Worksop teen and labradoodle win national dog agility championship

A young dog agility trainer from Worksop has scooped another major title with her three-year-old labradoodle who also won Crufts last year.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 7th April 2018, 12:34 pm
Updated Saturday, 7th April 2018, 12:41 pm
Worksop teen Rebecca Colley won the 2018 Open Junior Agility championships with her labradoodle Millie.
Worksop teen Rebecca Colley won the 2018 Open Junior Agility championships with her labradoodle Millie.

Rebecca Colley, aged 18, and Millie – who competes as Doodle Daydream – took top spot in the national Open Junior Agility Championship in Moulton, Northamptonshire.

They beat a strong field to record the quickest time with the fewest faults over a complex course of jumps, weaves, tunnels and platforms.

Rebecca, Millie and their team-mates from the North Derbyshire Dog Agility Club had a successful relay run at Crufts earlier this year.

Rebecca said: “Millie did really well, everything I asked of her. It was quite nerve-wracking, but once we got out on the course she was really good and focused. It was still a huge surprise to win. I was not expecting it at all.”

Their victory is the latest in a run which includes a junior Crufts title in 2017, and two podium places this year.

They have also been selected for the adult Team GB squad, putting them in with a chance of going to the European and World Championships later this year.

Rebecca said: “Now I’m in the adult category, it’s very competitive with much more experienced handlers.”

Rebecca says Millie has a natural enthusiasm for competition.

Rebecca only began training four years ago with the North Derbyshire Dog Agility Club – with whom they also compete in team relay events.

Rebecca said: “It started when Millie was a puppy. We went somewhere with a £1 have-a-go agility course and tried it out for fun.

“She loved it, so we started taking lessons.

“The club has been great, and really supported us every step of the way. I’m really grateful to them, and to my parents for driving us around.

The pair are now hoping to be selected for the Team GB group who will compete in the European and World Championships later this year.

“Millie is really eager to learn and loves doing it, which helps a lot. Some dogs just have a natural drive for it, and that’s the most enjoyable part of all: seeing Millie have a good time. She always has a smile on her face when she comes out of the ring.”

The pair train or compete most weekends, with Rebecca fitting it in around her final year A-level studies at the Outwood Post-16 Centre.

Rebecca is considering a career as a dog trainer, and has just taken on a second puppy, Swift, who she hopes will follow Millie’s example.

Rebecca, Millie and their team-mates from the North Derbyshire Dog Agility Club had a successful relay run at Crufts earlier this year.
Rebecca says Millie has a natural enthusiasm for competition.
The pair are now hoping to be selected for the Team GB group who will compete in the European and World Championships later this year.