By Kath Hardman
Photos by Allan Brown
HTM Team GB has returned triumphantly from the Open European Championships 2017, held in Belgium from 25th to 27th August, victorious in both Heelwork to Music and Freestyle.
Kath Hardman, Team Manager said “This is an unprecedented achievement in the history of Open European Championships for Great Britain as Team GB not only won the Heelwork To Music Championship for a second time, but the Team also won the Freestyle Championship for the first time, to complete a first time double for Team GB.”
All four members of the Heelwork To Music Team were placed in the top twelve out of 51 competitors from 14 countries and the top three GB scores were totalled to give Team GB first place.
Lucy Creek 3rd HTM
Lucy Creek from Warwickshire with Harriot Skiffle King (Skiffle – Border Collie) finished in 3rd place.
Caroline Garrett Team GB HTM
Caroline Garrett from West Sussex with Wildsea Phoenix Of Fire (Fawkes – Border Collie) in 7th,
Kath Hardman Team Manager and Team GB HTM & Freestyle
Kath Hardman from Derbyshire with Stillmoor Extra Special (Denby – Border Collie) in 8th place.
Karen Sykes TEam GB HTM and Freestyle
Karen Sykes also from Derbyshire with Kingsfarm Spring Surprise (Midge – Working Sheepdog) in 12th place.
Lucy Heath Team GB HTM Reserve
HTM Reserve, Lucy Heath from Lincolnshire with Stillmoor Winter Sun (Indie – Border Collie) was able to present her routine as a demonstration during a break at the event.
In the Freestyle Team Championship there were 54 competitors from 17 Countries and again, the top three GB scores were totalled to give Team GB first place.
- Lucy Creek with Harriot Skiffle King finished in 2nd place
- Kim Lyddon from Cheshire with Canen You Said What (Tyler – Border Collie) in 10th place
- Karen Sykes with Kingsfarm Spring Surprise (Working Sheepdog) in 16th place
- The final member of the team was Kath Hardman with Stillmoor Extra Special (Border Collie)
- Freestyle Reserve was Lucy Creek with her Beagle Dialynne Making Waves – Teasel
Kath Hardman said “We knew the selected team would be strong and we are extremely proud of the results in the team events and also in the individual performances. Lucy Creek with her dog Harriot Skiffle King achieved a fabulous 2nd place in Freestyle and a 3rd place in Heelwork and should be congratulated for contributing such high scores to the team results.
The team worked well together fully supporting each team member. Our grateful thanks go to the HTM community back home along with the team’s travelling supporters for their enthusiasm, fundraising and support. Our success would not have been possible without the financial support of our Major Sponsors.”