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Bombs Away as dog agility proves popular at Andoversford

23-April-2019 9:12
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by Peter McNeile

The first heat of this year’s Agria Agility Challenge 2019 was held at Andoversford Point To Point Races, and
attracted many of agility’s rising stars. We were delighted to see Agility at the forefront of this fabulous spring
event, among some great family attractions. This is one of the venue’s premier equine events, and set in the
lovely spring sunshine, spectator numbers were high which added to the exciting atmosphere.

Judged by ex-jump jockey, Veronica Hill, the competition was every bit as exciting as we could have wished for,
with five fast clear rounds taking the top five places. Beating their nearest rivals by 1.5 seconds were Becky
Bryant with Batfink Bombs Away, who completed the course in just 29.761 secs.

Becky says, “I was extremely happy when we found out we had qualified for the final! Bomb has a mind of his own
sometimes, so clears can be rare. We are both very much looking forward to the final and fingers crossed he
listens when it matters! But whatever happens we are going to go and have fun as that’s what it’s all about.”

The Agria Agility Challenge 2019 is open to Grades 1- 4 dogs, with heats throughout the year. The top five placed
from each heat will qualify for the Agria Agility Challenge Grand Final at the Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday
29th September 2019, to be judged by Championship Agility judge Hannah Banks.

Hopefully the Andoversford weather will continue across the outdoor season, as Heat 2 of the Agira Agility
Challenge heads southwards to the North Somerset Show to find our next five Agria Agility Challenge 2019
qualifiers. Congratulations to our first set of finalists, and good luck to those taking part in the remaining heats!
Agria Agility Challenge Qualifiers Heat 1 Andoversford Point To Point Races.

1. Becky Bryant with Batfink Bombs Away C 29.761 secs
2. Rachel Williams with Blamorder Just like Magic C 31.262 secs
3. Karen Sanders The Merle Of Valgrays C 32.860 secs
4. Rosie Reid with Splatterday Night Fever C 35.667 secs
5. Peter Dowie with Fearless Seal C 38.759 secs

Tom Vaughan, Head of Marketing at Agria Pet Insurance, added, “We’re delighted to continue our support of agility
in 2019 with the Agria Agility Challenge. Agility is an outstanding activity for the health and well-being of both dogs
and handlers – great for fitness and mental well-being, and to deepen the bond for the most rewarding of animalowner
partnerships. We can’t wait to follow the up and coming agility stars of 2019 through to the final in September – it’s going to be
an exciting year!”

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