Carol Luckett ( Agility Trainer )
Hi my name is Carol and I instruct one of
the agility classes held at Alborough Hall.
I first became interested in dog agility
in 1988 when I was 10 years old, when my dad (Colin Luckett Bretons
DTC club treasurer) started taking our family pet dog Angie to
agility classes held at Bretons Farm on a Sunday morning. I spent
many a Sunday morning watching (often hidden behind a tree so Angie
couldn’t see me) as my dad wouldn’t let me have a go as Angie was
still learning. Then one Sunday when the sun was shinning my dad
slipped over and twisted his ankle! With a little encouragement from
the trainers Queenie Teather and Maureen White my dad was convinced
to let me have a go. Well my involvement in agility went from there.
Once Angie was ready to compete at shows
I was entered into Junior classes in the under 12 category. Angie
was a nervous dog and left the ring on our first outing, but we were
not put off. Angie went on to qualify for the Junior competition at
Crufts in 1992 where she finished 6th – not bad for a
As I was sharing Angie with my dad I
didn’t get much chance to compete as junior competitions at the time
were few and far between. Queenie Teather was kind enough to allow
me work her little rescue, Lassie in the junior competitions as
well. Lassie and Angie were both great dogs and really helped teach
me most of what I know about agility. In 1994 Lassie and I won the
Spillers Junior Handler of the Year competition and in 1995 we
Towards the end of the 90s both Angie and
Lassie retired from agility and I was left beg, borrowing and
stealing runs from anybody willing to let me have a go (normally my
dad who by this time had a little Border Terrier). I was not in a
position to have a dog of my own until returning from Uni and moving
out of home in 2006. The rather handsome chap at the top of the page
is Wotsit. He is the first dog I have ever trained from a pup and he
is progressing really well.
I began assisting an instructor in
agility when I was 13/14. I started helping with the beginners class
which was then held at Harwood Hall in Upminster on a Monday night.
I thoroughly enjoyed helping out and learnt a lot from the
experience. I now instruct one of the more experienced groups of
handlers all of whom compete in agility shows throughout the UK.
agility has become a way of life for me. I have lots of friends at
the Agility clubs I attend and thoroughly enjoy training, competing
and instructing. Working with dogs you are never quite sure what is
going to happen and there is always something new to learn!