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Agilitynet came into it's own during the Foot & Mouth Crisis in 2002 and has not looked back since. It's been here for you in times of crisis, show cancellations, changes in rules and regulations, team selection and advances in technology. If it is news, we want to cover it regardless of affiliation. We can't be everywhere at once, however, so we rely on your input (and goodwill) to keep Agilitynet up to date so email us your show news as and when...

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 APRIL 2018

The Kennel Club Announces Agility Team GB

The Kennel Club has announced the agility teams which will represent Great Britain at the European Open Agility Championships in Vienna, Austria from 27-29 July, and the FCI Agility World Championships in Kristianstad, Sweden from 4-7 October.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year’s squad selection process, which concluded at the Performance Weekend, hosted by Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst Campus from 6-8 April.

The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent Agility Team GB this year which, once again, is kindly sponsored by the team’s two main sponsors, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and DOG StreamZ.

This year’s Performance Weekend was judged by Seppo Savikko from Finland. Courses were designed to test dogs and handlers on speed, fitness, consistency and accuracy. Over the weekend there was some fantastic handling on these courses where dogs and handlers could really show off their skills. 

Due to positive feedback, the coaching team brought back the win-on place for the European Open Championships. This meant an opportunity was given to one handler and dog from each of the heights (Small, Medium and Large) to be automatically selected onto the European Open team after being the top performing dog and handler in a final round held at the Performance Weekend. Natasha Wise with Nedlo Flipping Shiny Pebble, in the large height group; Steven Richardson, who has won this place for two consecutive years, with Ag.Ch. NoWorries Sweep's Dream, in the medium height group; and Sarah McLean with Milo'd Of Mischief, in the small height group won the coveted spots, and will be joining the rest of the European Open team in Vienna in July.

Team Manager, Mark Laker said 'Congratulations to all the handlers who have been selected for this year’s teams. It’s always a tough decision when there are so many top performing dogs and handlers on the squad. However, the coaching team and I believe we have selected a strong team who can go out to the European Open and the FCI World Championships and win medals.'

The teams selected are as follows:-

European Open

Small

  • Bonny Quick (Team Captain) with Ag.Ch. Goldheart Trail of Flames

  • Hayley Tindall with Tindall's Usselby Princess

  • Karen Hugo with Willowthorn's All That Jazz at Sabresnipe AW(P)

  • Rachel Ward with Blazecroft Midnight Akemi

  • Sarah McLean with Milo'd Of Mischief

  • Toni Dawkins with Basileas Hear Me Roar

Medium

  • Abigail Doxford with Anneryvalley Cassie

  • Ellie Curtis with Cacciatore Greenfinch

  • Hayley Telling (Team Captain) with Ag.Ch. New Illusions Bi Enchantment of The Five Colors

  • Marita Davies with Harvey Bird

  • Nigel Staines with Morgans Dark Destroyer AW/G

  • Sam Towe with Foxstones Penelope Pitstop

  • Steven Richardson (Team Captain) with Ag.Ch. Noworries Sweeps Dream

Large

  • Anthony Clarke (Team Captain) with Rujaff Fate el Protest

  • Dan Shaw with Ag.Ch. Comebyanaway Redefined

  • Dave Munnings (Team Captain) with Ag.Ch. Comebyanaway Reddy For Fame

  • Greg Derrett (Team Captain) with Nedlo Addicting Sproglett

  • Jess Clarehugh with Lynwood Beanie

  • Laura Hope with Regalaway Serendipity

  • Lauren Langman with Darleyfalls Bright Day at Devongem

  • Lucie Hinchley with Borderspirit Bright Star

  • Marita Davies with Lalapaws Taken By Surprise

  • Martin Reid with Ag.Ch. Borderpaws Secret Surprise

  • Natasha Wise with Ag.Ch. Nedlo Flipping Shiny Pebble

  • Sian Illingworth with Ferdi's Mirror Image

  • Vanessa Lloyd with Trust Your Heart Gin

All competitors at the European Open will get an individual run and be part of a team. Teams will be confirmed nearer the time.

World Championships

Small

  • Hayley Tindall with Tindall's Usselby Princess (T)

  • Kathryn Stickney (Captain) with Injasuti Coco Mademoiselle (T&I)

  • Lauren Langman with Ag.Ch. Samsir Blinkin Brilliant at Devongem (I)

  • Rachel Ward with Blazecroft Midnight Akemi (T)

  • Sarah McLean with Milo'd of Mischief (T)

  • Karen Hugo with Willowthorn's All That Jazz at Sabresnipe AW/P (Travelling Reserve)

Medium

  • Hayley Telling (Captain) with Ag.Ch. New Illusions Bi Enchantment of The Five Colors (T&I)

  • Abigail Doxford with Anneryvalley Cassie (T)

  • Ellie Curtis with Cacciatore Greenfinch (T)

  • Sam Towe with Foxstones Penelope Pitstop (T)

Large

  • Dan Shaw with Ag.Ch. Comebyanaway Redefined (T&I)

  • Dave Munnings with Ag.Ch. Comebyanaway Reddy for Fame (I)

  • Greg Derrett (Captain) with Nedlo Addicting Sproglett (T&I)

  • Martin Reid with Ag.Ch. Borderpaws Secret Surprise (T&I)

  • Natasha Wise with Ag.Ch. Nedlo Flipping Shiny Pebble (T&I)

  • Sian Illingworth with Ferdi's Mirror Image (I)

  • Anthony Clarke with Rujaff Fate el Protest (Travelling Reserve)
     

T – Team run

I – Individual run

Full results from the performance weekend can be found at First Place Processing.  More information on the qualification process for the 2019 squad can be found at the Kennel Club web site

Agility Team GB is sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, DOG StreamZ, First Contact, Nottingham Trent University, Eurotunnel, Agility1st, Animal Trust and supported by the Kennel Club.


TAG Easter Refunds

If you are requesting a refund for the TAG Easter show on 31st March to 2nd April which was cancelled, please let us know state which day(s)  you require a refund for.

  • If you entered online, your account will be credited. If you require a refund please email the Show Secretary by 4th May 2018.
     

  • if you entered by paper, you will receive a refund by cheque. Please send a SAE to the show secretaries address on the schedule. Again you need to request the refund by 4th May 2018.

Alternatively, please let us know if you would like your refund to go to a charity.

Rachel Rogers said, ' Thank you to all those people who supported us through the easter show and agreed that the right and sensible decision was made. We have a duty of care to the dogs and the handlers and feel that we made the right and correct decision based on this. We hope those that attended the games afternoon on saturday enjoyed it. We literally threw it together that morning!.


Refunds for Spring at Ramsey in Market Harborough

This is an update on the date by which refunds for the Spring at Ramsey which was canned on 7th and 8th April will be processed.

Show Manager Bernadette King said, 'As we have received more requests for refunds than originally expected, we  have had to revise the time by which they will be dealt with.  They will now be processed by Thursday, 3rd May 2018.


   
SOATC Champ Show Update

News flash... The show is going ahead at Winterton Showground as scheduled this weekend. The organisers are satisfied that they have addressed the access and camping issues.

Please read carefully and share.

For the show to go ahead, there will be a few changes and we ask for your cooperation in respecting the venue.

  • We have hired some temporary road surface to access the showground. Some areas are still very churned up and will be cordoned off. Only drive where directed.

  • Do not arrive before 2pm. There will be no towing vehicle before that time if needed.

  • Please keep vehicle movement to a minimum.

  • Only park where directed in designated areas.

  • Please do not allow your dogs to bark continuously, especially near residential areas. Noise may be being monitored by the council.

  • To help with camping, if anyone who lives near to the venue is willing to give up their pitch and travel daily, we will refund your camping fee. Please pm Marilyn Murphy before 5pm tomorrow if you would like to do this.

  • Some pitches may not be feasible. I will try to contact anyone who is affected by this. We have marked extra pitches in the reserve camping area.

  • Please help on the rings when you can.

There are a number of changes to camping pitches. If you have been moved, you will have heard from Sue Mallabar, our show processor, or myself with your new pitch number. 
Some pitch numbers are not quite as on the plan so when you arrive on the venue, please check where you going whilst you are still on hard standing.

If your vehicle does get stuck, please stop immediately and wait for assistance.

Thank you all in advance for your support and hope you have an enjoyable and successful show. And thank you to those who have really helped us out by giving up their pitch. Finally huge thanks to the team who are out there now laying road matting.

See you all tomorrow. Drive safely.



Orchard Easter Refunds

The cut off date for refunds for entries to the cancelled Orchard Easter Agility show is Friday, 13th April 2018 (1st class postmark).

Further to her emails, telephone calls and/or messages to every competitor who entered the Orchard Easter Agility show, organiser Rosemary Stowers said, 'If you do not wish to transfer your entries to any of our forthcoming shows, please drop me a line, together with a SAE by no later than Friday, 13th April (1st class post mark). 


Good News for BSD Show

Further to the message from the Belgian Shepherd Dog Society of GB about not being able to use The Camp at Ramsey for their show this weekend, the organisers are happy to report that, after contacting an awful lot of possible venues, they have found a venue for their  show. It is the Market Harborough Showground, Gallowfields Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7QB.

Show Manager Bernadette King said, 'There were lots of suggestions from agility folks for places to contact which was a great help.  I contacted lots of places. I stopped counting how many once I reached 40 venues. It was all a bit crazy, but it all worked out in the end and we got our venue. The good news is that the ground is fine, and I have seen a weather forecast for sunshine so the ice cream van is booked. We hope to see you at the show.'

Due to the change of venue, however, if anyone would wishes to cancel their entries (including camping), please email Bernadette King at  before midnight on Friday, 6th April 2018 to let her know. They will process your refund within 14 days and your money will be returned either by ASO or by cheque according to the way you made the original payment.


UKA Lydiard Show Cancelled

Unfortunately the sun has come too late for the Lydiard Park UKA show. After discussing the situation at length with Lydiard ground staff and trying hard to find a new venue at the last minute, the organisers have made the sad decision to cancel. The ground at Lydiard just is not able to safely accommodate our show this weekend.

There will still be a 'Lydiard show' but at a brilliant new venue on 8th & 9th September at Coates Water Country Park, Swindon, Wilts. SN3 1NT. There will still be

We are so pleased will still have our fantastic qualifiers of SWAG Beginners Steeplechase, CSJ Grand Prix and Yellow Hound Team Tournament

For those who have pre-entered, that means that the show can be re-opened. You can either keep your entry and attend the show on the new date, adjust your entry or cancel completely. Your Agility Plaza account will be in credit.

Thank you all for supporting our show and we really hope to see you at our new venue in sunny September.


IFCS Fundraising Show Postponed

Sorry to be the bearer of more bad news, but it has been decided to postpone the IFCS Fundraising show scheduled for Sunday, 8th April due to unsuitable ground conditions.

The venue was inspected yesterday, and it is still flooded. As there is another yellow weather warning for a lot more rain over Thursday and Friday, the decision hs been made with regards to the safety of our competitors and their dogs.

Hopefully the ground will have dried out in time for the rescheduled Spring show the following weekend. The show is being rescheduled to the Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May, the day after the WCAI 2 Day Summer show. That schedule will be out shortly. Only NEW entries or refunds need apply. Deadline is the 20th April.

Please email shows.iadsa@gmail.com for all show business.


Kingdom of Fife Show Cancelled

Having completed a ground inspection this afternoon the difficult decision has been taken to cancel the show. It is appreciated this will be of disappointment. The ground at  Scone Palace is carrying a fair bit of water and considering the unpredictable forecast, difficulty for campers and the comfort and safety of our club members, it is felt this is the sensible decision.

    Alan Short, Kingdom of Fife Chairman, said 'Paramount however is the safety of our dogs. They wont slow down just because the ground conditions are poor.'

Refunds
As the show has been cancelled, KoF will refund fees, less reasonably incurred expenses. Kenne CLub regulations dictate that the show has up to three months to issue refunds.

If you entered on paper and paid by cheque, you must submit a request for a refund and send a stamped addressed envelope to KoF Refunds, 3 Ramornie Mill, Pitlessie, Cupar, Fife KY15 7TH. This must be done within one month of the date of show.

If you entered online, you do NOT need to do anything. The show processors will ensure refunds will be made direct to the card used to pay for your entries and you will be sent a confirmation email.



Spring at Ramsey Alert

The Camp at Ramsey have told the Belgian Shepherd Dog Society of GB (BSDS) that they cannot hold their show on 7th-8th April at the venue as, due to the recent heavy rain, the surface water will not have drained from the site in time.

Rather than cancel the show immediately, the Show Manager Bernadette King said that are trying their best to find another venue for this weekend.

She explained, 'This is proving to be very difficult at such short notice and also since many venues are currently water logged or the ground is unusable as a result of events held over the Easter weekend. We will keep trying and let you know as soon as we have further news.'


 MARCH 2018


New Competition at Blenheim Palace Announced

Adams Agility has announced a prestigious new competition for 2018. The Blenheim Palace Horse Trials Dog Agility Stakes will be open to Large dogs (full height only) G1-7. It will be held under under the appropriate Kennel Club Regulations H & H(1) in force at the time of the event and consist of five qualifying heats at various shows around the country.

Sandra Adams said, 'I have aspired to create something like this for years! It's wonderful to see it finally become real. My aim was always to look for an event which could parallel Olympia and really get people excited about qualifying for the Final.  The structure may change, but for the first year, it's just such a privilege to begin our relationship with Blenheim Palace Horse Trials , courtesy of SSangYong, their main sponsors.'

The Final, judged by the much loved Charlie Wyatt, will be held at SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials on Friday, 14th September 2018.

Sandra added, 'Charlie is known through the agility community for his flowing, spread out courses, ideal for the 80 x 40 metre arena. This may be Charlie's very last judging appointment, not just for the year, but quite simply, his last ever. He has threatened to make this his final year of judging, but really, what a fitting swan song if it is.'

For a list of Blenheim Palace heats, go to the Agilitynet Show Diary or Qualifiers News page.


Kernow K9 Easter Show Announcement

It will be going ahead.

If you are going to the show, here are some things you need to know.

  • All camping will be adjacent to a roadway and we will be asking people to reverse or manually push the unit on the grass.

  • No vehicles to be driven over the grass.

  • If you unable to reverse, we will assist you on to you pitch.

  • If you no longer wish to camp, you must notify us before the show commences by email and your camping fee will be reimbursed next week.

  • We have a hard standing for motor homes.

  • Day parking may be moved to a hard standing area, so please look out for signs on the day.

Please share.



Important Easter Celebration Notice

To all those going to the Easter Celebration on 31st March and 1st April, Ardingly have contacted Mid Downs regarding the conditions at the Showground. Having had the weather that everybody has experienced and might experience in the next week or two, it has been decided to hold the event in the Abergavenny Buidling along with the two outside riding schools.

Camping is still available but will be on the roads in the surrounds. Dog gardens may be available depending on conditions, but no awnings. If you now do not wish to camp a full refund will be available, after the show, if you inform us by midnight Wednesday 28th March.

Please send requests for any Camping cancellations to Eastercelebcamping@outlook.com.

Day Parking will be through the North Gate, opposite the Gardeners Arms.

Ring Party Parking, and Camping, enter through Princess Gate, Main Centre Gate.

All vehicles must stay off the grass.



Love Live Streaming?

A great many of you really enjoyed the Crufts live streaming and also the ability to view events on YouTube.Please if you did enjoy them, irrespective of who was commentating, please tell the Kennel Club or Sunset & Vine who provide this service.

It costs money to provide this service and like every other organisation reviewing budgets, they need to know the service is useful, valued and appreciated. If they feel it is not, it could be withdrawn and it will then be too late to put pen to paper and moan.

Tell them now and hopefully they will continue with the service and maybe consider extending it further.

Also remember to 'like' everything you view as well.

Email Sunset & Vine at Nick.Vance@sunsetvine.com or the Kennel Club at press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk Do it now.


Becky is New Agility Team GB Assistant Manager

The search to find the new Agility Team  GB Assistant is over. The Kennel Club has announced that Becky Sargent has been appointed to the post.

Team Manager Mark Laker said, 'I've worked with Becky in the past and obviously know her as an agility competitor. Becky brings a wealth of experience from the equestrian world and her own unique character and ideas to Agility Team GB. I'm looking forward to working with Becky as we support this years teams and develop future squads and teams; particularly with the exciting prospect of the UK hosting the European Open in 2020.'

Becky said, 'What an honour! I have always had an interest in sports. From a young age, I participated in national and low level international athletics, before moving into the equine sector where I spent more than 20 years competing and being a trainer both national and international. I am looking forward to bringing my ideas and experience into the world of Dog Agility. From my experience in agility and going abroad with a fabulous team, I am excited to progress this further and help to develop the squad so that we can become unrivalled with the rest of the world.'



2018 WAO Wildcards Announced

The World Agility Open is very pleased to announce the 2018 Wildcards All applicants should now have received an email notifying them as to the selection committees decisions. Please check your spam folders if you have not received.

With over 60 eligible partnerships applying this year, there was quite a bit of competition gfor the 20 available spots. Congratulation to those that were selected and best of luck at the 2018 event. 

300
  • Diane O’Reilly with Rauri Belle (USA)
  • Fabio Mosca with Chanel (Italy)
  • Lena Westerman with Bambam (Germany)
  • Maria Melakari with Wiki (Sweden)
  • Rebecka Hansson with Svea (Sweden)

400

  • Annelie Hermansson with Dante (Sweden)
  • Antal van Tienen with Billy (Netherlands)
  • Danielle van Leeuwen with Gypsy (Netherlands)
  • Judy Reilly with Tempest (USA)
  • Shenna Lemche with Dynamite (USA)
500
  • Ariane Wieber withTequila (Germany)
  • Fabio Natalizi with Ira (Italy)
  • Jaakko Suoknuuti with Dao (Finland)
  • Jouni Orenius with Neela (Sweden)
  • Vanesa Martín Barroso with Kenia (Spain)

600

  • Dan Millwood with Blade (England)
  • Miki Miiura with Soledea (Japan)
  • Pepita Knuutila with Iza (Sweden)
  • Perry DeWitt with Verb (USA)
  • Tawni Burknap with Jolt (USA)

Greg Derrett said, 'Commiserations to those who were not selected. This year the number and quality of the applicants greatly increasing on previous years. Unfortunately the selection committee could only award five spots per height on what was a very difficult decision in all four categories. We would like to wish you all the best in your 2019 Try out and look forward to seeing you compete in future years.'


PAWC Call for Entries

The 2018 UK PAWC Team is on course to have one of the largest Teams ever - a potential team of 29 made up as follows:-

  • 8 previous team members
  • 12 new applications already sent in
  • 9 awaiting odd bits of info

Team Manager Linda Croxford said, 'There is still time if anyone is interested in applying who has a mobility problem. There is no limit to number of PAWC handlers we can take and handlers can enter a maximum of two dogs. Don't forget those who have still to send me applications or videos that entries close on 31st March so I must have everything at least a week before the end of the month.'

All PAWC applications should be sent with the following:-

  1. Doctors certificate or letter from doctor / hospital if in the UK, giving details of how handlers condition affects mobility
  2. If competing in an electric wheelchair, a copy of insurance certificate to be included detailing maximum speed of vehicle.
  3. 3 x videos in a competition or in an official match environment  (MP4 format only).

The UK Team is honoured to be hosting the 2018 International and Mixed Breed Championship (IMCA) and ParAgility World Championship (PAWC). The event is taking place from Thursday, 23rd to Sunday 26th August 2018 at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Huntingdon (Cambs.)

For more information about PAWC, visit www.imca-pawc2018.co.uk or email Linda Croxford on linda@petlodge.co.uk . Deadline for applications to be considered for the PAWC team have to be sent by Linda to the board by 31st March 2018 so need to be with Linda no later than a week before this date.



Watch More Crufts on Media

Dog lovers can look forward to a record-breaking 14 hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this week. This is two and a half hours more than the 2017 show which was then a record in itself.

The Kennel Club will also will be streaming the whole Agility Competition event via YouTube and Facebook. The first event begins at 8:45am on Thursday morning. The whole schedule can be found here.

The Agility streams on Facebook will be on this page: https://www.facebook.com/DogAgility/ Then selected rounds will be published to the same FB page at 10pm that night and available the following day from 9am.

With Clare Balding at the helm, 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. This year Channel 4 will be broadcasting an extra one-hour programme from the show in the afternoon on all four days, including a new show on the Wednesday before Crufts begins.

Wednesday, 7th March

  • 1500-1600 – Channel 4 Crufts Daily Show

Thursday, 8th March

  • 1500-1600 – Channel 4 Crufts Daily Show
  • 1830-2000 – More4 Crufts
  • 2000-2100 – Channel 4 Crufts

Friday, 9th March

  • 1500-1600 – Channel 4 Crufts Daily Show
  • 1830-1930 – More4 Crufts
  • 1930-2100 – Channel 4 Crufts

Saturday, 10th March

  • 1630-1730 – Channel 4 Crufts Daily Show
  • 1900-2100 – Channel 4 Crufts

Sunday, 11th March

  • 1630-1730 – Channel 4 Crufts Daily Show
  • 1900-2100 – Channel 4 Crufts Best In Show

Clare will host daily highlights of the world's biggest dog event live from the NEC and will be joined by Alan Carr, who will be presenting the afternoon show with Clare, and Channel 4s 'Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick. The presenters will be supported by vet, health and welfare expert Nick Blayney, as well as dog reporters and breed experts, Jessica Holm and Frank Kane.

All of the Arena action from the show will also be shown every day live on the Crufts YouTube channel which can be found at www.youtube.com/crufts.

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club which runs Crufts, said, 'We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy even more of this year’s Crufts. 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 and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.

'The enhanced TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people’s homes, but will enable people 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.'

Channel 4 and More4’s coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset + Vine.



Trade Stands Wanted for Orchard Summer Show

Orchard Agility is looking for a 'doggy' trade stand for their four day KC Summer Open Agility show over the August Bank Holiday from 24th August to 27th August at their new venue in March, Cambridgeshire.

If you are interested in having a general pet trade stand at our show, please email Rosemary Stowers as soon as possible.



YKC Agility Team GB Announced for EOJs

The Kennel Club has announced the names of the members of the agility teams who will represent Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB at the European Open Junior Agility Championships in the Netherlands from 13th - 15th July 2018.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year's squad selection process. Two selection days were held at Nottingham Trent University, both including agility and jumping courses, and the squad trained alongside the adult team. Handlers invited to both selection days competed on six courses in total, giving the handlers plenty of opportunity to impress. The top three handlers in each height qualified automatically for the first time, which filled the competition with extra excitement, ensuring some fantastic runs.

The selection days proved highly successful. The first day was judged by Steve Croxford and the second by guest judge Jirina Mackova from Czech Republic. Jirina is also the European Open Championship judge, and set a mixture of challenging courses for the competitors. The coaching team, made up of Mark Laker (team manager), Paul Moore (team coach), Ann Roberts (team assistant), Rachel Mowbray (team vet) and Neil Ellis (team coordinator) assessed the handlers on both days. Several aspects of the competitors were considered; not only their course performance, but the handler’s attitude, fault recovery, and dog’s health.

The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent YKC Agility Team GB this year, which is supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and sponsored by the Kennel Club.

Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker said: 'In the third year of taking a team to the European Open for juniors we’ve seen over 130 young handlers try out and a greater level of agility. The standard and depth of competition across all three heights has been extremely high. I believe we’ve selected a very strong team which I’m looking forward to working with as we prepare for the European Open for juniors in the Netherlands this July.'

The teams selected are as follows:-

Small

  • Penelope Lowes with Totanium Penny Black

  • Lucas Irwin-Burns with Lucas's Little Soppy Sam

  • Rosie Sawyer with Happy Pappi of Many Tears
     

  • Jack Ryan with Jachols Jump Jet

  • Eilidh Murray with Ellie's Dream Girl

  • Summer Clark with Triggerwick's Ruby AW/S 

  • Millie Sawyer with Mandys Bumble Bee

Medium:

  1. Aemillia Nicholson with Little Miss Woo Woo

  2. Katie Lines with Under The Archies

  3. Aemillia Nicholson with Roo My Little Gem

  • Camryn Macleod with Folkvang Purple Lucky

  • Hannah Thorpe with Izzie Catch a Falling Star

  • Penelope Lowes with Trouble with Squeak

  • William Sims-Bolboe with Twinyos Jumping Jack

Large

  1. Sara Bacon with Tynevermoor Jay

  2. Emilia Bowers with Foxtwist Repeat Request

  3. Belle Howlett with Millennium Falcon Princess

  • Sara Bacon with Tynevermoor Secret Dreamer

  • Thomas Shaw with Laugh Out Loud

  • Rory Tidmarsh with Delanor Creme de Menthe

  • Jessica Cuthbertson with Jess And Skye Blue Shining AW/G

  • Ben Alderson with Goose Girl

  • Millie Sawyer with Borderspirit Joyful

  • Megan Hunt with A Moment in Thym

Non-travelling reserves

  • Adam Stretton with Tottakai Voin Olla Valopilkku

  • Heidi Von Dinther with Miss Nell Be

  • Ben Alderson with Secret Mystery Mission Impossible

  • Emma Greenshields with Black Knight of Wessex

  • Lucinda Lowes with Sobriety's Come On Eileen


 FEBRUARY 2018

Vote for YKC Young Person of the Year

The YKC Young Person of the Year Award recognises and celebrates the achievements of inspiring and innovative YKC members who are making a difference for dogs. The award has five categories including Young Braveheart, Champion Volunteer, Good Buddy, Sporting Talent and Fundraiser of the year. The winners will be announced at Crufts in the YKC Ring at 11.45am on Sunday, 11th March.

The public has sent in their nominations, and the winners of each category have been shortlisted for the overall award of Outstanding Person of the Year. Finalists this year include two agility Juniors. We unashamedly support our agility youngster and urge you to vote to them.

Young Braveheart of the Year
Lauren Ashby (14) was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma Stage 3 in January last year when she was just 13 years old. The cancer was in her neck, throat, chest and spleen. This devastated the family and after undergoing surgery a few weeks later, Lauren started the painful and exhausting process of chemotherapy for six months.

Lauren has always been dog mad. She started taking part in agility three years ago with the family Cocker Spaniel/Springer Spaniel cross, Meg and became instantly hooked. After she got Percy, a Cocker Spaniel/Poodle cross in the summer of 2016 she began training him as soon as she could, but just seven months after they started training she was diagnosed and her life changed forever. Lauren was determined not to let it stop her taking part in what she loved. Even after her diagnosis, some of her first initial questions were related to agility training and what she would still be able to do.

Throughout the chemo and surgery, she set herself goals and targets to try and reach with Meg and Percy, training them a few minutes a day when she wasn't in hospital. The chemotherapy Lauren was having affected her muscle strength greatly, but she somehow still managed to get herself around an agility course – something the doctors were amazed by. She even competed in an agility competition at Easter whilst going through chemo, after her blood levels allowed her to be outside. The tactical side of agility always allowed Lauren to be thinking about what she would be doing to improve and train the dogs when she was stuck in hospital or at home for days on end, unable to attend school due to treatment. Having a passion for something kept her going through some truly horrendous side effects.

Lauren’s bravery throughout last year and her passion for agility gave her a purpose and focus to getting her through treatment. Lauren carried on training and competing when possible as it was a lifeline to trying to feel some sense of normality during such a traumatic time.

Unfortunately, since being nominated for Young Braveheart of the Year, Lauren’s cancer has sadly returned, and she will be seeking further treatment over the course of the year. However despite the worst, Lauren is just as determined as ever to channel her love and passion for agility and her dogs to make it through this difficult time.

Sporting Talent of the Year
Hannah Thorp (16) found that her life changed three years ago when she got her first dog Izzie, a Border Collie/Poodle crossbreed. Over the years, Izzie and Hannah have grown to be best friends, and the pair began training and competing in agility as soon as they were able.

After getting to Grade 7 in their first season competing, they were selected to represent YKC Agility Team GB at the European Open Junior Championships in Luxembourg, where they returned with a Bronze medal in the Individual Agility round – on Izzie’s third birthday. Less than a month later, they came 2nd in the Medium championship final at the world’s largest agility event, the Kennel Club International Agility Festival in August, where they also qualified for the YKC Agility Dog of the Year semi-final at Crufts 2018 and the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes finals in December 2017.

However, the best part of the journey for Hannah is the true passion and unrivalled joy they have together, having fun, making friends and lots of memories. Hannah and Izzie have a real love for agility and an inspiring growth as a partnership, both on and off the agility course. Hannah is a great ambassador for the dog agility world, and always puts 100% into everything she does. She is an inspiration to young and old agility handlers and has really excelled in the canine activity with Izzie and her other dog, Baxter.

Other finalists include:

  • Fundraisers of the Year - Sisters, Teigan (14 years old) and Alana (11 years old) Harp-Jones from Wales raised funds for charity through dog events.

  • Good Buddy of the Year - Bailey Anderson (14) is a very inspirational young man from Dumfries who always strives to help others along with his love of dogs and his many hobbies.

  • Champion Volunteer of the Year - Chloe Smith (17) is passionate about volunteering for a wide range of clubs and organisations.

Speaking about the finalists, Young Kennel Club Chairman, Gerald King, said: 'We are truly in awe at the passion, dedication, bravery and selflessness of our Young Kennel Club members – especially these incredible finalists. They are a credit to their generation and will, no doubt, inspire many of their peers for years to come.

'Every year we receive amazing entries for young people and everyone who received a nomination should be proud of what they have achieved. Our finalists’ stories really highlight the difference that a dog can make in a person’s life or vice versa. We are looking forward to welcoming them to Crufts and seeing who the public have chosen as the winner of the Young Person of the Year award in March.”

The finalists in each category have been invited to Crufts 2018 on Sunday, 11th March for a special presentation ceremony and each will receive an exclusive YKC ambassador’s badge and award. As well as being crowned the Young Person of the Year, there is a prize fund up to £750 which will be used towards helping the winner progress their love of dogs.

For over thirty years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy to the winner of the award at Crufts, in memory of their son who sadly died. Shaun had himself achieved considerable success as a dog handler.

Previous winners of the annual competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping to organise dog activities in the local community and for assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring.

You can vote on-line by going to the Kennel Club web site http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/ykc-young-person-of-the-year-award/


SWAT South West Junior Challenge New for 2018

South West Agility Training (SWAT) is pleased to announce that they are sponsoring a new Junior Challenge at a number of South West shows, with the winners being invited to participate in the Finals, judged by Chris Huckle, on 4th August 2018 at the SWAT show. Their aim is to encourage Junior handlers in the region by offering a competition specifically for them, whilst raising awareness of the need to support and encourage Juniors at local shows.

The Challenge will have two categories - Under 9 and Over 9. The upper age limit is 16 years old, as they are aiming it at kids still in Secondary school.

Dogs will be able to jump their usual height, including LHO, and it is open to G1-7, the aim being to be as inclusive as possible. All heights and grades will compete against each other -the only split being handler age.

The 1st and 2nd placed handlers and dogs from each qualifier will be invited to compete at the Final. If a handler and dog partnership has already qualified in either age group, or is unable to attend, the invitation may be given to the next placed pair, provided they have not been eliminated.

For 2018 there will be five heats, kindly hosted by South Devon, Sherborne Vale, Carn Brea, Cornwall AC as well as the May SWAT show.

Heats will be held at:-

  • Carn Brea - 8th April 2018

  • SWAT - 28th May 2018

  • Cornwall - 7th July 2018

  • Sherborne Vale - 22nd July 2018

  • South Devon - 29th July 2018

The plan is to make this an annual competition and there will be additional heats in 2018 / 2019 with other South West clubs already signed up for next year's Challenge.

Toni Keating said, 'I am thrilled that local clubs have been so supportive of our idea, which also helps to foster closer relations between the smaller clubs in the area. It will be exciting to watch the Juniors compete and grow in confidence from heat to heat and year to year. They are the future for our sport.'

www.swat-dogs.com


Olympia Qualifications 2018 Clarification

Gerald King, Chairman of the Prestige Events Working Party, said: 'Following the publication of changes to the Novice Stakes at Olympia 2018 we have received a great deal of feedback which has been taken on board. Accordingly there will now be no changes to the qualifications or for competitions at Olympia 2018 and further discussions will take place for 2019 and subsequent events.'

You can see the Olympia rules and qualifying heats via the website.


 JANUARY 2018

 
FCI Agility Judges Seminar at the KC

The Kennel Club is offering an opportunity to attend a one day FCI agility judges seminar in November 2018 at the Kennel Club Building in Stoneleigh, Coventry.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people to expand their knowledge and experience of judging agility in Europe. The seminar will cover advice on officiating at FCI agility competitions, FCI agility equipment and an overview of the new 2018 FCI Agility Regulations and Judges Guidelines amongst other things.

The seminar will be led by Wilf Claus, Vice President of the FCI Agility Commission. Wilf is one of Europe’s most experienced and well-known judges and brings a wealth of experience in judging at major events across the world.

The FCI Judges Seminar will be held on both Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018 and will run from 9am until 5pm.

Ticket prices are £60 per person until 5th April, and £80 after this date. The price includes lunch. Tickets can be purchased from www.thekennelclubshop.org.uk/products/fci-judges-seminar-2018-hosted-by-wilf-claus.

The closing date to buy tickets is 9th October 2018.


Large HO League Results

Congratulations to the Large LHO League Winners 2017. 

 Place

Handler

KC Name

 1.

1.       Tracie Scott

Holmlyne Flyte

 2.

2.       Caroline Joyce

Caledonian Rockstar

 3.

3.       Julie Barry

Flo Motion Go with The Flo

 

Grade 2

 1.

1.       Kaye Wall

Tess Does It Her Way

 2.

2.       Hol Thomas

Windy Slinky O'Rainbow

 3.

3.       Alice Barnes

Mousey Moo

 

Grade 3

 1.

1.       Nicola Readman

Strayhead Electra

 2.

2.       Sophie Smith

Sea Theo Transform

 3.

3.       Denise Smith-Howell

Ainmhithe's Tyke Tastic

 

Grade 4

 1.

1.       Helen Jones

Mae The Force Be with You

 2.

2.       Beth Rachlis

MorgansR Swizzie Rascal

 3.

3.       Sarah Damesman

Anethum Graveolens

 

Grade 5

 1.

1.       Emily Fothergill

Nidderdale Twister N'Motion

 2.

2.       Sue Cooke

Razzle Dazzle Tazzle AW/B

 3.

3.       Helen Baldwin

Hellfire Ricochet

 

Grade 6

       1.

Sarah Crouch

Batfinks Days of Thunder

       2.

 Georgina Davies

Harrjak Taking the Mick

 

Grade 7

1.       1.

Sarah Crouch

Canen Cosmic Sindy

2.       2.

Christine Waddell

Thistledhu Skye AW/P

3.       3.

Emily Fothergill

Ziggy Stardom

This league, sponsored by the 4th Height Supporters Group, is now open for registration for 2018. It is free to take part in the LLHO League.
 See Facebook Group for details Link 



Accredited 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

Anyone up for the role? Applications should be emailed to agility@thekennelclub.org.uk or sent to The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB for the attention of Rachel Mansfield. The deadline for applications is 26th March 2018, after which an assessment day will be arranged.


Bretford to Host 1st Champ Only Show

Bretford Dog Training Society is delighted to announce that they have been awarded Agility Championship class status in 2018 at all three heights. It will only host Championship classes which will enable us to provide the very best environment for a top level Championship Agility show.

The Bretford Championship Agility Show will take place on Saturday, 27th October 2018 at Moreton Morrell College Warwickshire CV35 9BL.  The venue will offer two indoor rings of a minimum of 40m x 25m, warm up areas, and tiered audience-seating area for the Final. Championship Judges Andrew Dicker (Large dogs) and Roger Griffin (Small and Medium dogs) will officiate

 Luke Taylor said, 'We believe this will be the first time a Kennel Club Agility show will host only Championship classes and, whilst only open to competitors of Championship eligibility, we would love to see handlers of all grades join us at this central venue (10 minutes from Junction 15 M40) to cheer on some of the best Agility dogs in the country in the last Championship classes for 2018.

 'We are seeking and would welcome suggestions from Championship handlers on ways to ensure that Bretford offer the best Championship competitor experience possible within the resources available to us. Please contact committee member Luke Taylor with your suggestions and comments at taylor.luke@hotmail.co.uk.'

 The show schedule will be out later in the year.



KC Call for Stories

This year marks the 40th year of agility at Crufts. The Kennel Club press office wants to showcase the passion and dedication that people have for competing and training in agility with their dog to celebrate this anniversary.

Perhaps you will also be celebrating 40 years of agility? Or competing in agility with your dog has changed your life, or the life of your dog? If you are a seasoned professional or a humble amateur, they want to hear from you.

Please share your story with them here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XR3Z7FG



Agility Nuts Celebrates 100 Independent Shows

The Agility Nuts Summer Show 1 at Bilsthorpe Sportsground on Saturday, 5th to Sunday, 6th May will be the 100th Independent show that has been held since the first Agility Nuts show way back in August 2008.

Originally planned as a one-off, the Agility Nuts Independent shows quickly developed into something more. The winter of 2008-09 saw their first 5-show Winter Series at Trent Valley Equestrian Centre which was followed by a 4 show Summer Series at Parkland Stables in Ruddington, famed for the amazing hospitality of the venue owners, not to mention the challenging bridge on to the venue!

Within a couple of years, they were running 11 independent shows a year plus one Kennel Club Show, which switched to 10 independent shows plus two Kennel Club shows in 2013. Ruddington hosted their summer shows until the end of 2011 and, after a couple of years assessing a few different venues, Bilsthorpe Sportsground, with it's amazing running surface, became our regular venue from May 2014. Trent Valley hosted their Winter Shows up to the end of the 2013-14 season after which they moved to Oakridge Arena where they continue to hold shows with 2 large netted rings over the winter months.

The Agility Nuts Independent shows have always allowed four runs per day for all dogs- including Veterans - the only exception being the simple runs for Nursery dogs (16-24 months) introduced for the 2012-13 winter series. They allow training in the ring and NFC runs, meaning that dogs can run at whatever height they want should they wish to do so.

They've always had an overlap of dog heights so that large Mediums and small Larges can run at Medium height, for example. At their very first show, they introduced the concept of ABL (Anything But Large) classes, where all dogs other than Large dogs compete against each other. This format proved popular with competitors and remains today.

They also introduced the annual Triathlon event into the summer schedule back in 2012, an event that combines running (not long!), Obedience (not formal) and Agility - or rather jumping - with special prizes for the winner. With netted rings, the Agility Nuts Summer and Winter Series shows are the perfect shows to get your dogs used to the competition environment.

Since the very first show Agility Nuts has had ringside laptops for inputting results and a live display of results as they happen in the Office area. It means they have a complete record of every run at all of their shows. They run Leagues for different levels (Elementary, Starters, Novice and Senior) and for Veterans with Dog of The Season Awards presented at the end of each Winter and Summer Series. We always enjoy a friendly and competitive atmosphere at our shows.

Paul Sensky of Agility Nuts DTC said, 'And so we approach Show 100. To celebrate, we will be making some special presentations including Most Wins and Most Eliminations (!) amongst others. We will also be offering competitors the chance to win £100 worth of Agility Nuts entries at the show, but you'll have to be there on both days to improve your chances of winning!

'Finally, I thought I would share some current stats with you, compiled courtesy of our complete record of all results.'

  • 3831 classes in the first 96 shows
  • 1402 handlers and 2499 dogs have been to at least one of the shows
  • 77,761 runs entered
  • 18,789 clear rounds
  • 16,142 placed rosettes awarded
  • 226 Judge's Specials awarded
  • 21 dogs with over 100 clear rounds including one with over 200
  • Most placings for one dog = 374
  • Most wins by a single dog = 76
  • Highest aggregate League Points for a single dog = 8119
  • 1 x dog has competed in every single show - yes, they will definitely be getting a special award!

Paul continued, 'Many people have enjoyed the shows from the very beginning, but special thanks must be made to Hazel and Sue who have helped us in the office at every single show, and to Jane, Viv, Jayne, Natalie and Ann who have kept things running smoothly around the rings for us for so many years now.

'There are still two more shows to get through before we get there so if you want to join us at Oakridge Arena for our 11th February (POTD) , February 11th and March 3rd you can enter online at www.firstplaceprocessing.com  or head over to the Agility Nuts website, www.agilitynuts.co.uk . Our first Kennel Club show of the year at Thoresby Park on April 7-8 is also available to enter.'


New SKS Show Announced

SKS Agility show is a new two day show being held at Hickstead Show Ground (West Sussex) on the 4th & 5th August 2018.

The show will offer Lower Height Option for all heights with separate awards. As well as several sponsored classes, with lots of prizes to be won. It will also include a very exciting evening final - The StreamZ Team Speedstakes, which is kindly being judged by the one and only Simon Chandler.

The StreamZ Team Speedstakes final will be run in the evening once show has finished.

Stacey said, 'I am very excited to run the SKS agility show this year. It is my aim to create a fun friendly atmosphere for all competitors and I would like to make this an enjoyable weekend show for everyone.'

As well as the fantastic catering, there will also be a bar that will be serving an array of drinks at very reasonable prices.



Change to KC Agility Regulations

The Kennel Club has recently approved the following change to the regulations for agility.

The below regulation has been amended to account for instances where a dog competing in the Large height category may have been requested to have an additional measurement. The amendment has clarified that where a dog had been measured, an additional measurement could be requested. However, if the dog had commenced competing without entering the measuring process it would not be possible for it to be subject to an additional measurement.

The amended regulation will be included in the regulation booklets as of 1 January 2019, however, the regulation in principle will be followed with immediate effect.

Amendment to Regulation H(1)(B)4.(11)

TO:

An additional measurement may be requested by the Kennel Club or a Kennel Club approved Championship Agility Judge. The dog in question must have already had its final official Kennel Club measurement. The Judge need not be officiating on the day the additional measurement is requested but must be in attendance at the Show. No fee will be required from either the Judge or the handler/owner. Any Large dog which has not been through the measuring process shall not be eligible for an additional measurement. (Insertion underlined.)


Agility Team GB Performance Weekend Announced

The Kennel Club has announced the date and judge for the Agility Team GB Squad Performance Weekend, which will be held at the Brackenhurst Campus at Nottingham Trent University. It will be held from Friday 6th - Sunday 8th April. The judge has been confirmed as Seppo Savikko from Finland and assistant judge will be Neil Ellis.

Dogs and handlers who are not part of the 2018 squad may enter on Sunday 8th April 2018 to gain experience on courses designed and judged by an international judge. The coaching team will be looking for a maximum of 12 dogs (four from each height) from the Sunday competition to be invited on to the 2019 squad for the development of dogs and handlers.

The coaching team will be focusing on dogs and/or handlers new to international agility competitions and who show potential as future squad members.

The day is capped at 150 dogs in total, ideally a maximum of 50 dogs per height: large, medium and small. Dogs must be competing at grades 6 or 7.

The closing date for entries is 5th March 2018.

Further information about the squad qualification process for 2019 can be found on the Kennel Club’s website - www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.


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