Milton Keynes dog qualifies for prestigious agility final

Sam Lane and Daim
Sam Lane and Daim

A Milton Keynes woman and her Cocker Spaniel have qualified for the prestigious Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes finals, whcih take place in London later this month.

Sam Lane and her Cocker Spaniel Daim qualified in the medium dog competition and will be heading to the main arena at Olympia to compete in front of thousands of spectators.

The country’s most talented agility dogs and handlers have been competing in qualifying heats at agility shows across the country in an attempt to gain a place in the finals, which take place from Thursday as part of the London International Horse Show.

The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes are held in association with Skinner’s pet foods and will see dogs and their owners compete in five finals in the following categories: small, medium, large, large novice and large ABC (Anything But Collies). There will also be two semi-finals, for the large and large novice dog categories, which will see around 40 dogs in each category whittled down to 10 who will go on to compete in the grand final. For medium, small and large ABC dogs, ten dogs for each category have already qualified for the Olympia final.

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “Olympia is one of the highlights of the agility calendar and each year we really look forward to watching all the talented dogs and their handlers in action. With such an excellent atmosphere, Olympia is certainly not one to miss for any dog lover.

“Good luck to Sam and her dog – we hope they enjoy every moment of it.”