Teenage dog trainer’s European success

Sammy Pegg with her dog Blaze, together they have been successful in a team agility event at the Eur

Sammy Pegg with her dog Blaze, together they have been successful in a team agility event at the European Open Junior Agility Championships in Slovakia. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A young dog trainer has returned home to Diss with two trophies after representing Great Britain at a European competition.

Sammy Pegg and three of her team members won gold in the agility teams and came third overall for the team jumping and agility at the European Open Junior Agility Championships in Slovakia.

The 16-year-old took her four-year-old dog Blaze and her trainer Jayne Widdess' dog Rave to the competition which was attended by 24 countries from across the world, including the USA and Canada.

Sammy said: 'It was amazing and the atmosphere was amazing. It was incredible.

'It was definitely an experience and something I will never forget.

'The arena was massive and everybody was trying to out-sing each other's national anthem.'

The former Diss High School student, who is hoping to go to sixth form in September, also has an 18-month-old border collie, Remix, whom she is training.

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Over the summer, she will also be taking part in more competitions which will count towards qualifying for international competitions and Crufts.

The teenager added: 'Blaze enjoyed himself and he got used to the podium.

'It was a big confidence boost going there. I would not give this up for the world. I'm hoping to get on the team for Luxembourg next year.'

Have you won a prize? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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