Redgates Agility Club was started by Tim & Clare Griffiths in the Autumn of 2001. Initially we were based in Sewards End near Saffron Walden, but in January 2012 moved to a new Training Venue near Lindsell / Great Bardfield / Stebbing, close to the towns of Thaxted and Great Dunmow in the north west corner of Essex.
Tim & Clare had been actively involved in Agility for many years prior to then, and were both pupils of Mary Ann Nester. In fact Tim was one of Mary Ann’s first pupils when she moved
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into nearby Thaxted in the early / mid 1990’s. In those days Tim & Clare only had one dog - Jessie (a Labrador Cross Lurcher from Wood Green Animal Shelter), and it was only Tim who was into Agility. Mary Ann has a lot to answer for, as it was her that persuaded Clare to get a dog and enjoy Agility. From then on they caught the Agility Bug, and in addition to competing, both Tim & Clare started their Agility teaching careers at the West Suffolk & Little Paddocks Agility Clubs.
When Mary Ann moved away to Northampton early in 1991, Tim & Clare decided to start Redgates, and from the first class being held on 10th September 2001 with Tim & Clare wondering whether anyone would turn up, the club has gone from strength to strength.
Redgates now have a number of accomplished instructors who earn praise and compliments for their methods of training, which ensure lessons are informative, educational, and enjoyable.
Currently Redgates has around 60 club members, and run a large number of Classes each week - a variety to suit all abilities. We continue to invest in additional and replacement equipment to allow 2 groups to train simultaneously, and ensure that class sizes are kept small enough to maintain the high quality of training that we aim to provide.
Above all, we believe that Agility should be fun, even when we are providing technical training for competition.