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2010 Show Snippets

 

 

 


The Internet has come into its own whether it be in times of crisis such as the spring floods or foot and mouth crisis or just the everyday cut and thrust of agility life. The Net is a fast and efficient way of keeping people informed about the little changes as well as the big ones. We can't be everywhere at once and so we rely on your input (and goodwill) to keep Agilitynet up to date so email us your show news as and when...

Please remind your show secretary to keep sending those updates to us and to include the name of the show, date(s), venue and other relevant details.


 JANUARY 2010

UPDATE
Wilmslow Entry Fee Refunds Reminder

Just want to remind everyone that if you entered the cancelled Wilmslow Show on Saturday, 9 January 2010 and would like an appropriate refund, you only have until the Tuesday, 9 February 2010 to claim. Send a SAE to June Moore, 10 Croft Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 6JJ. Any unclaimed entry fees will be donated to animal charities of the club's choice.

Please note that refunds will not be posted out until the 9 February 2010 and that is assuming we have sufficient cheques/cheque books. Thanks for your patience.

If you have any queries regarding your refund, the email Christine Robson at nickandchristine.robson @ ntlworld.com (remove spaces). Mobile: 07944 905888. Home: 0161 612 0214

Source: Christine Robson, Show Secretary, Wilmslow DTC (29/01/10)


A Message from the Crufts Team

The Kennel Club's Crufts team would like to mention that if you want to know if you have qualified for Crufts, you can check this directly by going to the Kennel Club website page that has all the information on Agility at Crufts (and Olympia).

It is at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2892 - head for the foot of the page under the heading 'More information on Crufts 2010' for links to lists of people who have qualified for the Crufts Singles and Crufts Teams and for the Small Agility Challenge, Circular Knockout and Small/Mixi Pairs (ex Eukanuba).

If you have qualified - Congratulations! You wil receive a letter of invitation automatically with full information, passes and so on in mid-February. The Team has asked that you please don't phone in to ask about this until then, as it slows down the team's work at an incredibly busy time for them!

Source: John Leslie

N.B. Or you could look below...


JDA Agility Show News

This year JDA will not be holding a show at Lincoln as the showground is unavailable. Instead they are having a three day Open Show on 4-6 June 2010 at Littleport Sports Centre, near Ely, Cambs. Once again, the show us being licensed by Letchworth DTC.

Source: James Greenhow  (23/01/10)


Ex-Eukanuba Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the following dogs and handlers who have been invited to take part in the DFS Crufts Small Dog Finals, formerly sponsored by Eukanuba.

Mini Circular Knockout

Show

Handler

Dog

Thames

Wendy Clay 

Racing-Redd Brussel Scout

 

Kate Sutton

Go-Go Fentastic

 

Michelle Griffiths

Crinkley Bob’s Comekit

 

Cheryl Tustain 

Raeanne’s Valentine Play Boy

Axstane

Martine Wates

Moby Dee

 

Vanessa Layton  

Karamugi A Little Bit More

 

Denise Welsh

Pipistrelle Merlin Magic at Kazim

 

Lisa Bailey 

Myndoc Gypsy Rose

Lune Valley

Barbara Edlin

Chandling Black Chaser

 

Chris Park

Petite Aimee

 

Jo Edwards

Pretty Little Weasel

 

Gillian Barrett

Jadelands Rare Beauty

Wellingborough

Jessica Smith

Go-Go Poptastic

 

Sharon Brewster

Upanova Limited Edition

 

 Ian Armstrong

Kangilis Moulin Rouge

 

Ru Baker

Kenmillix Chocolate Drop

Summer Agility Show

Jeanette Tandy

Wee Betsy Boo

 

Christine Barrett  

 Buzz Off I’m Busy

 

Angela Gadenne

Raeannes Hopeful By Phar for Sirensong

 

 Pauline Prince

Penling Dancing Flame

Summer Agility Show

Wendy Fassam

Just Cruising

 

Christine Stratford 

Pick A Poppette or Two

 

Dave Howard

Lyndahay Zig Zag

 

Lucy Rattenbury 

Dinky Doughnut

Letchworth

Ian Balchin 

True Lady

 

Hilary Bowden

 Lets Smartie Partie

 

Odette Foster   

Mionas Atuit

 

Eleanor Balchin

The Stig

Trent Park

Aljeanna Baddley

Tamarino Wicked Wagtail

 

Ray Amps

Battersea Arnold

 

Richard Wagner

Pansjal Celebration

 

Alison Gayton

Fluffy Angel

Mini Agility Challenge

Place

Handler

Dog

Points

1

Peggy Briscoe  

Obay Truly Taking a Chance

69

2

Sharon Brewster  

Upanova Limited Edition

68

3

Miranda Frankham

Chandling Black Chaser

66

4

Miranda Frankham

Lirren Night Shift 

63

5

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Tonring Just A Puzzle

59

6

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine

57

7

Wendy Clay 

Racing-Redd Brussel Scout

56

8

Rosie Cavill 

Fieldspy Leanna 

53

9

Zoe Councell

Millie The Whizz

46

10

Anne Edwards

Roxy Rocket 

45

11

Wendy Fassam

Just Cruising 

43

=12

Helen Nelson 

Sirensong Little Madame

33

=12

Nicola Williams 

Locally Grown Spud

33

14

Miranda Frankham**

Chandling Idiots Charger

32

15

Andy Hudson

Obay Caught In The Act

31

16

Michelle Griffiths

Crinkley Bob’s Comekit

29

17

Christine Barrett

Buzz Off I’m Busy

28

=18

Vanessa Layton

Karamugi A Little Bit More

27

=18

Louise MacFarlane

Clanavon Misty Shadow

27

19

Cheryl Tustain

Raeanne’s Valentine Play Boy

26

20

Chris Baldwin

If Only Pooh Bear

25

Reserve

Sean Clinch

True Lady

22

Reserve

Kate Sutton

Go-Go Fentastic

22

** Handler already has 2 dogs in top 20, only 2 dogs per handler

Mini/Mixi Pairs Challenge

Place

Handlers

Dogs

Points

1

Matthew Burdett
Lian Knight

Mountland Made In Heaven
Shelridge Saturn

46

2

Dawn Weaver
Tracy Runyeard

Ag.Ch. Tonring Just A Puzzle
Dark Side of the Moon at Twizzlemyst

44

3

Mandy-Su Sarti
John Winney

Stonebridge Black Magic
Tosari Cassilero Del Diablo

42

=4

Kate Sutton
Hillary Meyer

Go-Go Fentastic
Lunarlite Hurricane

41

=4

Sharon Brewster
Sue White

Upanova Limited Edition
Tizza Moment of Madness

41

6 Dawn Weaver
Jo Tristram
Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine
Ag.Ch. Ellie de Lyston
29
7 Dennis MacAulay
Lorna Goodban
Syaluacum Rosie
Jandaz Dreams of Cadbury
28
=8 Martine Wates
Kimberley Hampshier
Moby Dee
Ted The Terror
27
Cheryl Tustain
Rebecca Costello
Raeanne’s Valentine Play Boy
Atomic Twizter
27
Richard Wagner
Debbie Deuchar
Pansjal Celebration
Dream On Baby
24

=11

Angela Gadenne
Debbie Broadhurst

Karamugi One More Chance at Raeanne
Heslops Zak

23

=11

Lucy Rattenbury
Christine Barrett

Dinky Doughnut
Raeanne’s Kay Tee

23

13

Anne Edwards
Susan Sargeant

Roxy Rocket
Bennetts Princess

22

14

Mike Fairlamb
Sue White

Bonwillan Maple Magic Among Racing-Redd
Raeanne by Request

22

15

Rosie Cavill
Martin Cavill

Fieldspy Leanna
Tamarino Moody Blue

19

Reserve

Vanessa Layton
Kerry Aldrige

Raeannes Little Jumping Bean
My Millie On Air

18

Reserve

Lisa Bailey
Charley MacNeil 

Myndoc Gypsy Rose
Saramak Dancing Scot

18

  Source: The Kennel Club  (21/01/10)


Alldogs Re-scheduled for Next Month

A new date for the cancelled Alldogs Winter Tournament show on the 10 January which was cancelled has been set. It's been rescheduled for 28 February 2010. Anyone who has provided their email address will be sent details.

Source: Jane Feasey (12/01/10)


Gundog Show Opens to All Breeds

The Gundog Agility Team would like to let people know that entries for their Spring Show on 11 April are now open to non-Gundog breeds, as stated in the schedule. At the moment, there are spaces for both gun dogs and non-gun dogs.

Aljeana Baddley mentioned, 'As this show is being held at a larger venue, we have been able to increase our limit. So for the first time we will be able to take entries from non-gun dogs.

There will be also be special Allsorts classes for Casual, Nursery and Veteran  with two runs each at the show.

Entries close 19 February or before, if the limit is reached.

If you have any question, please contact Aljeana Baddley. Details are on the schedule

Source: Aljeana Baddley  (12/01/10)


TraVal Show & Crystal Challenge News

The TraVal CC Agility Show on 6 March still has over 400 runs available. With no entries coming in and the closing date due in a couple of weeks, the organisers have made the following decision.

The March Show will definitely be going ahead as scheduled. However the Crystal Challenge Final will be held at the first show of the new series.  The final will be a Jumping course and held instead of the Run 4 Fun class.  Should any finalist win out of Grade 3 before the final they may still compete in it. 

Val Clark said, 'The reason for the postponement is simply because we take pride in our prizes and in order to give the same quality as other year's finals we need the entries.

Source: Val Clark   (11/01/10)


January UKA Cornwall Show Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the extreme weather, the conditions of the roads around the venue and the safety of the car parks at the venue, it has been decided by the Cornwall Show Management to cancel the UKA Cornwall show on 17 January 2010.

Please visit the UK Agility web page for information regarding refunds.

Source: Greg Derrett  (10/01/10)


Wilmslow Entry Fee Refunds

Following the cancellation of their KC show on 9 January 2010, Wilmslow DTC has issued this notice to competitors

Firstly, please accept our apologies for having to cancel the Wilmslow Agility Show which was to be held on Saturday, 9 January 2010.  The Show was cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions - specifically heavy snow fall and ice on untreated surfaces.  I’m sure those affected by the extreme weather will sympathise and understand just why the Show had to be cancelled.

We now want to move on and get refunds sorted, and sent out, to people as quickly as possible.  Our refund policy is as per Schedule - see under KC Rules & Regulations (28) - and is as follows:-

'In the event that the show is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, Wilmslow DTC will refund fees, less reasonably incurred expenses, on receipt of a stamped, addressed envelope submitted within 1 month of the Show date.'

If you require an appropriate refund of your entry fee(s), please send a stamped addressed envelope to June Moore, 10 Croft Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 6JJ. Your stamped addressed envelope must reach the club by 9 February 2010 to be eligible for an appropriate refund. Any unclaimed entry fees will be donated to animal charities of our choice.

If anyone has any queries regarding refunds, the contact Christine Robson. Email is preferred: nickandchristine.robson @ ntlworld.com (remove spaces). You can ring m. 07944 905888 or tel. 0161 612 0214 (home) Please can you pass this message on to anyone you think may not be have access to the Internet but may still need to know.

Source: Christine Robson, Show Secretary, Wilmslow DTC (10/01/10)


WAG Show on 10 January Cancelled

Linda Croxford has asked Amanda Pigg to notify people know that the Whitstable Agility Group (WAG) Unaffiliated Limited Agility Show scheduled for this Sunday has been cancelled. Linda plans to ring around but if you read this message and know anyone else who was planning to go, please let them know the situation

Linda is going to try to re-arrange the show and will let people know the dates later on. If you are unable to make the new date, Linda will arrange a refund.

Source: Amanda Pigg  (08/01/10)



Alldogs Tournament Snowed Off

The Alldogs Winter Tournament this Sunday, 10 January 2010 has been called off due to more than a little bit of snow! See above. A new date will be announced.

The heat which was cancelled on 20 December 2009 has been re-scheduled for Sunday, 7 February 2010.

For more information, ring the Show Manager Jane on m. 07747 113399 or Show Secretary Debbie on m. 07835 608546

Source: Jane Feasey (08/01/10)


Wilmslow Called Off

The Wilmslow Show at Myerscough College this coming Saturday is cancelled due to weather conditions. Further details will be posted later.

Source: Deena Freeman (07/01/10)


Patanden Show Cancelled

The Patanden Agility Simulated Agilty Show scheduled for 9 January has been postponed until 31 January due to adverse weather conditions.

Source: Pat Griffiths (07/01/10)


Winter League at the Patch Called Off

As the ground is currently frozen, car park is too dangerous to use and the weather forecast is showing no improvement before weekend, Ronnie McAleese has decided that the Winter League match this Saturday, 9 January will be postponed. Heats 3 & 4 will be run as a double day in February with two agility and two jumping rounds with two different judges.

He said, 'Can't take any chances with safety of either humans or dogs.'

For more information, visit The Patch website.

Source: Laura McAleese (05/01/10)


Waverunners On-line

A new website has been created for the 2010 UKA Waverunners Shows which will be updated with all the latest show information and any other useful information for the competitors.

The Waverunners show on 27-28 March will be the first show to host the first UKA Master Series competition. The Masters will consist of a Jumping round followed by an Agility round (heats). The combined results of these heats will determine the overall winner of that Masters. An annual Masters final will be held at the UKA Nationals Week to find the UKA Masters Champion, a status that will remain with the winning dog. Prize money for the overall top four places at each Masters in the 2010 series will be £100 for 1st place, £35 for 2nd, £20 for 3rd, and £15 for 4th.

The show will also provide each competitor with the option of five runs per day per day. The classes will be 2 x steeplechase, 1 x jumping, 1 x agility & 1 x games each day.

The closing date for entries to the show is 26 February, but if you miss the closing date, do not worry. You can enter on the day for any of the classes that you and your dog are eligible for. Just go along to the Secretary's tent in the morning and this can be arranged very easily.

http://waverunners.ricyates.co.uk/index.htm

Source: Renee Patience (03/01/10)



 FEBRUARY 2010


Alldogs Cancelled... Again

The unlucky Alldogs Winter Agility Tournament show originally scheduled for 10 January 2010 has been cancelled again. The show organisers report that the water table is high and wind and rain are forecast for this Sunday so it would not be sensible to hold the show in those conditions.

The rescheduled date is next Sunday, 7 March. All entries will be automatically carried over to that day.

Anyone not able to attend will be offered entry to the Alldogs summer show on the 25 July 2010.

Source: Jane Feasey (25/02/10)


Weald Show Switches to Sunday

The new committee at Weald Agility Society (WAGS) are just putting the finishing touches to the schedule for our revised Show to be held at Golden Cross on 10 October. Please note, this is a Sunday, not Saturday as in previous years.

Classes planned are aimed at Large G1 and G1-3 Graded, both Agility and Jumping.  Small and Medium dogs will have G1 & 2 Graded and Open G1-7 Combined, again both Agility and Jumping.

Schedules will be available from your favourite web-site soon.

Source: Richard Partridge (25/02/10)


Dogs on Top Are On the Move

Attention everyone who is entering Dogs on Top shows from now on. Please send all entries to :- Dogs on Top, c/o 207 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0EA.

Show organisers Denise Smith-Howell said, 'This is as immediate effect, as I'm at last moving house. We have been searching for a while and we have at last found what we was looking for.'

The summer season shows will be held at the Aylestone Park Football Club in Wigston, Leics. The new venue is much bigger with a club house, for evenings entertainment, showers on site, hard standing and grass car parks as well as an excellent exercise area and local shops.

Dogs on Top will be holding Jumping Knock Out qualifiers at the summer shows with finals being held in August. It  was great fun last year and was a great success. In addition, there will be young handlers competitions, fun dog shows and more.

Schedules for the June and July shows are available on the Show Diary.

Source: Denise Smith-Howell  (24/02/10)


Only Paws & Horses

The Whitestable Agility Group (WAG) has been asked to run three small, unaffiliated, limited show called Only Paws & Horses at The Hop Farm Country Park (Kent) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 29- 31st May 2010. It is for Grades 1 – 5 with four runs a day . The show will be limited a maximum of 300 dogs each day.

With past shows in, show organiser Linda Croxford said, 'I only agreed to go back to Hop Farm only if we have the top end of the venue away from brooks!'

Source: Linda Croxford  (24/02/10)


Colchester Camping Again...

Having just announced that camping is full at the Colchester Open KC Show on 1-2 May, the show organisers have managed to secure an additional 30 pitches.

As mentioned below, the Earls Colne Airfield venue has vast amounts of space but a dog agility show is new to the venue and the owner is worried about his fields.

If you do wish to camp please enter soon.

Source: Donna Hurlock Colchester Show Secretary  (23/02/10)


Doddington & Weeting Fun Shows

Victor and Sylvia Marcham and a small but faithful band of helpers are running two fun competitions this year at The Doddington Country Fair, near March in Cambridgshire on 12-13 June and The Weeting Steam Rally, near Brandon on the Norfolk Suffolk border on the 16-18 July. Weeting is already full but spaces are still available at Doddington.

Vic speculated, 'This is probably due to the fact it clashes with  two other shows one in the area - Norwich and RVA. With optional fish and chip supper at both shows and a BBQ at Weeting, these shows are designed to bring the fun back into agility. People often ask us, 'ow do you run a show without timing?' Well we do and have successfully done so since moving to Norfolk eight years ago.

Both shows have live steam, stalls, a main ring and most importantly, a beer tent. This year the we have been given more space so am able to give a few more competitors the chance to join us.  Aimed at those that are just venturing into agility and up to KC Grade 3 the shows give even the slowest dog the chance to come first. Ask Pauline Woolley with Bandit! 

If you are contemplating joining in, don't delay as spaces are very limited. Contact Vic Marcham

Source: Vic Marcham (23/02/10)


Camping Closed at Colchester

Camping is now full at the Colchester Open KC Show on the 1-2 May.

For those who may have missed out, the show schedule includes nearby campsites that take dogs. 

The venue itself - Earls Colne Airfield - has vast amounts of fields, but the owners are worried about the weather and having their fields churned up.  A week before the show, the venue has agreed to re-assess and Colchester may be able to offer 70 extra camping pitches at the last minute.  They will put an announcement on Agilitynet if this is the case. You will be able to email or phone to reserve a pitch and pay on arrival.  All pitches will still be pre-allocated.

Source: Donna Hurlock, Colchester Show Secretary  (15/02/10)


Easter Celebration Caravan Waste

Southern Water has recently advised the Easter Celebration organisers that the Ardingly treatment plant is no longer able to cope with any chemical waste. Therefore, in-line with the 1991 Water Resources Act, the South of England Centre has a legal obligation to separate all chemical waste from caravans and mobile homes from our normal sewage waste.

The Centre is investing in four holding tanks to facilitate this change, with regular emptying to be carried out by our tanker contractor to an alternative approved treatment works. This change therefore incurs added ongoing costs for emptying and maintenance, therefore we now wish to levy a caravan emptying charge per unit of £3.00 + VAT for all events being held in 2010 and beyond. This cost will be reviewed each year.

Easter Celebration will cover this cost for 2010. This will mean the camping fee will go up in 2011.

Source: Amanda Rodgers - Easter Celebration Show Secretary (12/02/10)


Geriatric Agility at Packington

It's not a new class but one which is always worth mentioning. This year the 'special' Geriatric Agility Class at Packington will be held on Sunday, 30 May and judged by Jo Bird.

The rules are definitely worth a read.

  • This is a Special class open only to handlers aged 60 and over with Large Medium or Small height dogs, Grades 1-7. Dogs who are unable to jump their full height for any reason may be entered at any height you choose.
     

  • There is a reduced OAP rate for this class of £1.50 – free entry to all over 80s and also to anyone who is accompanied by both parents.
     

  • The course will be simple to remember – probably just up and down, without traps.
     

  • There will be no course time – within the hour preferred.
     

  • Extra large numbers will indicate the course.
     

  • Appropriate prizes
     

  • Oxygen, nurses, incontinence pads and zimmer frames will be available, if required.
     

  • Sanatogen, Viagra and similar stimulants are banned.

Source: Packington ADS Open Agility Show schedule (12/02/10)


Pachesham Class Changes

Pachesham Agility have announced some class changes to their Fun show on Saturday, 13 February. They are now as follow:

  • Small Dogs G1-7

  • Medium Dogs - G1-7

  • Large Dogs - G1-3

  • Large Dogs - G 4-7

Enquiries to pachesham@btinternet.com

Source: Ian Balchin  (08/02/10)


New Principal Sponsor for Dogs In Need & Agility

Dogs In Need Agility Society is delighted to announce that Colimanor Limited, exclusive distributors for OmniPro Pet Foods for UK and Channel Islands, has agreed to be our new principal sponsor for 2010-2012. New to and manufactured in the UK, OmniPro Pet is a range of Super Premium and Holistic dry food.

Gerry Eckersely said, 'We are very excited at our new association and at the prospect of a 'new face' in Agility sponsorship.'

2010 information and class details is now available on the official website www.dogsinneedagility.com

Source: Gerry Eckersley – Chairman (08/02/10)


Blackdown Classes Clarification

Blackdown AS has had a number of entries for their Sunday, 9 May Open competition where people have entered their dogs in four classes. The schedule states three classes maximum per dog and would like to remind people that three is the limit.

Source: Lisa Wilson, Blackdown AS (04/02/10)


New Organisers for Jersey Festival

After 11 years, Sally and Andre Rees have decided to give up organising the Jersey Agility Festival and have entrusted the show to Scallywags AC.

Nicky Huelin, President of the club, said, 'I am sure regulars will agree it it a tough act to follow but we are looking forward to the challenge. We are a very new Club and this will be a real test for us, however Sally and Andre have said they will hold our hands through it this year!

The plan is to keep the Festival as close as possible to the same format that everyone is used to but, at the end of the show, comments forms will be given out, asking for competitors to say what they liked best and what could be done differently.

The event is still being held at Beuvelande Campsite which has plenty of parking and you can camp right by the show.

All proceeds will still be going to charity and this year the funds will be going to both the Jersey Hospice and Help a Jersey Child.

If you have an queries about the Festival or problems with travel and accommodation, please contact Denny Buckey on tel. 01534 880911 or email dennybuckley@hotmail.com

Source: Nicky Huelin  (04/02/10)



The Alpha Agility Challenge 2010 Heats

Nottinghamshire based Alpha Feeds Ltd get 2010 off to a great start by their continuing support of the Alpha Agility Challenge, an agility competition for Large dogs Grades 1 – 3. Competitors have nine opportunities to qualify for one of the 45 places and will receive an invitation to compete at the Grand Final later in the year.

2010 qualifying heats will be held at the following shows:-

October 2009

  • Small Animal Show Peterborough Cambridgeshire

April 2010

  • Easter ‘Egg’gility - Warwickshire

  • Lincolnshire Agility Enthusiasts  - Lincolnshire

May 2010

  • Beacon ADTC - West Midlands

  • Belvoir Steam Fair - Leicestershire

June 2010

  • PADS  - Staffordshire 

July 2010

  • Tuffley DTC - Gloucestershire

  • Chipping Norton DTC - Oxfordshire

August 2010

  • Herefordshire Country Fair - Herefordshire

Unique to this competition is the Alpha Wildcard. One or two great dogs that miss the qualifying places will receive an Alpha Wildcard Invitation. Further details announced on the Alpha website in the spring.

John Walgate, Managing Director of Alpha Feeds, said he was delighted that Alpha was continuing to supporting the active dog community in such an innovative way and he look forward to meeting competitors at the forthcoming heats.

Source: Graham Taylor (03/02/10)


 MARCH 2010

Alpha Challenge 2010 Final Information

Alpha Feeds are delighted to announce the final of this year’s Alpha Agility Challenge will be held on Sunday, 26 September 2010 at the Malvern Autumn Show, The Three Counties Showground, Malvern WR13 6NW. The Championship judge and international handler Andy Brown will officiate at the final.

 There will be nine heats run through the year with five dogs qualifying at each heat .The popular Alpha Wildcard will again be available, allowing each heat judge to award to that one partnership that did not qualify on the day but ought to be at the final.

For more information about the Alpha Agility Challenge, contact Graham Taylor at 2 Medley Grove Leamington Spa CV31 2GA. Mobile: 07831 548911 or email rover.pro@virgin.net

Source: Graham Taylor (28/03/10)


Post Code Change for Belvoir Castle

Sat Nav users going to the agility show at Belvoir Castle Steam Festival on 21 - 23 May 2010 may need to know that there is a corrected post code for this venue It is Belvoir Castle, nr Grantham, Leicestershire NG32 1PE. Whilst Grantham in Lincolnshire is the local town the Castle stands just over the border in Leicestershire.

Source: Graham Taylor (28/03/10)


Vyne Closing Date

As entries have been slower than usual this year, Vyne AC has decided to extend the closing date of their show on Monday, 3 May 2010. The new closing date for postal entries will be 31 March and 6 April for on-line entries on iSS.

Source: Lesley Slade  (23/03/10)


Tuffley Apologises

Please note that on the Tuffley Show schedule (2-4 July 2010) Class 38 on Sunday, 4 July is a qualifier for the Alpha Agility Challenge and details of the rules and regulations plus the sponsors details have been omitted inadvertently from the schedule.

We, as a Club, apologise to Alpha for this omission but would like to explain. Some of you may be aware that, very sadly, Gary Woodham has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Gary has always played a large part in organising Tuffley's summer show but, due to being very poorly at the beginning of the year, Shawn Powell has kindly taken over from Gary in helping to organise the show and finalising the schedule.

An update on Gary is he is now out of hospital and is due to start chemotherapy to help reduce the tumour. He has good days and bad days but is hoping to make it to some shows this season.

Please could you pass this on to anyone who does not have access to the Net.

Apologies once again to Alpha.

Source: Bridget Fletcher on behalf of Tuffley Agility Club  (18/03/10)


GWF Nutrition Comes to the Aid of the KC Olympia Stakes

GWF Nutrition has added its support to one of the most important showcase events for dog agility in the UK - The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes. This exciting collaboration between the Kennel Club and the manufacturer of the successful Joint Aid for Dogs product will ensure this event continues to remain a top class competition. The country’s most talented agility dogs and handlers vie with each other in qualifying heats at agility shows across the country throughout the season to gain a coveted invitation to compete at the Olympia final.

GWF Nutrition’s Marketing Director, Simon Vowles, says: 'We are delighted to be working alongside the Kennel Club on this prestigious event. The success of Joint Aid for Dogs over the past few years has been astounding, and with so many of our customers already using it on their working and competition dogs with great success, the opportunity to become involved with the Olympia Agility Stakes provides the perfect complement to our product.'

Joint Aid for Dogs is a proven complementary feed for all dogs, providing a painless and economical aid for maintaining healthy joints.  Containing 11 active ingredients, including chondroitin, collagen, glucosmine, glutamine and MSM, Joint Aid for Dogs helps maintain the natural anti-inflammatory actions of the dogs’ metabolism and supports the normal wear and repair of cartilage and synovial fluid. In addition, Joint Aid for Dogs contains GWF Nutrition’s unique Oatinol® Delivery System to maintain a healthy digestive tract and a high rate of absorption of essential nutricines, vitamins and trace elements.  Manufactured exclusively by GWF Nutrition, Joint Aid for Dogs is backed by a full Money Back Guarantee (terms apply) and a Customer Satisfaction rate exceeding 99.9%.

The reason for the Olympia International’s popularity is because of its unique blend of top class competition and amazing displays mixed with its very special Christmas atmosphere. In the early days it was definitely seen as being a bit of fun and something different to amuse the audience but it has now evolved into a top class Agility competition, encompassing five separate finals, with some of the UK's most skilled handlers and dogs qualifying and competing each year.  In fact, the dog agility finals now vie with the main show jumping class as the most memorable part of each performance, according to audience exit polls.

Olympia features a separate agility final on each of its five days, offering handlers the chance to compete in front of an audience of ten thousand noisy supporters:

  • KC Olympia Medium Agility Stakes - for Medium dogs

  • KC Olympia Small Agility Stakes - for Small dogs

  • KC Olympia Large Agility Stakes - for Large dogs competing at Grades 6-7

  • KC Olympia Novice Agility Stakes - for Large dogs competing at Grades 3-5

  • KC Olympia ABC Stakes- for Large dogs other than Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs (Anything But Collies)

This new association was launched officially at DFS Crufts on Friday, 12 March.

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (18/03/10)


New Southern Show for BAA

Following months of searching for a decent venue, Jumping Jacks Agility are now proud to present their first BAA show at Perrywood Sports Club, Redhill, Surrey on Saturday & Sunday, 24-25 July 2010.

June Bass, Principle of the BAA, said, 'I hope this will be the first of many successful BAA shows in the South. People have been pleading with me to run some BAA shows in this area but is has been difficult to find suitably committed show organisers.'

'Jumping Jacks in association with ACES have put in a lot of effort to make this show possible and are hoping that they will get lots of support from competitors in the locality.'

The BAA was founded in 2002 when Steve Retter and June Bass together pioneered the way for non-KC shows in this country, EMDAC was the UK’s first independent Agility organisation, which proved very successful and went on to develop into the British Agility Association (BAA) in late 2005.

June continued, 'Hopefully more organisers will begin to take an interest in running a BAA show so more people can enjoy some quality BAA shows all around the country. Organisers will find it so easy to run a BAA show. There is a lot of flexibility in the type of classes they may schedule. All the show processing and results service is provided including schedules drawn up, at a very small cost to cover the cost of materials. We provide help and advise as required by the show organiser

For more information, email June bass at June@baa.uk.net  or visit the BAA Website & Forum at www.baa.uk.net

Source: June Bass (16/03/10)


Crufts Results
Reporter: Jennie Fairweather

British Open Small Agility
Thursday, 11 March 2010                                                  Agility time

1st

Ag Ch Laurelton Winter Nutmeg         42.44 C
GB

Rachel Mowbray

2nd

Spot of Majuba                                   46.43 C
Ireland

Mary Dolan

3rd

Ag Ch Piquant Painted Sunshine         37.07
GB

Dawn Weaver

British Open Medium Agility
Thursday, 11 March 2010                                                    Agility time

1st

Ag Ch Obay Truly Balanced                 40.06 C
GB

Bernadette Bay

2nd

Donjuan of Nobels Kingdom                E’ed
Inge Dillen

3rd

Fenstyle Sing Mai Licosateria  52.85 +2.85 time faults
Malaysia

Lian Knight

 

 

 

 

 

British Open Large Agility
Thursday 11th March 2010                                              Agility time

 

1st

 

V’Nevian Macleod S’Tip                       36.47 C                                    Hungary
Anna Eifert

 

2nd

 

Win Some Winnie                                 38.87 C
GB
Kathryn Tasker

 

3rd

 

Darleysfalls Dark Secret                     43.09 +5 faults 
GB

Linda Hutchinson

 

4th

 

Bearmine Uwa                                   43.28 + 5 faults
Belgium
Eddy Dehouwer

 

5th

 

Miss Tiger Lily                                    43.61 = 5 faults                      ?Germany/GB
Pia Glover

Novice Cup Small Agility
Thursday, 11 March 2010

1st

Temelora Accidental Magic
Debbie Goodwin

2nd

Baby Boo
Jean Shaw

3rd

Obay Truly Daniel's Dream
Daniel Croxford

4th

Battersea Arnold
Val Amps

Novice Cup Medium Agility
Thursday, 11 March 2010

1st

Rambauds Ortie
Anne Cullen

2nd

Canteba Black Boy Inde Ring
Amber Tunnicliffe

3rd

Tickletummy Tessie
Steven Rogers

Novice Cup Large Agility
Thursday, 11 March 2010

1st

Rosmarimus Rum Cherry
Sam Johnston

2nd

Nedlo Hello Ello
Lesley Olden

3rd

Nedlo Jitterbug
Angela Williams

4th

Canen Magpie
Elaine Brammer

5th

Toby One Kenobi
Rachel Frost

6th

Saveth Hudel Sterennik
Roger Brown

7th

Perranfell Playmate
Carol Smith

Team Large Agility
Thursday, 11 March 2010

1st

What Gold

2nd

Wilmslow

3rd

Chipping Norton

4th

Clyde Valley Flyers

5th

Billingshurst DTC

6th

Thames Again

7th

Tunbridge Wells A

8th

Derbyshire

Mini/Maxi Pairs Challenge
Thursday, 11 March 2010

1st

Weaver/Runyeard

2nd

Weaver/Tristram

3rd

Fairlamb/White

4th

Burdett/Knight

5th

Tustain & Costello

6th

Sarti/Winney

7th

MacAuley/Goodban

8th

Cavill R/Cavill M

9th

Wagner/Deuchar

Novice Cup Small - Round 2
Thursday, 11 March 2010                                              Jumping time/faults

1st

Temelora Accidelntal Magic                37.07
Debbie Goodwin

2nd

Battersea Arnold                                37.58
Val Amps

3rd

Baby Boo                                             44.96 + 5 faults
Jean Shaw

Novice Cup Medium - Round 2
Thursday, 11 March 2010                                              Jumping time/faults

 

1st

Rambauds Ortie                                  40.08 +0.08 time faults
Anne Cullen

2nd

Canteba Black Boy Inde Ring  42.12 C
Amber Tunnicliffe

  Novice Cup   Large - Round 2                           
Jumping time/faults

1st

Rosmarimus Rum Cherry                     31.14 C
Sam Johnston

2nd

Nedlo Nellie Bean                                32.11C
Helen Davey-Smith

3rd

Nedlos Jitterbug                                  32.29 C
Angela Williams

4th

Toby One Kenobi                                 32.32 C
Rachel Frost

5th

Perranfell Playmate                            34.57 + 5 faults
Carol Smith

6th

Nedlo Hello Ello                                    36.93 + 5 faults
Lesley Olden

  Large Team FinalRound 1  
  Thursday,   11 March 2010

1st

Chipping Norton                       158.64 + 20 faults

2nd

Wilmslow                                 160.42 + 105 faults

3rd

Clyde Valley                            
Not know results

4th

What Gold                                163.10 + 120 faults 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Orchard Announces New Show

Orchard Agility would like to announce a new independent agility show on the May Day Bank Holiday. The dates of the show are 1-3 May 2010. Ian and Rosemary Stowers have managed to secure a very nice venue behind the Fox & Duck at Stotfold, Bedfordshire.

There will be classes to suite Grades 1-7 for Large, Medium and Small dogs, with two Special Agility and Jumping classes each day for Large dogs. Grade 1 dogs are eligible to enter up to six classes per day.

The schedule is now available.

Source: Rosemary Stowers (02/03/10)


Agility Zone Saves the Highland Agility Stakes

Agility Zone magazine has announced that Highland Agility Stakes Final and qualifiers will not be lost forever. The Zone has decided to manage and sponsor this Northern Final which was almost lost when Pedigree pulled out of sponsorship with a little help from their friends at CSJ. 

The 2010 show will be run almost to the same format as in previous years. This means there will be qualifying classes at shows in and around Scotland with the top placed dogs from each heat qualifying for the Final. The final will be held at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace in July.

There will be some great prizes for the qualifiers including CSJ gifts/vouchers, Agility Zone magazine subscriptions and lovely ribbons, with rosettes and crystal for the top three finalists at Scone Palace. 

The four qualifying events will be held at the following shows:-

  • Woodside - 1 May

  • Fair City – 8 May

  • SKC – 23 May

  • Prestwick – 12 June

The 2011 competition will be run under a slightly different format with the introduction of a second series of heats/Highland Final for Novice dogs. The morning preliminary run (aka the warm up run) will be replaced with the Novice Final.  All competitors wishing to compete in the 2011+ Finals will have to subscribe Agility Zone magazine in the same way that handlers must belong to The Agility Club to be eligible for the Agility Club Starters Challenge.

It is possible that the competition may be extended to Small and Medium Novice and Senior dogs, providing a second day at Scone Palace can be secured.

Thanks must go to Stuart and Ann Harmes at CSJ for their help and support.

Details will soon be available in the Agility Zone magazine and on the website . For more information, mail kenny@agilityzone.co.uk

Source: Kenny Spottiswood  (02/03/10)


 Admission to the RVA Show at Shire Horse Show

RVA have received a number of discounted tickets for sale for admission into the Shire Horse Show on the 20 -21 March 2010. All handlers entered into the agility show will receive one free ticket. Please be advised that all persons in your vehicle will require a admission ticket to enter the showground.

The discounted prices are:

  • Adults - £6.50

  • OAP - £4.50

  • Child - (5-16) £3.50

  • Family Ticket (2 Adults/2 Children) - £13.00.

Tickets are available to be purchased up to Saturday,6 March and will be sent out with ring cards early next week. No discounted tickets will be on sale on the day/s of the show.

If you require any extra tickets you can purchase the discounted tickets by sending a cheque payable to the Shire Horse Society to:-

Teresa Stretton
Show Sec Agility at Shire Horse Society Show
13 Sawtry Road
Glatton
Huntingdon PE28 5RZ

Source: Teresa Stretton  (02/03/10)

 APRIL 2010

KC Festival Set to Break Records

Entries for the Kennel Club International Agility Festival 2010, sponsored by Purina ProPlan, look like they are set for record numbers this year.

The festival, which is in its sixth year, takes place at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire from Friday, 13 August to Sunday, 15 August 2010. It is the only international show to be open to all Kennel Club registered dogs – whether cross breed or pedigree – and has already attracted over 8,000 entries.

The festival includes qualifying classes for DFS Crufts 2011 and Discover Dogs 2010 plus the Kennel Club Nations Cup and the Kennel Club International Young Handler of the Year.

The on-site camping is also proving to be a real hit with competitors and spaces are filling up fast. There are a limited number of pitches left and anyone who wants to camp for the duration of the festival is urged to book their pitch as soon as possible.

Commenting on the festival, Caroline Kisko, Communications Director of the Kennel Club, said: 'Agility is the UK's fastest growing dog sport and the festival is certainly testament to the sport's appeal. This year we expect to see record numbers of entries and over 2,500 dogs of all types, sizes and experience levels competing.'

Kelmarsh Hall is located in the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire countryside and is easily accessible from all parts of the country, being only a short distance from the M1/M6 and A14.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, 24 June 2010. Further details and entry forms can be found at: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityfestival

Source: KC Press Office  (30/04/10)


DFS Crufts 2011 Small Dog Qualifiers

The Kennel Club has announced the final list of qualifying events for DFS Crufts 2011 for the Small Dog Agility classes. This covers the Small Circular Knockout, the Small Agility Challenge and the Small/Mixi Pairs. These classes are in addition to the Singles and Team competitions.

The Kennel Club is currently organising qualifiers at Agility shows during 2010 to find finalists to compete at DFS Crufts in March 2011. The majority of these qualifying heats will continue to be held at the shows which staged them during 2009, but following a decision by one club not to stage qualifiers at its 2010 show, the Kennel Club has sought applications from interested agility clubs.

The confirmed list of qualifiers is:

  • Axstane Agility Club - 19 & 20 June
  • Lune Valley DTC - 27 June
  • Wellingborough DTC -3 & 4 July
  • Derbyshire Dog Agility Club - 31 July
  • Ely & District DTC - 27 August & 30 August
  • Letchworth (First Garden City) DTC - 3 - 5 September
  • Trent Park DTC - 19 September

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (28/04/10)


UK Set to Host EO to Co-incide with 2010 Olympics

The Kennel Club is proud to announce that the UK has been selected to host the  2012 European Open Agility Championships – one of the world's most prestigious international dog agility competitions – which is open to both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs. The European Open will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August 2012 at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire.

Kelmarsh Hall is also the regular venue for the Kennel Club's own annual International Agility Festival, and the 2012 Festival will run over the weekend immediately following the European Open, offering international and domestic competitors the opportunity to take a ten-day agility holiday. Competitors may wish to take advantage of one of the planned ‘rest days' in between to attend the Olympic events which will be taking place in and around London at the same time.

The European Open competition, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2012, has become increasingly international in scope with teams from countries such as Brazil, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States of America attending in recent years. The 2009 championship in the Netherlands featured teams from 27 countries. 

The European Open is officially recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), and its rules are based on the FCI agility regulations of 2007. However, non-pedigree dogs may be entered into the European Open alongside pedigree dogs. The Kennel Club will be the first non-FCI member to organise the European Open – the Kennel Club works closely with the FCI but is not a member.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: 'The Kennel Club is immensely proud to have been chosen to host the 2012 European Open, and delighted to have the opportunity to further consolidate the UK's leading position amongst the world agility community.'

The specific competition rules for the European Open are set by each host country but usually follow the same format and use FCI agility regulations. Approximately 650 dogs are allowed to participate. The maximum allowed from each country is 30 dogs, with the exception of the host country, which is allowed 60 dogs, and a number of ‘founder member' countries which are allocated additional spaces due to their ongoing support. Twenty-seven countries took part in 2009 including USA, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Poland, the Russian Federation and Slovenia.

Teams are entered by the home Kennel Club for each country, but individual entries are normally accepted from countries where a team is not being sent. The European Open comprises both individual and team events, with both jumping and agility rounds in each, and the same competitors participating in both the individual and the team rounds.

Competitors bringing dogs into the UK from overseas will need to ensure that they meet the requirements of the PETS pet passport scheme in order to avoid the dogs being placed into quarantine on their arrival. The dog must also be issued with an EU pet passport issued by an approved vet or an official veterinary certificate in certain non-EU listed countries, and treated against ticks and tapeworms. Full details are available from the UK government department Defra on its website – factsheets are available at http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/factsheet/factsheet.htm 

Detailed information and progress updates on the Agility European Open 2012 will appear on the Kennel Club website www.thekennelclub.org.uk in due course.

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (27/04/10)


URGENT!
Highland Agility Stakes Qualifiers

Agility Zone would like to explain to all of the competitors entered into the G5-7 Combined Agility class at the Woodside Championship Show (class 7) and the SKC G5-7 Graded Agility class (Class 6) that these classes will double as Highland Agility Stakes Qualifiers.

It was agreed a while back that the Woodside show would hold the first qualifier for the final and that it would be stated on the schedule as such but, at last minute, both Woodside - and then SKC - had to pull their support as people may have entered - or not entered - the class, without knowing it was a qualifier as the Highland Stakes 'announcement' was made after the schedule had been made available. It was the KC that had the final say, not the clubs themselves. The qualifying places for the final will be offered by invitation.

Agility Zone publisher Kenny Spottiswoode said, 'I will still be taking the top placed dogs from the original classes,  just not the way I had planned.'

Qualifying places will still go to the top six placed dogs at Woodside and the top seven placed dogs at SKC!  There will still be rosettes for the qualifiers, placing up to 20th as well as some lovely crystal trophies for the top 3 placed dogs and CSJ Prize Packs with lots of goodies and a free subscription to the Agility Zone Magazine.

The top handlers and dogs will be invited to take part in the Agility Zone's Highland Final at Scone Palace, Saturday, 3 July.  Because the invitations may not be handed out officially i.e. by Woodside Show, please look out for Kenny Spottiswoode at the prize giving for this class so he can give you your prize and more information on the final. If for some reason you do miss him there, then send an email to him after the show at kenny@agilityzone.co.uk or call on m. 07731 710008.

The remaining qualifiers will run as planned at the following shows:

  • Fair City Show
  • Prestwick & District Show
  • Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show

Kenny said, 'Thanks to Woodside and SKC for your help. I understand that these things can't be helped sometimes.'

Source: Kenny Spottiswoode (21/04/10)


Saturday Hare 'n Hounds Easter Refunds

After a lovely days agility on Good Friday, the heavens opened and sadly the Saturday classes at teh Hare 'n Hounds Easter sho w had to be cancelled as the ground was wet and slippy. It gave the rings a chance to recover so with a kind wind and sunshine, the ground dried and after moving the rings for the third time, the show was able to continue for Sunday and Monday.

To apply for a refund for Saturdays entries, as stated in the Easter schedule KC rule 21, please send an SAE to Chris Hare by 10 May 2010. From unclaimed fees, donations will be made to the three charities that Hare 'n Hounds support throughout the year.

Chris Hare said, 'Thank you to everybody who supported us through the show and special thanks to our 22 wonderful judges and ring parties, Sarah Palmer who ran a quiz on the Saturday afternoon for 82 of us, Helen who refilled 30 gas bottles, Tim who recharged 25 batteries, Debbie who shopped for 30 people at Morrisons, not forgetting the guys who helped people on and off the venue. The spirit and patience of everybody were incredible.

Source: Chris Hare (14/04/10)


UKA Cornwall Camping

The UKA Cornwall show on the 14-15 August 2010 at Royal Cornwall Showground has camping available for ONLY the Friday and Saturday nights. It is no longer possible to phone the venue to arrange to camp other nights as suggested on the schedule due to the showground being in use.

Source: Emma Warneford (14/04/10)


Camping at Belvoir Castle Show

After hearing rumours that camping was full at Belvoir Castle Steam Festival, organiser Graham Taylor reports that some camping spots are still available for the weekend of steam! Entries close 20 April

Source: Graham Taylor  (14/04/10)


Wilmslow Refunds Completed

Just to notify everyone that all matters relating to Wilmslow DTC Agility Show that was scheduled for 9 January 2010 have now been resolved. In total, unclaimed entry fees came to £1,567.25!

The unclaimed entry fees have been split 50/50 and cheques have been issued today to the following charities:-

Show Secretary Christine Robson said, 'The Agility competitors sure are a very generous bunch and the Charities will be grateful for your generosity. Here's hoping for better weather next year and, of course, for all the forthcoming Shows this year.'

Source: Christine Robson - Show Secretary, Wilmslow DTC (07/04/10)


Important Information about the Isle of Man Shows

For anyone thinking about going to the Isle of Man shows, the UK and Manx Governments have done a U-turn and agreed that the reciprocal health agreement between the two countries will remain in place. Therefore, people do not have to worry about getting private travel health insurance to travel to shows on the Isle of Man.

Source: Emma Davis  (06/04/10)

 MAY 2010

Chipping Norton Change of Venue

Unfortunately due to reseeding of pitches, Chipping Norton AC has lost Witney Rugby Club as venue for their show on the Sunday, 11 July. The new venue will be Greenacres, Hellidon Road, Staverton, Daventry, Northants NN11 6JP. This is the same where the Agility for Britain show was held there.

Directions as follows:-

From the north -J18 M1 - A361 to Daventry(ring road) A425 to Southam, go past golf course, right at mini roundabout, take first left after used car garage, venue quarter mile on left.

From South - M1 J16, A45 to Daventry, A425 to Southam then as above. 

The finalised ring plan is as follows.

Ring 1 - Judge Jo Bird
  • Small G1-7 Grade Agility
  • Medium G1-7 Graded Agility
  • Large G1-3 Alpha Agiity
Ring 1 - Judge Sue Frazier
  • Anysize Jumping
  • Large G4-5 Jumping
  • Large G1-3 Jumping
  • Large G6-7 Jumping

Ring 3 - Judge Richard Ascough
  • Medium G1-7 Graded Jumping
  • Small G1-7 Graded Jumping
  • Large G4-7 Combined Jumping
  • Small G1-7 Combined Jumping
  • Medium G1-7 Combined Jumping
Ring 4 - Judge Charlie Wyatt
  • Large G1-3 Agilty
  • Large G4-5 Grade Agility
  • Large G6-7 Graded Agility

Source: Mary O'neill - Chippy Secretary  (31/05/10)


RVA Agility Entrance Tickets

If you have entered The RVA Show on 18-20 June at the Peterborough Showground, no doubt you will know that the agility show is part of the much bigger East of England Agricultural show. It's a fun weekend for all the family with lots to see and do.

As per the schedule, each handler will be issued with a free entrance ticket. If you are camping, you may have requested extra tickets on your camping form which the showground have agreed to give you free of charge due to the higher than normal agility camping fee. If you are day parking, you will only be issued with one per handler.

If you are day parking and require extra tickets, RVA has been given some tickets that can be brought in advance and will be sent out with running orders before the show. See ticket prices below.

Friday: Advance & on the day

Price

Adult / Senior

£6.00

Child (Under 16 years)

FREE

Saturday and Sunday

Advanced Ticket Price

On-the-gate Price

Adult ticket

£11.00

£14.00

Senior ticket (65+)

£ 9.00

£11.00

Child (5-16 years)

£ 5.00

£  6.50

Family (2 adults & 2 children)

£23.00

£28.00

Cheques should be made payable to: The East of England Agricultural Society. They will need to be received before Tuesday, 1 June. Send to RVA Show Secretary, June advance tickets, 13, Sawtry Road, Glatton, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE28 5RZ

Source: Teresa Stretton  (24/05/10)


Watford Extends Closing Date Deadline

The Watford AC Show Committee have decided to extend the closing date for their Open Agility Show to 7 June. The show will be on Sunday, 27 June at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Headquarters in Saunderston, High Wycombe.

John Leslie, show manager, said: ''Our schedule got delayed when we ran into problems with double booking of our old venue at Stopsley in Luton. However it looks like Luton Council did us a favour because we now have a fabulous new secure venue which we think people will love – and we know that Luton wasn't everybody's first choice..'

By extending the deadline, the Club wants to give people going to the Cippenham show on 31 May the chance to see what a beautiful venue it is. There will be schedules available at BATS and the Cippenham show (as well as to download from Agilitynet, of course) or you can enter online via ISS.

'We want everyone to enjoy their day out at our show, with three runs for each grade, graded classes at every level and a fun Pay on the Day class. There will also be a Practice Ring, a good selection of trade stands and a raffle, and excellent catering as well,' Watford say.

Source: John Leslie  (21/05/10)


Change of Judge at Nottingham

Unfortunately, after injuring his back last weekend, Angelo Docherty is unable to Judge at the NOttingham Champ & Open Agility Show on Saturday, 29 May.  John Turner has kindly agreed to stand in for him and will be judging the following classes:-

Class 17 –  Medium Agility: Combined Grades 3-5

Class 25 – Dog Vegas Qualifier Small Agility: Combined Grades 3-5

Class 9 - Dog Vegas Qualifier Large Agility: Combined Grades 3-5

Class 8 – Large Agility: Combined Grades 1 & 2

Class 16 – Medium Agility: Combined Grades 1 & 2

Class 24 - Small Agility: Combined Grades 1 & 2

NADTC would like to thank John for agreeing to Judge at short notice and wish Doc a speedy recovery.  All being well we look forward to you judging for us next year.

Natalie Silcock (On behalf of Andrea Turver – Show Secretary)  (21/05/10)


Team GB Announced for 2010 European Open Championship

The Kennel Club has announced the selection of the Agility Team GB squad to compete at the 2010 European Open (EO) Agility Championships, which take place this year from 23 – 25 July in Liberec, Czech Republic. The European Open, which is officially recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), is one of the world's most prestigious international dog agility competitions. It is open to both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs.

The GB squad consists of a total of 12 large dogs and 12 small/medium dogs, making up six teams with four dogs in each. Under EO rules, small and medium dogs compete against each other in one group; the other group comprises the large dogs, which may not make up more than 50% of a country's entries.

Medium/Small Dogs

Handler

Dog – registered name (pet name)

Size

Breed

Gender

Bernadette Bay

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Balanced (Zen)

M

Shetland Sheepdog

B

Ashleigh Butler

Ashpen Pudsey Bear (Pudsey)

M

Crossbred

D

Alan Gardner

Ag.Ch. Touchango Again Girl (Jude)

M

Border Collie

B

Amanda Hampson

Shoredancer Sea Jade (Rogue)

M

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

B

Cheryl Harkness

Swift Lass (Beanie)

M

Cocker Spaniel

B

Sian Illingworth

Falconmoor Shadow Dancer (Jazzy)

M

Border Collie

B

Amy Lawson

Millieon To One (Fudge)

S

Shetland Sheepdog

B

Heather Mclean

Morgans Chance Navigator (Chance)

M

Working Sheepdog

B

Laura Richardson

Mahogany Girl (Mia)

M

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

B

Joanne Tristram

Ag.Ch. Ellie De Lyston (Ellie)

M

Crossbred

B

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Tonring Just A Puzzle (Puzzle)

S

Papillon

D

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine (Chelsea)

S

Miniature Poodle

B

Large Dogs

Handler

Dog – registered name (pet name)

Breed

Gender

Dave Alderson

Rock on Rocketman (Rocky)

Border Collie

D

Marc Douglas

Ag.Ch. Cories Ruby Tuesday (Ruby)

Australian Kelpie

B

Jackie Gardner

Glenson Del Boy (Del Boy)

Border Collie

D

Linda Hutchinson

Darleyfalls Dark Secret (Kizzy)

Border Collie

B

Ian Jackson

Darleyfalls at Midnight (Bobbie)

Border Collie

B

David Munnings

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree (Dobby)

Border Collie

D

Leslie Osborne

Nedlo Let's Get Fizzical (Fizz)

Border Collie

B

Lucy Osborne

Ben Bombastic Mr Fantastic (Ben)

Working Sheepdog

D

Sarah Osborne

Touchango Top Gear (Tig)

Border Collie

D

Jo Richardson

Nedlo and Behold (Nixon)

Border Collie

D

Kenny Spottiswoode

Bannetstane Nike Just Do It (Nike)

Border Collie

D

Dawn Weaver

It's Easy With a Beezy (Breezer)

Crossbred

B

Eligibility for the Selection Day for English competitors was decided by points gained for top 10 placings won at a series of ranking events – combined Grades 6-7 Agility classes at selected agility shows between April and September 2009. In addition a ‘wild card' class held on the day before the Selection Day at the ‘Agility for Britain' show enabled a further nine competitors to compete in the Selection Day classes.

Selection for the team was then based on the results of the Selection Day, involving four rounds of competition on FCI-style courses and was held on 18 April 2010 in Daventry. The competition was held on 18 APril in Daventry, alongside the ‘Agility for Britain' Open Agility Show, raised funds of just over £3,500 to contribute to the international agility team's travel, accommodation and training costs.

Further sponsorship for the team has kindly been provided by World Leisurewear, who will be providing team uniforms, and Eurotunnel, who will offer discounted travel for the team and free transport for the dogs through the Channel Tunnel.

The team will be supported by the European Open team manager, Graham Partridge, together with coach Dave Jolly and vet Rachel Mowbray – herself an international agility competitor.

Graham Partridge commented: “The standard of the dogs at the Selection Day was very high, and we are going to Liberec with medals in mind. We are determined to build on our previous excellent performances at the European Open. We will be competing against some of the best in the world, but our target is to achieve podium finishes, and I believe that we have the talent to accomplish that.”

The Kennel Club recently announced that the 2012 European Open Championships will be staged in the UK for the first time. The venue, Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire, is home to the Kennel Club's International Agility Festival, which will take place in 2012 over the weekend immediately following the European Open.

Another Agility for Britain' Open Agility Show, raising funds for the GB international agility teams, will be held on 26-27 June 2010 at Staverton, Daventry, Northants NN11 6JP. The GB Team Selection Day for the FCI Agility World Championships will be held on the Sunday, 27 June, alongside the open show. Details of the Selection Day are on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/3003

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each selected their own competitors for the Selection Day separately.

Details about the 2010 European Open Agility Championships venue, accommodation and travel, rules, entries and judges are available on the official website at http://www.europeanopen.cz/.

Competitors interested in qualifying for the 2011 European Open will find full details on the Kennel Club website at: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2654.

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office  (18/05/10)


BATS Car Park Passes

This is a message for everyone going to the BATS show on 22 May. Unfortunately, the organisers forgot to have BATS PASS printed on the outside of the running order envelope so please bring your running order envelope with you to the show. It's the one with Agility Aid & ISS on it. In order to smooth your entry onto the venue, you will need to show it at the gate.

The show will take place at Lothair Road Recreation Ground, Butterfield Green, Stopsley, Luton, Beds LU2 8DD.

Please tell your friends that are going to BATS especially those not on the Internet.

Source: Jill Acton (15/05/10)


Hare 'n Hounds Easter Show Refunds

All the refunds have been made to competitors from the lost Saturday at the Easter show.

The unclaimed entries are being donated to charity. This means the amount of £1062.01 will be spilt between the five small doggie charities that are supported by Hare 'n Hounds throughout the year.

Chris Hare said, 'A lot of competitors have emailed and written to me to thank us for the Easter show and to say they are happy to donate their fees to the charities, which is lovely.'

So with the raffles etc., we have held at the Hare 'n Hounds shows in the last year the grand total of of money raised including raffles (£1210) is £2272.01 which is incredible. We dearly thank everyone on behalf of the charities for their kindness.

Now full steam ahead to the Northern Festival of Agility that starts on Saturday at Redcar and, yes you guessed it, more raffles and a charity table top sale as well as lots of agility, of course!

Source: Chris Hare (12/05/10)


New Venue for Watford

There are lots of changes going on at this year's Watford Open Agility Show! First and foremost, the show has moved to a fantastic new venue – the headquarters and training base of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf at the Grange in Saunderton, set in the Chilterns between Princes Risborough and High Wycombe. This converted stud farm has 27 acres of beautiful grounds, normally used to exercise the dogs in training but kindly made available for our show. (If you'd like a sneak preview, Cippenham will also be holding its show there at the end of May). The change of venue was unfortunately forced when Luton Council blithely announced in January that, due to a double booking, the club could not hold its show there this year!

The day of the week has changed, too. Usually the show takes place on a Saturday, but this year it will be on Sunday, 27 June.

There will be classes for all grades from 1 to 7 and all three sizes of dogs. Everyone will get three runs (2 Graded and 1 Combined Class each), as well as an Allsorts and a repeat of last year's popular Pay on the Day 'Eraser' class plus a practice ring. There will be plenty of rosettes - at least 10% but never fewer than five in any class - and trophies -never less than two in any class - to recognise your achievements.

John Leslie, Show Manager said, 'We defy the weather to be anything but beautiful! We especially welcome new and beginner handlers to come along. You will be made very welcome.

Closing date for the show is 31 May. You can download schedules on Agilitynet (of course!) or enter online via ISS – don't miss it!

Source: John Leslie (07/05/10)

 


 JUNE 2010

Prestbury Park Judges Swop

Just to let you know in advance that Pretbury Park has made an amendment to the judging plan for their show on 4-5 September at Cirencester Park. Andrew Dicker will be doing a direct trade of his Large, Medium and Small G5-7 Agility classes with Martin Cavill who, therefore, will be judging Saturday classes 10, 12, 13, 21 and 27. Andrew will be judging Sunday classes 40, 43, 51 and 56.

The closing date for the show is Friday, 16 July if you still need to enter. There is still have some limited camping available.

Source: Rachel  Williams (30/06/10)


 

RAS/CSJ Medium ABC Stakes Up & Running

 A full list of 2010 RAC/CSJ Medium Agility Stakes will be announced later this week but at present they include the following confirmed heats:-

  • Oswestry/BSDS show (August)
  • Weimaraner Association ABC Show (North Lincolnshire in May/June)
  • Keston Show (Essex in June)
  • Prestwick & District (Ayrshire in June)
  • Hare 'n Hounds (Co Durham in September 2011)

The 2011 Final, judged by Doc Docherty, will be held at the Hare 'n Hounds show.

    Organiser Brenda Tenten said, 'Wonderful news! Huge thanks to our sponsors for their help.'

For the 2012 Final the above shows will be joined by Lansdown (Bristol in June), Shrewsbury (Small & Medium Show) and West Lakes (Cumbria in August) There is space for a couple more heats for the 2011 Final only which will be announced if/when they materialise.

Email Brenda for more information on yettontop at ntlworld dot com

Source: Brenda Tenten  (28/06/10)


Weald Opens Entry to More Dogs

Weald Agility Society would like to call your attention to the fact that this year for the time time their show on 10 October will include G3 Large dogs and all grades in Small and Medium. They have made more classes graded instead of combined,

Competition Manager Richard Partridge said, 'We decided to make our annual show at Golden Cross bigger, better and more exciting. We considered jazz bands, cheer-leaders and free burgers but, in the end, we opted to change the classes to make it more attractive and include more grades So make a note in your diary now. It's easy to remember. Just say ten, ten, ten.'

Source: Richard Partridge  (23/06/10)


Lune Valley News

For those going to the Lune Valley show at this weekend at the Westmoreland County Show Ground, Kay Cope will be replaced by Steve Booty on Saturday and Robin Cope will be replaced by Hannah Wade who will judge the DFS Crufts qualifiers on Sunday. Junior Agility Grades 4-7 has been moved from Ring 1 to last class in Ring 5 on Saturday.

Source: Pam Ellwood (22/06/10)


Suffolk Five Rivers Telephone Number Changed

If you have any entry or show enquiries regarding the Suffolk Five Rivers show 25-26 September ring tel. 01728 663375 or email; janandkel@live.co.uk Please do not ring  tel. 01728 831883 number as she no longer works there.

Source: Jan Lockwood  (21/06/10)


Tweedbank Reminder

To everyone going to the Tweedbank show next weekend,  (26-27th June, Margaret Butchart will be measuring dogs on the Saturday and not on Sunday.

Also please be aware that this year the entrance to the show will be from the side and not the usual main entrance. You will not be permitted to enter the showground until 4pm unless prior arrangement has been made with Tweedbank club

Tweedbank DTC members would also like to thank everyone in advance for their help and support received and wishes everyone good luck at the next show

If you have any queries please contact Rosie Aimers at aimers123@gmail.com  or Margaret Hutton at hutton473@btinternet.com


Chippenham Closing Deadline Extended

Due to technical problems downloading the schedule, permission has been given Chippenham AC to extend the closing date of show on 8 August  to Monday, 5 July.

Source: Gill James & Kate Austin  (15/06/10)


SupaDarl Agility Rescue League 2010 Finals

The running orders and proposed order of judging for the 2010 Supa Dog Rescue League Finals are now available to download from the website www.supadarl.co.uk.

Please note that classes Large G5-7 & Large G3-4 have been redrawn because of additional confirmations of attendance, but all other classes remain the same as the provisional version.

The 2010 finals will be kindly judged by Lynne Shore

Source: Karen Fuller  (15/06/10)


Newton Heath Venue Reminder

Just a reminder to people going to Newton Heath this weekend that the show is at a new venue - Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6NA.

Please do not turn up at Tatton. You'll end up at a Medieval Fair or Cancer Research's Race for Life. They may be great events but not what you were planning for the weekend!

Source: Hannah Grantham  (15/06/10)


The Medium ABC Agility Stakes

Brenda Tenten has announced the Final for the Medium ABC Agility Stakes will take place in September 2011 at Hare ‘n Hounds KC Show at Primrose Hill Farm, Winston, Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL2 3QG . The closing date approximately the beginning of August. We also hope to hold a ‘last chance' qualifying heat at the same show, which would qualify the top two (previously unqualified) dogs for the Final at the same show.

A number of shows organisers around the country have expressed an interest in holding qualifying heats. It would now be appropriate for these - and any other interested parties - to contact Brenda Tenten with a firm offer, accepting the rules/regulations for the heat.

Full rules/regulations will be published soon, hopefully along with a list of qualifier heats.

A sponsor for the event is still being negotiated. Brenda would welcome any firm offers of sponsorship so that the competition can be named properly. Email her at yettontop at ntlworld.com

Source Brenda Tenten  09/06/10


Agility at Warwick Racecourse

Agility will form part of Warwick Race Day build up on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 August at Warwick Racecourse. Nestled next to Warwick Castle, the racecourse is one of the oldest in the country with racing having taken place here since the 1700s so it is rich in tradition and heritage. A left handed oval track, a mile and three quarters in extent with the Agility ring centre course.

The racecourse will provide each handler complimentary day parking and a show entrance pass. Accompanied children, aged 17 and under, come racing for free. The first horse race starts at 2.10pm and the last race probably 5.40pm. No dogs will compete during any horse race. Start time may vary according to entry.

Organise Graham Taylor said, ' As the holiday crowds arrive for an afternoon's racing and you'll be able to bet your shirt on all the winners Join us for a day's Agility with The Sport of Kings. It promises to be a great day out for all the family.'

Entries close Tuesday, 10 August  2010.

More details email Graham Taylor at rover.pro@virgin.net or ring m. 07831 548911

 Source: Graham Taylor 09/06/10


 AUGUST 2010

England WAO Team  Manager & Coach Announced

The World Agility Open organisers are pleased to announce the England Team Manager for 2011 is Jo Rhodes, supported by Anthony Clarke as team coach.

Team selection will be held at The Hand Equestrian Centre (also the venue for the event) Clevedon on the 4th & 5th December and will be open to all KC Grade 6-7 dogs and UK Agility Champion level dogs. Jo and Anthony will release full details of the selection process shortly.

 Jo Rhodes has a wealth of experience competing both nationally and internationally, winning Gold for Britain at FCI Worlds and representing GB on two further occasions. Jo was also part of a Crufts Team, winning the event four times.

Despite his youth, Ant is an experienced international competitor and instructor, winning an International Junior Event and YKC Dog on the Year on countless occasions. He will also be representing GB later this year in the FCI World Championships.

 The World Agility Open organisers wish them every success.

 For more details of the event including rules and how other countries are selecting their teams please see www.worldagilityopen.com

Source: Greg Derrett (31/08/10)



KCI Festival Camping Passes

Just to clarify, everyone should have received a slip in their envelope to state that no camping passes will be sent out in advance. This seems easier this year as people have swapped camping passes and some have gone from helpers to non-helpers etc. As all caravans are going in the same entrance, it was also felt that advance passes were not necessary.

Please follow the road signs. All caravans will now go in via the side road next to the main entrance. This is the entrance used for helpers camping last year. The red signs will direct you to camping. Upon arrival you will be given a camping pass to keep in your vehicle should you wish to leave the venue. It will ensure that you can get back in past security without a problem. Upon arrival you will also be allocated a pitch and the number recorded so we know who is on what pitch should there be a problem and we need to contact you. As normal you can save up to three pitches. This information is included in more detail on the letter enclosed with your running orders.

For those not camping, you will be given a car pass on arrival. Please have your running orders to hand, particularly if you are arriving later so you are not charged for the car park. You can then use this car pass each day if you are travelling daily. The day parking entrance is off the main road where non helpers camping was last year. It will be indicated with green signs.

All the running orders were sent out on Tuesday, ISS ones are 2nd class. Unfortunately some had to be sealed with sellotape as the envelopes were not sticking properly and some had to be stuck to larger envelopes as the envelopes submitted were tiny.

Debbie Deuchar - Show Secretary (05/08/10)


Yumove Points Competition Announced

yumove Joint SupplementLintbells, makers of Yumove triple action join supplement and their agility stockists Camddwr Canine are launching a new points series competition at the KC International Agility Festival this year.

John Howie said, 'We've had so much great support from the agility community over the last year that we thought it was about time we put something back, and thought it would be fun to run a points competition.'

Open to all agility dogs competing in KC licensed dog agility events in the UK, handlers can earn points for any places gained from 1st to 10th place. The agility dog with the most points in each category will win the category prize with the overall winner being the dog with the most points at the end of the series.

The competition will run from 13 August 2010 to 18 July 2011 with the winners being presented at the KC International Agility Festival 2011.

Handlers can enter their agility dogs in one of five categories:

  • Yumove Starter dog (Grades 1 & 2)

  • Yumove Novice Dog (Grades 3 & 4 & 5)

  • Yumove Senior Dog (Grades 6 & 7)

  • ABC (Anything But Collie - all grades)

  • Rescue Dog (All grades)

The winner of each category will win a Yumove Agility Dog 3-in-1 Waterproof jacket plus £150 worth of Yumove. The overall championship winner will be presented with the Yumove Agility Dog of the Year trophy. In addition, the quarterly leader in each category will also receive a tub of 300 Yumove worth £49.95.

You can also find out more and register at www.yumoveagility.co.uk. There is also a Facebook page for the competition where people taking part can share their news & and results. It is called Yumove Agility Dogs

Source: John Howie (05/08/10)



Team GB Returns from European Open with One of Each

The Kennel Club's Dog Agility Team GB squad has returned triumphant from the European Open Agility Championships in the Czech Republic with individual gold and silver medals in the Large Individual Agility classes, and a bronze medal in the Small/Medium combined team finals.

Team GB's David Munnings demonstrated his skill by winning the Individual Agility Gold medal for the second year running, beating over 320 competitors with his Border Collie, Dobby (Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree). This year David snatched victory from the Silver medal winner and fellow Team GB competitor Lucy Osborne, with her Working Sheepdog Ben (Ben Bombastic Mr Fantastic), by the incredibly small margin of just one hundredth of a second – 34.60 against 34.61 seconds.

The icing on the cake for Team GB was the combined Small/Medium Eagle Team's bronze medal in the team finals. Amanda Hampson with her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Minx (Winfren Vulpecula Kayla), Cheryl Harkness with her Cocker Spaniel, Beanie (Swift Lass), Joanne Tristram with her crossbreed Ellie (Ag.Ch. Ellie de Lyston) and Dawn Weaver with her Papillon, Puzzle (Ag.Ch. Tonring Just A Puzzle) took third place from a total of 89 teams.

They were beaten only by the Team Finland-3 in first place and runners-up Czech Small 1. Amanda Hampson's Minx typified the quality of the Team GB dogs; having completed six final rounds in two FCI World Championships as well as this year's European Open, Minx has never incurred a fault - a remarkable achievement in the high-pressure environment of an international championship.

Although the promise shown in Team GB's individual agility rounds did not produce final round medals this time, the five Large Team competitors who made it to the finals put in stunning runs against intense competition. The heavy rain and deteriorating ground conditions which hampered Saturday's classes only made their performances the more impressive.

Graham Partridge, team manager of Team GB at the European Open, said: 'We are definitely returning with our heads held high. We said, before we left, that our target was to achieve podium finishes against some of the best in the world, and we are delighted and proud to have achieved that.'

The GB team members were picked at a selection day in April, involving four rounds of competition on FCI-style courses. The competition was held alongside an Agility for Britain Open Agility Show – which raised funds of just over £3,500 to supplement the Kennel Club's financial and administrative support for the team. Further sponsorship was kindly provided by World Leisurewear, who supplied team uniforms, and Eurotunnel, who offered discounted travel for the team and free transport for the dogs through the Channel Tunnel.

The team was accompanied by Graham Partridge together with coach, Dave Jolly and vet, Rachel Mowbray – herself an international agility competitor – as well as Debbie Deuchar from the Kennel Club staff who took care of accommodation, transport and various other tasks on behalf of the team.

The European Open Agility Championships took place this year from 23-25 July in Liberec, Czech Republic. It was recently announced that the 2012 European Open Championships are to be held in the UK and hosted by the Kennel Club at Kelmarsh Hall, home of the Kennel Club International Agility Festival. Full details are available at http://www.europeanopen.org.uk.

Full results and further details about the 2010 European Open Agility Championships venue, rules, entries and judges are available on the official website at http://www.europeanopen.cz/

Source: The Kennel Club (02/08/10)


 JULY 2010

Extra Camping Available for Stour Valley

There are camping places available from Rob Lloyd at Winters Court Farm, Bethersden, Kent. The camping area will be in the paddock behind the farm buildings, next to the main show field and will cost £18.

The full address for your St Nav is Winters Court Farm, Old Surrenden Manor Road, Bethersden, Kent TN26 3DQ

For more information or to book a space ring Rob or Rita on tel. 01233 820455

Source: Rita Lloyds (21/07/10)


Camping Info for KCI Agility Festival 2010

For those camping at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival at Kelmash Hall, Kelmarsh (Northants) this is the camping procedure for this year.

  1. Book in at the gate.
  2. Have your camping pass to hand. Your pitch number will be put on it at the booking in gate.
  3. If you are savings places - maximum of three - please have the names of your friends written down to hand over at the booking in gate.
  4. If you are a helper, you can only save pitches for other helpers, non-helpers for other non-helpers. Ask your friends if they are helping before leaving home to avoid disappointment. Your friends will then be allocated pitch numbers adjacent to yours.
  5. The pitch number will be given to your friends upon their arrival. There is no need to put poles or chairs etc. out)
  6. Once a pitch number has been allocated to you, please do not take any other pitch. You will be asked to move. This is all for your safety we will then have your name and pitch number if we (or a friend) needs to find you.
  7. Your car, van and/or caravan etc. all must be in your pitch
  8. The road ways must be kept clear at all times.

Arthur Rodgers said, 'We hope you enjoy your stay at the KCI Agility Festival.'

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival is one of the world's largest dog agility events attracting thousands of competitors from throughout the UK and across the world. It is the only international competition that is open to all Kennel Club registered dogs, whether pure or cross breed and is an opportunity to qualify for Crufts and Discover Dogs. The principal sponsor at the Festival is Purina PROPLAN

Source: Arthur Rodgers  (20/07/10)


Judges Special at Dog Vegas Show

At the Dog Vegas show on the 25 & 26 September, there will be a Invitation Judges Special class. It will be open only to all the people who have kindly given up their time to judge at any of the Dog Vegas shows from November 2010 to September 201, regardless whether they were Kennel Club or Independent shows.

The class will be ran on the Friday evening and some of the top placed handlers and dogs will receive goodies from the Pawstrading Pet stand, CSJ Canine Specialists Feeds and The Dog Vegas team.

Jackie Kenny said, 'We really appreciate our judges and we hope that they will enjoy the fun class and hopefully win some prizes. We are always looking for judges at our shows and are already taking names for the 2010 - 2011 Winter Independent shows as well as the 2011 Kennel Club shows. If anyone would like to judge for us , if they could contact me on my email jaxk9@tiscali.co.uk

Source: Jackie Kenny  (14/07/10)


Wilton Changes Venue for October Show

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Wilton Agility Test on 3 October has been moved to a new venue. It will now take place at Hemlington Lake & Recreation Centre, Hemlington, Middlesbrough TS8 9DA. The site covers an area of approximately 39 acres of open parkland. Directions to the venue are on the last page of the updated schedule.

Source: Tom Hazlewood for Wilton Dog Club (12/07/10)



Agility Marking Regulations Clarified

The Kennel Club has recently reviewed its marking criteria for agility competitions.

The regulations state that all course faults should be marked in units of five, yet then go on to state that various penalties equate to one fault. Whilst it is accepted that the majority of handlers, judges and officials are aware of how this should be interpreted, it has been agreed that, with effect from 1 January 2011, the following wording will apply to clarify the marking procedure.

Regulation H(1)(B)5.a. - Marking

FROM:

a. Standard marking (which must be used in standard classes).

All course faults in units of 5. For time faults see paragraph b below.

(7)       Weaving poles—The dog to enter the weaving poles with the first pole adjacent to its left side. Each incorrect entry to be classed as a refusal—further error, maximum 1 fault—failure to complete correctly before negotiating any further obstacle, elimination.

(10)     All other obstacles—fault for failure to negotiate correctly.

(11)     Handler deliberately touching any piece of equipment or their dog—1 fault.

(12)     Refusal/Runout—fault for each refusal/runout.

(17)     Contact area—fault for each failure to make contact.

    TO:

    a. Standard marking (which must be used in standard classes).

        All course faults in multiples of 5. For time faults see paragraph b below.

(7)       Weaving poles - The dog to enter the weaving poles with the first pole adjacent to its left side. Each incorrect entry to be classed as a refusal—further error, maximum 5 faults—failure to complete correctly before negotiating any further obstacle, elimination.

(10) All other obstacles - 5 faults for failure to negotiate correctly.

(11) Handler deliberately touching any piece of equipment or their dog - 5 faults.

(12) Refusal/Runout - 5 faults for each refusal/runout.

(17) Contact area - 5 faults for each failure to make contact. (Amendments are highlighted)

            Collars

Whilst reviewing the marking system it was noted that although there was a Regulation specifying the style of collar a dog could wear, there was not a regulation to advise the judge on the course of action to be taken should a dog be wearing an incorrect style of collar. 

The majority of judges eliminate a dog wearing an incorrect collar. With effect from 1 January 2011 this penalty will be specified in the regulations as detailed below. 

Competitors are reminded that the regulation stating only particular types of collar are permitted was introduced for the health and safety of all competing dogs.

Insert new sub-paragraph H(1)(B)5.a(19)

Dog wearing incorrect style of collar – elimination. (Addition highlighted)

Source: The Kennel Club  (09/07/10)


New Sponsor for Orchard Events

SpyTech Services, Embroiderers to the Rich and Famous, have agreed to sponsor the Small and Medium Grades 1-5 classes at the Orchard Agility shows. The qualifying classes will commence at the Orchard Agility show at the Fox & Duck, Stotfold - 31 July - 1 August, 2010. Closing date for the Fox & Duck Show has been extended to Saturday, 17 July, 2010. 

Arden Grange will continue to sponsor the Large Grade 1 & 2 classes at Orchard Agility Shows. The qualifying classes will also start at the Fox & Duck, Stotfold show

The Final for both the will be held at the Summer Open Agility Show to be held at Littleport Sports & Leisure Centre, Ely on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday.

Rosemary Stowers said, 'As it's a new show, many people haven't realised that we're organising another show that they can enter at the Fox & Duck.  Everyone who came to the 3-day May Day Bank Holiday show at the same venue really enjoyed it and I've had several people saying they hadn't realised that there was another show at this excellent venue.'

Source: Rosemary Stowers (08/07/10)


The Bincknoll July Show Moves Back to Breach Lane

Due to the low number of entries, Bincknoll DTC has decided to move its 10 July show back to its usual Spring/Autumn venue. Instead of Ballards Ash Sports Ground, as advertised, the show will now be held at at Breach Lane Equine Centre, Wootton Bassett, Swindon.

The classes will remain the same as per the schedule - Agility, Jumping, Steeplechase, Helter Skelter and Nursery. Entries will be taken on the day.

Source: Sylvia Covey  (01/07/10)


 SEPTEMBER 2010

Agility Club Annual Awards

Just a quick reminder that the Agility Club Annual Awards points year ends Thursday, 30 September 2010. You must enter any remaining points to your tally asap if you want them to be counted.

Any places gained at shows from 1 October 2010 onwards will count towards the 2010-2011 points year.

As per the rules, you must enter any remaining points claims for the 2009-2010 year by 7 October 2010. After that date, the tables will be closed to allow checking and collation of results. The prizegiving will be at the AGM on Sunday, 28 November at the KC Building, Stoneleigh Park.

Source: Bill Glover - Chairman (29/09/10)


Info about Mid Downs at Ardingly Game Fair

Autumn Show & Game FairParking at the Mid-Downs DAC Open Agility Shows is in the usual spot for those of you who normally turn up, but if you are new to the venue just follow the signs.

Please note that as the competition is being held within the precincts of the South of England Autumn Show & Game Show that there is likely to be some gunfire.

On the Saturday there is going to be a Pay on the Day Pairs Knockout for 64 pairs which should bring the whole showground to a standstill! On the Sunday there will be a normal Pairs competition.

Chris Jones, the portrait photographer, will also be there close to the agility ring for those of you who wish to have your dog photographed.

Source: Don Nunn (29/09/10)


EMDAC Change of Plans

EMDAC have decided to cancel their Winter Series shows at the Alsager Equestrian Centre, Cheshire including the ones on:-

  • 23 January 2011

  • 20 February 2011

  • 20 March 2011

Competitors who have entered the EMDAC winter shows will have their money returned to them. If they have sent an SAE, they will have their entries and cheques returned. Those requesting on-line running orders will be notified by email and have their entries and cheques destroyed. Those who have paid by postal order or cash will get credit for future EMDAC shows.

While EMDAC was happy with entries to their shows, Tailwaggers felt that the fact that EMDAC was holding shows at the same venue has affected their entries. EMDAC promised last year that if this were to be the case, then they would pull out of Alsager.

EMDAC would like to apologise to all entrants for the inconvenience and hope that Tailwaggers entries improve at their remaining shows.

Source: June Bass (East Midlands Dog Agility Club) (27/09/10)


Patanden Places

There are a few places left for the Patanden Agility Simulated Shows on 9 October and 11 December. The January and March shows, however, are full. For those interested, the organisers are compiling a waiting list.

Denise Smith said, 'These shows are a great way to train your dogs in the winter months. They give handlers the opportunity to run the same Agility and Jumping courses twice and with no restriction on time in the ring.  They are run in a normal show environment and there is also have the chance to win a trophy and rosettes. All grades of dogs are welcome but all we ask is that they are a minimum of 16 months old. So bring your dog along and practice your handling techniques with a very friendly group.'

For further information or entry forms either, ring Denise on tel. 01243 551773 or email deniseanddave1966@hotmail.co.uk

Source: Denise Smith  (27/09/10)


Corton Clarification

It has been brought to the notice of the Corton ATS Committee that there seems to be some confusion over Corton's shows on the weekend of 20-21 November 2010 and they would like to clarify the following points:-

  1. Though it will be a two day show, there are separate schedules for each day to make the admin easier for the Show Secretary.

  2. The Saturday show will be limited to 140 dogs of all sizes while on Sunday they will be 120 dogs of all sizes.

  3. The classes will be combined as Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-7 for all sizes but separate trophies and rosettes will be awarded for all the   different height within the combined Grades.

If  you have any further queries please contact our show secretary Pauline Caddick as per contact details on schedule.

Source: Joy Stanbrook - Chair person (21/09/10)


Golden Cross Mix Up

Owing to a mix up at the popular agility show venue, Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, the December TraVal show will now be going ahead on the Saturday, 4 December 2010 instead of Sunday, 5 December. If you have already entered and cannot make it on the 4th please, email Val Clark and a refund will be sent to you.

A new schedule with the date change is being sent to appropriate sites. 

Val said, 'Apologies for this but there isn't a lot we can do about it.'

Unfortunately another club whose show has been affected by a mix-up at the same venue. The Phoenix Five Show, originally booked for Sunday, 14 November will now take place on Saturday, 13 November 2010.

On the secretary's behalf, Val Clark will be emailing, texting and FB messaging as many competitors as she can  and the Secretary will phone those she can't reach.

New schedules for both shows with the revised dates are availabe on Agilitynet and have been sent to appropriate websites.

Source: Val Clark TraVal Agility Group (20/09/10)
http://www.travalagility.blogspot.com

 OCTOBER 2010

Long Live the Laser Pairs

Jenny Willis has sent this statement to Agilitynet. 'There is no truth in the rumours that the Laser Pairs have stopped. Blair and I will be running the Laser Pairs for at least two more years - 2011 and 2012.

A full list of the heats can be found below.

Heats

Round

Show

Date

1

Barking Mad

October 2010

2

Wallingford

April 2011

3

TAG Easter Show

April 2011

4

Dog Vegas

May 2011

5

PADS

June 2011

6

Lune Valley

June 2011

7

Dashin' Dogs

July 2011

8

Colchester

July 2011

Final

Dashin' Dogs Summer Show

July 201

For more information about the Laser Pairs, visit on the website, www.laserknockoutpairs.co.uk

Source: Jenny Willis (28/10/10)



List of Olympia Agility Stakes Finalists Announced

The names of the finalists invited to take part in the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes, one of the most important showcase events for dog agility in the UK, have been announced by the Kennel Club. The Stakes will be held as part of the London International Horse Show at Olympia from 16 - 20 December 2010.

Every year, the country's most talented agility dogs and handlers vie with each other in qualifying heats at Kennel Club licensed agility shows across the country for the opportunity to compete at the Olympia finals in front of over 6,000 cheering spectators. Before they get to Olympia, qualifiers from the heats must win through at semi-finals staged at the City of Birmingham Canine Association Championship Dog Show in September.

For 2010, GWF Nutrition has added its support to this popular and important event for dog agility in the UK. This exciting collaboration between the Kennel Club and the manufacturer of the successful Joint Aid for Dogs product will ensure this event continues to remain a top class competition.

The Olympia Horse Show features a different dog agility competition on each of its final five days:

  • Thursday, 16 December      KC Olympia Medium Agility Stakes for Medium dogs

  • Friday, 17 December          KC Olympia Small Agility Stakes for Small dogs

  • Saturday, 18 December      KC Olympia Large Agility Stakes for Large dogs competing at Grades 6-7

  • Sunday, 19 December         KC Olympia Novice Agility Stakes for Large dogs competing at Grades 3-5

  • Monday, 20 December        KC Olympia ABC Stakes for Large dogs other than Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs (Anything But Collies)

Congratulations to everyone who qualified for the Kennel Club Olympia Agilty Stakes finals.

Large Agility Stakes

Handler

Dog

Breed

David Alderson

Rock On Rocketman

BC

Elaine Auty

Nedlo Heeza Beauty

BC

Ian Balchin

Darleyfalls Pick Me

BC

Sharon Brooks

Jazzmel Dot

BC

Pat Breown

Nedlo Sheeza Diva

BC

Laura Chudleigh

Flickcee Hot Rod

BC

Anthony Clarke

Blazing Red Of Rujaff

BC

Nikki Collins

Hotshots Little Dweeb

WSD

John Cook

Brentmoor Macaw

BC

Helen Davey-Smith

Nedlo Nellie Bean

BC

Greg Derrett

Nedlo Detox Sproglett

BC

Ian Dobison

Ag.Ch. Call Me Mr T

WSD

Leah Gardener

Chaffords Herbal Illusion

WSD

Matthew Goodlliffe

Mamoka Mahina

BC

Stuart Harmes

Nog Bach

WSD

Nancy Hudson

Bryning Red Rascal

BC

Nic  Jones

Slieve Digit

BC

Dave Leach

Bonvivant Kallisto

Bsd

Katie Long

Saxtondale Copper Flame

WSD

Dave Munnings

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree

BC

Paul Oldfield

Sveta Black Magic

WSD

Lucy Osborne

Ag.Ch. Ben Bombastic Mr Fantastic

WSD

Sarah Osborne

Touchango Top Gear

BC

Amanda Pigg

The Jagged Edge

WSD

Sam Row

Odds on Oddie

WSD

Will Rolfe

Nedlo Black Magic

BC

Mathew Rouse

Baileys on Ice

WSD

Jane Seller

Rosmarinus Rum Runner

BC

Jo Thorpe

Kyp Me Ghosted

BC

Joanne Tristam

Cascades Itsy Blitzy

X

Fiona Vaughan

Black Diamond of St Kenelms

WSD

Dawn Weaver

Its Easy with a Beezy

X

Angela Williams

Nedlos Jitterbug

BC

Lee Windeatt

Ag.Ch. Deeann What a Cracker

BC

Shaun Young

Gracie Grace The Ace

WSD

Sarah Young

Gunran Hot Shot

BC

Small Agility Stakes

Handler

Dog

Breed

David Alderson

Ag.Ch. Steelthorne Rum Truffle

Toy Poodle

Bernadette Bay

Obay Itz Got Pizzazz

Sheltie

Wendy Clay

Ag.Ch. Racing-Redd Brussel Scout

X

Nicola Garrett

Ag.Ch.Obay Truly Driven

Sheltie

Amy Lawson

Millie On To One

Sheltie

Helen Nelson

Sirensong Fallen Angel

Min Poodle

Jeanette Tandy

Wee Betsy Boo

Cross

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Tonring Just a Puzzle

Papillon

Sharon Brewster

Upanova Limtied Edition

Min Poodle

Marc Wingate-Wynne

Vanitonia Mister Big

Toy Poodle

Medium Agility Stakes

Handler

Dog

Breed

Helen Anderson

Dinky Demon Of Downunder

Kelpie

Bernadette Bay

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Balanced

Sheltie

Ashleigh Butler

Ag.Ch. Ashpen Pudsey Bear

X

Toni Dawkins

Ag.Ch. Tenita Magic Minx

BC

Alan Gardner

Ag.Ch. Touchango Again Girl Aw

BC

Samantha Lane

Woodhouse Quartz

Cocker Spaniel

Steven Richardson

No Worries Sweep Dreams

X

Denise Wilkinson

Meisterwerk Jexie Jangles Aw

BC

Heidi Windheuser

Cody's Countless Capers

X

Natasha Wose

Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck

BC

Novice Agility Stakes

Handler

Dog

Breed

David Alderson

Devongem Pitch Black

BC

Caroline Ashby-Daniels

Just A Hunch AW

WSD

Georgina Baker

Borderstorm Dare to Have Fun

BC

Pat Bowley

Get Shorty

WSD

Alan Bray

Upanova Dior Mine

BC

Malcolm Card

Pioneer Macendy's Boy

X

Lindsay Cheshire

Darleyfalls No More Wishes

BC

Helena Cross

Bobby Boy Blue

WSD

Sharon Eldridge

Upanova Shaken Not Stirred

BC

Lyndsey Forrest

Diesel Boy

Rotweiller

Pia Glover

Borderstorm Midnight Blue

BC

Jack Greenwod

Red Rex

WSD

Lucie Hinchley

The Artful

WSD

Sian Illingworth

Zhanisgo Crystal Edition

BC

Sharon Jackson

Iteru Life Of Riley

WSD

Danielle Jeffrey

Feroda Lily Fudge Cake AW(B)

WSD

Sam Johnston

Rosmarinus Rum Cherry

BC

Donna Kerse

Tri'n Fly Amazin Grace

BC

Kim Kraushar

Charley of Tollcarne

WSD

Lauren Langman

Darleyfalls No Feer

BC

Karl Mallin

Loui Ratatoui

WSD

Barry Marks

Bazanjo's Dream Machine

WSD

Lesley Olden

Nedlo Hello Ello

BC

Pat Partridge

Gunran Guaranteed

BC

Simon Peachey

Lookylooky Little Cracker

BC

Jane Powell

Nedlo Bean Bop Alulu

BC

Matthew Rouse

One Indy Million

WSD

Andy Sandercock

Nedlos What a Whirl

BC

Mark Saunders

Gempaws Diamond Illusion

BC

Sarah Shaw

Jedeyes of Valgrays

WSD

Lyn Thompson

Black Eyed Bede

WSD

Lorraine Walchester

Corriedhu Lace

BC

Bill Glover

Brentmoor Osprey

BC

Natasha Wise

Flickcee's Latin Dancer

BC

Sarah Woolley

Astra Cruze

BC

Sean Young

Not My Nipper

WSD

ABC Agility Stakes

Handler

Dog

Breed

Jane Anderson

Cories Boomerang Bindi

Kelpie

Anna  Braley

Revel Without a Pause

Kelpie

Mark Douglas

Ag.Ch. Cories Ruby Tuesday

Kelpie

Neil Ellis

Pelham Tully

Beardie

Jason Gardner

Chaffords Prodigy

Kelpie

Nicky Holden

Kenward Casca

Beardie

Jo Hyslop

Bonvivant Objet D'art

BSD

Jackie Kenny

Cories Kinder Surprise

Kelpie

Sue Leech

Blackthorn's Red Devil

Kelpie

Nigel Staines

Ag.Ch. Dragonheart Dark Destroyer

Kelpie

The Olympia Agility Stakes finals, together with the DFS Crufts agility competitions and Championship in March and the International Agility Festival in August underline the Kennel Club’s commitment to and support of dog agility in the UK and internationally.

For Olympia tickets, visit the London International Horse Show website http://www.olympiahorseshow.com/tickets or phone 0871 230 5574 (or +44 (0) 1159 934422 from overseas). The dates of the London International Horse Show itself are 14 – 20 December 2010.

Source: KC web site (27/10/10)



Advice on Helping at Shows

Following concerns raised by the Agility Liaison Council, societies holding Agility shows are reminded that it is not acceptable to make it a condition of entry to the show that competitors must provide help in the running of the show.

A rule stating that all competitors must provide help would mean that any competitor who, for good reason, is unable to provide help would be unable to enter classes at the show, even when they and their dogs are eligible according to the Agility Regulations. It has been confirmed that it is not acceptable for a rule specific to the show to contradict the Agility Regulations in this way. It is, however, quite acceptable for entry forms to include an option, requesting competitors to offer help at particular times and/or in particular roles.

It is recognised that some societies do experience difficulties in obtaining sufficient help in running their shows and, based on the experience of many shows, it is therefore suggested that incentives are more effective than enforcement in attracting help from competitors.

Societies are also reminded that the order in which classes are held may not be changed on the day of a show. Although in appropriate circumstances classes may be moved from one ring to another to expedite completion of the show, all classes must be held in the order previously advertised and/or notified to competitors.

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (15/10/10)


Revised Gundog Schedule

Aljeana Baddley has requested that people who want to enter the Gundog Agiity show on 13 February use the revised schedule and entry forms which are  now on Agilitynet  because she moved house on 13 October. Any mail in transit will be covered by the postal redirection service. Phones numbers will remain the same as well as email contacts.  Please be aware there may be some delay in replying to emails due to the move.

Source: Aljeana Baddley (13/10/10)


NAWS Update

The October Northern Agility Winter Show closed on 1 October, as per schedule. The limit number for November has now been reached, so this show is now closed as well. Entries received by Monday, 11 October will still be accepted. The later shows - January, February and March - have each about ten places left, so early entry for these shows is advised if people are hoping to attend.

There is no December Show this year.

Source: Brenda Tenten  (08/10/10)



Gold and Silver Medals for Team GB at WC2010

Natasha Wise, the reigning Agility World Champion in the Medium dog height category, has claimed the Championship title for the second year running with her Border Collie, Dizzy (Ag. Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck.)

Natasha's Gold medal, along with David Munnings' Silver in the Individual Large height category with his Border Collie, Dobby (Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree), crowned another highly successful competition for the Kennel Club's Agility Team GB at the FCI Agility World Championships in Germany last weekend (1-3 October 2010).

Natasha and Dizzy were unbeaten, with first places in both the jumping and agility rounds on her way to the overall Individual Medium Champion title.

The Team GB squad won two further trophies with three other Border Collies. Denise Wilkinson and her dog, Jexie (Meisterwork Jexie Jangles) took 2nd place in the Agility heat of the Individual Medium competition, and Greg Derrett and his dog, Detox (Nedlo Detox Sproglett) achieved 2nd place in the Agility heat of the Individual Large competition. There was also a 3rd place finish for Sian Illingworth with her dog, Jazzy (Falconmoor Shadow Dancer) in the Medium Team jumping heat.

It has been an excellent year in international competition for Team GB. At the European Open Championships in July, the Small/Medium Combined team won the Bronze medal in the team finals in addition to trophy places in the Individual heats.

Team manager Steve Croxford said: 'There is always particular interest when Team GB steps up to the start line and once again we met the expectations. Natasha's stunning performances epitomised the high standards that GB's top competitors now achieve but, as always, the hard work and support of the entire team and their helpers is what underpins our successes. I would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and the whole agility community for their help and encouragement.'

It is thought that Natasha's record of two consecutive Championship wins has only been matched twice before in the FCI Agility Championships. Previous holders were Christine Charpentier of France with Loch Mac Leod (1999 and 2000) and Anton Zürcher of Switzerland with Witch who won the Medium category in 2007 and 2008. Anton was beaten into 2nd place by Natasha in 2009.

The only other previous double winner has been Slovenia's Silvia Trkman with her Pyrenean Sheepdog, La (Simply The Best de Loubajac) who won the Medium Championship in 2003 and 2005. Silvia and La won 4th place this year.

However this year's competition saw a 'double double,' as in addition to Natasha's consecutive wins, the Individual Large Championship title also went to last year's winner - Lisa Frick of Austria with her Border Collie, Hoss.

The members of Agility Team GB for the World Championships were selected by team manager Steve Croxford, following the qualifying day held on Sunday, 27 June 2010 at Staverton, Daventry, alongside the Agility for Britain show which, together with the earlier show, hosting the European Open qualifiers raised total funds of just over £6,500 to supplement the Kennel Club's financial and administrative support for the team.

In addition to Team Manager Steve Croxford, the team was accompanied by the Coach, Gwyn Roberts and vet, Rachel Mowbray, herself an international agility competitor – as well as Debbie Deuchar from the Kennel Club who took care of accommodation, transport and overall administration on behalf of the team.

Further sponsorship was kindly provided by:-

  • Doggyjumps, the agility equipment manufacturer who provided valuable financial assistance and were present at the event to support the team
  • World Leisurewear who supplied team uniforms
  • Eurotunnel who offered discounted travel for team vehicles and free transport for the dogs through the Channel Tunnel also assisted the team

Placings in the Top 10

Place

Category

Handler

Pet Name

KC registered name

Breed

1

Individual Jumping Medium

Natasha Wise

Dizzy

Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck

Border Collie

1

Individual Agility Medium

Natasha Wise

Dizzy

Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck

Border Collie

1

Individual Overall Medium

Natasha Wise

Dizzy

Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck

Border Collie

2

Individual Overall Large

David Munnings

Dobby

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree

Border Collie

2

Individual Agility Large

Greg Derrett

Detox

Nedlo Detox Sproglett

Border Collie

2

Individual Agility Medium

Denise Wilkinson

Jexie

Meisterwork Jexie Jangles

Border Collie

3

Team Jumping Medium

Sian Illingworth

Jazzy

Falconmoor Shadow Dancer

Border Collie

4

Team Jumping – Small Team

 

 

 

 

6

Individual Jumping Small

Nicola Garrett

Indiana

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven

Shetland Sheepdog

7

Team Jumping – Large Team

 

 

 

 

8

Team Jumping – Medium Team

 

 

 

 

10

Individual Jumping Large

David Munnings

Dobby

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree

Border Collie

Overall Results

Individual

Height

Handler

Dog Name

Breed

Team Jumping

Team
Agility

Individual Jumping

Individual Agility

Individual Overall

Small

Nicola Garrett

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven (Indiana)

Shetland Sheepdog

20

20

6

E

44

Small

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine (Chelsea)

Miniature Poodle

27

52

-

-

-

Small

Dawn Weaver

Ag.Ch. Tonring Just a Puzzle (Puzzle)

Papillon

26

E

E

16

52

Medium

Bernadette Bay

Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Balanced (Zen)

Shetland Sheepdog

19

24

28

19

13

Medium

Sian Illingworth

Falconmoor Shadow Dancer (Jazzy)

Border Collie

3

E

E

45

65

Medium

Denise Wilkinson

Meisterwork Jexie Jangles (Jexie)

Border Collie

-

-

E

2

43

Medium

Natasha Wise

Ag.Ch. Raeannes Flipping Heck (Dizzy)

Border Collie

51

E

1

1

1

Large

Anthony Clarke

Blazing Red of Rujaff (Ruby)

Border Collie

39

E

97

11

66

Large

Greg Derrett

Nedlo Detox Sproglett (Detox)

Border Collie

41

69

56

2

32

Large

Linda Hutchinson

Darleyfalls Dark Secret (Kizzy)

Border Collie

45

23

81

E

111

Large

David Munnings

Ag.Ch. Gunran Misteree (Dobby)

Border Collie

-

-

10

4

2

Team

Height Jumping Place Overall Place

Small

4

15

Medium

8

18

Large

7

13

Source: The Kennel Club (08/10/10)


Corton Cancels Sunday Show

Please be advised that due to the low volume of entries to two shows on 20-21 November 2010, Corton Agility Training Society  have, with regret, made the decision to cancel one day of their two day Unaffiliated Limited show. They have decided to cancel the show on Sunday, 21 November  2010 and will transfer all those entries from the Sunday to the Saturday show, the day before.

Should  you not be able to attend the show on Saturday, 20 November 2010, please contact the Show Secretary Pauline Caddick, preferably by email on paulderk@live.co.uk or ring tel. telephone 01666 860690 before 9pm before Thursday 13th October 2010

If you know of anyone who may not have access to this message, the Corton Cmmittee  we would be grateful if you could pass this information on to them.

Thanking you in advance for your understanding reference the above changes.

 Source: Joy Stanbrook - Chairperson Corton ATS (01/10/10)



Highland Agility Stakes 2011 Resurrected

2011 will see the re-birth of the Highland Stakes Final. Regarded as one of Scotland's most prestigious Finals, it has been around for many years. For the most part, the Highland was sponsored by Pedigree but 2009 saw the last Pedigree Highland Final after they decided to pull the plug on sponsorship and left the Final with little chance of survival.

The Highland was saved in 2010 when agility publication, the Agility Zone took over sponsorship and management of the event for that year. Unfortunately, the cost to fund the event was just too great and The Zone could no longer continue to run the event without any help which is why they turned to their friends at PRO PLAN for help!

The event to 2011 - and hopefully for many years to follow - will be named the PRO PLAN Highland Agility Stakes and will be fully funded and supported by PRO PLAN while being organised and managed by Kenny Spottiswoode of The Zone.

To put a cherry on top, PRO PLAN, again in association with The Zone is also running an all new 2011 competition named PRO PLAN Highland Novice Stakes. As it sounds, the Highland Novice Stakes is a sister competition to the Highland Agility Stakes and will be open to dogs currently in Kennel Club Grades 3-5.

Both Finals will take place at the Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace on 2-3 July 2011 and will be one of the chief attractions in the main ring. Qualifiers, which will be organised soon, will take place at five of Scotland's Kennel Club show. The top five from each heat will be automatically invited to compete in the Finals.

For more information, email kenny@agilityzone.co.uk

Source: Kenny Spottiswoode (01/10/10)


Weald Change of Judge

Due to illness, regrettably Carolyn Bartelous will not be able to judge at the Weald Show on Sunday, 10 October. Fortunately their reserve Judge, Lorraine Watts has accepted the last minute challenge and will step in. 

Many thanks Lorraine and to Carolyn our wishes for a speedy recovery.

Source: Richard Partridge (01/10/10)

 NOVEMBER 2010

Blackdown Cancelled

Erring on the side of caution, Blackdown AS has decided not to hold its limit indoor competition at Heazle Riding Centre on Sunday, 28 November due to the weather.

On their web site they said, 'We are sorry that we feel it necessary to cancel the Limit at Heazle on 28th November. There is a severe weather warning in force for the whole of the SW for this weekend. Heazle is high up and approached by minor roads. We do not feel it worth the risk of staging the event. Anyone who has entered the November limit and wants to do the February limit will have their entry money transferred to that competition. Others will have their entry fee returned in due course.'

Please pass this information to anyone who may not have access to the internet.

Source: Lisa Wilson (27/11/10)

Editor's note: Apologies to Blackdown and all the competitors going to that show. The site was down and we could not advise you earlier.



Broadhaven Beach by The Pond

Pembrokeshire By The Pond 2011

Agility competition returns to Pembrokeshire Agricultural Show in 2011 on 16-18 August. In addition to the top rate agility competition, the show has a host of other attractions which competitors will be able to visit. The show ground is only a few miles from the Atlantic which has for centuries been known as ‘The Pond’. The area has many fine beaches and other attractions which can make the show part of a full weeks family holiday. Camping, will for the first time be on the show ground and available for the whole week from 13-20 August.

To maintain the show atmosphere, there will be a Ladies Judges Day and a Gentleman Judges Day when fashion and natty dressing will abound for both judges and competitors, but is not compulsory.

A follow on independent agility show will be held on the 19 August at Broadhaven Beach. This is the first time on mainland UK that agility has been held on the beach.

Graham Taylor is introducing another first in agility history - his great value Early Bird rates. Look out for the schedule to discover more. That's three firsts in one show. Will you be able to do as well with your Agility dog?

Further information can be obtained from Graham Taylor at 2 Medley Grove Leamington Spa, Warks. CV31 2GA 01926 315335. Email rover.pro@virgin.net

Source: Graham Taylor  (26/11/10)


Dog Vegas April Change

Dog Vegas have made a change to one of their shows in 2011.They will not be holding the one day show on Saturday, 9 April at Richmond. Instead they will be adding an extra day  to their Easter Show, so Easter Dog Vegas Vegas will now run from Friday, 22 April until Tuesday, 26 April 2011. That means there will be five full days of KC Agility.

Source: Jackie Kenny (24/11/10)



Bretford & Chipping Norton Join Forces

Bretford DTC and Chipping Norton DTC will be 'sharing' a venue to run a 2-day Open Agility show over the weekend of 9-10 July. The Bretford show will be on the Saturday while the  Chipping Norton show will take place on the Sunday. Camping will be available

The venue has yet to be finalised. Sadly the previous venue the Ford Sports & Social Centre has been sold and torn down but the clubs are currently negotiating with venues in the area.

Sources: Heather Mitchell & Moira Bowden  (24/11/10)



Agility Re-Runs Marking Clarified

The Kennel Club is aware that the matter of how to mark an Agility re-run has been the subject of much discussion over the past few months and this has recently been discussed by the Agility Liaison Council.

The Kennel Club has decided to make an addition to the relevant Agility regulations in order to ensure fairness for all competitors at every show. Up until now, different judges, even at the same show, could be using different criteria and it was felt this was no longer appropriate.

Therefore, with effect from 1 January 2011, the new wording below will be included in the Agility marking regulations. Judges are reminded that it is still at their discretion whether a re-run is offered after a timing failure, equipment failure, interference from another dog or any other reason. However, all re-runs will now be judged as a clean run for faults and time.

Regulation H(1)(B)5.c. - Marking

NEW: Should the judge deem a re-run is required, any result and/or faults gained in the previous run must be discounted.

Source: The Kennel Club  (19/11/10)


Prestbury Park Awarded Champ Status

Prestbury Park DATC would like to announce that they have been granted Championship Status for Small, Medium and Large dogs at their show at Cirencester Park on the 3-4 September 2010.

Rachel Williams, Prestbury Park DATC Show Manager, said 'Thank you to everyone involved in the show who has made this possible. The schedule is nearly complete and we will be aiming to get it out early in the New Year.'

This takes the total number of Championship Agility Show Societies to 20 for Large dogs and 19 for Small and Medium dogs. 

Any society interested in applying for future Championship Agility Status should submit a presentation for consideration by the Activities Sub-Committee.  Please note you should also submit your intended show date, and it will be necessary to select a date that does not coincide with another Championship Agility Show.

Applications should include details of the society’s committee structure and show management team as well as providing information on the proposed show venue, stating the facilities available for judges, competitors, dogs and spectators.

Presentations should be submitted to Debbie Deuchar, Canine Activities Department, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, W1J 8A

Source: Rachel Williams & The Kennel Club  (17/11/10)


WAGAM Matches 2010 -2011 Cancelled

It is with sadness that we post this announcement on behalf of WAGAM winter matches.

Gemma Miles has written to say, 'Unfortunately we, as a club, were given just a few weeks notice that our venue would no longer be available to us from the end of November. Try as we might we were simply unable to find a venue at a suitable cost and suitable size to continue the matches this year. So unfortunately WAGAM have had to cancel the rest of their matches for the 2010-2011 season.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported these matches at any point in the last 4 years since they started. And please keep your eyes and ears open in case we find a suitable venue in time for next years season.'

Fingers crossed WAGAM will see you all soon at another venue.

Source: Gemma Miles (12/11/10)


Announcing The UK Agility Grand Finals 2011

The UK Agility Grand Finals will take place on the 3-4 December 2011 at The Hand Arena in Clevedon near Bristol.  An event purely for British Agility, The Grand Finals will showcase dog agility as the main attraction and will include nine Agility finals over the weekend. This will be the culmination of many heats which will have taken place throughout the year. 

UKA Founder Greg Derrett said, 'The goal of this event is to provide an arena where dog agility competition is the sole focus, with Finals for all levels of dogs. No longer will our sport be seen and treated as a sideline show. '

The Grand Finals will be live streamed as well as filmed for a DVD so that handlers can have as a lasting memory of this competition.  Any profits from the event from trade stands, sponsorship or spectators - will be used to improve agility in Great Britain, investing in safer equipment design and training for UK Agility judges.

For more details of the heats and finals, please visit www.ukagility.com and click Heats and Finals in the left hand menu.

Source: Greg Derrett (11/11/10)


Festive Fundraiser 2010

Established now as part of info@agilitywarehouse.com, this year funds will go to the winner’s choice of charity so this year more than ever you really do need to be in it to win it for your favourite cause.

As ever Graham Taylor and his team are gathering some rather nice goodies to attract your support with the draw to be held on Tuesday, 28 December 2010. The prize fund will grow as we build up towards the festive season and all the gathered goodies will be listed on Agilitynet.

Thus far prizes include:-

  • A bottle of Champagne

  • An Alpha bowl

  • A seven night caravan pitch at Pembrokeshire by The Pond 2011

  • One night at a bed & breakfast for two people in the historic Lincolnshire town of Stamford, by kind permission of Jodi Hope.

  • Invitation from the duke of Rutland to visit Belvoir Castle  

Donation to the prize fund are welcome so please send an email with your contribution to Graham Taylor.

If you are unable to attend the Cool Agility event (entries close mid-November) but still want to take part in the draw, please print your name and a contact telephone number on a £5 note and hand your contribution to Graham Taylor. Alternatively please send a cheque payable to GV Agility to Festive Fund Raiser, 2 Medley Grove, Leamington Spa, CV31 2GA. He will convert your £5 cheque to the winner’s choice of charity. Please do not send cash through the post.

Cool Agility for the Hot 100 will take place on 28 December at Moreton Morrell, Warks. See the Agilitynet Show Diary for more information.

Source: Graham Taylor (05/11/10)

 DECEMBER 2010

 Gundog Agility League Saved

Following our announcement in December that the League would cease at the end of December 2010 we are pleased to announce that the Gundog Agility League will continue! This is due in part to the amount of support and the number of good comments that we have received from our members but also, most importantly, from the fact that the League has been offered sponsorship via two sources. These offers of sponsorship will enable the League to function by supporting the web site and the actual awards.

The full details will be announce soon, but the League will run from the 1 January 2011

The table below shows the number of awards per category for the year ending 2010. This year there has been the additional award for the Veteran gundogs.

 Gundog Agility League 2010 Awards

League Category

Dogs in Category

League Awards

Large Grade 1

32

1 to 8

Large Grade 2

20

1 to 5

Large Grades 3 & 4

52

1 to 13

Large Grades 5, 6 & 7

10

1 to 3

Small & Medium Grade 1 to 3

34

1 to 9

Small & Medium Grades 4 & 5

13

1 to 4

Small & Medium Grades 5, 6 & 7

18

1 to 5

Veteran – all grades & heights

8

1 to 2

The League has an active membership of 179 pedigreed gundogs participating in the points league, split according to grades and heights. Eight Veteran dogs are included in the 179 dogs as they also are collecting points towards their own grade and height category.

Points gained for the 2010 league up to 31 December 2010 must have be submitted and entered onto the league database by 17 January 2011.

For more information about the League, go to  www.gundog-agility.co.uk

Source: Aljeana & Karen Baddley  (30/12/10)


New Chichester Show Announced

Jeff Sasse from Sussex County Dog Training, has teamed up with Pat Griffiths and Denise Smith from Patanden Agility, to announce a new show called the Chichester Unaffiliated Agility Show which will be held on Saturday, 28 May 2011 at the Dog Barn, Aldingbourne, Chichester on their eight acre field. The show is sponsored by Agility Zone.

Sussex County Dog Training, run by Jeff and Miranda Sasse, offers many aspects of dog training including obedience and agility while Pat and Denise, who have run Patanden Agility for the last seven years, are well known for their shows at their Coldwaltham venue as well as the UKA shows that they have held for the last three years.

Denise said, 'it is so nice that two local clubs have joined forces to bring a fun packed agility show to the South Coast. There will be classes for all grades and heights of dog with the chance to participate in the overall tournament finals. The show offers the opportunity both handlers and their dogs competing for the very first time as well as the very experienced partnerships.'

The schedule and entry form are now available on the Agilitynet to download.

Source: Denise Smith (23/12/10)


Woodside Refunds

Concerning refunds for the cancelled Woodside Christmas show, there will be refunds given, but not before Christmas. The organisers ask that you bear with them while they sort things out. They will have to wait until all the new cheque books come through.

Sue Mallabar of Showtime has asked that competitors send their SAEs to the Club Secretary within one month of the show date - and not to her the processor. She will forward what has been received up to now.

Source: Vicki Watmore  (23/12/10)


TraVal Closing Date Extended

Despite an overwhelming response to the December TraVal show, with only two weeks to closing date, the organisers are struggling to fill the February show. Consequently they have decided to open the afternoon classes - Power & Speed and Steeplechase - to all grades.  Grades 5, 6 and 7, however, will not be able to qualify for the final which is for Grades 1-4.  The closing date has also been extended by one week.

Source: Val Clark (19/12/10)


Gun Dog League to End

After much thought, Aljeana and Karen Baddley have made the decision that due to changing circumstances that they can no longer continue to run and manage the Gundog Agility League and, therefore, the League will cease as at the end of December 2010.

Initially the Gundog agility League was Karen's concept to provide an individual league for pure breed gundogs competing in agility. Over the years, the League has been well supported over the years with a healthy membership and an Annual Awards presentation, taking place each year in February. These awards have been funded by the Gundog agility shows that were originally held once a year but proved to popular that they were extended to twice yearly, drawing handlers from all over the country. 

Aljeana and Karen said, 'These shows have provided a point of contact for many gundog handlers to compete a level playing field, but we now feel things have moved on in the agility world. There are now more opportunities for gundogs in other organisations which offering wider ranges of jump heights. There are also various leagues. With the financial climate as it is, it seems to be most important for many handlers to compete closer to home.'

'We thank everyone that has supported the Gundog agility league and the shows that we have held over the past five years and wish you all the best in the 2011.'

Running orders for the forthcoming Gundog Agilty show on 13 February 2011 will be posted after Christmas. There are still a few places left. Please remember this is the Annual League Awards show so presentations will be taking place at this our final show.

If anyone is interested in taking on the Gundog League, then please contact Karen or Aljeana.  The web site details are :- www.gundog-agility.co.uk

Source: Aljeana & Karen Baddley  (13/12/10)


Royal Wedding Agility Show Announced

South Eastern Agility has moved quickly to arrange a show to on Bank Holiday Friday, 29 April 2011.  It is to be called The Royal Wedding Celebration and as well as the usual agility and jumping classes, there will be a Bride & Groom Pairs in the afternoon which will be Pay on the Day.

The show is to be held at Perrywood Sports and Social Ground in Redhill, Surrey.

Source: Margaret Taylor (07/12/10)


Barking Mad Show Date Extended

Barking Mad has extended the entry date to their January show at Moulton to 28 December 2010. There will be four runs per dog - three graded and one combined. The 19 February show at Moulton also still has spaces. This is a great indoor venue with fab parking and cafe.

The Keysoe shows are all full.

The schedule is available on Agility net, and Barking Mad web site and L and N show services.  

Source: Niki and Den Keeler  (07/12/10)


Valgrays Ring Cards Delay

Due to the weather, the ring cards for the Valgrays Border Collie Unaffiliated Limited Show on Sunday, 12 December have not been posted yet but they will be sent out asap.

If you have any queries, please ring Lin Bergan, the Show Secretary, on tel. 020 8660 7282. She is hoping to get iSS running orders on their site this week.

Source: Lin Bergan  (04/12/10)


TraVal Show Re-scheduled

The postponed December TraVal Show has been rescheduled and will take place on Sunday, 2 January 2011. All arrangements, running orders and start time remains the same. 

With regard to the Crystal Challenge Final. several handlers from all four height categories had pulled out in the lead up to what was to be the December show and reserves have been contacted and prepared to run. The handlers who pulled out will not be able to run in the finals being held in what is now the January show, but are invited to compete in the March Final.

As we have been able to reschedule, and prizes have been bought on the strength of the entry we regret we cannot offer any refunds to handlers who cannot make the new date.

Source: Val Clark  (02/12/10)


England & Wales WAO Try Out Postponed

Due to the current weather conditions throughout the country, it has been decided to postpone this weekends event. The England & Wales Try Out will now take place on the weekend of 8-9 January 2011. All other details regarding the event will remain exactly the same.

Anyone unable to make the new dates but still wishing to be considered for one of the wildcard places must contact englandwao@gmail.com for the England Team or oujafink@virginmedia.com for the Wales Team. 

All profits from the event are to be used by the 2011 WAO teams and we are therefore hopeful very few of you will want to claim refunds. However, if you do wish to claim a refund please send a SAE to the UK Agility Office to be received no later than December 10th 2010 with your request for a refund. Refunds will not be calculated until after the event in January when all costs will be deducted from the entry income and a refund percentage will be calculated.  These accounts will then be made public.  

If the weather in January causes a similar problem, then the teams will be chosen from wildcard places only - and only - from those entered at the event. 

Organiser Greg Derrett said, 'We are extremely grateful to The Hand Equestrian Centre for their help in rescheduling not only this event but the Horse event they had on in January.'

Source: Greg Derrett (02/12/10)


TraVal & WTCI Shows Cancelled Due to Snow

The unexpected heavy snowfall has left approximately 12 inches of the white stuff on the ground so it has been decided to postpone the TraVal show on Saturday, 4 December. The organisers are unable to go about doing the pre-show work and they would not have had any trophies as the weather has held up their delivery.

Val Clark said, 'We are hoping to be able to reschedule so please keep a hold of your running order cards as they won't change. We will post a new date for the show with details about the Finals will be posted as soon as it has been finalised.'

Due to adverse weather conditions, The Working Trials Club of Ireland (WTCI) Christmas show on Sunday, 5 December has been cancelled, too.

Please inform anyone you know who does not own a computer.'

Sources: Val Clark and Jenny Hale (02/12/10)

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