An interview with Steven Richardson after winning Gold with Libby at the WAO

An interview with Steven Richardson

 

How many times have you and Libby competed at the WAO?

We have competed together at WAO since 2013 Achievements at this event? This year Libby was amazing getting gold!! in the biathlon event and bronze in the pentathlon.

What were you concerns leading up to the competition?

My main focus was making sure Libby was at full fitness for the event!

With Libby being 10 and a half, did you need to do or train on anything in particular? 

Just making sure her fitness was as high as it could be.

What did you think of the course?

I thought all of the courses where challenging but also well designed to show off all the dogs full speed!

Did you decide to go all out for it or go for a safe clear run – based on what the dogs had done before?

In the biathlon I went all out for it where as in the pentathlon didn’t push as hard as wanted 5 consistent rounds rather than 2 all out runs!

Best moment?

The moment that Libby and I achieved our goal and becoming world champion!!

Biggest worry?

My biggest worry is will this be Libby’s last WAO!

Describe your overall experience of this event – travel, difficulties, joys, team mates, coaching??

Being on the team for a few years now, this year for me was the best team attitude and atmosphere I’ve seen coaches and management where brilliant!

Thank you Steven Richardson and congratulations.

STOP PRESS! Future has just qualified for the UKA Grand Finals at the end of the year.

The Big Three

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By Mark Laker
 
We’re right into the busy agility competition season now, the ‘big three’ has just been completed. These are three of the biggest competitions of the season all back-to-back one weekend after another. All the major qualifiers are there and many top handlers try to attend at least one.
I’m working towards my championship judging status at the moment, so I have been splitting my time between competing and judging. I’ve judged at two of the three and really enjoyed it. I enjoy designing courses, the challenge of building it on the day, the inevitable ‘tweaking’ that needs to be done to fit the course around unexpected obstacles e.g. drains, holes in the ground, ruts etc..  the judging part and presenting the trophies at the end.
I judged over 300 dogs yesterday; which is about normal for an agility judge
The top 20 or so were fantastic. It’s thrilling to watch these partnerships working together around challenging courses at great speed; occasionally I have to pinch myself to remind me that I’m there to judge not spectate!
We’ve got a break from competing for a couple of weeks now
I’ve got some family time planned and areas of training especially with my young dog Moog to work on. He’s coming on well, very enthusiastic and wants to do everything at top speed which is good although he does need to clear jumps not take them all out!
Meanwhile Agility Team GB are training hard for their championships next month. Both the juniors and the adult teams have held extra training session with particular focus on the traits of the international judges they will be competing under; it’s quite scary how quickly time has crept up on us this year.

Blitz – Belgium Champion of Grade 2

By Adelaine Bastiaansen

Podium BK 28-5-2017Last weekend, Blitz became Belgium Champion of Grade 2!! On Saturday, Blitz was  selected on the first course with a 1st place. On Sunday, he ran and jumped in the morning. Again – a clear round and a 1st place – 3 seconds faster then number 2 .

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In the afternoon they had to run the agility course. Again a clear round and a 1st place. CONGRATULATIONS to Blitz and Adelaine Bastiaansen!

Sponsoring the agility competition in the Netherlands

By Adelaine Bastiaansen

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Last weekend we held the agility competition that we sponsored. It was a great success! People were very enthusiastic and we have already a couple of enquiries from new people that want to switch to CSJ :-).

On Saturday and Sunday there were almost 1400 dogs. We sponsored every first 3 places of grade 1, Small, Medium and Large.

  • Grade 2, Small, Medium and Large
  • Grade 3, Small, Medium and Large
  • Old dogs, combined class, first 3 places

The competition had 5 rings and we places banners on each ring. We used the new banners that you sent us on one ring and on the place of the price giving and we had also some old banners that we used on the other rings. We also give some information about CSJ at the prize giving.

News from Adelaine Bastiaansen

Sven blue blitzFrom Adelaine Bastiaansen

Last weekend we had a competition in the Netherlands and Blitz is now in grade 3.
Kees and Ready had their first weekend in grade 2 and a second place on the agility course. Blue and I had a first place on the jumping grade 3. Sven (my son) and Blitz had a first place on the jumping on the junior course.

Results

“It’s all about Focus!” Mark Laker

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“Photo by Debbie Mangles-Steel (another CSJ feeder). Debbie caught this great action shot of me and Devo in the Tunbridge Wells Championship final; which unfortunately we didn’t win. ” Mark Laker

After a very exciting Performance Weekend this year’s international agility teams have been selected

This years judge AJorge Pires from Portugal set up challenging course that tested the handlers across a variety of areas needed for the international competitions. Of course our selections are not just based on one weekends performance. The five month assessment process helped us filter down to those handlers who performed well across all the areas we focused on.

You can see the full list of handlers on this years teams here

So now the hard work and the training begins. Over the coming months the Coaching Team and I will be supporting these handlers in their preparations building up to what for some will be the biggest agility championships of their agility careers.

 Meanwhile the domestic competitions are in full swing

My young dog Moog is still learning about the competing and developing his agility skills. My competition dog Devo is in good form, we’ve qualified for the Olympia semi-finals and two Championship finals; we’re having a good start to the season.

I find myself having to work extra hard at keeping to ‘the plan’ during the competition season. Its so easy to get carried away with the fun and thrill of running my dogs that I sometimes forget what my main focus areas are for this year. And when that starts I get carried away and not focused on the competitions that I really want to do well in.
Its all about focus!

Crufts & the agility competition season has well and truly started now

CruftsBy Mark Laker

Crufts was good

The agility produced some great runs which was even more exciting this year as the KC had invested in new carpet for the arena. This carpet was from the same manufacturer who supplied the Agility World Championships in 2012; one of the best surfaces the championships have been run on. So lots of happy people and non-slipping dogs which was nice to see and another example of how developments at the top of the sport filter down to the general community.

The agility competition season has well and truly started now

The weekend shows have started, the caravans are out and this weekend the sun shined too! My youngster Moog has had his first taste of the competition ring. It was very exciting for him. He is enthusiastic and finds all the movement very distracting, however, we did okay. We’ll be using the next three months as practice opportunities as we develop the competition partnership. It’s going to be fast and a lot of fun.

The Agility Team GB Coaching team are now focused on preparing for the Performance Weekend at the end of the month. This is the highlight of the squad process and a chance for the squad members to show us what they can do under international conditions. After this we announce the 2017 teams.