A local teenager with her rescue dog Greenacres reached the final of the Agility Open World Championships in Ermelo, the Netherlands, today (Sunday).
She competes alongside rescue dog Grace whom Harriet adopted from Greenacres Animal Rescue Center when she was six months old.
Earlier this year, the pair wowed the judges at Crufts where they won first prize in the YKC Under-18 Intermediate Jumping class and finished second in all-around and reserve out of around 60 dogs.
Harriet and Grace led the Wales team into the arena at the National Hippic Center during the Championships Opening Ceremony. Harriet proudly displayed the Welsh flag while Grace was dressed in a fabulous doggy dragon flag outfit.
Since then, they have contested the final of the Gamblers course, the final of the Biathlon which takes place this evening.
The Wales team gave Harriet a special mention not only for being their youngest member, but also for reaching the final at her first-ever international event.
Harriet, who owns and runs The Valley dog agility school in Trecwn, said when selected for the Wales team.
“I’m very excited,” Harriet said. “Being the youngest person they chose was awesome.
For Grace, a rescued collie cross from Greenacres, competing for Wales is a particularly special achievement.
“I’m very proud of her,” Harriet said. “She has grown a lot since I had her at six months old.
“I could see the potential in her; she’s got the right kind of build and the right attitude.”
Mikey Lawlor, manager of Greenacres, was delighted with Grace’s continued success.
“It’s great,” he said. “It gives rescue dogs that positive story. A lot of people will say that dogs are in a rescue because they’ve done something, but that’s not necessarily true. A lot of dogs come to us because their situation exchange.”
The pentathlon final will take place this afternoon.
4 Legged Flix will broadcast the event live. The live stream can be found at 4leggedflix.com/live-stream or on the You Tube channel www.youtube.com/user/4LeggedFlix.