Crufts glory for agility champion Tatty the poodle and her owner from MK

Alan Bray, from Milton Keynes, and his dog Tatty win 1st at the British Open semi-final for small dogs at the Kennel Club. Picture Jess Clarke.
Alan Bray, from Milton Keynes, and his dog Tatty win 1st at the British Open semi-final for small dogs at the Kennel Club. Picture Jess Clarke.

A Milton Keynes man and his dog have won a place to compete at Crufts dog show next year.

Alan Bray and his miniature poodle, Tatty, have won the British Open semi-final for small dogs at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, and will now compete at the world’s greatest dog show in 2016.

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival attracted thousands of competitors from throughout the UK and across the world, with the British Open featuring top agility dogs at the event.

Alan and his miniature poodle, Tatty, won in the small category after succeeding in a jumping round and an agility round, from which the top placed dogs then took part in the semi-final.

He said: “Tatty did brilliantly at the competition and I am absolutely thrilled that she won. She’s an agility champion and an awesome dog to own.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary said: “The Kennel Club International Agility Festival is one of the world’s largest and most popular agility events in the dog sports calendar.

“Alan and Tatty should be very proud of their achievement and we look forward to welcoming them to Crufts and wish them well in the final on such a big stage.”

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival was held at Rockingham Castle on August 13 to 16. More than 2,700 dogs of all types, sizes and experience levels competed across 16 agility rings, with dogs jumping and weaving their way around the various courses.

The festival, supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, is the world’s largest agility festival and sees competitors from all over the world travel to compete.

Dog agility shows involve owners guiding their dogs around a course consisting of tunnels, jumps, and other obstacles. It is the UK’s fastest growing dog sport and one of a number of activities that people are encouraged to take part in as part of the Kennel Club’s Get Fit with Fido campaign, which aims to tackle obesity in both owners and dogs.

To find out more about dog agility, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agility. To find your local club, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/findadogclub.