2005 ABC Winner – Anne Challis
The briefing was at
time flew round we just about had enough time to do our shopping and study the
course which had been handed to us on paper.
I was quite happy with the course on paper, but decided to take no
chances and play it safe at the weave poles this time and decided to work them
on the left. I was running order number
7 to run but I did not get a chance to watch the first 6 dogs run as I was
working and warming Timber up before I run in an attempt to gain full control
and attention from him, he is a strong dog and always travels at full speed
with me as passenger tagging along behind.
I knew we needed to get a clear if we were to gain a good place, I
wasn’t nervous just focused (Louise my daughter and groom for the day did the
nervous bit for me!) When I finished the course I was not sure if I was clear
but Louise was leaping up and down with excitement I knew I had lost time at
the last jump as my little legs just could not get me there fast enough and
Timber turned to face me before jumping it, we had gone clear and we were the
first clear of the event in a time of
32.77 which put us into the lead. Lisa Gantly then went clear with her Groenendael
Delark Lucky Total Eclipse in a time of 35.23
followed by Andy Brown and his Groenendael Heidron Chasing
Storm Skye Clear in 34.73 as Andy
finished Louise declared that I had won, I started to shake I did not cry I was
in shock and before I had time to even think about what we had achieved we were
ushered into the main arena for the prize giving I was given a beautiful
crystal bowl along with a sash that Timber thought would make a good tuggy when we did our lap of honour and what an honour it
was a dream come true!
I was then taken upstairs to a room where all the helpers KC reps
Judges and friends cheered as I entered into a champagne reception followed by
a photo shoot.
It was like a dream one of the most exciting experiences of my whole dog career.
After the champagne reception we went down to the Kennel Club stand where we were greeted by
members of the public, adults and children swamped the Kennel Club Stand to
speak to Timber they just wanted to touch him and stroke him and take
photographs, I think this was the hi-lite of Timbers
day! Timber was fantastic he is the most gentle wonderful dog and a real credit to the breed I
owe him so much!
I would like to say a
big thank you to The Kennel club and Pedigree also to Dave Ray and his ring
party, special thanks to John Gilbert for setting such fair and fun courses and
not forgetting my family and friends and to everyone who contacted me via
phone, cards and flowers thank you all it made the experience last even longer
and one I will never forget.