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Athena or Thea is from Ellie's first litter in 2016. All the litter were named after greek gods, linking to their sire Triton. Athena is the greek goddess of wisdom and war. Thea is a very sweet loving pretty little lady. She loves to meet and greet everyone and show them her tummy! She also enjoys cuddles, lounging around on the sofa, working for treats, playing tuggy and playing with her brother. She loves her walks, particulary any large deep puddles and really enjoys splashing around in the lakes at Frensham.

Kirkbridgend Athena
Registrations: Kennel Club Breed Register
Date of Birth: 10th June 2016
Colour: Blue and White
Colour genes (Tested): Dilute dd - has a dilute coat (blue), will produce offspring that are either dilute carriers or dilute depending on sire.
Does not carry chocolate red BB, golden red EE or tri at/at + KK so will not produce them.
Eye Tested March 2021: Clear
Gonioscopy: Normal/ Unaffected, good drainage angles
TNS DNA status: Tested clear
CL DNA status: Tested clear
CEA DNA status: Tested clear
MDR1 DNA status: Tested clear
IGS DNA status: Tested clear
Pre-Disposition to Glaucoma DNA status: Tested clear
SN DNA status: Tested clear
DH (Raines Syndrome) DNA status: Tested clear
Hip Score: 4/6 = 10
Elbow Score: 0/0
BAER Hearing: Normal n/n
KC Agility Measurement Intermediate
UK Agilty Measurement 469mm

KC Good Citizen Bronze
Agility Warrant Bronze
Grade 3 KC Agility
KC measurement Intermediate
UKA measurement 469mm
1st Any Other Colour Dog WOEBCC 2019
2nd Top Agility dog WOEBCC 2019
2nd Top Versatility dog WOEBCC 2019
3rd Agility Club Large G3 league 2019
Kirkbridgend was Top Kennel WOEBCC 2019
2019 KC G3 agility 15 jumping wins and 1 agility win
2020 attended 2 KC shows in G3 gaining a 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th
469 (58 agility rest jumping) agility warrant points
Crufts qualified showing 2018, 2019 and 2020
Kelluki Winter league 2018/2019 steeplechase champion

Thea is a very sweet and affectionate girl. She loves her cuddles and attention. She sleeps in my bedroom and likes to have morning cuddles on the bed before we get up. She is great with people and likes to say hello to them on our walks. It gets on with the majority of dogs we meet on our walks. She loves her walks on the 1000s of acres of army ranges we are lucky to use with both woods and common and loves running flat out in loops through the woods for the sheer joy of running. She loves paddling in puddles and ponds and also enjoys swimming in the deeper ones especially if you throw things for her.

Thea loves working for me and has lots of enthusiasm. She works very happily for a clicker and treats as well as tug toys or balls. She doesn’t mind what the work is whether trick training, ringcraft or agility. She is incredibly intelligent and learns things really quickly so you have to move on quicker through your training than with my other dogs or else she gets bored. She adores shaping exercises.

Thea started her competitive career in the show ring winning a good minor puppy bitch class at the first breed club (open) show she attended. She went on to qualify for Crufts each year from 2018 but only managed to actually attend for the first time in 2020 due to a badly timed season and then cut pad in previous years. Although rarely shown, Thea carried on to have many top 3 placings including several wins at championship and open shows in novice, graduate, post graduate, good citizen and special beginners classes under various all rounder and breed specialists judges.

Thea’s first day competing in standard classes at agility was at a UKA show where she won the SWAG beginners steeplechase qualifier in her first competitive run. Thea had an amazing first KC show which was The Agility Club show 2018 where she won 2 jumping classes! I then didn’t do any more competitive runs with her at KC shows in 2018 as I did not want her winning out of G3 before learning her contacts. Thea had an amazing 2019 with 15 KC jumping wins including a win at KCI and 1 KC agility win along with a host of other top placings. She amassed a great tally of points especially considering she only did 3 competitive agility runs, just enough to gain her bronze warrant and she ended the year 4th in the Agility Club Large G3 league. She also had various wins and top placings at UKA and independent shows. I am holding her in G3 until I am happy with her running dog walk as I still need to teach her turns from it. During 2020 she only attended a couple of shows before lock down but still managed to gain a 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th.

Thea was assessed on sheep as a puppy and showed plenty of aptitude to be able to train on. Unfortunately I have never had the time or money to spare and no easy access to sheep to practice on.

Thea's critique from breed specialist Lorna Hastings Menaker at Southern Counties Champ show June 2018 where she was 2nd in Graduate Bitch:
2 Bridges & Cooper's Kirkbridgend Athena. Blue and White bitch of good size and substance. Very keen and alert and athletic in stature. Balanced front and rear angulation. Moderate oval bone. Nice strong back. Well conditioned, hard muscle condition. Moved very well around the ring with free and tireless action.

Comments from judge Bob Rushdon on the Graduate Bitch class where Thea was 3rd at Three Counties Champ show 2018:
There were four particularly nice bitches in this class all of good type and all very well constructed, and only separated on finer points

Thea's critique from breed specialist Jackie Bromwich at WELKS Champ show May 2018 where she was 2nd in Yearling Bitch:
2 Bridges & Cooper's Kirkbridgend Athena, blue and white, slightly long in body but lovely neck and shoulder which gave her excellent front reach on the move, lovely head and expression, used ears well.

Thea's critque from breed specialist Audrey Kempton at Southern Border Collie Club Open show where she won Minor Puppy and was 3rd in Puppy:
1st Bridges & Cooper Kirkbridgend Athena, 7mths old very pretty blue/white baby, nice head with sweet expression, lovely shape, moved well.

Thea's critique from all rounder Russell F Jones at Chichester DCS open where she was 2nd in post graduate:
2 Bridges & Cooper Kirkbridgend Athena, (B) A 7mth old girl that was giving so much away to the 1st placing. She has a good head, skull, dark eye, muzzle and bite. I liked her good length of neck and good angles to front, good back with god angles to rear and neat hocks. Moved nicely. I would like to see her in the future, she has time.

Thea at 17 months

Thea starting her agilty career early 2018

Breed Show Results
(Please note I have stopped updating these due to too many successes!!)

7 April 2018
West Of England Border Collie Club Open
2nd Novice Bitch
3rd Special Any Other Colour Bitch
VHC (5th) Yearling Bitch

24 September 2017
Wessex Border Collie Club Open
3rd Novice Bitch
Reserve (4th) Special Any Other Colour

13 August 2017
Bournemouth Champ
2nd Junior Bitch (This qualifies Thea for Crufts 2018 and Junior Of The Year 2018!!!)
3rd Yearling Bitch
1st Novice Bitch

7 August 2017
Paignton Champ
Reserve (4th) Yearling Bitch

29 May 2017
Wessex Border Collie Club Open
Reserve (4th) Puppy Bitch
3rd Novice Bitch

9 April 2017
Southern Border Collie Club Open
VHC (5th) Puppy Bitch

8 April 2017
West Of England Border Collie Club Open
VHC (5th) Puppy Bitch
3rd Any Other Colour Bitch

26 March 2017
Guildford DCS Open
2nd Puppy

5 March 2017
Folkestone & Hythe DCS Open
2nd Junior
Best Puppy In Breed

19 February 2017
Horley DCS Open
3rd Post Graduate
3rd AV Pastoral Junior
2nd AV Minor Puppy Bitch

15 February 2017
Southampton DCS Open
Reserve (4th) Junior

12 February 2017
Portsmouth & Southsea KA open
2nd Junior

29 January 2017
Chichester DCS Open
2nd Post Graduate
2nd AV Puppy

22 January 2017
Southern Border Collie Club Open Show
1st Minor Puppy Bitch
3rd Puppy Bitch

5 January 2017
Boston Champ Show
Reserve (4th) Minor Puppy Bitch

27 December 2016
Wealdstone & Northolt CS Open
2nd Junior


Agility Results:
(Please note I have stopped updating these due to too many successes!!)

13 January 2018
Paws At Play
2nd C1-3 Steeplechase 1
2nd C1-3 steeplechase 2

7 January 2018
Kelluki Winter Series 2
2nd C1-3 steeplechase

30 December 2017
Pachesham 123 show
1st C1-3 steeplechase 2
4th C1-3 steeplechase 1


A day old

About 6 weeks old

About 8 weeks old

About 4 months old

Thea at 7 months old

Thea at 17 months old

Starting her agility career early 2018

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