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 JULY 2017

An Invitation to Try Out for the Northern Ireland WAO Team

The eighth WAO World Championships will take place in the Netherlands at the KNHS Equestrian Centre in Ermelo from 18 to 20 May 2018. The official practice day will take place on 17 May. Once again Northern Ireland will be represented at the Championships. The Equestrian Centre is some 70 miles from the ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Information about the event is available on the WAO web site - www.worldagilityopen.com

Selection process
The selection process for the eighth WAO World Championships will take place in 2 stages.

Stage 1 - There will be a 2-day qualifying competition at Cooper Hill between mid-October and early November 2017. Dogs that do not have an official WAO height measurement will be measured into their appropriate WAO height categories. On both days all dogs will compete in four events. On day one the programme will consist of a snooker round followed by jumping, speedstakes and agility. On the second day the programme will start with jumping followed by speedstakes, agility and gamblers. Dogs will earn points based on their placing in each class. The dog that comes first in each class will be awarded 1 point, second 2 points etc. A value will be set for an elimination based on the number of dogs entered in the selection process. Once the 8 runs have been completed the dog with lowest accumulated points total in each of the 4 height categories will be guaranteed a place on the N.I. squad and will - as a minimum - be entered in the biathlon and individual pentathlon classes at the world championships. It is however the intention that dogs will be selected to compete in all three individual championships – biathlon, pentathlon and games. However the manager reserves the right to select dogs for individual events if he believes it will enhance the overall team performance.

Stage 2 - Dogs that haven’t automatically qualified on the above basis and those that were entered but were unable to be at the Stage 1 trial, will be invited to attend training sessions during November and December. On the basis of performance and commitment at these sessions, and any other performance information available at the time, the Team Manager will select the remainder of the squad i.e. up to 2 more dogs in each height category - making a total of up to 3 dogs in each height category. The Manager may increase the number of dogs in any of the height categories if, in his opinion, it would enhance the overall performance of the team. The intention would be to have this selection process completed by no later than 31 December 2017.

The training sessions for the second stage of the selection process will take place at Cooper Hill during evenings under floodlight or on Saturday mornings. Effort will be made to facilitate those whose work commitments make attendance at these sessions difficult.

The trials and practice sessions will at all times use the jumping heights set out by WAO for the 2018 Championships.

Jump Height

300

400

500

600

Dog Height at withers

320 and under

410 and under

500 and under

Over 500

Eligibility
Dog: KC Grades 5, 6 or 7 on 8 October 2017. In exceptional circumstances a dog which reaches grade 5 between 4 October and 31 December 2017 may be considered for selection.

Handler: To be a permanent resident of, or born in, Northern Ireland

Costs
Entry (to the selection process) will be £25 per dog. These fees will help to meet the cost of the team entry fee. The balance of the entry fee will be paid by K9Activities.

Competitors will have to pay towards their personal expenses for the WAO event but everyone will be encouraged, collectively or individually, to engage in fund raising activities to meet these costs.

Further information
Owners/handlers considering entry to the process should feel free to discuss the selection procedures or any other aspect of the event with David Duncan – T: 028 9182 2265   E: david@cooperhill.net.

Applications
Applications, verbal or by email should be made to the Team Manager David Duncan by 8 October 2017.



Record Number of Dogs Heading to KCI Festival

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival will see a record-breaking 3,170 dogs from all over the world head to Rockingham Castle this August for the world’s largest agility festival. For four days from 10th - 13th August 2017, dogs and their handlers will descend onto the village of Rockingham for the festival, which will be celebrating it's 13th year.

With the additional dogs competing this year, two extra rings will be added to the previous 16 in order to hold over 200 separate classes, which will feature dogs of all agility grades and sizes. 70 judges from all over the world will be attending over the four days, marking everyone from top agility competitors to novice handlers and their dogs.

A total of 20 countries from around the world are expected to be represented with competitors travelling from countries as far as China - all fighting to win their individual competitions and take home the Nations Cup. The Nations Cup will be reverting to a team event this year, where three dogs representing their country will complete a jumping round with a final agility round to decide the overall winners.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said, 'Every year we look forward to the International Agility Festival and it’s great to see so many people from all over the world attending with their dogs to compete and spectate. The festival has such a wide range of competitions for everyone from the Nations Cup to International Young Handler. There’s also a 'have a go' ring for spectators new to the canine activity to experience it first hand with their dog. “Agility is the most popular dog sport in the UK and is a brilliant way to keep fit and healthy with your dog. It’s one of the highlights of the agility calendar and a fantastic weekend or day out for all the family.'

A heat of the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition, Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, will also take place at the festival on Saturday 12th, with categories such as Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class. Registration for the competition starts from 11am and the competition begins at 12.30pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the festival’s chosen charity, which is yet to be confirmed. There is no need to enter in advance; just simply turn up on the day.

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 discipline for themselves. However, competitor entries for the festival are closed.

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and welcomes all dogs of all types and sizes.

For more information on the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityfestival or www.facebook.com/Dogagility.


Euro Success for YKC Agility Team GB

Young Kennel Club members representing YKC Agility Team GB took home two overall Bronze medals after competing at the European Open Junior Championships in Luxembourg from 13th-16th July 2017.

On Saturday Team GB Blue won Bronze in the Large team overall.  on Saturday, 15th July, and was made up of Sammy Pegg (17) with her Border Collie, Blaze, Adam Stretton (15) with his Pyrenean Sheepdog Jet, Jess Cuthbertson (16) with her Border Collie, Skye and 15 year-old Belle Howlett with her Border Collie, Ami. The team placed 9th in the Agility round and 5th in the Jumping. Their combined score meant they were able to take home the Overall Bronze medal for the Large team.

Shannon Springford (18) and her Border Collie Anya won an Overall Bronze medal on Sunday, 16th July after placing 4th in the Agility round and 8thy in the Jumping round. She also won a Gold medal in the Individual Medium Junior Agility round with her other Border Collie Gift.

Other successes included:-

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 the USA, Finland and South Africa. This was the second time a Junior team from Britain , made up of YKC members, has competed at the championships.

YKC Agility 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 Assistant), Neil Ellis (Team Coordinator) and Rachel Mowbray (Team Vet), who travelled to Luxembourg with them.   

Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker said of their achievement, 'This year’s YKC Team GB have been fantastic. There was a great team atmosphere across all heights and ages which made us a strong and successful team, building on last year’s performance. I'm really proud of every one of these young handlers, both in the way they handled their dogs and their approach to these championships.'

Ceri Rundle, CSJ’s founder and sponsor of YKC Agility Team GB, said: 'Congratulations to all our young handlers and their incredible dogs for a fantastic performance at the European Open Junior Championships. CSJ are very proud to sponsor such a talented team of youngsters, we hope they continue to shine for many years to come!'

The European Open Junior Championship 2018 has been confirmed to be held in the Netherlands from 13th-15th July 2018. Details on the 2017 squad selection process will be available in due course.


Life Changing Agility Stories Wanted

The Kennel Club press office is looking for remarkable stories from agility competitors who will be heading to the Kennel Club International Agility Festival this August. The aim is to successfully promote agility as well as the festival by showing the general public how brilliant and life changing the discipline is.

If you are competing at the festival this year, we want to hear from you! They have put together a quick on-line surey to encourage people to share their stories. Please answer the questions below with as much detail as possible.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5NGMKKG



UKA Tyre Decision

From 1st January 2018 UK Agility will be amending its Rules and Regulations to state that the solid tyre will be replaced with a breakaway version. Experience with tyre designs both nationally and internationally have informed UKA's decision that the breakaway tyre should be enclosed in and attached to a frame. If hit, the tyre breaks in 'salon door' style with each half remaining attached to the frame.

Over the past 2 months UKA has comprehensively tested a breakaway tyre design from Longfield Agility Solutions which is now fully approved for use next year. We would welcome submissions from other equipment suppliers as soon as possible.

UK Agility considers that this is not simply a progressive move to ensure the safety of competing dogs but also a vital solution to maintaining the diversity of equipment, which has been under threat due to safety concerns.



Orchard News

The Orchard Agility Mid-Summer show at the end of July will now be held at the Fox & Duck, Arlesey Road, Arlesey, Stotford, near Hitchin SG5 4HE.

Rosemary Stowers said 'This show will be a trial. It's a venue that we have used in the past before it closed down for a period of time.  Because we had the Old Orchard in Hitchin, we obviously would have preferred to stay there and not move, but the ground has been churned up so much that it may not be recoverable if we did have it for another year. It's all in the balance at the moment.

The Arden Grange and The Embroidery Shop Finals
If you have qualified for either the Arden Grange Final (Large dogs) or the Embroidery Shop Challenge Cup Final (Small and Medium dogs) at the Orchard Agility Mid-Summer show, i.e. last July, or at this year's May Day Bank Holiday show, could you please email, ASAP, Rosemary Stowers on:  orchardagility3@gmail.com to let her know whether or not you will be attending either or both of these Finals. 

Both Finals will be held on Saturday, 26th August, at the Orchard Agility Summer Open Agility show over the four days of the August Bank Holiday, i.e. 25th-28th August, 2017.  The closing date for entries to this show is Saturday, 15th July, 2017.


 JUNE 2017

    

Bitz & Chipz Split Amicably

Hot news off the press! After three successful years of running a weekend show together, Bitz & Bobz and Chipping Norton are now ready to go it alone next year.

Bitz will be having the same date which will be 9th and 10th June - venue to be announced - whilst Chipping Norton will be holding their show on 21st and 22nd July at the usual venue Banbury Rugby Club. 

Both clubs would like to thank everyone for their support over the last three years and look forward to seeing you all at both shows next year.


New England Team Manager Appointed

The World Agility Open is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicky Lyons to the role of WAO England Manager.

Vicky has been involved in the sport for the last nine years, having competed at Crufts and Olympia as well as having an involvement in previous England and other British international agility teams. More importantly in her professional life as a Business and Performance manager, Vicky brings a great amount of expertise in logistics, people management and performance analysis.

On FB, Vicky said, ' I have some pretty big shoes to fill but I will work hard and do the best job I can! Special thanks must go to Bridgitte Wyre for her support and guidance

The England coaching team will be announced over the next few weeks.

Qualification through the UKA Masters and Agility4England show will be unchanged with a reminder to all that entries for the show are now open.

We would like to wish Vicky and the future England Teams the very best of luck.

News flash... Joanne Tristram and Martin Tait will remain in their roles as Team England coaches for the 2018 event


Invitational Finalists Announced

The names of the lucky Senior and Novice Agility Club Invitational Finalist have been published.

Please check to see if you are listed below please let Sandra Ross know by email. If you are NOT able to attend, please let her know so she can extend an invitation to someone else.

Senior Finalists

Handler

Dog

Size

Steve Seale

Devongem Try Flec

Large

Gemma Swann

Oli's Little Halo Kid

Large

Shirley Inglesfield

Morgans Dark Hero

Large

Sue Showler

Borderlair Magic Nico

Large

Aileen Watson

Mickey The Rocketteer

Large

Sam Davies

 A Quart of Liquorice

Large

Adele Harrison

Mischief Of Madainneag  AW/B

Large

Anne Robertson

MorgansR Flynn Go Far AW/G

Large

Janice Linch

Jackscrofter Abberdale

Large

Linda Gore

Cories Blu Baylie  AW/G

Large

Andrew Priestley

Ragamuffin Rockstar

Large

Jo Gleed

Lookylooky Ready or Not

Large

Sarah Crouch

Batfink Final Chapter  AW/G

Large

Sarah Crouch

Canen Cosmic Sindy AW/D

Large

Alan Bray

Upanova Dior Mine

Large

Louise Challis

Louandi Island Storm

Large

Jo Marks

Smurf Off Ice at Bazanjo

Large

Claire Todd

Storm's Macy May Be The One

Large

Emily Fothergill

Ziggy Stardom  AW/G

Large

Alan Bray

Louandi Firestorm at Upanova

Large

Iain  Langman

Cloudtenn Moshi

Medium

Hannah Payne

Dash The Way To Do It

Medium

Rachel Wicks

Emilys Flyer

Medium

Hannah Fairweather

Fate Accompli

Medium

Duane  Mellors

Roxy Bambino Diamond Paws

Medium

Janice Linch

Sophia Isabella Star

Medium

Linda Seaton

Our Boy Zeus

Medium

Jo Gleed

Lets Get Ready to Rumble

Medium

Richard Inglesfield

Morgans Dark Legend

Medium

Sue White

Fandabidozi Star Ting

Medium

Lorna Goodban

Tweet Like Choklat

Small

Jeanette Tandy

Nithvalley Popcorn

Small

Kevin Ablitt

Lilly Whiz

Small

Anna Fox

Kenny of Miranwiz

Small

Brian  Young

Navestocks Fun and Games

Small

Dave Walker

Josie Hopebeyondthestars

Small

Sue White

Rugrat by Request

Small

Alan Bray

Sirensong Tantrums 'n Tiaras at Upanova

Small

Katie Hemming

Lady Bella Mooks  AW/G

Small

Jeanette Tandy

Ag.Ch. Wee Betsy Boo

Small

Novice Finalists

Handler

Dog

Size

Sue Lascelles

Lynwood Giggles

Large

Dennis Macaulay

Syaluacam Nessy

Large

Gloria Bates

Murphy The Greatest

Large

Anne Paraskos

Westwood Kai

Large

Chantal Hutton

Bekkis Whispering Dreams

Large

Katie Clarke

Norbeck Tern

Large

Ian Hastie

Jacko of Valgrays

Large

Gloria Bates

Madgek Jumping Jack

Large

Susan Gray

Tiggy Widget

Large

Rachel Carver

Koolwaters Lucky Me AW/S

Large

Andrea Capon

Astra Tilly of Hallows

Large

Hilary  Mears 

Notchlings Red Rock 

Large

Tracy White

Mirramay Fairey Loch

Large

Sioban Speedie

Fern and Then She Was Gone

Large

Sarah Ludlam

Ollie Ollie Ollie

Large

Maria Jenkinson

Devongem Freedom of Flyte

Large

Rebecca Radbourne 

Stormy Geddon

Large

Melissa Royall

Dodge Boy

Large

Lis Barter

Muppet Mania AW/G

Large

Linda Karvounis

Nidderdale Max a Million

Large

Rosalyn Gentry

Zeb In Geer AW/G

Large

Michele Guerin

Delark Wind Chime

Large

Joy Marnell

Basswood Danny Boy

Large

Rita Lloyds

The Artful Dotta

Large

Hazel Kemble

Redwarren Swift 

Large

Jodie Nazimi

Magic Mischief of Worsenden 

Large

Juliette Whittaker

Pips Precious Pandamonium

Large

Emily Fothergill

Nidderdale Twister N'Motion

Large

William Davies

Find the Spec

Large

Sue Hardy

Maxington Stanley of Perrandune

Large

James Brown

Upan Atom

Medium

Justine Jenkinson

Freddie Star The Mighty

Medium

Avril Taylor

Javawolf Little Miss World

Medium

Jo Gleed

Spiderwick Nimble Ninja

Medium

Louise Challis

Champwaith Storm Catcher

Medium

Karin Beales

Willowtarn Tantalise

Medium

Lee Butterworth

Popsicle Bloom

Medium

Annette Hockley

Bojangles Surprise

Medium

Milie Roberts

Master of Mayhem

Medium

Sue Winton

Little Jessie Tastic

Medium

Carolyn Booth

Sirius Jandy Lovespeed AW/S

Medium

Tracy Hall

Krisusarn Fun And Games AW/S

Medium

Jo Asher

Little Lightening Lyla

Medium

Jane Taylor

Winhill Wellington

Medium

Judy Mckemey

Syrmor Touch and Go

Medium

Miranda Frankham

Richmaus Night Rider

Small

Jenny Witt

Lavender Lillipip

Small

Carole Stone

In The Ringoing Mad 

Small

Michele Guerin

Lady Rosa of Shalee

Small

Jayne Armstrong

Tottlefields Totally Tipsy

Small

Jenny Willis

Just Soo Nic

Small

Dave Walker

Echo Hopebeyondthestars

Small

Lucy Crute Morris

Little Miss Bellabean

Small

Elaine King

Leotroy Jelly Bean

Small

Margaret Morrison

Orchid Lily AW/B

Small

Karen Hugo

Willowthorn's All That Jazz at Sabresnipe AW/B

Small

Alan Bray

Devongem Fire Starter at Upanova Tiger

Small

Kate Cook

Aveegotun Sowena for Bonamassa

Small

Tiggy Stilgoe

Danica Valentina

Small

Anna Fox

Chilite Calico

Small


MAY 2017


The Agility Club Invitationals Deadline

The deadline for submitting points to be considered for the two new Agility Club Invitational Finals is 1st June. Places will be taken from the League scores as of 10pm, so make sure you get those results in!

  1. The Agility Club Novice Invitations is open to dogs currently listed in The Agility Club leagues in Grades 3 – 5. Invitations will be issued for the top 10 Large dogs and the top 5 Small and Medium dogs to run in a C3-5 final on the Friday night.
     

  2. The Agility Club Senior Invitational is open to dogs currently listed in the Agility Club leagues in Grades 6 & 7. Invitations will be issued for the top 10 large dogs and the top 5 Small and Medium dogs to run in a C6-7 final on the Friday night.

The Agility Club will issue invitations by email shortly after the 1st June. They may approach handlers in places above 10th/5th if the top 10/5 are unable to attend. A reserve handler in each height may also be invited to attend and, if not able to compete will run as 'white dogs' before the main competition begins.

Sandra Ross said, 'We hope that Agility Club members will enjoy this new addition to our ever-popular Starters Challenge Final and that lots of you will come and support this event. The finals will be run at full height and you must be a member of The Agility Club on the 28th July 2017. I am certainly looking forward to seeing who our first winners are. I hope you all are too.'

The Judge for this inaugural year is Ryan Hennessy so there will be two lovely courses to run for those competing and to watch for the spectators. Trophies will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each height, rosettes 1st to 4th in large, 1st to 3rd in Small and Medium.

The Invitational Finals will be held on the Friday evening of The Agility Club Show at Ardingly on the 28th – 30th July 2017.



Docs Dogs Split

Kenny Waddell would like to inform you all that Mr Angelo Docherty is no longer part of Docs Dogs.

The business will all carry on as normal, and all shows will carry on under the name of Docs Dogs until further notice.



Kennel Club Changes Agility Judges Seminar Regs

The Kennel Club has announced changes to the way prospective agility judges qualify for their first appointments. With the launch of the Kennel Club Academy, the Board agreed that the regulations and judging procedure part of the agility judges seminars would work better in an on-line format and free up more time for the practical aspects of judging to be covered in the seminar.

The change will require prospective new judges to access the Kennel Club Academy to view educational material and take a multiple-choice online examination before attending the seminar held by a Kennel Club Accredited Agility Judges Trainer.

The following amendments to the H regulations have been made to accompany the change in process:-

Regulation H19.b.

To:

(6)       have attended a Kennel Club Agility Regulations and Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination completed and passed an Agility Judges examination on the Kennel Club Academy prior to attending a Kennel Club Judges Seminar, and

(7)       have attended a Kennel Club Agility Course Design and Judging Judges Seminar and passed the assessment, or (Deletions struck through)

Regulation H20. Judges and Judging

To:

b.         Additionally judges appointed to officiate for the first time at a Kennel Club licensed Agility show (other than those judging special classes at a Limited Agility show) must have attended a Kennel Club Agility Regulations and Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination completed and passed an Agility Judges examination on the Kennel Club Academy prior to attending a Kennel Club Judges Seminar.

c.         Judges appointed to officiate for the first time at a Kennel Club licensed Agility show (other than those judging special classes at a Limited Agility show) must have attended a Kennel Club Agility Course Design and Judging Judges Seminar and passed the assessment. (Deletions struck through)

The amended regulations will come in to effect on 1st July 2017.

The Kennel Club is currently working on the content for the Academy and more information will be released at a later date.

Further information on the Kennel Club Academy can be found on the Kennel Club website at: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/kcai/the-kennel-club-academy



Handlers Announced for 2018 Development Programme for Agility Team GB

The Kennel Club has announced 18 new dogs and handlers who have been selected onto the 2018 development programme for Agility Team GB. This year, Agility Team GB will be competing at the European Open Agility Championships in Salice Terme, Italy from 27-30 July, and the FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic from 5-8 October.

They were chosen from those who competed exceptionally, as well as those who showed potential as up-and-coming dogs and handlers, for the 2018 squad process. The try outs took place at the Performance Weekend hosted at Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts show at Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday, 23rd April.

Mark Laker, Agility Team Manager said, 'I am very excited to invite these dogs and handlers onto this year’s development squad. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the coaching team who will be on hand to support them and prepare them for a possible team selection.

'I am also very grateful to our main sponsor, the Kennel Club, which continues to support the team in creating opportunities for handlers keen to be part of Agility Team GB.'

The development programme consists of:

Large Dogs

  • Jessica Clarehugh with Lynwood Beanie

  • Antony Clark with Rujaff El Fate Protest

  • Heidi Clelland with Gunrun Too Hot to Handle at Cornishmyth

  • Greg Derrett with Nedlo Addicting Sproglett

  • Danny Ewing with Lucky Ball Bailey

  • Laura Hope with Regalaway Serendipity

  • Sian Illingworth with Ferdi’s Mirror Image

  • Vanessa Lloyd with Trust Your Heart Gin

  • Annette Parker with Smoketrail Coco Chanel

  • Natasha Wise with Nedlo Flipping Shiny Pebble

Medium Dogs

  • Anna Allan with Buddy’s None The Wiser

  • Abigail Doxford with Annervalley Cassie

  • Roanna England with Cacciatore Bianco

  • Sam Towe with Foxstones Penelope Pitstop

Small Dogs

  • Karen Hugo with Willowthorns All The Jazz

  • Rhiannon Thomas with Channerswick Kryptonite

  • Hayley Tindall with Tindall’s Ussellby Princess

  • Rachel Ward with Blazecroft Midnight Akemi

The team is sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Gencon, First Contact, Agility 1st, Nottingham Trent University, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, Vale Vet Referrals and the Kennel Club.

The squad qualification process to try out for the 2018 Agility Team GB can be found on the Kennel Club website: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.



M & M's Extra Specials

As The Dog Barn will no longer be holding monthly agility shows, apart from in October, M & M will be taking on the following dates:-

These three shows will be in addition to their existing six dates and will be known as M &M's Extra Specials.

The format will be:-

These shows will be limited to 120 dogs.

The schedules for these shows will be released at the same time as the Winter Series.



The Finns Vote to Lower Jumps

The Finnish Agility Association’s annual meeting has voted to move to five jump heights. There will be new classes for Toy dogs and smaller Large dogs. Several other countries have already done this.

The Finns also decided to increase the amount of size classes as well. The new classes are for dogs under 28cm and between 43-50 cm. Dogs in these size categories can compete either at their current class or in their new size class. Handlers are free to re-choose it for every competition.

According to incoming international agility rules, the meeting decided to lower jumping heights at all size classes.

New jumping heights at national competitions

New jumping heights at tryouts and international competitions

Changes are for regular jumps and wall jump.

Qualifying results for National Championships should be gained from same size class that the dog is competing at the Championships.

 Other changes include the following:-

Bitches in heat will be allowed in every class. Current rule allows competing only at 3rd class.

Changes in obstacles:

These incoming changes in rules are to encourage people and dogs to have more fun and keep it safe.

 New rules will be valid as of 1st of January in 2018.

If you have any questions about rules, please contact Finnish Agility Association.


Feedback from the KC E-gility Trial

Bob Horner, Chairman of Dartmoor DTC, prmised us a report on the first working trial of the E-gility paperless system at a Kennel Club show. The test took place at the Dartmoor DTC Kennel Club Premier Agility Show on Saturday, 6th May.

He said, 'It was originally intended to trial the system on two rings. Initially, we hit a teething problem with the system and reverted to a paper system for the first two classes in these rings. However, the problem was speedily resolved, by Mike Brickman and his team, and the system worked perfectly for the remainder of the day. After lunch, we transferred a third ring onto the paperless E-gility system.'

The Ring Managers of the rings involved and the Show Secretary have provided Mike with feedback and comments including those from competitors and have also given him a couple of suggestions of elements where the system could make life easier. 

Bob continued, 'Overall the view of the system was very positive and certainly the future of dog agility. Competitors who had not see the system at work at UKA Shows certainly liked being able to see their dog's time and current position on the tablet immediately following their run. We hope to see the full system up and running at a KC Show in the South West before the end of 2017. 


LOW 550 ABC Series Announced

LOW 550 ABC is a national agility series of six Special Combined Grades 1-7 classes for handlers wishing to compete at the same height as the Lower Height Option at KC Agility tests (550mm). This sponsored series will be open to all dogs in the Large height category (ie measuring over 430mm at the withers) that are not a Border Collie, Working Sheepdog or their first cross.

Rules

Competitors must have gained points from more than one heat to be eligible for the title of Series Champion, awarded to the dog/handler with the most points overall. The overall points winner will receive the first prize of a Dog StreamZ Smart Collar, with a personalised embroidered attachment by Tailends, PLUS a You StreamZ Ankle Band worth £39.99 for the human in the partnership. The second prize is a beautiful, bespoke, embroidered or beaded collar made by Tailends to the recipients own design. If there is a tie, a random draw will take place to decide the winner of first and second prizes but equal overall points winners will share the Series Champion title.

Points awarded for the series are as follows. Additional places awarded by the host show do not count.

Points claimed should be emailed to fourth_height@yahoo.co.uk within four weeks of the heat, including handler name/dog name/heat claimed for/place and points.  Awards relate to the dog (which may have more than one handler during the series).

 With many thanks to our generous sponsors: StreamZ Global, Tailends, Nutriment, The Toller Club of Great Britain, Lagotto Romagnolo Association, Erikachen Tollers, Three Cross Agility Group and Judith Trickett

 Further details or queries: Facebook:  @low550abc or fb.me/low550abc or Website:  http://areyou4it.org.uk or email: fourth_height@yahoo.co.uk



Agility Team GB Announced for Euros and FCI World Champs

The Kennel Club has announced the agility teams which will represent Great Britain at the European Open Agility Championships in Salice Terme, Italy from 27-30 July, and the FCI Agility World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic from 5-8 October 2017.

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 it's open agility show over the weekend of 22 and 23 April.

This year’s Performance Weekend was judged by Jorge Pires from Portugal. Courses were 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. 

This year the coaching team offered a win-on place for the European Open for 2017 which meant an opportunity was given to one handler and dog from each of the heights (small, medium and large) to be automatically selected onto the team after being the top performing dog and handler from the results of squad day two, and the Performance Weekend. Lee Gibson with Taddymoor Sadie, in the large height group; Steven Richardson with Ag.Ch. NoWorries Sweep's Dream, in the medium height group; and Toni Dawkins with Basileas Hear Me Roar, in the small height group won the coveted spots, and will be joining the rest of the European Open team in Italy in July.

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. Now the work begins preparing the teams for this year’s championships'

The teams selected are as follows:-

European Open

Small:

  • Toni Dawkins with Basileas Hear Me Roar (T&I)
  • Stacey Irwin-Burns with Lucas's Little Soppy Sam AW(S) (T&I)
  • Lucy Osborne with Radajasa's Whirlwind Fling (T&I)
  • Bonny Quick (Team Captain) with Ag.Ch. Goldheart Trail of Flames (T&I)
  • Kathryn Stickney (Team Captain) with Injasuti Coco Mademoiselle (T&I)

Medium:

  • Cameron Bunce with Zigazig Ha (T&I)

  • Marita Davies with Harvey Bird (T&I)

  • Nicola Garrett with Obay One Crazy Dude (T&I)

  • Sam Lane with Ag.Ch. Woodhouse Quartz of Daimonic (T&I)

  • Steven Richardson with Ag.Ch. NoWorries Sweep's Dream (T&I)

  • Hayley Telling with New Ilusions Bi Enchanthent of the Five Colors (T&I)

  • Natasha Wise (Team Captain) with Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck (T&I)

Large:

  • Naarah Cuddy with Sheltysham Séance (T&I)
  • Jess Clarehugh with Ag.Ch. Lynwood Cara Fuzzy Logic (T&I)
  • Greg Derrett (Team Captain) with Devongem Rehab Sproglett (T&I)
  • Lee Gibson (Team Captain) with Taddymoor Sadie (T&I)
  • Jo Gleed with Lookylooky Ready or Not (T&I)
  • Matt Goodliffe with Ag.Ch. Turboed Widewater Wizard (T&I)
  • Dave Munnings with Ag.Ch. Comebyanaway Reddy For Fame (T&I)
  • Dave Munnings (Team Captain) with Ag.Ch. Devongem Mister Boss Man (T&I)
  • Martin Reid with Ag.Ch. Borderpaws Secret Surprise (T&I)
  • Jane Seller with Rosmarinus Black Thorn (T&I)
  • Dan Shaw with Comebyanaway Redefined (T&I)
  • Alan Short with Ag.Ch. Give It Some Juice Irn Bruce (T&I)

All competitors at the European Open will get an individual run and be part of a four-dog team. Teams will be confirmed nearer the time.

World Championships

Small:

  • Louise Eden with Obay The Boyz High Voltage (T&I)
  • Lauren Langman with Ag.Ch. Samsir Blinkin Brilliant at Devongem (T&I)
  • Lucy Osborne with Radajasa's Whirlwind Fling (T&IR)
  • Sarah Prentice with Arbaybee Time 'N' Motion (TR)
  • Kathryn Stickney (Team Captain) with Injasuti Coco Mademoiselle (T&IR)

Medium: 

  • Nicola Garrett with Obay One Crazy Dude (T)
  • Sam Lane with Ag.Ch. Woodhouse Quartz of Daimonic (T)
  • Natasha Poddubecki with Lady of Croftmoor (TR&IR)
  • Hayley Telling with New Illusions Bi Enchantment of the Five Colors (T&I)
  • Natasha Wise (Team Captain) with Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck (T&I)

Large:

  • Laura Chudleigh with Ag.Ch. Borderpaws Dark Prince (I)
  • Jess Clarehugh with Ag.Ch. Lynwood Cara Fuzzy Logic (T&I)
  • Naarah Cuddy with Sheltysham Séance (I)
  • Greg Derrett (Team Captain) with Devongem Rehab Sproglett (T&RI)
  • Matt Goodliffe with Ag.Ch. Turboed Widewater Wizard (T&I)
  • Dave Munnings with Ag.Ch. Comebyanaway Reddy For Fame (T&I)
  • Martin Reid with Ag.Ch. Borderpaws Secret Surprise (TR&I)

I – individual run
T – Team run
TR – Team reserve
TI – Team individual

GB Team Announced

The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent Agility Team GB this year, which once again is kindly sponsored by the team’s main sponsor, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds. Agility Team GB is also sponsored by Gencon, First Contact, Nottingham Trent University, Eurotunnel, Agility1st, Vale Referrals and The Kennel Club.

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/.


The Agility Team GB Performance Weekend Report

The Agility Team GB Performance Weekend took place on 22nd and 23rd April 2017, supported by the Agility Enthusiasts Show held at Lincolnshire Showground.

Jorge Piers (Portugal) was appointed to judge the entire weekend. He set some great courses which were challenging, but also a reflection of the kind of courses competitors would run when competing at the FCI competitions (European Open and World Championships).

For the first time, the YKC EO Junior Team competed amongst the Agility Team GB squad on the Saturday. This was a team practice day for the YKC EO Junior Team before they head to Luxembourg to compete at the European Open Junior Competitions in July. Even though the courses were demanding, and unlike courses a lot of them would have previously run, the junior team performed brilliantly. They attacked the courses and in some cases coming 1st in some rounds beating the Adult Squad.

For the adults this was their last opportunity to show their skills before the European Open team and World Championship team selection happens. This year the Coaching Team offered a win-on-place for the European Open for 2017. This gave an opportunity to one handler and dog from each of the heights, (Small, Medium and Large) to automatically be selected onto the team. This was a combination of being the top performing dog and handler from the results of Squad Day 2, and the Performance Weekend. It was announced on Saturday 22 April after the last class at the Performance Weekend that Lee Gibson with Sadie in the large height group, Steven Richardson with Libby in the medium height group, and Toni Dawkins with Sunflower in the small height group won the spots onto the European Open Team.

The atmosphere over the two days was good with both squads taking the competition seriously, but very supportive towards each other also.


 APRIL 2017

Dartmoor DTC to Trial E-giity at May Show

The Dartmoor DTC Committee have agreed to undertake a working trial of the E-gility paperless system, on behalf of the Kennel Club, at it's Premier Agility Show, at West Buckland on 6th May 2017. The trial will take place in two of the six rings and full training will be given to both ring parties and Mike Brickman (designer and developer of the system) will be on hand to resolve any problems or answer any concerns competitors have on the day.

An E-gility system has been extensively tested and used at UKA shows and a presentation has been made to the Kennel Club of a KC system appropriate for their shows. 

E-gility is the UK's first entirely paperless system for running agility shows. Instead of paper, they use special tablets that are similar to Kindles. These have screens that are very easy to read and work just as well outdoors - even in bright sunlight - and come with protective cases that allow them to be used in any weather. Typically there are three tablets at each ring - one for scriming, one for checking in and one on public display so you can check your scores and see the results as the class progresses.

Each ring also has an 'Agility Control Unit'" (ACU). This is a miniature battery operated server that takes care of all the ring's networking and data processing needs. All the ACU's work together and exchange data to make the system 'fail safe.' If any ring's ACU fails, it's nearest sibling ACU automatically takes over. In fact, the system is designed with massive spare capacity and multiple redundancy to make the system unbreakable. And as every item of data is instantly shared with all the ACUs, there is never a question of any results being lost. Also, as an added safety measure, all the data is live steamed to the internet for backup.

E-gility is also piloting a mobile app that allows people to check ring progress and results from anywhere in the world. As a competitor, this means less waiting around. Results are automatically printed off as soon as the class closes and you can check how you are doing by checking the ring side tablet. Using the mobile app means competitors can relax in their caravans or walk the dogs and know exactly what is happening in each ring - so no need to stress out or miss classes.

All this is the culmination of two years of intensive development and testing at UKA shows - around 60,000 runs scrimed so far. Now that the process of adapting E-gility to be used at Kennel Club shows, competitors and show organisers across the country will be able to enjoy hassle free agility.


Showtime Launches Digital Show Management

Showtime Processing launched their digital show management system at Kingdom of Fife Championship Agility Show on 8th & 9th April. An on-line entry system, Showtime Digital not only allows the competitor to enter Agility shows on-line but, in the background it processes the show paperwork and running orders etc. This means that show secretaries through their own personal login can access useful information as entries are received can keep pace with changing needs.

Ian Mallabar of Showtime explains, 'We were asked by a show how they could reduce error. We could easily have introduced the use of computers to produce results and places but that wouldn't have reduced human error or the secondary need to reduce staffing needs. If we were going to introduce a new service, it needed to bring about major change.'

The Showtime Team set out to build a service 'second to none.' Many points were considered during the development of Showtime Digital. The Showtime team set about identifying areas with a potential cause of error. As a starting point, data input for results had to be minimised in order to avoid name errors including illegible handwriting and misspelling of names as well as the distraction of Scribes and Scorers by competitors seeking results. This was resolved by linking the results data to the already existent Showtime-on-line website. Therefore, results sheets and presentation sheets were an exact match to the show entries. Plus, as these were to be printed off at the show for presentations, there was no 'dodgy handwriting' to decipher. Also considered was the need to reduce distractions which could cause error. It was understandable that competitors wanted to find out how they'd done, but interrupting scribes or scorers increased the potential for disaster. It was, therefore, decided at an early stage that the new system needed to be available live on-line.

Error reduction was further achieved by removing the Scorer from the ringside distractions. This also meant that scorers could work on more than one ring at any time, thereby reducing manpower needs. As results were to be live these would be available as soon as input by the scorer thereby reducing the need for competitors to interrupt show staff.

Ian continued, 'Having been on the Agility Liaison Council during the development of course measuring, I saw this process being sidelined by judges who, with the best intent, felt the need to 'round off' course times to make the scorer's job easier. By building a system that automatically deals with time faults judges no longer need to 'round off' course times but can set an exact time as there is no calculation by the scorer.

Ian also found it particularly frustrating that manual intervention was necessary in the Championship class when time faults arose. Championship was more of a challenge but our team knew where they wanted to end up. We wanted a system that would calculate time faults, would calculate and display the joint results for the two rounds and would then give the (reverse) running order for the Final - and all of this had to be available as soon as the second round was completed. As an added bonus we wanted the ranking during the final to be available live on-line as each dog ran. The fact that this was all achieved was amply demonstrated during the Kingdom of Fife show where the Championship final ranking was being watched live as far afield as Portugal and America.

Ian states. 'This has been a huge team effort and further development is always ongoing. The success of the end product can be seen in the excellent reception this system has received. I have to admit even I was shocked by the initial figures. Having used this in a true show environment for the first time at Kingdom of Fife show I deliberately didn't put the results live on-line until I was satisfied all was well. Results went live on Saturday lunchtime and by the Sunday evening the results pages on Showtime-on-line.co.uk had received almost 12,000 hits! I think we can safely call that popular.'

Started by Ian and Sue Mallabar in 2005, Showtime is dedicated to constantly developing a friendly and helpful service to ease the load on busy show management. Their Digital service is continuing in popularity having been live at Scottish Border Collie Championship Show and Platinum Agility.

This new service is booked for several shows this coming season including:-

  • Woodside Championship Show - 29th-30th April

  • Fair City – 13th-14th May

  • Platinum Agility – 13th-14th May

  • Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show – 21st May

  • Gleniffer – 27th-28th May

  • Avon – 3rd-4th June

  • Tweedbank – 24th-25th June

  • Lune Valley – 24th June to 2nd July

  • East Lothian Championship Show – 8th-9th July

  • Weardale Championship Show – 22nd-23rd July

  • Platinum Agility - 29th July to 6th August

  • Dundee Championship Show – 18th to 20th August

  • West Lakes – 18th – 20th August

  • Scottish Kennel Club - 26th-27th August

  • Gleniffer – 2nd-3rd September

  • Plus more under consideration


The Showtime Novice Cup Regulations 2017

The Showtime Novice Cup is based on the Olympia Novice but for Scotland and ran for the first time last year. This is an agility competition for Large dogs jumping full height and will be judged under standard Kennel Club rules and regulations. It will be classified as combined Grades 3, 4 and 5. Any subsequent grade change will not alter a dog's eligibility to compete in the Final.

There will be six heats, the first five dogs from each heat will go forward to the Final which will be held at Dundee Championship Agility Show in August 2017. Competitors may enter more than one dog in a heat and may qualify more than one dog for the Final.

Once a dog has qualified for the Final, further heats may be entered for competition but any placings will not affect the dog's eligibility for the final. The handler that qualifies a dog for the Final will be the handler who competes in the Final.

Heats will have trophies for 1st to 3rd place with rosettes to 10% of entry.


Maria Bailey Memorial Special Lucky Dip Pairs News

Due to judging commitments, the 2017 Maria Bailey Memorial Special Lucky Dip ABC/BC Pairs Challenge (aka Pimm's Challenge) will he held on Saturday evening at Docs Dogs on 17 June 2017. It is free to enter but there will be a charity box for donations to a chosen charity. Last year £350 was raised.

Maria Bailey was a member of High Lane Pet Dog Training Club who died tragically of a brain haemorrhage in her mid-forties. Once you met Maria you never forgot her. She was always in the High Lane ring party and always had a friendly word and a cheer for everyone especially if they ran GSDs.

Andy Gillibrand remembered, 'I was judging at Cornforth show a couple of days after her funeral so we shut all the rings at lunchtime and everyone came to the High Lane ring and we all raised a glass of Pimms to her. After that we decided to do something in celebration of her life. Maria was always a fun person and always would support the underdog. We came up with the mixed pairs because everyone has a chance of winning it. It is a fun event with free Pimms, the judges getting booed and the competitors getting cheered on. We have held it for a couple of years and raised sums for McMillan Nurses the first year and Yvonne Goode the second year. We haven't decided yet where the money will go yet this year.

The Competition works as follows. As usual it will be held after close of play. The pairs are randomly drawn with an ABC and a BC / BC X in each pair. One dog will complete an Agility course do a baton change and the other a Jumping course. The least faults / fastest time will win. The courses are fast and flowing and will not contain weaves. It is a fun event but with quality prizes for the winners. A full list of the rules is available on the Schedule. Currently this is only for Large dogs though LHO is being offered

There contact trainers up for grabs supplied by Longfield Agility solutions and some lovely trophies from High Lane PDTC plus free Pimms as usual!

A huge thanks to Cornforth Agility for supporting this event in previous years.

Andy Gillibrand and Doc Docherty said, 'We hope you will enter and come along and support this unique event. Join us for a glass of Pimms, a bit of fun and have chance to win some great prizes as well as support a charity.


Paperless Show System Initiative

Having successfully created the UK's first entirely paperless show system, e-gility and UK Agility have announced their intention to take it to the next level with a Fully Automated Ring System.

Building on the existing e-gility technology, it should further reduce the sport's dependency on volunteers and improve the accuracy of timing and scoring.

The initiative will be two pronged. Firstly, it will extend the successful self booking-in process to make the rings fully self service. Secondly, we will be developing a range of smart equipment with built in sensors that wirelessly relay whether an obstacle has been successfully completed to the e-gility control boxes. Top of the list is contact sensors (at last!), but we will also be trialing smart jumps with built-in pole knock detectors and proximity sensors that can indicate whether the dog goes over (success) or past the wing (refusal). With this technology and our new integrated timing system, scoring will be automatic and human error can be eliminated.

Greg Derrett of UK Agility says: 'e-gility has already reduced our need for large ring parties and this will take us one step closer to helpless rings that run themselves. However for us the big win is being able to replace the more controversial component that causes so many issues and downtime at competitions as well as social media backlash. Expensive, sometimes high maintenance, faulty when aligned with direct sunlight, a constant tripping hazard, often producing spurious results and less reliable as the day goes on – it often raises the question 'are judges are fit for purpose?' By using technology to replace the judges we will revolutionize the sport and I have set the goal of UKA being fully judge-less by the end of 2018'

If you would like your ring fully automated please, email r.sole@egility.info . To find out more about how the sport is changing, join the e-gility Facebook group.


 MARCH 2017

Border Collie Classic Comes to the UK

The Border Collie Classic is a large international agility competition open to Border Collies and WSDs. It was founded in the Netherlands and moves to a different country each year. This year the competition will be held in the UK for the first time on 4th - 6th August 2017.

A maximum of 400 Large height BCs and WSD A3 dogs (Grades 6/7) will be accepted and then the same for A2 (Grades 4/5). Medium BCs/ WSDs are also accepted for their own classes.

Alongside the BCC. there will also be a large Agility Secrets Kennel Club show with classes for all grades, breeds and heights, including standard (LHO of Large), including Large and Medium ABC and Juniors with some of the top judges in the world coming to judge. There will be finals for everyone with lots of prizes.

The show is going to be held at The Rutland Showground, only 20 minutes drive from the KC International Festival we are also offering camping between the BCC and KCI, so no need to go home.

Come and watch some of the best dogs from around the world compete for one of the most prestigious titles in agility.

Entries open at 6pm (GMT) on 25th March for the Border Collie Classics and Agility Secrets KC Show. You can enter at www.agilityshows.on-line


 

Announcing the CSJ Agility Open Inaugural Event

The CSJ Agility Open is a new, four day tournament that will launch on the 14th June 2018.  Not affiliated with any organisation, it is open to all dogs and handlers worldwide and has been created in response to demand for a premier agility event unlike any other currently scheduled in the UK.  It will give top level agility partnerships – and those aspiring to be – a rare opportunity to experience all the pressures of world-class competition, on appropriate and intelligently-designed courses, adjudicated consistently by qualified and experienced judges in a superb venue. 

The tournament-style classes give competitors 14 runs over five exciting events: Biathlon, Pentathlon, the CSJ National Championships, Steeplechase and the Games Challenge.  With cumulative scoring over several rounds, one fault doesn't necessarily mean 'game over' as there is more than one chance to qualify for the evening Finals.

Aiming to become the most prestigious event on the agility calendar, the CSJ Agility Open is being held at Addington Manor, in Buckingham, one of the finest equestrian facilities in the UK. Competitors will run on the excellent all-weather surface and the evening Finals will be held in the main arena with its tiered seating.  Restaurant, cafeteria and licensed bar provide refreshments and trade stands will offer lots of opportunity for shopping.

The CSJ Agility Open will be organised by the highly experienced team behind the World Agility Open (WAO), many of whom also help run agility events all over the world, from the US Open to the UKA Grand Finals. 

Founder of the event, Greg Derrett, says 'Having been involved in agility for many years, both as a competitor and show manager,  I am acutely aware of the lack of opportunity for our top class and aspiring handlers to compete over appropriate courses and in an environment that tests not just their agility skills but their ability to perform under pressure.

'We will be aiming for a consistency in judging and course design to ensure the event achieves the goals we have set.  All the courses at the CSJ Agility Open will be designed by the Chief Judges as a team and course faults will be marked according to the UKA Rules and Regulations, which leave little or nothing to the judge's discretion.

'A goal of the CSJ Agility Open is to help the preparation and development of future British international teams so in each height there will be a presentation for the most successful young dog at the event. This event is truly a unique opportunity for competitors to experience something radically different from the shows they attend each weekend.'

Win on Spot for WAO 2019
 Competitors from England, Scotland or Wales have the chance to 'win' a spot for their respective country at the 2019 World Agility Championships.

E-gility will be providing the on-line entry and scoring at this new event.

Further details can be found at www.theagilityopen.com or on Facebook at The CSJ Agility Open.


Important Travel News for Agility Nuts KC April Show

Hopefully this only affects campers and people helping to set the show up, but please spread the word. Paul Seksky has just received the following information about a road closure from the venue. He has been assured that the suggested alternate routes will not be a problem for caravans:

The Highways are doing some re-surfacing of Netherfield Lane which has resulted in a partial closure from the Courtyard entrance down to the A614. This re-surfacing was due to be finished this week, however we have just been informed that they are now looking at finishing next Friday instead. This means that it will affect you set up days on Thursday and Friday. If you are approaching the Courtyard from Mansfield / Nottingham at Ollerton roundabout please take the turning for A616 Worksop road and follow until you meet two mini roundabouts. Turn right on both roundabouts on to Netherfield Lane. Follow this road until you reach the Courtyard. If you are approaching us from the A1 take the second exit on the roundabout from the A1 on to the A57, at the next roundabout take the first exit to continue on the A57. At the next roundabout take the first exit on to the B6034, continue on the B6034 until you reach a mini roundabout and then turn left onto Netherfield Lane where you can then follow the brown tourism signs for Courtyard and Museum.

Once you are close to the Courtyard will have to bring everyone attending the set up days up the Courtyard driveway. Once in the Courtyard carpark you can then turn left and left again at the five-ways junction to take you into the Events field from the other entrance. We have been re-assured that the road should open up as normal from 5pm on Friday evening, we will check this later next week with the highways to make sure that we can offer you the access to the Event field which we have agreed on. If this is not the case we will put together a back-up plan for access for your attendees.


UKA Jump Cup Decision

In response to recent concerns sent to UKA regarding multiple jump cups and the increase in wing wraps both on approach and landing in course design, it has been decided that with immediate effect all unused jump cups will be removed from jump uprights at shows.

On their FaceBook page they said, In UKA's 14 year history we have never had an incident reported but as an organisation we would rather be proactive on this safety concern rather than reactive. Please feel free to share this information so that everyone is aware of this change,


Ben Alderson Wins YKC Agility Dog of the Year

Sixteen year old Ben Alderson from Carlisle, Cumbria has won the Young Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year at Crufts with Goose, a seven-year-old Border Collie. The competition, which was open to Young Kennel Club (YKC) members between the ages of 6-17 and their dogs, saw top young agility handlers compete for the coveted title of YKC Agility Dog of the Year before Ben and Goose took first place in the Genting Arena at the NEC Birmingham on Thursday, 9th March.

    Proud owner and YKC member Ben said: 'Goose is a good agility dog but can be a little bit of a handful around the house. He is fun to be around and he's very special to me. I'm happy to have won.'

To reach the Crufts final, YKC members competed in their categories for Under and Over 12s, and for Small, Medium and Large dogs, looking to complete an agility course in the fastest time in a YKC qualifying class.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said, 'Very well done to Goose and Ben for an excellent performance. YKC Agility Dog of the Year is a fantastic achievement and no doubt we will be seeing them perform at Crufts for many years to come. Their professional manner in the ring is very inspiring to other young dog handlers.'

If you would like to find out more about the Young Kennel Club and how to join please contact the Young Kennel Club team by emailing ykc@thekennelclub.org.uk or by visiting www.ykc.org.uk.

The results for Crufts 2017 can be found on-line at www.press.fossedata.co.uk For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/


Greg Derrett has announced the 2017 World Agility Open Championships Wild Cards. 

300

  • Dee Gamel with Kiz - USA

  • Fabio Mosca with Chanel - Italy

  • Juan Muniz with King - Spain

  • Miree Quechon with Jess - Scotland

  • Rebecka Hansson with Svea - Sweden

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  • Abigail Doxford with Wigfield - England

  • Anouk Herijegers with Bink - Netherlands

  • Gemma Haycock with Ruby - England

  • Keith Highley with Cisco - USA

  • Marina Huber with Alice - Germany

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  • Alan Wildman with Mynx - England

  • Kitty Gustafsson with Tindra - Sweden

  • Nathalie de Korte with Koda - Netherlands

  • Pau Serrano with Super - Spain

  • Sarah Mairs with Rhumba - Canada

600

  • Cecilia Klingberg with Vic - Sweden

  • Esther Buth with Mojo - Netherlands

  • Jamie Herren with Zip - USA

  • Rikke Wriedt with Zap - Denmark

  • Tobias Sjöberg with Rozz - Sweden

The 2017 WAO will be held in Ermelo, The Netherlands on 19-21 May 2017.


YKC Agility Team Announced for European Junior Champs

The Kennel Club has announced the names of the members of the agility teams who will represent Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB at the European Open Junior Agility Championships in Luxembourg from 13th - 16th July 2017.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year's squad selection process. This year, two selection days were held at Nottingham Trent University, consisting both Agility and Jumping courses. For first time, the squad trained alongside the adult team. Handlers invited to both selection days competed on six courses in total, giving the them plenty of opportunity to impress.

The selection days proved highly successful. The first day was judged by Neil Ellis and the second by guest judge Romain Stein from Luxembourg, who both 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 Assistant) and Neil Ellis (Team Co-ordinator) 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.

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.

Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker said, 'After last year's success in Slovakia, even more junior handlers tried out for this year's team. The standard of competition across all heights has been very high.  I am really looking forward to working with the team as we prepare for Luxembourg. Congratulations to all the young handlers who have been selected.'

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said, 'Many congratulations to each young handler and their dog who made it onto YKC Agility Team GB. It's a fantastic opportunity to represent both Great Britain and the YKC, and to develop their agility skills at an international level. We wish them all the best of luck for the European Open Junior Agility Championships later on in the year.'

The teams selected are as follows:-

Small
  • Jack Ryan with Jachols Jump Jet
  • Penelope Lowes with Totanium Penny Black
  • Lucas Irwin-Burns with Betty Boo Boo
  • Summer Clark with Triggerwick's Ruby AW/B

Medium

  • Ellie Curtis with Cacciatore Greenfinch
  • Shannon Springford with Shansdream a Gift of Love
  • Aemillia Nicholson with Roo my Little Gem
  • Charlotte Carlisle Martin with Whishanne Isle
  • Hannah Thorp with Izzie Catch a Falling Star
  • Lara Browne with Caramelogram seabreeze
  • Rebecca Colley with Debut Doodle Daydream AW(S)
  • Will Bacchus with Moldash Fall in Follow Me

Non-Travelling Reserves

  • Kyle Davidson with Scream If Ya Wanna Go Faster
  • Sarah Kirk with Little Pip
  • Emilia Bowers with Rory Run de Lap
  • Katie Arnold with Emerald One Way or Another

Large

  • Adam Stretton with Ginny De La Patonniere
  • Amy Challis with Louandi Island Storm
  • Ben Alderson with Goose Girl
  • Sarah Wolverson with The Pace Meister
  • Rory Tidmarsh with Delanor Creme de Menthe
  • Samantha Pegg with Tonkory Devil In Disguise at Raylisa
  • Belle Howlett with Millennium Falcon Princess
  • Belle Howlett with Leia's Queen of Naboo
  • Evie Coyne with Rujaff Player of Fate
  • Jessica Cuthbertson with Jess and Skye Blue Shining
  • Mariann Bayliss with Frankie the Fidget Midget
  • Thomas Shaw with Mercanti Tiger Moth

Travelling Reserves

  • Rory Tidmarsh with Delanor Perfick Peach by D'zel
  • Shannon Springford with Castomya First Love
  • Ben Alderson with Secret Mystery Mission Impossible
  • Penelope Lowes with Sobriety's Come On Eileen

 


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Crufts 2017 on Telly

You can look forward to a record-breaking 11 and a half hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world's largest dog show. With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action across the four days of the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be crowned.

In addition to the traditional evening shows, Channel 4 will be broadcasting an extra one-hour programme from the show in the afternoon on both Thursday and Friday.

Channel 4 and More4 will cover the event at the following times:

On More4

On Channel 4

All of the Arena action from the show will also be shown every day 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. 'We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy even more of this year's Crufts. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers' hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and the programmes will reflect on the benefits dogs bring to our lives and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.

The enhanced TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people's homes and will enable people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It will also cover 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.

For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, go to http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/


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KC International Festival Open for Entries

On-line entry is now open to UK competitors for the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, the world's largest agility festival for dogs and their owners.

It's an agility that's known all around the world. For four days from 10th-13th August 2017, over 2,900 dogs and their owners are expected to arrive in the village of Rockingham for the event. During the festival, 18 rings will be set up to host the competition, which will feature dogs of all agility grades and sizes, from all over the world, with over 200 separate classes taking place.

Following the success of last year's event, 17 or more countries from around the world are expected to be represented - all competing to qualify for the top honours at Crufts or Eukanuba Discover Dogs.

Entries can be taken on-line at www.agilityshows.on-line until 15th June 2017.

Classes include:

CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds' founder, Ceri Rundle said: 'CSJ is thrilled to continue to support the Kennel Club International Agility Festival. It's a big highlight in the agility calendar for us and there's such a different variety of competitions for everyone to enter into. We are looking forward to seeing the wide range of countries and agility levels competing over the course of the four days and would very much encourage people to enter if they enjoy taking part in agility with their dog.'

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: 'We are really looking forward to yet another successful year in Rockingham. There are millions of dog owners in the UK and competing in agility is a great way for them and their dog to keep fit whilst having fun. With a range of different competitions to choose from, and with a fantastic atmosphere over the four days, we can see why the Festival has grown into such a large scale and popular event, attracting people and their dogs from all over the world. It's not just for skilled agility handlers. We welcome beginners to the canine activity and what a great way to start a new hobby or agility career than at the world's largest agility festival.'

Entry to the festival is free for spectators, with parking charged at £5. 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 activity for themselves. There is also the opportunity to enter the nation's favourite crossbreed competition, Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year, which has classes such as; Golden Oldie, Child's Best Friend, Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Good Citizen Dog Scheme and Best Rescue. The winners of each category will go through to the exciting semi-finals at Eukanuba Discover Dogs in London on 21st and 22nd October.

For agility competitors attending the Border Collie Classic event at the Rutland Showground on 4th-6th August, who also want to attend the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, camping will be extended until Wednesday 9th August so that they have a place to stay in between events. For more information on the Border Collie Classic event please visit http://bordercollieclassic.com/.

The Kennel Club International Festival, which is in its 30th year, is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds

For more information on the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityfestival or www.facebook.com/Dogagility.


 FEBRUARY 2017


Kennel Club Release Agility Measuring Video

The Kennel Club has released a short video explaining the process of having a dog measured to compete at agility shows.  

As required under Kennel Club regulations, all dogs competing in Small and Medium height categories must be measured by official agility measurers before they compete at their first agility show. A second measurement must be undertaken 12 to 24 months after the first measurement.

The video goes through the process of what the handler and dog can expect and how the dog should stand, along with measuring advice from one of the Kennel Club's Senior Measurers and Accredited Trainer, Jackie Gardner.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: 'Agility is a fun activity for both dog and handler, but it is important that dogs compete in the correct height category. This is why we are confident that this new video will prove very useful to all people who take part in this discipline, or interested in doing so, as it explains the measuring procedure in a very easy-to-follow format.'

To see what is expected when your dog is being measured or to find a Kennel Club Accredited Measurer or Senior Measurer within your area, please visit the Kennel Club website at where a list of future measuring days is also available.


The Animal Health Co Classic Might Get You Wet

The Animal Health Company is delighted to announce that it will be continuing its Agility competition in 2017. The Animal Health Company Classic will welcome all sizes of Agility dogs in a steeplechase style course that features the Westcotts Water Jump!

Animal Health Company's Sales Manager Jennie Westcott said 'We are delighted to continue sponsorship of this Agility competition with new heat hosts in 2017 and I look forward to meeting everyone at our first heat at the Scunthorpe Championship Agility Show in April.'

With heats across the country - some especially for Medium and Small dogs - there are 12 opportunities in 2017 to qualify for the Autumn final.  

April

May

June

July

August

September

The 2017 final of the Animal Health Company Classic will be held at The Autumn Food & Country Fair at the East of England Showground Peterborough on Sunday, 8th October 2017, kindly judged by Championship Agility Judge Allan Mitchell.

The Animal Health Company wishes everyone a successful 2017 and looks forward to meeting you at an Agility show near you.

The Animal Health Company offers a range of products that will be ideal for the Agility dog including their new food, Westcotts. Unique to the market, it contains HypercCoat Prime a popular supplement. Westcotts, formulated with high levels of chicken and rice, is hypoallergenic, pro-biotic and has no added flavourings or preservatives produced from quality ingredients helping dogs with a sensitive palate. The Animal Health Company website  has all the details.

For more information, contact Animal Health Company Classic, 2 Medley Grove Leamington Spa CV31 2GA 01926 315335 /07831 548911 email rover.pro@outlook.com


Review of SADOTY - Input Please

The Scottish Kennel Club (SKC) is reviewing the format of the Scottish Agility Dog of the Year Competition.  This is a prestigious competition for dogs of all heights – awarded the winner of the final (held in August each year) is awarded the title Scottish Agility Dog of the Year.  Currently there are 15 heats with the winners competing in the finals – held in August each year.  If any changes to the format are decided then these would come in from 2018.

    SKC Agility Co-ordinator Sara Hawkeswell said, 'We would appreciate some simple input from people to help us review if we have the format right and have a an on-line survey to seek input.'

If anyone would  like to complete the survey on paper, then email Sara at sara@dynamicdogs.uk so she can email you a copy that can be printed out and returned.

 The survey closes on Sunday, 5th March 2017


 JANUARY 2017


Skipper's Pet Products Continues Agility Programme in 2017

Skipper's Pet Products has announced that is it to continue to sponsor a range of classes at Agility Shows across the country in 2017. They will be supporting three classes at each of the following events - one for each size of Agility dog. In addition, all 2016 trophy winners will enjoy a 10% discount during all of 2017 when presenting their Skipper's Plaque at the Skipper's trade stand.

Skipper's are pleased to be supporting the following events in 2017.

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017 

September 2017

Managing Director of Skipper's Pet Products Steve Moore said, 'We are delighted with our first year involvement with the Agility community and are looking forward to meeting more of you and your very fit dogs during the forthcoming season.'



Kennel Club Members Agree Fee Changes for Show Licences

Kennel Club members agreed to the following changes to fees for show licences at the recent Special General Meeting held in London. The amendments reflect the introduction of limited rally competitions and streamline the regulations to encompass all shows and competitions. The changes ensure that further amendments will not be required should other licence types be introduced.

The amendments also introduce a sliding scale whereby the licence fee would increase with the number of licences applied for by authorised clubs or societies for agility, ie those organisations granted listed status. This is in response to an increasing number of these organisations running high numbers of open agility shows, some of them on a commercial basis; this change does not affect registered clubs and societies whose fees are not being increased.

The changes are as follows:-

Regulation A(C)4.1

TO:

Shows and Trials

4.1 Show Licences etc.

(g) Open Breed Shows, Open Obedience Shows, Open Agility, Open Heelwork to Music Shows, Open Rally Competitions and Open Flyball Competitions (each) organised by Registered Clubs or Societies - £35.00

(h) Open Breed Shows, Open Obedience Shows, Open Agility, Open Heelwork to Music Shows, Open Rally Competitions and Open Flyball Competitions organised by Authorised Clubs or Societies - £60.00

(i) Limited Shows and Competitions organised by Registered Clubs or Societies - £10.00

(j) Limited Agility or Obedience Shows and Competitions organised by Authorised Clubs or Societies - £25.00

(Insertions underlined. Deletions struck through.)

In addition, the following new rules were agreed at the meeting:-

A(C)4.1(p) & A(C)4.1(q)

(p) For Licences issued to Authorised Clubs or Societies for Open Agility Shows there would be no change to fees for up to and including the first 10 licences per year, thereafter from 11-15 licences the fee would be £150 per day and for 16 or more licences a year it would be £250 per day.

(q) For Licences issued to Authorised Clubs or Societies for Limited Agility Shows there would be no change to fees up to and including the first 10 licences per year, thereafter from 11-15 licences the fee would be £100 per day and for 16 or more licences a year it would be £150 per day.

These changes are effective for show licences on or after 1st January 2017 but do not apply to those licences which have already been issued.



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SS Update

As some of you may already be aware, Dave Jolly and Kate Austin resigned their directorships with immediate effect, without giving any notice to iSS, on Friday, 6th Jan 17. After holding key roles within the business for many years, they are now intending to create a new on-line show entering company to compete with iSS.

Facebook is currently flooded with comments suggesting that many iSS customers will move to their competing business. 

Please be assured that shows that are already registered with iSS will continue to be processed fully in the normal way. There may be a slight delay in some services until we resolve the position with Dave and Kate. If they do not return to iSS, then we will have to find people to replace them of course. Their lack of giving us any notice period has made this difficult. iSS acknowledges the value of Dave and Kate and we are working, with our lawyers, to come to a resolution for the benefit of iSS and it's customers. 

For all of you that hold funds with us, please be assured that, if we cannot resolve the position with Dave and Kate, then you will be refunded in full as soon as possible. I would stress that iSS is NOT facing insolvency. Your money is safe, but we would ask that you bear with us whilst we resolve the position with Dave and Kate. We appreciate some may require funds sooner, and we are working with our IT team to set up a safe and secure way to achieve this. We will keep you informed on the iSS website.

This has been a sudden and damaging turn of events but, despite the difficulties faced, services are only suspended temporarily. Dave and Kate are valued in the dog agility community and we fully intend to resolve the position with them, hopefully as part of iSS going forwards. 

Thank you all for your support over the past 15 years. You are what has made iSS the best dog agility on-line entering and processing company in the UK.

June Richardson - Director



Hare 'n Hounds
Shows Regrettably Cancelled for 2017

Due to complications following an injury at The Hare 'n Hounds Easter show last year and after advice from her consultant, Chris Hare has decided to cancel all the 2017 Hare 'n Hounds shows.

Chris said, 'I am so sorry, but I have to cancel the Hare n Hounds shows this year at least. It was a heart breaking decision and I spent a long time crying and discussing this with my daughter Jenny but it's doctors orders so I have to. I am so sorry because it's my whole life and I love the shows and the tremendous people I have had the fortune of meeting. I have made friends who multiple beyond belief.'

'I can't even begin to thank people who have helped and supported me and the shows. I'm terribly sorry because I know so many people rely on the shows for competition and business. I have tried to text as many people as possible to personally let them know and I am sorry if I have missed you. Thank you for the overwhelming lovely messages back to me. I have run out of tissues.'

Hopefully the H 'n' H shows will be back for 2018. Jenny will keep the Facebook page going as so many people have charity and training opportunities to promote. She can answer questions with kind help from Heather and Debs.  So keep the purple uniform!

Get well soon, Chris.



Showtime Novice Cup 2017

Following the popularity and great success of the Showtime Novice Cup in 2016, Ian and Sue Malabar have decided to repeat the series under the same format for 2017.

The Judge for the final will be Connor Harley.

Many thanks to Kingdom of Fife, Fair City, Gleniffer, Prestwick, Tweedbank and Bearded Collie Clubs for their support in holding qualifiers again this year. Special thanks must again go to Dundee for being kind enough to host the final at their Championship Show in August.



Agility Team GB Performance Weekend Announced

The Kennel Club has announced the date and judge for the Agility Team GB Squad Performance Weekend, which is due to be run alongside Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts show.

The performance weekend will be held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017 at the Lincolnshire Showground. The judge will be Jorge Pires from Portugal and assistant judge will be Neil Ellis.

Dogs and handlers who are not part of the 2017 squad can enter on Sunday 23rd April 2017 to gain experience on international courses designed and judged by an international judge. The coaching team will be looking for a maximum of 12 dogs (four from each height) from the Sunday competition to be invited on to the 2018 squad for the development of dogs and handlers.

The coaching team will be focusing on dogs and/or handlers new to international agility competitions and who show potential as future squad members.

The day is capped at 150 dogs in total, ideally a maximum of 50 dogs per height: large, medium and small. They must be competing at grades 6 or 7.

The closing date for entries is 6th March 2017.

Further information can be found on the Kennel Club website - http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.



CSJ Highland Agility Stakes 2017

This year's final will take place at the Scottish Game Fair on Sunday, 2nd July 2017 at Scone Palace.

Thank you to all the Scottish Clubs who are hosting Small, Medium and Large qualifiers in 2017

  • Fife DAC - 8-9 April

  • Scottish Border Collie Club - 15-16 April

  • Woodside DAC - 29-30 April

  • Fair City DTC - 13-14 May

  • Gleniffer DTC - 27-28 May

Many thanks to CSJ for their ongoing support for this event.



Hatton Agility Festival

The Hatton Festival is set for a fourth consecutive year on Saturday, 6th and Sunday, 7th May 2017 with classes across four dog sports so the public get a great chance to see all the stellar skills displayed. Thanks to the continued support from principal sponsor Royal Canin®, the Festival Weekend will host Agility, Canicross, Heelwork to Music and KC Rally Competitions.

Hatton Agility continues to host Crufts Agility qualifiers. YKC Jumping and YKC Team heats are joined by Anthony Clarke's Agility for Juniors qualifiers. Principal sponsor Royal Canin® hosts a heat of their Agility Challenge while The Animal Health Company makes a splash with its own unique all height Classic. There will be Agria Brillo Bounce heats for both Small and Medium dogs along with a Paws Trading / Dog Vegas Qualifier. The Agility Club Starters Cup completes the qualifiers with graded classes to suit all heights.

Alongside our Young Kennel Club and Agility for Juniors qualifiers, Hatton Festival will be holding more Junior classes that will offer £150 in training grants and a travel bursary for a lucky YKC team member travelling abroad and for several youngsters staying at home in 2017. All the details will be announced on the Country Shows Agility Facebook page later in the New Year.

Kennel Club Rally competitions will be taking place on both days of the Festival . This rapidly developing dog sport is very popular with existing teams and attracts newcomers with classes suited to all breeds and abilities. The weekend boasts six qualifying levels, plus a range of Special classes and a 'Have a Go' ring. Come and join the team, led by Claire Coughlan-Khan, for a great weekend of Rally.

Dancing dogs or perhaps more expressively K9 Performance, lead by Annette Leslie, is at the heart of the Hatton Shopping Village with classes for all ages and abilities. Last year the Crufts winners joined and this year they may be joined by BGT finalists Trip Hazard and Lucy Heath so some great routines are bound to be there to enjoy.

Some of the fittest partnerships take part in Canicross. A newish addition to the dog sport world, Alan Sherwin leads the charge here with some of the last races of the 2016 - 2017 season.

There is also something for older and younger dogs with daily family dog shows supported by Warwick Dog Club and hopefully Guide Dogs.

The Show will be held in the beautiful country location of Hatton Country World, just a few minutes from J15 M40. The venue boasts improved competition areas with better outdoor working surfaces and camping available around the rings as well as its own fantastic pub Hatton Arms, a celebrated farm shop, restaurants, farmyard and a unique shopping village.

Sheep Dash!
Test your reflexes. Are they as good as your dog's?