the moon that Ben has qualified for Olympia again.
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"There are so many young, fast and talented dogs in the qualifiers and my old man has qualified for the 6th consecutive year.
“This will be his last year of trying out for Olympia. I’m so pleased, we both love Olympia and can’t wait to be there - it’s such an amazing atmosphere."
Mr Teasdale said: “It will be the culmination of an unbelievable year for Jingo and me, having competed in the Championship Finals at Crufts in March; represented England in the World Agility Open in Spain in May; represented Team GB at the European Open in Belgium in July; and we will be competing in the Pro Plan Masters Final at Bromsgrove in September and then the Olympia Agility Stakes Final in December.”
The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes are held in association with GWF Nutrition’s Joint Aid for Dogs and will see dogs and their owners compete in five finals, in the small, medium, large, novice and ABC – Anything But Collies categories.
There will also be two semi-finals, for the novice and large dogs categories, which will see 36 dogs in each category whittled down to ten who will go on to compete in the grand finale.
For medium, small and ABC dogs, ten dogs for each category have already qualified for the Olympia final.