Falkirk’s Jennifer and Di Di are picked for Italian job

Jennifer Hart and Di Di
Jennifer Hart and Di Di
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A Falkirk teenager and her rocket-fast canine companion will represent Scotland in the World Agility Open 2014 later this month.

Jennifer Hart (18) teamed up with seven-year-old Border Collie Di Di, who is owned by another dog handler, to win the UK Open Junior Agility Championships.

Now the dynamic duo has qualified to be part of the Scottish Dog Agility Team heading for Lignano in Italy.

Jennifer said: “I’m over the moon to be selected for the national team and really grateful to Toni Lock for lending me her awesome dog Di Di. I hope we can do everyone proud.”

Jennifer is one of the top Scottish juniors on the dog agility circuit, competing for a number of years.

She got her first dog, Roy, when she was only eight and now owns and trains Roy and a younger dog Desmond, both Border Collies.

She has qualified for many finals, twice winning the title of Scottish Junior of the Year.

As well as competing at the Open Junior Agility Championships she has put on fine displays of control at Crufts Young Kennel Club events in agility and several other disciplines.

Working with Roy she reached the World Agility Open in 2011, but the pair’s hopes were dashed when a injury forced Roy into early retirement.

Now working with Di Di, a grade seven championship dog, Jennifer hopes to take the next step up the ladder of dog agility success.

She said: “We’ve had an amazing start to the season, winning the Open Juniors and running at Crufts as part of the Scottish Border Collie Club team.

“We hope to do equally well in Italy.”

To do this she and Di Di will have to negotiate a tough-as-nails course which includes 20 obstacles - jumps, tunnels and tight weaves - as fast and cleanly as possible.

On a good day some world class handlers and dogs complete these courses in under 20 seconds.

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