Did you venture to Crufts this year?

 By Mark Laker, International Agility Team Manager


The World championship team  receiving a special presentation at Crufts

Photo by Linda Gore

Did you venture to Crufts this year? Have you recovered yet?
It’s one of the highlights of the agility calendar for me. I like the atmosphere, I like catching up with friends and the opportunity to watch a lot of top class agility. Every year there seems to be some ‘hot topic’ raised which can give the event negative press. However it can also bring the spot light down on an issue that probably needed looking in to. Thank fully, the negative media spot light doesn’t come down on agility too often. Mostly it’s great promotion of the top dogs in action.
I was a competitor, a spectator and a presenter this year which made it an interesting few days
On Thursday our team (Scunthorpe) won the large team competition. It was a fantastic experience which we’ll remember for a long time. The other highlight for me was being part of a presentation for the large team who won the World Championships last year in Italy. This was a brilliant opportunity to recognise their achievement at the very top of the sport.
My focus now is on the Performance Weekend on 22 – 24 April
We have a Finnish Judge coming over for the event which will see this squad in action for the last time before we select this years teams – next months hot topic!

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