Kennel Club Addresses Measuring Confusion
The Kennel Club is aware that there has been some confusion over an amendment made to the Kennel Club agility measuring guidelines, specifically with regards to who can measure. We would like to apologise for the miscommunication and hope that the below information will help to clarify the situation for all measurers and competitors.
Code of Best
Practice for Measuring the Height of Agility Dogs
The Kennel Club Measuring Guidelines have been changed to the Code of Best Practice for Measuring the Height of Agility Dogs and these have recently been amended. The changes have been made in order to ensure that all procedural elements for measuring are included and to clear up the measuring regulations.
The changes include removing certain regulations and inserting them in the Code of Best Practice. These regulations all concern the process of measuring and took up a lot of space in the measuring regulations. By moving them to the Code of Best Practice, the regulations should now be clearer.
Additionally, a new process has been included that states:-
‘For all measurements, neither measurer must have previously measured the dog nor must the dog be owned or part owned by them, owned by a partner, member of their family or been previously entered for competition by them.’
This change has been introduced in order to maintain a clear and transparent process. Due to the miscommunication in regards to the change, all measuring sessions that have taken place up to and including 12th February will stand, regardless of whether the measurers are the same.
We would suggest that, in order to help competitors get their dogs measured, any details of a measuring session occurring at a show, including the names of the measurers, should be included in the show schedule where possible.
regulations for Large dogs
As of 1st January 2016, the measuring regulations were changed to remove the need for Large dogs to be measured. Dogs competing in the Large height category do not need an official measure before competing. However, those handlers who are not sure if their dog is Large or Medium may still have their dog measured.
Once a dog has competed in the Large height category at a Kennel Club licensed event without a measurement, it cannot subsequently change to a different height.
A process of re-accreditation of all official Kennel Club agility measurers is being undertaken by the Kennel Club, with sessions being held around the UK. All measurers who wish to continue as an official Kennel Club measurer are required to attend one of the sessions below and be assessed by an accreditation panel.
The first session took place at Avon Agility Show, West Kype Farm Equestrian Centre in Strathaven on Sunday, 7th February.
The other sessions available are:-
For all of the above dates, the Kennel Club is offering agility competitors the opportunity to get their dogs measured for free. Measuring will be conducted by the measurers with the accreditation panel and Kennel Club staff present. If a dog has not been measured before, then this will count as their first measure and will be recorded in the dog’s record book. If it’s the dog’s second measure then this will also be recorded as such. For any dogs which have already been measured twice, this measure will not count and will not be recorded or have any bearing on the dog’s existing height category.
Whilst all sizes of dogs are welcome, the event is particularly interested in small and medium sized dogs for the accreditation process.
Handlers may register to have their dogs measured by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information:-
Once registered an email will be sent to you with information about timings and joining instructions about the relevant day.
Source: The Kennel Club (11/02/16)
Performance Weekend to Allow Non-Squad Members to Run European Style Courses
Agility Team GB is organising a Performance Weekend in conjunction with the Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Show on 23rd – 24th April 2016, for the Squad as well as non-squad members to run European style courses.
The 2016 Squad was selected following the collection and submission of points from prestige agility events held during 2015. The squad will attend two squad days at Nottingham Trent University, which will be followed by the Performance Weekend. After this, a team will be selected for each of the Championships: the European Open Agility Championships in Pas de Calais, France from 29 – 31 July 2016 and the FCI World Agility Championships in Zaragoza, Spain from 22 – 25 September 2016.
Agility competitors who are not part of Team GB will also get the opportunity to compete at the Performance Weekend on Sunday, 24 April, to give them an opportunity to practice on European style courses which could inspire them to try out for the Championships in 2017.
Non-squad members who are Grade 4-7 handlers (limited to 50 dogs per height) may enter the competition on Sunday. It is a great way to compete against squad members of Agility Team GB, as well as being seen by the Team GB Manager and the coaching team.
Stacey Irwin-Burns, a Team GB Squad member said: 'Having non-squad members also allowed to enter the Sunday of the Performance Weekend is great, as it will give the wider agility community a chance to tackle more European-style courses, and hopefully inspire them to want to try and gain Squad points for a chance to be selected for next year’s squad.'
Filming of the runs also takes place at the Performance Weekend, so that individuals can assess how they have run, and compare their runs to other competitors.
Team manager, Mark Laker said: 'This year’s event promises to be another exciting weekend of top agility. The weekend is your chance to run on European style courses designed and judged by a top FCI judge. '
'We’re also on the lookout for future stars, so if you have ambitions to be part of Agility Team GB in the future, enter the Performance Weekend, run your dog, experience international courses, meet the coaching team and who knows, you could be part of a future team.'
The Agility Team GB coaching team will be on hand over the weekend to discuss the activities the team are involved with, the Championships they will be attending and answer any questions about Agility Team GB.
Team GB squad member, Naarah Cuddy who came 5th overall in the Large individual competition after competing for the first time on Team GB last year said: 'Being picked for the team GB Squad makes me feel extremely proud of what Sassy and I have achieved in such a short time. The Performance Weekend is a great opportunity to get yourself noticed and show off you and your dog’s partnership to the whole of team GB management. It's even open to non-squad members to show their potential and be seen for development.'
Entries for non-squad members cost £15 per dog, and the closing date for entries is Friday, 19th February.
Please find more details and the entry form on the Agility Team GB website: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/
Source: The Kennel Club (10/02/16)
Hatton Festival WAO Offer
Celebrating the fact that World Agility Open (WAO) Championships are to be held in England this year between 13th-15th May 2016, Country Agility Shows is offering any overseas competitor free entries to the Hatton Agility Festival. The Hatton Agility Festival takes place on 7th-8th May at Addington Manor, just 45 minutes drive away from the WAO venue.
All competing dogs must be registered with the UK Kennel Club.
The Hatton Agility schedule is now live on iShowservices and the Agilitynet Show Diary.
Hatton Festival, supported by ROYAL CANIN®, is a unique dog event and plays host to Agility, Canicross, Rally and Heelwork to Music all on the same venue in the heart of Warwickshire Countryside. Our venue offers everything from a local English pub and café to a shopping village and farmyard and is within a 15 minute drive of Shakespeare's Stratford On Avon and William The Conqueror’s Warwick Castle so loads to do with or without your four-legged friend.
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Source: Graham Taylor (07/02/16)
Free Measuring Offered by Kennel Club
The Kennel Club are offering agility competitors the opportunity to get their dog measured for free in time for the new agility season. The measuring seminars, which are being organised as part of the 2016 Measurers Accreditation process, will take place over four dates in February, March and April 2016.
Measuring will be conducted by the measurers with the Accreditation Panel and Kennel Club staff present. If a dog has not been measured before, then this will count as their first measure and will be recorded in the dog's record book. If it’s the dog’s second measure, then this will also be recorded as such. For any dogs which have already been measured twice, this measure will not count and will not be recorded or have any bearing on the dog’s existing height category.
There will be a limited number of record books available on the day, but handlers for first time measures are advised to obtain one first and bring this along, having already completed the dog's details.
Whilst all size categories of dogs are welcome, the event is particularly interested in small and medium sized dogs for the accreditation process.
The seminars are being held on the following dates:
Handlers may register to have their dogs measured by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information within the email:-
Once registered, an email will be sent to you with information about timings and joining instructions about the relevant day.
Source: The Kennel Club (30/01/16)
Agria Pet Insurance Programme 2016
For a second year running, 2016 will see Agria continuing sponsorship in the agility world with a programme that runs from spring to late autumn. With a range of classes for all sizes of agility dogs, Agria will be present at some of the best agility events across the country. These include the much-anticipated Agria Pet Insurance Grand Prix – a class that proved very popular in 2015.
The spring start first welcomes Agria to the southern part of the UK before moving to Hatton Agility Festival, which hosts the first Agria Pet Insurance Grand Prix class of the season. The five top-placed dogs in the Grand Prix will compete in reverse order over a short course to find the Hatton Grand Prix winner. Their prize will be a fantastic ‘Dog Friendly’ weekend break, courtesy of Agria Pet Insurance and Dog Friendly.
Alastair Cook, Head of Sales and Marketing for Agria Pet Insurance says, 'We had a great year supporting agility last year and watching such happy and well-trained dogs taking part. We’re delighted to be sponsors again in 2016, and are looking forward to seeing more outstanding achievements made possible from the strong partnerships forged between agility dogs and their handlers at every level of the sport.'
In 2016 Agria will be supporting the following events:-
Source: Graham Taylor - Country Shows Agility (25/01/16)
A new lower height option for agility jumps is being introduced by the Kennel Club, effective from 1st July 2016, which will allow agility shows to include a lower height jump for each competition size.
For some time now, there has been a call for the introduction of an additional jump height of 55cm for large dogs (which has been popularly referred to amongst agility competitors as the ‘fourth height’). There have also been representations to consider a further height to be introduced below the current 35cm small dog height. The decision to introduce a lower jump height option will allow for this to happen.
Representations made to the Kennel Club regarding jump heights have raised the opportunity to address issues for all heights of dog. In order to provide substantiated advice regarding the jump height debate, the Kennel Club has commissioned research to fully understand the impact of jump heights on dogs. This research is likely to take some considerable time before it is concluded and the findings made available to inform the debate.
Kathryn Symns, Kennel Club Canine Activities Executive, said, 'We have listened to ongoing representations made by agility competitors to inform the introduction of the new lower height option, and this decision will allow shows to schedule this height at their discretion. It is important that any changes to the regulations do not detract from what is already on offer at agility shows, as many competitors believe that there are currently no issues associated with jump heights for their dogs, and therefore wish the status quo to be maintained. 'It is also imperative that show organisers retain the choice over what they schedule. This change allows for the new height, whilst competitors still have a choice of jump height which they believe to be suitable for their dog.'
More details on the lower height option and a set of accompanying FAQs can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/competitors-section-agility/.
The new Lower Height Option regulations are as follows:-
Definitions of classes. Classes that will include the Lower Height Option must be specified together with whether there will be separate awards for each height. (Insertion in bold).
Insert new Regulation H(1)(A)4. and renumber accordingly.
All rounds of a Championship Agility Class and any Kennel Club heat, semi-final or final must be run at Full Height. (Insertion in bold).
Insert new Regulation H(1)(A)7 and renumber accordingly.
Lower Height Option. Societies may offer the Lower Height Option to all dogs in that height category and may be offered at all grades. It is to be run as part of any Standard class as defined in these regulations and must be clearly identified in the schedule. When the Lower Height Option is scheduled a dog may only be entered at either the Full height or at the Lower Height and cannot compete at a different height in any class at that competition. For these purposes a competition shall be defined as all classes covered within the same schedule. Each relevant class will have two heights with a change part way through to higher/lower the jump heights and competitors must run at their entered height. The order in which the heights will run must be detailed on the ring cards/ring plan. There will be only one course walking at the start of the class. In a class where the Lower Height Option is available show organisers may offer one set of awards by combining the results of each height or may offer separate awards for each height category. (Insertion in bold).
H(1)(A)8. Progression (was previously H(1)(A)6.)
Progression. Progression from each Grade will require one Agility win or three Jumping wins in standard classes at that grade, at either Full height or the Lower Height Option, except that progression from Grade 5 will require 3 wins at Grade 5, one of which must be an agility class. Progression from Grade 6 will require 4 wins at Grade 6, two of which must be agility classes. Results from Combined Classes will only count towards progression from the dog’s current grade.(Insertion in bold).
H(1)(A)10. Standard Classes (was
h. Championship Class. Open to dogs having qualified to compete in Grade 7 which have had 4 wins at Full Height in either Grade 6 or Grade 7, at least 2 of which must be gained in agility classes. To consist of 2 qualifying rounds of Standard Kennel Club Classes, 1 Agility Class and 1 Jumping Class and a final round of Agility to be held at the same Show. (Insertion in bold).
c. No practice is allowed on the course save that competitors will be allowed to walk the course set at the height the dog is to negotiate without their dog(s) before the class begins. Hurdles will be raised / lowered during the course walking time if multiple heights are offered within the same class. (Insertion in bold).
a. Hurdle—The height of the hurdle must be 650mm (2ft 1.6ins) (550mm (1ft 9.6ins) for Lower Height Option) for Large Dogs, 450mm (1ft 5.7ins) (350mm (1ft 1.75ins) for Lower Height Option) for Medium Dogs and 350mm (1ft 1.75ins) (250mm (9.8ins) for Lower Height Option) for Small Dogs. Width: 1.219m (4ft) minimum. The top bar or plank must be easily displaced by the dog. A wall should have displaceable units on the top. The height of hurdles in special classes may be lower than those listed above, but the height must be included in the schedule. (Insertions in bold).
These regulations will not apply to Kennel Club ‘prestige events’, at which there is a high value to the awards offered. Kennel Club prestige events are those held at Premier Shows, including heats for Crufts, Olympia or Eukanuba Discover Dogs, such as Crufts Singles, Crufts ABC etc.
In addition, schedules must be updated to include the following statement:
Insert new Regulation H(10)c.(12) and renumber accordingly.
Dog Agility is a competitive and physically strenuous activity. It is the responsibility of the owner / handler to ensure their dog is ‘fit for function’ and that they themselves are fit to take part. By signing the entry form you confirm that to the best of your knowledge your dog is fit and able to take part in Agility classes on the day of the show.' (Insertion in bold).
Source: The Kennel Club (22/01/16)
It's official. The Jack Russell Terrier is now a Kennel Club recognised breed with effect from 1 January 2016 and the Interim Breed Standard will be published on 1 April 2016 so that dogs may be exhibited at Kennel Club licensed events from this date.
Once registered, they would be entitled to be considered for Agility Team GB to compete in international events such as the FCI Agility World Championship.
According to the Kennel Club Press Office, the process that Jack Russell Terrier owners will need to go through in order to be registered on the pedigree register is still being confirmed and will be announced once finalised.
The proposed standard can be viewed on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/jackrussellterrier and there is currently a link to it from the home page.
Source: The Kennel Club (18/01/16)
Skipper’s Announces an Agility Programme for 2016
Skipper’s Pet Products has announced class sponsorship at a range of Agility shows across the country in 2016. They will be supporting three classes at each of the events - that’s one for each size of Agility dog with awards and vouchers for Skipper’s class winners to celebrate their achievements.
Managing Director of Skipper’s Pet Products Steve Moore says, 'We are delighted to be involved with the Agility community which has an amazing vibe around it with everyone looking to ensure their dogs are fit and healthy to compete. Skipper’s Pet Products has a range offering something for every Agility Dog and we look forward to meeting you all at the shows in 2016.'
In 2016, Skipper’s will be supporting the following events and they hope to add more events during the later part of the year.
Famous for using human grade raw materials sourced from fish merchants around the UK, Skipper’s offers high quality air-dried fish treats, grain-free fish based complete food and human grade Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF). All Skipper’s products are packed with essential Omega Oils and the nutrients and fuel needed to help dogs reach their maximum performance. Agility dogs love 100% natural fish treats as a great treat after a great run. The 50% Salmon & Trout complete food also compliments Skipper's treats perfectly as a stable food and our range of raw foods are second to none. Good enough to eat yourself!
Source: Graham Taylor - Country Agility Shows (15/01/16)
Agility Team GB 2016 International Competition Preparation Training
Agility Team GB are the reigning World Large Team Champions and, in order to prepare the squad to both defend this title and compete at the European Open Championships in 2016, a Performance Weekend has been organised in conjunction with the Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Show on 23rd and 24th April 2016. This will assist Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker and the coaching team in making the final team selections.
The Performance Weekend is designed to test dogs and handlers in the squad over a variety of situations typically associated with international competitions, such as team events, international style courses, performing under pressure, and accumulated individual runs.
The Sunday of the Performance Weekend will also be open to dogs in Grades 4-7 which had not been tried out for the squad last year but whose owners would like to have a go and see how they get on. It is hoped that this will appeal to those who may submit points to be considered for the squad in 2017 but would like to learn more first. Entries for this will be capped at 150 dogs.
The following squad and team training days have been arranged:-
These are designed to help handlers and dogs to concentrate on six key performance areas:-
The Squad and Team Training Days will help to ensure that Agility Team GB is fully prepared to compete at the European Open Championships in France from 29th – 31st July 2016 and the World Championships in Spain from Sunday 22nd – 25th September 2016.
For more information about qualifying for the Kennel Club Agility Team GB and representing Great Britain at international competitions, please visit: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.
Source: Kennel Club (04/01/16)
Winners Crowned at Olympia Agility Stakes
Records were broken at the event in December with Natasha Wise winning the Medium final for the sixth time with the same dog, Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck. In addition, Greg Derrett won the Large Senior final with Devongem Rehab Sproglett. The pair had previously won the Novice final in 2012.
Held in association with Skinner's Pet Foods, the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes saw the stars of agility compete in five finals in the Small, Medium, Large Novice, Large Senior, and ABC categories as part of the London International Horse Show at Olympia.
Judged by Tom Quinn, the winners of the Stakes were:-
Will Delamore, Sales and Marketing Director at Skinner's, commented: 'It has been a fantastic year for agility. Skinner's has attended numerous events and the standard of the handlers and dogs is world class. We are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious competition; we really look forward to Olympia every year. I would like to congratulate the winners for a magnificent performance and wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.'
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: 'Olympia is a fantastic event in the agility calendar and a wonderful showcase of the most talented dogs and handlers. A big congratulations goes out to all the winners and record breakers and we hope that their success is continued throughout 2016.'
The results for this year's Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes can be found online at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/agility-at-olympia/
Source: Kennel Club (04/01/16)
Changes to KC Agility Regulations for 2016
The following amendments to the Agility ‘H’ Regulations have been approved by the Kennel Club and will come into effect on 1 January 2016.
Regulation H(1)(A)4. Omission of Compulsory Equipment from a Class
This change is necessary in order to provide a degree of flexibility for judges and show organisers to omit certain obstacles depending on the circumstances faced on the day. The current regulation specifically relates to 'an' item of compulsory equipment that may be removed; however, there may be an occasion when more than one piece of equipment needs to be removed, (for example adverse weather or damaged equipment which cannot be replaced etc.)
Therefore Regulation H(1)(A)4 is amended as follows:-
TO: Standard classes may be scheduled for Agility Shows, as Agility classes or Jumping classes. All standard classes must contain the Weaving Poles obstacle. Standard Agility classes must contain the following elements: 'A Ramp', Dog Walk and See-Saw. In the event of mitigating circumstances (i.e. adverse weather conditions) at a show a Judge, with the full agreement of the Competition Manager, may omit an any item of compulsory equipment as deemed appropriate at the time. Any omission from the equipment must be reported by the show management to the Kennel Club within 14 days of the date of the show. With this proviso classes are defined as follows: (Insertion in bold. Deletion struck through.)
Regulation H(1)(B)1.a.(2)(iv) Omission of Compulsory Equipment from a Class
This amendment, specifically for the Championship Class, is required to be consistent with the change made to Regulation H(1)(A)4. Omission of Compulsory Equipment from a Class where it may be required on occasion to remove more than one piece of compulsory equipment.
Therefore, Regulation H(1)(B)1.a.(2)(iv) is amended as follows:
TO: In the event of extreme adverse weather conditions at a show a Judge, with the full agreement of the Competition Manager, may alter the omit any compulsory equipment as deemed appropriate at the time. Any alteration omission to the equipment must be reported by the show management to the Kennel Club within 14 days of the date of the show. (Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through.)
Regulation H(1)(B)4.(3) Dog Measuring Regulations Change
In response to feedback regarding measuring, the Kennel Club has recently reviewed the process for dogs entering competitions and has agreed that Large dogs entered for competition will not require an official Kennel Club measurement.
Dogs which have had their first measure do not need to have a second measure if the handler believes their dog is obviously large so they can continue to enter shows at the large height category. However, once a dog has competed in any class in the large height category at a Kennel Club licensed event, it may not change to a different height.
Those handlers who are not sure if their dog is in fact large or medium, may of course continue to have their dogs measured before competing as now.
Therefore Regulation H(1)(B)4.(3) is completely rewritten as follows:
TO: Large dogs entered for competition will not require an official Kennel Club measurement. Once a dog has competed in any Class in the Large height category at a Kennel Club Licensed event it may not change to a different height. (Change in bold.)
Regulation H(1)9.e Appointing a separate Judge for the Jumping Round of the Championship Class
This change is necessary because of the increasing numbers of entries to Championship classes being received by show committees. The numbers entered for the Large height have, on more than one occasion, recently breached the maximum number of 450 dogs allowed to be judged in one day. This change will therefore allow show organisers to appoint a separate judge for the jumping round. In addition, the maximum number of dogs to be judged in a Championship qualifying heat has been set at 200 at which point another judge must be appointed for the jumping round.
Therefore Regulation H(1)9.e is amended as follows:-
TO: The maximum number of individual runs a person shall judge on one day is 450, excluding unforeseen eventualities such as re-runs. Where Championship Class entries exceed 200 an additional previously approved Championship Judge must be appointed for the Jumping round. Reserve judges may enter dogs… (Insertion in bold)
Regulation H28.a.(7)&(8) where judges are appointed in an emergency
This change is required to clarify when a judge is appointed in an emergency and is to ensure that they are not penalised for stepping in at short notice. Therefore the following amendment to clause (7) has been made to clarify the situation and make it consistent with clause (8).
Therefore, H28. Disqualification and Forfeit of Awards is amended as follows:-
TO: A dog may be disqualified by the General Committee from any award whether an objection has been lodged or not, if proved amongst other things to have been…
(7) Entered for competition or handled in the ring by a judge at that Competition. This shall not apply to dogs owned by a Judge appointed in an emergency.
(8) Registered or recorded as owned by the scheduled Judge within a period of 12 months prior to the competition. This shall not apply to dogs owned by a Judge appointed in an emergency. (Insertion in bold)
Regulation K3.c. Agility Warrants
The Agility Warrant scheme has proven very popular with many dogs now having achieved the highest Gold Award. This is very encouraging and therefore it has been decided to add two further levels of Platinum and Diamond to provide handlers with additional goals to aim for. The Platinum and Diamond awards will be new awards starting from January 2016 and will not be retrospectively applied, so dogs that already hold a Gold Warrant will start from 800 points irrespective of how many points were earned prior to January 2016.
Therefore Regulation K3.c. is amended as follows:-
Bronze - 200 points (minimum of 50 points in agility)
Silver - 400 points (minimum of 100 points in agility)
Gold - 800 points (minimum of 200 points in agility)
Platinum - 1200 points (minimum 300 points in agility)
Diamond - 1600 points (minimum 400 points in agility)
The following titles may be used after the name of the dog on Show entries and catalogues: (Insertions in bold)
Bronze - AW(B)
Silver - AW(S)
Gold - AW(G)
Platinum - AW(P)
Diamond - AW(D)
WAO Team England Announced
Congratulations to the following handlers and dogs who will be representing Team England at WAO 2016 in England.
Bridgitte Wyre, Manager of Team England said, 'On behalf of the Management Team, I would like to welcome you all to Team England. We look forward to working with you at the team training days and WAO in May 2016.