The BAA has announced that they have found a new indoor venue for their monthly 1 day shows for the first three months of 2015. Set in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, the Brooksby Equestrian Centre has a cafe on site that will be open for the duration of these shows. The address of the new venue is Brooksby Equestrian Centre, Brooksby Melton College, Hives Farm, Brooksby, Melton Mowbray LE14 2LJ.
BAA also has some exciting news regarding the leagues the new show season! New leagues include Yellow Dogs (space dogs), Disabled Dogs, Lurcher and ABCK (Anything But Collies/Kelpies and their crosses) as well as a separate league for just Collies / Kelpies and their crosses.
Hayley Laches revealed that they are currently under going discussions with multiple venues around the country and hope to be announcing some more show venues soon!
Source: Hayley Laches (20/10/14)
Angela Lucas, Show Secretary, has booked three dates at Little Meadow Stud, near Lewes (E. Sussex) to run unaffiliated fundraising agility competitions to raise money to send the UK team to the 2015 IMCA/PAWC in Austria.
The shows will be limited number of dogs, split into morning and afternoon sessions - 40 dogs per half day - allowing them to have two attempts on two different courses, agility and jumping. There will be a cash first prize for Small, Medium and Large winners. There will also be a prize for the team that has the best overall result of the three competitions.
Angela has estimated to that they need to raise in the region of £3000 to cover Team UK costs so this is the first efforts. She said that everyone on the Team is really fired up and, although they are spread over the country a bit, they are networking their fundraisingideas.'
Source: Angela Lucas (20/10/14)
Nottingham ADTC is delighted to announce that it has booked a new venue for it's 2015 Champ & Premier Show on 23-24 May. The Newark Showground is a very short distance from where they have held previous shows and offers amazing facilities including:-
Flat, well drained areas for rings and camping
A dedicated tarmac entrance to the show
Purpose-built toilets, showers and a dog washing point.
Hard standing for day parking, etc.
The Newark Pavilion with a cafe providing a simple, day-long menu and shelter for dogs and people in poor weather
The Cedric Ford Pavilion with additional toilets, reception room and Bar. This area can also be made available for a meal and entertainment on the Saturday evening
Natalie Silcock said, 'We are very excited to be putting on a great show at this new venue.'
The full address is The Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY.
Source: Natalie Silcock (17/10/14)
The Young Kennel Club will be sending out weekly email updates to all of our members and affiliates to keep everyone up to date with what is on offer and any new initiatives.
The type of information will include:-
Rules and regulations
if you know anybody whom you think might like to be included, please send Lucy with your / their email address.
Source: Lucy Smith (15 October 2014)
The Kennel Club is currently organising qualifying heats at agility shows during 2015 to find finalists to compete at Olympia, Discover Dogs 2015 and Crufts 2016.
Whilst the majority of these qualifying heats will continue to be held at the shows which staged them during 2014, the following heats are looking for new host societies, and could be held at different shows if need be:
Crufts Singles – Small
Crufts Singles – Medium
Kennel Club Olympia – Small
In order to be eligible, societies must be Kennel Club registered and must hold an agility show prior to 31st July 2015 for Olympia and 31st October 2015 for Crufts. Shows will be asked to provide full details of all qualifying dogs and handlers to the Kennel Club within two weeks of the end of the show.
Show organisers wishing to stage the qualifiers are invited to write to the Working Dog Activities Team, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, before 31st October 2014. For further information please contact the Working Dog Activities Team on 020 7518 1013.
Lists of current qualifying heats for Olympia and Discover Dogs 2014 and Crufts 2015 are available on the Kennel Club website at: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2882.
Source: The Kennel Club (7 October 2014)
This year’s finalists of the prestigious Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes finals have been announced.
The country’s most talented agility dogs and handlers have been competing in qualifying heats at agility shows across the country in an attempt to gain a place in the finals that take place from 18-22 December 2014, as part of the London International Horse Show.
The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes are held in association with Skinner's Pet Foods and will see dogs and their owners compete in five finals in the following categories: small, medium, large senior, large novice and ABC (Anything But Collies). There will also be two semi-finals, for the large novice and large senior dogs categories, which will see 36 dogs in each category whittled down to ten who will go on to compete in the grand final. For medium, small and ABC dogs, ten dogs for each category have already qualified for the Olympia final.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: 'Olympia offers handlers the chance to compete in front of an audience of up to ten thousand noisy supporters, giving them a fantastic opportunity to showcase agility to a new audience, as well as the chance to win at the most prestigious agility event of the year.'
Will Delamore, Sales & Marketing Director for Skinner’s, said: 'We are delighted to be working alongside the Kennel Club on this prestigious event. I remember going to Olympia as a child myself and the excitement and fun we had, so we are really looking forward to meeting and supporting the handlers and their dogs.'
The judge for the 2014 Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes will be Marc Saunders and the dates for the competitions will be:-
Medium Final - Thursday, 18 December
Small Final - Friday, 19 December
Large Senior Final - Saturday, 20 December
Large Novice Final - Sunday, 21 December
ABC (Anything but Collie) Final - Monday, 22 December
The semi-finalists and finalists for this year’s Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes can be found online at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/agility-at-olympia/.
Source: The Kennel Club (7 October 2014)
For the first time Scunthorpe OATC will be holding a two day agility show on the weekend of 11-12 April with their Championship show on Saturday and the Premier show on the Sunday. There will be classes for all grades and sizes on both days as well as a number of qualifiers including the Large Crufts Singles, Large KC Olympia ABC and the Medium Crufts ABC.
They will also be holding a Crufts Flyball qualifier under a separate licence on Friday, 10 April.
The show organisers said, 'Many thanks to all the judges and sponsors. We look forward to seeing you all there. Keep an eye out for the schedule will be released later this month.'
SOATC will no longer be holding an August show.
Source: Amy Smith (3 October 2014)
Due to the unavailability of Berkeley Meadows for future shows, it has been necessary for Tuffley AC to look for a new venue for their 2015 show. They have decided upon Vauxhall Fields, a well known and respected agility site where both Wye Valley and Golden Valley Agility Clubs hold their respective Championship and Open shows.
Vauxhall Fields is sited adjacent to the River Monnow where there are picturesque walks and an approximately four to five minute walk across an iron bridge into Monmouth> The Town Centre is an excellent shopping area where there are shops, restaurants, takeaways and cafés etc. Nearest postcode to the venue is for the fire station NP25 5BA. There are various camping sites in the close vicinity if you are unlucky enough not to obtain a space on the show ground.
The Tuffley Champ Show will be held on 3 July at the follow:- Priory Farm, Vauxhall Field, Town Centre, Monmouth NP25 5BA
Source: Chris Starling (2 October 2014)
FAB is pleased to announce the team that has been chosen to go to the IFCS World Championships in Italy in April 2015. Some of these dogs have qualified via the points system attending the qualifiers at the FAB shows throughout the summer, some are wildcards and others are previous medal winners. All dogs chosen must have run at one of these qualifiers.
The list of handlers and dogs who have qualified is below…
Congratulations for qualifying on the team and good luck at the event.
Source: Dawn Weaver (22 September 2014)
Agility Team GB has enjoyed another year of international success at the world’s most prestigious agility event. Held in Coque in Luxembourg, this year’s FCI Agility World Championships saw Agility Team GB secure Gold in the Medium individual class, and Silver and Bronze medals in the Team rounds.
Natasha Wise and her Medium Border Collie, Dizzy were victorious for an amazing fifth time in the Individual Jumping Round, taking the gold medal in 30.38 seconds.
The Large dogs team secured a Bronze in the Agility round and then achieved further success by taking Silver overall in the Large Team Final, with a line-up which included mother and daughter Border Collies, Ruby and Scandal.
The 19th FCI Agility World Championships saw 451 participants from 36 nations take part, including Russia, Brazil, South Africa and Canada. With so many top level participants taking part, Team GB's performance was highly commendable. Alongside the medal winners, there were many other notable achievements.
Team GB accomplishments were as follows:-
Gold – Natasha Wise with Dizzy - Medium Individual Jumping Round
Silver – Large Team Final
Bronze – Large Team Agility Round
7th place – Greg Derrett with Detox - Large Individual Final
14th place – Natasha Wise with Dizzy - Medium Individual Final
17th place – Bernadette Bay with Zaz - Small Individual Final
Team GB Manager, Mark Laker stated. 'This year’s World Championships in Luxembourg was a fantastic event where we watched the world's top dogs and handlers show agility at its very best. Agility Team GB performed admirably and, once again, showed how strong they were under the highs and lows and pressure experienced at these Championships.
'I'd like to congratulate all the team on their achievements at this event which has been a culmination of months of training and preparations. The support team have been fantastic. In fact everyone involved in helping these top dogs and handlers get to the line, as best prepared as possible, has worked tirelessly over the last nine months. I'd also like to thank all the people who made the trip to Luxembourg to support the team. Their cheering and encouragement helped to make it an amazing experience.'
Marc Saunders added, 'After a days worth of catching up from sleep deprivation of the highs and lows the stress and the excitement of being in management at the FCI AWC in Luxembourg. Makes me proud to be part of British Agility!! I would like to say to everyone in Team GB EO and FCI that it was a pleasure to work with you all and an honour to be part it!! Thank you and here's to 2015.
Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Agility1st and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club's preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact.
For more information about International Agility, visit: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.
Photo: Martin Cavill
Source: The Kennel Club (16 September 2014)
Agility Vision will be live streaming the 2014 FCI Dog Agility World Championship in Luxembourg on 11-14 September 2014. You can read more about it at http://www.agilityvision.com/
For those who can't watch the live streaming of Team GB at the FCI World Championships, then there will be updates as the competition progresses on the Dog Agility page, the official Kennel Club Agility fan page.
Source: Debbie Deuchar (11 September 2014)
The closing date for the 2014 Lagotto Romangnolo Association (LRA) show on 4 October has been extended to the 20 September so if you run an ABC dog you can still enter, .
Emma-Jane LaRoche said 'The Lagotto Romagnolo Association is a new club and this is our first limited agility show. We’re trying to encourage people just starting out in Agility and for those that have those breeds which are 'Anything But Collies.' We’ve also included a standard height class as well as Small, Medium and Large to encompass everyone.
'You may have seen a few Lagotto Romagnolo out there competing at the moment, some of which are at grade 7 and grade 6 and some have even competed at Crufts! For a rare breed in the UK, this is quite an achievement.'
The show will be held at Ryslip Kennels, Bracknell, Berks RG42 5NL.
Source: Emma-Jane LaRoche (8 September 2014)
The Working Belgian Shepherd Dogs Society (WBSDS) and Belgian Shepherd Dog Association (BSDA) are planning to send a team to next years BSD World Championships in the Czech Republic on 7-10 May 2015
Anyone with a KC Breed registered Belgian Shepherd, grade 3 (who meets the minimum criteria) or higher may apply to attend the selection day to be held on 12 October at Sandbourne House near Pershore, Worcestershire
If you are interested, please contact Michelle Griffiths by email on email@example.com or ring m. 07751 830654 before 20 September 2014.
Source: Michelle Griffiths (3 September 2014)
The Kennel Club sends its best wishes to Agility Team GB who will be making their way across the Channel next week to compete at the Agility FCI World Championships in Coque, Luxembourg.
The Agility World Championships will take place from 11-14 September 2014 and will see pedigree dogs from all over the world compete for the sought after title of Agility World Champion.
The British team includes three times Agility World Champions, Natasha Wise and her dog Dizzy. Also taking part will be Sian Illingworth and her dog Maybe who won the Medium Dog European Open Championship title in 2013.
Team Manager Mark Laker said, 'With only a week to go before Agility Team GB leave for the World Championships in Luxembourg, we are getting excited and looking forward to this year’s competition. Once again we have a strong team of top agility dogs and handlers who have been working extremely hard in their preparations for these championships. This is the ultimate agility competition. Elite agility partnerships from across the world will be there along with thousands of supporters. Agility Team GB will go out there confident and well prepared to compete at their very best.'
Ceri Rundle from CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, said. 'CSJ was created with canine athletes in mind and so it was only natural for us to sponsor Agility Team GB. We wish both the handlers and dogs all the best in Luxembourg and hope they bring home some medals.'
The members of the Agility World Championship Team are as follows:-
Agility Team GB is kindly supported by The Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Agility 1st and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club’s preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact.
Source: The Kennel Club (1 September 2014)
Agility Team GB has been enjoying a busy year of exciting agility events, including appearances at the European Open Agility and will soon be competing at the Agility FCI World Championships. However, since March, agility handlers both in and out of the squad have been collating qualifying credits to secure a place in the 2015 Agility Team GB squad. Those successful in gaining a place will be notified in November 2014.
In order to prepare the squad for the international agility events in 2015, and in order to assist Team GB Manager, Mark Laker, in making the final team selections, four training days and a performance weekend have been organised for 2015.
The training days will once again be held at Nottingham Trent University, which provides excellent facilities for the dogs and handlers. The dates for the squad and team training days have been confirmed as follows (Dates are subject to change) :
Squad day 1 – 10 January 2015
Squad day 2 – 14 February 2015
Performance weekend – dates - 18-19 April 2015
Team day 1 – 25 May 2015
Team day 2 – 27 June 2015 - amended from 27 May
For more information about qualifying for Agility Team GB and the international competitions the team will be attending, please visit: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.
Source: The Kennel Club (31 August 2014)
In a few days time, a team of enthusiastic agility handlers will be making their way to Voghera, northern Italy, for the annual International Mixed Breed and Paragility World Cup Championships. This competition is unique amongst the international agility events because it gives agility handlers who have disadvantages their own competition stage. Now in its 13th year, there are 16 countries being represented.
For the 2014 competition, Team UK are sending the largest team yet to Italy with a full contingent of Small. Medium and Large dogs competing on the IMCA stage. At the same time, there are also more PAWC competitors going this year.
Team member Angela Lucas said, 'We welcome back the regular team members who have been for the last three years as well as some new team faces. The whole point of our team is that we completely self-fund, paying for our own travel costs, and working as a team throughout the year to create a fund to pay for the entries and competition expenses.
The IMCA competition includes some of the top agility handlers around. Competition, in particular from Italy, Belguim, France and Germany is very strong. There is a team event, plus individual runs in agility and jumping.
Every year, a British person is invited to be one of the trio of judges. This year it is Mark Saunders.
The PAWC or ParAgility World Cup is similar to the Para-athletics we have seen on TV. Each PAWC team member gets one run a day - 2 x agility rounds and 1 x jumping course. Competitors are divided into three categories:-
those who need wheelchairs
those with mobility
those with limited but unaided mobility
In the last two years, the team has begun to show real results and has achieved podium places in the ParAgility competition. This year, spirit are high and they are optimistic that they will gain valued places in the IMCA competition as well.
On Facebook, Angela said, 'Its an experience and an honour to go this this event. Paragility people don't consider themselves disabled, but unique agility handlers..'
The 2014 team has been built around handlers who have shown a keen determination and strong support for the ethos of this particular competition. It is made up of dogs of all KC grades from G2 to G7 including:-
Small Dog Team: Wendy and Steve Fassam, Daniel Croxford and Bonnie Quick.
Medium Dog Team: Daniel Croxford, Helaina Lines and Elaine Smith
Large Dog Team: Jennifer Bannister and Nicole Turner
PAWC Team: Sue Drew, Angela Lucas, Amanda Smith, Millie Roberts, David Maylam and Frances Elliott
Captain: Richard Partridge
Coach: Dianne Maylam
The competition starts on Friday, 4 September. You will be able to watch live on-line. Look up the website and go from there. http://www.imcapawc2014.com/program.html
Anyone who wishes to be part of the 2015 team is welcome to apply. The one criteria is that you must be prepared to join in the team fundraising efforts.
Source: Angela Lucas (29 August 2014)
Hayley Laches (pronounced lakes) is looking forward to taking over from June Bass as head of the British Agility ASsociation (BAA) from 1 September. She plans to make the BAA the place for beginners to start their agility careers as well as catering for the more experienced competitors.
She is bringing lots of new ideas with her and is looking forward running more shows and making them more accessible for everyone. There is free registration to BAA upon entering your first show. Hayley's Taming Canines training club members have been very supportive and will help running the shows.
Dog will remain jumping no more than one inch higher than their withers. Rings will be fully fenced. There will be no weaves for introductory classes, and silent toys can be carried into the ring
She explained that, having set up her own club and an annual show, she was keen to start running more shows. It made sense to kick start it with an organisation which was already established.
She said, 'BAA shows have always accepted anyone and everyone - in particular dogs that have behaviour problems. I do a lot of behavioural work and have a real passion for working with dogs with problems or troubled pasts. I love the idea of providing them with a competition environment where they will be welcome and can have fun.
Hayley continued, 'Not everyone wants to go to Crufts or Olympia which is why BAA will cater for more casual pet dog handlers rather than the elite sports dogs. With new rings to be added in 2015, as well as new venues, we are hoping to see more and more people and to make the BAA shows the friendly agility shows around.'
You can contact Hayley via her training web site http://www.agilitytrainer.webs.com, through the BAA web site - the domain name will remain the same - through her mobile 07907 882776 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook.
Source: Hayley Laches (28 August 2014)
The Eastbourne Open Agility Show, scheduled for 18 October 2014, will not be held this year due to relocation to a different training venue. The Club will not be holding their 17 May Show next year either as, for the first time, the date for Paws in the Park at Ardingley, clashed thus reducing entries down to almost half, and consequently not covering costs.
Kathryn Milham said, 'The Club is having to look at our whole show concept. It's very sad as we have had our May date for many years. As soon as we have found an available date with a venue, we will let you know.'
Eastbourne will definately hold a show next year, possibly at the beginning of August as that seems a date that does not have any shows locally that could affect them.
Source: Kathryn Milham - EDDTC Secretary (27 August 2014)
The West Cornwall Agility Training Society (West CATS) show on Saturday 6th September has been cancelled. Unfortunately they've have only had a third of their usual entries so they can't continue at a loss.
All competitors are receiving a full refund on their entry fees. Cheques have not been cashed so they are just being sent back.
Source: Jen Feenan (Secretary) (18 August 2014)
The organisers of Mixed Ability Agility Show at Horam are pleased to announce that the postponed show which was due to be held on 19th July has been rescheduled for Sunday, 14 September at the same Venue.
Richard Partridge, Team Leader said, 'We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience this may have caused but hope you understand that the decision was made in the best interest of our dogs.
If anybody prepaid for entries and cannot make the revised date, there will be a full refund. Please contact the Show Secretary, preferably by email and including your bank sort code and account number. Please note, no requests for refund will be accepted after the show date. If you did not enter for the original date but would like to take part on 14th September we will be accepting entries on the day.
Team Member Diane Maylam said, 'It's a bit of a long shot and last minute but we have a team taking part in the ParAgility World Cup in Voghera Italy together with a UK team taking part in IMCA. Usually we have two shows each year to fund our travel and entries, but this year our first show was cancelled due to ground conditions and venue problems. Our second show was also cancelled due to kennel cough in the area. We have a huge shortfall to be covered by our competitors.
Can we please appeal to any companies out there in the Agility world that could offer sponsorship or donations. If you can help in any way, please email our team leader Richard Partridge . Our teams this year include Bonny Quick and Daniel Croxford. Our ParAgility teams include Millie Roberts and Susan Drew who proudly had two podium places last year. Thank you for taking the time to read and good luck Team UK.'
Source: Richard Partridge & Diane Maylam (17 August 2014)
The Animal Health Company is delighted to announce that due to an entry of 270 in the last heat for 2014 of The Animal Health Company Classic at Blenheim ATC Show on Sunday, 7 September, the number of qualifiers will be increased by 100%. The top 10 winning places will be invited to the Animal Health Company Classic Fina, which will be held at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show on Sunday, 19 October 2014.
UK Animal Health Sales Manager Jennie Westcott said, ‘We are delighted how interest has grown in this year’s competition and we are very pleased we are able to extend the invitation to even more winners to join us at the final. Good luck to one and all.
Source: Graham Taylor (17 August 2014)
The 10th Kennel Club International Agility Festival took place at Rockingham Castle last weekend, where more than 2,700 healthy, happy dogs with all levels of experience in agility competed in a record number of classes. The Festival, supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, welcomed all dogs of breeds and competitors from all over the world including the USA, Hungary, Mexico, Holland, Spain and Japan.
A number of exciting additions to the Festival made it a show not to be missed. For the first time the Festival held Championship classes where the top dogs competed to qualify for the Agility Championships held annually at Crufts. A Special International Class was also held for the first time. This class was open to international dogs and enabled handlers to secure a place for the British Open Final which is also held at Crufts. The Quarter and Semi-finals for the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes also took place at the event and saw many thrilled handlers secure a place for the prestigious competition held at the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes in December.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: 'The International Agility Festival is a highlight of the dog calendar and we would like to thank everyone who has made it such a great success, especially those competitors and judges who have travelled such long distances to add to the international flavour of the event. The festival has something for everyone, no matter what level of experience they have in agility, and we look forward to once again welcoming competitors from all over the world next year for the 11th International Agility Festival.'
The top three competitors in each of the main competitions at the Festival were as follows:-
Kennel Club Agility Championships
Starters Cup Semi-Final (Discover Dogs Qualifier)
Novice Cup Semi-Final (Crufts Qualifier)
Kennel Club International Young Handler - Final
|Kennel Club British Open
Semi-Final (Crufts Qualifiers)
|The Kennel Club
Special International Class
|Kennel Club Nations Cup
Another attempt to beat the current Guinness Book World Record for the 'Largest Simultaneous Dog Stay' in celebration of the 10th anniversary was scuppered by a sudden downpour during the allotted time for the 'Stay,' meaning the current record of 627 dogs went unbeaten.
Source: The Kennel Club (16 August 2014)
Agility Nuts will be holding their 2014-15 Winter Series of shows at Oakridge Arena, Collingham, NG23 7NZ. It will be their 7th Winter Series of shows having held the previous six series at Trent Valley Equestrian Centre, which unfortunately is no longer available for event hire. Oakridge Arena boasts some great modern facilities having only been opened in 2012 and is sure to be an excellent venue for our shows.
As usual, the Winter Series will include Nursery classes over low jumps and contacts (no seesaw or weaves) for dogs aged 16-24 months. There will be up to four runs for all other dogs, including Veterans and NFC runs in all classes in which you may train in the ring. This is an opportunity to compete for clear rounds over lower heights than your dog usually competes plus a chance to compete in the Agility Nuts Leagues, with awards for the Dogs of the Season at the Agility Nuts show in March. All this plus ringside computerized scoring and real-time display of results as they happen on a large screen in the secretary's office!
The confirmed dates are as follows:-
Sunday, 19 October 2014
29 September 2014
Saturday, 8 November 2014
20 October 2014
Saturday, 20 December 2014
1 December 2014
Saturday, 3 January 2015
15 December 2014
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Sunday, 15 March 2015
23 February 2015
Source: Paul Sensky (16 August 2014)
The Kennel Club congratulates Agility Team GB for their valiant effort at the European Open Agility Championships (EO) in Taszár, Hungary, held this weekend. After 1,100 mile trip, Agility Team GB fought hard in both the team and individual rounds but unfortunately did not secure any of the coveted medals. Nevertheless, the event provided a great opportunity for the team to practice and hone their skills on European courses and to compete against top class competitors.
The European Open Agility Championships attracted hundreds of dogs and handlers from all over the world with 33 countries represented at the competition including Venezuela, Japan, Argentina and Canada.
Kicking off on Friday morning with the team competition the EO got underway with the Small/Medium Jumping and Agility, both teams ran well with one clear round and several runs with only a few faults. Those who were eliminated were keen to improve their performance in the next rounds and many of the handlers and dogs did not disappoint. Overall the Small and Medium teams achieved four clear rounds and all team members left on a high.
The Large teams also ran in the morning. A few errors on the challenging courses meant that the pressure was on for the afternoon rounds. Despite temperatures of 30 degrees and testing conditions, the handlers rose to the challenge. All the dogs ran better in the later rounds, with one clear. Even those who had a few faults were pleased with their performances.
The individual event began on Saturday, when members of Agility Team GB also managed some clear rounds. Jessica Clarehugh and Cara achieved 7th and 3rd place in the Large Agility and Jumping. This success meant Jessica was in a good position for the final competition on Sunday, when she came in a respectable 24th out of the 83 finalists. Matt Goodliffe also secured a promising 2nd place in the Large Jumping qualifying round but was unfortunately eliminated in the Final. Greg Derrett and Rehab formed Agility Team GB's most successful partnership and secured 18th in the Large Final which was the last event of the Championships.
Team Manager Mark Laker commented, 'Agility Team GB worked exceptionally hard preparing for this year's EO, and it was a good job we did. We came up against some of the most challenging courses we've seen at this competition, particularly the small and medium dogs. To have four of our large dog team in the final was a huge achievement. I was particularly proud of those handlers for who this was their first taste of international competition, they ran confidently and did their very best; I'm sure we'll be seeing more of them at future international events.
A special mention must go to Matt Goodliffe and Quincy and Jess Clarehugh and Cara who finished second and third in the individual jumping class with two incredible runs. Now we focus on the World Championships in September.'
Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Agility First and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club's preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact. The team of fifteen handlers and their dogs were chosen following a performance weekend which attracted entrants from all over the UK, and was hosted by Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show in April 2014.
Ceri Rundle, CSJ's founder and sponsor of Team GB said, They're incredibly rewarding individuals to work with and we're delighted to be the proud supporters of Team GB.'
All of the results can be found online via the EO2014Hungary website: Click Here
Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (29 July 2014)
As part of the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the KC International Agility Festival in Rockingham, the Kennel Club is hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dog Stay! \they tried last year but fell a few dogs short. They need to beat the current record of 627 dogs to be in with a chance of breaking the record. An official adjudicator will be attending to confirm if the record has been broken on the day this year.
The stay is for two minutes and is taking place on Friday, 8 at 6pm. People can also compete with more than one dog and for anyone who wants to take part they will automatically enter into a raffle where the prize is £500.
The guidelines are below:-
Specific Guidelines for 'Largest Simultaneous Dog Stay'
A 'stay' means the dog can either be sitting or lying down in the upright position, i.e. not on its side or back.
The name of each dog and handler must be recorded and sent as evidence for the record attempt.
The 'stay' should last for two minutes exactly.
A loud start and finish signal recognised by all participants must be used. Two experienced timekeepers must time the attempt with stopwatches accurate to 0.01 seconds.
If any of the dogs move from the position during the two minutes, they will not be counted in the record attempt. ONLY the dogs that successfully stay for the two minutes will count.
If the dog changes from a sit to a lying position, or lying to a sitting position during the two minutes, this will still count, as long as the dog does not change location in between. The dog must remain on the same spot.
Verbal commands from the handlers are allowed throughout the attempt.
The handlers are not allowed to touch the dog once timing has started. We suggest that the handler stands slightly away from the dog, to help the witnesses see that they are not touching the animal.
The handlers can chose to either have the dog off the lead during the attempt, or on the lead. If on the lead, the lead must clearly be slack throughout the two minutes of the attempt. The slack lead must be visible to the observers.
Jennifer White of the Kennel Club said, 'We are looking for people to take part as well as people to help steward on the day who can't be Kennel Club employees. Any support would be appreciated.
Source: Jennifer White (23 July 2014)
The Kennel Club sends its best wishes to the members of Agility Team GB who are travelling to the European Open Agility Championships, being held from 24 - 27 July 2014 in Taszár, situated in the south west of Hungary.
Mark Laker, Agility Team GB Manager said, 'After one of the toughest selection processes Team GB has had in recent years, the team attending this year's European Open in Hungary are currently on route to Hungary. Once again the team have worked extremely hard in their preparations, and I believe every one of them is ready for this exciting event. I'm confident they will do the best they possibly can and enjoy themselves too.'
Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Agility First and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club's preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact. The team of sixteen handlers and seventeen dogs will be accompanied by a strong Kennel Club support team – manager, Mark Laker; team assistants, Marc Saunders and Natasha Wise; team vet, Hana McNicholas; chiropractor, Emma Fretwell; and Kennel Club staff member, Kate Broers.
The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year's squad selection process which concluded at a Performance Weekend hosted by Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show in April 2014. Two teams were selected from this year's squad, one will be attending the European Open Agility Championships and the other will compete at the Agility World Championships.
The Kennel Club congratulates all the talented handlers who have been selected for Agility Team GB and wishes them the best of luck at this year's European Open.
Details of the Team GB squad:-
Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (22 July 2014)
Due to the high number of cases of Kennel Cough in the area, the organisers of Dogs Day Out (formerly International Mix & Breed Championship Agility / ParAgility World Cup Team UK Show) at Horam Village Hall have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Agility, Flyball and Dog Show scheduled for Saturday, 19 July. This has been a hard and painful decision but they feel that it is the best interest of the dogs to take this step.
They are planning to reschedule the show in September and all pre-booked entries will naturally be honoured. If any competitors are unable to make the revised date, they will make a refund.
Source: Richard Partridge (16 July 2014)
The Scottish Kennel Club announces a new format for the Scottish Agility Dog of The Year (SADOTY) for the year 2014 to 2015.
In place of collecting points throughout the year, Scottish-based KC registered societies will be given the opportunity to host a heat of the competition at their own shows. The qualifiers from these heats - 2 x Large, 1 x Medium and 1 X Small dogs - will be invited to compete in the final at SKC's August show. Initially 15 heats will be held but this may increase in future years.
Scottish Registered Agility Societies will very shortly receive further information along with letters inviting them to host a heat and we trust that the clubs will respond and support the competition.
Source: Beth Harrison (19 June 2014)
It is with regret that due to low pre-entry figures, we have no choice but to announce the cancellation of this year's Happy Dogs Agility UK fTAG show on 27 -29 June as we cannot rely on POTD as this is an unknown. We have not taken this decision lightly as we donate all our profits to charity but have to do the right thing by competitors as early as possible.
The HDAUK T&A Show on 21-22 June is going ahead and POTD entries are welcome if you have not entered it already.
All monies will be refunded to all entrants at 100%, and the organisers are personally covering all expenses the show has incurred. Our charities are not affected nor will they be in future as a result of this cancellation. Procedures for refunding will be announced very soon as we have to liaise with L&N Show Services as they process the entries.
We would like to thank everyone for supporting HDAUK and ourselves and ask you to please accept our apologies.
Source: David Holmes on behalf of fTAG and HDAUK (16 June 2014)
Due to the weather and organised events taking place at Arley Hall, a group of us drove to the venue last night to check the ground condition.
The camping field is holding out quite well although we may have to move a few pitches which is unfortunate as this is the first year we've been able to allocate camping numbers. Bank holiday week end hosted The Caravan Club Rally with 2,000 plus caravans present. The event itself took six weeks to set up! The ring field is not good with another event taking place this weekend. Cart driving!
We met with the Gamekeeper/Manager to find a solution. This may involve moving some of the rings to an adjacent field a little further on to enable the show to go ahead. Both ring fields will be rolled. A final decision will be made after Wednesday next week when a further announcement will be made. Please bear with us. We are a very small club and will do our best not to cancel the show.
Please don't contact Showtime Agility Show Processing or the Show Manager/Secretaries. We would appreciate if you could pass this message on to anyone you know who was entered at the show.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding.
Source: Lindsay Cheshire (06 June 2014 / 12 June 2014)
The General Committee has approved the following amendments to the Agility ‘H' Regulations, which will come into effect on 1 January 2015.
Regulation H19.a. (Approval of Judges)
In an effort to increase the pool of options for potential Championship judges, Regulation H19.a. has been amended to allow individuals to apply for approval to award Championship Agility Certificates, without having been nominated by a Championship society first. The Regulation will be amended to read as follows:
…Individuals may apply to the General Committee for approval to award Championship Agility Certificates for the first time, provided that the judge has fulfilled the minimum criteria in accordance with Regulation H19.b. Subject to approval judges would be included on the list of Approved Championship Agility Judges. (Addition underlined)
Regulation H(1)2. (Definition of Agility)
An amendment to Regulation H(1)2. has resulted in a new definition for agility. Where the current Regulation defines agility as ‘fun competitions' the regulation will now consider agility as a competitive activity. The Regulation will read as follows:
Agility Shows are considered to
be “fun competitions” designed for enjoyment by competitors, their dogs and for appeal to
spectators. Agility is a competitive activity for handlers
and their dogs, for which the dogs must be fit and healthy. It is designed for the enjoyment of
competitors, their dogs and to appeal to spectators. Informality is encouraged and maximum
discretion is granted to Societies within the constraints of safety and these Regulations.
Nothing may be included in an Agility Show which could endanger the safety of the dogs
competing, the handlers or the spectators. (Addition underlined)
Amendment to Regulation H(1)(B)3. (Obstacles)
Regulation H(1)(B)3. (Obstacles) has been amended to ensure the conformity of equipment used at agility shows and make sure competitions are fair for those wishing to compete.
Obstacles. – The following obstacles
meet with the approval of the Committee of the Kennel Club.
However, organisers may
submit other obstacles for approval, if desired. Any changes
to current obstacles (such as materials used, structure or style) or any other new obstacles
must be submitted for approval by the Kennel Club before being made available for use at its
licensed events. (Addition underlined)
If you would like more information about the Regulation changes, email email@example.com
Source: The Kennel Club (09 June 2014)
Unfortunately due to the weather, the organisers of the Smart Chance / Bitz 'n Bobz / Chipping Norton Agility weekend have lost the field at their venue at the Onley Equestrian Centre. They have been lucky enough to secure an alternative venue at extremely short notice which is only 10 miles from the original venue. The address is (01 June 2014), Stoneythorpe Estate, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 2DL.
All camping pitch numbers will remain the same but the camping layout will be different.
Please bear with us on these changes. A new map will be posted on Agilitynet, the Forum and Facebook .
Source: Deena Freeman (03 June 2014)
The results of the Kennel Club's Agility Health Questionnaire have been released. Carried out in conjunction with the Animal Health Trust, the questionnaire was designed to build on previous surveys on agility injuries conducted in other countries and was developed in partnership with members of the Activities Sub-Committee and the Activities Health and Welfare Sub-Group of the Kennel Club's Dog Health Group.
The aim of the study was to investigate the frequency of both injured and non-injured dogs. Where an injury was reported, the aim was to investigate the cause where possible, the type of injury and treatment received.
The questionnaire was distributed and was available for completion for a period of approximately seven weeks between March to May 2013. Data was obtained from a total of 375 dog owners and 629 dogs and the key findings were as follows:-
364 injuries were reported, affecting 274 dogs
The majority of injuries were acute injuries e.g. muscle injury (90.2%)
A greater proportion of chronic injuries occurred during rest, exercise, or other activities (59.4%) compared to agility competition and/or training (40.6%)
A return to agility training was reported following 84.5% of injuries
The median time taken to return to agility training post-injury was 38 days (range 0 – 547 days)
Muscle injuries (strain and/or pull) were the most prevalent type of injury reported (58.2%)
It is worth noting that, although the majority of those who responded to the survey reported they had a dog injured taking part in agility, the survey results need to be put into context and that it is not possible to determine the risk to participation figure directly from these results. However, an 'incident survey' was carried out at the KC International Agility Festival in 2013 which showed no reported injuries following any of the 17,000 plus runs during this three day event.
Steve Croxford, Chairman of the Activities Health and Welfare Sub Group said: 'This is the first detailed study to look at agility related injuries in the UK and represents an important milestone for the Kennel Club's Activities Sub Committee and the Activities Health and Welfare Sub Group of the Dog Health Group.
'The survey results, even though somewhat biased towards those with dogs that have suffered injuries, provide an insight into the frequency and type of injuries incurred and will be invaluable in directing future research studies to further improve the sport of agility.'
Organisers of agility shows and owners/handlers of dogs taking part in agility competitions are encouraged to keep a record of agility related incidents and injuries in the future. The Kennel Club will be undertaking periodic surveys of this type, and it is essential that accurate data is available.
A detailed version of the survey will be published in due course once the appropriate peer review process has been completed.
Source: The Kennel Club (01 June 2014)
Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the Nottingham Agility DTC Championship & Premier Agility show (24-25 May 2014), competitors are advised that the Kennel Club's qualifying heats for the Crufts Team and Crufts Singles Agility Competitions will not be reallocated.
However, the number of previously unqualified placed dogs from the Kennel Club Olympia Large Dog Agility Stakes heat at the Rugby DTC Championship & Premier Agility show (12-13 July 2014), going forward to the Quarter-Finals will be doubled. Competitors wishing to take advantage of this opportunity need to enter this show by 3 June 2014.
Update: Entry refunds for Nottingham Agility DTC cancelled show are starting to be despatched this week so should be received shortly. Thank you for your patience. Natalie Silcock (16/07/14)
Source: Dave Ray (27 May 2014)
Unfortunately today's awful weather has put paid to any chance of the Nottingham show going ahead this weekend so the decision has been made to cancel the show. Everyone at NADTC is truly disappointed about this, but in the interests of everyone's safety and wellbeing they have been left with little option.
In accordance with Rule 23 of the show schedule, entry fees will be refunded less reasonable incurred expenses within the next three months to all entrants who request a refund by submitting a stamped, addressed envelope by 24 June 24 to NADTC Treasurer, 24 The Paddocks, Nuthall, Notts NG16 1DR.
Please pass this message on to anyone you know who was entered at the show. Some of the emails bounce back and other people are not on email.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding.
Source: Paul Sensky (22 May 2014)
Agility Edge and The British Agility Championships are pleased to announce the first ever Agility Edge Cash Prize Stakes which will take place at the British Agility Championships on 21-22 June at Houghton Hall Equestrian & Alpaca Centre, located at New Manor Farm, Sawtry Way, Houghton, Cambs PE28 2DY.
The Agility Edge Cash Prize Stakes is a Combined Grades 1-5 Agility and Jumping tournament. A single handler may enter as many dogs as they wish in as many height categories as they wish (Small, Medium and Large). Each competitor may run 4 rounds – 2 agility and 2 jumping rounds, with points being scored from each round. The dog and handler with the most points after the 4 rounds in each height category will be the overall Agility Edge Cash Prize Stakes winner.
The judges for the stakes are Paul Moore (UK) and Barrie James (Wales). Closing date for entry is 10 May, 2014.
The whole event, being run by The British Agility Championships, is open to the public for a fun-filled family day out with the opportunity to see the very best of British Agility, shopping opportunities at various trade stands, the chance to meet competitors and their dogs, chances to win prizes and much more! Spectator tickets are £5 each day and can be purchased in advance at www.tinyticket.co.uk
Vendors interested in the event can get more information at www.britishagilitychampionships.com/trade-stands-and-vendors/
For more information please visit www.britishagilitychampionships.com.
Source: Virginia Harry (15 May 2014)
The Kennel Club has announced the names of the members of this year's Agility Team GB, which will represent Great Britain at the 2014 European Open Agility Championships in Hungary from 24- 27 July 2014 and the World Agility Championships in Luxembourg from 11-14 September 2014. The Kennel Club congratulates all the talented handlers who made it into Agility Team GB. Agility Team GB is kindly supported CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and sponsored by the Kennel Club.
The British teams will once again be managed by Mark Laker and will compete for places in a variety of individual and team competitions at both championships.
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 on 26-27 April 2014. Two teams have been selected from this year's squad. One will attend the European Open Agility Championships and the other will compete at the World Agility Championships.
Despite Italian judge, Paolo Meroni being used to the warmer climes of Italy, the wet weather did not dampen his - or the competitors' - spirits at the start of Day 1 of the event on Saturday morning. Kicking off at 9am with the European style Individual Jumping, the course proved challenging for the competitors. As the morning progressed, howevr, the weather improved for the Individual Agility. These first two classes were significant as they influenced the runing order of competitors on Day 2 and consequently required a focused and solid performance. The afternoon saw two more exciting competitions with the World Championship Jumping and a thrilling European Team event which ended this first day of top class agility.
There was little rest for competitors and organisers before the start of another challenging day on Sunday. Day 2 began with the European Open style final, where the squad members ran in reverse order based on the combined results from the individual competitions held on the first day. There was also an International Jumping course and the weekend was completed with an FCI World Championship Agility class. The Performance Weekend saw brilliant handling and a host of fantastic dogs, with both days providing a great experience and enjoyment for all those involved.
Team Manager, Mark Laker remarked, 'Four months of training and squad preparation culminated in an exciting Performance Weekend at Lincoln. The standard of courses, judging and agility was extremely high and thrilling to watch.
'Both the World Championships and the European Open have rigid criteria for how many dogs can run, how many teams a country can enter and even the mix of Small, Medium and Large dogs. This makes the selection process more complex and requires thinking through the options. I am very grateful for the support and input from my team in helping me carry out this process.
'My decisions for this year's team selection were based upon dog and handler performance over the four month squad period. I felt it important to assess handlers over a longer time rather than just one weekend. As a result of this process, I believe we have two very strong teams whom I'm very proud to be taking to Hungary and Luxembourg.'
This year's European Open will be held at Taszár, situated in the southwest of Hungary. Although officially recognised by the FCI and held under FCI rules, the European Open is not a formal FCI competition. Consequently it differs from the World Agility Championships in that both purebred and non-purebred dogs may compete.
The World Agility Championships will be held at Coque, close to the centre of Luxembourg City. This event will be open to purebred dogs only.
The Teams selected are as follows (T= team event; I = individual event):
Travelling / non-travelling reserves from the squad will be notified shortly.
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/.
Source: KC Press Office (11 May 2014)
When it was confirmed that the 2014 FMBB (Belgian Shepherd) World Championship would be held in Finland, the options for travel to the event were investigated and a summary was presented to eligible potential team members. Because of the time and distance involved for competitors and their dogs, nearly all of them decided they would not be prepared to go. As there were not enough people to make up a team the World Championship committee made up of representatives from BSDA of GB and WBSDS decided not to enter the competition in 2014.
Both the BSDA and WBSDS are committed to supporting future training, selection and teams.
Source: BSDA and WBSDS (4 May 2014)
It is with deep regret that due to extremely low pre-entry levels for the D5 Agility show on 3-4 May, D5 in conjunction with UKA, have decided that it is not commercially viable to run this show and therefore both parties have agreed to cancel the show.
If your payment for your entry has not yet been received, your UKA account will have been credited. Everyone who has sent a payment to UKA, will shortly receive a cheque in the post sent by D5. The UKA GT Agility Show 2nd – 4th May at Newbury will be offering all D5 entrants late entry camping and classes at pre-entry costs.
On Facebook, Julie Chapman said, 'We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who did pre-enter and we hope this cancellation does not cause you any inconvenience.'
The qualifiers from this show will be moved to other events and this will be announced shortly.
The following shows will not be held this year.
It is with great regret that Golden Valley Dog Training Club has to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control there will not be an Open Kennel Club Agility Show at the Hereford Country Fair (4th August 2014) this year.
Source: Judith Trickett - Secretary
TraVal Agility Group has disbanded and is no longer taking classes or holding shows.
Source: Val Clark
Due to their show venue not being available, Redgates AC will not be holding a show this year.
Source: Tim Griffiths
The EMDAC Four Day Show at Easter will be the first ever show in the UK where dogs are jumping no higher than their measurement to the withers compulsory and no higher than one inch higher voluntarily.
Dogs jump closer to their own height in many other countries and BAA supports any change that proves to be beneficial to the dog's long-term well being whilst partaking in the sport of agility. Over the years a substantial amount of information has been collected which provides enough evidence to support the BAA philosophy. A folder containing the documentation will be available at all BAA shows for competitors to read and copy etc.
BAA Co-founder and Administrator June Bass says, 'I am sure there will be many pictures and videos produced over the coming season which will also provide further supporting evidence. I personally am looking forward to witnessing many dogs jumping more naturally and comfortably.'
The BAA has made the other changes for dogs in Agility including:-
Source: June Bass (17 March 2014)
Following the recent insertion of Agility Regulation H(1)10.g. (Competing), the Kennel Club would like to issue some guidance concerning its interpretation. Judges are reminded to act in a professional and fair manner ensuring that Regulations are applied sensibly.
Regulation H(1)10.g. states:-
The dog and handler are deemed to be under test when instructed by the Judge or the Judge's steward, by signal or voice. The test has concluded when the dog has negotiated the last obstacle, or the handler and dog have voluntarily left the ring.
The Regulation helps define the start of the test. However, there is no set time limit for when the dog and handler should actually start. The Regulation does not make any reference to marking procedure.
In the marking procedure, Regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(13) (Marking) states:-
Start- Starting prior to instruction may result in elimination. If the dog runs by the first obstacle it should be faulted with a refusal.
This means that a judge may eliminate a dog and handler in the event that they begin their round prior to receiving some form of confirmation from the scribe or judge that they can start. The only time elimination may be considered is if the dog and handler start prior to instruction.
Judges may penalise competitors in scenarios such as the following:-
The agility community should note that it helped introduce Regulation H(1)10.g. and, therefore, it should ensure that the Regulation is applied correctly without finding unnecessary means to penalise the competitor. In the Agility Liaison Council's June 2013 minutes it discussed scenarios that would not apply such as, adjusting the dog's starting position after receiving the signal. Judges who are deemed to be applying this Regulation unfairly should be reported in the incident book.
Agendas and minutes from Agility Liaison Council meetings, held within the last year, can be found on Agilitynet or the Kennel Club website.
Source: The Kennel Club (04 March 2014)
The Kennel Club has announced the introduction of a new interactive spreadsheet that will allow agility competitors to apply for their Agility Warrant online.
Following feedback from agility competitors, the Kennel Club has created a downloadable document that will enable competitors to easily input accrued points and return the completed form via email. In 2013, the Kennel Club processed 489 Agility Warrants. After photocopying and printing, that used nearly 4000 sheets of A4 paper and cost over £900 in postage! By sending in your form by email, you can help reduce the amount of paper we use - and save yourself a bit of money, too.
The Agility Warrant Application Form, which uses Microsoft Excel, has been designed to be as easy as possible to use. It contains only two sections: 1) details of the handler and their dog and 2) dog's results. The form will calculate how many points handlers have earned and will indicate when they have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold Agility Warrants.
Handlers will be able to enter 1st-10th place and clear rounds. Unfortunately, places beyond 10th cannot be recorded but paper Agility Warrant Record Books will remain available from the Kennel Club Publications Department.
The Agility Warrant Application Form can be downloaded from the Kennel Club website. Once the form is completed, it should be saved and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Handlers should receive an acknowledgement within three days and their Agility Warrant within three weeks.
If you have any questions about how to use this form, please ring Canine Activities on tel. 0844 4633 980 Ext 299.
Source: The Kennel Club (03 March 2014)
When two Dog Agility friends from Somerset came up with the idea to raise funds for flood victims on the Somerset Levels, they could not have imagined the overwhelming response they would receive from the local community.
Ruth Soutar and Marilyn Adams, who both live near the flood affected areas, thought a fundraising morning at their local training field would be the perfect way of doing their bit for the Somerset Flood Appeal. Little did they know their small event called 'Run For The Levels' would result in a surge of support from across the region, and grow into an independent show with 24 classes which is due to take place at Taunton Racecourse on Saturday, 29 March.
Ruth Soutar said 'We sent out a few emails to our agility friends to see if anyone was interested and, within days, it became clear that our field was not going to be big enough to accommodate everyone. We started asking around for a larger venue and the next thing we know we have been offered the use of several large venues, assistance from equipment hirers and businesses, clubs and individuals wanting to sponsor rings and help.'
The pair have been overwhelmed with the support they have received including Taunton Racecourse who are providing a brilliant venue, while equipment costs are being covered by First Contact Agility, Daybreak Dog Training, Norton Rosettes, Taryntimers, ISS Show Services, Minster Veterinary Surgery and many other clubs and individuals. A number of organisations are sponsoring the trophies for the classes including; Paws on The Levels, Feroda Agility, Mind to Win, Poetic Paws Training, CSJ Canine Feeds, Active Dog Services, Tone Veterinary Centre and Wilmott Mobility.
Marilyn added 'We also have four judges who have stepped in to help at short notice and, on top of all, we also have raffle prizes flooding in together with offers of help on the day. It makes us feel proud to be part of such a great community who are all pulling together to make as much money as possible for the local people affected by flooding.'
All monies raised will be donated to The Somerset Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund via Just Giving which is being used to relieve the immediate hardship individuals, families and communities are facing and support their recovery over the coming weeks and months. For many, it is the second time in two years they have been affected, and whole communities have been cut off for weeks. The response within the communities themselves has been magnificent, but there is only so much they can do for themselves.
You can be part of Run for the Levels by downloading an entry form from their group Facebook page or the Agilitynet Show Diary or by registering via ISS Show Services. Those unable to attend can still donate by emailing email@example.com or via http://www.justgiving.com/RunForTheLevels.
Source: Christine Walker (24 February 2014)
Having been let down again by ArenaUK. the Dog Vegas show on 15 March will now be held outdoors at the Oakridge Arena, Collingham, Newark. The good news is that there will be full access to the Arena's plush toilets and lovely café, but the rings will be outside.
For those who didn't go on Saturday, the Arena is 20miles North of Grantham, just outside Newark.
Orgainsier Hazel Higgin said 'We appreciate your patience in this matter and look forward to seeing you all there. Any further info will be on your welcome sheet that you can down load via the www.dogvegas.co.uk or www.longhedge.co.uk. Please share with anyone you know has entered.
Source: Hazel Higgins (24 February 2014)
Moira Bowden and Maddie Greening of M & M's are delighted to announce a brand new winter series of six shows to be held at the Dog Training Barn, just outside Banbury, Oxon.
The shows will be limited to 120 dogs, with four runs for all heights and grades. The agility run and jumping run will be qualifiers for the finals to be held in March. Handlers can accumulate points at the first five shows. There will be two runs for Anysize and young dogs of 15 months and over. We intend to release the schedule and entry forms for all six shows at the same time and are very happy to accept post dated cheques to enable people to secure their places.
The Dog Training Barn is a fabulous venue with excellent facilities, rubber coated contact equipment, proper toilets (a big plus in my world!!) and light and airy surroundings. Refreshments will be available.
The dates are as follows. Put them in your diary and look out for the schedule
Moira and Maddie said, # We anticipate the series will be hugely popular and a perfect environment to bring young dogs out, train in the ring if you want, use a toy, or just go all out to try to qualify for the finals!
Source: Moria & Maddie (24 February 2014
Due to the recent weather and the long term forecast, it has been decided to cancel the AJAXS show on14 March as the show site is on the banks of the River Thames. By doing so at this stage many costs will be prevented, that would be otherwise have to be paid if we decided to postpone a decision until later.
The Clean Run Challenge and Agility Edge Beginners Steeplechase heats will now be held at the September AJAXS show.
In the next few days, the AJAXS entry will disappear from your account page. If you have already paid, this will leave your account in credit. AJAXS and UK Agility will foot all the costs of the show and, therefore, the full amount will remain in credit on your account. If you do wish to receive a refund, then there will be a £2 administration fee including bank and postage charges. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Greg Derrett on FB (18 February 2014
The Dog Vegas 22 February show has now changed venue to The Oakridge Arena. This is due to ongoing extension works at the Arena UK, that would make holding the show there unsafe.
The new venue is only around 19 miles from the original venue. It has a café on site, and a good exercise area, so the facilities are equal to or better.
Full details will be on the welcome sheet that will be with your running orders.
Please let anyone you know who is going.
Source: The Dog Vegas Team (10 February 2014
Please give us time to work out the costs the club will incur and to sort out the refund situation.
Please also let others know who may not have email, or access to the internet - it is on our website as well as Agilitynet.
Aftermath... Thanks for putting up our message about the cancellation of our limit show. Only one person turned up on the day, so it seems all our efforts to tell people did work and Agilitynet played its part in that. So many thanks. Lisa Wilson
Source: Lisa Wilson (07 February 2014
The Kennel Club's International Agility Festival reaches its 10th anniversary this year and to celebrate the success and popularity one of the largest agility events in the world, it will be even bigger and better in 2014.
Once again taking place at the idyllic venue of Rockingham Castle, Leicestershire, the International Agility Festival has been extended to four days, starting on Thursday 7th August and running until Sunday 10th August. The principal sponsor of the festival will once again be CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds for the second year running.
A number of exciting changes have been made to ensure that the four days of the festival are action packed. This includes Championship Status being granted to the festival for small, medium and large dogs, taking the total number of Championship agility show societies to 27 for large dogs and 26 for small and medium dogs. As well as Championship classes, for the first time the event will also feature the Olympia semi-finals, a Special International Class and more standard classes.
Ceri Rundle, Founder of CSJ said: 'It means a lot to us that the Kennel Club Agility Show has now been granted Championship status. We like this event because it welcomes all dogs, from Sheepdogs to Schnauzers, from countries all over the world. We welcome the news that the show will be extended to four days, which gives more hard working dogs and owners a chance to win. We'd like to thank the Kennel Club for putting on this fantastic annual event, which gives fit and intelligent dogs a chance to shine.'
Thursday 7 August
Friday 8 August
Olympia Medium 3-7 Agility Semi-Final
Olympia Small 3-7 Agility Semi-Final
Starters Cup Qualifier
Olympia Large 3-5 Novice Quarter Final
Novice Cup Qualifier
Olympia Large 6-7 Senior Quarter-Final
International Young Handler Qualifier
British Open Qualifier
2 x combined standard classes for all heights
Standard Agility classes for all dogs
1 x Any size class
Standard Jumping classes for all dogs
Saturday 9 August
Sunday 10 August
International Young Handler Final
British Open Semi-Final
Olympia 3-7 ABC Semi-Final
Nations Cup Qualifier and Final
Starters Cup Semi-Final
YKC Agility Dog of the Year
Novice Cup Semi-Final
YKC Jumping Dog of the Year
Standard agility classes for all dogs
Standard agility classes for all dogs
Standard jumping classes for all dogs
Standard jumping classes for all dogs
Please note that the schedule for the festival will be available at Crufts on the Dog Activities Stand in Hall 3. For more information about the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityfestival or email email@example.com
Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (20 January 2014)
In January 2014, the Kennel Club made it compulsory for judges to use a surveyor's type measuring wheel to obtain applicable course times. It has ruled that the centre to centre - straight line method (C2C-SLM) is to be used.
In preparation for its introduction Gary Murphy ran work shops in 2013 instructing interested parties on this method. As all judges and interested parties could not take up this opportunity, Gary has produced a useful DVD covering all aspects. This includes PDFs of script and diagrams, the matrix and how to read it and instruction via video footage with voice over.
The price for this DVD is £13 including postage.
To make enquiries or order the DVD, please contact Helen Murphy via FACEBOOK or email Gary on firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Helen Murphy (15 January 2014)
In 2014 the traditional date for Wallingford Dog Training Club's Open Agility Show falls over the Easter weekend. The Committee has decided not to compete with all the other Easter shows next year. They have looked hard for an alternative date in 2014 without success, so it's been decided that WDTC will not be holding a show in 2014, but they plan to be back in 2015 on our traditional dates - Saturday, 18th and Sunday. 19th April.
Source: Jacky & Ian Hutchinson(15 January 2014)
The Kennel Club is currently organising qualifying heats at agility shows during 2014 to find finalists to compete at Olympia, Discover Dogs 2014 and Crufts 2015. Whilst the majority of these qualifying heats will continue to be held at the shows which staged them during 2013, the following heats are looking for new host societies, and could be held at different shows if need be:
In order to be eligible, societies must be Kennel Club registered and must hold an agility show prior to 31 October 2014. Shows will be asked to provide full details of all qualifying dogs and handlers to the Kennel Club within two weeks of the end of the show.
Show organisers wishing to stage the qualifiers are invited to contact Katharine Broers no later than Friday, 24 January 2014 by writing to the Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB, or by emailing email@example.com. For further information, please contact the Kennel Club Working Dog Activities Team on 0844 463 3980, ext 330.
Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (06 January)
East Anglian Border Collie Club is pleased to announce some changes to their summer agility show on 12 and 13 July. They have booked a fantastic new venue - White House Farm, Long Sutton PE12 9AQ in Lincolnshire for a new two-day show, with up to four runs per day for all heights and grades. They are still looking for a couple of judges, so if you are interested please get in touch with either Jill Spurr or Liz Brown at L&N Show Services.
The Schedule will be available through L&N soon, but make a note in your diary in the meantime.
Source: Jill Spurr (05 January 2014)