Jackie Leftwich BSc MSc AMC MMCA FRCC (Animal)
Chiropractor [McTimoney/STR/IAVC] (Qualified to treat humans and animals)
Registered with GCC and RAMP
Telephone: 07738 110570
E-mail: info@watersidechiropractic.co.uk

Canine Sponsorship – Emma Priest & ‘Foxilocks Flyer’ (Foxi)

Emma & Foxi

Emma Priest competes with her 4 year old Collie X Jack Russell ‘Foxilocks Flyer’ (Foxi) in Canine Agility.  Foxi currently competes at Grade 7, which is the highest possible canine agility grade in the UK.  Emma and Foxi qualified for the International Kennel Club Agility Festival at Rockingham Castle in August 2014 where they hoped to qualify for the Olympia Kennel Club Agility Stakes and Crufts 2015, as well as World Agility Open tryouts in Europe.  In July 2014, Foxi gained her Silver Warrant which is awarded for exceeding 400 Kennel Club Warrant Points (points are awarded for placings and wins), so Foxi now has letters after her name (AWS)!

Emma wrote (July 2014) ‘Foxi is a 4 year old crossbreed rescue and an absolute speed demon!  This year she has qualified for the Olympia Agility Stakes semi-finals at the International Kennel Club Agility Festival at Rockingham Castle in August 2014.  At the same show she will also compete in the British Open (open to all UK Grade 6 and 7 dogs) which is a Crufts 2015 qualifier.  After this, Foxi and I will be travelling to Suffolk for 5 days of (holiday!) competition at the Dogs In Need Agility Show.’

Here, Emma and Foxi are hoping to get the final win needed to advance to Grade 7 and with the up and coming World Agility Open tryouts to focus on, get some more ring time and push a few things to see what else they need to work on!  In September 2014, Emma is taking Foxi to tryouts for the World Agility Open held in Europe in May 2015 (again open to all UK Grade 6 and 7 dogs).  They are also hoping to enter the Jutlandia Cup 2015, held in Denmark, to gain valuable international experience and to compete against their European counterparts!

Emma says “having regular check ups and treatments with Jackie at Waterside Chiropractic is an essential part of Foxi’s training and general well being.  She gives me 100% every time we compete so I have to make sure she is able to do that by making sure she feels her best.  Having regular treatments has definitely improved her performance.  Aside from competition Foxi is firstly my pet and a very much valued part of my family, she loves having her treatments and you can see a big difference in the way she stands and moves afterwards.  I would recommend Jackie to anyone, she has my complete faith to treat both my dogs and gives me peace of mind knowing that they feel their best!”

Emma & Foxi in actionFoxi in action

Updates From Emma & Foxi

18th August 2014Dogs in Need Agility Emma & Foxi

Here’s a few more photos of Foxi.  Two of the Olympia semi-final and one in the main ring at Dogs in Need in Suffolk.
Olympia was very disappointing; however she was the second least experienced dog there and made a very good account of herself, despite not making the final.  A clever course trap caught us out but we will be back next year for sure! We didn’t manage to get our 4th win to take us up to Grade 7 this time but she looked and ran fantastically well all week.  Everyone commented on how fit and well she looked so I have passed details of Waterside Chiropractic on to a few people!  Both Foxi and I continue to grow in experience and understanding and are coping well with the more difficult grade and courses and I am confident we will get our 4th win very soon.  I have entered a show in October 2014 which has a champ class so I am hoping to be able to do that when we get our win!

KC Semi-Final Emma & Foxi

 

KC Semi-Final Emma & Foxi2

 

10th September 2014G7 Emma & Foxi 2

Foxi won the 4-7 combined jumping and the 5-7 graded agility on Sunday 7th September at Tenterden Magic Agility Show.  This takes her to Grade 7 as you know!  As she has moved up I have cancelled some shows which we no longer need to attend, I can get some decent training and lessons in instead.  Foxi has two shows left this year which are really important.  They are the Team GB tryouts on 27th and 28th September and Chippenham Champ Show on 4th and 5th October where the Sunday 5th October will be her first championship class, so an exciting end to the year!

G7 Emma & Foxi 1

G7 Emma & Foxi 3

4th & 5th October 2014

Update from Emma on the weekend with Foxi and Flybe from Chippenham Champ Show.

“Wow what a weekend!  Last outside show of the year but we ended it in style with Flybe winning her jumping and Foxi dog coming 7th in her first champ jumping and only having a small blip in the agility so proud of them both, so different but equally so much fun.  Have had a blast this season so much to work on this winter but really excited to see what next year brings for us x x”

12th October 2014 – End of Season Update from Emma

Thought I’d send you my end of season update :)

So my two goals at the beginning of the season were to qualify for the Olympia semi finals and to get to Grade 7 which we did, so I’m very proud and pleased with my little Foxi dog :)   She put in some good performances at the GB tryouts although I am 100% sure she will not have made the team as others were better over the weekend.  I will try again next year as I feel we will be more ready and capable, we both gained a lot of valuable experience so it was well worth going!

She had a fab last show in her first champ, there were a few eyes on us and we managed a 7th in the jumping over a tricky course and had a silly elimination in the agility, which kept us out of the final, this was total handler error I’m afraid!  She’s now going to have a well earned rest until Christmas, I have booked a few training days for after Christmas including an exciting one with a lady from Denmark who is very experienced and has won a lot internationally, this will give me a great insight into some European handling styles and ways to improve our performance!

Although our wins and achievements are an indicator of our performance I am just thankful that she has finished the season happy, still absolutely loving agility, and injury free which is worth more than any win we will ever get!  Thank you Jackie for your hard work with her this year, I appreciate it more than I probably say!  She is not the easiest dog to treat (the vets will vouch for this) and it shows how your quiet calm attitude puts her at ease so I thank you.

Thanks.   See you soon,  Emma

Winter 2014/15 Update

Thought I should send you an update as haven’t done one for a while! (There hasn’t been a lot to tell!)

Foxi had 3 months off from agility after her last show at Chippenham in October, she is never particularly pleased with the enforced break but I believe it does both of us the world of good and we still enjoy our long walks and learn new tricks to keep her mentally stimulated!

Since Christmas we have slowly re-introduced training and also attended a training day with a lady from Denmark who is very experienced at the top level of our sport, which was amazing!

Foxi is now nearly show ready in her fitness; I have been entering shows and her first champ show is in May.  We have done one training show and her first Kennel Club show was last weekend where she was first in her jumping class!  I am really pleased with how she has come back after the winter and can’t wait to run her again this season!

July 2015

Nice chilled walk today after the show this weekend and want to say a massive thank you to my sponsor Jackie Leftwich from Waterside Chiropractic for all her fantastic treatments, which we have needed quite a lot of this year!!  Firstly me with my bad back, then Fly when she wasn’t quite right and then Foxi when she twisted/sprained her leg, we have been in the wars a bit this season so it’s so nice to know we are all fixed and back at our best (well the dogs anyway, I still need to run faster!!)  Thank you Jackie X x

Autumn 2015

Wow what a weekend at Rugby!!!! Flybe won into grade 4 in style winning 3 out of 4 runs and Foxi came 4th in Crufts Singles so getting us more points!!  They both went clear in their team runs and Foxi had a lovely clear in the Olympia Qualifier but I played it too safe so didn’t qualify (oops lesson learned there).  They both worked so hard in every run I’m always proud of them whatever but they were awesome this weekend and I’m so lucky to have them.

Winter 2015

Just wanted to wait until I had come back from the squad day to send you the update!

Foxi has had an amazing year of agility, this was her first full year of Grade 7 and first experience of Champ classes!!  She has been amazing and managed to qualify for Crufts 2016 in the singles event to be held on the Friday, I am also very proud to say she has been picked to be part of the 2016 Team GB squad!  This is a massive honour and we have just attended our first squad day at Nottingham University which although was a bit intense was amazing and a great experience!  The next one is in February so lots of time to improve and prepare!
Without Jackie’s fantastic support none of this would have been possible, Foxi always loves her treatments and I have peace of mind that she is feeling as good as she can, also my back has not been playing ball this year and without the treatments there is no way I would have been able to run with her!!
Massive thank you Jackie for all you have done, it’s so much appreciated and I will be so proud to wear my Waterside Chiropractic shirt at Crufts!!

Emma

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