The Team GB Performance Weekend (PW) schedule has been published this week and we’ve made a few changes this year.
Firstly we’re holding it at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) which the Kennel Club has a partnership with. NTU has excellent facilities for all weathers, classrooms and spectator seating. The next two EOs and EOJ 2018 will be held on sand at equestrian centres, so it makes sense to hold the last squad day on a surface similar to the one we’ll be competing on.
We’re also holding a final for the EO win-on-place (open to squad members) at the PW. This should be an exciting to watch.
Once again the Coaching Team will be looking for up to 12 dogs and handlers to invite to the 2019 development squad. The 2018 development members are all part of this years squad and I hope they have benefitted from working with the Coaching Team. Bringing new people under the Coaching Teams radar is something I’m keen to progress.
Unfortunately we’ve had to limit the eligible grades and entry numbers again. This is due to the time available and having manageable classes numbers. I’ve been asked if there can be more Team GB events held during the year to attract new handlers. If we had resources to help organise, host and run them that maybe a possibility in the future. In the meantime we’ll be filling the PW to the max in each height.
We will be ‘spotting’ dogs and handlers around the competitions again this year hoping to see some outstanding young partnerships (dogs and handlers) who we can also invite on to the 2019 development squad.
If you’re interested in coming along and watching this years adult squad and the junior team competing on courses set and judged by an international FCI judge then we’d love to see you.
Have a great week.