ONE man and his dog from south Warwickshire have scooped a top agility prize.
Martin Reid and his dog Selfie – a two-year-old Shetland Sheepdog – beat hundreds of dogs and their handlers to win the small Agility Stakes final on Friday December 16.
Martin and Selfie, from Leamington, competed in qualifying heats across the country to earn their place in the small final at The Kennel Club Agility Stakes – one of the most prestigious agility competitions in the world,
The final was held at The London International Horse Show at ExCeL London.
Martin said: “Selfie is the easiest dog and she loves the environment and atmosphere.
“We got a medal in the individual small competition at the Agility World Championships this year and we will be competing at Crufts.”
Held in association with Skinner’s, The Kennel Club Agility Stakes saw stars of agility, who had earned qualification in competitions throughout the year, compete in the finals in small, medium, large, intermediate and large ABC (Anything But Collie) categories.
Ben Skinner, of Skinner’s, said: “Many congratulations to Martin and Selfie for such a fantastic performance at this year’s Kennel Club Agility Stakes. We are pleased to be supporting this prestigious competition which always brings a great level of excitement and demonstrates world-class agility by all competitors.”
Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at The Kennel Club, added: “Congratulations to Martin and Selfie for their impressive performance. The pair demonstrated great excellence in agility and should feel very proud of their win. The Kennel Club Agility Stakes is a tough competition and requires dedication from all competing dogs and their handlers in the training and qualifying process.”