The Internet has come into its own whether it be in times of crisis such as the spring floods or foot and mouth crisis or just the everyday cut and thrust of agility life. The Net is a fast and efficient way of keeping people informed about the little changes as well as the big ones. We can't be everywhere at once and so we rely on your input (and goodwill) to keep Agilitynet up to date so email us your show news 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.

 JULY 2014


Agility Team GB Leaves for the Euro Champs

The Kennel Club sends its best wishes to the members of Agility Team GB who are travelling to the European Open Agility Championships, being held from 24 - 27 July 2014 in Taszár, situated in the south west of Hungary.

Mark Laker, Agility Team GB Manager said, 'After one of the toughest selection processes Team GB has had in recent years, the team attending this year’s European Open in Hungary are currently on route to Hungary. Once again the team have worked extremely hard in their preparations, and I believe every one of them is ready for this exciting event. I'm confident they will do the best they possibly can and enjoy themselves too.'

Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Agility First and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club’s preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact. The team of sixteen handlers and seventeen dogs will be accompanied by a strong Kennel Club support team – manager, Mark Laker; team assistants, Marc Saunders and Natasha Wise; team vet, Hana McNicholas; chiropractor, Emma Fretwell; and Kennel Club staff member, Kate Broers.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year’s squad selection process which concluded at a Performance Weekend hosted by Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show in April 2014. Two teams were selected from this year's squad, one will be attending the European Open Agility Championships and the other will compete at the Agility World Championships. 

The Kennel Club congratulates all the talented handlers who have been selected for Agility Team GB and wishes them the best of luck at this year’s European Open.

Details of the Team GB squad:

Small:

Medium:

Large:

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office   (22 July 2014)


Dogs Day Out Postponed

Due to the high number of cases of Kennel Cough in the area, the organisers of Dogs Day Out (formerly International Mix & Breed Championship Agility / ParAgility World Cup Team UK Show) at Horam Village Hall have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Agility, Flyball and Dog Show scheduled for Saturday, 19 July.  This has been a hard and painful decision but they feel that it is the best interest of the dogs to take this step. 

They are planning to reschedule the show in September and all pre-booked entries will naturally be honoured.  If any competitors are unable to make the revised date, they will make a refund.

Source: Richard Partridge  (16 July 2014)


 JUNE 2014

Scottish Agility Dog of The Year Changes

The Scottish Kennel Club announces a new format for the Scottish Agility Dog of The Year (SADOTY) for the year 2014 to 2015.  

In place of collecting points throughout the year, Scottish-based KC registered societies will be given the opportunity to host a heat of the competition at their own shows. The qualifiers from these heats - 2 x Large, 1 x Medium and 1 X Small dogs - will be invited to compete in the final at SKC's August show. Initially 15 heats will be held but this may increase in future years. 

Scottish Registered Agility Societies will very shortly receive further information along with letters inviting them to host a heat and we trust that the clubs will respond and support the competition.

Source: Beth Harrison  (19 June 2014)


fTAG Cancellation Message

It is with regret that due to low pre-entry figures, we have no choice but to announce the cancellation of this year’s Happy Dogs Agility UK fTAG show on 27 -29 June as we cannot rely on POTD as this is an unknown. We have not taken this decision lightly as we donate all our profits to charity but have to do the right thing by competitors as early as possible.

The HDAUK T&A Show on 21-22 June is going ahead and POTD entries are welcome if you have not entered it already.

All monies will be refunded to all entrants at 100%, and the organisers are personally covering all expenses the show has incurred. Our charities are not affected nor will they be in future as a result of this cancellation. Procedures for refunding will be announced very soon as we have to liaise with L&N Show Services as they process the entries.

We would like to thank everyone for supporting HDAUK and ourselves and ask you to please accept our apologies.

Source: David Holmes on behalf of fTAG and HDAUK (16 June 2014)


Newton Heath DTC Notice

Stop press... The Newton Heath Agility Show this weekend is on.
The ground is being rolled and cut again today.
The camping pitches are being marked out now although some may have to be moved.
Some of the rings are also being relocated in the adjacent field.

Due to the weather and organised events taking place at Arley Hall, a group of us drove to the venue last night to check the ground condition.

The camping field is holding out quite well although we may have to move a few pitches which is unfortunate as this is the first year we've been able to allocate camping numbers. Bank holiday week end hosted The Caravan Club Rally with 2,000 plus caravans present. The event itself took six weeks to set up! The ring field is not good with another event taking place this weekend. Cart driving!

We met with the Gamekeeper/Manager to find a solution. This may involve moving some of the rings to an adjacent field a little further on to enable the show to go ahead. Both ring fields will be rolled. A final decision will be made after Wednesday next week when a further announcement will be made.  Please bear with us. We are a very small club and will do our best not to cancel the show.

Please don't contact Showtime Agility Show Processing or the Show Manager/Secretaries. We would appreciate if you could pass this message on to anyone you know who was entered at the show.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

Source: Lindsay  Cheshire (06 June 2014 / 12 June 2014)


Agility 'H' Reg Changes

The General Committee has approved the following amendments to the Agility ‘H’ Regulations, which will come into effect on 1 January 2015.

Amendment of Regulation H19.a. (Approval of Judges)
In an effort to increase the pool of options for potential Championship judges, Regulation H19.a. has been amended to allow individuals to apply for approval to award Championship Agility Certificates, without having been nominated by a Championship society first. The Regulation will be amended to read as follows:

TO

…Individuals may apply to the General Committee for approval to award Championship Agility Certificates for the first time, provided that the judge has fulfilled the minimum criteria in accordance with Regulation H19.b. Subject to approval judges would be included on the list of Approved Championship Agility Judges. (Addition underlined)

Amendment to Regulation H(1)2. (Definition of Agility)
An amendment to Regulation H(1)2. has resulted in a new definition for agility. Where the current Regulation defines agility as ‘fun competitions’ the regulation will now consider agility as a competitive activity. The Regulation will read as follows:

TO

Agility Shows are considered to be “fun competitions” designed for enjoyment by competitors, their dogs and for appeal to spectators. Agility is a competitive activity for handlers and their dogs, for which the dogs must be fit and healthy. It is designed for the enjoyment of competitors, their dogs and to appeal to spectators. Informality is encouraged and maximum discretion is granted to Societies within the constraints of safety and these Regulations. Nothing may be included in an Agility Show which could endanger the safety of the dogs competing, the handlers or the spectators. (Addition underlined)

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

Regulation H(1)(B)3. (Obstacles) has been amended to ensure the conformity of equipment used at agility shows and make sure competitions are fair for those wishing to compete.

TO

Obstacles. – The following obstacles meet with the approval of the Committee of the Kennel Club. However, organisers may submit other obstacles for approval, if desired. Any changes to current obstacles (such as materials used, structure or style) or any other new obstacles must be submitted for approval by the Kennel Club before being made available for use at its licensed events.  (Addition underlined)

If you would like more information about the Regulation changes, email agility@thekennelclub.org.uk

Source: The Kennel Club (09 June 2014)


Dallas Burton Polo Club
Smart Chance / Bitz n Bobz / Chipping Norton Show Change of Venue

Unfortunately due to the weather,  the organisers of the Smart Chance / Bitz 'n Bobz / Chipping Norton Agility weekend have lost the field at their venue at the Onley Equestrian Centre. They have been lucky enough to secure an alternative venue at extremely short notice which is only 10 miles from the original venue. The address is (01 June 2014), Stoneythorpe Estate, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 2DL.

All camping pitch numbers will remain the same but the camping layout will be different.

Please bear with us on these changes. A new map will be posted on Agilitynet, the Forum and Facebook .

Source: Deena Freeman (03 June 2014)



Results for Agiity Health Questionnaire Released

The results of the Kennel Club's Agility Health Questionnaire have been released. Carried out in conjunction with the Animal Health Trust, the questionnaire was designed to build on previous surveys on agility injuries conducted in other countries and was developed in partnership with members of the Activities Sub-Committee and the Activities Health and Welfare Sub-Group of the Kennel Club’s Dog Health Group.

The aim of the study was to investigate the frequency of both injured and non-injured dogs. Where an injury was reported, the aim was to investigate the cause where possible, the type of injury and treatment received. 

The questionnaire was distributed and was available for completion for a period of approximately seven weeks between March to May 2013. Data was obtained from a total of 375 dog owners and 629 dogs and the key findings were as follows:-

It is worth noting that, although the majority of those who responded to the survey reported they had a dog injured taking part in agility, the survey results need to be put into context and that it is not possible to determine the risk to participation figure directly from these results. However, an 'incident survey' was carried out at the KC International Agility Festival in 2013 which showed no reported injuries following any of the 17,000 plus runs during this three day event.

Steve Croxford, Chairman of the Activities Health and Welfare Sub Group said: 'This is the first detailed study to look at agility related injuries in the UK and represents an important milestone for the Kennel Club’s Activities Sub Committee and the Activities Health and Welfare Sub Group of the Dog Health Group.

'The survey results, even though somewhat biased towards those with dogs that have suffered injuries, provide an insight into the frequency and type of injuries incurred and will be invaluable in directing future research studies to further improve the sport of agility.'

Organisers of agility shows and owners/handlers of dogs taking part in agility competitions are encouraged to keep a record of agility related incidents and injuries in the future. The Kennel Club will be undertaking periodic surveys of this type, and it is essential that accurate data is available.

A detailed version of the survey will be published in due course once the appropriate peer review process has been completed.

Source: The Kennel Club (01 June 2014)


 MAY 2014

 Nottingham Qualifiers News

Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the Nottingham Agility DTC Championship & Premier Agility show (24-25 May 2014), competitors are advised that the Kennel Club's qualifying heats for the Crufts Team and Crufts Singles Agility Competitions will not be reallocated.

However, the number of previously unqualified placed dogs from the Kennel Club Olympia Large Dog Agility Stakes heat at the Rugby DTC Championship & Premier Agility show (12-13 July 2014), going forward to the Quarter-Finals will be doubled. Competitors wishing to take advantage of this opportunity need to enter this show by 3 June 2014.

Update: Entry refunds for Nottingham Agility DTC cancelled show are starting to be despatched this week so should be received shortly. Thank you for your patience. Natalie Silcock (16/07/14)

Source: Dave Ray (27 May 2014)



Nottingham Show Cancelled

Unfortunately today's awful weather has put paid to any chance of the Nottingham show going ahead this weekend so the decision has been made to cancel the show. Everyone at NADTC is truly disappointed about this, but in the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing they have been left with little option.

In accordance with Rule 23 of the show schedule, entry fees will be refunded less reasonable incurred expenses within the next three months to all entrants who request a refund by submitting a stamped, addressed envelope by 24 June 24 to NADTC Treasurer, 24 The Paddocks, Nuthall, Notts NG16 1DR.

 Please pass this message on to anyone you know who was entered at the show. Some of the emails bounce back and other people are not on email.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

Source: Paul Sensky (22 May 2014)


The Agility Edge Cash Prize Stakes

Agility Edge and The British Agility Championships are pleased to announce the first ever Agility Edge Cash Prize Stakes which will take place at the British Agility Championships on 21-22 June at Houghton Hall Equestrian & Alpaca Centre, located at New Manor Farm, Sawtry Way, Houghton, Cambs PE28 2DY.

The Agility Edge Cash Prize Stakes is a Combined Grades 1-5 Agility and Jumping tournament. A single handler may enter as many dogs as they wish in as many height categories as they wish (Small, Medium and Large).  Each competitor may run 4 rounds – 2 agility and 2 jumping rounds, with points being scored from each round. The  dog and handler with the most points after the 4 rounds in each height category will be the overall Agility Edge Cash Prize Stakes winner. 

The judges for the stakes are Paul Moore (UK) and Barrie James (Wales).  Closing date for entry is 10 May, 2014.

The whole event, being run by The British Agility Championships, is open to the public for a fun-filled family day out with the opportunity to see the very best of British Agility, shopping opportunities at various trade stands, the chance to meet competitors and their dogs, chances to win prizes and much more!  Spectator tickets are £5 each day and can be purchased in advance at www.tinyticket.co.uk

Vendors interested in the event can get more information at www.britishagilitychampionships.com/trade-stands-and-vendors/

For more information please visit www.britishagilitychampionships.com.

Source: Virginia Harry (15 May 2014)



KC Names 2014 Agility Teams

The Kennel Club has announced the names of the members of this year's Agility Team GB, which will represent Great Britain at the 2014 European Open Agility Championships in Hungary from 24- 27 July 2014 and the World Agility Championships in Luxembourg from 11-14 September 2014. The Kennel Club congratulates all the talented handlers who made it into Agility Team GB. Agility Team GB is kindly supported CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and sponsored by the Kennel Club.

The British teams will once again be managed by Mark Laker and will compete for places in a variety of individual and team competitions at both championships.

Performance Weekend
The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year’s squad selection process which concluded at the Performance Weekend hosted by Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts at its Open Agility Show on 26-27 April 2014.  Two teams have been selected from this year’s squad. One will attend the European Open Agility Championships and the other will compete at the World Agility Championships.

Despite Italian judge, Paolo Meroni being used to the warmer climes of Italy, the wet weather did not dampen his - or the competitors' - spirits at the start of Day 1 of the event on Saturday morning. Kicking off at 9am with the European style Individual Jumping, the course proved challenging for the competitors. As the morning progressed, howevr, the weather improved for the Individual Agility. These first two classes were significant as they influenced the runing order of competitors on Day 2 and consequently required a focused and solid performance. The afternoon saw two more exciting competitions with the World Championship Jumping and a thrilling European Team event which ended this first day of top class agility.

There was little rest for competitors and organisers before the start of another challenging day on Sunday. Day 2 began with the European Open style final, where the squad members ran in reverse order based on the combined results from the individual competitions held on the first day. There was also an International Jumping course and the weekend was completed with an FCI World Championship Agility class. The Performance Weekend saw brilliant handling and a host of fantastic dogs, with both days providing a great experience and enjoyment for all those involved.

Team Manager, Mark Laker remarked, 'Four months of training and squad preparation culminated in an exciting Performance Weekend at Lincoln. The standard of courses, judging and agility was extremely high and thrilling to watch.

'Both the World Championships and the European Open have rigid criteria for how many dogs can run, how many teams a country can enter and even the mix of Small, Medium and Large dogs. This makes the selection process more complex and requires thinking through the options. I am very grateful for the support and input from my team in helping me carry out this process.

'My decisions for this year's team selection were based upon dog and handler performance over the four month squad period. I felt it important to assess handlers over a longer time rather than just one weekend. As a result of this process, I believe we have two very strong teams whom I'm very proud to be taking to Hungary and Luxembourg.'

This year’s European Open will be held at Taszár, situated in the southwest of Hungary. Although officially recognised by the FCI and held under FCI rules, the European Open is not a formal FCI competition. Consequently it differs from the World Agility Championships in that both purebred and non-purebred dogs may compete. 

The World Agility Championships will be held at Coque, close to the centre of Luxembourg City. This event will be open to purebred dogs only.

The Teams selected are as follows (T= team event; I = individual event):

European Open

Small:

Medium:

Large:

World Championships

Small:

Medium: 

Large:

Travelling / non-travelling reserves from the squad will be notified shortly.

Full results from the Performance Weekend and more information on Agility Team GB can be found via the Kennel Club website - please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.

Source: KC Press Office  (11 May 2014)


GB Agility Team World Championships 2014 Announcement

When it was confirmed that the 2014 FMBB (Belgian Shepherd) World Championship would be held in Finland, the options for travel to the event were investigated and a summary was presented to eligible potential team members. Because of the time and distance involved for competitors and their dogs, nearly all of them decided they would not be prepared to go. As there were not enough people to make up a team the World Championship committee made up of representatives from BSDA of GB and WBSDS decided not to enter the competition in 2014. 

Both the BSDA and WBSDS are committed to supporting future training, selection and teams.

Source: BSDA and WBSDS   (4 May 2014)


 APRIL 2014

D5 Agility UKA Show Cancelled

It is with deep regret that due to extremely low pre-entry levels for the D5 Agility show on 3-4 May, D5 in conjunction with UKA, have decided that it is not commercially viable to run this show and therefore both parties have agreed to cancel the show.

If your payment for your entry has not yet been received, your UKA account will have been credited. Everyone who has sent a payment to UKA, will shortly receive a cheque in the post sent by D5. The UKA GT Agility Show 2nd – 4th May at Newbury will be offering all D5 entrants late entry camping and classes at pre-entry costs.

    On Facebook, Julie Chapman said, 'We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who did pre-enter and we hope this cancellation does not cause you any inconvenience.'

The qualifiers from this show will be moved to other events and this will be announced shortly.

Source: Julie Chapman - D5 Agility & UKA


No Shows

The following shows will not be held this year.

It is with great regret that Golden Valley Dog Training Club has to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control there will not be an Open Kennel Club Agility Show at the Hereford Country Fair (4th August 2014) this year.

Source: Judith Trickett - Secretary

TraVal Agility Group has disbanded and is no longer taking classes or holding shows. 

Source: Val Clark

Due to their show venue not being available, Redgates AC will not be holding a show this year.

Source: Tim Griffiths


 MARCH 2014


BAA Show News

The EMDAC  Four Day Show at Easter will be the first ever show in the UK where dogs are jumping no higher than their measurement to the withers compulsory and no higher than one inch higher voluntarily.

Dogs jump closer to their own height in many other countries and BAA supports any change that proves to be beneficial to the dog's long-term well being whilst partaking in the sport of agility. Over the years a substantial amount of information has been collected which provides enough evidence to support the BAA philosophy. A folder containing the documentation will be available at all BAA shows for competitors to read and copy etc.

BAA Co-founder and Administrator June Bass says, 'I am sure there will be many pictures and videos produced over the coming season which will also provide further supporting evidence. I personally am looking forward to witnessing many dogs jumping more naturally and comfortably.'

The BAA has made the other changes for dogs in Agility including:-

Source: June Bass (17 March 2014)



KC Guidance to Recent Amendments to Agility Regulations

Following the recent insertion of Agility Regulation H(1)10.g. (Competing), the Kennel Club would like to issue some guidance concerning its interpretation. Judges are reminded to act in a professional and fair manner ensuring that Regulations are applied sensibly.

Regulation H(1)10.g. states:-

The dog and handler are deemed to be under test when instructed by the Judge or the Judge’s steward, by signal or voice. The test has concluded when the dog has negotiated the last obstacle, or the handler and dog have voluntarily left the ring.

The Regulation helps define the start of the test. However, there is no set time limit for when the dog and handler should actually start. The Regulation does not make any reference to marking procedure.

In the marking procedure, Regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(13) (Marking) states:-

Start- Starting prior to instruction may result in elimination. If the dog runs by the first obstacle it should be faulted with a refusal.

This means that a judge may eliminate a dog and handler in the event that they begin their round prior to receiving some form of confirmation from the scribe or judge that they can start. The only time elimination may be considered is if the dog and handler start prior to instruction. 

Judges may penalise competitors in scenarios such as the following:-

The agility community should note that it helped introduce Regulation H(1)10.g. and, therefore, it should ensure that the Regulation is applied correctly without finding unnecessary means to penalise the competitor. In the Agility Liaison Council's June 2013 minutes it discussed scenarios that would not apply such as, adjusting the dog's starting position after receiving the signal. Judges who are deemed to be applying this Regulation unfairly should be reported in the incident book. 

Agendas and minutes from Agility Liaison Council meetings, held within the last year, can be found on Agilitynet or the Kennel Club website.

Source: The Kennel Club (04 March 2014)



New Interactive Way to Claim Warrant Points

The Kennel Club has announced the introduction of a new interactive spreadsheet that will allow agility competitors to apply for their Agility Warrant online.

Following feedback from agility competitors, the Kennel Club has created a downloadable document that will enable competitors to easily input accrued points and return the completed form via email. In 2013, the Kennel Club processed 489 Agility Warrants. After photocopying and printing, that used nearly 4000 sheets of A4 paper and cost over £900 in postage! By sending in your form by email, you can help reduce the amount of paper we use - and save yourself a bit of money, too.

The Agility Warrant Application Form, which uses Microsoft Excel, has been designed to be as easy as possible to use. It contains only two sections: 1) details of the handler and their dog and 2)  dog’s results. The form will calculate how many points handlers have earned and will indicate when they have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold Agility Warrants.

Handlers will be able to enter 1st-10th place and clear rounds. Unfortunately, places beyond 10th cannot be recorded but paper Agility Warrant Record Books will remain available from the Kennel Club Publications Department.

The Agility Warrant Application Form can be downloaded from the Kennel Club website. Once the form is completed, it should be saved and emailed to cat@thekennelclub.org.uk. Handlers should receive an acknowledgement within three days and their Agility Warrant within three weeks.

If you have any questions about how to use this form, please ring Canine Activities on tel. 0844 4633 980 Ext 299.

Source: The Kennel Club (03 March 2014)


 FEBRUARY 2014

 
Agility People Support the Somerset Flood Appeal

When two Dog Agility friends from Somerset came up with the idea to raise funds for flood victims on the Somerset Levels, they could not have imagined the overwhelming response they would receive from the local community.

Ruth Soutar and Marilyn Adams, who both live near the flood affected areas, thought a fundraising morning at their local training field would be the perfect way of doing their bit for the Somerset Flood Appeal. Little did they know their small event called 'Run For The Levels' would result in a surge of support from across the region, and grow into an independent show with 24 classes which is due to take place at Taunton Racecourse on Saturday, 29 March.

Ruth Soutar said 'We sent out a few emails to our agility friends to see if anyone was interested and, within days, it became clear that our field was not going to be big enough to accommodate everyone. We started asking around for a larger venue and the next thing we know we have been offered the use of several large venues, assistance from equipment hirers and businesses, clubs and individuals wanting to sponsor rings and help.'

The pair have been overwhelmed with the support they have received including Taunton Racecourse who are providing a brilliant venue, while equipment costs are being covered by First Contact Agility, Daybreak Dog Training, Norton Rosettes, Taryntimers, ISS Show Services, Minster Veterinary Surgery and many other clubs and individuals. A number of organisations are sponsoring the trophies for the classes including; Paws on The Levels, Feroda Agility, Mind to Win, Poetic Paws Training, CSJ Canine Feeds, Active Dog Services, Tone Veterinary Centre and Wilmott Mobility.

Marilyn added 'We also have four judges who have stepped in to help at short notice and, on top of all, we also have raffle prizes flooding in together with offers of help on the day. It makes us feel proud to be part of such a great community who are all pulling together to make as much money as possible for the local people affected by flooding.'

All monies raised will be donated to The Somerset Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund via Just Giving which is being used to relieve the immediate hardship individuals, families and communities are facing and support their recovery over the coming weeks and months. For many, it is the second time in two years they have been affected, and whole communities have been cut off for weeks. The response within the communities themselves has been magnificent, but there is only so much they can do for themselves.  

You can be part of Run for the Levels by downloading an entry form from their group Facebook page or the Agilitynet Show Diary or by registering via ISS Show Services. Those unable to attend can still donate by emailing ccwalker@lineone.net  or via http://www.justgiving.com/RunForTheLevels.

 Source: Christine Walker (24 February 2014)


Important Announcement
Dog Vegas 15 March show

Having been let down again by ArenaUK. the Dog Vegas show on 15 March will now be held outdoors at the Oakridge Arena, Collingham, Newark. The good news is that there will be full access to the Arena's plush toilets and lovely café, but the rings will be outside.

For those who didn't go on Saturday, the Arena is 20miles North of Grantham, just outside Newark.

Orgainsier Hazel Higgin said 'We appreciate your patience in this matter and look forward to seeing you all there. Any further info will be on your welcome sheet that you can down load via the www.dogvegas.co.uk or www.longhedge.co.uk. Please share with anyone you know has entered.

Source: Hazel Higgins  (24 February 2014)



M & M Launch New Winter Series

Moira Bowden and Maddie Greening of M & M's are delighted to announce a brand new winter series of six shows to be held at the Dog Training Barn, just outside Banbury, Oxon.

The shows will be limited to 120 dogs, with four runs for all heights and grades. The agility run and jumping run will be qualifiers for the finals to be held in March. Handlers can accumulate points at the first five shows. There will be two runs for Anysize and young dogs of 15 months and over. We intend to release the schedule and entry forms for all six shows at the same time and are very happy to accept post dated cheques to enable people to secure their places.

The Dog Training Barn is a fabulous venue with excellent facilities, rubber coated contact equipment, proper toilets (a big plus in my world!!) and light and airy surroundings. Refreshments will be available.

The dates are as follows. Put them in your diary and look out for the schedule

2014

  • Saturday 11th October
  • Sunday 16th November
  • Saturday 20th December

2015

  • Saturday 17th January
  • Sunday 15th February
  • Saturday 14th March

Moira and Maddie said, # We anticipate the series will be hugely popular and a perfect environment to bring young dogs out, train in the ring if you want, use a toy, or just go all out to try to qualify for the finals!

Source: Moria & Maddie (24 February 2014


Advance notice...
AJAX Show Cancellation

Due to the recent weather and the long term forecast, it has been decided to cancel the AJAXS show on14 March as the show site is on the banks of the River Thames. By doing so at this stage many costs will be prevented, that would be otherwise have to be paid if we decided to postpone a decision until later.

The Clean Run Challenge and Agility Edge Beginners Steeplechase heats will now be held at the September AJAXS show.

In the next few days, the AJAXS entry will disappear from your account page. If you have already paid, this will leave your account in credit. AJAXS and UK Agility will foot all the costs of the show and, therefore, the full amount will remain in credit on your account. If you do wish to receive a refund, then there will be a £2 administration fee including bank and postage charges. Please email enquiries@ukagility.com

Source: Greg Derrett on FB (18 February 2014



Important Announcement
Dog Vegas 22 February Show

The Dog Vegas 22 February show has now changed venue to The Oakridge Arena. This is due to ongoing extension works at the Arena UK, that would make holding the show there unsafe.

The new venue is only around 19 miles from the original venue. It has a café on site, and a good exercise area, so the facilities are equal to or better.

Full details will be on the welcome sheet that will be with your running orders.

Please let anyone you know who is going.

Source: The Dog Vegas Team (10 February 2014



Blackdown Limit is Cancelled

The indoor school at Heazle has significant roof damage and may not be repaired in time for our limit show on Sunday, 9 February. Given that the forecast for Saturday afternoon/evening is for very high winds and heavy rain, we have no alternative to cancelling the show. Sorry, but safety is paramount (again).

Please give us time to work out the costs the club will incur and to sort out the refund situation.

Please also let others know who may not have email, or access to the internet - it is on our website as well as Agilitynet.

Aftermath... Thanks for putting up our message about the cancellation of our limit show. Only one person turned up on the day, so it seems all our efforts to tell people did work and Agilitynet played its part in that. So many thanks. Lisa Wilson

Source: Lisa Wilson  (07 February 2014


JANUARY 2014

 
Bigger, Better & Longer KC International Festival

The Kennel Club’s International Agility Festival reaches its 10th anniversary this year and to celebrate the success and popularity one of the largest agility events in the world, it will be even bigger and better in 2014.

Once again taking place at the idyllic venue of Rockingham Castle, Leicestershire, the International Agility Festival has been extended to four days, starting on Thursday 7th August and running until Sunday 10th August. The principal sponsor of the festival will once again be CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds for the second year running.

A number of exciting changes have been made to ensure that the four days of the festival are action packed. This includes Championship Status being granted to the festival for small, medium and large dogs, taking the total number of Championship agility show societies to 27 for large dogs and 26 for small and medium dogs. As well as Championship classes, for the first time the event will also feature the Olympia semi-finals, a Special International Class and more standard classes.

Ceri Rundle, Founder of CSJ said: 'It means a lot to us that the Kennel Club Agility Show has now been granted Championship status. We like this event because it welcomes all dogs, from Sheepdogs to Schnauzers, from countries all over the world. We welcome the news that the show will be extended to four days, which gives more hard working dogs and owners a chance to win. We’d like to thank the Kennel Club for putting on this fantastic annual event, which gives fit and intelligent dogs a chance to shine.'

Timetable

Thursday 7 August

Friday 8 August

Championship

Olympia Medium 3-7 Agility Semi-Final

Special International

Olympia Small 3-7 Agility Semi-Final

Starters Cup Qualifier

Olympia Large 3-5 Novice Quarter Final

Novice Cup Qualifier

Olympia Large 6-7 Senior Quarter-Final

International Young Handler Qualifier

British Open Qualifier

2 x combined standard classes for all heights

Standard Agility classes for all dogs

1 x Any size class

Standard Jumping classes for all dogs

 

 

Saturday 9 August

Sunday 10 August

International Young Handler Final

British Open Semi-Final

Olympia 3-7 ABC Semi-Final

Nations Cup Qualifier and Final

Starters Cup Semi-Final

YKC Agility Dog of the Year

Novice Cup Semi-Final

YKC Jumping Dog of the Year

Standard agility classes for all dogs

Standard agility classes for all dogs

Standard jumping classes for all dogs

Standard jumping classes for all dogs

Please note that the schedule for the festival will be available at Crufts on the Dog Activities Stand in Hall 3. For more information about the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityfestival or email agilityfestival@thekennelclub.org.uk

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office (20 January 2014)


Judges' Course Measuring Instruction

In January 2014, the Kennel Club made it compulsory for judges to use a surveyor's type measuring wheel to obtain applicable course times. It has ruled that the centre to centre - straight line method (C2C-SLM) is to be used.

In preparation for its introduction Gary Murphy ran work shops in 2013 instructing interested parties on this method. As all judges and interested parties could not take up this opportunity, Gary has produced a useful DVD covering all aspects. This includes PDFs of script and diagrams, the matrix and how to read it and instruction via video footage with voice over.

The price for this DVD is £13 including postage.

To make enquiries or order the DVD, please contact Helen Murphy via FACEBOOK or email Gary on hmurphy220163@btinternet.com

Source: Helen Murphy (15 January 2014)


Reminder:  No Wallingford Show in 2014

In 2014 the traditional date for Wallingford Dog Training Club’s Open Agility Show falls over the Easter weekend. The Committee has decided not to compete with all the other Easter shows next year.  They have looked hard for an alternative date in 2014 without success, so it's been decided that WDTC will not be holding a show in 2014, but they plan to be back in 2015 on our traditional dates - Saturday, 18th and Sunday. 19th April.

Source: Jacky & Ian Hutchinson(15 January 2014)


Your Chance to Host Crufts 2015 Qualifiers

The Kennel Club is currently organising qualifying heats at agility shows during 2014 to find finalists to compete at Olympia, Discover Dogs 2014 and Crufts 2015. Whilst the majority of these qualifying heats will continue to be held at the shows which staged them during 2013, the following heats are looking for new host societies, and could be held at different shows if need be:

In order to be eligible, societies must be Kennel Club registered and must hold an agility show prior to 31 October 2014. Shows will be asked to provide full details of all qualifying dogs and handlers to the Kennel Club within two weeks of the end of the show.

Show organisers wishing to stage the qualifiers are invited to contact Katharine Broers no later than Friday, 24 January 2014 by writing to the Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB, or by emailing katharine.broers@thekennelclub.org.uk.  For further information, please contact the Kennel Club Working Dog Activities Team on 0844 463 3980, ext 330.

Source: The Kennel Club Press Office  (06 January)


New Venue for East Anglian BCC

East Anglian Border Collie Club is pleased to announce some changes to their summer agility show on 12 and 13 July. They have booked a fantastic new venue - White House Farm, Long Sutton PE12 9AQ in Lincolnshire for a new two-day show, with up to four runs per day for all heights and grades. They are still looking for a couple of judges, so if you are interested please get in touch with either Jill Spurr or Liz Brown at L&N Show Services.

The Schedule will be available through L&N soon, but make a note in your diary in the meantime.

Source: Jill Spurr (05 January 2014)


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