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 online survey to seek input.'
If anyone would like to complete the survey on paper, then email Sara at email@example.com so she can email you a copy that can be printed out and returned.
The survey closes on Sunday, 5th March 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.
Scunthorpe O & ATC Championship & Premier Agility Show - Lincolnshire
Hatton Agility Festival - Warwickshire
Nottingham Championship & Premier Agility Show - Nottinghamshire
Golden Valley DTC Agility Show - Worcestershire
Just Dogs Live - Cambridgeshire
Rugby Championship & Premier Agility Show - Staffordshire
Welsh Kennel Club Championship & Open Agility Show - Powys
Blenheim Agility Weekend - Shropshire
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 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:-
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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/.
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
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.
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.