History of the Club
Established in 1999, Granite City Dog Agility Club was the first agility club in Aberdeen to be registered with the Kennel Club.
Our logo, the Granite City badge, was selected after a few prototypes were considered. A great deal of thought and consideration went into its creation and each element has a specific purpose.
Background - Yellow and blue are the club colours. They originated from our trainer at that time, Alan Gordon, whose previous expose’ was as an amateur boxing. His fighting colours were yellow and blue.
Club Name – An obvious inclusion Granite City Dog Agility Club, but in red to stand out on the background.
Weaves - A lot of clubs had badges containing A-frames, see-saws, dog walks or jumps, but at the design time none had weaves, so we decided upon weaves to keep it unique.
The Dog - Brewster, a Miniature Schnauzer which belonged to Rob and Linda Kerr, seemed the perfect model for the badge. Most clubs featured collies but, as a club, Granite City had a rich mix of dog breeds. That was what kicked off the Brewster image but we decided to show it as a dog with real purpose. The arrow like outline and angular shark like tufts of hair were aimed at visually creating a dog showing desire and speed.
Weaves were always seen as the make or break in a run. A dog covering 12 weaves in under 1.8 seconds was seen as world class. Founding member, Scott Troyer, had all the stats concerning equipment and dog performance times. Scott’s training plan for Flo, his Border Collie, inspired others to new levels. His wife Molly was the “Weave Queen" and was dedicated to putting all members through their paces in her weave exercises. The top weavers in the club at the time was Helen Glass’ dog Moss and Alan Gordon with his dog Misty, a combo who had competed in Scottish Dog of the Year finals. All in all we had a diverse group of individuals who all had a singular aim – putting Granite City on the agility map.
Granite City have had some of the most skilful dynamic weaving dogs in the country, Brewster, Moss, Flo, Phiz, and Manook. Just a few who could complete 12 poles in under 1.8 seconds. Another dog, Taz, completed jump-48poles-jump in under 8 electronically time seconds. That was super quick! Although Linda and her dog Jett might have told a different story.
That was the inspiration behind the badge and the passion the founding members had in setting up the first competitive Kennel Club registered agility club in Aberdeen.