Belgian Shepherds have proved to be fantastic agility dogs in recent years and this page is dedicated to Belgian Shepherd achievements in the field of agility.
A list of agility shows and schedules can be found here.
The BSDA of GB will be holding an Agility Show at Shuttleworth in April 2011, which will include Belgian Shepherd classes. For more information, please see our 'Events' page.
Above: Delark Wicked Witch with Terrgroen
If you have a Belgian Shepherd Dog who has done well in agility and you would like to share your achievements, please email us so that we can display your results!
The Federation Mondiale du Berger Belg is an international society for BSDs and every year they organise a world championship, held under the rules of the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which is an international federation of kennel clubs.
The BSD Squad is selected over 2 days, each with 4 runs. This year the first selection day was in October 2010, held at Andy and Helen Browns' venue with Lee Gibson judging and the second day was held in February 2011 at Louise and Anne Challis' venue, with Andy Hudson judging. The days are made up of two agility runs and two jumping runs.
Both the Working Belgian Shepherd Dog Society and the Belgian Shepherd Dog Association of Great Britain jointly raise the funds in order to send the team to this event each year.
Great Britain has sent competitors for the competition since 2003. The teams which will be representing us this year are below:
BSD Team Selected
The BSDS and WBSDS are very pleased to announce that the Great Britain agility team for the 2013 Belgian Shepherd World Championship is:
Team and IndividualMike Bacon with Jet (Louandi Diamond) - Tervueren
IndividualDerek Knight with Asgard (Heidron Timelord Chaser) - Groenendael
2013 BSD World Championships
The 2013 FMBB World Championship will be held at Koper (Slovenia) from 1 – 6 May 2013. This year it is planned that a full squad of eight dogs will represent Great Britain.
Team Manager Mike Bacon said, 'The BSD World Championships have been held in Slovenia before and the team found that it is a very beautiful and amazing country. Nearly everyone spoke very good English and they were very friendly and helpful.'
The selection day for the Great Britain Agility Team will be held on Sunday, 17 February at Sandbourne Stables, Baughton Hill, Earls Croome, Worcestershire WR8 9DG. The judge will be Andy Brown. All KC registered Belgian Shepherd Dogs Grade 3 and above that have a top 10 place in jumping and agility in the previous year are eligible for selection. Registrations close 1 February 2013.
The aim of selection is to match the type of competition experienced at the World Championships so courses are FCI type and challenging. Although it is usually Grade 6-7 dogs that get into the team. Grade 3-5 handlers are encouraged to take part in order to get an idea of what is involved and to prepare for future years. There have been some notable exceptions with some outstanding lower grade dogs taking to the FCI courses and getting selected.
The selection is solely based on the performance on the day, and it is in two parts. First is the team selection there are 2 agility and 2 jumping runs where the selectors are looking for consistency. So the dogs with the best four scores overall make up the team. This has proved very successful with Great Britain twice winning the team event at the World Championship and frequently getting very good places. The dogs in the team are automatically entered in the individual heats as well. However, another four dogs can take part in the individual heats only. So the second part is looking for those four dogs. At the World Championships only the best 10 from 2 x Jumping and 2 x Agility runs get through to the individual final. The standard is very high and the dogs are very fast, so the selectors are looking for the four fastest dogs that still go clear for for Individual event.
This year the whole team will travel together by coach. The coach will leave Kent early Tuesday, 30 April and be back in Kent on Tuesday evening, 7 May. The entry fees, coach and hotels will be paid for by the funds raised by BSDA and WBSDS. As the funds are raised at agility shows run by BSDA and WBSDS, it is expected that people taking part in selection help at the shows.
About the FMBB Belgian World Championships
The BSD World Championships is a fantastic event held every year in a different country in Europe. In addition to Agility, there are the following events. An IPO competition which is the FCI rules for Schutzhund Mondio, a protection dog sport. FCI obedience at all three grades and also showing classes. Representatives from Great Britain will be competing in IPO and Mondio.
The FMBB has 35 member countries. At the World Championships there are 450 – 500 dogs representing all four varieties of Belgian Shepherds. More information can be found at http://www.fmbb.net
For more information and registration forms email the Team Manager Mike Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck to the Team!!
Above: Minka Prospect Cash