Canines and coaches run ribbons

Last updated 16:03 06/05/2013

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Three-year-old border collie cross Madi competed at her first ribbon trials in Blenheim yesterday.

Unfortunately, Madi was too interested in the boys to pay attention to the agility course and its various jumps and tunnels.

Her owner Adrian Withers, of Blenheim, said Madi could get a bit distracted.

"She turns to make off after a few jumps; there's more exciting things elsewhere," he said. "But that's all part of the challenge."

Mr Withers rescued Madi from the SPCA about two years ago, but they had only been training for about a year. It became quite obvious Madi needed more than a daily walk, he said.

"She's got that working breed and she was always looking at me like she wanted to be worked. She needed more of a challenge."

Mr Withers saw an advert in the newspaper for the Blenheim Canine Training Club and his Tuesday nights have been taken up since.

They train every Tuesday for about an hour at the A&P Showgrounds on Maxwell Rd.

It helped develop a bond between them, Mr Withers said.

"She had been with the SPCA for a year and was quite depressed when I got her," he said. "This has really helped her get past whatever she had been through."

More than 40 dogs competed at different skills levels at the ribbon trials at the A&P Showgrounds yesterday.

They were timed around the course, with their faults recorded.

Show secretary Karina Greenall said the club held four ribbon trials and a championship show each year.

Marlborough's next championship show was in December and would feature dogs from all over the country, she said.


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- The Marlborough Express


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