Meet the 2016 HTM & FS handlers
Susan Dooney & Murphy - HTM
Murphy is a 9 year old working sheepdog who was bred by myself following the untimely and early death of his Mum’s litter sister. He is a very loving, gentle and sensitive sole who is always there and demands nothing…………….My once in a life time dog.Murphy is firstly and foremost a Flyball Dog who runs with our local team Blackpool Super Nova. Although he is beginning to slow now, in his prime he ran and maintained a very respectable time of 4.3 seconds. He currently holds his Platinum Award (25,000 points) and is just 1,500 points short of his Pearl Award.I began training Heelwork to Music when he was 16 weeks old although it was never my intention to compete……..I just seem to have got sucked along somehow. This will be our 2 appearance on the ‘the green carpet’.I can’t believe that that this time last year Murphy was recovering from surgery to remove a large benign tumour to his back and had to be withdrawn from the HTM SEMIS.What a difference a year makeGood Luck to everyone competing. Have fun and show everyone there is no dog quite like yours.
Caroline Garrett - HTM
I am very excited to be returning to Crufts for the second time with Fawkes- he is such a super dog! After Crufts 2015 we immediately switched disciplines to work our first full summer season of obedience. After a rocky start, with problems in almost every exercise we managed to turn things around through focus, determination and hard work. Everything came together for us to win through classes B and C in 7 weeks with Fawkes actually winning his third B and qualifying for ticket (Championship class) on the same day-that was a fabulous feeling and one of the highlights of our year. When Autumn arrived we put our dancing shoes back on and focused on getting ready for the semi's. I was so looking forward to working on the routine I had been planning throughout the year! At the semi's our hard work paid off when we won the class and I am now very excited to be performing our most challenging but favourite routine to date at Crufts.
Lesley Neville - HTM & Freestyle
Above photographs of Lesley courtesy ofAllan Brown
Lesley Neville and Dewy (Brambledale Blue Dewy)
Lesley and Dewy competed at Crufts last year in the HTM competition for the
first time and Lesley is thrilled to have qualified Dewy to do the same
again this year. Not only that but Dewy has also qualified for the
Freestyle competition too!
So it will be a very busy Crufts for them both this year. Lesley is very
proud of her Beardie Boy who was just 4 years old this February, and hopes
that the boom cameras at Crufts are not as scary to him this year as they
were last year!
Lesley and Dewy would like to wish their fellow competitors all the very
best GOOD LUCK and hope that everyone enjoys their time on the green
Lesley has qualified in HTM and Freestyle
Nicci Hindson - freestyle
I'm Nicci and my dance partner is Nala, a 4 year old red tri WSD. I have been competing in HTM for 10 years (eeeek where did that time go?) and Nala began her dancing career in 2012. This will be our second time at crufts together, and in 2014, we were also lucky enough to be selected for ?HTM TeamGB, and we traveled to Germany to compete in the Open European Championship. Nala is a total princess!! She loves performing to an audience and will repeat any move which makes the crowd say 'ahhh.' I love my crazy little diva diva dog to pieces and cannot wait to dance with her on the green carpet again. I'd like to thank all of my friends who have supported and believed in us, and helped us achieve our dreams. Best of luck to all other competitors.
Naomi Baggaley - HTM
Kara was privately rehomed to me (through her breeder) when she was 2 years old as her previous owner felt she could not give her the life she deserved due to her own ill health. I already have a Jacobrad GSD (Luka) and jumped at the chance to bring another one home.
Kara started HTM in Starters at Findon show in 2013 and we won into advanced in April 2015 - our first attempt at an Advanced routine was in Andover in November of that year and that is when we got our qualifier so I am very proud of Kara.
I am so lucky to have been given Kara - she is great fun to work with but more importantly a joy to live with - the happiest soul in the world who never fails to make me smile, I just love her to bits. ??
Heather Smith HTM & freestyle
Angela Briggs - freestyle
Lucy Heath - HTM & freestyle
Caroline Johnson - freestyle