Bella - Sports & Performance

Bella

Twelve-year-old Rebecca Chuter Smith and her Shetland Sheepdog, Bella – aka Bramleycott Mis Moneypenny – haven’t let age or size come between them and incredible success in the agility ring!

Rebecca’s mum, Fiona Smith, says: “Bella was born on 8th December 2014. In five years, Rebecca and Bella have certainly worked hard. Rebecca is only 12 years old, so they are learning together. Also, Bella doesn’t live with Rebecca, so they don’t see each other 24/7, so this makes their training even harder.

“They started off by doing obedience classes and quickly gained their Bronze, Silver and Gold Good Citizen Awards through the Kennel Club.

“Next came training at Nedlo Dog Agility on a Monday and at Wellow Agility Club on a Wednesday. They first competed in agility in the latter part of 2017. They’ve gone from Grade 1 to Grade 6 in three years.

“They’ve qualified twice for the Starters Challenge at the Agility Club show in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, they came third against all height dogs. In 2019, they also qualified for Crufts in Young Kennel Club (YKC) ABC Agility, YKC Graduate Agility and YKC Under 18 Jumping. They won YKC Graduate Agility and YKC Under 18 Jumping. They’ve also managed to qualify for Crufts 2020 in YKC ABC Agility.

“Bella and Rebecca have won the Agility Club Under 12s league for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019), amassing an impressive 546 points in 2019.

“They’ve competed in Jersey where they won the Ziggy and Bracken Trophy for Best Small B Dog. They have also won entry into the Channel Islands Dog of the Year in 2018 and 2019. However, due to other commitments, they have not been able to attend.

“In 2017, they won Grade 1 at the Wellow Awards. In 2018, they won Top Dog at Wellow. The 2019 awards are still to be announced, but we’re hoping she’s done well at these too. The awards are points-based.

“Bella also managed to be the Nedlo Winter Series Winner for Grades 1-3 in 2017, following a nail-biting run-off for first place.

“They have also been selected for the YKC Team GB Squad for 2020 and are trying to be selected for Team GB to go to Finland in July 2020.”

If you believe that Bella’s hard work means she deserves to be awarded with the top spot in the Sports & Performance Dogs category, putting her in the running for the title of Autarky Hardest Working Dog 2020, then make sure you cast your vote when voting goes live on January 20th, 2020.

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