and Medium dogs...
League was set up by Emily Osborne and her friends Sophie Smith, Danielle Walker
and Jo Pleven when they realised that a lot of shows were offering Low Height
Option (LHO) for Large dogs but not for Small and Medium. The League
specifically supports dogs who measure Small and Medium at Kennel Club
competitions and Toy and Midi at UKA shows.
We now have nearly 700 members and itís taken
off far more than I expected!
I have been running my
dogs and judging agility for over five years now. in 2014 I semi-retired
my G6 Small dog Honey to running Anysize, following an operation on her back
legs, despite both her vet and physio saying she could go back to agility
Honey still loved
agility but hated the full height jumps and we were a bit fed of doing Anysize
and getting nowhere against much larger dogs. Then LHO came out and we thought
we'd give it a try.
Honey officially has her
agility mojo back and has been enjoying her runs at LHO. She even has a win
towards Grade 7. But these runs are few and far between for Smalls and Mediums.
Many shows are only supporting LHO for Large dogs, so we don't always get to run
Since LHO came out I've
made many friends in the same situation for all number of reasons. I decided to
to start a page on Facebook called
Small and Medium LHO
Supporters' where we post shows offering LHO and chat about our dogs. It has
been hugely popular. Then I decided we needed something more interesting,
something to prove to show organisers that we want LHO so I set up with the help
of my friends Sophie Smith, Danielle Walker and Jo Plevin. Thus SAM's (Small and
Medium) LHO League was born.
link to the league page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/220486008358563/
For a fee of £3.50 a
year, members get -
competitions from our sponsors
The chance to post
points from shows and win rosettes from the league
An opportunity to
run at our final at Blenheim DTC in September, judged by Kenny Waddell.
Members can post results
from KC shows, UKA and independents.
The league now has 60
members and the supporters page has over 400 members.
This league is open to all Small and Medium dogs that run at
LHO in the UK.
The year of the league will run from 1st January to 31st
All members are required to provide a valid email address and
to agree to the rules listed within this document. Once membership is paid,
this rules document and the results template will be emailed to the email
It is each memberís responsibility to submit their results.
You will need to submit your results by emailing them to
including dogs name and reference number (which will be given to you when
you join), the classes and results you have had and the name and type of
show (i.e. KC, UKA or independent). Where possible please also submit proof
of your results. Winners scores will be checked at the end of the year.
The joining fee is £3.50 per dog. This pays for your
membership of this coming year's league ONLY. You will also need to pay a
small entry fee for the League final, to be held 9th September at Blenheim
ATC Open Agility Test. You will be asked to join/pay again for the 2018
league. Payment method for fees is by bank transfer (personal online banking
or in person at your bank), cheque, or Paypal via friends and family
(address to be provided via email). If you are joining part way through year
full membership is still payable, results will be backdated.
You must be a member and have paid your subscription before you will be
added to the league.
For the purpose of the league, you will be entered in one of
the following categories depending on your status at the start of the year:
- KC grades 1-4, UKA Beginners and Novice, and anyone who has
not yet competed at an affiliated show.
- KC grades 5-7, UKA Senior/Champion
You must sign up at your highest grade, e.g. if you dog is KC
Grade 1 and UKA Senior you will qualify as Advanced in this League.
The above categories will be further split into Small and
Medium, creating four leagues.
Points will be awarded for places (up to 8th) and unplaced
clears. Places with faults, places with time faults, and NFC runs do not
count. Places lower than 8th will be counted as unplaced clears. Points will
be awarded for standard agility and jumping classes. Specials, casual/anysize,
steeplechase and games runs DO NOT count.
Results may be submitted for KC shows, UKA shows and
independent shows, but ONLY shows that are offering LHO for Smalls AND
Mediums. Runs at full height do not qualify. Small dogs must run at 300mm or
less, and medium dogs at 400mm or less. Please email to ask if you are not
sure whether a show or particular class should count.
The following points will be awarded for results:-
1st - 10 points
2nd - 9 points
3rd - 8 points
4th - 7 points
5th - 6 points
6th - 5 points
7th - 4 points
8th - 3 points
Clear - 2 points
At the end of the year, prizes will be awarded to the top five dogs in each
category/height. with the highest accumulated points. All results must be
submitted by 31st January in the year following the league end. I reserve the
right to amend these rules, and would be very happy to receive comments from
members on the formulation of the league rules, or any other aspect of this
And the final rule... be nice to your dog and enjoy your agility!
And anyone wanting to join the league should send their details to