Dog agility champs

A Kelowna teen and her pooch are headed to the Netherlands next month to compete against dogs and trainers from across the world.

Meghan Turton and her Sheltie, Jazz, will be representing Canada as part of the 2019 European Open Agility competition July 25-28. 

Turton booked her ticket to the Open last week when she and Jazz won the division title at the BC/Yukon Regional Dog Agility Championship.

The pair will also travel to Finland in September, to represent Canada at the Agility World Championship.  

''It was always a dream of mine to compete at the highest level to be on the world stage and represent Canada. It’s difficult to explain the surreal feeling of competing at the Agility World Championship; standing on the start line just you, your canine partner, and the judge, with the world watching.''

''At that moment, it’s just Jazz and I and an agility course in front of us,'' Turton said.

Finland will mark Jazz's retirement from international competition at 10 years old.

Turton, who is 18, is the youngest member on the Canadian team.

''She trained and competed with Jazz over the past seven years, and after Finland will have competed in 10 international world events with Team Canada," said her mother, Cindy, noting a new training centre recently opened in Kelowna.

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