‘China’ goes to Spain

2016-05-31 06:00
Taryn Murphy and China. Photo: Carmen van de Merwe

Taryn Murphy and China. Photo: Carmen van de Merwe

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WATERFALL resident Taryn Murphy and her beloved Border Collie China will be jetting off to Spain this year in September to represent South Africa at the Agility World Champs.

Speaking to the Fever about her passion for dogs and the sport of agility, the 33-year-old Grade 3 teacher said that her childhood dream was to be a veterinarian and she has always loved animals so she pursued this in the form of dog training.

“I started dog training at the Bluff Dog Club at 17 years old with my first dog, Misty (Bouvier x German Shepherd). I also saw agility at the World of Dogs and Cats and knew that this was the sport for me from that moment on,” she said.

“I noticed that Border Collies were the breed to go with if you wanted to do well so I got my first Border Collie, Zest, a year later and started agility training.”

She said that she trains dogs in obedience, agility, disc dog, trick training and canine freestyle. With immense love in her eyes Murphy said that she and China have a special bond.

“China was imported from the Netherlands by a friend, Sharleen Blicher Olsen. Sharleen then fell ill with breast cancer and a month before she died, she sent China to me. China was nine months at the time.

“I knew China had the potential to compete at a high level so we worked very hard. We had to first compete in the SA Trials in the province to go to championships.

“The top 60 dogs, over all heights, get chosen to compete in the finals (which was in Cape Town this year). Of those 60 dogs there were about 40 large dogs. Of those 40 large dogs there were about 20 who decided to try out for the SA team.

“In order to be on the team you have to be in the top four after your five rounds at the finals. China finished fourth place for the SA team and fourth place in the try outs. This now makes him eligible to be on the team,” Murphy said.

China and Murphy are the first large dog team from KZN to make it into team.
“He also finished in the top 10 of the try outs which makes him eligible to compete as an individual at the World Champs. The World Champs in Zaragoza in Spain this year and it starts on 22 September,” said Murphy.

However she said that the cost of the trip will range between R30 000 to R40 000 and the most expensive part is the transporting of the dog and is appealing for any assistance from the public.

“I am happy to work for any assistance. I don't believe in things coming for free even though I have amazing people who don't listen to me and support me anyway.

“This is going to be tough as a teacher's salary normally just gets me by every month. I am doing this on God's grace and faith as this has always been a dream of mine and this is not an easy thing to achieve,” added the inspiring go-getter.

For more information on the sport or to assist in anyway, contact Murphy on canineactive@gmail.com.

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