Banbury Obreedience – 30 June 2019

Jean Walker writes:

Lovely day at the Banbury Obreedience heat on Sunday. Fourteen teams entered, thirteen ran. Fifty-two enthusiastic competitors resplendent in their team colours in the sunshine! (Actually fifty-one as Sue was in two teams!). Our team was me with Briar, Chris Harrison with Teal, Ann Harrison and Sophie, and Sue Pinkham with Lexi. The team worked well, and we got second place, four little terriers sandwiched between recognised working breeds in first, third and fourth place. Working Cockers, the Covert Cockups won the heat. Very many congratulations to them.

Our judge Marney Wells gave us a lovely write-up in her report.

“2nd – Manchesters Reunited. Manchester Terriers. I do love to see terriers work and these clever little dogs did not disappoint, putting in the best overall set exercises of the day. Fantastic work.

Our squad consists of eight handlers and ten dogs. As only two of the dogs are not entire, we need the extra personnel in order to be able to realistically compete, and each and every one has made a valuable contribution to the team. But I just want to give my heartfelt thanks to Chris and Ann. They stared training last year with totally inexperienced dogs, and now all three, Sophie, Ash and Teal can step in and do all four of the individual exercises to a high standard, that is sendaway, stop on recall, scent and retrieve. They travel all over the place to compete, and really are the backbone of the team.

I believe also that Ash is the first breed champion to achieve a first in Obreedience. Ash and Teal will be competing in the exacting sport of Open Obedience on Saturday, so thanks again to them, and good luck!

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