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:-
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
attended a Kennel Club Agility
Course Design and Judging Judges
Seminar and passed the assessment, or (Deletions struck through)
Regulation H20. Judges and Judging
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.
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
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
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:
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/.
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:-
26th November 2017
28th January 2018
25th February 2018
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:-
Agility G5/7 and G1/4 - all heights
Power & Speed G5/7 and G1/4 - all heights
Jumping G5/7 and G1/4 - all heights and Anysize
Time fault and out G1/7 - Small, Medium, Large and Anysize
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 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
XS (dogs under 28cm) 10-20cm
S (dogs 28-35cm) 20-30cm
M (dogs 35-43cm) 30-40cm
L (dogs 43-50cm) 40-50cm
XL (dogs over 50cm) 50-60cm
New jumping heights at tryouts and international competitions
S (< 35 cm) 25-30 cm
M (35-43 cm) 35-40 cm
L (> 43 cm) 55-60 cm
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:
Table will disappear
Flat tunnel will change shorter and the entrance can be half-erected
Tyre can be used with or without frames
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.
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 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.
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.
1st 8 points
2nd 7 points
3rd 6 points
4th 5 points
5th 4 points
6th 3 points
CR 2 points
Points claimed should be emailed to email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:-
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.
I – individual run
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 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.
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 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:-
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.
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.
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 email@example.com . To find out more about how the sport is changing, join the e-gility Facebook group.
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
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.
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.
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The 2017 WAO will be held in Ermelo, The Netherlands on 19-21 May 2017.
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:-
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:
Thursday, 9th March: 18.30-20.00
Friday, 10th March: 18.30-19.30
On Channel 4
Thursday, 9th March: 16.00-17.00 and 20.00-21.00
Friday, 10th March: 16.00-17.00 and 19.30-21.00
Saturday, 11th March: 19.00-21.00
Sunday, 12th March: 18.00-20.30
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/
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.
The International Class is open to all overseas dogs, working either FCI Grade 3, or a Masters or Championship title in the USA, with the winners qualifying for the British Open final at Crufts 2018.
The British Open is for all FCI grade 3 dogs, British or Irish Grades 6 or 7 dogs or dog holding a Masters or Championship title in the USA. With the top nine Large dogs and seven Medium and Small dogs together with the top overseas based competitor from each size group, qualifying for the British Open at Crufts 2018.
The Novice Cup for FCI Grade 3, 4 or 5 dogs or dogs from the USA eligible to compete in Open or Excellent, with the top ten Large and eight Medium and Small qualifying for Crufts 2018.
The Starters Cup for FCI Grade 1 or 2 dogs or dogs from the USA Novice dogs. The top 12 Large dogs, six Medium dogs and six Small dogs will be invited to compete at the final at Eukanuba Discover Dogs 2017
The Kennel Club International Young Handler of the year is open to all grades of dog handled by those aged between 6-11, or 12-18.
The Young Kennel Club Agility and Jumping Dog of the Year is open to all members aged 6-17 years. First and second placed handler and dog in each subdivision at each heat will qualify for Crufts 2018.
The Nations Cup which sees three dogs representing their country completing a jumping round with a final agility round to decide the overall winners.
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.
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 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.
Scunthorpe Championship Agility Show - Winterton, Lincolnshire
Hatton Agility Festival -Warwick, Warwickshire
Dog Vegas - Matlock, Derbyshire
Stonebridge DTC -Chelmsford, Essex
Wye Valley DTC - Monmouth, Monmouthshire
Chipping Norton DTC - Banbury, Oxfordshire
Just Dogs Live Peterborough - Cambridgeshire
Pembrokeshire by The Pond - Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire
Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility Show - Builth Wells, Powys
The Summer Show - Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
North Derbyshire Championship Agility Show - Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Paws in the Park - Detling, Kent
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.