Founder of OJAC (Open Junior Agility Championships), Ant Clarke and competitor Lauren Ashby share their experience of this year’s event.
OJAC 2019 was the event’s 8th anniversary and spectators were treated to yet more fantastic competition and determination for all competitors . The event’s structure has changed over the years and we now have 3 separate competitions: – an Individual event consisting of 1 agility and 1 jumping round with the best combined score winning; 2 Team Relays and 2 x Speed Jump off heats which qualify the top 5 dogs for the British Junior Final, held at the British Agility Championships in October.
Lauren Ashby Reports….
I have just come back from a wonderful weekend at OJAC which is held at Moulton College in Northampton. It has a really friendly atmosphere with lots of support from friends and fellow competitors when you run.
There are three parts to OJAC : individual, teams and speed rounds (the latter being a qualifier for the British Agility Championships in October). The individual and team rounds have 2 rounds and then have an overall winner.
I personally love OJAC because it is a great way to see all your friends and meet new friends. (There is seating so you can watch everyone and cheer them on!) The large ring and lower heights are a great start to the season and allow dogs to have fun on the flowing courses. Our team won the overall competition which was amazing – and Percy (Lauren’s dog) got 2 clears in the speed rounds but as it was all heights combined he just couldn’t quite beat the collies! He had a few unlucky faults in the individual rounds but still finished in 11th place overall which I was really happy with considering he is only 2 years old!
A friend wrote – OJAC is more than just an agility show, it is a place to build life-long friendships. The weekend challenged both handler and dog. It is the place where the spirit of agility comes alive.