Agilitynet 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 affiliation. We can't be everywhere at once, however, so we rely on your input - and goodwill - to keep Agilitynet up to date so please email 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.
In theory, at least, the April and May GT Agility shows have not been cancelled officially as the venue, Newbury Showground, is not answering questions about returning the £4000 hire fee.
Practically, however, all entries have been cancelled and money returned to UKA wallets or cheques destroyed. Entries are closed and no late entries will be taken!
The 2020 UKA Grand Finals will now take place on 10th - 11th October 2020 at Addington Equestrian Centre (same venue).
The Kennel Club is recruiting for an Agility Team GB Manager. If you are interested in finding out more about the role please see https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/…/international-agility-t…/
The closing deadline for applications is Friday, 17th April. If you have any questions regarding the role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries for the CSJ Agility Open are not due to close until 22nd May.
Crystal Vision Agility Cancels Qualifiers
Crystal Vision Awards has come to the decision, due to lack of qualifiers this year, to cancel the Crystal Vision Agility Final scheduled for August. All points gained in qualifiers going ahead this year will be carried forward to the 2021 Final.
Hope to see you all soon. Stay safe.
The Kennel Club, having consulted with the FCI Agility Committee, has with regret decided to cancel the European Open Agility Championships due to be held at Rutland Showground on 31st July - 2nd August 2020.
This decision has been made due to the continued spread of COVID -19 and the risk to the health of everyone concerned. We have taken account of the fact that in some countries national qualification processes may not be completed over the summer and whether, realistically, individual teams would be prepared to commit to travelling even after the virus has peaked. There remains uncertainty about whether and when national governments’ policies restricting international travel will be lifted.
It was hoped that we may have been able to postpone the event until late September or October 2020 but this is not considered practical for many reasons. This has been a very difficult discussion; however, in announcing a decision now we hope it may provide some certainty to our Agility friends in these uncertain times. We hope you and your families all remain safe and well and we look forward to seeing you again under happier circumstances. At the present time the Kennel Club's 'International Agility Festival' is going ahead as scheduled with the situation being reviewed in line with Government advice on an ongoing basis.
TAG Asks for Patience
Can I ask people to just bare with us. Within two minutes of putting the postponement post up the processor was inundated with refund requests.
I put the post up as soon as a final decision was made so that everyone knew ASAP, maybe I should have waited until we had looked into what would happen and the implications of postponement or cancellation.
Just give me and Paul at First Place Processing a day or two please. This is something no one has ever experienced things are changing every hour and every day, this is a scary time for all but I know the agility group is a great family. Let’s support each other, let’s be patient, let’s help each other be there for each other over these next few months. Keep in touch with each other.
Lisa and I want to wish everyone a safe few months and stay well.
TAG will be back in the summer, and we will make it a fun party weekend to celebrate coming through the other side.
Please do not contact Showtime regarding PAL refunds. They have enough to do. Anyone who entered and paid through Showtime online do NOT have to do anything as refunds will be allocated back to your account once everything is sorted out.
If you have paid by cheque you MUST NOT cancel this as it will have major implications on everyone else’s refunds plus you will be reported to the Kennel Club (they will be banked today, any returned cheque unpaid will incur a £10 charge)
Gary Alderslade said, 'We will endeavour to give back as much as possible as we can, but there has already been some major expenditure with the show being a week long and not just your normal weekend show. We have a lot of work ahead of us to sort this out so please bear with us. Thanks again for your continued support and stay safe everyone.'
A Message from Dartford & Upanova Tigers
It is with much regret, following the government’s guidelines and the Kennel Clubs recommendations, Louise Bray said, 'We feel we have no option but to cancel Dartford and Upanovatigers Agility Shows on 6th and 7th June 2020.
We are so disappointed not only for our competitors, judges, helpers and club members but also for all the associated businesses that we use and to our sponsors who generously support our show and put on qualifiers for us all to enjoy.
Fortunately our schedule was not released which has made things a little easier for us. If circumstance change and the government allow it we may try to schedule something for later in the year.
We would like to thank everyone for your support and understanding.
Watch This Space for News of the Wraxall Show
Severnside DAC and Clifton AC will continue to monitor the current situation regarding COVID-19 and will follow any Kennel Club advice given as the situation develops. Everything will be under constant review and they issue updates and a decision regarding Wraxall Show on 27th-28th June when necessary.
The safety and security of competitors, spectators, and volunteers is our priority. In the meantime, Severnside DAC and Clifton AC hope that you and your family and friends stay well.
In view of the Kennel Club announcement on shows, The Agility Club will also be suspending the leagues to coincide with their guidelines.
Thank you for being members and understanding at this time. Keep smiling, Keep Fit. Pat your doggos
First Place Processing (FPP) will be refunding all competitors for each show that has been cancelled. You do not need to email us to request a refund. If you have already done so, please don't worry and please DO NOT email us to ask if we received your email.
Refunds for shows that have cancelled after closing will be made to everyone who entered once unrecoverable costs have been calculated.
If a cancelled show has not reached its closing date, you can help us by logging into your account and cancelling it which will trigger a refund request.
Refunds will be paid back to the card you used to enter the relevant show. If the card used expires before April 30th please email us (separate email for each show concerned) to let us know clearly stating your FULL name and the show it refers to and we will let you know what to do.
Please understand that the usual promise to honour refunds within 3-5 working days will not be possible at this time and bear with us as we will have to deal with well over 5000 refunds but we will aim to get through as many as we can by the end of April.
Finally, the First Place Processing website will clearly indicate which shows have confirmed they are cancelling. Whilst we believe those that haven't cancelled yet will follow suit, please do not contact us to speculate at this time as we will not have time to engage with such queries.
With all the disruption from cancelled shows, Agility Plaza makes the following pledges:-
19 March... Some good news - We have been told by the Kennel Club that shows do not have to wait for their formal approval before paying refunds. This should speed things up.
Shrewsbury May Show Called Off
Following Public Health England and Kennel Club guidelines the committee has now decided to cancel the show. We thank you all for your patience and understanding in this matter.
We greatly appreciate everyone who continues to support our show and as a gesture of good will we are going to give everyone a full refund which will come directly from ASO our show processors. You will not need to request a refund as this will be done automatically for everyone
Scottish Border Collie Club Refunds
The committee of the club have decided to fully refund the agility competitors who entered our agility show. This will be done through Showtime our processors. Can we ask you to be patient at this difficult time. The cheques from competitors have not been banked and will be shredded.
To all the people who don't want a refund, please accept our apologies but it's easier to refund you at this time. We thank you for the offer.
We wish you all the best for the times ahead and hope we see you all next year,
June Richardson said, 'I appreciate this FB group being set up, and it provides a platform for people to discuss the show situation and is very valuable for that, but to find just the show information easily then please use the iSS Hub. All the information as it comes in is set against the actual show in the Diary so is easy to find by just clicking on the show.'
Show Organisers - please post your notices to The Hub to keep us all informed. Thank you.
K9 Brats Cancelled
Due to the announcement today by the UK Government, the uncertainty of the period between now and the show, K9 Brats being an indoor show and no costs being incurred from the venue on a cancellation, the decision has been made to cancel. As entries were due to close 16th March this also means no one will be charged and money should remain in your wallets. If you have already paid for the show this will be refunded into your wallets. As this was the first ever show on the new system please give us until next Monday to resolve this on your UKA accounts before making contact.
Currently all other shows are still continuing and we will announce any changes if this happens, as more information regarding venues and Government updates are announced. As before we are unable to answer any questions on individual shows on this post.
17th March 2020 - 4:38 PM
The safety and security of competitors, spectators, volunteers and staff at Kennel Club events is of paramount importance. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kennel Club has taken the decision with regret to recommend strongly that Clubs and Societies cancel forthcoming events over the next three months, i.e. until the end of June.
This is based on advice issued by the Government yesterday, March 16, to restrict non-essential travel and contact, and in consideration of the many vulnerable groups who both attend and participate in Kennel Club events. In addition, the Kennel Club recommends that alternative arrangements are put in place regarding other activities such as meetings, seminars and training classes.
Advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 is changing daily and we strongly suggest that Clubs and Societies keep aware of updates as issued by the Department of Health at www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.
Further announcements will also be posted on the Kennel Club website as well as on the Kennel Club’s various social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
Urgent Announcement Concerning Thames Champ Show
As many of you would have seen on tonight‘s news, 17 March 2020 the message from The Kennel Club was sadly very loud and clear.
Wallingford Show Cancelled
It is with great sadness, and with thanks for the clear guidance from the Kennel Club, that I confirm Wallingford Agility Show is cancelled for April 25th-26th April 2020.
Jo Tidmarsh said, 'Thank you to everyone for your support for our show. Thank you to our Judges, and to the WDTC Show Committee for all the hard work to get us this far down the road on our largest show ever.
Please be patient with us as we do our best to recoup as many costs as possible so that we can refund you. See you on the other side! If you have any questions please email email@example.com
Stay safe and stay healthy.
Health Protection Plan Wes Lo Show Aug 2020
A decision on the show will be made on 01/07/2020 as to whether it will go ahead or not. The schedule may be made available on that day and open for a short period of time.
This is subject to the health status of the country at the time and to no Championship Show wanting to use my Show dates for a Championship Show to allow qualification for Crufts 2021.
I will keep the community advised on situation. Any request to borrow dates by PM or email only.
The SKC Champ Show Covid 19 Update
The Scottish Kennel Club is currently monitoring the situation relating to Coronavirus and whilst they are hopeful that the show will go ahead on 17th May, the safety of all competitors, judges and helpers remains the priority.
Dig It Dogs Agility Show Sandbach Cheshire Announcement
We will continue to review the situation in line with the advice received from the Government. However, the Easter and Just Eat shows currently planned for April will not be able to go ahead.
I have emailed everyone entered with the following options.
It’s not an easy decision to make, but the health and safety of everyone is paramount.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Take care of yourself and loved ones.
With regret, following the latest government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and restrictions on on essential travel, social distancing and lack of emergency service support for public gatherings - and lack of loo rolls Dog Vegas has made the decision to cancel/postpone this weekend show at Oakhill.
Further decisions will be made on future shows in due course.
You will be contacted about refunds and rescheduling directly.
Please do not send direct messages.
Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times.
Dickson & Browns Cancelled
Dickson and Browns winter unaffiliated agility show has been cancelled this weekend 21st March further updates to follow on our Facebook page for refunds.
With the latest government announcement we regret to advise
that the March show due to be held at Easton
College Equestrian Centre on the 29th has been cancelled 😢 please refer to
schedule (rule no 26) regarding refunds. SAE should be sent to:
**Please note that the May show has also been cancelled with
zero expenses so cheques for that show will be destroyed and bacs payments will
sit on your account as a credit.
In light of today’s developments regarding Coronavirus, the decision has been taken to postpone the BCA Fun weekend this weekends fun show. I will put on a fun show once it is safe to do so.
Blair Cochransaid, Anyone who has already entered can have their entry carried over. I realise that this will not suit everyone, However, I feel we need to be proactive to prevent the spread of this virus.
Maidstone Dogs Postponed until September
Katie McManigan of Maidstone Dogs (MAD) has posted, I have mad the decision to postpone the above show until the 26th September 2020. Entries will automatically be transferred to this show - you dont need to do anything.
If you do not wish to enter and require a refund please email me before 1st April 2020 at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your BACS details. After this date no further refunds will be issued. All refunds will be minus £3 as there are a couple of unavoidable expenses which can't be recovered/reused and I simply can not afford to swallow them. Apologies.
Bitz 'n Bobz Announcement
Bitz 'n Bobz have decided to postpone this weekends show.
Fiona Nairn Young has announced, 'It will come as no surprise that after careful consideration I have decided NOT to hold the Scottish Agility League awards on the 19th April irrespective of whether PAL goes ahead or not. In addition, it is both unlikely and impractical to retrieve 100% of the perpetual trophies.
I will look to rearrange the awards later in the year - fingers crossed - once life is hopefully back to something that resembles normal and will keep you updated both on the SAL and Dog Agility of Scotland Facebook pages and the SAL website page.
I have also taken the decision to suspend the Scottish Agility League for 2020. The League runs on members joining and, of course, I see no reason why people should join the league when there are few shows to attend. Anyone who has paid and joined for 2020 will roll over to 2021. However, should you wish to have a refund instead please let me know.
To all those who attended the IMCA Team Selection Day, Manager Linda Croxford has just been advised that the organising country has posted a notification that they have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event.
Linda commiserated, 'Understandable but hard for all the competitors that attended today. I need time to think how to give those that got places today the credit going forward for 2021.
Kingdom of Fife Regrets
Due to the escalating situation regarding the Covid-19 virus, it is with regret that Alan Short has announced that the Kingdom of Fife has decided to cancel its April show (4th & 5th April).
The committee has been closely monitoring the advice given by the government and senior Medical Officials and, with inevitable enforced isolation, at least for certain groups of the population, it was felt best to cancel and give competitors as much notice as possible to similarly cancel their plans.
The committee will now start the process of establishing refunds in line with Kennel club guidelines.
UKA Statement on Cornoavirus
UKA is 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.
Each 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.
As 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.
The World Health Organization and Public Health England are good resources for factual and up to date information.
We sincerely hope this crisis resolves quickly, so we can all continue to enjoy competing with our dogs.(13/3/20)
Advice on the situation regarding coronavirus is changing daily and we strongly suggest that societies keep aware of updates as issued by the Department of Health www.gov.uk/…/to…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said the Government is considering the question of banning major public events such as sporting fixtures. This is based on the impact on emergency service workers of attending these events. The Prime Minister has made it clear that current scientific advice is that the cancellation of major public events will have little effect on the spread of the virus.
In Scotland, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Scottish Government is minded to advise the cancellation of mass gatherings of 500 people of more from Monday 16 March. Once again, this decision has been made primarily to reduce the workload on emergency services who usually attend these events.
The Kennel Club advises that, if holding an event, the Society follows main messages from Public Health England on personal hygiene. Therefore volunteers, exhibitors and visitors should be encouraged to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene by employing the ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It’ ethos. It is recommended that additional signage and, if possible, bottles of hand sanitiser are provided, to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Societies should consider enhanced measures to help protect visitors, exhibitors, judges and volunteers against coronavirus. Whilst in the ring during judging, it is strongly advised that judges request handlers to show an exhibit’s dentition to minimise the spread of infection.
Exhibitors should be aware of current travel restrictions and guidelines, and adhere to these – please visit www.gov.uk/…/publica…/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas. All individuals without exception are expected to abide by the advice of their relevant governments and national and international laws with regard to self-isolation and restrictions on travel. However, it is advised that everyone should familiarise themselves with the UK government advice and make individual decisions based on their circumstances and if they have any concerns to seek the advice of their doctor.
With regard to the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh, the standard refund policy as included in the hire contract remains in place unless the Government issues instructions to restrict or cancel public events due to increased environmental and health risks. In this case, the hirer will receive a refund for funds paid to date or the deposit will be rolled over for a future event.
If your Society does take the committee management choice to cancel or postpone your event, the cancellation policy is outlined at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/…/cancellations-and-re-scheduling…/. (13/03/2020)
After consulting with the members of the Prestige Events Working Party, the Coaching Team and the Kennel Club have made the difficult decision to cancel the Agility Team GB Performance Weekend that was due to have taken place 20th - 22nd March.
Please note that the decision to cancel this event has been made in isolation based upon the circumstances unique to the Performance Weekend. For details of other Kennel Club events, please keep abreast of future announcements.
The Kennel Club issued this statement.
Further updates will be issued as and when. Full entry refunds will be issued to all entries for the Performance Weekend.
Really sorry for any inconvenience caused.
From SKC to Scottish KC Clubs-
Following the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement yesterday that from Monday all large gatherings above 500 people with the potential to impact the emergency services should be cancelled to prioritise the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, SKC advises that, at present, cancellation/postponement of any Club/Society Open/Limit Show in Scotland is entirely at the discretion of each Club.
A formal decision shall be made with regards to SKC May 2020 Championship Show early next week. We are working closely with the Kennel Club on this and also taking onboard advice from both the UK and Scottish Governments. We will also be liaising with the Royal Highland Centre, the show venue. Our exhibitors, judges, helpers and staff's health are priority and would ask that you bear with us whilst these important decisions are being made. We thank you for your patience and understanding meantime.
Licence fees will be refunded should any club chose to cancel and reissued if rescheduled free of charge.
Irish KC Show Postponed
The Board of ‘The Irish Kennel Club’ said, As our prime concern is the health and welfare of our members and the wider community the Board of The Irish Kennel Club has regretfully decided to postpone our two International Dog Shows on 14th, 15th and the ‘Pawtrick’s Day’ event on 17th March 2020. This decision was not taken lightly and was the result of advice from Government Departments and the Health Authorities.
It is our intention to reschedule these events at a later date as the situation becomes clearer. Stay safe and thank you for your understanding.
If you have entered any of these events, the following will apply:-
With regret, Mark Laker has decided to step down as manager of Agility Team GB with immediate effect.
An announcement will be made shortly as to how the team will be managed in the interim while a successor for the role is sought.
Kelluki January Refunds Update
A message from Mike Brickman of Agility Plaza... The Kennel Club Committee meets on 19th March and we should have agreement to pay refunds shortly after this date. In the meantime, please do not contact support or the Show Secretary as refunds will be paid automatically once we have KC agreement. Only if you did a paper entry do you need to write to the show secretary enclosing a SAE.
Kelluki Agility has just been informed that Merrist Wood have put the entire College on 'lockdown'' for the next seven days due to the recent outbreak of equine herpes which is potentially fatal to horses and highly contagious.
Entries for the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, sponsored this year by Skinner's Pet Foods, will open on Tuesday, 10th March through First Place Processing (FPP).
At this stage, however, everyone will need to add themselves to the camping waiting list if you wish to camp on site. To do this, select at least one class, click on Enter Show and click on Add to Waiting List. At that point. you can click to close if you want to save your runs or click to enter if you wish to pay for the runs you have entered so far.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com
The Kennel Club and the NEC will be taking enhanced measures to help protect our visitors, exhibitors, clients and staff at Crufts 2020 taking place on the 5th - 8th March. Everyone should note that the main message from Public Health England is on personal hygiene, therefore staff, exhibitors and visitors are also being encouraged to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene by employing the ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It’ ethos. Additional signage and bottles of hand sanitiser will be introduced in toilets and the in-hall catering areas, to make it even easier for everyone to clean their hands. In addition Crufts will be supplying a hand sanitiser station at each public and dog exhibitor entrance.
We continue to liaise with government and monitor the implications of coronavirus. Further information or guidance will be issued as and when appropriate.
The Kennel Club recommends that those with concerns about the Coronavirus follow guidelines set out by the World Health Organisation www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public and follow government advice on travel.
Watch Agility & Flyball Live from Crufts 2020This year you will be able to watch all of the Agility and Flyball action live via The Kennel Club YouTube channel. The KC will not be feeding the live stream directly onto the Facebook group.
You can view the Main Arena live stream schedule for Agility and Flyball as below...
Thursday 5th March 202008.45 - Agility – Kennel Club Novice Cup Final (Jumping)
Friday 6th March 2020
Saturday 7th March 2020
Sunday 8th March 2020
UKA Show Entry and Registration Update
The last UKA show on Agility Plaza will be Crooked Oak on Sunday, March 1st. At 6pm that night, UKA registrations will be closed on Agility Plaza and all data will be transferred from Agility Plaza to the new UKA system.
Once the transfer is complete and verified, registrations and show entries for all shows from 29th March will open and be available on www.ukagility.com
The new system will be rolled out in several stages over the next six months to ensure a smooth a transfer as possible, with the full benefits becoming apparent throughout the summer.
Intermediate Dogs at IMCA 2020
The try outs for the IMCA UK Team will take place on Sunday, 15th March at Willow Equestrian Centre in Ospringe, Faversham, Kent. Although in FCI there is only three heights of Small, Medium and Large, this year the IMCA judges have agreed that the maximum height of the obstacles for the Large dog category will be 55cm so the IMCA Team is hoping that those dogs that have measured into Intermediate in the UK can still consider entering, if interested.
The event is unique in that able bodied handlers run along side those with disabilities as one country team. In IMCA we are only allowed to take 15 dogs (plus Lucie Hinchley and Pixiie as the defending large dog champion – so a total of 16 IMCA dogs in the individual classes.) Along with this we are permitted one team for each height category.
Closing date is 1st March.
NADAC is Coming to the UK!
The British Agility Association (BAA) has been chosen as the UK representative for the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), an organisation based in the USA which sanctions trials worldwide. We will be joining the USA and Australia in the Championships this autumn.
The BAA has adopted the NADAC rulebook but with a few tweaks to make it UK appropriate. In the run up to the Championships throughout the year, the BAA will be running NADAC classes at their shows to enable competitors to get a feel for the NADAC style of courses. There will be shows running in Surfleet (South Lincolnshire) and Carlisle and surrounding areas (Northern England).
To keep up to date with all the latest news and announcements, make sure to follow British Agility Association Facebook page.
Juniors Chosen to Represent England at WAO 2020
WAO Team England is very pleased to announce the four Junior Handlers who will be representing England at the World Agility Open Championships in Ermelo in May.
They will be competing for the inaugural title of World Agility Open Junior Champion at the 10th anniversary event.
Congratulations to them all. We wish them the very best of luck. Well done to the Juniors joining the big boys and girls at the WAOs in Holland this year.
Dig It Dogs Valentine Show News
Dig It Dogs (Sandbach, Cheshire) has taken the decision to cancel the Valentine show on 9th February due to the high winds and rain from Storm Ciara.
Please can you share this post far and wide with anybody you know attending the show.
Entries can be transferred to another Just Eat show.
Stay safe everyone!