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2011 Show Analysis

 

 

 

Statistics and headlines

The advantage of doing agility in a small country like the UK is that you can go to a show on almost any weekend of the year, provided you don't mind getting up early and driving a long way. But other than the basics - who, what, when and where - what do we really know about the show scene? It took a while to do, but we've analysed all the shows, using information from the 2011 Agilitynet Show Diary and found out the following.

Although not every agility show is listed in the Agilitynet Show Diary, it is probably the most comprehensive list of shows in the UK, including Kennel Club, UKA and BAA as it includes unaffiliated / independent shows as well as some informal, training, charity and fun shows.

The information below has been provided by the Show Secretaries and show processors such as iSS, Simply Canine, L&N, Show Time, UKA Show Processing, EMDAC and others. We think it provides the most accurate picture currently available of what is happening on the UK agility show scene.

How Many Shows Between 2009 - 2012

The number of Agility shows keeps growing
There was a large increase in shows from 2009 to 2010, but growth continues year on year.


Shows by Affiliation 2009-2012

 The balance between affiliations (KC, UKA & BAA) and independent shows is changing.
From 2010 onwards, most of the growth has been in Independent/unaffiliated and BAA shows.
By 2012 Independent/unaffiliated shows were almost as numerous as KC open/championship shows.

Total number of agility shows by affiliation 2009 - 2012

KC Open* KC Limit Otherǂ UKA Series BAA TOTAL
2009 158 10 93 26 29 9 325
2010 228 18 177 53 37 27 540
2011 222 22 212 53 14 33 556
2012 229 22 222 57 21 41 592
               

Total percentage of agility shows by affiliation 2009 - 2012

KC Open* KC Limit Otherǂ UKA Series BAA TOTAL
2009 49% 3% 29% 8% 9% 3% 325
2010 42% 3% 33% 10% 7% 5% 540
2011 40% 4% 38% 10% 3% 6% 556
2012 39% 4% 38% 10% 4% 7% 592
* 'Open' includes Championship shows
ǂ'Other' includes WAO, KC Jersey, IKC, IADSA and Independents
     


   2011 in More Detail

In 2011 the majority of Independent shows were capped or limited - and the majority of limited shows were Independent.
However, a closer look reveals that in 2011 KC shows continued to dominate the open (uncapped) and championship shows.

Category Affiliation No. of shows   Category Affiliation

No. of shows

Open/Champ

KC

224

 

Limited/Capped

Independent

122

Open/Champ

Independent

69

 

Limited/Capped

KC

23

Open/Champ

UKA

38

 

Limited/Capped

UKA

15

Open/Champ

BAA

32

 

Limited/Capped

KC - Jersey

3

Open/Champ

IKC

5

 

Limited/Capped

BAA

3

Open/Champ

IADSA

5

       

Open/Champ

WAO

2

 

Insufficient data to categorise

Independent (not on graph)

9

Open/Champ

KC - Jersey

1

       
 

NOTE: The data used to analyse 2011 in these tables and those below is slightly different from the data used to analyse 2009-2012 (above),
so there are minor differences in the totals


Show Locations in 2011

Region No of Shows
South East/East Anglia 142
Midlands 141
South/South West 96
North East 44
North West 40
Scotland 38
Northern Ireland 17
Republic of Ireland 15
Wales 14
Channel Islands 4

There are more shows were listed in the South and Midlands than the North.

Show Venues in 2011

County No of Shows

Norfolk

27

Gloucestershire

25

Cornwall

21

Surrey

21

Nottinghamshire

19

Derbyshire

18

Cambridgeshire

18

Staffordshire

17

Warwickshire

17

County Durham

16

Kent

14

County Antrim

14

Devon

14

Hampshire

14

Berkshire

13

West Sussex

13

East Sussex

12

Leicestershire

12

Bedfordshire

11

Somerset

11

Shropshire

11

Wiltshire

10

Herefordshire

10

There were some surprises in the 'league table' of Counties where the most shows were held

The 20 Most Popular Show Venues in 2011

No of Shows

Venue

County

Region

10

Kingswood Equestrian Centre

Staffordshire

Midlands

9

Easton College

Norfolk

South East/East Anglia

8

Golden Cross Equestrian Centre

East Sussex

South East/East Anglia

8

The Royal Cornwall Showground

Cornwall

South/South West

8

The Dowty's Sports & Social Club

Gloucestershire

Midlands

7

Stithians Showground

Cornwall

South/South West

6

Perrywood Sports & Social Club

Surrey

South East/East Anglia

6

Top Barn Farm

Worcestershire

Midlands

6

Littleport Sport & Leisure Centre

Cambridgeshire

South East/East Anglia

6

West Midlands Showground

Shropshire

Midlands

6

The Sport House Centre

Warwickshire

Midlands

6

Newbury Showground

Berkshire

South/South West

6

The Bakewell Showground

Derbyshire

North West

6

Catton Hall

South Derbyshire

North West

6

Breach Lane Equestrian Centre

Wiltshire

South/South West

5

Richmond Equestrian Centre

North Yorkshire

North East

5

The Winterton Agricultural Showground

North Lincolnshire

South East/East Anglia

5

Mapledurham

Berkshire

South/South West

5

Asfordby Amateurs Sports Club

Leicestershire

Midlands

5

Alsager Equestrian Centre

Staffordshire

Midlands

(Not counting 'Series' shows)

In 2011 the shows listed on Agilitynet used 260 different venues.
162 were used only once in the year, 33 only twice.


The 20* Most Popular Locations for Show Series in 2011

No of Shows

Venue

County

Region

SeriesName

7

Honeysuckle Cottage

South Yorkshire

North East

Delinquent Dogz Series

6

Trent Valley Equestrian Centre

Nottinghamshire

Midlands

Agility Nuts Series

6

The Haven, Turkey Island

Hampshire

South/South West

Scallywags Agility Tournament

6

Plum Pudding Equestrian Centre

Kent

South East/East Anglia

Whitstable Series

6

Hargate Equestrian Centre

Derbyshire

North West

Hargate Winter Series

5

Northcote Heavy Horse Centre

Lincolnshire

South East/East Anglia

Northcote Series

5

The UK Arena

Nottinghamshire

Midlands

Dog Vegas Winter Series

5

Park Land Stables

Nottinghamshire

Midlands

Agility Nuts Series

4

Windmill Lane

Hampshire

South/South West

Alldogs Winter Agility Tournament

3

High Cross Equestrian Centre

Leicestershire

Midlands

Dogs on Top Winter Series

3

Forest Farm Caravan Park

County Kildare

Republic of Ireland

IADSA Mini Spring Series

3

College Equestrian Centre

Bedfordshire

South East/East Anglia

Barking Mad Series

3

Overa Farm Stud

Norfolk

South East/East Anglia

East Anglian Winter Series

3

Keysoe College Equestrian Centre

Bedfordshire

South East/East Anglia

Barking Mad Series

3

Sands Farm Equestrian Centre

West Sussex

South East/East Anglia

South Eastern Agility - All Heights Series

2

Hall Farm

Norfolk

South East/East Anglia

East Anglian Winter Series

2

Cheltenham Racecourse

Gloucestershire

Midlands

Dickson Dog Training Winter Series

2

Harrogate Riding & Language Centre

West Yorkshire

North East

Northern Agility Winter Series

2

Alsager Equestrian Centre

Staffordshire

Midlands

Tailwaggers Winter Agility Series

2

Moulton College Equestrian Centre

Northamptonshire

Midlands

Barking Mad Series

2

Pachesham Equestrian Centre

Surrey

South East/East Anglia

Pachesham Winter Series

2

Manor Farm EC

Cambridgeshire

South East/East Anglia

Godmanchester-RVA Winter Series

*Actually there are 22 venues
Most 'series' and leagues are held over the winter period, so indoor venues are preferred!


The Cost of Competing in 2011
What did we pay for our Agility runs?

 

In 2011 the most expensive average cost per run at open shows was about 25% more (at UKA shows) than the least expensive average (at Independent shows)
The most expensive average cost per run at limited/capped shows was about 35% more (at BAA shows) than the least expensive average (at Kennel Club shows)


There was not much less variation in average costs by region.
The most expensive region is Wales which was only 11% more for an average run in 2011 than the least expensive which was South and South West
Many Irish shows operate a different charging system, with the first run for the first dog entered costing more (typically around 10-12) but subsequent runs and subsequent dogs costing less. For comparison purposes, average prices for these Irish shows are based on entering two dogs in three classes each.

Shows by Month During 2011

Agility has become an 'all year round' activity.
The traditional agility months over the summer still see most shows but shows now carry on right through the year.
Limited/capped shows are most frequent during the winter and least common in 'high summer'

 

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