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From those nice people who support agility

Agria Leaps into Agility for a Third Year

Agria Pet Insurance will be continuing agility sponsorship for the 2017 season with some exciting classes for dogs of all sizes. Working once again in partnership with Country Shows Agility, Agria is set to support not only Agria Brillo Bounce competitions for Small and Medium-sized dogs, but also a full programme for Large dogs from spring to autumn.

Classes sponsored by Agria will take the pet insurer to some of the key Agility events in the 2017 calendar, including at Championship and Premier level and large public venue Agility shows, such as the immensely popular Hatton Festival. Starting in the spring, the first Agria Pet Insurance class takes place in the north east of the UK before the programme moves across the country including over the border into Wales.

Graham Taylor from Country Shows Agility said, 'We’re delighted to continue our Agility partnership into the third year with Agria Pet Insurance. Whilst Agility injuries are rare, considering the numbers involved at each event, it’s a great reassurance for competitors to have insurance in place that covers their dogs whilst training and competing in the sport. As Agria insures working dogs, including those training for and taking part in Agility competitions, they are a great fit to sponsor the sport.'

Head of Sales and Marketing for Agria Alastair Cook added, 'Supporting the Country Shows Agility programme is a real highlight for Agria. “It’s great to be involved in events that strike such a good balance of attracting some of the biggest names in the sport while feeling welcoming and inclusive. Seeing dogs enjoying a full life; keeping fit, having fun and working in close, rewarding partnerships with their owners is fantastic and Agria is proud to play a part. Good luck to all the dogs and handlers taking part in the 2017 programme.'

Agria-sponsored classes for 2017 will take place at the following events:-

April 2017

  • Scunthorpe Championship Agility Club Show - Lincolnshire

May 2017

  • Hatton Festival - Warwickshire

  • Nottingham Championship Agility Club Show - Nottinghamshire

June 2017

  • Dartford Premier Agility Club Show - Kent

July 2017

  • Holkham Country Fair - Norfolk

August 2017

  • Pembrokeshire by the Pond - Pembrokeshire

  • Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility, Breed & Obedience Show - Powys

September 2017

  • North Derbyshire DT Championship Agility Club Show - Nottinghamshire

Team Wales Has a New Very Special Sponsor! 

Tim Marsh has always been very close to some team members. His lovely wife Sharon Marsh has formally agreed to be a Team Wales sponsor in his honour.

Stuart Harmes, Team Manager, said, 'I was extremely touched by this and we have designed the attached logo to represent Tim whose motto was 'Live to cycle, cycle to live.' This will be on all team Wales clothing . Please join us in remembering and honouring a good friend and former Wales team member! Let's bring a medal back for Tim and Jed.

CSJ Highland Agility Stakes 2014

CSJ have maintained their relationship with this event. This year's final will held in the Main Ring at Scotland's National Game Fair at Perth on Sunday, 6 July 2014. The judge this year will be the esteemed Blair Cochrane so expect the unexpected for an interesting and entertaining final!

Qualifiers - it's not too late to enter a qualifier!

  • Sunday, 6 April  -Dundee (Small, Medium and Large Qualifiers)

  • Saturday, 12 April -Kingdom of Fife (Small, Medium and Large Qualifiers)

  • Saturday, 19 April - Scottish Border Collie Club (Small, Medium and Large Qualifiers)

  • Sunday, 4 April - Woodside (Small, Medium and Large Qualifiers)

  • Sunday, 11 May- Fair City (Small and Medium Qualifiers)

  • Sunday, 25 May - Gleniffer (Large Qualifier)

 Thanks to CSJ and all the clubs hosting qualifiers this year.

Woof & Brew Agrees to Sponsor Senior Agility League

Agilitynet is delighted to announce that industry-shakers Woof & Brew, the creators and producers of healthy herbal dog teas will be sponsoring the Senior Agility League (SAL) this year.

Steve Bennett, Managing Director of Woof & Brew said  'We are delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor the Agilitynet Senior Agility League in 2014. Our business is primarily focused on both helping dogs to lead a happy and healthy life, as well as enabling devoted owners to share in the experiences of life's little pleasures with their dogs.Agility Net was the perfect fit for us and our ambitions and we look forward to all the exciting events and opportunities together coming up'

Woof & Brew blends are no storm in a teacup. Their range of healthy, herbal teas are packed full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants providing dogs with a delightful tonic & treat to lap up. Their Adult, Performance & Senior blends, which are specifically created & blended to help mobility, energy levels, focus and rehydration, will no doubt be of great interest in all those taking part in the league! 

And since launching the company has truly set tongues - and tails - wagging, not least with their latest tea-infused, home-baked, biscuit range 'nom'. You can find out more information about WOOF&BREW and their product range at www.woofandbrew.com

Watch this space for updates on what is likely to be a very exciting - and refreshing - relationship in 2014!

Skinner's to Sponsor KC Olympia Stakes 2014

Skinner’s Petfoods has added its support to one of the most important showcase events for agility in the UK - the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes.  The collaboration between the Kennel Club and Skinner’s from January 2014 will ensure this event continues to remain a top class competition, where the country’s most talented agility dogs and handlers vie with each other in qualifying heats at agility shows across the country, to gain a coveted invitation to compete at the Olympia final.

Skinner's will be taking over from GWF Nutrition, who will continue their four year support of the competition until the end of the year. Skinner's, who also include GWF Nutrition's Joint Aid in some of their dog foods, have a complete product range for all life stages and to meet the energy requirements for dogs of all ages and breeds. This is vital for agility dogs, who work hard throughout the year and who need a high quality diet that provides all the nutritional benefits to compete at the top level.

Will Delamore, Sales & Marketing Director for Skinner's, said: 'We are delighted to be working alongside the Kennel Club on this prestigious event. I remember going to Olympia as a child myself and the excitement and fun we had, so we are really looking forward to meeting and supporting more handlers and their dogs. We use the phrase 'Supporting your Sport' and have run the Skinner's 7's Agility Competition for the last two years, so we are pleased to be even more involved in supporting agility through the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes.'

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

  • KC Olympia Medium Agility Stakes – for Grade 3 – 7 Medium dogs
  • KC Olympia Small Agility Stakes - for Grade 3 – 7 Small dogs
  • KC Olympia Large Agility Stakes - for Grade 6 – 7 Large dogs
  • KC Olympia Novice Agility Stakes - for Grade 3 – 5 Large dogs
  • KC Olympia Large ABC Stakes – for Grade 3 – 7  Large dogs

The launch of this new association will be at Crufts on the Skinner's stand and agility enthusiasts are invited to come along to the stand to find out more about this new initiative. Skinner's is the perfect partner for our canine agility athletes and the Skinner's stand will be visiting many of the qualifying heats throughout the year.

About Skinner's Petfoods
There is no doubt that Skinner's is committed to “supporting your sport”, as they sponsor not only the Kennel Club Agility Stakes, but many field trials, working tests, dog shows and events throughout the UK and Europe. Skinner's are also proud sponsors of the England Gundog Team and have been for the last 28 years.

The Skinner family have been making animal foods for seven generations. Records show that the Mill in Stradbroke was in existence as far back as 1688. However, their long history does not mean that they are trapped in the past; their own Suffolk Mill is amongst the most sophisticated manufacturing plants in the country. They manufacture all their products at their site, enabling them to monitor the quality of ingredients and finished product very carefully. They know exactly what goes into their products and only select the finest natural ingredients. They proudly state their foods are formulated to a specification – never a price.

Skinner's highly successful and extensive Field & Trial VAT-free range makes them a key player in sporting, working and active dog foods. Their foods are tried, tested and trusted by a wide variety of professionals and enthusiasts alike.. Many of the country's top professional handlers and trainers feed and recommend Skinner's foods.

As they say at Skinner's: “Whatever the age, type or activity level of your dog, there is a Skinner's food to suit.”

Wagg Set to Keep Tails Wagging at Herefordshire Country Fair

Wagg will be supporting this year’s Agility event at Herefordshire Country Fair with the sponsorship of three classes. Wagg, a family run business based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, has a history of supporting worthwhile causes and are keen to promote fit and healthy lifestyles for dogs.

Held in the grounds of Hampton Court, Herefordshire Country Fair is being held on a fabulous site with the Agility being a real focal point for anyone visiting the show. As well as the Agility there will be hundreds of stalls and arena attractions taking place throughout the day

The Country Fair's Kennel Club licensed Agility show is open to all sizes of dog and grades for the first time.

Wagg’s complete dry dog food diets are packed full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help keep your pet feeling fit and healthy, as well as carefully selected wholesome ingredients. These help promote healthy teeth and bones, shiny coats, supple skin and a healthy gut - key benefits that you would expect from a quality dry pet food. Wagg also produce semi-moist oven baked treats and have recently started to produce Wagg’mmms dog biscuits available in three lip-smacking flavours: Liver, Salmon and Chicken.

Why not join us for a true family day out and see if you can come home with a Wagging friend!

Schedules are available for Agilitynet now.

Lintbells Congratulates Crufts Winners

Staff at the pet nutrition firm Lintbells are celebrating the success of their customers after seeing two of them enjoy major wins at this year’s Crufts – including Best in Show. Lintbells customer Gavin Robertson and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Jilly (Ch. Soletrader Peek A Boo) took the prestigious event’s top prize beating more than 20,000 entries to be crowned Best in Show.

Winner of the Agility Championship on Sunday was Lintbells-sponsored Anthony Clarke and Ruby (Ag.Ch. Blazing Red of Rujaff).  The company has supported Anthony with its triple action joint health supplement YUMOVE since 2010.

A delighted Anthony took to Twitter to express his excitement at winning, tweeting: 'So happy right now, Ruby pulled it out the bag winning the Championship @Crufts.”  He also tweeted thanks to his sponsors including @Lintbells.'

Marketing Director and co-founder of Lintbells, John Howie, said:  'To know that our products have played a part in the success of the winners of the Crufts' biggest prizes is incredibly rewarding.  We have a great relationship with our customers and know just how much hard work both Anthony and Gavin put in to ensure their dogs were in top condition on the day, so it’s fantastic that it’s paid off for them.'

John Howie added: 'Crufts is always a great event and this year has been no exception.  Our congratulations go to all Lintbells customers who have enjoyed success at this year’s show and our thanks also to all who came to see us at the event.  We had two stands there for the first time and both were kept exceptionally busy.'

More details about Lintbells range of products can be found at www.lintbells.com from where there are also links to the company’s facebook and twitter pages.

KC Festival & Team GB Win New Sponsorship

The Kennel Club is pleased to announce that the International Agility Festival and Team GB are to be joined by CSJ Natural Dog Food, Herbs and Treats for Active and Working Dogs as principal sponsor over the next three years. Working in partnership with the International Agility Festival and Team GB, CSJ are working with the Kennel Club to support their overall commitment to agility.

The International Agility Festival has been running for eight years and this year will be held at a new venue, Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough from 9-11 August 2013.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: 'Our partnership with CSJ is in place for three years and they will be involved in the International Agility Festival and Team GB. CSJ are keen to encourage pet owners to get involved in agility and have joined as sponsors as part of their overall support and commitment to agility.  They will have a strong presence at the International Agility Festival and will be talking to competitors and visitors about nutrition for active dogs, in addition to providing all the prizes for the winning classes.'
The Kennel Club, together with CSJ will be supporting two International Agility Championships by sending Team GB to the European Open Agility Championships and the FCI World Agility Championships.  However, Team GB will only be attending the European Open Agility Championships in Belgium from 26-28 July this year. There will be no attendance at the World Agility Championships in South Africa due to the long distance involved.
Ceri Rundle from CSJ Natural Dog Food, Herbs and Treats for Active and Working Dogs said: 'We are delighted to announce our support of these prestigious agility events together with the Kennel Club. We look forward to working with Team GB and the International Agility Festival over the next three years to promote the sport of agility and the importance of nutrition for active and working dogs.'
The International Agility Festival will see over 2,200 dogs of all types, sizes and experience levels competing across numerous agility rings, with dogs jumping and weaving their way through the various courses. The weekend will play host to prestigious competitions including the Kennel Club Nations Cup and International Young Handler of the Year, plus qualifying classes for Discover Dogs 2013 and Crufts 2014 for competitions including the Kennel Club Starter Cup; the Kennel Club Novice Cup and the Kennel Club British Open.
For more information on the International Agility Festival or Team GB please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agility

Royal Canine to Close the Show Season in Style

The Pembrokeshire by The Pond team are delighted to announce that the high quality dog food manufacture Royal Canin will help to finishes this year's event in real style by supporting all the last days’ classes.

Royal Canin are also proud to sponsor the Rest of the World Challenge which first range last year and proved very popular with the non-Welsh competitors and in a tense and exciting jump off the Rest of the World Team beat the Welsh Handler of the year Team on the final day of the event.

Royal Canin diets provide precise nutritional solutions to your pet’s needs. Each of our products is based on our extensive knowledge of cats and dogs, gained through years of studies at our own centre, partnerships with leading veterinary schools and universities, and continued input from veterinarians and breeders worldwide.

Royal Canin’s Antony Bongiovanni commented 'It is great to support this great event in Wales which brings Agility to the wider public at Wales premier county show. We would like to wish everyone good like for the three days at the show and also with their 2013 season.'

Pembrokeshire by The Pond Schedule is now available so please join them for what will be a fantastic week in Wales including agility on the beach... unless your dog goes for a swim!!

Drontal Launches Search for UK’s Rising Stars of Dog Agility

Drontal, the UK's favourite dog wormer, is launching the 2013 Agility Challenge, celebrating fit and active dogs, and the unique bond between pets and their owners.

The competition puts owners and their dogs to the test across a range of obstacles, where they will be scored on both time and accuracy.  Open to Grades 1–3 Large dogs, competitors have eight chances to qualify for the Grand Final through a series of qualifying heats which take place through April to August next year.

The top five competitors from each of the eight heats will then compete for Gold during the Grand Final at the Malvern Autumn Show on 29th September 2013.  Finalists will be judged by Hilary Bowden who has been involved in agility for more than 17 years, having been a successful handler and regular finalist for Crufts and Olympia herself.

A spokesperson for Drontal at Bayer Animal Health said: 'We are extremely proud to announce the 2013 Agility Challenge which celebrates happy and healthy dogs. Drontal is committed to supporting agility dogs and their owners as they are excellent ambassadors for promoting fit, active and worm-free dogs.'

The 2013 Agility Challenge has been brought to you by Drontal, the only wormer that kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK dogs. Drontal's new dog-friendly, flavoured bone shape is the UK’s first worming product shaped like a bone and has been launched to help promote regular worming amongst owners. The tablet's unique shape is designed to make it easier for responsible pet owners to take positive action and prompt them to worm their pet at least four times a year.

Pembrokeshire By The Pond Press Enquires to:

2 Medley Grove Leamington Spa CV31 2GA 01926 315335 email rover.pro@outlook.com

Burns Continues to Back Welsh Agility

Burns Pet Nutrition will continue to support the Welsh Handler of the Year for another two years after its successful support of the 2012 competition. The fiercely fought competition open to all Welsh agility handlers and their dogs held at Augusts’ Pembrokeshire County Show brings together a marvellous array of Agility talent. Will current holder of the title Rosie Cavill and Fieldspy Leana be able to make it a third successive crown?

Diane Howles from Burns Pet Nutrition said, 'It is great to be able to provide support for this top Welsh show. Here at Burns we feel we are giving long lasting support by providing prizes of Burns food which will benefit the dogs long after the competition has been won!'

Burns Pet Nutrition products are hypoallergenic and free from artificial additives, preservatives and colourants. The versatile range of Burns Real Food for Dogs can provide feeding solutions for dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes.

Agility schedules for the event 13 -15 August 2013 will be available soon. All enquires to Rover Promotions, 2 Medley Grove, CV31 2GA, rover.pro@outlook.com

Xtra Dog to Sponsor Leading Agility Team Devon Dogs

Xtra Dog, Spiffy Dog and Devon Dogs are delighted to announce a very exciting partnership. An agreement has been reached for Lauren Langman and Devon Dogs to be sponsored by Xtra Dog harnesses and Spiffy Dog collars, plus The Original HI K9 Raised Pet Bed.

Lauren Langman said, 'Devon Dogs has been searching for the right equipment from a company that shares our ethos on dog welfare for a very long time and a partnership with Xtra Dog and Spiffy Dog is exactly what I have been looking for. Xtra Dog’s unique two point fleece lined colourful and effective harness, based on Tellington TTouch training techniques, is not only kind to the dog but easy for the handler to both use and operate. We are proud to have made this link and not only do we recommend these harnesses along with the Spiffy Dog collars to our customers but we are also pleased to be able to use them ourselves.

She went on 'Team Devon Dogs will proudly show you their harnesses logoed and made by Xtra Dog 's sewers and, if you speak to me at any event, I will also be happy to discuss the collars and training styles to suit you. These products are not just fit for purpose; they exceed our own expectations and allow our lives, and our dog’s lives to be more enriched. Thank you, Team Xtra Dog.'

Xtra Dog has a good following in the Agility world and wanted to associate itself with one of the top UK training company and agility competitors who train and manage their dogs using positive training techniques, marketing director Alex Wilson explains;

'There are many different methods of training dogs today and sadly many people still use coercive and punitive methods. As a company we do not believe in this method of training and we were delighted to have the opportunity of sponsoring Devon Dogs as we know that Lauren Langman and her team of instructors use positive training methods with their dogs. We have watched Lauren working with her dogs and it was obvious that they are the perfect partners for Xtra Dog who share our ethos on dogs. We believe that the Xtra Dog harness and Spiffy Dog collars can only help their dogs in training and competing at the highest level.

Spiffy Dog in the USA, distributed in Europe by Xtra Dog, is also a company with a strong dog ethos and supports many dog rescue organisations Stateside, their award winning air collar is ideal for agility dogs.

'The unique quick-drying material used in the Air Collar, continued Lauren Langman 'is perfect for agility dogs. Many collars on the market are so heavy or made with materials that are uncomfortable for dogs that they can hinder dogs competing, we love the Spiffy Dog collars as they are the perfect collar for any dog taking part in dog sports.'

Devon Dogs, one of the UK's leading dog agility training centres led by senior instructors Lauren Langman and Mathew Rouse both of whom compete at Championship level in the UK and internationally, alongside their team of dedicated instructors and clients. Over the past six years Devon Dogs has fielded a team for Olympia, UK Championship Finals, the UK’s most prestigious agility event plus they compete at the FCI World Championships and at the UKA Hand Finals.

For more details, interviews or photography please contact: Alex Wilson Xtra Dog Tel 0330 088 3647 Email alexw@xtradog.com , website www.xtradog.com or  Lauren Langman Devon Dogs Tel 07734130512 Email info@devondogs.co.uk  Website www.devondogs.co.uk

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