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Qualifiers News

2017 Qualifiers News

Ready, steady, go for it...

It's true that not everyone can qualify for Olympia or Crufts but there's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a heat of a qualifier near you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it.

New Competition at Blenheim Palace Announced

Adams Agility has announced a prestigious new competition for 2018. The Blenheim Palace Horse Trials Dog Agility Stakes will be open to Large dogs (full height only) G1-7. It will be held under under the appropriate Kennel Club Regulations H & H(1) in force at the time of the event and consist of five qualifying heats at various shows around the country.

Sandra Adams said, 'I have aspired to create something like this for years! It's wonderful to see it finally become real. My aim was always to look for an event which could parallel Olympia and really get people excited about qualifying for the Final.  The structure may change, but for the first year, it's just such a privilege to begin our relationship with Blenheim Palace Horse Trials , courtesy of SSangYong, their main sponsors.'

The top three previously unqualified dogs from each heat will qualify for the Final comprising of a minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 dogs.

The Final, judged by the much loved Charlie Wyatt, will be held at SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials on Friday, 14th September 2018.

Sandra added, 'Charlie is known through the agility community for his flowing, spread out courses, ideal for the 80 x 40 metre arena. This may be Charlie's very last judging appointment, not just for the year, but quite simply, his last ever. He has threatened to make this his final year of judging, but really, what a fitting swan song if it is.'

For a list of Blenheim Palace heats, go to the Agilitynet Show Diary or Qualifiers News page.

The final will consist of one round of Agility which will be judged under the appropriate Kennel Club Regulations H & H(1) in force at the time of the event.

  1. Competitors entering any of the Heats will be deemed to have agreed to abide by KC Rules as specified above.

  2. All heats must take place at Kennel Club licensed shows and the class name in the schedule should replicate exactly the name of the competition as stated in these rules.

  3. If the entry for the heat exceeds 400 the class must be split into two equal parts, with the top two previously unqualified placed dogs from each part going through to the final. If the entry exceeds 600 the class must be split into three equal parts, with the highest placed previously unqualified dog in each part going through to the final.

  4. Rosettes and trophies remain unchanged if the heat is split and will be given for each part.

  5. Handlers may enter more than one dog in the competition and may qualify more than one dog for the final event.

  6. Qualifiers may enter further heats for competition, providing they are eligible. Handlers who gaina qualifying place in a heat with a previously qualified dog should inform the Show Secretary on the date of the show of this fact.

  7. In the event of a dog and/or handler being unable to compete in the Final due to unavailability, illness or injury the reserves from that heat will be called up in numerical order.

  8. Rosettes will be provided to 20th place, and trophies to 3rd.

Animal Health Co Continues It's Support of

The Animal Health Company is delighted to announce that it will be continuing its Agility competition in 2018. The competition is open to all sizes of Agility dogs in a steeplechase style course that features the Westcotts Water Jump!

 With qualifiers across the country, there are 12 opportunities in 2018  for the top five to join us at the autumn final to seek a share of over £100 of prize money.

Animal Health Company’s Sales Manager Jennie Westcott said 'We are delighted to continue sponsorship of this Agility competition with new heat hosts in 2018, and I look forward to meeting everyone at our first heat at the Scunthorpe Championship Agility Show in April.'

The Animal Health Company offers a range of products that will be ideal for the Agility dog including their new food, Westcotts. Unique to the market, it contains HypercCoat Prime, a popular supplement. Westcotts it is formulated with high levels of chicken and rice, is hypoallergenic, pro biotic and has no added flavourings or preservatives produced from quality ingredients helping dogs with a sensitive palate.

The Animal Health Company website http://www.animal-health.co.uk has all the details.

For a list of heats go to Animal Health Co page or the Agilitynet Show Diary.

Agria Agree to Sponsor 2017 Brillo Bounce

Agria Pet Insurance and Country Shows Agility are delighted to announce support for the Agria Brillo Bounce competitions in addition to their support for a full programme for Large dogs.

The Agria Brillo Bounce competitions are specifically for Small and Medium dogs. Heats will take place across the country throughout the 2017 season and culminate in the finals, due to be held in October at the British Agility Championships in Bedfordshire in October, kindly judged by International Agility Judge Jorge Pires, using KC Agility rules.

From each of the 12 qualifiers at each size, the top three at each dog size will receive an invitation to attend the Final.

Each final will consist of two untimed rounds - one Agility and one Jumping - for each size of dog with the maximum course time specified. All double clears will go forward to the Final. In the event of no double clears at either size, a maximum of ten dogs with the minimum combined faults will be selected. All double clears will compete in the final round which will be a jumping round against the clock to find the 2017 Agria Brillo Bounce winner at each size.

Classes will be judged using current Kennel Club rules, and each host venue has chosen which grades are included for each size of Agria Brillo Bounce qualifier. All will run at standard heights.

Alastair Cook, Head of Sales and Marketing at Agria Pet Insurance, said, 'We’re delighted to continue our involvement in Agility again in 2017, and particularly enjoy our support of Brillo Bounce for small and medium-sized dogs. We wish all the dogs and handlers taking part in 2017 the very best of luck, and cannot wait for the excitement of the finals!'

For a list of heats go to Agria Brillo Bounce page or the Agilitynet Show Diary.

Northern Aloe

Northernaloe.com are proud sponsors of the Northern Aloe ABC Agility Challenge, a new competition for all Large dogs Grade 1-7 excluding Border Collies, Working Sheepdogs or their crosses.

Peter Kemble said, 'We have an ABC dog and, as there are not many specific ABC competitions, we thought it might be fun to sponsor one.

The heats are being held at the following shows: -

  • Longfield - 30 March to 2 April.

  • Phase Purple - 30 March to 2 April

  • Phase Purple - 11 -13 May

  • Hare 'n Hounds - 9-28 May

  • Phase Purple - 15-17 June

  • Longfield - 16-17 June

  • Hoolihounds - 16-17 June

  • Hare 'n Hounds - 4-13 August

  • Longfield - 17-27 August (Final held 25th)

The Northernaloe ABC Final will be held, after the rings have closed, at the Longfield Agility Show  on August 25th 2018, at Hillside Rural Activities Park, Oaktree Bank. Knayton Thirsk YO7 4AX. The winner of the final will receive £100 voucher for Northernaloe.com

The first five dogs from the heat will be invited to compete in the final. The next five dogs will be held as reserves. If the class is split the top three dogs from each part will be invited to compete in the final and the next three will be held as reserves. The competition must be judged under the appropriate Kennel Club Rules in force at that time for a standard open class.

Northernaloe is a business created by Hazel and Peter Kemble in 1997 as business owners of Forever Living Products. They supply high quality consumable products in the health and well-being many based on Aloe Vera providing the benefits of this remarkable plant to both animals and their owners which have been recognised for over 5000 years.

 A selection of the most popular products is always available at our caravan and the full range is available online at www.northernaloe.com

Their business model provides an opportunity for all to establish a substantial independent income working flexibly from home. They currently have openings for new business owners who will be fully trained and supported. For more information and an informal discussion, please contact Peter at peter@tttgroup.co.uk or call m. 07831 238024.

The UKA South West Winter Finals

Agility Rocks, Dogs Matter and PAwS Shows have teamed up to bring you The UKA South West Winter Finals. We want to celebrate Agility in the South West and hope that this event will allow the best of the best in the South West region to compete against each other – and will provide an opportunity for handlers and dogs at all levels to prove themselves. You can qualify for the finals at various shows throughout the winter.

Qualifying heats for the UKA South West Winter Final will be held at Agility Rocks (AR), Dogs Matter (DM) and PAwS shows throughout the winter 2017/18. Please refer to the below table to see which heats will be held at which show:






Performance: Beginners/Novice

AR (Oct)

DM (Dec)

PAWS (Jan)

DM (Jan)

Performance: Senior/Champ

PAWS (Oct)

AR (Oct)

AR (Nov)

DM (Jan)

Steeplechase: Beginners/Novice

PAWS (Oct)

AR (Nov)

DM (Jan)

PAWS (Jan)

Steeplechase: Senior/Champ

AR (Oct)

AR (Nov)

DM (Dec)

PAWS (Jan)


PAWS (Oct)

DM (Dec)



Dog Vegas Qualifier News for the 2018 Finals

The Dog Vegas Team has announced some exciting changes to the Dog Vegas Finals for 2018.

PB Caravans has agreed to support the all new 550mm height Grade 1-5 Jumping heats for the 2018 Finals. This competition will be open to Large dogs who want to run at the new 550mm height. There will be 10 heats throughout the year, culminating in the finals at the Dog Vegas July 2018 show. 07549 794827.

Phil supplies a friendly, reliable mobile caravan service. This makes him strive to become the best qualified in the business with approved workshop and gas safe (LPG). They also have a stand selling everything from parts through to major caravan accessories 

All of the heats will be available on the Dog Vegas website once details have been confirmed.

The Paws Trading Large Grade 3-5 heats will soon have a new name and a new sponsor After many years of supporting them, Paws Trading will be bowing out of that competition but supporting the Dog Vegas All Sorts classes instead.

Paula Wilkinson of Paws Trading said 'Having grown our business alongside Dog Vegas, we have enjoyed supporting the G3-5 heats over the years, and the added exposure that we have gained from these, but feel it is time to freshen up the advertising a little and are delighted to still be able to do this by working alongside Dog Vegas in a slightly different way.'

Quill Trading will be taking over the 3-5 heats heats. Nothing will change about the heats or the final, apart from the name.

A little note from Coz Mclavy of Quill Trading, 'We are a new company which brings you T-shirts, hoodies, tops and leggings for competing, hiking, Cani-X and hanging out with your best friends, designed by Agility people for Agility people. You’ll find us at most shows. Please feel free to stop us and chat and let us know what designs you would like to see.'

A complete list of all of the heats will be available on the Dog Vegas website when they have been confirmed.

Hazel Higgins, David Bew and the entire Dog Vegas team would like to say a massive thank you to all of our sponsors without whom we couldn't run these heats and finals.

  • Quill Trading

  • PB Caravans

  • First Contact

  • Longhedge Show Processing

  • Paws Trading

  • First Place Processing

  • Dog Vegas

  • Show Offs Rosettes