Hidden talent in dog club gears up for team event

Club known for strength in obedience, but recently members making name in world of dog agility.

Club known for strength in obedience, but recently members making name in world of dog agility.

BRINGING HOME THE GOODS: Gisborne Dog Training Club members (from left) Kirsten Ingoe with Ash and Blaze, Shelby Thompson, Amelia Gower with Jacobi, Doreen Harris with Maddi, Susan Edwards with Buddy, Briana Edwards with Bella, Penny Bushell with Tank, and Kim Edwards with Girl and Spice with some of their medal haul. Photo supplied

IT SEEMS there is plenty of talent hidden in Gisborne Dog Training Club.

Historically, the club has been known for its strength in obedience, but more recently members have been making a name for themselves in the world of dog agility.

Much of the growth of the agility membership is down to the support of long-standing member Penny Bushell, and now a regular troupe of members travels the central and lower North Island to compete.

The core competition crew includes Bushell, who retired her old dog and has begun competing this year with young Australian cattle dog Tank.

Amelia Gower has Jacobi, an SPCA rescue who needs just one more win to move up in both jumpers and agility competitions. Mother and daughter Kim and Briana Edwards have dogs Girl, Bella and Spice. Kirsten Ingoe, with miniature poodle Blaze, has graduated up to senior and jumpers B.

Kirsten also has new young border collie Ash, who is over 18 months old and now eligible to compete, while daughter Shelby sometimes competes Blaze.

The club’s newest competitors are Doreen Harris with her border collie Maddi and Susan Edwards with her papillon Buddy.

Bushell has plenty mapped out for the group in the coming year, including competitions further afield, in the hope of putting a club team together for the National Dog Agility Competition at Labour Weekend.

IT SEEMS there is plenty of talent hidden in Gisborne Dog Training Club.

Historically, the club has been known for its strength in obedience, but more recently members have been making a name for themselves in the world of dog agility.

Much of the growth of the agility membership is down to the support of long-standing member Penny Bushell, and now a regular troupe of members travels the central and lower North Island to compete.

The core competition crew includes Bushell, who retired her old dog and has begun competing this year with young Australian cattle dog Tank.

Amelia Gower has Jacobi, an SPCA rescue who needs just one more win to move up in both jumpers and agility competitions. Mother and daughter Kim and Briana Edwards have dogs Girl, Bella and Spice. Kirsten Ingoe, with miniature poodle Blaze, has graduated up to senior and jumpers B.

Kirsten also has new young border collie Ash, who is over 18 months old and now eligible to compete, while daughter Shelby sometimes competes Blaze.

The club’s newest competitors are Doreen Harris with her border collie Maddi and Susan Edwards with her papillon Buddy.

Bushell has plenty mapped out for the group in the coming year, including competitions further afield, in the hope of putting a club team together for the National Dog Agility Competition at Labour Weekend.

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