Black Creek’s Glenn Tiede and his faithful four-legged companion Billy Bob are headed to the World Agility Championships next month, being held at the world-class Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in England.
Agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. As one of 19 teams representing Team Canada in the competition, running May 13 – 15, they are the only team from B.C.
Tiede owns and operates TaG – Team Agility Group, which practices in Courtenay, and started training his own dogs in agility 16 years ago. He is well-known as an agility instructor and competitor, and has been working with Billy Bob, his seven-year-old Jack Russell terrier/border collie cross since he was a youngster. They competed together last summer near Guelph, Ont., at the Canadian UKI National Agility Championships, and placed well despite Tiede injuring his knee. He has fought back since then by reconditioning his knee through intensive physiotherapy, and is regularly practising the events he and Billy Bob will be competing in.
This opportunity is a dream come true for Tiede, who has spent the better part of two decades training dogs. He is grateful to the many businesses in the community that have volunteered to help sponsor him.