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 AUGUST 2022

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Have-a-Go at the Burghley Horse Trials
Thursday, 1st Sunday - 4th  September 2022

Graham Taylor and the Country Shows Agility Team have been offered a fantastic opportunity to host a Have-A-Go Agility ring, a new event at the 2022 Burghley Horse Trials on Thursday, 1st to Sunday, 4th September 2022, but they need your help!

Graham said, ' We are in need of stewards to make sure event visitors get the best out of their dog around a beginner friendly Agility course. You will ideally need experience of dog agility. With a festival like feeling, this world class event is offering an fabulous day out with top sport and great shopping - all set out within the historic parkland of the Burghley estate. It should be a day to be remembered. All offers welcomed.'

On offer are entry tickets, car parking and a fuel contribution.

Please email your location and preferred day(s) and we’ll send you all the details.

Country Shows Agility, 2 Medley Grove, Leamington Spa, Warks. CV31 2GA tel. 07831 548911  Facebook


GB Agility Team Gold or Sold Bring Home the Silver

The Kennel Club would like to congratulate Agility Team GB for their performances at the European Open Agility Championships in Opglabbeek, Belgium, from 28th - 31st July 2022.  

The Agility Team GB competed over four days showing an impressive display of skill, dedication and teamwork. The Medium team, named GB Gold or Sold, excelled in winning a Silver medal, the first Medium medal in the EO since 2013, in the Championships Final.

The silver-winning team included two dogs named Willow and was comprised of James Adams with Willow (Working Cocker Spaniel), Lily Dakin with (Shetland Sheepdog), Shannon Springford with Gift (Border Collie) and Steven Richardson with Willow (Shetland Sheepdog.)

Agility Team GB Manager, Greg Derrett, commented, 'With 28 dogs representing GB, there were inevitable highs and lows over the three days. Our Silver medal in the Medium team event was a great result and is particularly exciting as it's GB's first Medium medal in nine years.

'Although we did not achieve any other podiums this time, many of our teams and individuals demonstrated huge potential and are extremely close to success. We can now strive to realise that potential over the coming weeks, months and years.'

Next year will see Denmark host the European Agility Championships, which will be held at Horsholm Sports Centre from 20th – 23rd July 2023.

Agility Team GB is supported by The Kennel Club, Natural Instinct, Dog Sports Derby and Galican.

Phil Keen, Managing Director from Natural Instinct, said, 'On behalf of Natural Instinct, we’d like to congratulate everyone on their results at the European Open Agility Championships. We are proud to sponsor this fantastic team and are excited to see what the future holds for these amazing athletes!'

The team of 32 dogs and handlers, including reserves, were chosen following this year’s European Open Tryout Day, which was held at Statfold, Tamworth, in March.

For the full list of results, visit: eo2022agility.be

For those interested in how they can qualify for the Pre-Selection Qualifier, details can be found on The Kennel Club website: thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityteamgb or Agilitynet Show Diary.


 July 2022

T&A Sunday Show Another Victim of the Heat

T & A has been asked to cancel their show on Sunday, 24th July due to the forecasted heat.

On the Saturday before, Show Administrator Kirsten Cutler said, 'Tomorrow will not take place but the decision was made on welfare grounds. WE will post updates in the next few days regarding the admin for those who pre-ordered. We sincerely apologise for the short notice.'

Janet Lockwood cheerfully added, 'Shame but the decision is totally out the T&A control but hopefully back next week.'


TGaylor and Elliott Team GB Purple Max and Woody

Junior Agility Team GB Win Three Gold Medals at JOWC

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB made history by winning three gold medals at the Junior Open Agility World Championships in Vantaa, Finland, which took place from 14th-17th July.

13-year-old Taylor Lyon won Gold in the Medium (Under 15) category with her Cocker Spaniel, Elliott, while 14-year-old Max Glover took Gold in the Medium (Under 19) category with his crossbreed, Woody, earning the pair the title of Junior World Champions. Max also took Overall Bronze in the Large (Under 19) category with Border Collie Boost.

A number of handlers also gained overall top 10 positions.

In addition, Team GB Purple, made up of Max, Taylor, Mariann Bayliss (17) and 16-year-old Will Bacchus (16) also took Gold in the Medium Team competition.

The Junior Open Agility World Championships attracted nearly 300 dogs and handlers from all over the world, with countries represented at the competition including the USA, Switzerland and Germany. This was the sixth time a Junior team from Britain, made up of YKC members, has competed at the Championships.

YKC Agility Team GB Manager, Greg Derrett said of their achievement, 'Bringing home three Gold medals from any World Championships is an amazing achievement and I’m exceptionally proud of our handlers. Not only that, but the camaraderie within the team and watching them bond since being selected in March to a totally cohesive unit with every single one of them playing their part in winning the medals has been great to witness. I am excited to see what they can no doubt achieve in their futures.'

YKC Agility Team GB is sponsored by The Kennel Club, Natural Instinct, Galican and Dog Sports Derby. The coaching team consisted of Greg Derrett (team manager), Anthony Clarke (team coach), Victoria Fraser (team vet), Ann Roberts (safeguarding and support officer), and Tina Davies (results analyst), who travelled to Finland with them. 

Phil Keen, Managing Director of Natural Instinct, sponsor of YKC Agility Team GB, added, 'Natural Instinct are proud to sponsor YKC Agility Team GB and were thrilled to learn of the success over the weekend in Finland with the team winning not one, not two but three gold medals. Performances by all were top class and we are extremely proud of all those who have competed. Well done!'

The European Open Junior Championship will be held in United Kingdom in 2023. Details of the squad selection process can be found on the Team GB website


T & A Mid-July Show Rescheduled Quickly

Having decided to to cancel their 16th-17th July show due to the nationwide hot weather alert, T & A has quickly added another show date to their calendar. It will be an independent show held on 30th July in the World Horse Welfare arena, Snetterton, Norfolk NR162LP.

Show Administrator Kirsten Cutler said, 'Tony Ryman, our Show Organiser, is not a man to sit around and do nothing. It was the right thing to  cancel, but heck it is boring sitting around doing nothing- so to keep us busy, we have arranged another show.'

Due to the timescales, the show will be postal entries and Pay on the Day only (no on-line entries.) Costs have been reduced to £4.50 per run because of this.

The lovely Janet Lockwood will be helping us on the desk first thing to sell tickets so there won't be an long queues. Cash only please. If anyone has the right change, they will get extra brownie points!

17th July 2022


PAWC UK Team 2022 Named

The full UK Para Agility World Championship (PAWC) Team members has been announced, following approval by the IMCA/PAWC board.

In ParaAgility, there are seven groups of disability competitions which affect a handler’s ability to negotiate an agility course compared to that of other handlers without any disability.

Team Manager Lind Croxford said, 'I would like to congratulate our PAWC TEAM UK members attending the championship this year and look forward to another great IMCA & PAWC Competition 2022 which takes place this year from 19th to 21st August.

In the UK, we have many competitors who compete week in and week out against able-bodied handlers. These handlers very often have limitations of speed of movement who have to teach their dogs additional techniques which in many cases require distance handling. These handlers very often compete at the top level of our UK competitions but others may never know they have a disability.'

The ParaTeam consists of: -

  • Poppy Colegby with Sky

  • Lisa Jordan with Amp and Swtich

  • Sarah Fenby with Gambler

  • Jackie Hewitt with Murphy

  • Hayley Laches with Pixel and Pacman

  • Maggie Chavin with Teddy and Flossie

  • Teresa Oliver with Miss

  • Faith Whiteley with Fleur and Bizzie

PAWC is a unique and special competition held in conjunction with the International Mixed & Breed Championship (IMCA.) This year it will be talking place in Voghera, Italy.

Linda added, 'Attending a championship abroad is costly for all handlers so the Team is grateful for all the support it has received from Eurotunnel for passage for the team dogs and Agilitywear for the team clothing.'

So, if anyone is interested in applying to join the team in 2023 an application form has to be completed and a doctor or health official has to stamp and sign the application form confirming the handler’s condition and how it affects their movement.

If you would like more information, please email


 JUNE 2022

Welsh Rep at Crufts 2023

The Welsh Kennel Club is delighted to announce that the highest placed Welsh winner of the Championship class for Large dogs at the 2022 Welsh Kennel Club (WKC) show at Builth Wells will be the Wales representative in the International Agility Competition at Crufts 2023.

The successful Welsh handler must have been resident in Wales since at least 1st January 2022 or been born in Wales.

Further information: Graham Taylor, WKC Agility, 2 Medley Grove, Leamington Spa CV31 2GA. Tel. 01926 315335 Email


 MAY 2022 

Designated Safeguarding Leads Appointed by Shows

The Agility Club has announced there will be dedicated safeguarding lead at their July show. The kind volunteer has a professional background in the counselling and safeguarding of young people and will be fully visible with a bright coloured t-shirt with her role on it throughout the show. She is also advising us on some steps to take with regard to the junior finals and also child safety at the show.

On FB, the Agility Club said, 'The purpose of having a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) at a show is similar to that in any workplace. That person is made known to everyone competing i.e. in the schedule/signs put up at shows.

Anyone can approach either  the DSL directly or could go to the Secretary's tent to ask for the DSL who would be called. Then they could explain their worries/concerns in a private area. The DSL would then decide if there is a safeguarding concern, and if so what action needs to be taken.

The main purpose for us introducing this role is that we believe that there is a need for this role at shows. It will create a safe and confidential avenue where someone can raise their concerns immediately and get the support needed. The hope, of course, is that she has a quiet weekend, but the Committee are keen to get this in place and create a safe environment for those who attend our show.'

The Dartford DTC and UpanovaTigers agility show on 3rd – 5th June will also have designated Safeguarding Officers who are DBS checked and have been appropriately trained to work with children and young adults. The Officer(s) will be clearly identified at the show.

In addition, Derbyshire Dog Agility Club have appointed a safeguarding team, primarily for their Summer Show but will also be employed to training. The team of four have done the appropriate training and are all DBS checked. They will ensure that we have the appropriate measures in place as regards safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. If there are any safeguarding issues the club will be able to respond to these as quickly and efficiently as possible.

More details will be available in the Show Information that will be released before the Summer Show.

15th May 2022


 APRIL 2022

Entries Open for 2022 KCIAF

The world’s largest agility festival for dogs and their owners, The 17th Kennel Club International Agility Festival is now open for entry. The show will take place for the second year in its new home of Rutland Showground from 11th – 14th August 2022.

During the festival, 18 rings will host the competition, which will feature dogs of all agility grades and sizes, from all over the world, with over 200 separate classes taking place.

Entries can be submitted online at firstplaceprocessing.com with payment open until 9th June 2022.

Classes include:

  • The British Open is for all FCI grade 3 dogs, British or Irish grades 6 or 7 dogs or dogs holding a Masters or Championship title in the USA. The top seven large, intermediate, medium and small dogs, together with the top overseas based competitor from each size group, will compete for the British Open final which will be held on Sunday 14 August at the International Agility Festival for the first time.
     

  • The Special International Class, open to all overseas dogs eligible for FCI Grade 3 classes (or equivalent), or holding a Masters or Championship Title in the USA. Only dogs that reside outside the UK are eligible for this class, with the winners in each height (large, medium and small) subsequently invited to compete in the Crufts Singles at Crufts 2023.
     

  • The Novice Cup is open for British and Irish grade 3, 4 and 5 dogs. Dogs and handlers who qualify for the semi-final from this qualifier, and qualifiers across the country, will compete in the semi-final on Saturday 13 August, with finalists going on to compete at Crufts 2023.
     

  • The Starters Cup is for all British and Irish grade 1 and 2 dogs. The top six large, intermediate, medium and small dogs from the semi-final round of the Starters Cup will be invited to compete at the final at Discover Dogs 2022.
     

  • The Nations Cup sees three dogs representing their country competing in a jumping round with a final agility round to decide the overall winners. The top team from each height: three large, intermediate, medium and small dogs will be invited to compete individually in the British Open Final, to be held on Sunday at the festival.
     

  • The Young Kennel Club (YKC) Pairs is open to YKC members only, aged 6-24 years. Pairs must both use the same size dog. Once a qualifier has been entered, members may not switch dogs or handlers. The pair who are placed first in each category will qualify for Crufts 2023.
     

  • The Young Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year and Under 18 Years Jumping are open to all YKC members aged 6-17 years. If a member and dog combination accumulates 30 points or more, they will qualify for Crufts 2023. Please note that members may only compete with one dog. Should a member qualify with more than one dog, then only one may compete, with the other only used as a reserve in the event that the first choice is unavailable.

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival, welcomes all dogs and is once again supported by Skinner’s, who are set to continue to sponsor the event until at least 2025.

Heidi Hutchinson, Marketing Director for Skinner’s said, 'We are proud to be the headline sponsor of The Kennel Club International Agility Festival for yet another year. Both our Field & Trial and Get Out & Go! ranges have been nutritionally formulated to support active dogs and are ideal for performance dogs that compete in agility. Our team will be on hand to offer nutritional advice to competitors and visitors at Rutland Showground from 11-14 August 2022. Until then, we would like to wish all of those competing and training for the event the very best of luck.'

Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at The Kennel Club said: “The Kennel Club is once again looking forward to welcoming back canine competitors of all ages and breeds, to compete in this year’s International Agility Festival. This is a fantastic opportunity for competitors to display the hard work they’ve dedicated to agility whilst also strengthening the bond between dog and owner. There’s something for everyone at the festival, with a wide range of competitions, not only for seasoned professionals, but also for beginners, and there is no better way to get started in agility than at the world’s largest agility festival.'

More information on The Kennel Club International Agility Festival can be found at thekennelclub.org.uk/iaf or via The Kennel Club’s dedicated Facebook page:

facebook.com/groups/agility.news.thekennelclubuk/



The Cowboy's Guest Ranch in Voghera
IMCA 2022 Team Selected

This years IMCA tryouts for the Team representing the UK in Italy on 18th-21st  September were held at the lovely Ogilvie Dogs Venue on Sunday, 10th April. The numbers this year were not as high as they have been on previous years, possibly because the venue had moved from the South to Spalding or the late change of Championship dates this year which resulted a clash with Dogs in Need.

The judge this year was Paul Hinchley who set two Agility and one Jumping classes with various sorts of handling and course reading tests that required the handlers to really commit to handling the course all the way around but they were all fast and flowing in design. 

Team Leader Linda Croxford said, 'A lot of competitors had us on the edge of our seats by either flying round at break neck speed to then loose connection with their dogs in the last few obstacles to others that didn't get past the early numbers without a few eliminations! Some had really good rounds in one or two of the courses then went completely wrong in the other. This really did not make my decision in choosing a team easy at all and I pondered over the results and re checked my notes and the errors on the courses and in the end where decisions were close took into consideration people's rounds I'd watched at the GB tryouts, past years successes at IMCA and looking on handlers own videos, if there were any. Even then, there were some choices made which had more than one dog almost equal in all the above elements so it was a good job that we continued to record faults and the number of eliminations around the courses.

It is never easy having to tell handlers that they have not been chosen but I really hope that everyone who tried out this year will consider doing so again next year as there really were some hard and close selections made.'

Teams
 

Those selected are off to Voghera in Italy on 16th August with the Championships commencing on Thursday, 18th August with the vet checks and practice and then full competition starting on Friday, 19th August to Sunday, 21st August which may be live streamed.

 This event is a joint championship with the Para Agility World Championships (PAWC) and as soon as the PAWC team is confirmed, their names and photos will be posted.

Congratulations to all the team. We all look forward to their August road trip and hopefully many successes to celebrate out there and on the journey home.



The R Kelly Story Continues

The story of R Kelly, Dave Roberts' Staffy who was stolen - and thankfully found  - is the gift that keeps on giving. PC Wray, who found Kelly, reports that after locating her, they were able to arrest the dognapper who was charged and later found guilty at court.

But the story desn't stop there.

Some weeks ago, he was contacted by Dave who invited him to the Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Open show at the Lincolnshire showground on 22nd-24th April 2022. How could he say no?

Dave then casually slipped into the conversation that he had entered him into a class with Kelly.

However, Lucy Osborne from Ready to Run came to the rescue and kindly gave him a crash course in agility handling the week before the event. With less than an hours training, he arrived at the venue and, by some miracle, and with the help of Lucy's expert training and Kelly's talent, he was able to pull off the run. And they came 3rd, beaten by a Collie.

PC Wray said, 'We were never going to win against a Collie.  It was lovely to see Kelly again and I want to pass on a huge thank you to Lucy for all of her help which prevented me making a fool of myself! Also to the wider agility community who were extremely supportive and welcoming. A lovely morning. Thank you. '

24th April 2022


 

The KC Announces YKC Agility Team GB for JOWC

The Kennel Club has announced the names of the team members who will represent Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB at the Junior Open Agility World Championships (JOWC) in Finland from 14th - 17th July. 

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following two try-out events, which concluded at the Statfold Arena, Tamworth on 27th March.

The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent YKC Agility Team GB this year. In addition to being sponsored by The Kennel Club, the team is also kindly supported by Natural Instinct, Galican and Statfold Arena.

This year there were opportunities for win-on places for the Junior Open Agility World Championships, with successful young handlers and dogs being selected through a statistics-driven process. Two selection days were held at Statfold Arena, which consisted of both agility and jumping courses, with the squad competing alongside Agility Team GB. Handlers had the opportunities to progress from the Pre-Squad Qualifier to the Junior Try-Out weekend.

Those winning the coveted spots were:-

    Large

  • Isabella Twigg with Roo Star of Ainmhithe (Roo)

  • Mariann Bayliss with Lilhaze Spring Dan Sir (Daniel)

  • Max Glover with Neuadd Lwyd Beat at Soldaze (Beat)

  • Max Glover with Soldaze Out of The Blue (Boost)

  • Mia Steedman with Lorramia English Rose (Rosie)

  • Rhianna Morgan with Langthwaite Freak Out Fuse (Fuse)

  • Sophie Atkinson with Fenland Mad Star (Maddie)

  • Yvie Thompson with Castomya Epic Enchant Mint (Epic)

    Medium

  • Amelie Selby-Bird with Folkvang Bantham Beach (Dex)

  • Mariann Bayliss with Coral's Crush At Crai (Coral)

  • Max Glover with Maximus Silvestris (Woody)

  • Taylor Lyon with Rohamki Taylor Made (Elliott)

  • Will Bacchus with A Message to You Rudi AW/G (Rudi)

    Small

  • Blair Hands with Turbotoes Rapid Beat (Rapid)

  • Blair Hands with Twinkle Star Koryfej at Licosateria (Sofi)

  • Chloe Cooper with Aint he Sweep (Sweep)

  • Rebecca Chuter Smith with Bramleycott Mis Moneypenny (Bella)

  • Ryan Feehan with September Bouncing Bunny (Mitsi)

Greg Derrett, Agility Team GB Manager said, 'The YKC team is the future of Agility Team GB and we are extremely pleased with the partnerships that have won on to and been selected for this year's teams. I believe that we have teams representing Great Britain that will not only be competitive at this year's events but can develop and gain experience for their future agility careers. The selection process comprised eight challenging courses over two weekends, and I would like to congratulate all the junior handlers on their performances.' 

Managing Director of Natural Instinct Phil Keen added, 'We are extremely proud to be sponsoring Agility Team GB, knowing that many of the dogs competing are ‘fuelled' by Natural Instinct complete raw meals. We have been supporters for a number of years now and to be part of the events taking place this year is really exciting. We would like to wish everyone competing the best of luck.'

Full results from the try-outs can be found at http://results.firstplaceprocessing.com/. More information on the qualification process for the 2023 can be found at thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityteamgb.

8th April 2022


The Senior Agility Team GB Announced

The Kennel Club has announced the agility teams which will represent Great Britain at the European Open Agility Championships in Belgium from 28th-31st July, and the FCI Agility World Championships in Austria from 21st-25th September.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following two try-out events, which concluded at the Statfold Arena, Tamworth on 27th March.

Greg Derrett, Agility Team GB Manager said, 'The whole management team is extremely pleased with the partnerships that have won on to and been selected for this year's teams. COVID resulted in a long break from this calibre of competition, but I am very positive that we have teams representing Great Britain that can perform at this level. The selection process has been a tough six weeks, with partnerships really tested and I would like to congratulate every one of them for their performances.'

Phil Keen, Managing Director of Natural Instinct, added, We are extremely proud to be sponsoring the Agility Team GB. We have been supporters for a number of years now and to be part of the events taking place this year is really exciting. At Natural Instinct, we are passionate that all dogs receive a wholesome, nutritious and raw food diet, feeding as nature intended. Not only does this ensure they get all the vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need to keep them fit and healthy, but it will help them perform their best during competitions too!'

Win On Spots
This year there were opportunities for win-on places for both the European Open Championship team and the Agility World Championship team in both Individual and Team competitions.

Congratulations to all who were selected. We can't wait to se you compete.

Those winning the coveted spots were:-

Agility World Championship

Team competition

    Large

  • Marita Ogilvie with Ag.Ch. Lalapaws Taken by Surprise (Duka)

    Medium

  • Steven Richardson with Sanscott Midnight Mist AW/G (Willow)

    Small

  • Alan Bray with Ag.Ch. Devongem Fire Starter at Upanovatiger (Ticita)

Individual competition

    Large

  • Euan Paterson with Ag.Ch. Devongem Quick Times (Crazee)

    Medium

  • Laura Chapman with Leebeardream Come True (Endeavour)

    Small

  • Martin Reid with Get It with Eager to Work (Selfie)

European Open Championship

    Team and Individual competitions

Large

  • Euan Paterson with Ag.Ch. Devongem Quick Time (Crazee)

  • Alan Wildman with Ag.Ch. Chikaramor Kynda Amazyng (Zyng)

  • Martin Reid with Lilhaze Secret Pleasure (Snooze)

  • Ashley Carter with Castomya Epic Enchant Mint (Epic)

  • Lisa Duggan with Nedlo Girl Goes North (Pip)

  • Jen Slade with Freyasway Disco Araminta (Araminta)

  • Marita Ogilvie with Ag.Ch. Lalapaws Taken by Surprise (Duka)

    Medium

  • James Adams with Ag.Ch. Devongem Tiz Gold Standard (Willow)

  • Steven Richardson with Sanscott Midnight Mist AW/G (Willow)

  • Shannon Springford with Ag.Ch. Shansdream Gift of Love (Gift)

    Small

  • Matthew Burdett with Licosateria Final Frontier (Bru)

  • Rosie Sawyer with Happy Pappi of Many Tears (Pappi)

  • Martin Reid with Get It with Eager to Work (Selfie)

  • Ashleigh Butler with Ag.Ch. The Closet Monster of Ashpen (Sully)

World Championships Team

Large

  • Dalton Meredith with Fandabidozi Eclipse of Dust (Eclipse) (I & Team Reserve)

  • Euan Paterson with Ag.Ch. Devongem Quick Time (Crazee) (T & I)

  • Marita Ogilvie with Ag.Ch. Lalapaws Taken By Surprise (Duka) (T & I)

  • Martin Reid with Lilhaze Secret Pleasure (Snooze) (T & I)

  • Naarah Cuddy with Ag.Ch. Lilhaze Dark Pleasure (Lemon) (T & I)

  • Gemma Haycock with Lalapaws Turn Up The Jukebox (Jukebox) (Team Reserve)
     

  • Joanne Tristram with Ensorcell Back In Black (Brite) (Team Reserve)

T – Team run
I – Individual run

Medium

  • James Adams with Ag.Ch. Devongem Tiz Gold Standard (Willow) (T & I)

  • Laura Chapman with Leebeardream Come True (Endeavour) (I)

  • Lily Dakin with Wavesong Honky Tonk Blu (Scout) (T)

  • Shannon Springford with Ag.Ch. Shansdream Gift of Love (Gift) (T & I)

  • Steven Richardson with Sanscott Midnight Mist AW/G (Willow) (T)
     

  • Natasha Wise with Tottlefields Flippin Bizzy (Toto) (Team Reserve)

T – Team run
I – Individual run

Small

  • Alan Bray with Ag.Ch. Devongem Fire Starter at Upanovatiger (Ticita) (T)

  • Katrina Hands with Set the Pace of Summergarden (Sizzle) (T)

  • Marc Wingate-Wynne with Obay Thatz Entertainment (Snazzy) (T)

  • Martin Reid with Get It With Eager to Work (Selfie) (T & I)
     

  • Rachel Ward with Blazecroft Midnight Akemi AW/G (Nimbus) (Team Reserve)

T – Team run
I – Individual run

The GB Agility teams selected are as follows:-

European Open

Large

  • Alan Wildman with Ag.Ch. Chikaramor Kynda Amazyng (Zyng)

  • Ashley Carter with Castomya Epic Enchant Mint (Epic)

  • Dalton Meredith with Fandabidozi Eclipse of Dust (Eclipse)

  • Dave Munnings with Comebyanaway Wot a Legacy (Legacy)

  • Euan Paterson with Ag.Ch. Devongem Quick Time (Crazee)

  • Gemma Haycock with Lalapaws Turn Up The Jukebox (Jukebox)

  • Jen Slade with Freyasway Disco Araminta (Araminta)

  • Joanne Tristram with Ensorcell Back In Black (Brite)

  • Lisa Duggan with Nedlo Girl Goes North (Pip)

  • Marita Ogilvie with Ag.Ch. Lalapaws Taken By Surprise (Duka)

  • Martin Reid with Lilhaze Secret Pleasure (Snooze)

  • Naarah Cuddy with Ag.Ch. Lilhaze Dark Pleasure (Lemon)

  • Megan Hunt with A Moment in Thyme (Thyme) (1st Reserve)

  • Steven Richardson with Moel Gamble Demonic Risk (Gamble) (2nd Reserve)

Medium

  • Aemillia Nicholson with Little Miss Woo Woo (Wyllow)

  • Hayley Telling with Ag.Ch. New Illusions Bi Enchantment of the Five Colors (Teal)

  • James Adams with Ag.Ch. Devongem Tiz Gold Standard (Willow)

  • Laura Chapman with Leebeardream Come True (Endeavour)

  • Lily Dakin with Wavesong Honky Tonk Blu (Scout)

  • Liz Carpenter with Moseleywood Winnie AW/S (Winnie)

  • Shannon Springford with Ag.Ch. Shansdream Gift of Love (Gift)

  • Steven Richardson with Sanscott Midnight Mist AW/G (Willow)

  • Natasha Wise with Tottlefields Flippin Bizzy (Toto) (Reserve)

Small

  • Alan Bray with Ag.Ch. Devongem Fire Starter at Upanovatiger (Ticita)

  • Ashleigh Butler with Ag.Ch. The Closet Monster of Ashpen (Sully)

  • Katrina Hands with Set the Pace of Summergarden (Sizzle)

  • Marc Wingate-Wynne with Obay Thatz Entertainment (Snazzy)

  • Martin Reid with Get It with Eager to Work (Selfie)

  • Matthew Burdett with Licosateria Final Frontier (Bru)

  • Rosie Sawyer with Happy Pappi of Many Tears (Pappi)

  • Stephanie Jones with Pop Stayley (Poppy)

  • Rachel Ward with Blazecroft Midnight Akemi AW/G (Nimbus) (Reserve)

All competitors at the European Open will compete in the individual competition and be part of a team. Teams will be confirmed nearer the time.

Full results from the try-outs can be found at http://results.firstplaceprocessing.com/. More information on the qualification process for the 2023 can be found at thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityteamgb

The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent Agility Team GB this year. In addition to being sponsored by the Kennel Club, the team is also kindly supported by Natural Instinct, Galican and Statfold Arena.

 4th April 2022



New Regulations for Dogs with Little Legs

New regulations for smaller dogs have been leaked on Facebook, effective as of 1st April.

With effect from 1st April 2022, the following amendments and additions to the regulations have been made to make the judging of dogs whose legs measure in length less than 20cm and body length no longer than 30cm fairer by allowing 5 seconds off the final time, at a licensed agility show, mandatory. This is to address the issue of their legs being so much shorter than there longer legged competitors. New regulation X(1)(Z)5.a.(10) addresses this:

Amendment to Regulation H(1)B.3.d

TO:

XYZ. Limited legs-(Smaller than average dogs)—Dogs whose legs measure in length less than 20cm and body length no longer than 30cm will be allowed a total of 5 seconds off their final recorded running time, unless this still means a dog with longer than their legs would still beat them, in this case their time can be altered to ensure they win.

New Regulation P(7)(K)9.C.(22)

All dogs whose total weight is 6kg and under will not have to compete over the see-saw. This is to address the issue that even when the dog reaches the tip of the see-saw it takes longer than average time to tip to the ground. New regulation P(7)(K)9.C.(22) addresses the marking of this new regulation.

1st April 2022



Buckets and Spades at Gleniffer

Gleniffer is struggling to get portaloos for their May show. If anyone has any suggestions, please let Dawn Gilmour know.

She advised people attending the show, 'It would be a good idea if you bring an extra bucket (you will still need your fire bucket) and a spade. We will set aside a small area next the the snack bar for you to dig a hole and empty your bucket.

Please note bucket emptying hours will be between 2am and 6am. If this is not suitable, then take your bucket home! Please be aware some people will be sleeping - some may still be partying - but keep the noise down.

It would be helpful if you don't wait till your bucket is full before emptying as we do not want spillages, there will be 24hr bucket patrollers - Brian McDougall and Wes, do not give them any cheek or this will result in immediate removal from the show. If you wish to offer your caravan toilet for rent, please do this through our Show Manager Kirsty who will be happy to sort this for you.'

All spillages will incur an instant fine of £50 payable directly to me. (Cash only.)

1st April 2022


Levelling Up Agility Proposals

The Kennel Club is 'levelling up' the difficulty of agility between the different height categories by having different contact lengths for each height as shown below:-

Current contact lengths for all categories are:

  • ‘A' Ramp: 1,067mm

  • Dog Walk and See-Saw: 914mm

Proposed lengths:

Large Dogs

  • Unchanged

Intermediate -

  • ‘A' Ramp: 917mm

  • Dog Walk and See-Saw: 764mm

Medium

  • 'A' Ramp: 767mm

  • Dog Walk and See-Saw: 614mm

Small

  • 'A' Ramp: 617mm

  • Dog Walk and See-Saw: 464mm

A further proposal to have shorter distances between weaving poles will be considered at a future date.

1st April 2022


 MARCH 2022

Crufts and Covid Warning

An increasing number of agility friends who were at Crufts, mainly on the Thursday, started testing Positive for Covid, including someone who was conducting official interviews in the Main Arena everyday.

Please, please, please if you went to Crufts do a test daily for the next few days at least before heading to training or shows this weekend to try and stop any further spread round the agility community.

16th March 2022


 

The Dog House Codgers Cake Stakes

There will be a special fun Jumping class for the over 50s at Longfield Agility Solutions shows this year.

The course will be simple and flowing (for the obvious reasons) but will not contain any weaves.

Results for this class will be combined across the heights.  Jump heights will be L/I//M/S & Micro. Dogs run at their normal height except Veterans who must run at micro (200mm) height. Jump heights will be L/I//M/S & Micro. Dogs run at their normal height except Veterans who must run at micro (200mm) height

The added bonus being that, after the winner has recovered, they also collect a slice of cake from The Dog House in addition to the usual trophy and rosette.

The class is sponsored by The Dog House, arguably the best relocatable catering establishment in the business.



Photo: Linda Gore
YKC Agility Dog of the Year

Four year old Border Collie Daniel (Lilihaze Spring Dan Sir) and Mariann-Elvie Bayliss (17) won the Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Dog of the Year at Crufts on Saturday, 12th March. 

The competition, which was open to YKC members aged from 6-17 and their dogs, saw top young agility handlers compete for the coveted title of YKC Agility Dog of the Year, before Mariann and Daniel ) triumphed in the Resorts World Arena at the NEC, Birmingham.

Mariann said, 'We were going second to last knowing everyone had a fault and that we would likely win with a clear. The pressure was enormous! It is all I have ever dreamed of!'

Daniel's owner Ruth added, 'Just feeling so proud of both Mariann-Elvie Bayliss and Daniel on winning both the morning qualifying round and the Agility Dog of the Year main arena final at Crufts 2002.

Mariann, your handling skills and confidence have grown so much in the past few years which are reflected in the results you achieve both with your girls Coral and Betty, as well as your Prince Daniel. Your dedication and determination to be your best is outstanding. The support and encouragement you share with other Junior handlers is inspirational. Thank you, Mariann for making my dream come true as well as yours.'

To reach the Crufts final, YKC members competed at qualifying classes in their categories for Under and Pver 12s, and for Small, Medium and Large dogs, looking to complete an agility course in the fastest time.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said, 'We would like to share our huge congratulations to Mariann and Daniel for winning the YKC Agility Dog of the Year! It was great to see her demonstrating such high professionalism and confidence in the ring already, and we will likely be seeing her at many future Crufts. It is always incredible to see the high skill levels in the YKC competitions, and all competitors should be proud of themselves for inspiring other young dog handlers.'


Crufts Singles Winners

The Kennel Club Singles Agility winners have been crowned at this year's Crufts, in the Large, Intermediate, Medium and Small dog Finals.

In front of the crowds at the world's greatest dog show, Crufts, the four competitors from Devon, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Kent won after competing against five Large, five Intermediate, five Medium and five Small dogs in both Jumping and Agility, and then in an agility Final.

Singles Agility Large

Border Collie, Fern and Shannon Springford have taken the top prize, winning The Kennel Club Singles Agility Large Final  on Friday, 11 March.

Proud owner Shannon said, 'I am just so happy! This is her first time at Crufts, although this is my 13th year. To run my dog there is fantastic, and to win is a wonderful bonus! I'm so proud of Fern.'

Singles Agility Intermediate

Natasha Wise and Border Collie Pebbles have also today won The Kennel Club Singles Agility Intermediate Final.

Tasha said, 'It was an amazing competition with such a fast field of competitors. She did what I asked, and she delivered! I think having previous experience helped. I've really missed competing here and it was good to get back into the groove!'

Singles Agility Medium

A delighted James Adams won The Kennel Club Singles Agility Medium final with Working Cocker Spaniel Willow.

James said, 'It is great be here and I love the big arena runs in front of the large crowds. I really couldn't ask for more from Willow! I'll have a nice meal to celebrate and Willow will be having steak!”

Singles Agility Small

Lauren Langman with Blink, another Working Cocker Spaniel, won The Kennel Club Singles Agility Small Final.

Lauren said, 'I am on top of the world and there is no better feeling. Blink is a wonderful dog – a little crazy but all the best ones are! Crufts is the biggest show in the world and it is a privilege to compete here.”

To compete at Crufts, the winners had qualified by gaining points at heats held at Kennel Club licensed shows throughout the country.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said, 'A huge congratulations for the spectacular performances from all of the winners. The hard work and effort of each and every pair was evident through watching the performances. The Singles Agility finals are a prestigious competition and qualifying to take part is an incredible achievement that all competing dogs and handlers should be incredibly proud of.'


ABC Winners

The ABC (Anything but a Collie) Agility competition is a fun competition for owners with different breeds of dog competing in agility. Friday, 11th March saw the FInals of the ABC classes for dogs in Grades 1-5 of agility, other than Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs, competing to win, having all qualified from the semi-finals at The Kennel Club's Discover Dogs in November 2021.

The final saw eight Large dogs in Grades 1-5 of agility, competing to win, all having qualified from the Semi-finals at The Kennel Club's Discover Dogs in November 2021.


Photo: Linda Gore

Large Novice ABC

Sarah Bowyer and her Labrador Eric won The Kennel Club Large Novice ABC (Anything But Collies) Agility competition after battling it out against eight other finalist. The ABC Agility competition is a fun competition for owners with breeds of dog other than Collies to compete against each other agility.

Proud owner Sarah said, 'I don't think it has sunk in yet but I couldn't be more delighted. We've been working towards The Kennel Club competition and to get here is a dream come true but to win it is something else! Being at Crufts has been a really great experience. The atmosphere is electric!'​

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: 'Congratulations to Eric and Sarah for what was an exceptional performance which proved how hard they have both worked. The two of them clearly have a wonderful bond and we would like to wish them the best of luck for the future.'

Intermediate Novice ABC

Jibbers and Nigel Staines, won The Kennel Club Intermediate Novice ABC (Anything But Collies) Agility competition

Retired Nigel, who is a triple Crufts Agility Champion said, 'This dog does eight competitions a year but only trains four times a year. He is just a natural. The feeling to be back is just amazing! It is great to be able to show off your dog again. He sleeps a lot, but having said that, I've never seen anyone beat him in a ball chase!'

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said, 'Very well done to Jibbers and Nigel for what was a fantastic performance which proved how hard to beat. The two of them clearly have a wonderful bond, and we would like to wish them the best of luck for the future.'



Agility Winners on First Day of Crufts

Four agility dogs competing in The Kennel Club British Open at Crufts were crowned overall winners on Thursday, 10th March in their respective categories for Small, Medium, Intermediate and Large dogs.


Photo: Linda Gore

Sizzle (Set the Pace of Summergarden), a Shetland Sheepdog, and owner Katrina Hands won The Kennel Club British Open for Small dogs.

Delighted owner Katrina said: 'Sizzle is a dog of a lifetime. She is amazing. It is the first year we have done agility at Crufts. She has had a phenomenal season. I know she is very consistent, it was just a case of if we manage to do enough overall to win it overall, which was really good. I've been to Crufts many times, with my kids competing in the Young Kennel Club, so it's good to be back here.'


Photo: Linda Gore

Wyllow (Little Miss Woo Woo), a Border Collie/Cocker Spaniel X, and Aemillia Nicholson, have won The Kennel Club British Open for Medium dogs.

Thrilled owner Aemillia said, 'We are super excited. This is her second major win in the past four months. We are super proud! The first 18 months of her life was spent training and she has been competing since then. All the hard work is now paying off. It is just really cool to be able to travel again and compete in national competitions. It's nice to see a lot of familiar faces and be back in this environment. The result might not have gone the way everyone would have wanted but everyone is just happy to be here.


Photo: Linda Gore

Border Collie Fate (Ag.Ch. Dare to Dream It Must Be Fate) and Stephanie Best have won The Kennel Club British Open for Intermediate dogs.

Overjoyed owner and trainer Stephanie said. 'It is amazing. I feel very, very happy. I was hoping that she would win because she won the Semi-final to get to the Final, but you just never know. It could have been anybody's competition, but she managed to win. I am very, very proud at the moment of her. It is so cool to win. Fate is very loving but also independent. It has been a good day for us.


Photo: Linda Gore

Spy (Devongem Pure Genius), a Border Collie, and owner Mike Bendell, from Bristol, have won the Kennel Club British Open for Large dogs.

Proud owner Mike said, 'I wasn't expecting to win. There are faster dogs out there, and he is just very consistent which really benefited us today. He was good over two runs and that's what you needed. He is a one in a million dog! I am drained both physically and emotionally. I am going to go home, have a beer and watch the rest of Crufts on the live stream! Spy won the Teams in 2020. This is just his just his second appearance at Crufts and he has won again. It's two for two at the moment. Crufts is the best show in the world!

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: 'Many congratulations to all four winners on their fantastic success. The duos all demonstrated a wonderful bond and we have no doubt that we'll see more of them at future agility competitions.'

For more information and results from the show, visit crufts.org.uk



More Crufts on TV than Ever Before

Dog lovers can look forward to a record-breaking 16 hours and 15 minutes of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world's largest dog show. This is 75 minutes more than the 2020 show which was then a record in itself and means that, at the weekend, viewers will be treated to a total of nine and a half hours of Crufts on Channel 4 alone!

With Clare Balding at the helm once again, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action from the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be crowned.

The details of times and channels are as follows:-

Thursday, 10th March

15.00-16.00 – Channel 4

18.30-20.00 – More4

20.00-21.00 – Channel 4

Friday, 11th March

15.00-16.00 – Channel 4

18.30-19.45 – More4

20.00-21.00 – Channel 4

Saturday, 12th March

15.00-18.00 – Channel 4

19.00-21.00 – Channel 4

Sunday, 13th March

15.00-17.30 – Channel 4

19.00-21.00 – Channel 4   Crufts 2022: Best In Show Live

Clare will host daily highlights of the world's most famous dog event live from the NEC and will be joined by a team of reporters including Radzi Chinyanganya and Crufts newcomer Sophie Morgan, along with canine experts who will be covering the show.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: 'We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy this year's Crufts, with more coverage than ever. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers' hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and the programmes will reflect on the benefits dogs bring to our lives, as many families have discovered during the pandemic, as well as the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.

'The TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people's homes, but will enable them to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It will also cover topics about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs, as well as different issues affecting dog owners in the UK.'

All of Channel 4 and More4's coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset _ Vine.

More details of the TV coverage of Crufts and of the daily You Tube live streaming from the main arena and obedience ring, can be found at crufts.org.uk/watch/


Announcing the 2022 WAO Wildcards

Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing you in May at the 10th WAO.

250 Height

  • Caroline Canchy with Meteor in Biathlon & Games (France)

  • Laura Olander with Enya in Biathlon & Games (Finland)

  • Maëlle Straehli with Jasper in Pentathlon & Games (France)

  • Mark Herfert with Rev in Biathlon, Games & Pentathlon (Canada)

  • Maxime Parraud with Arrow in Biathlon & Pentathlon (France)

  • Serena D'Avino with Cupcake in Biathlon & Pentathlon (Italy)

  • Susan Cochran with Hedy in Pentathlon & Games (USA)

300 Height

  • Eva Vazquez Morales with Brave in Biathlon, Games & Pentathlon (Spain)

  • Jen Pinder with Wicca in Biathlon & Games (USA)

  • Laurina Kieffer with Makao in Biathlon & Games (France)

  • Lena Westermann with Meep Meep in Pentathlon & Games (Germany)

  • Mathieu Emmanuelle with Jingle in Pentathlon & Games (France)

  • Monika Šaling with Azure in Biathlon & Pentathlon (Czech Republic )

  • Nadine Alshut with Nuii in Biathlon & Pentathlon (Germany)

400 Height

  • Carly Treinen with Jonah in Biathlon & Games (USA)

  • Karel Kurc with Rallye in Pentathlon & Games (Czech Republic )

  • Kate Moureaux with Prize in Pentathlon & Games (USA)

  • Lenka Fuksova with Hippie in Biathlon, Games & Pentathlon (Czech Republic )

  • Liz Carpenter with Winnie in Biathlon & Pentathlon (England)

  • Maëlle Straehli with Ox in Biathlon & Games (France)

  • Merit Jähne with Eep in Biathlon & Pentathlon (Germany)

500 Height

  • Annika af Klercker with Sadie in Biathlon & Pentathlon (Sweden)

  • Benedicte Habaut with Naia in Pentathlon & Games (France)

  • Fabio Natalizi with Ipa in Biathlon & Games (Italy)

  • Francesca Tari Capone with Amy in Biathlon & Games (Italy)

  • Gregory Bielle-Bidalot with Sweet Peppermint in Biathlon, Games & Pentathlon (France)

  • Sara María Lara Carrasco with Saphira in Pentathlon & Games (Spain)

  • Susan Koldenhof with Time in Biathlon & Pentathlon (Netherlands)

600 Height

  • Erika Nordberg with Tuva in Pentathlon & Games (Sweden)

  • Luis Miguel Rodrigo with Asics in Biathlon & Games (Spain)

  • Massimo Tallarico with Neil in Biathlon & Games (Switzerland)

  • Nadine Alshut with Cinna in Biathlon, Games & Pentathlon (Germany)

  • Pamela Shattuck with Flirt in Biathlon & Pentathlon (USA)

  • Samantha Thibaut with Loop'ing in Pentathlon & Games (France)

  • Susan Koldenhof with Sign in Biathlon & Pentathlon (Netherlands)



 

KC Statement Regarding Ukraine v. Russia Conflict

A message from Tony Allcock OBE, Chairman of The Kennel Club, in respect of the invasion of Ukraine by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation:-

The Kennel Club shares the world's dismay and devastation at the horrifying atrocities being witnessed in Ukraine, following the invasion by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and as a result we recently announced that no exhibitors living in Russia will be allowed to compete at Crufts 2022.

These actions are a violation of human rights that are leaving those people in our canine community, and beyond, fearing for their lives, and as an organisation focussed on animal welfare our hearts are also breaking for all the dogs and animals affected by this invasion. We will be donating £25,000 via The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which will be matched by The Trust itself, giving a total of £50,000, to the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale), which is in a position via its network of Kennel Clubs in both Ukraine and bordering countries of Poland and Hungary, to help those breeders, owners and their dogs, who are desperately in need.

We are also taking a series of further steps to ensure that our condemnation of this attack is reflected throughout all areas of our work, although we do this with heavy hearts and with full recognition that this is a war driven by the leaders of the country and not the people.

Going forwards and until further notice:-

  • Judges licensed by the Russian/Belarusian Kennel Federations will no longer be able to judge at Kennel Club shows and events.
     

  • Entry to all Kennel Club competitions (including and beyond Crufts 2022) will no longer be allowed by those living in Russia and Belarus.
     

  • Judges and exhibitors are strongly advised not to judge or exhibit at canine events in Russia/Belarus, out of respect for the current situation, and in line with Government guidance about the safety of travel, and Russian qualifying shows for Crufts 2023 have been withdrawn.
     

  • The Kennel Club will no longer accept Authority to Compete applications from these countries which allow overseas dogs to compete at shows.
     

  • Licensed shows and events will be strongly advised to no longer allow exhibitors living in Russia/Belarus to their shows, by applying the regulation of the right to refuse entry.
     

  • Import registrations from and exports to Russia and Belarus will be refused.

Our hearts and thoughts are with every person and animal who is affected by this tragic conflict. Those who wish to donate money towards helping dogs and their owners in Ukraine may do so via The Kennel Club Charitable Trust

All money donated to The Kennel Club Charitable Trust between now and the end of Crufts at midnight on 13th March 2022 will be ring-fenced for the Ukrainian appeal and thereafter will remain as a donation option. Kennel Club Charitable Trust collection points will also be on Kennel Club stands at Crufts.

 FEBRUARY 2022

FCI withdraw Agility World Championship 2022 from Russia

At an extraordinary meeting on 24th February 2022, the FCI Agility Commission decided not to hold the Agility World Championship 2022 in Russia, due to the recent events in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia which have reached a new level of escalation by Russia.

Various associations have been waiting for a decision and a sign from the FCI in the last few days and hours. Individual countries have previously decided not to take part while others have questioned participation. This was also one of the points that prompted the FCI to propose to the FCI General Committee that Russia should be deprived of the 2022 World Championship and give the tournament instead to another country. The approval of the board should only be a matter of form.

Whether there will even be a World Championship in 2022 is not entirely certain. The Agility Commission is now trying to find a replacement country that can hold an event of this size within a few months. Applications can be submitted within the next two weeks until March 10th by the delegate of the respective country. The decision comes as no surprise. There was also unanimity within the committee. With this decision the FCI follows other sports associations that have also cancelled planned events in Russia like the Champions League final in Saint Petersburg.

Source: https://www.agilitynow.eu/2022/02/

24th February 2022


Accredited KC Trainers Sought for Agility Judges

The Kennel Club is seeking to recruit Accredited Trainers for judges of agility, in order to meet the demands of Britain's largest canine activity.

The successful trainers will be well established within the agility community with an excellent knowledge and understanding of current Kennel Club rules and regulations. They will have good presentation skills using a range of different media, and an understanding of the different learning styles of individuals with the ability to engage with the participants.

They will be expected to plan seminars using course information provided by The Kennel Club; all seminars will consist of a range of presentation methods, including PowerPoint, group and interactive sessions, practical discussions and demonstrations and practical assessments. They will be expected to review and analyse participants' courses, critique them and provide constructive feedback.

They will also be expected to participate in the mentoring scheme for newly qualified judges, carry out Continual Personal Development (CPD) assessments on established judges and provide support and constructive feedback to the individual and The Kennel Club.

Additionally, they will be required to attend the annual Accredited Trainers Seminar at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh in October.

Applicants will need to submit a CV to demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:-

  • Five or more years of regular judging experience

  • Judged at Grade 6 or above

  • Good presentation and teaching skills

  • Attended and passed the exam for the Agility Regulations and Judging Procedure seminar and attended and passed the Course Design and Judging Seminar; or passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination on the Kennel Club Academy and attended and passed an Agility Judging Seminar

  • Willing to travel to deliver seminars

  • Have a commitment to mentor newly qualified agility judges for their initial judging appointments

  • Willing to carry out CPD assessments on established judges

Applications should be emailed to agility@thekennelclub.org.uk for the attention of Rachel Mansfield. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 2 March 2022, after which an assessment day will be arranged.

2nd February 2022


 JANUARY 2022

Tampering with  Agility Equipment in the Ring

As the agility season starts to hot up, The Kennel Club would like to issue a strong reminder to competitors about the correct procedure if they feel there is an error with the equipment in their ring.

At no point should anyone enter the ring and adjust the equipment themselves. If you feel there is any cause for concern, you should then approach the the judge or the ring manager directly to discuss the issue, politely and calmly. It is then the judge's responsibility to examine the equipment and course design to ensure that it is safe and appropriate.

Any tampering with the equipment is a serious incident and will be taken seriously if reported to The Kennel Club. It could result in competitors being removed from the competition for interfering with the safety or chance of winning of an opponent.

31st January 2022


 
Sad News about Hare 'n Hounds

After a scan on her back and following chats with the consultant and her family, Jenny Canning has sadly announced on Facebook at she can no longer run the Hare 'n Hounds shows. She has done the HnH admin shows since 2016.

She said, 'Thank you for the amazing memories, friendships and just being together doing something we all love. I have so many people to thank for the support over the years, Thank you so much.

I am so sorry to let you down especially this year, but wish you all the best for 2022 and lots of winning. Most of all, I want to thank the amazing agility dogs that totally astound me with their skill and love for agility, Truly amazing...'

10th January 2022


2022 IMCA Tryouts

Try outs for the 2022 UK Team will take place on Sunday, 10th April at the Ogilvie Dogs Indoor Arena (Lincs). This is a day for those competitors who wish to be considered to be part of the 2022 IMCA UK Team.

The International Mixed & Breed Championships is open to Small, Medium, Intermediate/Large G5-7 dogs and will take place alongside a ParAgility (PAWC) event,  on 21-25 September in Lignano, Sabbiadoro, Italy.

The amazing Paul Hinchley will be the judge for the day.

There will be no try outs for the PAWC Team as acceptance is dependent upon an application form and a video.

The Schedule can be found on the Agilitynet Show Diary. Email queries about iMCA or PAWC to Linda Croxford on linda@petlodge.co.uk.



The Jewlnick Jump & Twist Pairs 2022

The Jewlnick Jump & Twist Pairs competition is back, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Jewlnick Leather.

A fun qualifier, the competition is open to Pairs of the same height, regardless of grade. All heights compete against each other for one set of results. One dog runs an Agility course which must include 12 weaves and three contacts which can be three different ones or any combination. The Twist in the title is the judge's choice of contacts and who goes first. The other dog runs a Jumping course which must also include 12 weaves.

Top four Pairs from each heat will qualify for the Final which will be held at Southam Agility Show in September 2022. Gary Murphy, hot from his prestigious judging appointment at Olympia (not Olympia), has agreed to judge.

It all started as a exciting Pairs qualifier, started as a germ of an idea about seven years ago while Miranda Frankham and Moira Bowden were enjoying a glass of wine at TAG show. At the time, they both had brilliant Small dogs and Pairs had always been one of their favourites. They felt it would be great to put a fun element back into agility and were absolutely thrilled when Julie and Nick from Jewlnick offered to sponsor the trophies and then, after the first two years, the rosettes, too. They continue to be generous to the extreme and there is always something special for everyone all to look forward to at the Finals.

Moira Bowden said, 'It's fast, furious and great fun. We have been delighted at the response from the agility world. It continues to be extremely popular and we have several different shows hosting heats this year.

The heats are as follows:-

  • Lincoln (April)

  • Shrewsbury (April) 

  • Worcester - (May)

  • Upanova Tigers (June)

  • Golden Valley (June)

  • Wellingborough (July)

  • Wirral (July)

  • Derbyshire (July) - TBC

  • The Agility Club (July)

  • Bromsgrove (August)

  • Shrewsbury (September)

  • Southam (September)

Southam will be the last heat of 2022 and the first heat for 2023.

To find more details about the shows, go to the Agilitynet Show Diary


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