Agility
       
Limited Agility Show 2012

Join us for our Limited Agility Show on 15th July 2012 at Bradfield Village Hall. This show is restricted to Papillons only. More details and a schedule are available from our Diary page.

Agility News

Merlin or Pipestrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim came to me from Clarie-Anne Ahern in Southern Ireland, I originally wanted a show/stud dog but as it turned out he is proving to be an agility superstar.

Merlin started training at around six months of age and took to it like a duck to water, it is harder to get him off of the course then it is to get him on. Once he knew what to do with different pieces of equipment there was no stopping him.

I entered him in the Just Minis Agility Show (unaffiliated) last December at 16 months old, I put him in the Papillon only class which was an open class, Grades 1-7, purely to get him ring experience before he started competing in the Kennel Club shows in March. He flew around and won, four seconds faster than the second dog. I then put him in UK Agility classes, he went from a Beginner dog to a Senior dog in a matter of weeks, also qualifying for the Steeplechase Final.

He started his agility career in March 2009 when he was 18 months old, his first agility class found him in second place, but in May he won his first agility class beating 115 dogs, this put him into Grade 4. At Axtane Agility show he qualified in the Eukanuba Circular Knockout which is held at Crufts (now run by the Kennel Club) he finished third out of 78 dogs on a very hot day indeed.

At Keston Agility show a week later Merlin won a Grade 4 agility class which has now put him into Grade 5. Two weeks after that he won another Grade 4 agility class but because of the 25 day rule he could not go up into Grade 6, which was sad as his time was faster then the winner of the Grade 5 class.

Merlin has also appeared on Sky TV in the Groomers programme, he had to stand on a moving table, which he did with no problem.

Merlin has achieved all this in under 20 months, I am sure he has a great future, will keep you posted.

Denise Welsh and the lovely Merlin

First pic is a young Merlin ready for his walk complete with back pack.
GETTING STARTED IN AGILITY
 

So you have decided that you want to try agility! You have a lovely bouncy Papillon that would love to rush around and do all the jumps etc., so what comes next? First of all you will need to find a good agility club (the Kennel Club has a country wide dictionary of Clubs) especially one that takes mini or small dogs, some clubs don't.  Always remember that agility should be fun, enjoy your training and enjoy your dog, Paps are very easy to train and normally love to throw themselves into all sorts of energetic things, especially jumping. Always be aware that there are other dogs about especially large dogs so make sure before you place your Papillon on the ground to start training that all is safe.

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Once you have found your club and your dog is a year old or more, then its all systems go.  You will need to have basic obedience so that your dog will sit and wait when told, so you can get yourself into the right position, also your dog must be fit. You will be asking your pap to do things that it has not done before and use muscles that it has not necessarily used before. You cannot ask a dog that is carrying a lot of weight to jump, it is not fair and will only cause damage.   Depending on your trainer you will normally be encouraged to run with your dog over the jumps, which should be very low in the beginning to give the dog a chance to adjust itself to jumping.  Then you have the contact equipment, again this should be low to help build on the dogs confidence.

The contact equipment consists of an A frame, See-saw and Dogwalk. There will be an area marked at each side of the equipment that the dog must touch when going onto and when leaving the equipment or this will be marked down as a fault.
Next is the tyre, which is a hoop or buoy on a frame and the dog has to jump through it. Most dogs find this very easy,also the long jump which dogs seem to fly over with very little problems.
Always remember no matter what piece of equipment you and your dog are learning everything must be started low and built up over the weeks. Praise and reward are everything; never scold your dog for not doing it right as nine times out of ten it is the handler that is wrong.

Tunnels tend to be most dogs favourite piece of equipment and Papillons are no exception. There is a pipe tunnel which is rigid and the collapsible tunnel, which has a cloth pipe which the dogs have to push through.  Some competitions have a table which the dog has to jump onto and either stand still for a count of five or lay down until the judge lets it go.
The weaving poles come next which can consist of 6 or 12 poles, it has been said that this piece of equipment is the most difficult to master. Some dogs take to it easily, others struggle and most trainers have their own way of getting dogs through the poles. Again this should be done with the help of treats and toys keeping your dog happy all the times.

The secret of a successful dog is not only its speed and ability to go on over the next jump but to keep very tight on turns. Here Harlie is brushing the weave poles with her shoulder to keep as tight as possible saving time.
Under Kennel Club rules, your dog must be 18 months old before it can compete in agility competition. You can enter an Elementary class, Starters class or an Open class, both in agility and jumping, a jumping class does not have any contact equipment.Try and go to competitions and watch and see how other handlers work their dogs, especially Papillon handlers. Watch the senior handlers and see how they direct their dogs, where they place themselves to make it as easy as possible for the dog to master the course in the fastest time.
I find it fascinating that such small dogs can go so fast and be so accurate, their times across an agility course can be faster than some border collies.

There are many agility competitions or Tests held all over the country and abroad and now there are at least 150 to 200 mini dogs in a class.  This country has some very good mini dogs, some of them are Papillons. America also have good Paps in agility and they also represent their country in the World Championships as do ours.
Papillons are capable of lots of things agility being just one, they excel at most things from flyball to obedience to working trials so do have a go; you never know unless you try you might just surprise yourself.

"The Harlie The Magnificant Trophy"

Denise and Alec Welsh have very kindly donated a shield to the South of England Papillon Club, to be known as: "The Harlie the Magnificent Trophy". The trophy which is on offer to members is not to be won outright, it is to be presented at the club AGM each year to the owner of the Papillon who gains the highest number of points soley in agility from 1st Jan - 31st Dec each year. Click here to download a points claim form.

Judge: Mr Russell Hempson

Results of the 5th Papillon Agility Show (Limited) July 2011

Agility Grades 1-3
1st Rachael Masters
Toby the Hopeful
2nd Neil Clayton
Elendil Little Rupert
3rd Debbie Goodwin
Temelora By Magic
4th Debbie Goodwin
Wendwoods Heavenly Star
5th Val Andrews
Temelora Sandlephon
6th Eileen Clayton
Kazim Mountain Maid at Herumen
7th Val Andrews
Temelora Cosmos

Jumping Grades 1-3
1st Angie Tydeman
Private Pete
2nd Rachael Masters
Toby the Hopeful
3rd Val Andrews
Temelora Coscos
4th Caroline Bennett
Havanbar Crown Jewel at Shadow Knight
5th Neil Clayton
Elendil Little Rupert
6th Debbie Goodwin
Temelora by Magic

Agility Grades 4 - 7

1st Marion McIlherne
Pinelan Lucky Lady of Xelby

Jumping Grades 4 - 7
1st Denise Welsh
Pipistrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim
2nd Jane Burton
Barleybright Star Eyes
3rd Debbie Goodwin
Temelora Magic Affair
4th Emily High
Herumen Mountain Imp

Grades 1 - 7 Knockout

1st Denise Welsh
Bedellus Heaven Sent to Kazim
2nd Debbie Goodwin
Wendwoods Heavenly Star
3rd Caroline Bennett
Havanbar Crown Jewel at Shadow Knight
4th Rachael Masters
Toby the Hopeful
The Ringlands Trophy for Overall Best Papillon in Grades 1-3 was won by Rachael Masters and Toby the Hopeful
The Best Papillon in Grades 4-7 was won by Marion McIlherne and Pinelan Lucky Lady at Xelby

 

Judge: Tamzin Grimes

Results of the 4th Papillon Agility Show (Limited) July 2010

Agility Grades 1-3

1st Gemma Tappin               
Tongring Little Princess of Gemray
2nd Jane Burton
Barleybright Star Eyes
3rd Debbie Goodwin
Temelora Magic Affair
4th Sheila Partridge
Go Go Gozelle
5th Neil Clayton
Elendil Little Rupert
6th Debbie Goodwin
Wendwoods Heavely Star
7th Debbie Goodwin 
Temelora By Magic
8th Eileen Clayton
Kazim Mountain Maid at Herumen

Jumping Grades 1-3

1st Gemma Tappin
Tongring Little Princess of Gemray
2nd Sheila Partridge
Go Go Gozelle
3rd Tamasine Stretton
Merlin the Wizard
4th Jane Burton
Barleybright Star Eyes
5th Debbie Goodwin
Temelora By Magic
6th Debbie Goodwin
Temelora Magic Affair
7th Debbie Goodwin
Wendwoods Heavenly Star
8th Eileen Clayton
Kazim Mountain Maid at Herumen

Agility Grades 4 - 7

1st Denise Welsh
Pipistrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim
2nd Lynda Stangle
Alwynil Skips Jet
3rd Emily High
Herumen Mountain Imp

Jumping Grades 4 - 7

1st  Denise Welsh
Pipestrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim
2nd Marionh McIherne
Pinlan Lucky Lady at Xelby
3rd Denise Welsh
Bedellus Heaven Sent to Kazim
4th Angie Tydeman
Kazim Ice is Nice

Jumping Grades 1 - 7

1st Gemma Tappin
Tongring Little Princess of Gemgray
2nd Lynda Stangle
Alwynil Skips Jet
3rd Sheila Partridge
Go Go Gozelle
4th Marion McIlherne
Pinlan Lucky Lady at Xelby
5th Debbie Goodwin
Temelora Magic Affair
6th Angie Tydeman
Kazim Ice is Nice
7th Tamasine Stretton
Wizard at Herumen
8th Denise Welsh
Bedellus Heaven Sent to Kazim

The overall winner for Grades 1-3 was Gemma Tappin with Tongring Little Princess of Gemgray.

This little dog just flew, beautifully handled by Gemma, they had speed and accuracey around all three courses.  The Tongring line really does lend itself to agility and as far as I can see this little dog will be the next Agility Champion, watch this space.....

The overall winner for Grades 4 - 7 was Denise Welsh with Pipistrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim.

Although the handling could have been better, Merlin managed to steer his handler around both courses, now a Grade 6 dog and working hard towards Grade 7.

 

 

Judge: Brian Grimes

Results of the 3rd Papillon Agility Show (Limited) July 2009

Agility Grades 1-3

1st Sarah Shaw
Havenbar Cracker Jack
2nd Debbie Goodwin
Temelora Accidental MAgic
3rd Sue Williams
Lozek Loki
4th Sheila Partridge
Go Go Gazelle (rescue)
5th Jane Barton
Barleybright Star Eyes
6th Debbie Goodwin
Temelora Magic Affair
7th Tammy Stretton
Wizard at Herumen

Jumping Grades 1-3

1st Debbie Goodwin
Temelora Accidental Magic
2nd Jane Burton
Barleybright Star Eyes
3rd Sheila Partridge
Go Go Gazelle (rescue)
4th Debbie Goodwin
Temelora By Magic
5th Sarah Shaw
Havenbar Cracker Jack
6th Emily High
Herumen Mountain Imp
7th Debbie Goodwin
Temelor Magic Affair

Agility Grades 4 - 7

1st Amanda White
Barleybright Teo Amo Blanco
2nd Denise Welsh
Pipestrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim
3rd Lynda Stangle
Alwenil Skips Jet
4th Barbara Pointer
Bedellus Demelza
5th Lynda Stangle
Helmdale Alexis the Avenger AWS
6th Alison Grimes
Kazkell Dream Master

Jumping Grades 4 - 7

1st Denise Welsh
Pipestrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim
2nd Lynda Stangle
Alwenil Skips Jet
3rd Barbara Poiner
Bedellus Demelza
4th Angie Tydeman
Kazim Ice is Nice
5th Amanda White
Barleybright Teo Amo Blanco
6th Alison Grimes
Kazkell Dream Master

Jumping Grades 1 - 7

1st Jane Burton
Barleybright Star Eyes
2nd Lynda Stangle
Alwenil Skips Jet
3rd Sheila Partridge
Go Go Gazelle
4th Alison Grimes
Kazkell Dream Master
5th Angie Tydeman
Kazim Ice is Nice
6th Emily High
Herumen Mountain Imp
7th Tammy Stretton
Wizard of Herumen
The Ringlands Trophy for Overall Best Papillon in Grades 1-3 was won by Debbie Goodwin with Temelora Accidental Magic.
The Best Papillon in Grades 4-7 was won by Denise Welsh with Pipestrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim.