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UpAndOver Dog Agility Club came into existence on 1 September 2013 but remains very much the same club as it was, under the charge of Mark and Karen Laker, as UpAndOver Agility Dogs.
I own two Weimaraners; Jasper and Maloney (a long-haired). I have competed with both, however, my daughter Lily has caught the agility bug and now competes in Junior competitions with Jasper. I compete with Maloney.
In 2012 we came top of the Grade 1 Weimaraner League. At the Kennel Club International Festival 2013 we qualified for the Starters’ Cup Finals. We have also qualified for the Colimanor Starters’ Cup in 2014.
I have been training at UpAndOver for 6 years and been an agility trainer for 18 months. Previously I have taught the Beginners’ class, and currently I teach the Foundation class on a Thursday evening. I have gained the Agility1st Instructor award and am currently working towards the Agility1st Instructor XL award.
I been doing agility for over 11 years and my background in horse sport has allowed me to develop a keen eye and interest in movement, particularly jumping technique and how the shape of the dog influences the way it tackles the challenges of agility. My current job in a veterinary practice allows me to further this interest through access to scientific articles on canine sports medicine research.
I first started helping club members with jumping problems around 2005 and have trained most of the groups at one time or another. In the last year I have taken classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays including the regular Tuesday Beginners Group and also the Grade 4 and above group which I share with Ruth MacGill.
As I did the in horse world, where I worked with Olympic team members and trainers, I have been lucky to learn from some of the best agility trainers in the country. I enjoy passing this knowledge on to others and nothing gives me a bigger thrill than seeing a pupil achieve no matter how great or small that victory is.
Fiona is Agility 1st Qualified and is working towards the Agility 1st XL qualification