came into it's own during the Foot & Mouth Crisis in 2002 and
has not looked back since.
It's been here for you in times of crisis, show
cancellations, changes in rules and regulations, team selection and
advances in technology. If it is news, we want to cover it regardless of
can't be everywhere at once, however, so we rely on your input - and
goodwill - to keep Agilitynet up to date so
your show news to us as and when...
Please remind your show
secretary to keep sending those updates to us and to include the name of the
show, date(s), venue and other relevant details.
KC Survey Reveals that
Majority of Competitors Want Events to Return ASAP
An online survey recently carried out by The Kennel Club has revealed that
60 per cent of competitors want events to return as soon as possible, it has
In the same vein, 55% of judges and 53
of event organisers would also like to see shows and trials resume as soon
as government regulations allow in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Looking further ahead, an even more optimistic figure of 97 per cent of
competitors said they would be happy to return to events within a year of
lockdown easing. Similarly, 96
of judges and 84
of event organisers would like to return to their hobby within the same
The survey was completed by a total of 8,036 people last month during the
UK-wide lockdown. It was designed to gauge the views of respondents in relation
to the prospect of the phased and safe return of licensed events.
In order to assess the views of the widest possible spectrum of those who
participate in such events, details of the survey were emailed to more than
13,000 Kennel Club competitors and other ‘stakeholders’ such as judges,
organisers of events, Young Kennel Club members, tradestand holders and
spectators. The survey was also publicised via the canine press as well as
across The Kennel Club’s social media channels from where it was shared widely.
While most respondents are keen to see a swift return to competing, the
survey revealed that 63 per cent of those who compete at dog shows are not
comfortable or sure about attending indoor events in the short-term period.
In other findings, 78
of respondents said that they want to be included on competitor/exhibitor
mailing lists overseen by The Kennel Club, while the majority want to see more
announcements from The Kennel Club in relation to forthcoming events. The
majority also want societies to publish their Covid-safe arrangements prior to
their show; they also want to see The Kennel Club give more support to clubs, it
was revealed, among other findings.
Kathryn Mansfield, Kennel Club Secretary, said, 'The Kennel Club is
delighted that more than 8,000 people took the time and effort to complete
our survey and we would like to thank everyone who took part. The
information supplied will prove very useful going forward as we navigate our
way out of the pandemic when we are able. As always, the health and safety
of all participants at Kennel Club licensed events must remain our main
Tony Allcock OBE, Kennel Club Chairman, added, '
fact that more than 8,000 dog owners completed our survey is a sure sign
that the passion that people feel for our hobby has not been diminished,
despite the many challenges we have all faced throughout the past year.
Please be assured that the various governance committees of The Kennel Club
as well as the staff all remain committed to assisting registered clubs and
societies in whatever way we can as we work towards the day when we can all
meet again in the company of our beloved dogs. Roll on, that day!'
To see the latest Kennel Club advice and
guidance regarding licensed events, including details of suspended/relaxed
regulations across all canine disciplines, please visit
Please direct all enquiries about breed show
other canine activities, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. Any queries
relating to show dates should be sent to
13th April 2021
KC Guidance on Restarting Shows and
Following the Government’s ‘roadmap’ announcements, The Kennel Club will
not be extending its previous recommendation to cancel future licensed events
but supports a safe and phased return to licensed events. New guidance for clubs
and societies which might be considering holding licensed shows and other events
as lockdown restrictions are eased across the UK has been issued.
In releasing this information, The Kennel Club is naturally mindful of the
large loss of life caused by the pandemic over the past year and acknowledges
that a certain proportion of people who normally attend Kennel Club events may
feel apprehensive about when they should return. As always, the health and
safety of all participants must remain a top priority.
Clubs and societies must of course follow Government and local restrictions
and guidance at all times, and that these can and will vary depending on the
Governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Societies should
also take into account where their exhibitors and other attendees may wish to
travel from, and note any difference in the government guidance for these areas.
The new guidance offers a step-by-step guide to pre-event planning,
focusing on an essential financial risk assessment which societies are strongly
advised to conduct so that an informed decision whether to go ahead with an
can be made. A sample financial risk assessment document is available on The
Kennel Club website at
(scroll down the page to the ‘financial planning’ tab). This document can be
used and adapted to suit each type of show or competition.
Those considering organising a licensed event this year and even next year
are strongly advised to prepare a financial risk assessment to determine whether
their society’s finances are strong enough to absorb a late show cancellation
should circumstances outside of the society’s control make it impossible for the
event to go ahead.
As part of this exercise, it is The Kennel Club’s view that it is essential
for societies to review their supplier contracts, including the venue contract
to clearly understand the lead-in times for payments for each of these. The
individual timelines can be added to the risk assessment to provide a clear
picture of when the decision to go ahead with an event needs to be taken and the
financial implications of a cancellation after this date.
The financial risk assessment will be a useful tool to help monitor
expenditure against budget during the whole event planning process.
The Kennel Club recommends that clubs and societies follow the following
steps when planning future events:-
Review all supplier contracts e.g. marquees, catering, toilets to
identify key dates when payments are required.
Add dates and payments to the financial risk assessment.
Review venue contract and contact venue to identify (a) when key
payments are due (b) identify venue’s additional requirements for Covid
security and show’s Covid risk assessment (c) identify any additional costs
as a result, and (d) confirm requirements for venue capacity and assess this
requirement for its effect on the event’s estimated income and expenditure.
Add dates and cost implications to the financial risk assessment.
Contact local authority (usually the Environmental Health Office which
manages compliance with local regulations). Establish what it expects to
receive and when to allow for its consideration as to whether the event can
go ahead. A standard letter about licensed events is available on The Kennel
Add any additional resulting expenditure to the Financial Risk
Kathryn Mansfield, Kennel Club Secretary, said, 'The Kennel Club
appreciates that many societies have been placed in very difficult
circumstances over the past year or so and most have taken the decision to
cancel events, sometimes more than once, due to the prevailing Government
restrictions and the course the pandemic has taken.
'Now that all Governments are working cautiously to the opening up of
society, The Kennel Club fully understands that some societies will
naturally want to start planning for future licensed events while
maintaining the health and safety of all attendees as a main priority.
'Societies are encouraged to make use of the financial risk assessment
and guidance available on The Kennel Club website to help them make an
informed decision about whether to proceed with plans for an event, and
should also look to publish their Covid security measures as soon as
possible, for the benefit of exhibitors, competitors and all other
participants who will then also be able to make a more informed decision
about their participation.”
Tony Allcock OBE, Kennel Club Chairman, added, 'The past year has been
the most turbulent one within living memory for the vast majority of people
who take part in licensed Kennel Club events. Among the greatest frustration
felt has no doubt been that of organisers who have sometimes faced the test
of postponing an event only to find out later that the new chosen date is
not viable either.
'This has resulted in having to book, re-book and cancel venues, as
well as dealing with all the extra paperwork involved in rescheduling
judging appointments and other arrangements. The Kennel Club definitely
sympathises with everyone having to process the increased workload created
by such a situation.
'I would urge event organisers to make good use of the guidance on The
Kennel Club website, which is updated whenever possible. The safe and phased
return to the hobby we all love is something we all look forward to more
than ever and I personally cannot wait to greet as many of you in person as
I can when that day finally arrives.”
Please direct all enquiries about breed show
For other canine activities, please contact
email@example.com. Any queries
relating to show dates should be sent to
13th April 2021
Agility Hope Challenge Extends Closing Date
Graham Taylor of
Country Shows Agility has contacted Agilitynet to say that the closing date for
entries for the Agility Hope Open Agility show on 2nd & 3rd May as been extended
to 14th April.
He speculated, '
been suggested that many have lost the habit of entering a show after so
long away or that either the handler or dog are not as match fit as they
might wish to be. Tell me about it.
connections don't realise that we have just two rings on a full-size
football pitch, walking the course 'normally' and with all the support
facilities including bacon rolls you have come to expect for a great day
'So for those
who might have missed it so far, we have extended the closing date to
Wednesday, 14th April so you now have over a month to get match fit to start
your Agility season.'
An Exciting Announcement from Agility Plaza
Mike Brickman, founder on Agility
Plaza, has been spending his time during lockdown developing an exciting new
product to move show technology.
It's nearly six years since we took our
first tentative steps to making agility competitions paperless with our e-gility
system. May 2015 at Agility Rocks was our first trial of scriming on tablets
and by the end of the year, we were running whole shows electronically. Back
then this was pioneering and it took some years for most shows to become
‘paperless' as other suppliers copied our original ideas.
Technology has moved on a lot since then
and both mobile devices and network technology have improved considerably.
So in the spirit of 'Building back better,' we have been working on a
totally new system for the post-Covid world.
E-gility Rapide is our brand new
paperless system. Gone are the e-reader tablets, Gone are the bulky control
boxes, Gone is the need to keep everything in cumbersome waterproof cases.
Instead we are switching to a new generation of handheld devices that are
totally waterproof and have their own mobile broadband capability.
And because our new devices hold the
show's entire database, there is no need to wait around while each page is
being downloaded. ‘e-gility Rapide' is just that – super fast with near
instantaneous page loading and responsiveness. This also means the system
can be used at sites with poor or intermittent mobile coverage (or even no
This weekend sees the system's
simultaneous launch at our three Easter shows. Although it is early days, we
already have innovative features such as our ‘eyes on' scriming that avoids
the Scrime needing to glance down to check that they have pressed the
correct button. Instead the device uses it's Alexa like capability to tell
the user which button was pressed. Full attention can be on the judge for
more accurate scoring.
Over the course of 2021, we will be
continuing to develop the system to take paperless shows to new levels with
lots of exciting features that were simply not possible with our old
Watch this space!
1st April 2021
New Agility Breed Announced
The Kennel Club has
announced a new addition to the Terrier Group, effective 1/4/21. The
Silver-Coated Pouch Terrier is known for his hardy constitution and
characteristically 'wobbly' but surprisingly efficient movement, capable of
tremendous reach and drive. The KC gives plenty of accolades to the new
breed, including its hardiness and minimal maintenance requirements. The
breed requires a bath only about once a year or whenever he becomes smelly.
Training for the
Pouchie can be a challenge as they tend to be quite stubborn.
1st April 2021
Crufts 2021 Cancelled
with deep regret that The Kennel Club has decided to cancel Crufts 2021, which
was due to take place from 15 – 18 July. This is owing to ongoing uncertainty
due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in consideration for the health and safety of
all its volunteers, judges, exhibitors, sponsors, trade stand holders, visitors
months, ongoing discussions have been taking place with the NEC and other
parties in trying to find a way forward in making it possible to run this year's
show in a Covid-secure way.
opening up of events in general, especially those that take place inside is
still unclear and The Kennel Club's priority must be the health and safety of
all those mentioned above. The Kennel Club also recognised that clarity was
required now to mitigate any commitments that all our potential participants may
past few weeks, The Kennel Club commissioned a survey asking for opinions from
those in the canine world on returning to events and although it has been very
reassuring to see that 60% would like to get back to their dog activities as
soon as it is safe to do so, it was noted that 63% did not feel comfortable or
were unsure about attending an inside event in the near future.
Mather, Crufts Chairman, said, 'We are very disappointed that we have had to
cancel Crufts for the first time since 1954, in what would have been its
130th anniversary year, and it is a decision we have not taken lightly.
have tried desperately hard to make this year's show happen, including the
decision we took last November to postpone the event to July. However, of
course this was before we were hit by the devastating second wave of the
this decision was taken, we were optimistic that the situation would be such
that the show could be held. However we appreciated that there was a
possibility that holding the show in the summer under certain restrictions
could also, in some respects, do the show a disservice. We were disappointed
that, even though we carried over the qualification from 2020, we would
still be limited on our entry numbers and wouldn't be able to welcome as
many dogs back as we would have liked.
would also be regrettable that there was a strong possibility that many of
the popular events and features of the show, such as obedience, the Good
Citizen Dog Scheme, Young Kennel Club ring and Discover Dogs, would not have
been able to be included under the restrictions which could be imposed.
Finally, in light of recent announcements and the emergence of a third wave
of coronavirus in Europe, it was looking extremely unlikely that both our
overseas judges and exhibitors would be able to attend.'
discussions will be taking place regarding the impact of the cancellation of
Crufts over the next couple of months, such as the qualification criteria for
Crufts 2022 for all disciplines, including the Young Kennel Club.
Kennel Club appreciates that judges from this year's show will be very
disappointed and the committee will be looking at the options to invite them to
judge at a future Crufts and will be making further announcements in due course.
Kennel Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the shows who were
willing to partner with Crufts due to the clash of dates when Crufts was moved
to July and also all the other shows and canine events that had been affected by
the date change. We would also like to thank the NEC, its sponsors and Channel
4, for the understanding that everyone has shown. It is very much appreciated.
Meanwhile, The Kennel Club will continue to provide any assistance it can with
shows and events this year and to try and ensure canine activities get up and
running in the safest possible way. We look forward to welcoming everyone back
to Crufts next year in its full glory from 10 - 13 March 2022.
Crufts updates will be posted at
26th March 2021
New Bounce & Squeak Shows Anounced
The first ever UKA Bounce & Squeak Show will be held on 28th and 29th
August 2021 in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, with camping
available! It will feature Agility, Jumping, Steeplechase and even some
special just for fun classes! All heights will be catered.
Squeak UKA shows are the result of Georgia Hatton and Holly Jervis, who
currently run the Toy Breed Agility League, deciding to fill the gap left by
multiple show cancellations this year.
Holly said, 'Both owning toy dogs ourselves, we welcomed the introduction of
a new jump height and select heights at UKA and thought it a brilliant
reason to organise a show! Providing all goes well, this will not be the
last show and we will be looking to hold more weekends in 2022 and beyond.
So make sure you join us for a fun filled weekend with your four-legged best
schedule will be published soon as soon as all the judges have been confirmed.
23rd March 2021
The Agility Club Leagues...
nationwide club with over 900 members, The Agility Club Committee has decided
that to start the Leagues before at least the 1st May 2021 would be unfair.
Nicola Ayres said,
'We do know there are KC shows but these are not nationwide and, as a club,
we have to consider our whole membership. We are will review the situation
again before the above date and keep our members updated.
16th March 2021
UKA Covid Statement
closely monitoring the COVID 19 pandemic and how it will affect any UKA
scheduled events. We want to do our part to help ensure that risks to our
competitors and the population as a whole are minimised as much as possible. At
this point in time, most events are still going ahead as planned. However, we
recognise that this is a constantly evolving situation and would ask you to keep
an eye on our Facebook page or Show pages for any updates. Updates will appear
on the UK Agility page but we will be unable to respond to individual messages
on each show from competitors. Any changes to shows will appear on our FB Page
as well as on the UK Agility Show diary.
We are working with our Show Managers to
ensure increased measures are taken at their events, in accordance with
recommended Government guidelines. Please be patient with the Show Managers as
they look for accurate information for their area, as well as discuss financial
and scheduling options with venues and suppliers.
Show Manager is responsible for their own event and the decision to continue,
postpone or cancel and we will fully support their decisions provided they are
in line with the recommended Government & Local Authority's information &
measures for their area.
competitors, we would like to remind you that you are responsible for your own
personal safety and need to make personal choices at this time about whether you
wish to attend events or not and the precautions you take if you do.
World Health Organization and Public Health England are good resources for
factual and up to date information.
Greg Derrett said, 'We sincerely hope this crisis resolves quickly, so we can
all continue to enjoy competing with our dogs.'
13th March 2021
The CSJ Agility Open Changes
The CSJ Open at
Addington Manor Equestrian Centre on 17-20 June is changing to five heights.
250mm for dogs 320mm & under
300mm for dogs 380mm & under
400mm for dogs 440mm & under
500mm for dogs 500mm & under
600mm for dogs Over 500mm
11th March 2021
UKA Heat & Finals
Agility has confirmed that the following heats and finals will be run in 2021.
South West Agility Goods Beginners Steeplechase
CSJ Grand Prix
Canine Conditioning Academy Masters Series
Dogeria Performance Challenge
Clear Qs Games Challenge
qualification for the Final of th Junior Masters, sponsored by Agility for
Juniors, will be through Junior League table.
COVID implications they have decided not to run the Agility World Team
Tournament, DOG StreamZ Splits Pairs or Norton Circular KO in 2021
details of the heats can be found
Derrett said, 'We would like to that our sponsors for their continued
1st March 2021
Frittenden Plans for Three Open Shows in 2021
Frittenden Dog Agility
ran their very first Open KC show last October and, despite Covid and
the dreadful weather, it was such a great success that they have
optimistically planned three more shows for 2021 including a 10 day
10 - 11 July
All three shows will be held at
the aptly named Dig Dog Lane, Frittenden (Kent.)
Jan Linch said, 'Frittenden
is based in the southern part of Kent but very close to the border of Sussex
and Surrey. These days there are very few shows in Kent, especially where we
live, and run the shows. We went for a 10 day show in August because we
think there is a demand from people in the three counties area - and even
further a field - for a longer summer show.'
A Listed Status Club located in
the Cranbrook area, Frittenden was founded by Jan and Ian Linch in 2012.
It is hoped that the schedules
will be out soon.
27th February 2021
UK Agility Shows from
April 1st 2021
Agility is still planning to run shows in April as per the UK Agility Show
April and May dates will be shows that run under strict COVID compliant rules,
with all procedures and paperwork approved by the relevant local councils. Heats
for the 2021 Grand Finals will happen from 1st April, and these details will be
published on approval of the April events.
Currently there is a large amount of paperwork submitted for approval with the
local councils. In addition to the normal risk assessment documents for a
pre-Covid event, this includes:
Council Safety Advisory Group (SAG) for the Cheltenham events have been in
possession of this paperwork for 14 days and initial approval has been given
both prior to and subject to the new road map. At the time of writing, local
councils are still waiting for Government to supply exact guidance to go with
the published road map, so are unable to confirm the events can run just yet. We
are hoping for confirmation within the next few days.
FB Greg Derrett said, 'We are extremely confident that we will gain
permission and will announce full details of the shows, Grand Finals heats
diary and 2021 heat rules as soon as our procedures are approved. Please
bear with us as we wait for this council approval and rest assured we will
announce as soon as we have definitive plans. In the meantime, to give you
some idea of what the procedures and risk assessments we will implement will
mean for you, here is a very brief outline.'
Maximum numbers of dogs per day is 192 at Easter, GT & Lydiard. At K9 Brats
show, the maximum number of dogs is 48. All levels and all heights will be
catered for with four runs per dog.
Competitors will be assigned to a two hour window where they will be in
groups of six dogs (Maximum of six people.)
Competitors will rotate around the four rings, walking all four courses upon
arrival and then running the four courses. K9 Brats will be two rings.
may enter multiple dogs, although due to the time frame you will want to
consider this carefully as all your dogs will be in the same group of 6.
Competitors will be temperature tested on arrival before they exit their
vehicles and must sign a COVID declaration form.
competitors and event staff will be allowed on site.
whole site, walkways to and from car park and around the competition rings
will have one way systems in place.
Groups will be assigned their own portaloo which will be thoroughly cleaned
between each group.
masks must be worn at all times on site, except when you are actually
running your dog.
Social distancing must be adhered to at all times and within your group of
There will not be camping at any events before 12th April. Events after this
date might be able to offer camping subject to local Council approval.
continued, We do appreciate that other events might already have been
announced, including training days, that perhaps do not have full Council
approval and are not following such strict procedures. We however, feel that
as an organisation we should be only running events responsibly, under the
Government guidance and ensuring that we will not be shut down during the
event for not gaining approval prior to running.
'These shows will be different, but we do hope it will allow competitors to
start competing again and if the road map goes to plan then perhaps by late
summer we will see shows similar to what we are used to.'
follow this page to ensure you see further updates and show entry opening dates.
192 dogs a day might fill very fast. 48 could fill even quicker!
28th February 2021
Cancellation of Licensed Events Extended to At Least 29 March 2021
Following the Government
announcement on Monday 22 February detailing the step-by-step roadmap plan to
ease restrictions it is with regret that we recommend the cancellation of
licensed events until at least 29 March 2021. Therefore, those societies whose
events have been cancelled should contact The Kennel Club to confirm the
cancellation and to let us know whether the licence fee is to be refunded or
deferred to a future show/trial.
A form for this purpose can be
found at thekennelclub.org.uk/cancellationofshows and
club secretaries also have the facility to cancel their event via the dashboard
of their club profile on The Kennel Club website, when they are logged into
their account. This position will be reviewed again in line with Government
guidance at the end of March.
To read the latest Kennel Club
advice in relation to the resumption of licensed events, please visit thekennelclub.org.uk/resumptionofevents
The Kennel Club AGM Goes Online
The Kennel Club's Annual General
Meeting (AGM) will take place on Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at 11am, it has been
The meeting will be held using
Zoom Video Webinar, which will allow The Kennel Club members to attend the event
as it happens, and raise comments and questions using both the chat function and
verbally, it is anticipated.
Although the ‘'roadmap' for
easing Covid restrictions in England may allow for some indoor events to take
place from 17 May, The Kennel Club Board felt that with the uncertainty over
this date and the potential requirement for limited capacity, combined with
punitive liabilities for venue costs should a cancellation or postponement be
required at short notice, an interactive online meeting was the preferred
There is also no guarantee that
The Kennel Club staff required to facilitate a physical meeting in June would
have received their vaccinations by this point, with the target for all adults
set to be by the end of July, and thus would not be forced to travel to attend
such a meeting if they were not comfortable doing so.
Under its Articles of
Association, The Kennel Club AGM must take place by the end of June 2021 and
thus there is not the option to delay the meeting until later in the year when
it may be possible to hold it in person. However, The Kennel Club is committed
to holding a physical Special General Meeting later in the year, presuming the
conditions allow for this.
The Kennel Club members have
been invited to submit items for consideration for the agenda and nominations
for new candidates for The Kennel Club Board in advance of the meeting as usual.
All voting will take place in
advance of the meeting, as in 2020, and will be managed by The Kennel Club's
independent scrutineers, Mi-Voice. There will be no voting on the day.
Members are also invited to
submit questions in advance of the meeting and have been advised that questions
received in advance will be given priority on the day. Members will be able to
ask questions during the meeting itself and these will be answered live where
possible. Any questions which it is not possible to answer on the day will be
collated and circulated to the members in a report after the AGM.
Kathryn Mansfield, The
Kennel Club Secretary, said, 'We understand that some members may be
disappointed that the Board has opted not to hold a physical meeting in
June, given that this may prove to be a possibility by that stage, but we
hope that they understand that the welfare of both the members and The
Kennel Club staff must take priority until such time as the vaccination
programme has been fully rolled out.
Board has taken a practical approach to a difficult situation and followed
the example of several other members of the Association of London Clubs in
reaching this decision. It was deemed undesirable to potentially create
disappointment by opting for a physical meeting only to be required to
cancel or rearrange this, or limit the number of members who may attend. It
is hoped that by holding the meeting online, some members who are unable to
travel to London, or would feel uncomfortable in travelling, might be able
hope that members without the necessary technology to partake in the meeting
will not feel disenfranchised as they will have the opportunity to vote on
all items on the agenda, and it
should hopefully be
permissible for them to meet indoors with other members with the necessary
technology to view the meeting by this date.
very much look forward to a productive and interactive meeting in June, with
the sincere hope and expectation that members will be able to gather
together later in the year for the SGM.'
Details of the precise format of
the meeting and how members may join the AGM will be sent with their AGM pack in
Cancellation of Licensed KC Events until End of February 2021
It is with regret that due to
the recently introduced UK-wide lockdown we recommend the cancellation of
licensed events until at least 28 February 2021. Societies should refer to the
conditions stipulated by the government in their area. Therefore, those
societies whose events have been cancelled should contact The Kennel Club to
confirm the cancellation and to let us know whether the licence fee is to be
refunded or deferred to a future show/trial.
A form for this purpose can be
found at at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/forms/cancellation-of-shows
and Club Secretaries also have the facility to cancel
their event via the dashboard of their club profile on the Kennel Club website.
This position will be reviewed again in line with Government guidance at the
start of March.
IFCS 2021 Decision
The IFCS Council has considered
the Covid 19 situation around the world and travel restrictions many countries
have in force and on balance with regards to safety and the best interest of
team members, officials and spectators, the council believes the best option in
these uncertain times is to cancel for this year and look forward to Spring
IFCS will announce, as soon as
possible, the new dates and location for WAC2022.
WAO Introduce 5th Jump Height
With the benefit of 10 years of
data, the WAO is taking a progressive approach to the height categories. In
2022, they will be moving to five jump heights.
250mm for dogs 320mm & under
300mm for dogs 380mm & under
400mm for dogs 440mm & under
500mm for dogs 500mm & under
600mm for dogs Over 500mm
Becky Dixon said, 'Our goal
is to be able to welcome and encourage all sizes of 'world class dogs' to
compete. With previous height cut offs, we felt there was still an issue for
the smaller breeds in regard to the jump height that they were required to
negotiate in order to be competitive against other dogs in their category.
The vast majority of dogs that
have competed at WAO over the past decade are in a height range from 260mm to
560mm. By moving to five jump heights, the distribution will be far more
balanced, allowing all dogs to compete against those of a comparable size.
Five height categories achieves
an equal split of approximately 60mm in each jump height. This 60mm height range
is going to offer a more level playing field, compared to the previous jump
heights which had a 100mm - 120mm difference in each category.
There are the exceptions at each
end of this range that do currently compete successfully, but WAO believes a
230mm dog (e.g. a small Papillion) can now safely and competitively jump 250mm,
and a dog over 560 (e.g. a large Malinois) will still be competitive over 600.
We all know a dog measuring 500 can win against its much larger competitors.
Becky explained, 'When
considering the lowest jump height, we wanted to ensure that all equipment
could continue to be used (breakaway tyre, wall, spread and long jump) as
they are an important element of top level championship tests. With a 250mm
jump height ,we achieve this and still enable a 200mm dog to compete for
their country, without being expected to jump more than 125% its height.'
'Countries will be able to
enter three dogs per height per individual event. We have announced this now
so that selection details for each country can be considered for 2022.'
Full details on how this will
affect the Team event, as well as the 2022 rule book, will be published shortly
after the October 2021 WAO.
Jersey Agility Festival Update
Following on from their previous announcement, Andre Rees of Jersey Agility
Festivals has announced that they are going to have to postpone the Jersey
European Agility Festival, originally scheduled for 24th April to 2nd May 2021.
They have now agreed new dates with the judges and the JAAC.
have also decided to split the event into three separate weekends due to the
anticipated restrictions on event numbers that the Government of Jersey will
probably impose based on last year's event restrictions.'
Andre said, '
dates are as follows:-
Jersey Mini Agility Festival - Saturday, 1st & Sunday, 2nd
This event is aimed at Jersey competitors as it is expected travel
restrictions will probably still be in place
Jersey Summer Agility Festival - Friday, 9th to Sunday 11th
Jersey Autumn Agility Festival - Thursday, 16th to Sunday,
19th September 2021
There will also be training workshops before the show on Tuesday 14th &
Wednesday 15th September 2021 with Barrie James
Anyone wishing to attend the July event can now change their boat
booking as the sailing timetables are available for July. Anyone wishing to
attend the September event will have to wait as Condor Ferries have not issued
the sailing timetable for September yet. If you booked with Premier Holidays /
Channel Islands Direct they can issue you vouchers for your current booking for
September which can then be used to book sailings when available.
Accommodation / Camping bookings
If you already have a accommodation or camping booking with the
Jersey Accommodation & Activity Centre please email them on info@jerseyhostel .co.uk
to change your booking (please can you also copy in firstname.lastname@example.org). If
you have booked accommodation elsewhere please either contact your tour operator
or hotel directly to change.
Dog Vegas Show Decision
Hazel Higgins made this announcement
on the Agility Show Organisers FB page.
It is with great regret and
after lots of consideration - even though others are still running shows -
that I have decided to wait till at least August before trying to run any DV
shows. I feel it is the responsible thing to do in these current times and I
feel it is the right thing to do long term for the Dog Vegas team as well as
the country, even though I am committing myself to no income again for a
I am sure you will understand
the reasoning behind my decision.
I really hope that we can get
back to some normality before then but unfortunately, I think it is highly
I will continue to keep an eye
on the world and put updates out as and when I can.
Please keep yourselves safe and
stay in touch.
2021 FMBB Cancelled but reschedules for Greece in 2022
The Fédération Mondiale du Berger Belge (FMBB)
Wold Championships meant to take place in Greece this year has been moved on to
the same venue/timeframe in 2022. The new dates are 4th - 8th May 2022.
Team Manager Tony Parmiter explained,
'Obviously it was a difficult decision for the FMBB and organisers but, with
France delayed and then cancelled in 2020, this was probably inevitable with
so many other International Events being postponed or cancelled for 2021 due
to the ongoing Pandemic.'
Agility Rocks Organisers Step Down
With much sadness Sue Wood and Morag Harris have
decided to stand down from running Agility Rocks shows. Morag's business has
taken a huge hit this last year due to the Covid restrictions and, therefore,
she has to put all her time and effort into the business.
They are both hoping that someone, especially
from the South West, will take over running Agility Rocks shows. They have quite
a few supplies that they would be happy to negotiate a good deal on.
'We would like to thank Greg and UKA
umbrella for all the help throughout the years we have run the shows. We can
not express our gratitude enough to everyone that has helped and supported
Agility Rocks over the years. We have had tremendous fun and made lots of
lovely friends and memories.'
In a statement from UKA, Greg Derrett said,
'On behalf of everyone we would like to express a huge thank you to Morag
and Sue for all their work over the past years creating Agility Rocks and
instilling the fun into these shows. So now to the future. As Morag has
said, once we move past COVID, we are keen for someone - an individual, a
club or a group of people - to step forward and take on these dates in the
If you have any initial questions or want more
information on this, please get in touch by emailing
to Agility H Regs
The Kennel Club has approved the following changes to the regulations for
agility, all effective 1st January 2021.
The below regulation has been amended to clear up what is required when applying
for approval to judge at Championship level.
Amendment to Regulation H18.b
b. On application for a
person's first appointment to judge the Championship Agility Class the minimum
conditions which apply are:
On application a A person must:- (Insertions in
bold. Deletions struck through)
The below regulation has been amended in the
interest of clarity and consistency with other regulations, and to clarify that
pillars must be used.
Amendment to Regulation H(1)(B)3.b
Wall – The height
of the wall must be 600mm for Large Dogs, 500mm for Intermediate Dogs, 400mm for
Medium Dogs and 300mm for Small Dogs. Width: 1.2m minimum. All central units
must be easily displaced by the dog and not interlocking with the pillars.
must be a minimum height
of 900mm must be used. (Insertions in bold. Deletions struck
The below regulation has been amended to minimise variations in the See-Saw by
providing a set specification for dimensions with no range of values, subject to
Amendment to Regulation
This obstacle will consist of a plank firmly
mounted on a central bracket. The length of the plank must be 3.66m. The
should be 254mm must be 295mm minimum
and 305mm maximum. The height measured from the ground to
the top of the plank at the central bracket should be 610mm minimum and
685mm maximum must be 610mm. The maximum
distance from the pivot point to the top of the plank should not be more
than 100mm. The last 914mm from each end should be a different
colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. The
plank should have a non-slip surface with no slats. The See-Saw must start
to tip and then touch the ground between 2–3 seconds after a weight of 1
kilogram has been placed in the middle of the down contact area. (Deletions
struck through. Insertions in bold.)
The below regulation has been amended due to
changes to the measurement process for Team GB dogs
Amendment to Regulation H(1)(B)4(13)
All small and
medium dogs who are invited on to the Team GB Squad will be subject to an
additional measurement. (Deletion
struck through) (Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered)
Please direct all enquiries to
Discover Dogs Returns to London in 2021
Discover Dogs is set to return to the ExCeL London on 20 - 21 November 2021 to
celebrate its 25th anniversary. The event, which was first held in 1996, didn't
take place this year due to Covid-19, but it is hoped by the end of next year
the event will be able to celebrate its silver anniversary in style.
Plans are still being worked on for how the
event will look, but following the puppy boom that has taken place in 2020 it is
hoped that the event will allow The Kennel Club to offer thousands of dog lovers
the unique opportunity to meet and greet around 200 different pedigree breeds.
It will also provide the opportunity to educate prospective dog owners on how to
choose the right breed for them.
It is anticipated that other old favourites will also return to the show such as
agility, training displays, the Young Kennel Club ring and the many different
canine competitions including the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Pre Beginner Stakes
Southern semi-finals, and possibly the Junior Warrant semi-finals that usually
take place at the event.
Discover Dogs provides something for everyone, from those involved within the
canine world to those on their first step into the journey of owning a dog and,
with trade stands selling anything and everything for dogs, it provides the
perfect place for some serious shopping!
Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at The Kennel Club, said,
'Discover Dogs is a fun event for any dog lover, and celebrates our unique
relationship with dogs in addition to educating people about the importance
of choosing the right breed for their lifestyle and making sure they buy a
puppy responsibly. The event provides the opportunities for prospective dog
owners to meet breeders and to learn how to care, train and live with
different breeds and help make responsible choices when buying a puppy or
getting a dog.
the show isn't just for prospective dog owners – we welcome dog lovers of
all ages to come along and find out about the work of The Kennel Club, such
as The Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations who do fantastic work for dogs
who aren't as fortunate as others. Thousands of dogs come into breed rescue
every year, either because their owners cannot cope and didn't appreciate
the commitment that dog ownership brings, or because they were mistreated.
Unfortunately, despite there being more information out there than ever
before, this year has demonstrated that people still continue to buy dogs on
a whim. The show aims to give visitors the best advice, whether that's
buying a puppy or rehoming a rescue dog, so that the most informed decision
can be made for both the dog and its owner.'
Crufts to Go Ahead Next Summer
The Kennel Club has announced today
that Crufts 2021 will take place next year on the new dates of 15 -18 July at
the NEC Birmingham.
Crufts, which will be celebrating
its 130th anniversary in 2021, was due to take place on 11-14 March 2021, but
with much of the UK in a second lockdown and events and exhibitions still not
being able to be held, it was looking very unlikely that Crufts in March was a
discussions over the last few months on how it would be possible to hold Crufts
next year, it has been agreed to move the show to July when hopefully it is more
viable that the show
can take place and that the situation with Covid-19 allows for it to happen.
Changes to the show will be implemented to ensure more space is available for
our exhibitors and visitors.
Said Vanessa McAlpine, Show
Manager, 'We are absolutely delighted to be able to look forward to a
special summer Crufts Dog Show taking place next year and are thankful to
the NEC for being flexible in finding us an alternative date and of course
all our sponsors, judges, exhibitors and trade stands for their continued
support. The Kennel Club will be working with the dog clubs and societies
who already have shows planned for these dates to offer them assistance and
other options for their events.
There is optimism in the events
industry as to the likelihood of summer events taking place with the new
Crufts dates falling in a fortnight when hopefully some of our great British
summer sporting events will also be returning. We know there are going to be
many challenges and will need to remain adaptable to how the show will look
as our priority is to not only the dogs, but our exhibitors and visitors
whose welfare will always be at the forefront. We will continue to review
the situation over the coming months and will adapt our plans as
appropriate, however we are very excited to be able to plan for ‘Crufts in
the summer' to celebrate our wonderful dogs and to give our dog loving
community something to look forward to next year.'
The Kennel Club hopes to be able to provide further information on how the show
will look, including qualifications soon and will keep its website updated as it
It is hoped that Crufts 2022 will take place as normal on 10 - 13 March 2022.
Cancellation of Licensed Events until at Least 2nd December 2020
It is with regret that, due to the recently
introduced Government restrictions in England, the Kennel Club recommends the
cancellation of licensed events until at least 2nd December 2020. Societies with
events in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should refer to the conditions
stipulated by their Governments.
Therefore, those societies whose events have been
cancelled should contact The Kennel Club to confirm the cancellation and to let
us know whether the licence fee is to be refunded or deferred to a future
show/trial. A form for this purpose can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/forms/cancellation-of-shows and
Club Secretaries also have the facility to cancel their event via the dashboard
of their club profile on the Kennel Club website. This position will be reviewed
again in line with Government guidance at the start of December.
Pure Agility Covid Statement
We must inform all who attended our show on 17th
October - not 18th October - that one person who attended the show has
reportedly tested positive for Covid 19. The other four people who attended the
same cohort group as this person have been informed.
After speaking with a Covid officer, we have been
informed that those in the same cohort group do not have to self isolate,
providing 2m social distancing has been maintained through out.
We have been messaged numerous times to ask who
the person was. This goes against data protection and we will not divulge such
21st October 2020
Kennel Club Announcement
Regarding Crufts 2021
In light of recent government announcements, The Kennel Club
has been discussing the holding of Crufts 2021 which is set to take place from
11th - 14th March at the NEC Birmingham.
The Kennel Club Board would like to reassure competitors,
exhibitors and everyone involved in the dog world that it remains actively
committed to holding the show next year. In particular, the Crufts team have
been looking at different options for how Crufts 2021 might look. However, the
most important aspect will be the safety of all those who attend and any
possible negative impact that holding the event may have.
Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager,
commented, 'The Crufts Committee and events team have been liaising with the
NEC and others to discuss how to make it possible to hold Crufts safely next
year, ensuring that there is minimal risk of the transmission of Covid-19
and assuming indoor events will be able to take place.
'It is inevitable that Crufts won't be quite the same as
usual due to the pandemic and that the requirement to follow current
government guidelines will have an impact on hall capacities and other
logistical issues. As such, it will be necessary to make some alterations to
the show to enable it to take place, as with any large event in this current
climate. We hope to provide more information on this when we can. However
within this continually changing climate, further details including the
qualification, may not be released until later this year and we ask for your
patience in these unprecedented times.'
For up to date information on Crufts, please go to
www.crufts.org.uk. The Kennel Club will
endeavour to make announcements as soon as it can to any changes to the show.
29th September 2020
A Message for Those Planning or Attending Forthcoming Measuring Sessions
The Kennel Club on-line shop is currently closed for
maintenance. It is hoped to have it available again from 30th September.
If you have any queries please
email. Please note it is not
possible to manually process your orders during this time, so please check back
after 30th September.
Anyone that is currently waiting for Agility Record Books that
have previously been ordered, they are currently being reprinted and it is hoped
they will be available by the end of the week.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
The Organising Committee of
Olympia, The London International Horse Show announced today that with great
regret it has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Show.
Olympia 2020 Cancelled
Over the last few months, the Olympia organising team has been
looking at multiple scenarios to try to stage the indoor Show with the health
and welfare of everyone involved at the heart of that decision-making process.
Reluctantly, it has been concluded that it is not possible to run the event in
December 2020 given the commercial implications of the government social
distancing guidelines and the numerous additional Covid-19 safety requirements.
Unfortunately, this means that the Olympia feature events,
including the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™, the Olympia Grand Prix, the
Puissance, the FEI Dressage World Cup™ and the FEI Driving World Cup™ qualifiers
will not be held in 2020, along with the international displays and all of the
traditional Olympia festive entertainment.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: 'My father,
together with Clarion Events, started the Olympia Horse Show in 1972 and it
has run every year since, meaning that this year would have been our 49th
show. My brothers and I have attended every Show and therefore I completely
empathise with the sadness felt by our visitors, who will not be cheering,
laughing, and clapping in the Grand Hall this year. I also understand the
disappointment felt by our competitors, officials, sponsors and particularly
our trade stand exhibitors, who would have been particularly looking forward
to the Christmas boost that Olympia gives them.
'Olympia holds a
special place in the equestrian world's hearts. Generations of families have
held their Christmas parties at the Show and many will not be able to
imagine a Christmas without a visit to Olympia. However, we are looking
forward to being back in 2021, with a bumper Show to celebrate our 50th
'I am extremely
grateful for the supportive messages we have received from the equestrian
community over the summer and am only sorry that we are unable to be with
them at Olympia this Christmas.'
The 2021 edition of Olympia, The London International Horse
Show will return from Wednesday 15 – Monday 20 December.
14th September 2020
Agility Plaza Data Modelling Explained
One problem show organisers face is deciding on the best
configuration of classes and the best way to mix grades for each height. This is
especially difficult for Covid compliant shows where numbers need to be
restricted and now that the KC allows allows progression classes to be capped to
50 dogs there are extra challenges. Make your caps too high and you may end up
with more dogs than you can cope with. Make them too low and you might have too
few dogs and lots of disappointed handlers. Worse, you might cap out of popular
classes on day 1 yet still have less dogs than you would like with lots of space
in other less popular classes.
Agility Plaza is using data modelling to advise show organisers
the best way to resolve these challenges. This is informed by their huge
database of show entry patterns.
Mike Brickman said, 'The exact details are complicated and
technical, but I thought that people here would be interested in the basic
breakdown of grades and heights so here goes.
Grades divide as follows:-
- G1: 10.22%
- G2: 10.60%
- G3: 21.91%
- G4: 14.73%
- G5: 16.90%
- G6: 12.38%
- G7: 13.27%
With the 2019 rule changes for new dog with experienced
handlers, I expect there to be an increase in the G2 percentage and a
corresponding decline in G3 over the next year or two.
The breakdown by height is:
- Large: 35.11%
- Intermediate: 25.10%
- Medium: 21.69%
- Small: 18.10%
For detailed show
planning Agility Plaza also takes account of the detailed grade/height ratios.
For example, a greater proportion of dogs are G7 in Small than Large.'
If you are a show organiser and would like help to plan your
show, then please get in touch with
Agility Plaza . They can also advise you on Covid measures as they have done
14 show to date and more in the pipeline.