Pachesham Agility was established in 1996 by Eleanor and Ian Balchin. They were instructors at North Downs DTC for many years before leaving to create Pachesham Agility. Both have been competing at the highest level in agility since the 1980s, with many wins at Crufts and Olympia and representing their country in international competitions.
At Pachesham we run approximately 15 agility classes a week for all sizes of dog from beginner to competition. We also offer workshops and 121 training. Our members range from young children to pensioners; fit and active to less mobile or disabled. Anyone can do agility and have fun with it.
We run regular entry level shows to encourage dogs and handlers new to competition as well as our Winter Series which was the first of its kind.
||In addition we now offer regular classes in Hoopers a new dog sport that works well alongside the agility.
Our emphasis is on reward based training, positive instruction and most importantly having fun with your dogs. All our own dogs have competed at the highest level but the are all much loved family pets. Our ethos is that every dog is different and although there may be an ideal way to do something if that doesn't work for you and your dog then we will find an alternative.
All training and events take place at Pachesham Equestrian Centre in Leatherhead. We are lucky to have year round use of the indoor school although in the summer we move outside to train on grass, unless it's raining, and we sometimes use the outdoor arenas. You can warm your dog up before class with a walk through the woods or around the cross country course.
Our equipment is updated regularly with all the latest safety features such as rubber coated contacts and anti-slip tunnels.
Eleanor and Ian teach all the classes at Pachesham with the help of daughter Sophie, currently at University. She first qualified for Crufts at the age of 6 where she has competed every year since. She has numerous Junior titles to her name and is now holding her own in senior competition.
Over the years the Balchin family have competed in agility with a total of 22 dogs of 7 different breeds. They have also competed in Obedience, Showing, Working Trials, Flyball and Hoopers.
There is no substitute for experience. We have taught literally thousands of dog and handler combinations over the years. Taking many from beginner to championship level and on to compete internationally. Several of our clients have gone on to set up clubs of their own but still come to our classes. Pachesham is the club where the trainers train.