A Peacehaven woman and her pet pooch are celebrating after beating hundreds of dogs and their handlers to the crown at one of the most prestigious dog agility competitions in the world.
Stacey Irwin-Burns, aged 24, and Sam, a crossbreed, took first place in the Small Agility final at the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes held at the London International Horse Show before Christmas, which was their first time competing at Olympia.
To get into the finals, the pair competed against the country’s most talented agility dogs and handlers in agility qualifying heats across the country during 2015.
Stacey, who has been training dogs in agility for nearly six years, has owned her own agility club called Stacey’s K9 Services for the last two years.
Of her fantastic achievement, Stacey said: “Running at Olympia was an event like no other. I’m over the moon with the way in which Sam ran.
“It really was a dream come true to win such a prestigious event.”
Held in association with Skinner’s pet foods, the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes took place from December 17-21 2015 and saw the stars of agility compete in five different finals throughout the competition: small, medium, large novice, large senior, and ABC categories.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary said: “The Olympia Agility Stakes demand such a high level of talent and is always one of the highlights of the dog agility calendar, and this year was no exception.
“Huge congratulations to Stacey and Sam - we wish them the best of luck in 2016.”
The results for the 2015 Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes can be seen at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/agility-at-olympia.
The Kennel Club is an organisation devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is a reunification service for micro-chipped animals. It also runs the dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities.
The Kennel Club runs Crufts and the Eukanuba Discover Dogs event at ExCeL London, which educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.
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