Crufts agility heat as easy as ABC

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

A Sarah Wood­ley, 53, came sec­ond in the Medi- um ABC ( Any­thing But a Col­lie) Agility semi- fi­nals at Eukanuba Dis­cover Dogs held at Ex­CeL Lon­don with her four- yearold minia­ture Amer­i­can shep­herd Bodey.

The pair will now com- pete at next year’s Crufts.

Han­dlers and dogs qual­i­fied to take part in the semi- fi­nals by gain­ing points at qual­i­fy­ing heats held at agility shows across the coun­try.

The grand fi­nals of the two ABC com­pe­ti­tions, medium and large novice, will take place at Crufts at the NEC, Birm­ing­ham, from March 8 to 11 fea­tur­ing the top 10 dogs and han­dlers in each height from the semi- fi­nals.

Sarah said: “It feels great to have fin­ished sec­ond. I’ve been re­ally im­pressed with the event.

“Bodey loved it and re­ally fed off the crowd, which was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing. He just went out there and didn’t feel the pres­sure – I think the crowd played a big part in his per­for­mance.”

Or­gan­ised by the Ken­nel Club, the event in­cludes nearly 200 breeds who take part in fun four- legged dis­plays and ous com­pe­ti­tions.

Caro­line Kisko, Ken­nel Club sec­re­tary, said: “Eukanuba Dis­cover Dogs is a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion and is Lon­don’s big­gest dog event. vari-

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