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Agility Challenge 2018

For the rising stars of agility...


The Agility Challenge celebrates all that is good in the Agility calendar. It is one of the must try for annual finals for the rising stars of the Agility world. This year it is being organised by Country Shows Agility and, for the first time, is open to Large dogs G1-4.

With 10 chances to qualify across the country, the top five competitors from each of the qualifiers will be invited to the Agility Challenge Grand Final at the Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday, 30th September 2018 under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Martin Tait.

 The first qualifier of the Agility Challenge 2018 was to be be held at Hatton Festival but the show was cancelled due to weather and ground conditions.


April 2018

  • 28th - 29th April - Hatton Agility Festival (Hatton, Warwickshire) - CANCELLED

May 2018

June 2018

  • 23rd - 24th June - Dogs Unleashed (Bakewell, Derbyshire)

July 2018 

  • 6th - 8th July - Just Dogs Live East of England Showground (Cambridgeshire)

  • 14th - 15th July - Rugby Championship Agility Show (Catton Hall, Staffordshire)

 August 2018

  • 14th - 16th August - Pembrokeshire By The Pond County Show (Pembrokeshire)

  • 18th - 19th August - Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility Show (Builth Wells, Powys)

  • 25th - 26th August - Bromsgrove Premier Agility Show (Dodderhill Equestrian, Worcestershire)

September 2018

  • 1st September - Chatsworth County Fair (Chatsworth, Derbyshire)

  • 30th September - The Malvern Show

 Schedules for all our host events are available on the Agilitynet Show Diary and elsewhere.

Agility Challenge Rules

  1. There will be 10 qualifying heats, producing 50 finalists who compete at The Agility Challenge Grand Final to be held on Sunday, 30th September 2018 at The Malvern Autumn Show, Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern.

  2. Once a dog has qualified (i.e. 5 finalists per heat) this eliminates that dog from taking a further finalist place in the Agility Challenge.

  3.  Handlers may not qualify more than one dog for The Agility Challenge final.

  4. Any surrogate handlers must be notified in writing within four days of the last heat. NO amendments after this date and non-advice will disqualify the partnership.

For more information contact, Agility Challenge, 2 Medley Grove, Leamington Spa, CV31 2GA tel. 01926 315335 Email: rover.pro@outlook.com

Heat 2
Severnside at the North Somerset Show

The North Somerset Countryside event welcomed the Agility community at its 150+ year old annual Bank Holiday gathering in the Mendip Hills. With everything on show from Dexter calves to native breeds wool spinning, Agility enjoyed a prime showground position. And boy, was it hot!

This heat was judged by Julian Bartram who said, 'Very honoured to be entrusted with two qualifiers. It was now time for the Large dogs to step up to the plate. There were two places where you had to negotiate off course obstacles and a tricky weave entry. Again I was impressed with a significant number of dogs with independent weave entries and focus to the end of the weaves. Great stop contacts and good pace despite the enervating conditions.'

Agility Challenge Qualifiers

  1. Lee Hunt with Filton Flyer - 32.557 secs (C)

  2. Bridget Fletcher with Kerschker My Collie - 34.099 secs (C)

  3. Sarah Trigwell with Tynevermore Kita - 34.123 secs (C)

  4. Laura Bentley with Samson My Golden Boy - 40.517 secs (5f)

  5. Keith Williams with Wumbli Bumbly Happy Sherry - 41.261 secs (5f)

Heat 3 sees the Agility Challenge heading northwards to Worcester Premier Agility Show on 19th May to find our next five Agility Challenge 2018 qualifiers.

Good luck to one and all!

Heat 3
Worcester Premier Agility Show

The Worcester team welcomed Heat 3 of the Agility Challenge 2018 at To Barn on 19th May when our rising stars of the Agility world grappled to gain one of the qualifying places for the Agility Challenge Grand Final at the Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday, 30th September 2018 under the watchful eye of Championship Agility Judge Martin Tait.

Judge Michelle Waugh officiated today and with the Agility Challenge 2018 now open to Grades 4 dogs some well-known faces made the photo call!

She said, 'The course was fast, testing dogs skills and independence. There were many good runs over (I think) a 168m course. The winner showed great speed, consistency and handling. Congrats to all who qualified.'

Good luck to one and all!

Agility Challenge Qualifiers

  1. Ian Radford with Chase Me Chelsea - 38.952 secs (C)

  2. Veronica Hill with Maisnme Black Magic - 39.631 secs (C)

  3. Rachel Williams with Blamorder Just Like Magic - 40.164 secs (C)

  4. Jess Sansome with Not a Mini Cooper - 41.537 secs (C)

  5. Hilary Bowden with Son of a Gunner - 43.101 secs (C)

Hopefully the Worcester weather maintains across the outdoor season. Heat 4 of the Agility Challenge see us heading northwards to Dogs Unleashed to find our next five Agility Challenge 2018 qualifiers.

Heat 5
Just Dogs Live

Troy Hedger is one cool dude! With temperatures into the 30s, he would not have been out of place in Henley’s Regatta Royal Enclosure, which is also held on the same weekend as Just Dogs Live, one of the larger eastwards canine events on the Peterborough showground.

Agility Challenge Qualifiers  

  1. Janice Bell with Magilitias All About The Bass - 28.923 secs (C)

  2. Lisa Kennedy with Canen Rhett - 31.336 secs (C)

  3. Ilka Antippa with Wumblibumbly Dottie Lottie - 32.289 secs (C)

  4. Belinda Charles with Welsh Rarebit - 35.000  secs (C)

  5. Gillian Preece with Kiaminoques Windy Willow - 37.219 secs (C)

First published 26 March 2018