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2011 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 2011

Bincknoll Cancelled

Bincknoll DTC has reluctantly cancelled their Spring show, scheduled for 26-27 March 2010 due to low entry numbers. None of the cheques have been banked yet so they will all be returned.

Their next show will be in October. Details to follow.

Source: Sylvia Covey, Show Secretary  (30/01/11)


More 4 Extends Coverage of dfs Crufts

The dog event dfs Crufts is to return to More4 in March this year, with Clare Balding at the helm. The channel is extending its coverage of the dfs-sponsored event to two hours each night, from the 10th to 13th March.

A fully-updated version of the documentary Good Dog! Bad Dog! from Mentorn Media, will air at the same time,  examining the issues and concerns surrounding dog welfare, responsible dog ownership and best practice in dog breeding.

Head of Documentaries Hamish Mykura says: “dfs Crufts is an extremely popular event, with a loyal audience that can now enjoyed extended coverage on More4. As our coverage proved last year, we explore the issues surrounding dog welfare and will continue to use our coverage as a platform to encourage debate and an understanding of best practices.” 

Clare Balding, who will be presenting the show, says: "I am looking forward to working with More4 again this year, and delighted to be back at dfs Crufts. The mix of live programming from the ring and insightful interviews make it must-see television for viewers."

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club which organises the event says: “dfs Crufts is a celebration of the special relationship between man and dog and we are delighted that More4 will be bringing a fresh perspective to the event. Dog lovers will be able to enjoy all of the event’s highlights such as Best in Show, dog agility and the dog heroes competition, Friends for Life. It is also an opportunity to explore the issues surrounding how to buy, breed, train and care for a dog responsibly, so that everybody involved in dogs can help them to lead healthy, happy lives.”

More4’s dfs Crufts coverage will be produced by Sunset + Vine, produced by Lucy Darke and directed by Daniel Hudson and Gerry Morrison.


Error on Up North Show Schedule on Show Diary

Anyone going to the Up North show at the South Durham Indoor Equestrian Centre should check the schedule for directions before starting out. We do not have a post code for the venue.

Apologies to Dianne for any inconvenience this has caused.

Source: Dianne Talbot  (28/01/11)


Yeovil Closing Date Extended

Yeovil Agility Club is delighted to announce that they still have plenty of spaces for their independent show on Sunday, March 20 at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester (Dorset). They would like people to come and enjoy running their dogs as much as they do so they have extended the closing date for entries by a week from 20 February to 28 February.

Gill Abbott said, 'We have all shivered our way through December and January, but at our show you can be assured of a warm(ish) indoor arena with wonderful running surface, lots of seating with great views of the entire arena, cafeteria and clean, efficient toilets - all under one roof. No queuing outside. There is hard surface parking, too.  Don't miss out, enter now.'

Source: Gill Abbott (28/01/11)



European Open 2012 Shock

It is with considerable regret that the Kennel Club has announced that it will not now be able to host the European Agility Championships in 2012 and has had to withdraw its bid to do so.

This follows notification that the FCI Board has refused its own Agility Commission’s decision of a year ago, that the competition in 2012 should be held in the UK and that it should be organised by the Kennel Club. Despite the fact that the competition is not ‘badged’ as an FCI event, and despite the Kennel Club’s original willingness to do so, the FCI Board has made its decision on the grounds that the Kennel Club cannot act as host because it is not a member of the FCI.

The FCI Board’s decision has come as a great shock, especially considering the amount of time that has elapsed since the FCI Agility Committee made its original decision, and given that news of nomination of the UK to hold the 2012 event has now been in the public domain for well over twelve months. 

Caroline Kisko, the Kennel Clubs Communications Director says; 'We are disappointed to have to make this announcement as the Kennel Club has always been happy and keen to encourage agility handlers in the UK to take part in the European Open. This is particularly disappointing as this competition, in line with our own UK Kennel Club policy, encourages handlers of non-pedigree dogs to participate on level terms with those of pedigree dogs. The KC has, over the years, worked hard to promote the good name of the FCI's agility events and of the European Open.'

The Kennel Club would like to stress that, if at some future time the FCI Board changes its point of view, the Kennel Club would certainly, once again, be very pleased to consider acting as host for this competition in a future year.

Source: The Kennel Club (23/01/11)


Jersey Festival Goes Even More European

The 15th Anniversary Jersey European Agility Festival being held from Friday, 29 April to Monday, 2 May 2011 will be having a makeover with more of a European theme, attracting more competitors from Europe. Each day will have a country theme as follows:-

  • Friday - Jersey day

  • Saturday - French day

  • Sunday - Spanish day

  • Monday - British day

Each day will have a judge from that nation - Roger Bailey (Jersey), André Erdos (France), TOny Griffin (UK) and ALfredo Tuset (Spain). There will also be food and drink and evening meals from that nation. Monday afternoon will have the usual individuals finals and the new nations team finals.

All are welcome to attend.

For further details visit: http://www.jerseyagility.co.uk/  or you can also follow on Facebook:

Source: André Rees (22/01/11)


The International All Breeds Cup.

The International All Breeds Cup will this year be held in the Czech Republic at Klub Lavka,  just six kilometres from the centre of the beautiful city of Prague from the 17-19 h June 2011.

There are Individual/ Breed competitions, Pairs and Team competitions along with a nations competition. All the competitions are open to all standard of dogs, and all compete together in their respective size category.

As it is open to all breeds, handler’s form several of the European Countries attend with many varying breeds of dogs, not just border collies.

At this competition you meet some really good international handlers and also some of those just starting off on their international careers.

The location of the competition is the Camp Site/hostel of  Kamp Lavka Skochovice. The show organiser is Antonin Greygor, who is a well known Judge and competitor. He was the World Champ judge in Italy.

Full details of the site can be found at www.lavkaskochovice.cz  and the details of the competition at http://allbreedscup.grantagility.com

Source: Tony Griffin (21/01/11)



Double Handling Ruling

The Kennel Club has recently discussed the apparent increase in the deliberate assistance given to a competitor whilst competing from either inside or outside the ring (i.e.double handling) at agility events and agreed that this practice should be penalised. 

The Kennel Club accepts that it is hard to define double handling and that the judge may not always see something that is construed as double handling. However, to give the judge the authority to deal with the matter at the time, the Kennel Club has introduced a new Regulation to permit the judge to eliminate a dog if, in their opinion, deliberate double handling has occurred to assist the dog. The new Regulation is as follows:

Regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(19)

Any double handling or deliberate assistance given to a competitor whilst competing from either inside or outside the ring will result in elimination.

Source: The Kennel Club (19/01/11)


Judging of Spouces & Close Relatives in Activity Disciplines 

The Kennel Club recently reviewed the Regulations concerning the judging of dogs handled by a judge’s spouse or close relative at Agility and Obedience shows, Heelwork to Music competitions and Working Trials. 

Whilst the Committee accepts absolutely that in the majority, if not all cases, judges and competitors behave in a fair and honest manner and is not doubting the integrity of judges; it is concerned with the perception of unfairness and bias which may arise when judges have to judge a dog entered under them handled by their spouse or by a close relative.

Therefore, with effect from 1st January 2012, the following new regulation will be added to G.36.a, H.27.a, I.13.a and L.23.a. to allow for any awards given by a judge to a dog handled by their spouse or immediate family or if the dog is resident at the judge’s address to be disqualified.

TO:

A dog may be disqualified by the General Committee from any award whether an objection has been lodged or not, if proved amongst other things to have been;

Handled by the scheduled judge’s spouse, immediate family or is resident at the same address as the scheduled judge. This shall not apply to a judge appointed in an emergency. (Additional wording highlighted)

Source: The Kennel Club (19/01/11)



Wye Valley & Wyre Win Champ Status

The Kennel Club has announced that Wye Valley Dog Training Club and Wyre (Lancs) Agility Club have both been awarded Championship Agility status from 2011. Wye Valley Dog Training Club has been approved to hold Small and Medium Championship classes, whilst Wyre (Lancs) Agility Club has been approved for all three heights. This takes the total number of Championship Agility Show Societies to 21 for all three height categories.

The Kennel Club would like to see more societies approved for Championship Agility status. 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, London W1J 8AB.

Source: The Kennel Club (19/01/11)


Northern Ireland WAO Team Update

Because both the December / January rounds of the Winter League have had to be postponed, alternative arrangements with the WAO organisers for finalising team selection have been agreed.

All those who entered the Winter League  and  asked to be considered for team selection are invited to come along to the Patch at 9.30 on Saturday, 22 January for one round of competitive Agility and one of Jumping. The results of Round 1 of Winter League will be combined with the results of the 22nd as the basis for team selection. If necessary Team Manager Ronnie McAleese and and David Duncan will use the system of wid card entries to finalise things.

Anyone with ideas for fundraising - regardless of club or competitive level - should please forward them to Ronnie at your earliest opportunity/

He said, 'Let's get behind the team from our wee country!'

Ronnie McAleese - N. Ireland Team Manager (19/01/11)


Irish Winter League Called Off

Having just carried out a pitch inspection and considered the weather forecasts for the remainder of today and tomorrow,   I can confirm  that tomorrow's round of the Winter League competition has  been called off .

Ronnie McAleese said, 'I am extremely disappointed in having to do this but I am not prepared to take risks with the safety of your dogs.  Hopefully we can play  "catch - up " in February and March. Best wishes to all for 2011!'

Ronnie McAleese (07/02/11)


New Wedding Show Announced by Agility Addicts

Not sure what to do with that extra days holiday? Come and  join in the fun at the Absolutely Barking Agility Addicts Royal Wedding show on 29 April at the Kingswood Equestrian Centre, Albrighton, Staffs (WV7 3AH)

There will be 5 runs per dogs at Elementary/Starters  & Open and 3 runs for Veteran and Odds 'n' Bpds including the Ready , Steady, Get Married jumping game – can you get the ring on the finger! And to top it all there will plenty of cakes in the cafe.

Schedule now available.

Source: Liz Fitchett (07/02/11)



Wales' Largest Dog Show to Include Agility

The Welsh Kennel Club has added Agility to its 2011 Summer Championship Show on Sunday, 21 August. Agility dogs will join more than 10,000 dogs on site competing for Championship Obedience & Breed places at Crufts 2012 as well as a YKC summer camp. The venue is the Royal Welsh Showground in Builit Wells, regarded by many as a great place to compete.

Agility will have its own dedicated area within the larger event with rings, exercise areas, overnight camping with ideal facilities and day parking all within a short walk of the agility rings.

WKC Secretary Graham Hill said, 'We are delighted to offer Agility classes for all grades and sizes including the YKC youngsters at our Open show on Sunday 21 August which will complete a week of Welsh Agility, so taking a well earned Welsh Agility break could not be easier.  Arrive earlier if you wish and stay until the 22 August. Schedules will be coming soon. We look forward to seeing you.'

Welsh week includes the following show:-

  • 13-14 August - Heart of Wales Show
  • 16-18 August - Pembrokeshire by The Pond
  • 19 August - Pembrokeshire by The Pond on the Beach
  • 21 August - The Welsh Kennel Club Show

Source: Graham Taylor (01/02/11)


FEBRUARY 2011

Agility Team GB Under New Management

Steve Croxford, Manager of the Kennel Club’s Agility Team GB for the FCI World Championships, and Gwyn Roberts, the team’s coach and Assistant Manager, have announced that they are handing over the reins to new management after a decade of guiding the team through the top international agility competitions.  

The new Team GB Manager for the 2011 World Championships will be Graham Partridge who managed the British team for the European Open Agility Championships last year. The Assistant Manager will be Dave Jolly, the European Open team’s coach last year. Both Graham and Dave will continue managing the European Open team this year. The management structure of the Kennel Club’s international agility teams will be reviewed for 2012.

In 2001, Steve and Gwyn managed the first official Agility Team GB to go to the FCI Agility World Championships in Portugal, which was made possible by the introduction of the PETS pet passport scheme. Over the following ten years, they helped the team to win the respect of the international agility community, picking up three gold medals, three silvers and six bronze medals along the way.

The next international challenges facing Agility Team GB under its new management will be the European Open Championships, taking place near Salzburg in Austria from 29 – 31 July 2011, and the FCI World Championships in Lievin, France from 7 – 9 October 2011.  

Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko commented, 'We would like to thank Steve and Gwyn for all their hard work over the past ten years in making the Kennel Club’s international teams a force to be reckoned with, and acknowledged on the world stage. 

Without their dedication and hard work, British agility would not be in the excellent position it is now. The foundation they have laid will enable our international agility teams to go forward to new successes under their new manager and coach.”

Graham Partridge said, 'I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of managing the World Championship Agility Team in addition to my existing role as manager of the European Open Team.

'Steve Croxford and Gwyn Roberts have done an amazing job over the last ten years. They have set incredibly high standards and put in a great deal of time and effort to get us where we are today, they will be an extremely hard act to follow.

'I am very pleased that Dave Jolly has agreed to act as assistant team manager/coach and that Rachel Mowbray has agreed to accompany both the European and World teams as Team Vet.

Together with support from within the Kennel Club we will ensure that the Teams are as well prepared as they can be before the event and that during the event everything is managed to allow the team to go out and  concentrate on their dogs and achieve their full potential.

The Kennel Club World Championship selection day will be held on Monday, 27 June 2011 at Fennis Field Farm, Rugby, which is the indoor venue used by Rugby DTC . The Judge for this event will be Natasha Wise who has been pre-selected for the World Team. It is hoped that schedules for this event will be available soon from the Kennel Club..

This years World Championships will be held in Lievin, France on 7-9th October 2011. Lievin is approximately 60 miles from Calais so there will never be a better of easier opportunity to go and support your team, see some of the best Agility dogs in the world and have a great time doing it. Janet Humphries has kindly agreed to advise any would be travellers and can be contacted at Janethumphreys@yahoo.co.uk

Sources: The Kennel Club & Graham Partridge (22/02/11)


Error on Orchard Fox & Duck Show Schedule

A beagle eyed competitor spotted a typo on the Orchard Agility May Day Holiday Show entry form. The error on involved the number of nights and cost of camping.  It should read:-

No. Camping units: @ £7.50 per unit/per night.

The show will take place from 29 April - 2 May 2011 @ The Fox & Duck in Stotfold, Beds. Friday will be a Fun Dog Show - all classes pay on the day.

Source: Rosemary Stowers (22/02/11)


 

Good News about the Hearing Dogs Venue

Just to reassure anyone planning to go to the Watford Open Agility show - this year on Sunday, 26 June, John Leslie has confirmed that the show is definitely going ahead at the same venue as last year - Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's headquarters at Saunderton, near High Wycombe (Bucks).

There was a question mark over the availability of the venue for a short time, as there was for Cippenham. Both clubs are very grateful to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People for confirming that the venue will definitely be available to them again this year.

The Cippenham schedule is on-line again and the Watford schedules will be out in about two weeks time.

Source: John Leslie  (18/02/11)


Phoenix UKA Show Cancelled

Phoenix (Somerset) Agility Club are very disappointed to have to announce that their UKA show scheduled for 21 May 2011 is unable to go ahead. There are building works at Langford University and their Health & Safety policy means that we are unable to use the venue.

Despite extensive searching, they have been unable to find another venue in the short notice we were given. They will, however, be back at Langford in 2012 so please put May 19 into your diaries.

Source: Sharron Taylor (18/02/11)


Exclusive Training Announcement!
Junior Training at 2011 DIN

Calling all Junior’s going to the 2011 Dogs in Need Show.

Question: What do the following top handlers and trainers all have in common?

  • Selena and Alan Bray
  • David Munnings and Jayne Bray
  • Lee Windeatt and Laura Chudleigh
  • Natasha Wise and Matthew Goodliffe
  • Sian Illingworth and Anthony Clarke
  • Jackie and Alan Gardner
  • Dawn Weaver and Lee Gibson

Answer: They are all training Junior’s at the 2011 Dogs In Need show! This has never been done before so you could be trained by these multiple Champions and even Tash as a double World Champion whilst enjoying the show week!

Don’t Miss Out!
But you will need to book early to avoid disappointment as places will be at a premium and will soon sell out and once there’ve gone – there’ve gone!

Classes: Maximum of 10 per class. All heights catered for though we do reserve the right to change the plan dependant on circumstances.

Date

Time

Level

Trainers

Monday, 15 August 1600 – 1700
1700 – 1800
Grades 3-5
Grades 1&2
Tash + Matt
Sel + Alan B*
Tuesday, 16 August    1600 - 1700
1700 – 1800 
Grades 6&7
Grades 3-5
Lee W + Laura*
David + Jayne
Wednesday, 17 August 1600 – 1700
1700 – 1800
Grades 1&2 
Grades 6&7
Jackie + Alan G
Sian + Anthony
Friday, 19 August 1600 – 1700
1700 – 1800
Grades 3-5
Grades 6&7 
Dawn + Lee G
Tash + Matt

* Revised

Grades: This is the normal grade that the Junior handler works in or would work in. There is no point putting a Grade 7 dog in with a new to agility handler, aged 6! They would go in a Grade 3 class.

Price: £3 per session booked in advance or £5 booked at the show...if any spaces are still available!

How to Book and For Further Information:

You will need to go online at www.dogsinneedagility.com /juniors for further information and to complete your training registration form. Payment for Junior Training ONLY is by cheque made payable to Dogs In Need Agility Society and mailed to Selena Bray at 10 Brookside, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicester LE10 2TL.

For any further information you can contact Selena Bray by email at dinas.juniors@gmail.com or ring m. 07950 335203

Source: Selena Bray (14/02/11)


Show Wanted to Host Crufts Qualifier for Small Dogs

The Kennel Club is currently organising qualifiers at Agility shows during 2011 to find finalists to compete at dfs Crufts in March 2012. The majority of these qualifying heats will continue to be held at the shows which staged them during 2010, but the option for a further Agility club to host a heat has become available.

Following a decision that Ely & District Dog Training Club (Summer Agility Show) will only be holding one set of qualifiers for the Small Circular Knockout, the Small Agility Challenge and the Small/Mixi Pairs at its show on 26 August 2011, the Kennel Club is inviting Agility clubs to apply to host one qualifying event at a show in 2011.

To be eligible, shows must be Kennel Club licensed Open or Championship Agility shows and take place before 31st October 2011. Shows should ideally be capable of accommodating qualifying heats for all three competitions, and will be asked to provide full details of all qualifying dogs and handlers to the Kennel Club within two weeks of the end of the show.

Show organisers wishing to stage the qualifiers are invited to contact Debbie Deuchar, no later than Friday 25th February 2011, by email to debbie.deuchar@thekennelclub.org.uk or in writing to the Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB. For further information please contact the Kennel Club WTOA team on 0844 463 3980, ext 316 or 331.

Lists of existing qualifying heats for dfs Crufts 2012, and for Olympia 2011 and the European Open 2012, are available on the Kennel Club website at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2882.

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (05/02/11)

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 2011

Bincknoll Cancelled

Bincknoll DTC has reluctantly cancelled their Spring show, scheduled for 26-27 March 2010 due to low entry numbers. None of the cheques have been banked yet so they will all be returned.

Their next show will be in October. Details to follow.

Source: Sylvia Covey, Show Secretary  (30/01/11)


More 4 Extends Coverage of dfs Crufts

The dog event dfs Crufts is to return to More4 in March this year, with Clare Balding at the helm. The channel is extending its coverage of the dfs-sponsored event to two hours each night, from the 10th to 13th March.

A fully-updated version of the documentary Good Dog! Bad Dog! from Mentorn Media, will air at the same time,  examining the issues and concerns surrounding dog welfare, responsible dog ownership and best practice in dog breeding.

Head of Documentaries Hamish Mykura says: “dfs Crufts is an extremely popular event, with a loyal audience that can now enjoyed extended coverage on More4. As our coverage proved last year, we explore the issues surrounding dog welfare and will continue to use our coverage as a platform to encourage debate and an understanding of best practices.” 

Clare Balding, who will be presenting the show, says: "I am looking forward to working with More4 again this year, and delighted to be back at dfs Crufts. The mix of live programming from the ring and insightful interviews make it must-see television for viewers."

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club which organises the event says: “dfs Crufts is a celebration of the special relationship between man and dog and we are delighted that More4 will be bringing a fresh perspective to the event. Dog lovers will be able to enjoy all of the event’s highlights such as Best in Show, dog agility and the dog heroes competition, Friends for Life. It is also an opportunity to explore the issues surrounding how to buy, breed, train and care for a dog responsibly, so that everybody involved in dogs can help them to lead healthy, happy lives.”

More4’s dfs Crufts coverage will be produced by Sunset + Vine, produced by Lucy Darke and directed by Daniel Hudson and Gerry Morrison.


Error on Up North Show Schedule on Show Diary

Anyone going to the Up North show at the South Durham Indoor Equestrian Centre should check the schedule for directions before starting out. We do not have a post code for the venue.

Apologies to Dianne for any inconvenience this has caused.

Source: Dianne Talbot  (28/01/11)


Yeovil Closing Date Extended

Yeovil Agility Club is delighted to announce that they still have plenty of spaces for their independent show on Sunday, March 20 at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester (Dorset). They would like people to come and enjoy running their dogs as much as they do so they have extended the closing date for entries by a week from 20 February to 28 February.

Gill Abbott said, 'We have all shivered our way through December and January, but at our show you can be assured of a warm(ish) indoor arena with wonderful running surface, lots of seating with great views of the entire arena, cafeteria and clean, efficient toilets - all under one roof. No queuing outside. There is hard surface parking, too.  Don't miss out, enter now.'

Source: Gill Abbott (28/01/11)



European Open 2012 Shock

It is with considerable regret that the Kennel Club has announced that it will not now be able to host the European Agility Championships in 2012 and has had to withdraw its bid to do so.

This follows notification that the FCI Board has refused its own Agility Commission’s decision of a year ago, that the competition in 2012 should be held in the UK and that it should be organised by the Kennel Club. Despite the fact that the competition is not ‘badged’ as an FCI event, and despite the Kennel Club’s original willingness to do so, the FCI Board has made its decision on the grounds that the Kennel Club cannot act as host because it is not a member of the FCI.

The FCI Board’s decision has come as a great shock, especially considering the amount of time that has elapsed since the FCI Agility Committee made its original decision, and given that news of nomination of the UK to hold the 2012 event has now been in the public domain for well over twelve months. 

Caroline Kisko, the Kennel Clubs Communications Director says; 'We are disappointed to have to make this announcement as the Kennel Club has always been happy and keen to encourage agility handlers in the UK to take part in the European Open. This is particularly disappointing as this competition, in line with our own UK Kennel Club policy, encourages handlers of non-pedigree dogs to participate on level terms with those of pedigree dogs. The KC has, over the years, worked hard to promote the good name of the FCI's agility events and of the European Open.'

The Kennel Club would like to stress that, if at some future time the FCI Board changes its point of view, the Kennel Club would certainly, once again, be very pleased to consider acting as host for this competition in a future year.

Source: The Kennel Club (23/01/11)


Jersey Festival Goes Even More European

The 15th Anniversary Jersey European Agility Festival being held from Friday, 29 April to Monday, 2 May 2011 will be having a makeover with more of a European theme, attracting more competitors from Europe. Each day will have a country theme as follows:-

  • Friday - Jersey day

  • Saturday - French day

  • Sunday - Spanish day

  • Monday - British day

Each day will have a judge from that nation - Roger Bailey (Jersey), André Erdos (France), TOny Griffin (UK) and ALfredo Tuset (Spain). There will also be food and drink and evening meals from that nation. Monday afternoon will have the usual individuals finals and the new nations team finals.

All are welcome to attend.

For further details visit: http://www.jerseyagility.co.uk/  or you can also follow on Facebook:

Source: André Rees (22/01/11)


The International All Breeds Cup.

The International All Breeds Cup will this year be held in the Czech Republic at Klub Lavka,  just six kilometres from the centre of the beautiful city of Prague from the 17-19 h June 2011.

There are Individual/ Breed competitions, Pairs and Team competitions along with a nations competition. All the competitions are open to all standard of dogs, and all compete together in their respective size category.

As it is open to all breeds, handler’s form several of the European Countries attend with many varying breeds of dogs, not just border collies.

At this competition you meet some really good international handlers and also some of those just starting off on their international careers.

The location of the competition is the Camp Site/hostel of  Kamp Lavka Skochovice. The show organiser is Antonin Greygor, who is a well known Judge and competitor. He was the World Champ judge in Italy.

Full details of the site can be found at www.lavkaskochovice.cz  and the details of the competition at http://allbreedscup.grantagility.com

Source: Tony Griffin (21/01/11)



Double Handling Ruling

The Kennel Club has recently discussed the apparent increase in the deliberate assistance given to a competitor whilst competing from either inside or outside the ring (i.e.double handling) at agility events and agreed that this practice should be penalised. 

The Kennel Club accepts that it is hard to define double handling and that the judge may not always see something that is construed as double handling. However, to give the judge the authority to deal with the matter at the time, the Kennel Club has introduced a new Regulation to permit the judge to eliminate a dog if, in their opinion, deliberate double handling has occurred to assist the dog. The new Regulation is as follows:

Regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(19)

Any double handling or deliberate assistance given to a competitor whilst competing from either inside or outside the ring will result in elimination.

Source: The Kennel Club (19/01/11)


Judging of Spouces & Close Relatives in Activity Disciplines 

The Kennel Club recently reviewed the Regulations concerning the judging of dogs handled by a judge’s spouse or close relative at Agility and Obedience shows, Heelwork to Music competitions and Working Trials. 

Whilst the Committee accepts absolutely that in the majority, if not all cases, judges and competitors behave in a fair and honest manner and is not doubting the integrity of judges; it is concerned with the perception of unfairness and bias which may arise when judges have to judge a dog entered under them handled by their spouse or by a close relative.

Therefore, with effect from 1st January 2012, the following new regulation will be added to G.36.a, H.27.a, I.13.a and L.23.a. to allow for any awards given by a judge to a dog handled by their spouse or immediate family or if the dog is resident at the judge’s address to be disqualified.

TO:

A dog may be disqualified by the General Committee from any award whether an objection has been lodged or not, if proved amongst other things to have been;

Handled by the scheduled judge’s spouse, immediate family or is resident at the same address as the scheduled judge. This shall not apply to a judge appointed in an emergency. (Additional wording highlighted)

Source: The Kennel Club (19/01/11)



Wye Valley & Wyre Win Champ Status

The Kennel Club has announced that Wye Valley Dog Training Club and Wyre (Lancs) Agility Club have both been awarded Championship Agility status from 2011. Wye Valley Dog Training Club has been approved to hold Small and Medium Championship classes, whilst Wyre (Lancs) Agility Club has been approved for all three heights. This takes the total number of Championship Agility Show Societies to 21 for all three height categories.

The Kennel Club would like to see more societies approved for Championship Agility status. 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, London W1J 8AB.

Source: The Kennel Club (19/01/11)


Northern Ireland WAO Team Update

Because both the December / January rounds of the Winter League have had to be postponed, alternative arrangements with the WAO organisers for finalising team selection have been agreed.

All those who entered the Winter League  and  asked to be considered for team selection are invited to come along to the Patch at 9.30 on Saturday, 22 January for one round of competitive Agility and one of Jumping. The results of Round 1 of Winter League will be combined with the results of the 22nd as the basis for team selection. If necessary Team Manager Ronnie McAleese and and David Duncan will use the system of wid card entries to finalise things.

Anyone with ideas for fundraising - regardless of club or competitive level - should please forward them to Ronnie at your earliest opportunity/

He said, 'Let's get behind the team from our wee country!'

Ronnie McAleese - N. Ireland Team Manager (19/01/11)


Irish Winter League Called Off

Having just carried out a pitch inspection and considered the weather forecasts for the remainder of today and tomorrow,   I can confirm  that tomorrow's round of the Winter League competition has  been called off .

Ronnie McAleese said, 'I am extremely disappointed in having to do this but I am not prepared to take risks with the safety of your dogs.  Hopefully we can play  "catch - up " in February and March. Best wishes to all for 2011!'

Ronnie McAleese (07/02/11)


New Wedding Show Announced by Agility Addicts

Not sure what to do with that extra days holiday? Come and  join in the fun at the Absolutely Barking Agility Addicts Royal Wedding show on 29 April at the Kingswood Equestrian Centre, Albrighton, Staffs (WV7 3AH)

There will be 5 runs per dogs at Elementary/Starters  & Open and 3 runs for Veteran and Odds 'n' Bpds including the Ready , Steady, Get Married jumping game – can you get the ring on the finger! And to top it all there will plenty of cakes in the cafe.

Schedule now available.

Source: Liz Fitchett (07/02/11)



Wales' Largest Dog Show to Include Agility

The Welsh Kennel Club has added Agility to its 2011 Summer Championship Show on Sunday, 21 August. Agility dogs will join more than 10,000 dogs on site competing for Championship Obedience & Breed places at Crufts 2012 as well as a YKC summer camp. The venue is the Royal Welsh Showground in Builit Wells, regarded by many as a great place to compete.

Agility will have its own dedicated area within the larger event with rings, exercise areas, overnight camping with ideal facilities and day parking all within a short walk of the agility rings.

WKC Secretary Graham Hill said, 'We are delighted to offer Agility classes for all grades and sizes including the YKC youngsters at our Open show on Sunday 21 August which will complete a week of Welsh Agility, so taking a well earned Welsh Agility break could not be easier.  Arrive earlier if you wish and stay until the 22 August. Schedules will be coming soon. We look forward to seeing you.'

Welsh week includes the following show:-

  • 13-14 August - Heart of Wales Show
  • 16-18 August - Pembrokeshire by The Pond
  • 19 August - Pembrokeshire by The Pond on the Beach
  • 21 August - The Welsh Kennel Club Show

Source: Graham Taylor (01/02/11)


FEBRUARY 2011

Agility Team GB Under New Management

Steve Croxford, Manager of the Kennel Club’s Agility Team GB for the FCI World Championships, and Gwyn Roberts, the team’s coach and Assistant Manager, have announced that they are handing over the reins to new management after a decade of guiding the team through the top international agility competitions.  

The new Team GB Manager for the 2011 World Championships will be Graham Partridge who managed the British team for the European Open Agility Championships last year. The Assistant Manager will be Dave Jolly, the European Open team’s coach last year. Both Graham and Dave will continue managing the European Open team this year. The management structure of the Kennel Club’s international agility teams will be reviewed for 2012.

In 2001, Steve and Gwyn managed the first official Agility Team GB to go to the FCI Agility World Championships in Portugal, which was made possible by the introduction of the PETS pet passport scheme. Over the following ten years, they helped the team to win the respect of the international agility community, picking up three gold medals, three silvers and six bronze medals along the way.

The next international challenges facing Agility Team GB under its new management will be the European Open Championships, taking place near Salzburg in Austria from 29 – 31 July 2011, and the FCI World Championships in Lievin, France from 7 – 9 October 2011.  

Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko commented, 'We would like to thank Steve and Gwyn for all their hard work over the past ten years in making the Kennel Club’s international teams a force to be reckoned with, and acknowledged on the world stage. 

Without their dedication and hard work, British agility would not be in the excellent position it is now. The foundation they have laid will enable our international agility teams to go forward to new successes under their new manager and coach.”

Graham Partridge said, 'I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of managing the World Championship Agility Team in addition to my existing role as manager of the European Open Team.

'Steve Croxford and Gwyn Roberts have done an amazing job over the last ten years. They have set incredibly high standards and put in a great deal of time and effort to get us where we are today, they will be an extremely hard act to follow.

'I am very pleased that Dave Jolly has agreed to act as assistant team manager/coach and that Rachel Mowbray has agreed to accompany both the European and World teams as Team Vet.

Together with support from within the Kennel Club we will ensure that the Teams are as well prepared as they can be before the event and that during the event everything is managed to allow the team to go out and  concentrate on their dogs and achieve their full potential.

The Kennel Club World Championship selection day will be held on Monday, 27 June 2011 at Fennis Field Farm, Rugby, which is the indoor venue used by Rugby DTC . The Judge for this event will be Natasha Wise who has been pre-selected for the World Team. It is hoped that schedules for this event will be available soon from the Kennel Club..

This years World Championships will be held in Lievin, France on 7-9th October 2011. Lievin is approximately 60 miles from Calais so there will never be a better of easier opportunity to go and support your team, see some of the best Agility dogs in the world and have a great time doing it. Janet Humphries has kindly agreed to advise any would be travellers and can be contacted at Janethumphreys@yahoo.co.uk

Sources: The Kennel Club & Graham Partridge (22/02/11)


Error on Orchard Fox & Duck Show Schedule

A beagle eyed competitor spotted a typo on the Orchard Agility May Day Holiday Show entry form. The error on involved the number of nights and cost of camping.  It should read:-

No. Camping units: @ £7.50 per unit/per night.

The show will take place from 29 April - 2 May 2011 @ The Fox & Duck in Stotfold, Beds. Friday will be a Fun Dog Show - all classes pay on the day.

Source: Rosemary Stowers (22/02/11)


 

Good News about the Hearing Dogs Venue

Just to reassure anyone planning to go to the Watford Open Agility show - this year on Sunday, 26 June, John Leslie has confirmed that the show is definitely going ahead at the same venue as last year - Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's headquarters at Saunderton, near High Wycombe (Bucks).

There was a question mark over the availability of the venue for a short time, as there was for Cippenham. Both clubs are very grateful to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People for confirming that the venue will definitely be available to them again this year.

The Cippenham schedule is on-line again and the Watford schedules will be out in about two weeks time.

Source: John Leslie  (18/02/11)


Phoenix UKA Show Cancelled

Phoenix (Somerset) Agility Club are very disappointed to have to announce that their UKA show scheduled for 21 May 2011 is unable to go ahead. There are building works at Langford University and their Health & Safety policy means that we are unable to use the venue.

Despite extensive searching, they have been unable to find another venue in the short notice we were given. They will, however, be back at Langford in 2012 so please put May 19 into your diaries.

Source: Sharron Taylor (18/02/11)


Exclusive Training Announcement!
Junior Training at 2011 DIN

Calling all Junior’s going to the 2011 Dogs in Need Show.

Question: What do the following top handlers and trainers all have in common?

  • Selena and Alan Bray
  • David Munnings and Jayne Bray
  • Lee Windeatt and Laura Chudleigh
  • Natasha Wise and Matthew Goodliffe
  • Sian Illingworth and Anthony Clarke
  • Jackie and Alan Gardner
  • Dawn Weaver and Lee Gibson

Answer: They are all training Junior’s at the 2011 Dogs In Need show! This has never been done before so you could be trained by these multiple Champions and even Tash as a double World Champion whilst enjoying the show week!

Don’t Miss Out!
But you will need to book early to avoid disappointment as places will be at a premium and will soon sell out and once there’ve gone – there’ve gone!

Classes: Maximum of 10 per class. All heights catered for though we do reserve the right to change the plan dependant on circumstances.

Date

Time

Level

Trainers

Monday, 15 August 1600 – 1700
1700 – 1800
Grades 3-5
Grades 1&2
Tash + Matt
Sel + Alan B*
Tuesday, 16 August    1600 - 1700
1700 – 1800 
Grades 6&7
Grades 3-5
Lee W + Laura*
David + Jayne
Wednesday, 17 August 1600 – 1700
1700 – 1800
Grades 1&2 
Grades 6&7
Jackie + Alan G
Sian + Anthony
Friday, 19 August 1600 – 1700
1700 – 1800
Grades 3-5
Grades 6&7 
Dawn + Lee G
Tash + Matt

* Revised

Grades: This is the normal grade that the Junior handler works in or would work in. There is no point putting a Grade 7 dog in with a new to agility handler, aged 6! They would go in a Grade 3 class.

Price: £3 per session booked in advance or £5 booked at the show...if any spaces are still available!

How to Book and For Further Information:

You will need to go online at www.dogsinneedagility.com /juniors for further information and to complete your training registration form. Payment for Junior Training ONLY is by cheque made payable to Dogs In Need Agility Society and mailed to Selena Bray at 10 Brookside, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicester LE10 2TL.

For any further information you can contact Selena Bray by email at dinas.juniors@gmail.com or ring m. 07950 335203

Source: Selena Bray (14/02/11)


Show Wanted to Host Crufts Qualifier for Small Dogs

The Kennel Club is currently organising qualifiers at Agility shows during 2011 to find finalists to compete at dfs Crufts in March 2012. The majority of these qualifying heats will continue to be held at the shows which staged them during 2010, but the option for a further Agility club to host a heat has become available.

Following a decision that Ely & District Dog Training Club (Summer Agility Show) will only be holding one set of qualifiers for the Small Circular Knockout, the Small Agility Challenge and the Small/Mixi Pairs at its show on 26 August 2011, the Kennel Club is inviting Agility clubs to apply to host one qualifying event at a show in 2011.

To be eligible, shows must be Kennel Club licensed Open or Championship Agility shows and take place before 31st October 2011. Shows should ideally be capable of accommodating qualifying heats for all three competitions, and will be asked to provide full details of all qualifying dogs and handlers to the Kennel Club within two weeks of the end of the show.

Show organisers wishing to stage the qualifiers are invited to contact Debbie Deuchar, no later than Friday 25th February 2011, by email to debbie.deuchar@thekennelclub.org.uk or in writing to the Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB. For further information please contact the Kennel Club WTOA team on 0844 463 3980, ext 316 or 331.

Lists of existing qualifying heats for dfs Crufts 2012, and for Olympia 2011 and the European Open 2012, are available on the Kennel Club website at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2882.

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (05/02/11)


 MARCH 2011


Royal Wedding Show Cancelled

South Eastern Agility regret that they have had to cancel the Royal Wedding Agility Show at Perrywood Sports & Social Club, Redhill on 29 April. This is due to lack of entries.  Refunds for the postal entries will be sent out in the next couple of weeks. ISS entries will be refunded into your ISS account.

Chris Murray explained, ' It's a big venue and, although the financial side of the show was covered by the number of entries (runs), we felt that we needed more people - as opposed to dogs - to fill the rings to make it an enjoyable day out. It's a shame because one of our judges had checked her wedding dress out for size and her scrimer even went out and bought a bridesmaids dress from one of the charity shops! We will, of course, refund her.'

Source: Margaret Taylor& Chris Murray (28/03/11)


Woodside Refunds & Camping Update

After having to cancel Woodside Christmas 2010 show, refunds have now been sent out to all the handlers who sent a SAE to the Club Secretary.

Many people, however, did not claim a refund or requested that it be given to charity. Therefore the Club has donated £1500 to charity in the following ways:-

  • £500 to Doglost

  • £500 to Chest, Heart & Stroke (Scotland)

  • £500 to Therapet

Our thanks go to all handlers who made this possible.

Camping
All competitors who applied for camping at Woodside show will be pleased to know that they have all been allocated a pitch. Their camping passes have been posted out on  Thursday, 17 March. If anyone is not camping, please contact June McKinnon and let her know. Please do not give your pass to anyone else as they have campers name on them and will be checked at show.

Source: Woodside Dog Agility Club Committee (18/03/11)


Tailwaggers Summer Show Bad News... Good News

Unfortunately, the Tailwaggers Summer Show on the 4 June 2011  has had to be cancelled due to a double booking at the venue.

The good news is that Sara & Andy Lloyd have been able to organise an even better summer show which will be held over the weekend of 23- 24 July 2011 at Erddig Country Park, near Wrexham. In addition th the usual classes there will be some exciting Pairs, Steeplechase and Junior classes.

The show will be held under BAA rules and will be part of the Premier League Horse Driving Trails & Country Fair which will be having lots of fun events in addition to the agility.  Admission to the country fair will be free to agility competitors.

Camping will be limited and available from Friday – Monday.

Schedule should be out mid-April.

Source: Sara & Andy Lloyd (16/03/11)


 APRIL 2011

Redgates Moves to New Show Venue

Redgates Agility Club will again be holding our increasingly popular one day independent agility show on Saturday, 6 August 2011. This year, however their training venue where they have held the show in previous years is not available to us, so they have been hunting around to a find a suitable alternative venue.

After considerable searching, they have found a great new venue - Ashfields Carriage & Polo Club, located in the village of Great Canfield which is just off the A120 between Stansted Airport and Great Dunmow (Essex). The post code for the venue is CM6 1JU, and the venue is located no more than approximately 10 minutes drive from Junction 8 of the M11. The venue has approximately 80 acres of flat level paddocks, and its own professional catering and bar facilities.

Show organiser Tim Griffiths said, 'We will retaining the same relaxed format as in previous years, but even with the additional space that we will have do not want our show to become much larger. However, this years show will be 'Open' rather than 'Limited.' We will now be concentrating on putting our Schedule together and this will be circulated as soon as it is ready.'

You can see more about the new venue and the Redgates Show by visiting the Redgates Club website. www.RedgatesAgility.co.uk

Source: Tim Griffiths (20/04/11)



EO Team Selection

Following a very competitive and testing selection day the following people have been selected to represent the Kennel Club as part of Agility Team GB at the European Open Agility Championships which this year are to be held in Austria.

Graham Partridge, the KC International Teams Manager said 'We have a fantastic team of very talented dogs and handlers and I am confident that they will be a great advert for British agility. I am sure we will return home again with more medals. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Yvonne Croxford our Judge and Lincoln Agility enthusiasts for hosting the selection day and all that entails and for their help and generous hospitality.'

Large Team

Handler Dog
Ian Jackson Darleyfalls At Midnight
Marc Douglas Ag,Ch. Cories Ruby Tuesday
Dave Leach Bonvivant Kallisto
Shaun Young Gracie Grace The Ace
Anthony Clarke Blazing Red of Rujaff
Leah Gardner Chaffords Herbal Illusion
Joanne Tristram Cascades Itsy Blitzy
Linda Hutchinson   Darleyfalls Dark Secret
Dave Munnings   Gunran Misteree
Lucy Osborne Ben Bombastic Mr Fantastic
Lee Gibson Taddymoor Jack
Dave Jolly Shanowl Ona Mission
Laura Chudleigh Flickee Hot Rod

Medium Team

Handler Dog
Ashleigh Butler   Ashpen Pudsey Bear
Laura Richardson Mahogany Girl
Amanda Hampson Shoredancer Sea Jade
Sian Illingworth Falconmoor Shadow Dancer
Angela Sallis Oliver The Dark One
Heather McLean   Morgans Chance Navigator
Nancy Hudson Obay Tiz Zensational
Neil Ellis Cheekychester The Jester
Toni Dawkins   Tenita Magic Minx

Small Team

Handler Dog
Rachel Mowbray   Laurelton Winter Nutmeg
Rosie Cavill Fieldspy Leana
Bernadette Bay Obay Itz Got Pizazz
Amy Lawson Millie On To One

Source: Graham Partridge  (18/04/11)


Tunbridge Wells Changes

There are a few changes to the judges and classes listed in the Tunbridge Wells schedule. They are all on the Sunday. Thank you to the judges for agreeing to this.

  • Large Combined 3-5 Jumping (Part 1) - Richard Brain

  • Large Combined 3-5 Jumping (Part 2) - Lisa Bailey

  • Small & Medium Grade 1-2 Jumping - Heather Knowler

  • Small & Medium Grade 3 Jumping - Michelle Guerin

  • Medium Grade 4-5 Jumping - Elaine Brammer

Source: Mandy Dumont  (18/04/11)


New Clyde Valley Venue Reminder

Please note that the Clyde Valley Fun/Training day on the Saturday, 7 May 2011 is to be held at Strathclyde Country Park at Hamilton (M74  junc.5 end) not Eglinton Country Park, regardless where you see the information!

'All was going well here until Eglinton Country Park put their camping up to £12 per weekend and less space!,' said Philip Patterson. 'As the fun show details had already been changed, I thought that every thing was all right –but no! Loads of people printed out the old schedule and still think that they are going to Eglinton!'

Consequently the closing date has been extended until Wednesday, 20 April so people can decide that they may come now with a more central Venue!

Subject to SKC approval, the July Clyde Valley Show will be at Lanark Race Course, again not at Eglinton CP.

Source: Philip Patterson (10/04/11)


Marshlands Agility Show Update

Running orders for the Marshlands Agility Show on Sunday, 10 April at Dymchurch, Kent will be available on the day and not sent out prior to the event.

Diane Maylam admitted, 'A mistake on my part - hope this hasn't caused any confusion. But hey, I seem to have booked the sunshine and hope everyone has a lovely day!'

The first classes of the day will be Pre-competition Agility and Grades 1-2 Jumping.

Source: Dianne Maylam (04/04/11)



Crufts Small Dog Agility Qualifiers Official

The Kennel Club has announced the list of qualifying events for Crufts 2012 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 2011 to find finalists to compete at Crufts in March 2012. The majority of these qualifying heats will continue to be held at the shows which staged them during 2010, but following a decision that Ely & District DTC would only hold one set of qualifiers, the Scottish Kennel Club has been awarded the other set of qualifiers to be held at its August show.

The confirmed list of qualifiers is:-

Show

Date

Axstane Agility Club

18 June

Lune Valley DTC

26 June

Wellingborough DTC

2 July

Derbyshire Dog Agility Club

30 & 31 July

Ely & District DTC

26 August

Scottish Kennel Club

27 & 28 August

Letchworth (First Garden City) DTC

3 September

Trent Park DTC

18 September

Lists of existing qualifying heats for Olympia 2011, Crufts 2012, and the European Open 2012 are available on the Kennel Club website at: www.thekennelclub.org.uk

Source: The Press Office (04/04/11)


Orchard May Bank Holiday Closing Date Changed

Orchard Agility is extending the closing date for entries for its May Bank Holiday show to Wednesday, 6 April (postmark) owing to the fact that some people have experienced problems in downloading the schedule from the Orchard Agility website.”

Source: Rosemary Stowers (03/04/11)


 MAY 2011

Sherborne Vale Closing Date Extended

Sherborne Vale Dog Training Club has  extended their closing date for entries for their Agility Show on Sunday, 17 July to 4 June 2011 as they would like a few more entries especially for their Junior classes. 

Also, as all proceeds go to their nominated charity which is Hounds for Heroes they would like to make as generous a donation as possible.  The purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services.

Source: Loretta Clifford - Club Secretary


A Request about Camping at Packington

Packington DTC would like to ask all campers coming for their show on Saturday afternoon, 28 May 2011 not to arrive early. There will be a horse show going on that day, so the main car park will be in use for horse boxes and the day parking area will be in use for the horse show.

Show Secretary Alison Sephton said, 'We will be unable to provide a parking area for early arrivals, so if you think you are in danger of arriving before 4.00 pm. please stop at a service area/layby.  We will not be ready to receive you before 4.00 pm.'

Source: Alison Sephton - Show Secretary (20/05/11)


Junior Training Update at 2011 DIN

Alan Bray reports that they have virtually sold out of spaces on all except the G6-7 classes so they have decided to widen the G6-7 classes to include G4-5 handlers so they will be G4-7 inclusive. They have also set up a reserve list so they can call up someone if anyone drops out.

He said, 'At this rate we don’t think there will be any spaces left by DINAS Show so don’t rely on booking in then! '

Date

Time

Class

Trainer

Stat

Monday, 15 August

1600 - 1700

G3-5

Matt & Tasha

Sold ou

 

1700 - 1800

G1-2

Selena & Alan

2 spaces lef

Tuesday, 16 August

1600 - 1700

G4-7

Lee W & Laura

Open to G4 & G5

 

1700 - 1800

G3-5

David & Jayne

Sold out

Wednesday, 17 August

1600 - 1700

G1-2

Jackie & Alan

A few spaces left

 

1700 - 1800

G4-7

Tasha & Matt

Open to G4  & G5

Friday, 19 August

1600 - 1700

G3-6

Dawn & Lee G

Sold Out

 

1700 -1800

G1 -7

Tasha & Matt

Open to G 4 & G5

Due to the heavy demand for training with the country’s top handlers at DIN, they are setting up a reserve list so they an call someone up if anyone drops out on the day. If you wish to go on a reserve list for any of the above classes please complete the training entry form and send to Selena Bray. If you are subsequently called up, you will only be charged the £3 advance booking fee rather than the £5 on the day charge.

Further sessions may be schedule as well depending upon time, equipment and the trainer’s availability.

For any further information you can contact Selena Bray by email at dinas.juniors@gmail.com or ring m. 07950 335203

Source: Alan Bray  (18/05/11)



Team GB Selection Process Announced for 2012 EO

Following the announcement of the Agility Team GB squad which will compete at the 2011 European Open Championships in July, the Kennel Club has now confirmed details of the process for selecting Team GB members to compete at the competition in 2012.

Once again the team selection will be finalised at a squad selection day to be held in spring 2012. Final team selection will be at the discretion of the team manager, but based on performance in the four qualifying classes held at the selection day.

For competitors from England, invitations to compete at the selection day will be based on points gained at a series of 12 agility shows during 2011 which will be holding European Open 2012 ranking events. All ranking events will be Grades 6-7 Combined Agility classes and competitors will accumulate points from each event, from 10 points for first place to 1 point for tenth place. A full list of the ranking events is also on the Kennel Club agility website: www.kcagility.org.uk

The handlers and dogs with the highest total points after the final ranking event at Honiton will be invited to enter the selection day classes. Applications for ‘wildcard’ places at the selection day from handlers without sufficient points will be considered by the team manager. Wildcard places will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and at the absolute discretion of the team manager.

Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows holding ranking events during 2011 for English competitors for the 2012 European Open Team GB Selection Day as below.

Show Society

Date

Size

North Derbyshire DTC (Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts)

17 April 2011

All heights

Beacon Agility DTC

08 May 2011

Large only

Hinckley DTC

4 & 5 June 2011

All heights

Thames DTC

11 & 12 June 2011

All heights

Newton Heath DTC

18 & 19 June 2011

All heights

Rugby DTC

16 & 17 July 2011

All heights

Scunthorpe Obedience & ATC

07 August 2011

Large only

Kennel Club International Agility Festival

12 - 14 August 2011

All heights

Letchworth (First Garden City) DTC

2 - 4 September 2011

All heights

Gillingham (Dorset) DTC

9 & 10 September 2011

All heights

Trent Park DAC

18 September 2011

Large only

Honiton & District Canine Society

 24 & 25 September 2011

All heights

Handlers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are interested in taking part in the European Open 2012 Team GB selection day should email Zoe Tharmasingam at the Kennel Club no later than Friday, 19 October 2011, to request an invitation. They should be competing with their dogs at Grade 6 or Grade 7, but due to the comparatively small numbers of eligible dogs, no system of ranking events or qualifying points will apply to entries from the above three countries.

All dogs attending the Team GB selection day will be required to already hold a Defra PETS passport to enable them to travel in July 2012. Handlers and owners are advised to commence the PETS passport process no later than mid-December to ensure the passport will be valid in time for the European Open Championships.

For more information, please contact:

  • Kennel Club – Zoe Tharmasingam, WTOA Events Co-ordinator, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB; 07720 954776; zoe.t@thekennelclub.org.uk

  • European Open Team GB Manager – Graham Partridge, Clan Furze, Conce Moor, Bugle, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 8RT; 01208 831934; graham@clanfurze.fsnet.co.uk

For information on the PETS pet travel scheme, contact the government Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) or visit their website at http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/

Source: The Kennel Club  (10/05/11)


 JUNE 2011

Hare 'n Hounds Crook Carnival Last Minute Invitation

If you are not going to Barrow Show, then you are invited to the Crook Carnival Fun Day to entertain the crowds with a dog agility display. It is fun and open to all levels, sizes and ages of competitors!

Chris Hare said, I'm so sorry for the short notice. I was waiting to see if the Wild West display (i.e. guns) was going ahead because that would of stopped us but they are definitely NOT The organiser rang me and leaded so how could I say no?'

A fee of £2 per person will cover all classes plus the show entry. There is no limit to the number of dogs.

If you are interested, email Chris asap. Your running orders will be available at the ring on Saturday morning so all you do is queue and run!

You can find more information on the Agilitynet Show Diary

Source: Chris Hare (29/06/11)


Pembrokeshire By the Pond Offer

All agility handlers attending the Pembrokeshire by the Pond show (16-18 August 2011) will be sent a complimentary daily show entrance ticket with their running orders and other show information.

The Pembroke County Show offers a day gate entrance price of Adult ticket !14 per day. Child tickets (5-16 years) are £6.50 per day and under 5's are free. As part of the Pembrokeshire County Show 2011 welcome offer to the agility community, the organisers have been able to negotiate, for a very limited period time only, the following rates

  • Adult ticket        £10.50 per day

  • Child ticket        £5.50 per day

  • Children under 5 Free

This offer will close on Tuesday, 19 July 2011.

If you would like to take advantage of the savings above, send a cheque to PBTP 2011 Ticket Offer, 2 Medley Grove, Leamington Spa, Warks CV31 2GA.

Entries to this show, Sea & Sand and The Welsh Kennel Club Agility Show, all organised by Rover, all close on 28 June.

Croeso i Gymru

Source: Graham Taylor  (22/06/11)


British Open Championships 2011 Qualifiers

Top scoring dogs from each section of the country North, South, East and West (below) have qualified for The British Open Grand Prix Championships 2011 featuring:

  • The British Open Grand Prix Maxi Championships

  • The British Open Grand Prix Medium Championships

  • The British Open Grand Prix Mini Championships

  • The British Open Grand Prix Micro Championships

The Finals will take place on Saturday, 16 July at Asfordby Amateurs Sports Club, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

Have you qualified?
If you are unable to attend, please inform June Bass by emailing
June@baa.uk.net

Maxi

  • Miranda Watson with Fly

  • Heather Litherland with Will

  • Pamela Denton with Leah

  • Billi Allen with Flix

  • Melanie Wright with Jho Jho

  • Pauline Homer with Foley

  • Janice Bell with Kestrel

  • Bruce Lyons with Zip

  • Julie Nicholson with Misty

  • Aemillia Nicholson with Edith

  • Katie Ford with Jet

  • Louise McCulloch with Maisie

  • Carol Merola with Tizzy

  • Carol Kean with Rhub

  • Pat Griffiths with Jodie

  • Gabi Powell with Bree

  • Gloria Easthaugh with Fizz

  • Teresa McAteer with Badger

  • Julie Chapman with Pace

  • Yvonne Black with Meg

  • Anne Marigny with Kafka

  • Mike Walker with Caddie

  • Gemma Miles with Asher

  • Julia Docking with Star

  • Caron Evison with Dylan

  • Bob Scott with Lottie

  • Sylvia Wilde with Bonnie

  • Julie Chapman with Em

  • Freya Cooper with Tilly

  • Freda Wallace with Ritz

  • Alison Schofield with Robbie

  • Clare Hulme with Ben

  • Robert Morley with Chloe

  • Pauline Goddard with Misty

  • Peter Heffer with Meesha

  • Ron Oliver with Gypsy

  • Rachel Flentje with Poppy

  • Dawn Smith with Meg

Medium

  • Becky Score with Beau

  • Clare Hodkinson with Stella

  • Gill Payne with Molly

  • Jordon Winsor with Magic

  • Sue Fitton with Rosie

  • Ann Boyles with Flint

  • Colleen Harris with Gem

  • Sue Dack with Lucy

  • Harriet Pattinson with Maisie

  • Robert Morley with Star

  • Sylvia Wilde with Pippa

  • Brian Creswell with Barney

  • Simon Ellis with Gypsy

  • Richard Greengrass with Pippin

  • Tracy Burgess with Tisha

  • Melanie Wright with Flyte

  • Steven Rogers with Tessy

  • Steven Rogers with Grommit

  • Julia Morter with Jess

  • Andrew Green with Coober

  • Sarah Stonton with Tad

  • Maureen Boutel with Susie Q

  • Jo Hallam with Jess



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini

  • Claire Smith with Saphire
  • Sue Gibson with Max
  • Sue Batley with Dottie
  • Carolyn Snowdon with Minnie
  • Denise Smith with Ozzie
  • Liz Lewis with Ria
  • Chris Mann with Shadow
  • Pat Bishop with Rosco
  • Joy Hitchcock with Quincey
  • Christine Dack with Buster
  • Avril Moran with Ellie
  • Lou Cadman with Poppy
  • Sian Townsend

Micro

  • Keely Foster with Scruffy
  • Debbie Goodwin with Sarah
  • Sarah Ratcliffe with Lottie
  • Sarah McLean with Kita
  • Maureen Worley with Berry
  • Mel Read with Dodie
  • Pat Bishop with Alfie
  • Janet Morgan with Jay
  • Philippa Russell with Polka



 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: June Bass   (14/06/11)


KC Clarifies Judging of Dogs Owned by Spouses & Close Relatives in Agility

Following publication of a new regulation which precludes competitors from entering dogs under their spouse or close relative at Agility and Obedience shows, Heelwork to Music competitions, Bloodhound Trials and Working Trials, the Kennel Club's Activities Sub-Committee recently noted and discussed the concerns expressed by the Agility Liaison Council and others over the introduction of this new regulation.

During its discussion, the Committee noted that: Agility shows are very family-orientated, where several members of a family could be competing and judging on the same day, at the same show. For smaller shows with one or two rings, a judge could officiate for all grades of dogs, making it impossible for a family member to compete at that show. There were cases where a judge might refuse an invitation if their family could not compete, thereby reducing the number of judges available for shows.

As a result of its discussions - and whilst having some sympathy for the concerns raised - the Committee reiterated its view that the purpose of this regulation was to underpin the overall integrity of the sports to show that judges are generally recognised as independent, fair and unbiased. The Committee therefore agreed that the new regulation should remain as written.

However, the Committee noted that certain aspects of the new regulation required clarification and the following was therefore confirmed:

  1. The term 'immediate family' includes a judge’s father, mother, daughter, son, brother and/or sister. Step-children, grandparents, aunts or uncles, nieces or nephews or cousins are not covered unless the dog they own resides at the same address as the judge.
     

  2. Where a scheduled Agility class is likely to be split, or where more than one judge is listed on the schedule for a particular class, it is acceptable for a competitor affected by this regulation to ask that the show management enter his/her dog into a different part of the class thus avoiding contravening the regulation.
     

  3. It was recognised that special circumstances will arise when a dog becomes eligible for a higher grade after the close of entries for a show and the Agility Regulations require it be transferred into an equivalent class(es) in the higher grade. If a class for that higher grade is scheduled, but is to be judged by the competitor’s spouse (or immediate family or co-resident), the competitor will be required to withdraw from the class(es) and the society will be required to refund entry fees as per Regulation H10.g. It was confirmed that, in this scenario, a judge is not permitted to withdraw from their appointment as other competitors would already have entered under him/her.

The new regulation, which was announced on 11 January 2011 and takes effect from 1 January 2012 reads as follows:

A dog may be disqualified by the General Committee from any award whether an objection has been lodged or not, if proved amongst other things to have been:

Handled by the scheduled judge’s spouse, immediate family or is resident at the same address as the scheduled judge. This shall not apply to a judge appointed in an emergency. (Additional wording underlined)

Source: The Kennel Club (15/06/11)


Olympia Qualifiers On-Line

The Kennel Club website is updated on a regular basis with the list of qualifiers for all the Olympia Semi Finals which are being held in September. Even if you think you were out of the qualifying places, you may be in the Semi final due to a placed handler has previously qualified at an earlier heat.

Please check the results on the website at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/3727. If a show is not listed, it is probably because the results are not in yet.

 Source: Dave Ray  (07/06/11)


Madsway Show Deadline Extended

There is still time to enter the The Madsway DTS Limited Agility Show (BAA) at Park Hall Farm (Redditch, Worcs.) on Saturday, 2 July. They will be accepting a few more entries if you can get them into 1st class post by Thursday, 9 June.

Show organiser Madaleine Hand will be also running a Pay on the Day ring, set up as a competition environment with a judge etc. but for training. All dogs entered in the show will be able to have a go in this ring. Proceeds from this show will be going to Air Ambulance & Dog Aid

All points gained at this show count towards British Agility Association Promotion, League Tables, TRIOS Challenge and Finals 2011.

Source: June Bass    (07/06/11)


 JULY 2011

KC Team GB Departs for the EO

The Kennel Club sends its best wishes to the members of the Agility Team GB who are preparing to travel to Austria for the European Open Agility Championships, being held on the weekend of 30th-31st July 2011 at Bad Hall in the north of Austria.

Team GB Manager, Graham Partridge said: 'Since the team selection day in mid-April, kindly hosted by the Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Agility Show, the team has been immersed in preparation for the Championship, including a number of training sessions to help us prepare for European style courses.

'We have an excellent team this year and, with the right preparation, good support and a little bit of luck, I am hopeful we will return with some medals.'

Agility supporters will be able to keep track of the team’s progress at the European Open by following the daily reports which will be posted on the Kennel Club’s ‘Dog Agility’ Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/dogagility). Details of the event, including timetable, team details and course plans for the whole competition, can be found on the official site at http://europeanopen2011.jimdo.com/ .

Last year’s Team GB returned triumphant from the European Open with both the Gold and Silver medals in the Large Individual Agility round of the competition (won by David Munnings and Lucy Osborne respectively) as well as the Bronze medal for the combined Small/Medium dog team.

In addition to support from the Kennel Club, the team is grateful for assistance from the Agility Club, which has sponsored the team clothing, and Eurotunnel, which has offered free passage for the dogs and discounted fares for competitors travelling to Austria.

Source: The Kennel Club (21/07/11)


Ribble Show Decisions

Conscious that competitors are awaiting schedules, it has been announced that the old Ribble DTC committee has decided to cancel the club's  September 2011 and January 2012 shows.

The next show will be March 2012 at Rossendale and Hyndburn Equestrian Centre. It will include two Olympia qualifiers. More details to follow.

Source: Karen Hugo (17/07/11)


Scottish Agility Enthusiasts Show Cancelled

Mandy and Morag Glendinning have decided to call off their September Scottish Agility Enthusiasts show and will be sending the letter below to everyone who has entered the show thus far.

Dear Agility Enthusiasts -

I am sorry to have to inform you that we have had to cancel the show to be held by Scottish Agility Enthusiasts which was due to be held on 17-18 September 2011 at Gilvenbank Park.

The Kennel Club have been pressing the NDDTC committee very hard for allowing a Scottish Show to be held under an English license. On top of this, the Kennel Club are unhappy with the fact that the entry fees are being made payable to an account that is not club's own.  While the first complaint from the Kennel Club seems to hold some weight, I really can't see the big problem with the entry fees being made payable to an account that is not the club's own, especially as this has been going on for a number of years at Kennel Club licensed agility events and seems to be growing increasingly more common. If this is the Kennel Club setting a new precedent, then Scotland will lose at least three KC shows next years and God knows how many will be lost down south.

Therefore, on behalf of the committee, Morag and myself, I would like to apologise for the cancellation especially to those of you who have already sent in your entries and made travel or accommodation plans. Unfortunately, these were circumstances which were beyond our control and would very much like to thank everyone who sent there entries with support of the show and all who were in the process of planning to. 

The people we 'would not like to thank' are the small minority of people who took the time to make these silly complaints to the Kennel Club. I guess you need to fill your time between Corrie and Eastenders somehow.

Mandy

Source: Mandy Glendinning (14/07/11)



RAS / CSJ Medium ABC Agility Stakes

The Final of the RAS / CSJ Medium Agility Stakes will be held at approximately 2pm on Saturday, 24 September at the Hare 'n Hounds show at Barnard Castle, Co. Durham. There is a 'Last Chance' qualifying heat for the Final earlier in the day at the same show. The schedule is out now on Agilitynet and the Hare 'n' Hounds web sites. Closing date for entries is Friday, 5 August.

Most people who have qualified have already returned their forms to Brenda Tenten to say that they will be attending, but could anyone who has not responded please get in touch so that she can contact reserves if necessary if any of the qualified dogs are unable to be there.

So far those who have qualified for the Final are:-

Dog Vegas - 26 September 2010

  1. Amanda Hampson with Shoredancer Sea Jade
  2. Catherine Rowlands with Sunshine Sula

Shrewsbury - 1 May 2011

  1. Ashleigh Butler with Ag.Ch. Ashpen Pudsey Bear
  2. Cheryl Harkness with Swift Lass

Keston - 5 June 2011

  1. Claire Gosling with Funtime Woodfella
  2. Tracy Burgess with Blofield Rocket

Weimaraner Association ABC Show

  1. Julie Anderson with Ginger Whinger Rocket Ron
  2. Eileen Ainsworth with Crazy Daisy Moses

Prestwick - (Unofficially - to be confirmed)

  1. Kevin Mackintosh with Macs Muck
  2. Corrie Watson with Rhubarb Tumble

Lansdown

  1. Ashleigh Butler - Ag. Ch. Ashpen Pudsey Bear (Previously qualified)
  2. Vivienne Wells with Coco Brambler
  3. Dawn Harvey with Carrowdale Orchid

And of course, there are two more who will qualify on the day!

The Final will be judged by 'Doc' Docherty. Many thanks to him and to Chris Hare and all the Hare 'n Hounds crew for making this first inaugural Final possible, and to our sponsors RAS and CSJ for supporting the whole enterprise.

The RAS/CSJ Medium ABC Agility Stakes is a new National agility competition under KC Rules for Grade 1 to 7 Medium agility dogs that are not Border Collies, Working Sheepdogs or crossbreeds having 50% or more of those breeds in their make-up.

Source: Brenda Tenten (13/07/11)


GB Team Announced for FCI Worlds 2011

The Kennel Club has announced the selection of the Agility Team GB squad to compete at this year’s FCI World Agility Championships in Liévin in northern France, from 7-9 October 2011.

The team was chosen following a selection day held in the Midlands on Monday, 27 June 2011, when three qualifying rounds and one final round were run on European style courses, under FCI rules and regulations, and judged by the current Medium Dog Agility World Champion and Team GB member, Natasha Wise.

The team selected by the Agility Team GB team manager, Graham Partridge, is as follows:

Small Team & Individual

  • Bernadette Bay - Obay Itz Got Pizzazz

  • Nicola Garrett - Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven

  • Dawn Weaver - Ag.Ch. Tonring Just A Puzzle

  • Dawn Weaver - Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine (travelling reserve)

Medium Team

  • Amanda Hampson - Shoredancer Sea Jade

  • Angela Williams - Withersfarm Perfect Ten

  • Natasha Wise*- Ag.Ch.Raeanne's Flipping Heck

Medium Individual

  • Toni Dawkins - Ag.Ch. Tenita Magic Minx

  • Denise Wilkinson - Meisterwerk Jexie Jangles

  • Natasha Wise* - Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck

Large Team

  • Anthony Clarke - Blazing Red of Rujaff

  • Lee Gibson - Taddymoor Scott

  • Dave Leach - Bonvivant Kallisto

Large Individual

  • Greg Derrett - Nedlo Detox Sproglett

  • Tracy Flower - Dellekko Madame Barbie

  • Linda Hutchinson - Ag.Ch.Darleyfalls Dark Secret

  • Dave Leach - Bonvivant Kallisto.

The team will once again benefit from financial sponsorship generously provided by Eurotunnel, Doggy Jumps by PolyJumps and The Agility Club, in addition to support from the Kennel Club itself.

Team GB team manager, Graham Partridge commented: 'Once again we have a strong line-up of agility handlers and dogs for the World Championships, and we hope that there will be a big turnout of British supporters to back them. Their support makes an enormous difference to the handlers when they go up to the line to compete, and as the Championships are so close to the UK this year, we want as many people as possible to take advantage of the opportunity to come to Liévin and cheer us on.'

Photo PREMIERE CLASSE BETHUNE - Fouquières Les BéthuneThe 2011 FCI Agility World Championships will be held at the Stade Couvert Régional in Liévin in the Pas de Calais region of northern France. The historic town is only an hour’s drive from Calais and the Eurotunnel. A block of hotel rooms next to the Team GB hotel has been booked for British supporters.

Janet said, 'I have booked some rooms at a hotel next door to the one the team will be using in Fouquières les Béthune as that hotel is now fully booked. It's fairly basic, and a very reasonable price, and you can use the restaurant / bar attached to the hotel next door in the evenings. All rooms are the same type and price with one double bed and one single (bunk) bed in each room, total cost for 4 nights €174. Breakfast €4.80. More information about the hotel can be found on http://www.premiereclasse.com/hotel/en/hotel-013627.htm

If you are not driving, travel could be by Eurostar to Lille (cheapest price I’ve seen London to Lille £65 return) then onward trains to Bethune Fouquereuil (about £20 return) Flights – the best would probably be flight to Paris then onward train

For details of accommodation, please email Janet Humphries at janethumphreys@yahoo.co.uk.

For details on purchasing supporters’ clothing, please contact the Kennel Club’s Zoe Tharmasingam at zoe.t@thekennelclub.org.uk. Further details of the event are available from the official FCI World Agility Championships website at http://www.agilityworldchampionshiplievin2011.fr/.

* Natasha Wise is the team because the FCI awards an automatic place to every winner from last years Champs, which is over and above the allocation of places for their country’s team. So she didn’t need to compete to qualify as she qualifies by right.

Source: The Kennel Club (08/07/11)


Agility Zone Magazine Folds

It is with the greatest regret that publishers Mandy Glendinning and Kenny Spottiswoode have been announced that the Agility Zone magazine will no longer be published due to financial and personal difficulties.

Mandy said, There are a lot of rumours going around that Agility Zone has gone bankrupt but that is not true. We have just made the decision to call it a day on the magazine side because there was no profit to be found and it required more than full time hours sometimes.  We are seeking financial help, just to hurry the process and allow us to relax. It was a lot of work and, when we were in the frame of mind, we enjoyed putting it together, but we/I would like to concentrate on other interests and, while doing the magazine, this was impossible. It took up a lot of time and our son also suffered from this.'

Kenny Spottiswoode added, 'Everyone who subscribed to the Zone - and is due money back - will be paid back in full.

The new Scottish Agility Enthusiasts to be held in September has no connection to the Agility Zone magazine. It is being run by Mandy and her mum Morag Glendinning with a licence from North Derbyshire ADTC.

Mandy and Kenny are still discussing the Agility Zone Highland Stakes and Agility Zone Master Stakes and haven't made a final decision yet, but an announcement will be made on Agilitynet soon.

Source: Mandy Glendinning & Kenny Spottiswoode (07/07/11)



Pilot Scheme for the Registration of Dogs of Unverified Parentage

The Kennel Club has announced a pilot scheme which  will allow purebred unregistered dogs such as Working Sheepdogs to be registered on the Breed Register on a case by case basis. It means that some of our agility WSDs will be able to compete in international competitions such as the FCI Worlds. It is a return to the position which existed forty years ago when similar rules were in force.

The move, approved by the Kennel Club General Committee last year will, if used, enhance genetic diversity by widening breed gene pools and allowing new bloodlines to be introduced within breeds.

During the last 40 years, there has been no formal process for allowing dogs with unknown ancestry to be introduced onto the Breed Register although in exceptional circumstances some have been admitted. Under the new pilot scheme, every successful application will be admitted to the register with three asterisks next to its name. Asterisks will be applied for three further generations, in order to identify the fact that there is unknown or unregistered ancestry behind a dog. If it is bred from and mated to other fully registered dogs of the same breed (with no asterisks next to their name), their progeny, the F1 progeny, will also be annotated with three asterisks. If the F1 progeny are bred from, and mated to other fully registered dogs of the agreed breed (with no asterisks against their name), their progeny, the F2 progeny, will be annotated with two asterisks. F2 progeny mated to fully registered dogs of the agreed breed (with no asterisks against their name), will produce F3 progeny that will be registered with one asterisk. The F4 and subsequent generations will have no special annotation.

Applications will need to be accompanied by a letter of explanation of how the applicant acquired the dog and will then only be considered on the proviso that the dog:

  1. Is verified by two Championship level judges appointed by the Kennel Club who should agree that the dog is representative of its breed

  2. Is DNA profiled

  3. Has relevant health tests (equivalent to that required and recommended under the Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme) for the breed. Breed specific health requirements under the ABS can be viewed at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/breedhealt.

To ensure that only genuine applicants apply, strict requirements have been put in place that will need to be completed before an application is finally approved by the Committee, and in addition there will be an administration fee of £100 per dog. Every application will be considered on a case by case basis.

Whilst the Kennel Club is keen to open up its register, it should be noted that there is no guarantee that dogs so registered (and their progeny) will be accepted for registration by overseas registering bodies. That will depend upon their local regulations.

Application forms are available direct from the Registration Office on 0844 4633 980

Source: The Kennel Club (06/07/11)


Welcome Changes to the Pet Travel Scheme

Defra has announced that from 1 January  2012, changes to the scheme will include reducing the length of time after vaccination that a dog may travel, the removal of the requirement to blood test the dog before travel and the removal of the need to have the dog treated for ticks. A decision on whether to continue to treat for tapeworms is yet to be finalised.

The Pet Travel Scheme came into force in 2001, allowing British travellers to take their dogs on holiday in certain countries, and UK and overseas competitors to take part in dog shows and events more freely.  The requirements of the scheme – in regard to vaccination and treatment for ticks and tapeworms – have proved to be largely successful and have led to further lifting of quarantine regulations in the intervening period. Overseas competitors wishing to attend shows in the UK are now more freely able to qualify their dogs, both here and in their own countries, to attend shows such as Crufts.

Now, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has outlined that the current scheme will be changing as of next year. The main change is the removal of the requirement to blood test the dog post the rabies vaccination and six months before entry or return to the UK from within the EU and certain other listed countries, replacing this with a waiting period of 21 days after the rabies vaccination. Unlisted countries outside the EU will require a blood test to be carried out after vaccination and a further waiting time of three months from the time of the blood test, instead of the present six months after vaccination. Defra has also announced that tick treatments will no longer be required and are awaiting a decision at a European level regarding tapeworm provisions.

This change will make a significant difference for agility people wishing to take their dogs abroad for holiday or to compete. The main change is that no blood test is will be needed after vaccination so dogs can be brought back into the UK just 21 days after having had the rabies shot.. It used to be that the blood test had to be taken about four weeks after the rabies vaccination and then there was a wait of six months after the blood test before a dog could be imported.

All this means that people can now decide just three weeks before going abroad to take their dogs with them and we can choose GB Teams for competing for international competitions like the European Open (EO) and the FCI Worlds much closer to the date and that there will be no need for dogs to have a passport as a condition of entering the qualifiers.

Full details of the changes to the Pet Passport Travel Scheme can be found below.

Entry rules for pets entering the UK from the EU and listed non-EU countries

Requirement
Now
From 1 January 2012
Microchip
Yes
Yes
Rabies vaccination
Yes
Yes
Documentation (pet passport or third country certificate)
Yes
Yes
Blood test (dogs and cats)
Yes
No
Pre-entry waiting period
Yes
Yes
Length of waiting period before entry to the UK
6 months from date  sample taken for blood test  21 days after vaccination against rabies
Tick treatment
Yes (24-48 hours before embarkation)
No
Tapeworm treatment
Yes (as for ticks)
Under consideration at European level

Entry rules for pets entering the UK from unlisted non-EU countries

Requirement

Now

From 1 January 2012

Microchip
All pets from unlisted third countries are licensed into quarantine for 6 months and vaccinated against rabies on arrival
Yes
Rabies vaccination
Yes
Blood test
Yes.  Blood sample taken at least 30 days after vaccination.
Documentation ( third country certificate)
Yes
Pre-entry waiting period
Yes
Length of waiting period before entry to the UK
 3 months after blood sample date
Tick treatment
No
Tapeworm treatment
Under consideration at European level

Source: The Kennel Club (05/07/11)


Team Dash is Finishing

Emma Davis has announced that this years Team Dash will be the last one. This also means that the heat due to be held at Prestbury Park in September for 2012 will no longer be a qualifying heat but a straight forward team dash class sponsored by Dashin' Dogs on this occasion.

She said, 'I know how many people love the event and will be disappointed but due to finances we can no longer afford to continue with the sponsorship of the event. Hopefully someone else may take up the reigns of sponsorship for a similar class/event in the future and we will continue to run it as a team class at our future shows as we know people enjoy it so much.

Source: Emma David (04/07/11)


 AUGUST 2011

Packington 2012 Show News

Packington ADS will be having a 1-day show in 2012 instead of their normal 2-day show.  This is because of the change of Bank Holiday for 2012 which is now a week later, owing to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The date of the show will be Sunday, 27 May 2012 and they will have their usual qualifiers, but they will all be held on the same day instead of spread over two.  

For 2013 the show will revert back to the 2-day show format on the Bank Holidaym falling at the end of May.

Source: Sue Love (16/08/11)



GB Team Returns from EO with Heads Held High

The Kennel Club’s Agility Team GB squad have returned from a rain-sodden European Open Agility Championships in Austria in good spirits after a number of achievements at this year’s Championships. Despite its title, the European Open this year featured dogs from 30 countries as far apart as Brazil and Japan. The 24-strong Kennel Club Agility squad achieved numerous commendable individual performances against some of the best dogs in the world.

Amy Lawson missed out in the competitive small final coming 16th out of 152 dogs overall with Ag.Ch. Millieon to One. In the Medium Individual final, Ashleigh Butler and Ag.Ch. Ashpen Pudsey Bear finished 7th whilst Sian Illingworth and Falconmoor Shadow Dancer came 15th when Sian’s dog unluckily clipped the long jump but finished two seconds in front of the winner’s time.

The Large finals took place in the evening in torrential rain. Despite repeated floodlight failure, Jo Tristram and Cascades Itsy Blitzy achieved a fantastic 9th place out of a total entry of 341. Also representing Team GB were Bernadette Bay in the Small Individual final, Amanda Hampson who came 19th in the Medium Individual final and, David Leach and Linda Hutchinson in the Large Individual final

Kennel Club International Agility Team Manager, Graham Partridge, praised the team’s commitment and determination: 'I have to say that each one of them represented their country to the best of their ability, with great distinction, pride and tremendous team spirit. I thank each one of them for their support and cooperation which made my job so easy and pleasurable,'

Graham said. 'We all owe thanks to the Kennel Club for its considerable contribution in money and resources to the international teams, unparalleled in Europe by other Kennel Clubs, as well as the invaluable support of our sponsors, Eurotunnel and The Agility Club.

'My special thanks must go to Dave Jolly and Dave Munnings as Joint Team Coaches for the fantastic jobs they have done as well as team vet (and competitor) Rachel Mowbray – not forgetting all the travelling grooms and supporters, who we hope to see again in October supporting the team at the FCI World Agility Championships in Northern France.'

Source: The Kennel Club (16/08/11)


 SEPTEMBER 2011

Dawn Weaver Launches FAB Shows

Dawn Weave is launching a new series of shows from November onwards. Named after her dog Freeway. the first Freeways Agility Break or FAB Show will be on 27 November 2011 at Lakefield Equestrian Centre in Cornwall. The next FAB Show will be on 11 December 2011 at Breach Lane Equine Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire.

Dawn explained, 'Many people will know by now that I have decided to retire Freeway. She is symptom-less of any problem at present and I want it to stay that way. An MRI and CT scan showed a problem with one vertebra in her spine. This could be operated on but I am simply unable to bring myself to send her in for major spinal surgery when she is so well in herself. In honour of all she has done for me and the enjoyment she has given me over the years, I am naming my new venture after her.'

These shows are based on what Dawn believes to be the most important aspect of agility – the happiness and welfare of the dogs. She has always believed that agility is all about dogs – all dogs!

Heights for the FAB Shows will be

  • 250mm (9.84in): Yorkies, Papillons, toy breeds etc all line up for this one!

  • 350mm (1ft 1.75in): Normal small height at KC

  • 450mm (1ft 5.7in): Normal medium height at KC

  • 500mm (1ft 7.68in) and 650mm (2ft 1.6in): All large dogs can compete at either of these heights

To achieve this, some of the major differences will be:-

  • Separate prize-givings and progression for ABC dogs and collie/collie Xs

  • Safe and more flowing courses but more obstacle discrimination

  • Choice of awards – rosettes or presents for the dog

  • R & R classes (Retired and Recovering) - includes 16-18 month old dogs

  • Choose your own jump height on the day

  • No 'up' contacts marked unless alighting from the side of the obstacle

  • Safe courses in adverse weather conditions

  • No tight turns into or out of flat tunnels

  • Separate progression for Jumping, Agility and Steeplechase classes so good jumping dogs get rewarded

  • NFC runs allowed

  • Bitches in season are allowed to compete at the end of the class but not allowed to wander around rings

For full details Including Schedules and entry forms for shows currently confirmed, email Dawn Weaver at info@dawnweaveragility.com or visit www.dawnweaveragility.com. They will also be listed on the Agilitynet Show Diary. More shows will be added as dates and venues are confirmed.


Urgent reminder
Trent Park Show - New Venue This Year

We have heard that a few competitors who entered the Trent Park DAC show this Sunday, 18 September on-line may not have printed out the show schedule and may have failed to notice the change of venue from last year. Please note the new venue Capel Manor College, Bullsmore Lane, Enfield, Middlesex - postcode EN1 4RQ - just 1/4 mile from junction 25 of the M25.

Please also be aware that, as specified on the schedule, two rings are on a rubber/sand based outside horse manege. There will be small farm animals on the site and there has only been space to allocate a small exercise area.

Source: John Leslie, Trent Park DAC Secretary  (14/09/11)


Barrow Says Good Bye to Westmorland

Sadly, Barrow-in-Furness DTC will not be holding any more shows at the Westmorland Show Ground.

Frances Jordan said, 'As a club, we recognise that over the years the show has become too big for us, as a small club, to manage to the standard we would wish, and we've decided to bow out now rather than let the standards slip. We have had a happy relationship and a good spirit of co-operation with Lune over the years, and we would like to thank them for all their support. Thanks also to everyone who has worked hard for us and helped to make our Show and 'The Bit in the Middle' successful - we couldn't have done it without you all.

Barrow will not be running a show next year, but who knows what will happen in the future!

Source: Frances Jordan - Barrow in Furness DTC (10/09/11)


Wigan Show Cancelled

The Wigan show this weekend (10 & 11 September) has been cancelled due to a waterlogged venue.

Show Secretary Joan Andreassen said 'Yes, unfortunately the ground just wasn't suitable and we took the early decision to be fair to all our competitors.

As it stands, refunds will be sorted out asap and sent to those who send an SAE within one month to Joan Andreassen at 35 Atholl Grove, Wigan WN3 5NA. All refund requests must be received by 14 October 2011. After all expenses have been taken out, any monies not claimed will go to a charity to be decided.

For those who entered the show through ISS, please send an email to p.andreassen@blueyonder.co.uk with your full name and how many dogs they entered. You will receive your refund through ISS as soon as things have been sorted out.

If you have any queries please contact p.andreassen@blueyonder.co.uk or ring tel. 01942 201488.

Source: Joan Andreassen & iSS (10/09/11)

Update...
To all competitors who sent a sae in and those who entered on iSS your refunds will be posted Monday, 31 October. Kate Austin will send your payments to your iSS account. Any queries regarding refunds, please contact Joan Andreassen show secretary on tel. 01942 201488 or m. 07947 324 999 or by email on p.andreassen@blueyonder.co.uk  (01/11/11)


Wrong Stour Valley Ring Party List Sent Out

By mistake the Stour Valley show paperwork has been sent out with last years ring party list in the envelope and not this years list. The club will be handingout copies to campers on arrival at the show and emailing as many competitors as possible.

Source: Sue Culmer (08/09/11)


Olympia Semi-Finals List

The very final lists (probably) of people - and dogs which have qualified for the Olympia Semi-Finals at The City of Birmingham Show this weekend has been released. Dave Ray has done one of his special, 'supersized' spreadsheets with all the details - handlers, dogs' names, breeds and shows where they qualified - but it is very very big so we thought that, just for once, you would not mind linking to the Kennel Club web site to see it.

You can view the list or download it as .pdf file from the KC web site on the page headed Agility - Olympia - Latest resuls of qualifiers.

Source: Dave Ray (01/09/11)


UK Team Arrives at IMCA / PAWC 2011

The UK IMCA / PAWC team is now safely gathered in Holland. This year we sent the biggest team yet, consisting of Kim Pennells, Stacey Irwin-Burns, Dianne Maylem, Nick Clarkson and Jennifer Bannister - all in IMCA - with David Maylem entered in PAWC with nine dogs between them.

The competition is being held in a sports hall in Nijigen, close to the German border. The venue has a floor area of 2500m square and a capacity of 1000 seats with 2000 parking places. The dogs will be running on artificial grass, especially

You can see all of the information, programme and results as they come through via the website. There is also a live video feed so you can watch and cheer the Team on. The link is at the top of the home page right side. Don't forget that we are an hours behind them so their 16.00 hours is our 1500.

Source: Richard Partridge (01/09/11)

 OCTOBER 2011


Changes to KC Agility Regulations for 2012

A number of changes to the Agility Regulations have been approved to come into force from 1 January 2012.

The changes relate to:-

  • The design and construction of the weave poles obstacle

  • The use of lower hurdles and A-frame

  • A reduced length long jump in special classes

  • Clarification that competitors should run as close as possible to their drawn running order.

From January, weave poles used at Kennel Club licensed shows must conform to the revised specifications - precise details of which are given in the Regulation Amendments below. The main changes are that poles will have to be spaced exactly 600mm apart. The minimum diameter of poles will be increased from 19mm to 32mm and there is a new requirement that weave bases must be supported by bars extending on alternate sides so that a dog going through the weaves normally will not have to step on or over the bars.

A second amendment sanctions the use of lowered A-frames and shortened long jumps as well as lower hurdles in AllSorts, Veterans and similar special classes intended for older or inexperienced dogs. The actual heights - and length of the long jump - to be used must be specified in advance in the show schedule. It should be noted that only the specified obstacles may be changed. Obstacles such as the tyre, the dog walk or the wishing well are not included, although the wall is defined in the regulations as a hurdle and may be lowered.

The final amendment clarifies that competitors are required to run as close to their drawn running order as possible, and that shows may report deliberate or persistent failure to comply to the Kennel Club.

REGULATION AMENDMENTS

The precise wording of the amendments to the Kennel Club Agility and Flyball Regulations (‘H’) is as follows:

Regulation H(1)(B)3.k.

FROM:

Weaving Poles—The minimum number of poles should be five and the maximum number 12 and they should be in a continuous line, as straight as possible. They should be a minimum of 457mm (1ft 6ins) and a maximum of 609mm (2ft) apart, between the poles. The poles must be of rigid construction and with a minimum height of 762mm (2ft 6ins) and a diameter between 19mm (¾ in) and 38mm (1½ ins).

TO:

Weaving Poles—The minimum number of poles should be five and the maximum number 12 and they should be in a continuous line, as straight as possible and should be 600mm (1ft 11⅝ins) apart (between the poles). The poles must be of rigid construction and with a minimum height of 762mm (2ft 6ins) and a diameter between 32mm (1¼ in) and 38mm (1½ ins). (Amendments underlined)

(Insert new paragraph)

The base must have support bars at the bottom of each pole and they must be positioned away from the side a dog would normally negotiate each pole. (Insertion underlined)

Regulation H(1)(B)3.m.

FROM:

Societies may schedule classes other than those defined below. The eligibility for 'Special' classes must be defined by the Society and included in the schedule. The word 'Special' must be included in the title of the class.

TO:

Societies may schedule classes other than those defined below. The eligibility for 'Special' classes must be defined by the Society and included in the schedule. The word 'Special' must be included in the title of the class. Where 'Special' classes are classified for older and/or inexperienced dogs, the height of the hurdles, the A-ramp and the length of the long jump may be reduced below the dimensions specified in these regulations, in which case such dimensions must be included in the class definition in the schedule. (Amendment underlined)

Regulation H(1)10.f.

FROM:

It is the competitor's responsibility to be available for their class and running order.

TO:

It is the competitor’s responsibility to be available for their class and running order. Competitors must run as close to their running order as possible. Failure to do so may be reported to the Kennel Club. (Amendment underlined)

Revised Agility and Flyball Regulations 2012 booklets will be published in early January and will be available from the Kennel Club online via the website shop priced £1.50.

Source: The Kennel Club (31/10/11)


Dates and New Venues for Agility Nuts Summer Series 2012

After four years of holding the Agility Nuts Summer Series at Parkland Stables, Ruddington, 2012 sees Paul and Pen Sensky moving to three new venues. All three venues offer excellent facilities and easy access for cars and caravans - and not a bridge in sight!

There will be the usual range of classes for all levels and all heights of dogs as in previous seasons, including the ever-popular Pairs classes and the Knockout Jumping competitions (weather permitting) on the Saturday of each show. The Triathlon, sponsored by 4 Muddy Paws, will take place at Kelham Hall on Sunday, 17 June.

Venues:

  • April, July & August Shows: Bilsthorpe Miners Welfare Sportsground, Eakring Road, Bilsthorpe NG22 8PY

  • May Show: Trent Valley Equestrian Centre, Fiskerton, Southwell NG25 0TR

  • June Show: Kelham Hall, Kelham NG23 5QX

Dates

  • 14-15 April (Bilsthorpe)

  • 12-13 May (Fiskerton)

  • 16-17 June (Kelham)

  • 14-15 July (Bilsthorpe)

  • 18-19 August (Bilsthorpe)

Full details can be found on the Agility Nuts website

Source: Paul Sensky (31/10/11)


Agility Team Scotland Chosen for WAO 2012

On 16 October 2011, Scotland’s top agility handlers and dogs gathered at the Howe Country Centre in Fife to compete for 12 places on the Agility Team Scotland, which will be travelling to Belgium for the World Agility Open Championships in May 2012. The Howe Country Centre proved the ideal venue for the competition with an arena surface similar to that which the dogs and handlers will encounter at the WAO.

Judges John McEwan and Blair Cochrane set some exciting and challenging courses which tested the skill of handlers and dogs to the limit. The selection day consisted of two Agility and two Jumping classes, as well as a final Speedstakes class, with the overall scores from all five classes giving the results for the Pentathlon event, and the overall score from one jumping and one agility class providing the results for the Biathlon.

To comply with the WAO 'win on' rule, the overall winners of the Pentathlon in each height category (300, 400, 525 and 650mm) would be guaranteed a place on the team as would the overall winners of the Biathlon. The rest of the 12-strong team, as well as the non-travelling reserves, would then be selected from the remaining top 5-placed dogs in the Pentathlon and Biathlon.

Team Manager Tricia Elms and Assistant Team Manager Kerstin McDonagh, both members of the medal-winning Scottish team at the 2011 World Agility Open Championships, were delighted with the results. They feel that the judges set the standard just right, and are now looking forward to travelling to Belgium with a really strong team.

Agility Team Scotland would like to thank the sponsors of the selection day - Taryntimers who supplied the electronic timing, and Peter Elms Agility Training, that supplied the agility equipment. The team management would also like to say a special thank you to all the hard-working volunteers who helped run the show on the day. Without them, the event would never have been such a great success.

Congratulations to all the new members of Agility Team Scotland:-

300

  • Mark Bruce with Holly (Pentathlon Winners) 

  • Natasha Davis with Indi (Biathlon Winners)

  • Emma Fairweather with Pebbles

400

  • Michelle Henderson with Reilly (Pentathlon & Biathlon Winners)

  • Allan Brydon with Harvey

  • Dane Redford with Cassie

525

  • Kelly Stirling with Ceilidh (Pentathlon Winners)

  • Donna Kerse with Ace (Biathlon Winners)

  • Lisa Duggan with Tig

650

  • Alan Short with Bobby (Pentathlon Winners)

  • Diane Bisset with Echo (Biathlon Winners)

  • Donna Kerse with Jack.

Non-travelling reserves

  • 300 – Monica Kerr with Kayla

  • 400 - Mark Bruce with Sindy

  • 525 – Laura Innes with Kadyn

  • 650 – Emma Jones with Kerri

For further results and further information about Agility Team Scotland, please visit www.agilityteamscotland.webs.com

Source: Tricia Elms (21/10/11)


Laser Pairs Knockout Proposed Change

Competition founders Jenny and Blair Willis are thinking of opening up the Laser Pairs Knockout to all sizes of dogs. The idea is that Small and Medium dogs can enter in any combination i.e. Small + Small, Small + Medium or Medium + Medium pairs. They will compete over Small height jumps but may be drawn against a Large, Small or Medium pair. If this change is done, it will be for 2012/13 season.

On the Forum Jenny said, 'As Blair and I fund the Laser Pairs ourselves - we do not receive any of the entry fees - it costs us about £2,000 per year. We cannot possible afford to sponsor two separate competitions, but we thought that this might be a way to open it up to Small and Medium dogs.'

'As there are only 10 obstacles including tunnels and weaves in the course, changing the jumps would not be too difficult. All of the shows that put on heats for us provide really good ring party so I don't think it will be a problem. The reason for mixing Small and Medium is so that there are only two different jump heights instead of three. Obviously it is up to Medium handlers whether they want to run their dog over Small height.'

She added 'I don't think that a Small/Medium pair will be at a disadvantage against a Large pair, especially as the course is quite short. After all quite often a small team will beat a large team!'

Jenny would be interested in your feedback. What do you think of this idea? Please email your comments to her at jenny.willis@btconnect.com

Source: Jenny Willis (19/10/11)


UK Agility Grand Finals

The UK Agility Grand Finals will take place on the 3-4 December 2011 at The Hand Arena in Clevedon, near Bristol. The Grand Finals will showcase dog agility as the main attraction and will include nine Agility finals over the weekend. Full details of the UK Agility Grand Finals have been released on the UK Agility web page

The Finals taking place at the UK Agility Grand Finals will be:-

Saturday

  • The Tug-E-Nuff Performance Challenge Final 2011

  • The UKA Junior Open Championship 2011, sponsored by Anthony Clarke Dog Agility Training

  • The CSJ UK Agility Grand Prix 2011

  • The UKA Team Tournament 2011

  • The Circular Knockout Challenge 2011 (Maxi and Midi)

Sunday

  • The First Contact Beginners Steeplechase Final 2011

  • The Games Challenge Final 2011, sponsored by Derbyshire Agility Centre

  • The 2011 Agility Zone Masters Series

  • The Split Pairs 2011 Final

  • The Circular Knockout Challenge 2011 (Standard & Toy)

Tickets have now gone on sale for the UK Agility Grand Finals. To purchase your tickets please visit http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ukagility. For those of you unable to attend and watch the Grand Finals, live streaming will be available from http://www.ultimateagility.com/ To receive details of the live streaming and other offers available from Ultimate Agility please sign up to the free newsletter by clicking here

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Source: UK Agility  (19/10/11)


Team GB on the Podium Again at WC2011

The British Agility Team GB has claimed two overall podium places among a string of successes at this year's FCI World Agility Championships, held on 7-9 October at Liévin in Northern France. In the Medium team event, Amanda Hampson, Angela Williams and last years' Individual Medium World Champion Natasha Wise came 3rd overall to win the Bronze award, while Bernadette Bay with her Shetland Sheepdog Obay Itz Got Pizzazz also won a Bronze in the overall Small Individual category.

The championship was made particularly challenging by the artificial grass flooring in the indoor arena which caused many dogs to slip and go wide on the turns until they had become acclimatised. Tight course times and technically testing course designs also took their toll throughout the weekend. In the team events, none of the teams managed to complete both the Jumping and Agility rounds without picking up faults, and even in the Individual competitions the overall Small category had no double clear rounds.

Against this background, and facing competition from the world's highest ranking handlers and dogs, Team GB had every right to be proud of its achievements. In addition to the two Bronze overall awards, the Small team gained 8th place overall while the Large team just missed a 'top 10' position, gaining 11th overall. Both the Large and the Small GB teams also gained a highly creditable second place in the jumping round of their team events.

Natasha Wise showed her style by putting in the fastest clear round in the medium team jumping, the fifth fastest in the medium team agility and the ninth fastest in the medium individual agility. There were also remarkable individual performances from many members of the squad including Greg Derrett and Lee Gibson, 5th and 7th fastest respectively in the Large Team Jumping round. Dawn Weaver, 7th in the Small team Agility round while she and Bernadette Bay claimed 9th place in the Small Individual Jumping and Agility respectively.

Kennel Club International Agility Teams Manager, Graham Partridge, praised the team's determination and team spirit. 'They all gave the very best of their ability, and their performances and sheer commitment gave me great pleasure and pride,' he said.

In addition to Graham, the team was supported in France by team coach Dave Jolly, team vet Rachel Mowbray, Kennel Club staff Debbie Deuchar and Zoe Tharmasingam, Veterinary Chiropractic Emma Fretwell, Chartered Physiotherapist Barbara Houlding and TTouch Practitioner and Canine Bodyworker Maria Johnston

The team is grateful for assistance from The Agility Club, which sponsored the team clothing, Eurotunnel which provided free passage for the dogs and discounted fares for competitors and Doggy Jumps who funded a team buffet and reception at Liévin.

Team GB Placing in the Top 20

Place

Event
 
 
1
Medium Team Jumping
Natasha Wise
Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck
2
Large Team Jumping
Team GB
 
2
Small Team Jumping
Team GB
 
3
Medium Team Overall
Team GB
 
3
Small Individual Overall
Bernadette Bay
 
4
Medium Team Agility
Team GB
 
5
Large Team Jumping
Greg Derrett
Nedlo Detox Sproglett
5
Medium Team Agility
Natasha Wise
Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck
6
Medium Individual Overall
Natasha Wise
Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck
7
Large Team Jumping
Lee Gibson
Taddymoor Scott
7
Small Team Agility
Dawn Weaver
Ag.Ch. Tonring Just a Puzzle
8
Medium Team Jumping
Team GB
 
8
Small Team Overall
Team GB
 
9
Medium Individual Agility
Natasha Wise
Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck
9
Small Individual Jumping
Dawn Weaver
Ag.Ch. Tonring Just a Puzzle
9
Small Individual Agility
Bernadette Bay
Obay Itz Got Pizzazz
10
Small Team Agility
Team GB
 
11
Large Team Overall
Team GB
 
14
Medium Team Agility
Amanda Hampson
Shoredancer Sea Jade
15
Small Team Jumping
Bernadette Bay
Obay Itz Got Pizzazz
15
Small Individual Jumping
Bernadette Bay
Obay Itz Got Pizzazz
16
Large Team Agility
Team GB
 
16
Medium Individual Jumping
Natasha Wise
Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck
17
Small Team Jumping
Dawn Weaver
Ag.Ch. Tonring Just a Puzzle
18
Large Individual Jumping
Tracy Flower
Dellekko Madame Barbie
19
Medium Individual Agility
Denise Wilkinson
Meisterwerk Jexie Jangles

Source: The Kennel Club (19/10/11)


UKA Kernow Under New Management

The UKA Kernow 2012 show will be held in July and not be held in August next year. Instead it will be on Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th July 2012. This event will be held at the Royal Cornwall showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall as normal and will be run by a new show management team. There will be some UKA Qualifiers which will be announced soon.

Show organisers Mark Williams and Zoe Dingle said, 'It was going to clash with other UKA shows and we were also unable to get the showground. We are holding special events throughout the show, starting on the Friday, 6 July 2012. Please support this show as it was not going to carry on, due to the fact that the previous Show manager is unable to carry on. We took it on as we were desperate to not lose this show. So look out for the schedule!'

TopDog Trophies will be sponsoring the Top Dog Flick Flack Challenge at the UKA Kernow Show to raise money for Cancer Research.

Source: Mark Williams & Zoe Dingle  (18/10/11)


New Pairs Qualifier for 2012

Dog Vegas, in conjunction with Jewlnick Leather, will be hosting 10 qualifiers. The events will be called Jewlnick Diamond Pairs and will be open to pairs of equal heights Combined G1-7. It will be an agility course with a baton change.

The Final will be staged at one of the Dog Vegas shows in 2012. The winning pair will receive £100, trophies, rosettes and Dog Vegas vouchers and Dog Vegas t-shirts. All the Pairs venues have not been agreed yet but will be listed on the Agilitynet Show Diary when they are available.

In addition to the new Pairs competition, Dog Vegas will be running a Chase the Ace Team event, supported by Kong. It will be open to all heights and grades. There will be heats at the following shows:-

  • Derbyshire

  • Dog Vegas (17 March)

  • Dog Vegas (17 July)

  • Welsh Kennel Club

  • Wye Valley

  • Caerphilly (TBC)

Source: Jackie Kenny  (17/10/11)


Important Olympia Information for Competitors

Dave Ray has been asked what the policy will be at Olympia on contacts and weaves at Olympia.

  • Weaves - The new regulations come in January 2011. The weaves at Olympia will be as per current regulations.

  • Contacts - The contacts at Olympia will not be rubber. Their use is not widespread enough in competition but especially at clubs for training purposes.

Dave Ray said, 'It is very clear from comments given to me that whatever decision is made will be wrong for some competitors! Those competitors with access to rubber contacts, for instance, may disagree with thi,s but I've had to decide for the majority. No doubt this will change for 2012.'

Any handlers who have not returned their form yet should sent to them to Dave Ray asap.

Source: Dave Ray on The Forum (14/10/11)


EO 2012 Call for Entries

Handlers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are interested in taking part in the European Open 2012 Team GB selection day should contact Zoe Tharmasingam at the Kennel Club (zoe.t@thekennelclub.org.uk) no later than Friday, 21 October 2011 to request an invitation. They should be competing with their dogs at Grade 6 or Grade 7, but due to the comparatively small numbers of eligible dogs, no system of ranking events or qualifying points will apply to entries from the above three countries.

Handlers from England will be invited to attend the selection day as in previous years on the basis of their points earned in the series of European Open ranking events held at agility shows during 2011.

The application procedure is different this year because Zoe is taking applications direct instead of going through Council Reps as before.

All dogs attending the European Open must be in possession of a Pet Passport before they travel. However the government has announced significant relaxation of the rules for the scheme as from 1 January 2012. Primarily the requirement for a blood test and a six month waiting period have been removed, and a rabies vaccination at least three weeks before travel is now the main requirement – see the Government Defra website for full details.

Source: The Kennel Club (11/10/11)


Weald Show Changes

Due to the unusually high entry, Weald Agility Society will be running three rings instead of two as in previous years. Ring one will be Jumping whilst Ring 2 will be Agility. Ring 3, outside, will be Helter Skelter. The show will open at 7.30am, judging in the inside rings at 8.00am. Ring 3 will start at 9.00 am. The Small and Medium classes will run first. The large ones will not start until midday. As there is restricted parking,  large dog owners please do not arrive before 11.15am.

Whilst ring 3 is open for safety reasons, vehicle access along the front of the building will be closed so please enter and exit via the back route.

Richard Partridge said, 'We will make every effort to run these rings as quickly as possible and ask competitors to ensure that they are ready for their runs promptly. We will appreciate any offers for help.'

Source Richard Partridge (10/10/11)



No Cool Yule Agility This YearYu

After a busy show year, it is with considerable regret that Rover Promotions has decided not to run this established event in 2011. The bank holiday days do not fall comfortably this year to make a good offering to the Agility community and they do not wish to offer second best.

Source: Graham Taylor  (05/10/11)


GB Agility Team Sets Off for World Champs

The Kennel Club, on behalf of agility enthusiasts all over the country, sends best wishes to the Agility Team GB, who will be crossing the Channel this week to take part in the FCI World Agility Championships at Liévin in Northern France (7-9 October 2011). The team includes the current Medium Individual World Champions, Natasha Wise and her Border Collie Dizzy, who is aiming to win the Gold medal for the third year running.

Team manager Graham Partridge said. 'The whole team is ready and determined to bring medals home again this year. British support at the event makes a fantastic difference to the handlers, and with the Championships so close - only an hour's drive from Calais - we want to encourage every agility supporter in the country to consider supporting their team and enjoying the amazing atmosphere of a World Championship.'

Handlers and dogs for the team were chosen following a selection day in June at which they competed over a series of four European-style courses. As well as Graham Partridge, the team will be supported in France by team coach Dave Jolly, team vet Rachel Mowbray, Kennel Club staff Debbie Deuchar and Zoe Tharmasingam, Veterinary Chiropractic Emma Fretwell, Chartered Physiotherapist Barbara Houlding and TTouch Practitioner and Canine Bodyworker Maria Johnston.

In addition to support from the Kennel Club, the team is grateful for assistance from the Agility Club, which has sponsored the team clothing, Eurotunnel, which has offered free passage for the dogs and discounted fares for competitors and Doggy Jumps who are funding a team buffet and reception at Liévin.

Agility Team GB – FCI World Championships 2011

Large Team

  • Anthony Clarke with Blazing Red of Rujaff (Border Collie)

  • Greg Derrett with Nedlo Detox Sproglett (Border Collie)

  • Lee Gibson with Taddymoor Scott (Border Collie)

  • Linda Hutchinson with Ag. Ch. Darleyfalls Dark Secret (Border Collie)

  • Tracy Flower with Dellekko Madame Barbie (Border Collie)

Medium Team
  • Amanda Hampson with Shoredancer Sea Jade (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever)

  • Angela Williams with Withers Farm Perfect Ten (Border Collie)

  • Denise Wilkinson with Meisterwerk Jexie Jangles (Border Collie)

  • Natasha Wise with Ag.Ch. Raeanne's Flipping Heck (Border Collie)

  • Toni Dawkins with Ag. Ch. Tenita Magic Minx (Border Collie)

Small Team
  • Bernadette Bay with Obay Itz Got Pizzazz (Shetland Sheepdog)

  • Dawn Weaver with Ag.Ch. Tonring Just a Puzzle (Papillon)

  • Nicola Garrett with Ag.Ch. Obay Truly Driven (Shetland Sheepdog)

Reserve
  • Dawn Weaver with Ag.Ch. Piquant Painted Sunshine (Miniature Poodle)
There will live streaming coverage for those who are interested in watching the GB Team at FCI World Agility Championships in France. It is free today for the training, but is 7 euros each day for the competition

Source: The Press Office  (05/10/11)


 NOVEMBER 2011


Derbyshire Agility Centre Games Challenge
Don't forget you have to be in it to win it...

If you enter any UKA Games competitions - Snooker, Gamblers, Power & Speed or the relative new Snakes & Ladders - you have a chance of qualifying for a Final! Simply win three games classes with qualifying scores throughout the year June 2011 to June 2012 and you will automatically be invited to the Games Challenge Semi Final at the UKA Nationals Week (July)

The semi-finals are held over two rounds - one run is Snooker and the other is Gamblers. The top twenty competitors with the highest scores from both runs will go through to the unique UKA Grand Final Competition at the end of that qualifying year.

Kim Hunt explained, 'The UKA Games can be quite scary to enter for people who have never known anything but standard classes at their club training. I want to encourage people to enter the games classes so they can learn how much fun they can be and to help develop a new challenge for the handlers and their dogs, so it's not just fastest clear wins all the time.

The Games Challenge was devised a few years ago by Kim and her son Shaun Hunt. They wanted to de-mystify the various agiity games and give them credit for being the fun and exciting competition they truly are.' It would seem, however, a very well kept secret. I believe it's time now for the Games to come into their own.

If you are interested in learning more about the Games side of agility, you can watch the Grand Finals at the Hand Equestrian Centre in December or alternatively you can watch the live streaming. Kim will be setting up some Games workshops i 2012 if you feel you want to have a go.

For details of Games Workshops in 2012 contact kim@kimhunt.co.uk. Check out the details of the Games Challenge and rules for Games at www.ukagility.com

Source: Kim Hunt - Derbyshire Agility Centre


Agility Stars of the Future Compete for KC Starters Cup

The Starters Cup, the Kennel Club’s premier agility competition for new dogs and handlers, came to a climax on 12-13th November 2011 with three finals at Discover Dogs, held at London’s Earls Court. In a series of exciting rounds for Large, Medium and Small dogs, rising stars of the agility world thrilled a packed main ring audience.

Although only relatively new to agility, all the dogs and handlers demonstrated the talents and commitment that had won them their places in this prestigious event. The results of the finals were based on a combined score from a jumping round in the morning and an agility round in the afternoon.

The Starters Cup competition was created to enable the best dogs in Grades 1 and 2 of agility to compete in a high-profile national agility final each year. The qualifying rounds are held at the world’s largest agility show, the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, held every August at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire.

At the Festival the competitors had to succeed in a Jumping round and an Agility round, from which the top placed dogs then took part in a semi-final. The top 12 Large dogs from the semi-final, together with the top six Medium and six Small dogs, were invited to compete for the Starters Cup title in the finals at Discover Dogs.

The Starters Cup winners in each height category were:-

Discover Dogs Results

 Small Starters Cup Final Jumping Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

 

 

 

 

1

Kevin Ablitt

Boxford Bess

0

30.654

 

 

 

 

2

Jackie Young

Smart Chelsea Girl

0

31.946

 

 

 

 

3

Megan Robinson

Hattie Go Lucky

0

34.563

 

 

 

 

4

Dean Williams

Lozek Daisy May

0

35.340

 

 

 

 

5

Rose Jenkins

Avaleier Sam

2.514

42.514

 

 

 

 

 

Lara Staplehurst

Kenmilleven Dark Wish

E

 

 

 

 

 

Small Starters Cup Final Agility Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

 

 

 

 

1

Kevin Ablitt

Boxford Bess

0

37.740

 

 

 

 

2

Megan Robinson

Hattie Go Lucky

0

40.658

 

 

 

 

3

Jackie Young

Smart Chelsea Girl

0

43.149

 

 

 

 

4

Lara Staplehurst

Kenmilleven Dark Wish

5

37.558

 

 

 

 

 

Dean Williams

Lozek Daisy May

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Jenkins

Avaleier Sam

E

 

 

 

 

 

 Small Starters Cup Final Combined Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Jumping Faults

Jumping Time

Agility Faults

Agility Time

Combined Faults

Combined Time

1

Kevin Ablitt

Boxford Bess

0

30.654

0

37.740

0

68.394

2

Jackie Young

Smart Chelsea Girl

0

31.946

0

43.149

0

75.095

3

Megan Robinson

Hattie Go Lucky

0

34.563

0

40.658

0

75.221

4

Dean Williams

Lozek Daisy May

0

35.340

E

-

0, E

 

5

Rose Jenkins

Avaleier Sam

2.514

42.514

E

-

2.514, E

 

6

Lara Staplehurst

Kenmilleven Dark Wish

E

-

5

37.558

E, 5

 

Medium Starters Cup Final Jumping Results

 

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

         

1

Denny Buckley

Penzi In A Frenzi

0

25.542

         

2

Laura Vint

Amalek Oh Boy

0

29.148

         

3

Kevin Ablitt

By Royal Appointment

0

30.149

         

4

Nicky Doran

Perry Winkle

0

33.372

         

5

Sharon Collison

Jonty Gray Just So

5

33.415

         

6

Catherine Kendall

Eddie The Eagle

5

37.052

         

Medium Starters Cup Final Agility Results

 
Place Handler Dog Faults  Time          

1

Laura Vint

Amalek Oh Boy

0

42.664

         

2

Nicky Doran

Perry Winkle

0

44.347

         

3

Kevin Ablitt

By Royal Appointment

5

34.468

         

4

Denny Buckley

Penzi in a Frenzi

5

35.055

         

5

Catherine Kendall

Eddie The Eagle

5

49.931

         

6

Sharon Collison

Jonty Gray Just So

10

36.995

         

Medium Starters Cup Final Combined Results

 
Place Handler Dog Jumping Faults Jumping Time Agility Faults Agility Time Combined Faults Combined Faults Combined Time

1

Laura Vint

Amalek Oh Boy

0

29.148

0

42.664

0

0

71.812

2

Nicky Doran

Perry Winkle

0

33.372

0

44.347

0

0

77.719

3

Denny Buckley

Penzi in a Frenzi

0

25.542

5

35.055

5

5

60.597

4

Kevin Ablitt

By Royal Appointment

0

30.149

5

34.468

5

5

64.617

5

Catherine Kendall

Eddie The Eagle

5

37.052

5

49.931

10

10

86.983

6

Sharon Collison

Jonty Gray Just So

5

33.415

10

36.995

15

15

70.41

Large Starters Cup Final Jumping Results

 
Place Handler Dog Faults Time        
1 Sharon Miller Blitzan Truly Magical of Rockfest 0 27.080        
2 Caroline Gunns Bonvivant Hazur 0 28.593        
3 Anne Rivett Lanfrese Plaything 0 29.251        
4 Sandy Cundy Desert Rose 0 30.682        
5 Ann Parker Des Desichoppers 0 31.495        
6 Carol Holdsworth Indian Prince of Tabouret AW(S) 0 32.340        
7 Sara Singlehurst Livvy of Kilkenny 0 35.893        
8 Denise Mathews Redcharisma Fireburst 5 25.728        
9 Savina Tooley Denicol Caitlin 5 33.778        
10 Rebecca Hodge Naiken Peperusha AW(S) 7.312 45.312        
  Chris Taylor Delightfully Dotty E          
  Caroline Durrant Bobby on the Beat E          

Large Starters Cup Final Agility Results

 
Place Handler Dog Faults Time        
1 Denise Mathews Redcharisma Fireburst 0 29.125        
2 Sharon Miller Blitzan Truly Magical of Rockfest 0 31.370        
3 Chris Taylor Delightfully Dotty 0 34.080        
4 Caroline Durrant Bobby on the Beat 0 34.489        
5 Caroline Gunns Bonvivant Hazur 0 35.570        
6 Anne Rivett Lanfrese Plaything 0 35.769        
7 Sandy Cundy Desert Rose 0 36.029        
8 Carol Holdsworth Indian Prince of Tabouret AW(S) 0 36.158        
9 Ann Parker Des Desichoppers 0 38.755        
10 Sara Singlehurst Livvy of Kilkenny 0 41.661        
11 Savina Tooley Denicol Caitlin 5 38.219        
12 Rebecca Hodge Naiken Peperusha AW(S) 5.436 53.436        

Large Starters Cup Final Combined Results

 
Place Handler Dog Jumping Faults Jumping Time Agility Faults Agility Time Combined Faults Combined Time
1 Sharon Miller Blitzan Truly Magical of Rockfest 0 27.080 0 31.370 0.000 58.45
2 Caroline Gunns Bonvivant Hazur 0 28.593 0 35.570 0.000 64.163
3 Anne Rivett Lanfrese Plaything 0 29.251 0 35.769 0.000 65.02
4 Sandy Cundy Desert Rose 0 30.682 0 36.029 0.000 66.711
5 Carol Holdsworth Indian Prince of Tabouret AW(S) 0 32.34 0 36.158 0.000 68.498
6 Ann Parker Des Desichoppers 0 31.495 0 38.755 0.000 70.25
7 Sara Singlehurst Livvy of Kilkenny 0 35.893 0 41.661 0.000 77.554
8 Denise Mathews Redcharisma Fireburst 5 25.728 0 29.125 5.000 54.853
9 Savina Tooley Denicol Caitlin 5 33.778 5 38.219 10.000 71.997
10 Rebecca Hodge Naiken Peperusha AW(S) 7.312 45.312 5.436 53.436 12.748 98.748
  Chris Taylor Delightfully Dotty E - 0 34.080 E,0  
  Caroline Durrant Bobby on the Beat E - 0 34.489 E, 0  

Discover Dogs also featured three new invitational agility events in the main ring on the Sunday – a Small-Mixi Pairs competition, a Medium ABC (Anything but Collies) and a Large Novice (Grades 1-5) ABC – all of which will feature at Discover Dogs next year as competitive finals (Small-Mixi pairs) or semi-finals (Medium and Novice Large ABC) after a series of qualifiers held at agility shows across the country during 2012. The ABC competitors will go on to finals at Crufts 2013.

Small / Mixi Pairs Invitation Event Jumping Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

1

Selena Bray &
Ru Baker

Shanandi One and Only &
Jenkim Royal Vintage

0

31.585

2

Eleanor Balchin &
Ian Balchin

Seriously Scrappy &
Darleyfalls Pick Me

0

32.808

3

Des Cufley &
Kate Howlett

Fudgie Wudgie &
Master Obi Wan AW(B)

0

33.127

4

Wendy Clay &
Alan Bray

Ag.Ch. Racingredd Brussel Scout AW &
Upanova Dior Mine

5

32.282

5

Cheryl Tustain &
Carol Ellis

Raeanne's Valentine Play Boy &
Our Connie 

5

33.87

6

Peter Wells &
Shirley Wells

Willy or Wont He &
Waggerland Jodie

5

36.405

7

Mandy Sue Sarti &
Rachel Chisnall

Stonebridge Dashing Diva &
Rachels Racing Rocket

10

37.729

8

Debbie Cookson &
Karen Hampson

All Bert No Ernie &
Spinelsyke Dexter

15

43.664

9

Arthur Read &
Sheila Read

Arfer Penny &
She's Little Acer AWG

205

39.221

10

Mandy Sue Sarti &
Helen Anderson

Stonebridge Black Magic &
Ag.Ch. Dinky Demon of Downunder

205

41.565

 Small / Mixi Pairs Invitation Event Agility Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

1

Selena Bray &
Ru Baker

Shanandi One & Only &
Jenkim Royal Vintage

0

31.534

2

Mandy Sue Sarti &
Helen Anderson

Stonebridge Black Magic &
Ag.Ch. Dinky Demon of Downunder

0

34.292

3

Eleanor Balchin &
Ian Balchin

Seriously Scrappy &
Darleyfalls Pick Me

0

35.787

4

Peter Wells &
Shirley Wells

Willy or Wont He &
Waggerland Jodie

0

35.856

5

Cheryl Tustain &
Carol Ellis

Raeanne's Valentine Play Boy &
Our Connie

0

40.507

6

Arthur Read &
Sheila Read

Arfer Penny &
She's Little Acer AWG

5

33.786

7

Wendy Clay &
Alan Bray

Ag.Ch. Racingredd Brussel Scout AW &
Upanova Dior Mine

5

36.728

8

Mandy Sue Sarti &
Rachel Chisnall

Stonebridge Dashing Diva &
Rachels Racing Rocket

5

36.935

9

Debbie Cookson &
Karen Hampson

All Bert No Ernie &
Spinelsyke Dexter

10

40.1

10

Des Cufley &
Kate Howlett

Fudgie Wudgie &
Master Obi Wan AW(B)

10

41.602

 

Novice ABC Invitation Event Jumping Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

1

Wendy Clay

Bonvivant Velocity

0

25.709

2

Fran Newman

Canburne Pelita

0

26.749

3

Hannah Prince

Cories Ned Kelly

0

26.766

4

Karen Perry

Trackways Rosie

0

26.839

5

Lucy Tucknott

Teegles Sunshine Reef

0

27.543

6

Denise Catt

Bachero Redwood C'mikki

5

24.675

7

Michelle Griffiths

Minka Nikiski Jive Aw

5

27.154

8

Hannah Lyon

Henry Noble Rock

5

27.364

9

Lisa Jordan

Zindelijk Lucky Me

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novice ABC Invitation Event Agility Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

1

Wendy Clay

Bonvivant Velocity

0

27.446

2

Lisa Jordan

Zindelijk Lucky Me

0

28.839

3

Hannah Prince

Cories Ned Kelly

0

29.148

4

Lucy Tucknott

Teegles Sunshine Reef

0

30.689

5

Michelle Griffiths

Minka Nikiski Jive Aw

0

31.212

6

Fran Newman

Canburne Pelita

0

32.202

7

Karen Perry

Trackways Rosie

5

31.718

8

Denise Catt

Bachero Redwood C'mikki

10

27.009

9

Hannah Lyon

Henry Noble Rock

E

E

 

Medium ABC Invitation Event Jumping Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

1

Helen Anderson

Ag.Ch. Dinky Demon Down Under

0

21.136

2

Ashleigh Butler

Ag.Ch. Ashpen Pudsy Bear

0

22.409

3

Amanda Hampson

Shoredancer Sea Jade

0

23.196

4

Nancy Hudson

Obay Tiz Zensational

0

23.362

5

Samantha Lane

Woodhouse Quartz

0

23.404

6

Amanda Hampson

Winfren Vulpecula Kayla

0

23.96

7

Angela Sallis

Oliver The Dark One

0

24.330

8

Laura Richardson

Mahogany Girl

0

24.855

9

Michele Patient

Omara Oak

0

26.828

10

Amy Bennett

Heidron Dream Come True for Xotica

5

24.526

Medium ABC Invitation Event Agility Results

Place

Handler

Dog

Faults

Time

1

Ashleigh Butler

Ag.Ch. Ashpen Pudsy Bear

0

23.823

2

Amanda Hampson

Shoredancer Sea Jade

0

25.484

3

Samantha Lane

Woodhouse Quartz

0

25.547

4

Angela Sallis

Oliver The Dark One

0

25.799

5

Laura Richardson

Mahogany Girl

0

25.82

6

Nancy Hudson

Obay Tiz Zensational

5

25.416

7

Amanda Hampson

Winfren Vulpecula Kayla

5

30.453

8

Michele Patient

Omara Oak

10

33.246

 

Amy Bennett

Heidron Dream Come True for Xotica

E

 

 

Helen Anderson

Ag.Ch. Dinky Demon Down Under

E

 


Discover Dogs 2011

Discover Dogs 2011 takes place between 12 - 13 November 2011 at Earls Court 1, London. Sponsored by Royal Canin, the event is expected to welcome over 26,000 visitors and 3,000 dogs over the two days of the show. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet, greet and discover over 200 different breeds of purebred dog, and learn all about the distinctive personalities, traits and looks of each breed and how to buy the perfect canine partner.

There will also be four showcase agility events including the Starters Cup Finals and three invitational events for Medium and ABC dogs. Next year there will be heats all over the country so that people can qualify for this event.

The Kennel Club Starters Cup was created to enable the best Starter dogs (Grades 1 and 2) to compete in a National Final each year, alongside the Novice Cup (for Grades 3 to 5) and the British Open (for Grades 6 and 7). The qualifying rounds for all three competitions are held at the annual KC International Festival.

The Starters Cup
Qualifying rounds for the Starters Cup at the International Agility Festival were open to all dogs in Grades 1 and 2 which had achieved at least 50 Agility Warrant points, or gained a 10th or higher place in a Grade 1 or 2 class, between July 2009 and June 2010. The top 12 Large dogs, and the top 6 Medium and Small dogs, are invited to compete for the title in the finals at Discover Dogs.

Starters Cup Finals
Initial round - running orders
Second round will be run in reverse order of placings from the first round

Classname

Ring No

Dog

Name

 R/O

Small Starters Cup

1

Boxford Bess

Kevin Ablitt

1

 

2

Smart Chelsea Girl

Jackie Young

2

 

3

Lozek Daisy May

Dean Williams

3

 

4

Hattie Go Lucky

Megan Robinson

4

 

5

Kenmilleven Dark Wish

Lara Staplehurst

5

 

6

Avaleier Sam

Rose Jenkins

6

Medium Starters Cup

1

Jonty Gray Just So

Sharon Collison

1

 

2

Penzi In A Frenzi

Denny Buckley

2

 

3

Amalek Oh Boy

Laura Vint

3

 

4

By Royal Appointment

Kevin Ablitt

4

 

5

Eddie The Eagle

Catherine Kendall

5

 

6

Perry Winkle

Nicky Doran

6

Large Starters Cup

1

Denicol Caitlin

Savina Tooley

1

 

2

Des Desichoppers

Ann Parker

2

 

3

Delightfully Dotty

Chris Taylor

3

 

4

Redcharisma Fireburst

Denise Mathews

4

 

5

Bonvivant Hazur

Caroline Gunns

5

 

6

Livvy of Kilkenny

Sara Singlehurst

6

 

7

Bobby on the Beat

Caroline Durrant

7

 

8

Naiken Peperusha AW(S)

Rebecca Hodge

8

 

9

Lanfrese Plaything

Anne Rivett

9

 

10

Indian Prince of Tabouret AW(S)

Carol Holdsworth

10

 

11

Desert Rose

Sandy Cundy

11

 

12

Blitzan Truly Magical of Rockfest

Sharon Miller

12

Medium ABC Jumping Invitation Event
Second round will be run in reverse order of placings from the first round

Ring No

Dog

Name

Breed

 R/O

1

Ag.Ch. Dinky Demon Down Under

Helen Anderson

Australian Kelpie

1

2

Heidron Dream Come True For Xotica

Amy Bennett

Shetland Sheepdog

2

3

Mahogany Girl

Laura Richardson

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

3

4

Omara Oak

Michele Patient

Cocker Spaniel

4

5

Shoredancer Sea Jade

Amanda Hampson

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

5

6

Woodhouse Quartz

Samantha Lane

Cocker Spaniel

6

7

Ag.Ch. Ashpen Pudsy Bear

Ashleigh Butler

Crossbreed

7

8

Oliver The Dark One

Angela Sallis

Crossbreed

8

9

Obay Tiz Zensational

Nancy Hudson

Shetland Sheepdog

9

10

Winfren Vulpecula Kayla

Amanda Hampson

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

10

Novice ABC Invitation Event
Initial round - running orders
Second round will be run in reverse order of placings from the first round

Ring No

Dog

Name

Breed

 R/O

1

Teegles Sunshine Reef

Lucy Tucknott

Crossbreed

1

2

Zindelijk Lucky Me

Lisa Jordan

BSD (Tervueren)

2

3

Cories Ned Kelly

Hannah Prince

Australian Kelpie

3

4

Minka Nikiski Jive Aw

Michelle Griffiths

BSD (Tervueren)

4

5

Henry Noble Rock

Hannah Lyon

English Springer Spaniel

5

6

Canburne Pelita

Fran Newman

Golden Retriever

6

7

Bachero Redwood C'mikki

Denise Catt

Australian Shepherd

7

8

Trackways Rosie

Karen Perry

English Springer Spaniel

8

9

Bonvivant Velocity

Wendy Clay

BSD (Laekenois)

9

10

Chocolate Squillionaire

Deborah Herron

Bearded Collie

10

Small / Mixi Pairs Invitation Event

Ring No Dog Name Breed  R/O
1 Stonebridge Black Magic and
Ag.Ch. Dinky Demon of Downunder
Mandy Sue Sarti & Helen Anderson Crossbreed (Small) &
Crossbreed (Medium)
1
2 Raeanne's Valentine Play Boy &
Our Connie  
Cheryl Tustain &
Carol Ellis
Miniature Poodle (Small) & Crossbreed (Medium) 2
3 Shanandi One and Only and
Jenkim Royal Vintage    
Selena Bray &
Ru Baker
Miniature Poodle (Small) & Miniature Poodle (Medium) 3
4 Stonebridge Dashing Diva &
Rachels Racing Rocket      
Mandy Sue Sarti &
Rachel Chisnall
Crossbreed (Small) &
Crossbreed (Medium)
4
5 Seriously Scrappy and
Darleyfalls Pick Me  
Eleanor Balchin &
Ian Balchin
Crossbreed (Small) &
Border Collie
5
6 Ag.Ch. Racingredd Brussel Scout AW & Upanova Dior Mine  Wendy Clay &
Alan Bray
Crossbreed (Small) &
Border Collie
6
7 Fudgie Wudgie &
Master Obi Wan AW(B)
Des Cufley &
Kate Howlett
Crossbreed (Small) &
Crossbreed (Large)
7
8 Arfer Penny &
She's Little Acer AWG                
Arthur Read &
Sheila Read
crossbreed (small) &
Working Sheepdog (Large)
8
9 Willy or Wont He &
Waggerland Jodie 
Peter Wells &
Shirley Wells
Crossbreed (Small) &
Working Sheepdog (Large)
9
10 All Bert No Ernie &
Spinelsyke Dexter   
Debbie Cookson &
Karen Hampson  
Crossbreed (Small) &
Border Collie (Large)
10

Show opening times: 10am - 5pm each day.


Springs Things 60 Weave Pole Challenge at the UKA Kernow

Springs Things have agreed to sponsor the 60 Weave Pole Challenge at the UKA Kernow Show on Saturday, 7 July. They have donated a jackpot of £60* cash - that's £1.00 per pole - to the winner.

Sarah Hedderly of Springs Things said. I am looking forward to sponsoring the 60 Weave Pole Challenge. For a dog to be able to complete this test they will have to be a real athlete. It should be an exciting class to watch. We hope to see lots of entries.

The rules
The aim of the competition is do 60 weave poles clear. The person with fastest time wins. All heights will compete against each other and competitors can purchase only two runs per a dog. The judge will allocate a maximum time allowed on the course.

If the dog makes a mistake within the first 12 poles, then the competitor can restart and the timer will be reset. Each competitor be allowed three restarts. If you they go wrong on their third attempt, that's their result. If the competitor goes wrong any time past the first 12 poles, then this is their result and there will be no more restarts. Only the dogs that do all 60 poles will get a time. The fastest dog who achieves 60 poles will win.

If no dog does 60 poles clear, the next best result will be taken. If several dogs do the same number of poles after the first 12 poles, then there will be a run-off. There will be no re-run for those dogs concerned and no restarts. The furthest dog wins. The prize money will be based on the opening round and not the re-run of £1.00 per a pole with a maximum payout of £60 cash.

The top four places will receive placement rosettes and a 10% discount voucher to be used at the Springs Things Trade Stand at the UKA Kernow show. Everyone who achieves 60 Weave Poles will get a Clear Round Rosette.

This event will be a Pay on the Day at £2.00 and can not be pre-booked!

Many thanks to Springs Things www.springsthings.co.uk

Good luck and start practicing!

Please note change of date. UKA Kernow show is not in August, but instead is on Saturday, 7 to Sunday, 8 July 2012 at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7JE. The change of date is due to clashes with other UKA shows.

Source: Mark Williams & Zoe Dingle  (08/11/11)


Lune Valley June 2012 Show Announcement

Lune Valley DTC are pleased to confirm that the Kennel Club has now issued licences for the weekend vacated by Barrow so next year's show at the Westmorland County Showground will be on the following dates. The competition start on Saturday, 23 June to Monday, 25 June and then Friday, 29 June - Sunday, 1 July. Camping will be available for the Tuesday and Thursday as well.

Source: Pam Ellwood (06/11/11)


 DECEMBER 2011


Eligibility for EO Team Selection Revised for 2012-2013

The Kennel Club has revised its procedure for selecting handlers and dogs from England to compete as part of Team GB at the European Open Agility Championships, starting with the selection for the championships in 2013.

A selection day will be held in the spring of 2013 as in previous years. However, the selection day competition will be open to owners of any Grade 7 dog living in any of the home nations – England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. The former system for English competitors of gaining points at Grade 6-7 ranking events held at agility shows during the year will, therefore, be discontinued once the 2012 selection day has taken place. Societies which had previously held ranking events at their shows have been notified.

Selection for the 2012 European Open Championships team will take place on Saturday, 21 April 2012 at Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts' show near Lincoln. A list of those who have qualified to compete at the selection day, by gaining points at ranking events during 2011, can be found on the agility pages of the Kennel Club website. Qualifying handlers will be sent schedules shortly and will need to enter by the end of January 2012.

The 2012 European Open will be held from 27 – 29 July 2012 at Kristianstad in Sweden. the 2013 Championship will be hosted by Belgium. The easing of the Pet Travel scheme from 1 January 2012 means that next year dogs without passports will not need to receive rabies vaccinations until after the selection day has taken place.

Graham Partridge will continue as European Open team manager, and he will also manage Team GB for the FCI World Agility Championships for 2012, a one-year appointment pending a Kennel Club review of its international team management structure.

The 2012 FCI World Championships selection day for Team GB will be held at Rugby DTC's purpose-built venue, as in 2011, on 28 May 2012. The 2012 World Agility Championships will be hosted by the Czech Republic, and the 2013 Championships will be held in South Africa.

Source: The Kennel Club (16/12/11)


TraVal Tournament News

TraVal has decided to open up the afternoon classes at the February show to Grade 6 and 7 dogs. If you only have Grade 6 or 7 dog, you are welcome to enter. If you own multiple dogs in several different grades, the organisers hope this will assist your decision as to whether or not to enter. All your dogs may compete. You have Power and Speed and Steeplechase. There is the possibility of a Pay on the Day Pairs, if time permits.

Val Clark said, 'We have also listened to handlers comments and feedback, and future TraVal series will revert back to the format of Agility and Jumping G1-3 in the morning and Agility and Jumping G1-7 in the afternoon with the possibility of a POD. The points system will remain for G1-3 with their Agility and Jumping being qualifiers. We will, of course, be keeping the Run 4 Fun.

 http://www.travalagility.blogspot.com/

Source: Val Clark (14/12/11)


PRO PLAN Announces New Agility Series

Purina is pleased to announce its flagship Advanced Nutrition dry dog food brand PRO PLAN will be introducing a major new agility competition in 2012 - the PRO PLAN Agility Challenge. The exciting new series will cover all heights and grades of dog and will culminate in a series finale to be held at Moulton in October 2012.

The PRO PLAN Agility Challenge Series, held under Kennel Club agility regulations, will consist of three qualifying agility events - the Starters Challenge for Grades 1 & 2 Combined; the Novice Challenge for Grades 3, 4 & 5 Combined and the Masters Challenge for Grades 6 & 7 Combined.

Judith Nicholson from Purina said 'The competition has been created to reflect the company's on-going commitment to and support of the sport of dog agility with the aim of making the finals one of the 'must – do' agility events of the year. I am very pleased with the support we have received from the invited host clubs and am looking forward to an exciting season of agility.'

We are grateful to the following clubs who have agreed to host the 2012 heats:

Show

Date

Heats

Mid Downs DAC

March

Novice, Masters (All heights)

Wye Valley DTC

March

Starters (Small & Medium), Novice (Small & Medium)

Kernow K9

April

Starters, Novice, Masters (All heights)

Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts

April

Starters, Novice, Masters (All heights)

Worcester AS

May

Starters, Novice, Masters (All heights)

Packington ADC

May 

Starters (Large)

Hinckley DTC

June

Novice (Large), Masters (All heights)

Golden Valley DTC

June

Starters (All heights)

Lune Valley DTC

July

Starters, Novice, Masters (All heights)

Weardale DAC

July

Starters, Novice, Masters (All heights)

Scunthorpe O&ATC

August

Masters (All heights)

Dordale ATS

August

Starters, Novice (All heights)

Prestbury Park DATC

September

Masters (All heights)

Bromsgrove DTC

September

Starters, Novice (All heights)

The PRO PLAN Agility Challenge Series heats and finale is being co-ordinated by Steve Croxford who should be contacted on tel. 01455 220245 or email meistermansion@aol.com in the event of any enquiries about the heats or final.

 Source: Purina (08/12/11)


Weimie ABC Celebration Show

The Weimaraner Association ABC Open Agility Show on 16-17 June next year will be scheduling more classes for Border Collies/WSDs and their crosses. The show will be an official KC Open show with two classes each day - Agility and Jumping for ALL breeds and ALL heights of dogs at ALL grades. Awards from these classes will, therefore, count towards KC progression. There will also be two other 'Special BC/WSD' classes scheduled and four 'Special ABC' classes so handlers will have a choice of at least four classes to enter any breed and height of dog.

Organiser Janet Hudson said, 'When I organised the first show in 2009, I was concerned that we didn't bite off more than we could chew, so to speak. Being a Breed Club, the main WA committee had no knowledge of agility so I knew I was going to have to rely on help from competitors to get everything to run smoothly. To keep the number of entries to a manageable size, we decided to make most of the classes open to ABC dogs only. Having gained valuable experience by running a further two shows since 2009, I am confident that the Weimaraner Association are now in a position to take on a larger number of entries for 2012 - hence the decision to schedule more classes for non-ABC dogs. By still letting the ABC dogs have four separate 'Special' classes, I hope that all the ABC handlers will be happy and still consider this a true ABC Celebration Show!'

The show will be held at the Winterton Agricultural Society Showground, near Scunthorpe.

All being well the schedule will be available from the New Year - watch this space.

For more information, email abcagility@doglovers.co.uk

Source: Janet Hudson (06/12/11)



Your Opportunity to Host 2012 Crufts & Discover Dogs Qualifiers

The Kennel Club has announced two new competitions for ABC dogs - one for large dogs competing in Grades 1-5 and the other for Medium dogs of any grade. This follows a review conducted by the Kennel Club of its agility competitions at Crufts and Discover Dogs to ensure that there are competitions for all grades and heights of dog.
For both new competitions there will be ten heats held throughout the year with the first ten placed dogs in each heat being awarded points. The two dogs with the most points from each of the top ten breeds, will be invited to a semi-final at Discover Dogs 2012 (twenty dogs in total). The ten highest placed dogs at the semi-final will be invited to compete in the finals to be held at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2013.

The Small/Mixi Pairs final will continue in its current format but its final will be moved to Discover Dogs at Earls Court, London, in November 2012. The Crufts Singles and Team competitions will remain unaltered. The Small Agility Challenge and Small Circular Knockout will no longer be held after the final at Crufts 2012.

The Kennel Club is currently organising qualifiers at agility shows during 2012 to find finalists to compete at Discover Dogs and Crufts. The majority of these qualifying heats will continue to be held at the shows which staged them during 2011. However the following heats are looking for new host societies, and the different competitions could be held at different shows:

  • 1 x heat for the Crufts Singles – Small, Medium and Large

  • 1 x heat for the Crufts Teams – Small, Medium and Large

  • 2 x heats for the Crufts Large Novice ABC Agility Stakes

  • 2 x heats for the Crufts Medium ABC Agility Stakes

To be eligible, shows must be Kennel Club licensed Open or Championship Agility shows and take place before 31st October 2012. Shows will be asked to provide full details of all qualifying dogs and handlers to the Kennel Club within two weeks of the end of the show.

Show organisers wishing to stage the qualifiers are invited to contact Debbie Deuchar no later than Friday 16th December 2011 by writing to the Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB, or by emailing debbie.deuchar@thekennelclub.org.uk.  For further information please contact the Kennel Club Working Dog Activities Team on 0844 463 3980, Ext 316 or 331.

Lists of existing qualifying heats for Crufts 2013 and for Olympia 2012 are available on the Kennel Club website at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2882.

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (02/12/11)

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