Parkes and District Kennel Club holds agility and jumping events | Parkes Champion Post

ULTIMUTT PUPPIES: Agility trials return to Parkes on Friday, March 4 for an evening meeting. Pictured: KRISTY WILLIAMS.

The Parkes and District Kennel Club (PDKC) is gearing up for its first two agility and show jumping events for 2022, following a hugely successful 2021 event.

Last year’s agility and jumping event in April was a sensational event for competitors, dogs and spectators, so much so that the club has been awarded four events for 2022.

The club will hold two night trials in March and October and two weekend trials in April and August.

Friday 4th March will be the first time the PDKC has held a trial under the lights, and it will be a smaller trial aimed at competitors in the NSW region.

The competition will include open jumping, master jumping, excellent jumping and novice jumping events.

PDKC committee member Denise Gersbach said the evening was the perfect way for the club to start their 2022 events.

“Our night trial is a good opportunity to practice with all our new equipment, including our timing gates, before our big weekend trial in April,” she said.

“The night trial will be around 40-50 runs, aimed at locals and regional competitors – whereas for our April trial we are expecting around 1000 runs for the weekend.”

“We have decided to hold additional night trials to give our local competitors more opportunities to try out and qualify as our members regularly travel three to five hours to attend trials,” he said. she declared.

Last year’s trials at Parkes Showground featured 968 participants over two days, PDKC members pulled together to ensure the day was a financial and competitive success.

With the support of the Parkes Shire Council, in addition to grants and superb club member effort, valuable improvements to trials equipment have made Parkes one of the premier destinations for agility and jumping competitors obstacles and their owners.

Denise said the opportunity to expand the number of trials the club holds each year has been a huge blow for the members, and indeed for the wider region.

“Having four tries in Parkes is huge for our small club and means many people will stay in our town to compete, especially for our weekend events,” she said.

“Seven of our members recently traveled to Canberra to take part in their first trial of the year and blast some of the cobwebs, as the majority of trials at the end of 2021 have been cancelled.

“We are all looking forward to competing again on March 4th,” said Denise.

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