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#1 alligande

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:37 AM

http://www.nytimes.c...lity-trial.html
Looks like small number of mixed breeds made it into the Westminster trial, it's a pretty lame article but it's always interesting to see how people with no knowledge of the sport perceive it :)

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:02 AM

That is interesting.  I wonder if there was any objection to allowing the mixes there, or if AKC people are pretty much getting used to the idea.

 

I know years ago, if there was any kind of demonstration in conjunction with an AKC conformation show, mixed breeds could not participate (even if the demo was not an AKC sanctioned sport!), nor even be on the grounds!!

 

Whatever else one could say about AKC, I am glad to see that attitude starting to ebb away.


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:39 AM

It seems that the agility isn't happening at the same time as the breed showing? It refers to the main event 2 days later. So the breed aficionados still won't be offended by the sight of dogs actually doing something fun.

 

At Crufts the poor breed folk can't avoid noticing the crowds of people passing by with hardly a glance at their exhibits as they hurry to get a place in the Arena where things worth watching are happening.

 

I like the comment posted predicting that agility will become more popular! :lol:

 

As for people with no knowledge of the sport - every year at Crufts we have to put up with the ignorant commentary of Peter Purves who has been doing it since agility was invented and resolutely refuses to learn much about it at all. It's only recently that he's been persuaded not to call the Dog Walk the Cat Walk.

 

Fortunately he is not heard much live in the Arena as he's mainly for broadcast purposes in the afternoons and evenings, and he has been given a knowledgeable and tactful minder to stop him making too much of a fool of himself.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 10:21 AM

Dear Doggers,

 

My favorite event at Crufts was the Rescue Dog Agility Trial.  How the crowd cheered when the 10 year old greyhound managed the dogwalk.

 

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:16 AM

Thanks for the link.

 

I actually think that having the agility on the weekend before Westminster is pretty good since it does happen on a weekend - when people are off work and can come by and watch.

 

I used to live in that area and remember reading that the last few days before Westminster is also a time of more breed shows in the same area (some of which are specialties) to take advantage of the large # of dogs coming in for Westminster.

 

LOL. Funny about the audience at Crufts passing by the breed show to see agility - the activity that is worth watching. [I can see the slogan now:  Agility - It's worth watching!]  Last time I tried to watch border collies in the breed ring, I had to leave since I decided I wasn't interested in which heavy-boned, short-legged fluffball won the class.

 

I have a friend who got in (won one of the positions by lottery) and entered. I hope that I get a chance to speak to her after she competes. (I don't see her very often, and it is usually at an agility trial where we are all so busy.)


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:40 PM

The Rescue Dog Agility at Crufts is a demo by some rescue charities to show what rescue dogs are capable of. Most of the dogs have had very little agility training and are just there for the fun.

 

But the public like it, I suspect more than they do a succession of mostly collies doing it well in the real competitions. Most of the spectators are not agility people and they just like to see dogs doing stuff - then they can go to the dog activities area and enquire about how to have a go at it themselves (or the other sports).

 

Rescue dogs get a good platform at Crufts generally. If a dog that is competing or in a demo is a rescue there is a very good chance that the audience will be told, along with the fact that any dog can take part whatever it is and whatever its history.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:17 PM

LOL. Funny about the audience at Crufts passing by the breed show to see agility - the activity that is worth watching. [I can see the slogan now:  Agility - It's worth watching!]  Last time I tried to watch border collies in the breed ring, I had to leave since I decided I wasn't interested in which heavy-boned, short-legged fluffball won the class.

 

HAHAHA!!  I love it!!  I want it as an unofficial "official" slogan:

 

Agility - It's worth watching!

 

HA!!


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:30 PM

Reading the premium it sounds like the finals will not nessecarily be the fastest/cleanest in each height. 

 

It looks like only one dog of each breed is allowed in each jump height for the finals?


Shhhh - I don't have a border collie.....

 


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 07:29 PM

So if the point of including agility was publicity it's working. One of the questions on NPRs news quiz show Wait Wait don't tell me today was who is appearing at Westminster for the first time. ( answer = mutts)

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 05:02 AM

But mutts aren't really appearing "at" Westminster, just at a pretty Westminster event.

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:07 AM

The panelists were quick to pick up on that is was only in agility, I was impressed that none of them wondered what agility was.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:37 PM

More publicity for Westminster thanks to the agility trial ... This time the Colbert Report
http://www.colbertna...ok_012314_cn_23

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 01:39 PM

i missed it on TV yesterday! Anyone know where I can watch it online???


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 02:04 PM

Not online, but I'm told it will be aired again on Wed @ 9 on Nat Geo Wild.
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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:48 PM

You can see some agility here:

http://www.youtube.c...elf_id=1&view=0

 

The beauty pageant can be seen here:

http://characterchat...om/wkc/show.php


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