Pachesham is a specialist Agility club run by Eleanor and Ian Balchin. Between them Eleanor and Ian have over 60 years of dog training experience, and have consistently maintained a top 5 position in the Premier Division of the Agility Club league tables. Eleanor and Ian have also trained dogs for film and Television work, with credits including Disney's "101 Dalmations". Their daughter Sophie has been competing in agility since the age of 4, and first qualified for Crufts at the age of 6, competing there every year since. Sophie has won most of the Junior Finals including International Young Handler of the Year, twice.
Pachesham Agility training promotes positive reinforcement with a high emphasis on fun for both dog and handler. All our instructors compete at the highest level; in our opinion if you want to be the best you need to be taught by the best!
There are weekly classes for all levels and breeds, and Pachesham Agility also runs regular shows, tasters and training days.
There are only 2 instructors at Pachesham Agility: Eleanor and Ian Balchin. Many agility clubs are run by handlers with little or no competition background - not at Pachesham Agility. Both Eleanor and Ian cotinue to compete at championship level.
If you train a dog to compete successfully the standards are higher and your requireed problem solving skills greater as you need your dog to produce the required behaviour consistently and whilst under pressure. At Pachesham Agility we believe there is no substitute for experience.
Eleanor started training dogs at the age of 11, and began competing in 1982. Starting with exemption shows she then tried her hand at obedience, showing, working trials and flyball before concentrating solely on agility. She qualified for Olympia in her first full season of agility and has remained at the top of her sport ever since, with a variety of sizes and breeds of dog, starting with Papillions, moving on to Border Collies, a variety of crossbreeds and currently with a Sheltie. All of her dogs have competed in agility at Crufts.
Ian started out with gundogs, running several Springer Spaniels. He bred a litter of Golden Retrivers before running a Phalene for many years, and now only has Border Collies. Ian instructed in obedience for many years before turning his hand to agility, which he has concentrated on ever since. He has recently achieved international success with Bess ("Darleyfalls Pick Me"), winning a Silver medal at the W.A.O.