It is with much regret that Keston Agility Club have made the decision that we are no longer in a position to be able to hold any more agility shows for the foreseeable future. We would sincerely like to thank Dartford DTC for all their help and support over the years – without them we would have had to make the decision to stop a lot earlier. We would also like to thank all the judges, scrimers, set up crews, ring parties (Axstane, Dartford, Tenterden & Magic, Tunbridge Wells with whom we had reciprocal ring party arrangements, but also SAS, Burnham and all the other clubs who have helped in the past), club members past and present, and Lisa Tarry for being our Show Secretary and organiser over the last two years despite not being an active club member.
It is not a decision we have made lightly. Keston is a long-established club being part of St. Edwards DTC before we became registered in our own right. We have held a show every year for the 26 years I have been actively involved with the club – originally holding a one-day 2-ring show at Istead Rise, Gravesend, Kent where we provided all our own equipment and refreshments for the competitors (who remembers those days?), progressing to a weekend (no camping) back-to-back show with CATS at the Hayes Rugby Club, Bromley, Kent, and then when CATS disbanded going into partnership with Dartford and running a full-blown camping weekend with eight rings (2016) at Orsett Showground, Essex. Agility has certainly changed over the years and it is worth remembering that KC registered clubs can only hold these shows if they have active, supportive memberships.
There has been some lovely feedback since the news has broken that the Keston element of the weekend show will no longer continue and Keston DTC would like to thank all those competitors who have supported the show over the years. It is reassuring to hear that Dartford intend to continue this weekend - hopefully in a new partnership - and we wish them every success in the future.
Source: Tamara Hollands - Keston DTC Club Treasurer (22/07/16)
The Kennel Club is inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered to measure agility dogs. This opportunity has arisen following the recent re-accreditation of agility measurers and may be of interest to judges, show managers or those closely involved with the running of agility shows.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and agree to undergo training. The accreditation will be for a three year period after which re-accreditation will be required. Successful applicants should also be aware that they will be required to purchase their own set of measuring equipment, including hoops and a microchip reader, and undertake a minimum of two measuring sessions per year with at least 20 dogs being measured during each year.
When considering this role, please be aware that it is essential that applicants are able to demonstrate that they have good verbal and written communication skills and have experience of giving adverse feedback. Examples will be required in the application.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: 'Just as with all canine activities, agility relies heavily upon volunteers to ensure the smooth running of events. Anyone who feels that they have the skills and commitment to become an agility measurer is encouraged to apply.'
The ‘Kennel Club Code of Best Practice for Measuring Agility Dog Heights’ can be found on the Kennel Club website at the following link: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/new-to-agility/agility-measuring/.
Those interested in applying should send their details to email@example.com or to WDA Team, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB. The deadline for applications is 18th August 2016.
Source: The Kennel Club (19/07/16)
For four days from 11th - 14th August 2016, more than 2,900 dogs and their handlers from all over the world will arrive in the village of Rockingham for the International Agility Festival, which is hosting the event for the fourth year running. There 16 rings will be set up to host the competition, which will feature dogs of all agility grades and sizes, with over 200 separate classes taking place.
The International Agility Festival, which is in its twelfth year, is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and welcomes all dogs of all types. A total of 17 countries from around the world are expected to be represented, all fighting to win their individual competitions and take home the Nations Cup.
Small changes to the Nations Cup are being introduced this year, with the competition changing from a team event to an individual event, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place up for grabs within Small, Medium and Large categories.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said, 'The Kennel Club International Agility Festival is one of the highlights of the agility calendar and there are such a different range of competitions for everyone; from the International Young Handler competition and the Nations Cup for the leading competitors, to the companion dog shows. It’s fantastic to see so many people from all across the world attend and compete at the festival. Agility is the most popular dog sport in the UK and is a brilliant way to keep fit and healthy with your dog. The festival is a testament to agility’s ever growing popularity.
A heat of the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition, Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, also takes place at the Festival, with categories such as Child’s Best Friend and Best Rescue, so there is something for visitors’ dogs to be involved in.
Entry to the festival is free for spectators, with parking charged at £5, and people are able to come along with their own dogs to enjoy the fun festival atmosphere and even take part in the ‘have-a-go’ agility ring (for dogs over 18 months), which gives everyone the opportunity to experience the sport for themselves. However, competitor entries for the festival are closed.
For more information on the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityfestival or www.facebook.com/Dogagility.
Source: The Kennel Club (18/07/16)
Owing to ill health, reluctantly Keith Williams has had to withdraw from judging Small & Medium sized dogs at Championship Agility level at The Welsh Kennel Club Championship show and we wish him a speedy recovery.
The Welsh Kennel Club is delighted to announce that Bob Griffin has kindly accepted the Championship Agility judging appointment for Small & Medium sized dogs in 2016 subject to KC approval.
WKC secretary Graham Hill said, ‘We are very grateful to Bob for accepting the appointment at such short notice and with his 2013 Crufts experience and WAO role, he and his fellow Championship Agility Judge Chris Huckle will offer the WKC a winning team. We look forward to welcoming all Agility competitors to Builth Wells later in the year.
Good luck to one and all.
Source: Graham Taylor (14/07/16)
Young Kennel Club (YKC) members representing Team GB took home two Overall Bronze medals after competing for the first time at the European Open Junior Championships in Slovakia over 7th - 10th July 2016.
Team GB Red won Bronze in the Large Team overall on Saturday, 9th July, which was made up of Belle Howlett with Leia, Sammy Pegg with Blaze, Adam Stretton with Jet and Daniel Croxford with Briar. The Team won Gold in the Agility round and placed 24th in the Jumping. Their combined scores meant they were able to take home the Bronze medal for the Large Team overall.
Millennium Falcon Princess (Leia)
Tonkory Devil In Disguise at Raylisa (Blaze)
Ginny De La Patonniere (Jet)
Berger des Pyrénées a face rase
Rosmarinus Florin (Briar)
Jack Ryan and Jet also won a Bronze medal in the Individual under 15's category. He came 10th in the Jumping round on Friday, then 5th in Agility on Sunday, which meant his total scores earned him 3rd place overall.
Other successes included Team GB White, who came 2nd in the Large Team Jumping round, Daniel Croxford with Bess, who came 3rd in the Individual Jumping Small height category and Cameron Bunce with Ziggy, who came 3rd in the Agility Junior Medium height category.
Small med team out of 67
Large teams out of 54
Children Small Individual out of 50
Children Large Individual out of 73
Junior small Individual out of 100
Junior Medium Individual out of 87
Junior Large Individual out of 144
Shannon Springford ran two clears as part of a Slovenian Team (Agility Power), helping them achieve 4th place overall.
In addition to the two Overall Bronze medals won by team GB, they also won one Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals in the Agility and Jumping Individual rounds.
The European Open Junior Agility Championships attracted hundreds of dogs and handlers from all over the world, with 24 countries represented at the competition including Italy, Russia and the USA. This was the first time a Junior team from Britain made up of YKC members has competed at the Championships.
Team GB is sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and the Kennel Club. The coaching team consisted of Mark Laker (Team Manager), Paul Moore (Team Coach), Ann Roberts (Team Support) and Sam Chapman (Team Assistant) who travelled to Slovakia with them.
Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker said of their achievement: 'Slovakia 2016 was the first time the KC had supported a team of Junior handlers going to the European Open, and the team was absolutely brilliant. Coming home with Bronze, Silver and Gold medals across all heights and age groups was fantastic. This has been an incredible introduction for Agility Team GB Juniors to a top level International competition. We're already looking forward to next year’s competition.'
Ceri Rundle, CSJ’s founder and sponsor of Team GB, said: 'CSJ is proud to support the Agility Team GB YKC as these very talented youngsters play a major part in securing the future of the sport in the UK. Congratulations to everyone in achieving such great results.'
The European Open Junior Championship 2017 has been confirmed to be held in Luxembourg from 13th-16th July 2017. Details on the 2017 squad selection process will be available in due course.
Source: The Kennel Club (13/07/16)
England Team Management Announcement
The England 2017 management team will consist of Bridgitte Wyre, continuing in her role as Team Manager and joined by Martin Tait and Joanne Tristram as Team Coaches.
Martin has an excellent resume not only in Agility as a Grade 7 handler ,in all heights, and Kennel Club Championship judge but in his professional life bringing Sports Coaching and Business Management qualifications to the team. Joanne is one of the most successful handlers ever at WAO. Competing in all 6 previous years, winning 7 medals including team and individual gold. Combine this with a European Open medal she brings vast experience to the role on what it actually takes to win at an international event. We wish this new management team the best of luck in bringing medals home to England.
If anyone would like more information regarding the English Team for the World Agility Open in 2017 then Bridgette, Joanne and Martin will be happy to talk to you when you see them around the shows
Source: Martin Tait (12/07/16)
MKDTC Show Refund Information
Subsequent to having to cancel our Show MKDTC is working on finalising the accounts. Once this is completed and, in accordance with our Schedule Rules and Regulations (25), monies should be refunded.
Please note that for those of you who entered and paid on-line by transfer, any refund due will be processed directly into your L&N accounts
For postal entries and payments, claims must be received within one month of the show date by please sending in a Stamped SAE to claim any refund due.
Please wherever possible share this information.
Source: Christine Stratford (Chair MKDTC) (21/06/16)
Milton Keynes Show Cancelled
Unfortunately the MIlton Keynes DTC Open Agility Show on 25th - 26th June 2016 has been cancelled.
After a meeting with the land owner and upon inspection, it was decided that the ground was totally unsuitable for use. More than 100mm of rain have fallen recently, making the ground waterlogged, and there are many areas of standing water. More heavy rain is forecast for the next few days.
The Committee has spoken with the Kennel Club and are expecting further information and advice from them soon. We will keep you informed of progress as necessary. MKDTC committee and members would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Source: Christine Stratford (Chair MKDTC) (21/06/16)
New Regulations to Allow a Challenge to a Dog's Height Category
Championship agility judges will be able to challenge a dog’s existing height category under a new set of regulations to be introduced on 1st July 2016, the Kennel Club has announced.
Within the terms of the current H Regulations, there is no mechanism available to challenge a measurement once it has been signed off by the measurers, other than on the grounds of incorrect procedure.
The intention of the new regulations is to allow recourse to competitors where there is any uncertainty regarding the height of a dog. Currently, agility is in a position where there is speculation about dogs which appear 'oversize,' and these new regulations are intended to combat such speculation.
Recently the Kennel Club has re-accredited all agility measurers at a series of assessment days across the country. From this re-accreditation, a number of measurers were invited to be senior measurers to facilitate the new regulations.
The new regulations will allow for an existing approved championship agility judge to request an additional measure on a dog which, in their view, is competing in the wrong height category.
If a dog changes height category as a result of the additional measure, that dog will continue to compete in the Grade it had won into at the previous height.
The new regulations are as follows:-
H(1)(B)4.(11) – (17)
(11) An additional measurement may be requested by the Kennel Club or a Kennel Club approved championship agility judge. The dog in question must have already had its final official Kennel Club measurement. The judge need not be officiating on the day the additional measurement is requested but must be in attendance at the show. No fee will be required from either the judge or the handler/owner.
(12) The request for an additional measurement must be recorded in the show’s incident book and lodged in writing at the Kennel Club within 14 days. The Kennel Club will advise the owner/handler of the dog of the requirement for an additional measure.
(13) All small and medium dogs who are invited on to the Team GB Squad will be subject to an additional measurement.
(14) The additional measurement must be completed within 2 months of the request being received at the Kennel Club and must be undertaken by two measurers appointed by the Kennel Club from the list of senior measurers.
(15) The dog will continue competing at its current height until the additional measurement has been completed and confirmed by the Kennel Club.
(16) The height recorded at the additional measurement will take immediate effect.
(17) The additional measurement can only be undertaken once in a dog’s lifetime.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said, 'Agility is a fun activity enjoyed by many enthusiastic dog owners. In order to cut down on speculation surrounding the height of some dogs which take part in agility, the Kennel Club has brought in these new regulations to ensure fairness for all and to make sure that this enjoyment is not spoiled in any way.
Source: The Kennel Club (20/06/16)
Cancelled North Derbyshire Show Is Rescheduled
Unfortunately the North Derbyshire Premier & Championship Show on 18th - 19th June has been cancelled. The amount of rain that has fallen this week - 120ml of rain since the weekend including 52ml last night - makes it far too risky to run the event.
This decision has not been made lightly. The North Derbys Club Secretary has been out twice to check the venue along with a Committee member. They have tried to change the layout and move the rings around but, in the end, the weather is not forecast good for the next couple of days.
Jackie Kenney said, 'On behalf of all at North Derbyshire Dog Agility Club, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience this will cause. We will be speaking with the Kennel Club with the hope of rescheduling the show for later in the year. Once we have this information we will contact you.
News flash... The North Derbyshire Premier & Championship Show has been reschedules for 10th and 11th September 2016 at Southwell racecourse
Source: Jackie Kenny (16/06/16)
WAO Jump Heights 2017
After reviewing the feedback from 2016 competitors and WAO Team Managers, the following changes will be made for the 2017 event.
The 650mm jump height will be reduced to 600mm.
In line with this the tyre height will be reduced by 50mm.
The long jump maximum length reduced by 100mm in this height category.
In all four height categories, the ascending spread length will be reduced to the following:-
300 spread length will be 260mm - 280mm
400 spread length will be 350mm - 370mm
525 spread length will be 465mm - 485mm
600 spread length will be 540mm - 560mm
Source: Facebook (12/06/16)
Junior Rising Stars League
Dickson Dog Training and Fly By Agility Training will be launching a Junior Rising Stars League at their unaffiliated winter shows to be held in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Each handler will gain points on clears and placings which will be formulated to give an overall winner at the fourth show in February. Ian Radford is sponsoring the league and will provide trophy for winner and rosettes to 3rd place. Connie Sellers has offered four half hour training sessions for winner too.
Nikki Martin of Dickson said, ‘We try and encourage all juniors to have fun with their dogs and find they really enjoy taking part in our shows. It all started lasted year when Ian Radford was judging at one of the winter shows. Where a number of Juniors were competing, mostly NFC. He was so encouraged by them that he asked if he could sponsor a class or league so idea came about.
The League show dates are 12 November, 26 November, 14 January and 18 February. All shows are unaffiliated. Schedules are now available on the Show Diary.
Source: Nikki Martin & Connie Sellers (29/05/16)
Dog Vegas Refunds
All requested refunds for the cancelled day at Matlock (2nd May) will be issued this week. Online entries will be issued back to the card the payment was originally taken from, and should show in your account within a couple of days, postal entries will be paid by cheque and posted on Monday or Tuesday. The refund has been based on entry fee less processing cost, less bank/online refund transaction charges of 75p per transaction. Any other irretrievable costs will be covered by the show.
The total raised for our charity - Ainmhithe Dog Rescue - is a massive £723.00. We will round up and send a cheque for £750.00. Thank you all so much, it will make a massive difference to a small but worthy rescue.
If you have any direct queries, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all for your patience and fingers crossed the sun will shine this weekend.
Source: Hazel Higgins (23/05/16)
Dog Vegas Restructuring
it is the end of an era at Dog Vegas. Jackie and Kev Kenny have decided that they no longer want to run shows so that they can concentrate on their other business. Hazel and David will be continuing with the Dog Vegas Ltd Listed Status shows and the processing site, First Place Processing Ltd.
They are looking at making several improvements as to how the shows are run and welcome any feedback from the judges, helpers and competitors of how you would like the shows to run.
On FB, Hazel said 'We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jackie and Kev for all their work over the years. We have produced some fantastic shows and memories. We wish you luck you’re your other ventures.
Source: Jackie Kenny and Face Book (18/05/16)
Kennel Club Announces Agility Team GB 2016
The Kennel Club has announced the agility teams which will represent Great Britain at the European Open Agility Championships in Calais, France from 28-31 July 2016 and the FCI Agility World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain from 22-25 September 2016.
The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year’s squad selection process, which concluded at the Performance Weekend hosted by Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show over the weekend of 23-24 April. This year’s Performance Weekend was judged by Anders Virtanen (Finland). Anders set up courses designed to test dogs and handlers on speed, fitness, consistency and accuracy. Over the weekend there was some fantastic handling on these courses where dogs and handlers could really show off their skills.
Three dogs from the Performance Weekend have been called up to this year’s team for the World Championships due to withdrawals of pedigree dogs from the original squad.
Team Manager, Mark Laker said, 'Thank you to everyone who competed at this year’s Performance Weekend – it was great to watch and be part of. This was a unique opportunity to compete on some fantastic courses designed and judged by a top FCI judge.
'I'd like to acknowledge the support of all our sponsors, the Kennel Club and Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts who enable events like the performance weekend to take place and to everyone who helped us.'
The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent Agility Team GB this year, which once again is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds.
All competitors at the European Open will get an individual and team run. Teams will be confirmed nearer the time.
The teams selected are as follows (T = team event; I = individual event):
Full results from the performance weekend and more information on Agility Team GB can be found via the Kennel Club website. Please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.
Agility Team GB is sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Gencon, Khyam, First Contact, Nottingham Trent University, Eurotunnel, Agility1st, Vale Referrals and supported by the Kennel Club.
Source: The Kennel Club
Thame Show Refunds
Orchard Agility organisers Rosemary and Ian Stowers sadly had to cancel their Easter Monday agility show at the Thame Game & Country Fair due to Storm Katie. Saturday it rained non-stop and the ground conditions were atrocious .
At approximately 8am that morning Living Heritage decided that the show could not continue for health and safety reasons and the difficulty getting vehicles into and out of the showground. Things were almost afloat!
On Facebook, Ian said, 'We even had problems leaving the venue and had to be towed out backwards! Not nice.'
Orchard will be refunding 20% of show entries. If you would like to receive a refund, then send a stamped addressed envelope to Rosemary Stowers, Hillcrest House, Bedford Road, Holwell, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RT.
Source: Ian and Rosemary Stowers (04/04/16)
Pet Nose Day Fun Agility
As part of the award-winning charity Pet Nose Day event at Mount Stewart (Co. Down) on Sunday, 17th April ,the Patch will be organizing some impromptu Fun Agility Competitions.
This year ,however , if you plan to attend as a competitor you will need a wristband to gain entry to ringside . So if you are coming, please let Ronnie McAleese know asap and he will set one aside for you for collection at The Patch on or before the last round of Winter League on Saturday, 16th April.
In line with previous years, it will be possible (up to 10.30am) to take your car to the ringside to drop off cages etc.
Source: Ronnike McAleese (04/04/16)
WAO 2016 Wildcards Announced
The WAO has announced the 2016 Wildcard competitors who are qualified individuals who are not on their country's team, or who are from a country that hasn't entered a team. The WAO Committee can offer up to five wildcard places per jump height to individuals who the WAO Committee believes have demonstrated world-class potential such as competitors who have placed in the top three of their country's National finals in the last two years or competitors who have competed internationally in the last two years.
The 2016 World Agility Championships will be held on 13-15 May at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Addington Manor, Addington, Buckingham MK18 2JR.There will be two indoor rings and one outdoor ring.
Source: Greg Derrett (08/04/16)
Camping at The Redgates Show - Good News
Following consultation with the owners of our show venue, Redgates now has an additional field to use for both camping and an enlarged exercise area. For those of you who have been to their shows previously, this will be located behind the day parking area. This means that the camping limit has been increased from 100 to 160 units.
In order to give people entering by hard copy entry forms an equal opportunity to those entering on-line, all camping requests will initially be put onto a waiting list. Camping places will then be confirmed as we transfer people onto the main camping list.
Any queries about camping should be sent to me at Redgates rather than iSS or Red Dog Processing.
Source: Tim Griffiths (03/04/16)
Adams Show Refunds
Adams Agility is offering full dog entry refunds for the 28th March, the day that unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the weather.
If you would like to claim your refund, please send an SAE, within a month, to:- 1 Portreath Drive, Allestree, Derbys DE22 2BJ
If you would like to kindly donate your refund to charity, please email Adamsagility@gmail.com with your full name.
On Facebook, Adams said, 'Thank you everyone for your support with the decision to cancel the last day today, it was a hard decision, but the welfare of both handler and dog is our priority. We had 3 fantastic days with minimal rain, Thank you to all the lovely people who helped us pack the rings away today we really appreciated it. See you all again soon
Source: Adams Facebook (03/04/16)
YKC Agility Team GB Announced for the European Junior Champs 2016
The Kennel Club has announced the names of the members of the agility teams who will represent Great Britain and the Young Kennel Club (YKC) for the first time at the 2016 European Open Junior Agility Championships in Slovakia from 7th - 10th July 2016.
The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year’s squad selection process. This year, two selection days were held at Ashby Lane Farm, Hinckley. Both selection days consisted of both Agility and Jumping courses. Handlers invited to both selection days competed on seven courses in total, giving the handlers plenty of opportunity to impress.
The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent YKC Agility Team GB this year, which is supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and sponsored by the Kennel Club.
The selection days proved highly successful and both days were judged by David Jolly, who set a mixture of challenging courses for the competitors. The coaching team, made up of Mark Laker (Team Manager), Paul Moore (Team Coach), Ann Roberts (Team Support) and Sam Chapman (Team Assistant) assessed the handlers on both days. Several aspects of the competitors were considered - not only their course performance, but the handler’s attitude, fault recovery, and dog’s health.
Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker said: 'I’d like to thank everyone involved with the project to send a team to the European Open Junior Agility Championships this year, and for the ongoing support of the Kennel Club and CSJ. There was an amazing response from the junior agility handlers around the UK, with more than 50 attending the first selection day. Now training and preparation starts for those handlers who have been selected and the countdown begins for the championships in Slovakia in July.'
The teams selected are as follows:-
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: 'We’re very pleased to announce this new development for Agility Team GB and the YKC. We believe it is a fantastic opportunity to develop our young handlers on the international stage. This is the first time we’ve put together a junior team and on behalf of the Kennel Club, we would like to congratulate each young handler who made it onto YKC Agility Team GB.'
Source: The Kennel Club (07/03/16)
Clarification of Special Classes in Relation to Lower Height Options
The Kennel Club would like to clarify that 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, including special classes. For these purposes, a competition shall be defined as all classes covered within the same schedule.
All rounds of a Championship agility class and any Kennel Club heat, Semi-final or Final must be run at full height, regardless of whether they are standard or special classes. Therefore, any dog competing in these classes must compete at full height for the duration of the show.
Source: The Kennel Club (04/03/16)
Crufts Broadcast Times and Presenters Announced
Crufts returns to Channel 4 this March to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the world’s largest dog show. With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action on the four days leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be crowned.
Channel 4 and More4 will cover the event at the following times:-
Thursday, 10th March: 18:30-21:00
Friday, 11th March: 18:30-19:30
On Channel 4
Friday, 11th March: 19:30-21:00
Saturday, 12th March: 19:00-21:00
Sunday, 13th March: 19:00-21:00
Clare Balding will be joined at the famous dog show at Birmingham’s NEC by TV presenter and former Olympic athlete, Iwan Thomas, and Channel 4’s very own ‘Supervet’, Noel Fitzpatrick.
All of the Arena action from the show will also be shown live on the Crufts YouTube channel which can be found at www.youtube.com/crufts.
Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said: 'This year is the 125th anniversary of Crufts. The show holds such a special place in dog lovers’ hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and Channel 4 and More4 will reflect on how the show has grown over the years and the many different aspects of the event.
'The TV coverage not only brings exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people’s homes, but it enables people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including the most vulnerable native breeds and unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It also covers topics about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs, as well as different issues affecting dog owners in the UK.'
Channel 4 and More4’s coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset + Vine.
Source: The Kennel Club (23/02/16)
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:-
Saturday, 5th March – Stoneleigh Park Lodge, Stoneleigh, Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ
Sunday, 6th March – Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh, Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ
Friday, 1st April – Leeming Village Hall, Mill Lane, Leeming, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 9SS
Saturday, 9th April – Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7PS
Sunday, 10th April – Chieveley Village Hall, Chieveley, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8TE
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 email@example.com. Please include the following information:-
Which location/venue you wish to attend
How many dogs you will be bringing with you
What height categories the dogs fit into; small, medium or large (or for a first time dog, what height category you believe they fit into)
If you are only able to attend for a limited period of time, please state the times accordingly
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:
Sunday, 7th February – Avon Agility Show, West Kype Farm Equestrian Centre, Strathaven ML10 6PR
Sunday, 6th March - Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh, Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ
Friday, 1st April – Leeming Village Hall, Mill Lane, Leeming, Northallerton DL7 9SS
Sunday, 10th April – Chieveley Village Hall, Chieveley, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8TE
Handlers may register to have their dogs measured by emailing: email@example.com. Please include the following information within the email:-
Which location/venue you wish to attend
How many dogs you will be bringing with you
What height categories the dogs fit into; small, medium or large (or for a first time dog what height category you believe they fit into)
If you are only able to attend for a limited period of time, please state the times accordingly
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:-
16 - 17 April Wallingford DTC Agility Show - Newbury Showground, Berks
23 - 24 April Working Belgium Shepherd Dog Agility Show -Thame Showground, Oxon
7 - 8 May Hatton Agility Festival - Hatton Country World, Warwickshire
18 - 19 June Golden Valley DTC Agility Show - Top Barn, Worcestershire
25 - 26 June Dogs Unleashed - Bakewell, Derbyshire
25 - 26 June Milton Keynes DTC Agility Show - Stockwell Farm, Bedfordshire
16 - 17 JulyRugby DTC Championship Agility & Premier Agility Show - Catton Hall, Staffordshire
23 - 24 July The Pet Show Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
16 - 18 August Pembrokeshire by the Pond - Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
20 - 21 August Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility & Open Show - Builth Wells, Powys
10 - 11 September Blenheim DTC Agility Show - West Mids Showground, Shropshire
30 October Bretford DTC Agility Show - Dunchurch, Warwickshire
10 December Rugby DTC Christmas Show - Dunchurch, Warwickshire
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.
9-10 Scunthorpe O & ATC Championship & Premier Agility Show - Lincolnshire
16-17 Wallingford DTC Agility Show - Berkshire
23 - 24 Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Agility Show - Lincolnshire
7- 8 Hatton Agility Festival - Warwickshire
28 - 29 Nottingham Championship & Premier Agility Show - Nottinghamshire
18 - 19 Golden Valley DTC Agility Show - Worcestershire
18 - 19 North Derbyshire DAC Agility Show - Nottinghamshire
25 -26 Dogs Unleashed - Bakewell Derbyshire
8 -10 Just Dogs Live - Cambridgeshire
16 -17 Rugby Championship & Premier Agility Show - Staffordshire
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:-
Squad Training Day – Sunday, 28th February 2016
Performance Weekend – Saturday and Sunday, 23rd & 24th April 2016
Team GB Day 1 – Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May 2016
Team GB Day 2 – Sunday, 26th June 2016
These are designed to help handlers and dogs to concentrate on six key performance areas:-
Handler health and fitness
Dog health, welfare and fitness
Handler mental fitness
Competition skills and strategy
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)