Hartpury announces partnership with Great Britain dog agility team


Hartpury is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the Great Britain dog agility team, enhancing teaching and research opportunities.

As one of the UK’s leading universities and colleges in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing, Hartpury joins the Kennel Club and Natural Instinct in supporting Agility Team GB ahead of next year’s European Open 2020.

As well as providing support for Agility Team GB, through the provision of Hartpury’s 360-hectare campus and world-class facilities for both squad and team days, the partnership will also see a collaborative approach to research in canine activities.

Providing opportunities for research and evidence-based practice that will be for the benefit of both dogs and human athletes, the relationship will bring together the Kennel Club’s commitment to dog health, welfare and training, and Hartpury’s reputation for cutting-edge animal and sport research.

Lucy Bearman-Brown, Senior Lecturer in Animal Science at Hartpury University, said: “The partnership with the GB Agility team and the Kennel Club is very exciting for everyone at Hartpury, especially our students.

“To see the country’s best handlers and dogs training on Hartpury soil will provide exciting research opportunities and contact with the best coaches and trainers through guest lectures.

“Working with an industry like this is at the heart of what we do here, so to expand this to our new partner really enhances our teaching and research opportunities.”

Kathryn Mansfield, Kennel Club Secretary, commented: “Agility Team GB represents the highest calibre of agility on a global stage, as well as showcasing the benefits of the sport which caters for all breeds and all ages of handlers.

“We are delighted to have Hartpury as a new partner, their support will provide the team with the opportunities to flourish and develop, as well as advancing research into canine activities and sport as a whole.”

The European Open will take place at Rutland Showground in Leicestershire from Thursday, 30 July to Sunday, 2 August 2020.

Agility Team GB team manager Mark Laker added: “This new partnership with Hartpury marks a really exciting new chapter for Agility Team GB.

“Having the opportunity to train and develop alongside world-class researchers and academics will benefit not only the team, but ultimately the sport as a whole.”

Picture: A member of Agility Team GB (courtesy of Simon Peachey)

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