Tracy with her dog
A GERMAN Shorthaired Pointer and her owner from Haywards Heath have won a top agility competition.
The dog called Schnapps and Tracy Moerel picked up the large ABC (Anything But Collies) Agility Stakes final at one of the most prestigious agility competitions in the world.
Tracy and Schnapps, aged four, competed in agility qualifying heats across the country before winning the Large ABC Agility Stakes final at the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes, held at the London International Horse Show at Olympia.
The judge was Kennel Club championship agility judge, Lynne Shore.
Tracy has been competing in agility for 15 years.
This is the first time she has ever won a final at Olympia, and has only qualified once before with another dog.
Proud owner Tracy said: “I am overwhelmed but so thrilled. Competing at Olympia was my biggest aim and winning is a dream fulfilled.”
Held in association with Skinner’s pet foods, the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes saw the stars of agility compete in five finals in the small, medium, large, large novice and large ABC categories.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Tracy and Schnapps for such a brilliant performance at Olympia.
“Their strong bond was clear to see as they ran the agility course with such ease.
“We see so many talented dogs and their handlers qualify for the event and it’s a real testament to how popular agility is as a canine activity.
“The Olympia Agility Stakes is such an exciting end to the year and we hope that Tracy and Schnapps will be celebrating their win over Christmas, ready for all the fantastic agility events lined up in 2018.”
The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes were held at the London International Horse Show from 14th-18th December 2017.
For more information and a full list of winners visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training.
Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s biggest reunification service for microchipped animals.
The Kennel Club is accredited by UKAS to certify members of its Assured Breeder Scheme which is the only scheme in the UK that monitors breeders in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches.
It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme.
Source: The Argus