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started in Agility in 1983 with our black Labrador Klute, who took us to the heights of Olympia
and Advanced status and got us well and truly hooked. So when Agility Aid was founded in 1985,
it was Klute's head that appeared in our logo.
Agility Aid was originally
designed just to release Show Secretaries from the task of producing running orders and class
calling lists. In those days class sizes were under 100 and clear rounds were run off! Ring
cards were collected at shows, with only the ring number entered on them, and everyone would
join a bun-fight round the calling lists to make a note of their running orders. Anyone with a
biro was very popular - anyone with a caravan was unknown! Over the years Agility has grown
beyond recognition, and more and more sophisticated services are required for more and more
Agility Aid has not only grown
with it, but usually leads the way. The first people to process agility shows on computer, we
went on to create pre-printed ring cards, pre-printed scribe sheets and pre-printed score
sheets. In fact, most of the paperwork now taken for granted at shows today was introduced by
us. 1999 saw the introduction of a dedicated Agility Diary, and 2000 brought the 'Knock Out'
pack. 2001 unfortunately created the e-mail information network, necessitated by the Foot &
Mouth outbreak, but gave us a way of providing you with instant access to Agility competitors
for urgent show notices. 2002 produced our biggest innovation since the concept of Agility Aid
– the introduction of on-line show entry via www.iShowServices.com.
We have influenced Agility in
other ways too. We introduced a new class at the beginning of the 1990’s - the original Golden
Oldies class - to give the increasing number of veteran dogs some fun. Veteran classes are now
well-established at many shows. We have since revised this into the Agility Aid Allsorts class
(sometimes called an Any Size class), providing a class for any dog that doesn’t suit the
standard categories. Once again this class is appearing at more and more shows and is hugely
popular. And we must confess we introduced orange fencing! All this was done with a view to
improving the hobby for dogs and competitors, and the workload for Show Secretaries.
Over the years we have covered
every aspect of Agility, including training, instructing and running our own Show. We are now
able to provide a full service, which, at the top end of the range, effectively becomes an
Entry Secretary for you.
To keep it simple, we currently
provide five suggested packages of service, based on the most popular requirements. The price
list indicates what is included within each package, but you can add or delete items from each
package as required. Prices are on a per unit basis, which enables you to absorb some or all of
the cost of processing in your entry fees. For those new to the job, advice is always
available. If you have any special requirements then do discuss them with us. Most requests can
be catered for somehow!