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iSS Announces UK Dog Agility Shows Hub
iSS has announced a new inter-active version of their printed iSS Show Diary. The UK Dog Agility Shows Hub will allow clubs to have direct access to publishing show dates and schedules on-line in the Diary, cancelling them if necessary, and getting messages direct to Competitors. It will provide them with cloud storage for all their archives, and provide a Club Forum specific to their Club only for on-line discussion among the show committee about the show planning. Changing Show Secretary should be easy by just supplying the log in details to the new officer.
The on-line diary will be free to everyone but to get full use of the iSS Interactive Diary as a competitor, a subscription will be required eventually, although it is free for the rest of 2018 while the contents builds. The Interactive Diary will provide a Diary that can be filtered and fully personalised by integrating with the competitor's own appointments.
June Richardson describes it as a 'place where clubs and competitors can meet.' Here are some frequently asked questions.
Q. Just what is an Agility Shows Hub?
Q. So are you still taking on-line entries?
Q. What made iSS develop the Diary?
Q. How is this Diary different?
Q. Is there anything more for the competitor?
Q. What are you offering the show organisers then?
Q. The crucial question! How much will this cost?
Weardale Agility Week
Weardale DAC have some exciting news for 2019. They are running a week long Championship & Premier KC show from Saturday, 20th July to Sunday 28th July at Wolsingham Agricultural Showground, Scotch Isle Park, Wolsingham, Co Durham.
The Welsh Kennel Club is only one of two UK organisations to hold Championship Agility, Breed and Obedience on the same site some. This year 160 Agility partnerships, at the top of their game, gathered on the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells on 18th & 19th August to find our 2018 winners amongst the largest dog entry in Wales.
With only one Championship ring, it needed both judge’s collaboration with course design as well as a good ring party and handler co-operation along with a bit of Welsh sun to bring it all together. Champ judges Fran Walton and Andy Brown report.
Andy Brown's Judge's Report - Small & Medium Dogs
The atmosphere in the Championship Agility ring was very good and made it a special day. I would also like to thank my fellow judge Fran Walton for her help with the course design and building. We used the same courses for Small, Medium and Large dogs due to time constraints through the day. As with all Agility shows, it’s the backroom staff who do all the hard work with a superb ring party and organisation making the day run smoothly.
Massive congratulations to all the winners:
Hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did,
And finally I would like to say thanks to the Welsh KC for allowing me to judge at their Championship show.
Fran Walton's Judge's Report - Large Dogs
I felt very honoured to have been asked to judge the Large Dog Championship Agility class at Builth Wells on the 18th August at the Welsh KC flagship show. Andy (Brown) and I had chosen fast, but technical courses for the Jumping and Agility heats, and many of the Large dogs managed these courses very well.
In the Jumping round, the majority of errors were over the final five obstacles which made a tricky combination, given the longer stride of these dogs compared with the Small and Medium dogs in the previous classes. There were 14 clear rounds on this course, with the fastest from Anthony Clarke (Protest), Lee Windeat (Bikini) and Andy Sandercock (Spy).
The Agility round also ran well, despite some tricky angles in the middle section and a tunnel trap just as most handlers were trying to run ahead for the following sequence. This section ended the hopes of several handlers, but the majority of dogs managed well. It was interesting at this point to see the different ways of handling this section to avoid either going wrong or losing time. There were 19 clear rounds in the agility round being led by Lauren Langman (Style), Sara Bacon (Dream) and Jo Gleed (Scooter).
This left the top 20, based on time and accumulated faults, to run the Final Agility course to see who would receive the Challenge Certificate.
I had designed a very fast course where it was possible to guide the dog round tightly – unless something went wrong and the flow was lost. Keeping the dog close into the jumps in the opening sequence also left you open to knocking the poles down – a trade off of speed for possible faults.
The Final suddenly became highly competitive and tense after Sara Bacon (just 15 years old) ran with her young Collie, Dream. This run was as near perfect as could be imagined, in a time of 33.598 seconds. The gauntlet had been thrown down! There were still 13 dogs to run, and the challenge brought disappointment to many of the country’s finest handlers as mistakes were made in the effort to beat Dream’s time.
Sara managed to keep her lead and became one of the youngest agility handlers to be awarded the Challenge Certificate – much to the joy of her Father who was at the ringside trying not to watch!
The Reserve was taken by the well-established top partnership of Charlotte Harding and Scandal, with a fantastic run, but sadly it was not fast enough by a mere half second.
I would like to commend all the competitors for the spirit in which they ran this competition. There was plenty of competitiveness, but this never seemed to overshadow their enjoyment of the day, nor their obviously genuine congratulations for Sara upon her splendid victory.
Welsh Kennel Club Championship Agility 2018 Winners
As ever, the Welsh Kennel Club wishes to record it's thanks to our judges this year and joins them in congratulating the winners as well as all the competitors and the team who makes it all work. They are very grateful for the support of Eukanuba of the 2018 Agility Championships at the Summer show.
With the welcomed and valued support of Welsh-made dog food suppliers Burns Pet Nutrition, Agility handlers from the principality with dogs of all sizes met to stake their claim to the title of being Wales’s top Agility handler in the Burn’s Pet Nutrition Annual Welsh Handler of The Year competition, held at the Pembrokeshire County Show. This year there was some lovely Welsh sunshine on both days and attentive crowds who cheered on the participants in great spirit.
This is a two part competition, held over two days, with an Agility round judged by Sam Jackson and a Jumping round judged Chelsea Coles.
The 'usual suspects' were there with previous contenders in good positions after Day 1.
Day 2 of the Burn’s Pet Nutrition Welsh Handler of The Year took pride of place in the County Show's feature ring and, once again, it did not disappoint. Those in the top 10 from the previous day ran in reverse order of merit, adding a frisson of danger. Could they they could reproduce perfection in the second round - the elusive double clear. The class was won by Caitlin Wells and Breeze.
Leading after Day 1 was on form Dani Smillie who unfortunately forgot to enter Day 2 of the competition so had to watch success slip away. It was a well deserved win for 2017 runner up Joe Barnley with Moltini Eddie - their second title, albeit with a ten year gap.
The Jersey European Agility Festival is growing. Two extra days of competition are adding to the weekend before. There will also be two days of training workshops in the week. Once again the show will take place at the Jersey Accommodation & Activity Centre with onsite indoor accommodation and camping.
The new format is as follows:-
Watch this page for further announcements over the coming months.
Calling All BSD Handlers...
The BSDA of GB and WBSDS would like to invite eligible Belgian Shepherd Dog agility handlers to register their interest for the Team selection for the next FMBB World Championship to take place in the Czech Republic between 8th and 12th May 2019.
Email your name together with your dog's Kennel Club / pet name, it's age and current KC Grade and height as well as your location to Tony Parmiter at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 21st September.
Adams End of Year Change of Venue
Adams Agility has been given the chance of a different venue for the last two shows of 2018. This will allow some needed rest for Catton Park ground. The show affected are the Adams September show. the training day and the October show.
The new venue is Royle Farm which is an excellent 180 acre venue with woodland walking, located on Caldwell Road, Drakelow, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE15 9TU, just five miles from Catton.
Sandra Adams said, 'Sorry for any inconvenience caused and we hope you’ll enjoy the new venue.'
It was a long day but all the competitors in the SJDC Final, judged by Jim Flood, were amazing. It was an exciting course to watch right to the very end.
Congratulations to the winners:-
Huge congratulations to Lucy Smith who was as cool as a cucumber and pulled another Clear out of the bag to smash the Overall Scottish Junior Dog Club Handler of the Year - very very well deserved.
As always thanks to our sponsors Laura and Alan Short from Lalapaws and Pete Hannah from Skinners, and also To Graham Tweed from Kronch for his lovely unexpected gift of baseball hats for all the juniors in the final,
Dawn Gilmour said, 'Thank you all for your patience and apologies regarding the microphone and timing issues, too.'
Massive thanks also go to Kyle Davidson, Jackie Davidson and the family for the beautiful Silver Cup with Purple bow, donated in memory of Jean Davidson who was a huge supporter of the Juniors and would have loved the final. Well done, Blair on winning this.
Scottish Junior Finalists Announced
It's not long now to the Scottish Junior Dog Club Final at the Gleniffer Championship Show in September. This should be an an exciting final, judged by Jim Flood in Ring 1, and no doubt it will be well supported by the Scottish Agility Community that comes along to support the Juniors.
The Scottish Junior Dog Club (SJDC) was started in 2007 by a group of Junior Handlers for Juniors. The group is for enthusiastic, hardworking kids - aged between 6 and 23 - who work together to support each other in every aspect from cheering each other on during competition to having sports days and fun throughout the summer when all the members get involved and even drag their parents along, too!
The SJDC is not only a club for competition but a place where Scottish Juniors can build relationships with others and make the experience of working with dogs even more enjoyable.
Each year there are four qualifying Agility classes for our members, split into three age groups - 11 and Under, 12 - 17 and 18 - 23. The top three Unders, five Overs and three Seniors at each heat are invited to compete in the final. The winner of each age category will then compete against each other for the title of Top Scottish Junior Handler of the The Year.
Thank you very much to the following clubs for hosting the qualifiers without whom this fantastic final could not have been held.
The finalists are:
11 and Under
Overs 12 - 17
Seniors 18 - 23
Massive thanks to our sponsors Lalapaws (Laura and Alan Short) and to our final sponsors Skinners Dog Foods (Pete Hannah)
The Kennel Club International Agility Festival took place at Rockingham Castle over the weekend of 9th - 12th August 2018 with over 3,200 dogs from all over the world competing at all levels of experience in agility. The Festival, which is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, welcomed dogs of all breeds and competitors from 13 different countries as far flung as Japan.
Competitions included the Championship classes where top graded dogs competed to qualify for the Agility Championships held annually at Crufts as well as a special International class which enabled handlers to qualify for the British Open Final, which is also held at Crufts. The Quarter and Semi-finals of the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes saw handlers secure a place for the prestigious competition held at Olympia in December, and Semi-finals for the Starters Cup gave dogs new to agility the opportunity to qualify for the final held at Discover Dogs London this October.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: 'We are very pleased that the International Agility Festival was such a huge success, and it was great to see so many dogs and their handlers from all over the world competing in one place. The festival is a big highlight of the agility calendar and we wanted to say thank you to everyone who made it a fun and enjoyable event for those attending, especially those who travelled hundreds of miles to compete and judge. Well done to all our wonderful winners We hope that they are proud of their achievements over the weekend.'
Ceri Rundle, Managing Director of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, said: 'Huge congratulations to all the winners and competitors at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival 2018. Each year we are really impressed by the passion, dedication and calibre of competitors, and this year was no exception. The Festival is an excellent event for all dog and agility lovers, and this was definitely reflected in the record breaking number of dogs we had competing over the four days. CSJ are proud to sponsor the festival and we wanted to say a huge thank you to the organisers, handlers, dogs and visitors who helped make this year’s festival such an entertaining and friendly event.'
The top three placings in each of the main competitions at the festival were as follows:-
The Kennel Club Special International Final
Large Special International Final
Medium Special International Final
Small Special International Final
Kennel Club Agility Championships
Large Agility Championships
Medium Agility Championships
Small Agility Championships
Starters Cup Semi-Final (Discover Dogs qualifier)
Large Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi-Final
Medium Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi-Final
Small Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi-Final
Novice Cup Semi-Final (Crufts qualifier)
Large Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final
Medium Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final
Small Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final
Kennel Club International Young Handler Final
International Young Handler (under 12)
International Young Handler (12 and over)
Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final (Crufts qualifiers)
Large Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final
Medium Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final
Small Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final
Kennel Club Nations Cup
Large Kennel Club Nations Cup
Medium Kennel Club Nations Cup
Small Kennel Club Nations Cup
For the full list of results, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/events/international-agility-festival/.
Orchard Arden Grange and Embroidery Shop Finals Cancelled
Due to the cancellation this year of the Orchard Agility Independent shows at which the qualifying classes are held for the Arden Grange Starter Dog of the Year & Embroidery Shop Finals, there will be no Finals at the Summer Open Agility Show, i.e. 24th to 27th August, 2018.
As there were only two shows - one in July and the other in September 2017 - where competitors qualified for the above Finals, there are not enough Finalists in which to hold the Finals this year.
Orchard Agility hopes to resume the qualifying classes at their shows next year and Orchard Agility look forward to seeing you at one or more of their shows next year.
Agility Plaza Takes Over UKA Account Admin
In a recent press release, UKA has confirmed that they have now moved all account administration to Agility Plaza. The old UKA account pages have now been closed. All of UKA account details are available to view on your Agility Plaza account page. Your UKA contact details may now also be amended from there.
All new handler and dog registrations will be fully functional as of Wednesday, 8th August 2018 on Agility Plaza. Full details of how to register are available at www.ukagility.com/how-to-register/. It is very simple and user friendly.
UKA membership renewal will now be automated through your Agility Plaza account page. For those that have been due for renewal so far in 2018, this will be showing on your Agility Plaza account when you next login. UKA handler membership is for five years. A dog's registration is for life.
There will be a change to the rule for new dogs registering with UKA who are transferring from KC with immediate effect. This will now be solely dependent on the dogs KC level at time of the dog's registration. The date of handler registration is now irrelevant. We have also amended the transfer levels to ensure all new dogs can begin in beginners.
The rule book has been amended to read as follows:-
Registering dogs at the correct level.
Once a dog is registered with UK Agility, results from other organisations do not count towards progression through the Levels in UK Agility with the exception of winning a Champion Certificate or Reserve Championship Certificate under Kennel Club rules.
Dogs with no competition history or that are under competition age at the time of registration will start in Beginners.
Registering dogs at a later date
Once a dog is registered with UK Agility it cannot be registered again with a different name or number or under a different handler/owner. A dog transfer to a new owner can be requested to UK Agility.
If the dog is already registered with UKA and an owner transfer takes place, the dog will remain in its current UKA Level with all UKA results standing.
If a dog wins a Champion Certificate or Reserve Championship Certificate under Kennel Club rules the owner/handler may apply to the UK Agility office for them to be moved up to Champion Level in both Programmes.
SW Junior Finals Results
On Saturday, the 4th August the first ever finals of the SWAT South West Junior Challenge were held at the SWAT summer show in Somerset, judged by Chris Huckle. Lots of people stayed to watch and cheer the Juniors on, creating a fabulous atmosphere.
This was the first year that the challenge had been held. The aim was to encourage the Juniors in the South West who have very few opportunities to compete in Junior classes, helping them build confidence in a competitive atmosphere. Local South West clubs supported the competition by holding heats with the winners being invited to the finals. As it was the first year, the heats had low numbers especially in the Under 9 section.
In the 9 - 16 year old Final, there were three runners. Charlotte Baker (15) with Widget and Shannon Coles (16) with Ted both had unfortunate Eliminations but handled the course really well. Georgia Boniface (13) with Chance went Clear to huge applause for a lovely run.
Congratulations to Zoe and Georgia for being our 2018 Champions!
Orchard Finds New Venue
Team GB Red won a Silver medal in the Large Team Relay final at the European Open Agility Championships in Vienna, Austria over the weekend of 26th - 29th July. They were competing gainst 105 other teams from around the world in the qualifiers on Friday 27th where they reached 4th place, earning them a spot in Sunday’s final where they then achieved their Overall Silver medal.
The event attracted 850 handlers and their dogs from all over the world, with 37 countries represented at the competition including Russia, Venezuela and Greece. Agility Team GB competed in both the Team and Individual rounds and the event provided a great opportunity for the team to demonstrate their skills on European courses and to compete against world class competitors.
Agility Team GB is supported by Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, DOG StreamZ, Nottingham Trent University, Agility 1st, Animal Trust and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club's preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact.
The team of 25 and their dogs were chosen following this year's squad selection process which concluded at the Performance Weekend hosted by Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst Campus in April.
For the full list of results, visit www.eo2018.at/
To find out more about what it takes to become a part of Team GB in 2019, please visit and download the squad selection process at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/team-gb-2019-qualification-process/ Details on squad training days and the performance weekend dates will be available in due course.
Hannah Wade sent us this statement.
I will no longer be doing the Scottish Agility League after this year.
There are a number of factors why.
I will not be passing it over to anyone else.
But I would like to thank you all for your support offer the past years.
To all the people who donated trophies I thank-you. Please let me know what you would me to do with your trophy. If you want it returned, then that's fine but it will be after 2019 obviously as 2018 winners need to display it.
Any questions please ask.
What Agility Plaza Learned from It's First KC Champ Show
Mike Brickman, founder of e-gility and Agility Plaza, claims they have passed another milestone at the Tuffley Champ Show. Here is his explanation of what happened there.
Saturday was somewhat 'stressy' as the network mysteriously collapsed when we fired up all 11 rings although we had thoroughly tested the capacity beforehand. Stay calm and carry on! I decided to pair the network down to six rings and add the other rings as and when the network was under control. I also decided to remove the ringside scoreboards as they were creating network traffic which we could manage without. After an hour or so, we had a workable network.
By then though we had lots of runs 'scrimed' on paper so had some catching up to do. In the rush to get this done, a few results had been missed off, so the secs stepped in and double checked all the early results. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the ring parties and secretaries, we had caught up by lunchtime and the afternoon was business as usual.
As we still did not know what had caused the network to collapse. I decided that for Sunday we would play safe and stagger the ring starts slightly to avoid everything hitting the network at 8.30 and keep the scoreboards in reserve.
Then, just as we were setting up someone from First Contact asked me if we had been having network problems. They had also been struggling to get the 2-way radios working properly all day and discovered that they did not work when near our control boxes. Eureka! Both systems were operating on exactly the same radio frequency and were interfering with each other. With 11 rings all starting at once, their calls to the PA had swamped our network. This resulted in yet more calls to say that the e-gility system was not responding so total collapse. I am guessing that this has been an issue in the past, but with fewer rings with less radio traffic, it has just caused an occasional blip rather than a complete wipe out.
Switching the radios to a different channel cured the problem and for Sunday the network ran to form.
The Champ classes went smoothly, and it was very satisfying to see the combined results and final running orders automatically coming of the printer a couple of minutes after the last of the two heats closed.
One of my concerns prior to the show was getting so many ring parties going at once as most had not used the system before. However, a combination of a formal training session, a 'practice day' on Friday, a good scattering of experienced e-gility people and my support team all worked well. Despite the extra challenges of having to deal with the network issues on Saturday morning, the ring parties performed brilliantly and just got on with the job. In fact, nearly all my PA calls were to the Secretaries rather than the rings to sort out issues for individual competitors.
Specifically for shows of this size, we need a proper contingency plan so that rings can operate on paper while we deal with issues and catch up quickly once the problem is resolved. To this end, I will be adding a 'Faults' and 'Time' column to the Calling Lists so that they can be immediately pushed into service as emergency scriming sheets. I will also work out a better way to enter the paper results quickly and efficiently, with minimal disruption to the working of the ring.
One massive plus at this show was that, despite scorching sunshine throughout the show, our brand new tablets did not overheat. For KC shows, we will only be using these new style tablets at summer events unless we can find a practical fix for the old tablets.
Another Orchard Cancellation
As Orchard Agility still have not finalised the paperwork and legalities with regard to the potential new venue for our Independent shows, we are now having to cancel the Mid-Summer Agility show on 28th & 29th July, as we feel that until we can confirm a new venue we would not wish people to miss out on entering other Agility shows that weekend.
Once we have any news on a new venue we will post this as soon as possible.
If you wish to receive a refund on entries to the Easter show, the May Day Bank Holiday Show and the June show, and your cheques have been cashed, please send a written request together with a SAE to Rosemary Stowers at the address detailed on the schedules. The Cut Off date for refunds is Monday, 18th June, 2018.
Several weeks ago it was announced that a huge cycling event is coming to Chichester on the 23rd September which means closing about 100 miles of local roads, including the road to the Waverunners Hunters Race venue.
The show will go back to Waverunners original show dates which is the weekend before on the 15th & 16th September 2018.
The Kennel Club have agreed the new dates and most of the lovely judges can still make it, but competitors should be aware that some Judges are likely to change and the schedule has been updated.
Agility Plaza will be in contact by email to anyone who has already entered the show and, if you are unable to make the new dates, cancellations can be done by logging into your account.
For mor einformation, go to www.waverunnersagility.co.uk
The Kennel Club has recently approved changes to the rules for Agility, Obedience, Working Trials, Heelwork to Music, Rally and Flyball to encourage clubs to give careful consideration to circumstances before withdrawing a judging contract, and to ensure that they had a clear rationale for doing so.
With effect from 1st January 2019, the following regulations have been amended for all the above.
Amendment to Regulation H18.b
Orchard Show Venue Announcement
Owing to the fact that the venue in Great Offley that had been secured for our Orchard Agility independent shows was unsuitable to hold our shows on it, Rosemary & Ian Stowers have decided to cancel their next show on 16th & 17th June. They will not using this venue for the reasons stated below.
They have now secured a new venue for their
independent agility shows but, because the venue owners need about six weeks to
process all the paperwork such as insurance, etc. our next Agility show, i.e.
Rosemary said, 'Please bear with us with regard to refunds, etc. for our cancelled shows. We will be working on these, hopefully, by next week.'
The centre of Wetherby Race was used for an event in September 2017 which resulted in substantial damage being caused to the ground. The ground remained too wet for the race course to repair last year, so they planned to repair early this year but given the rain and snow. Unfortunately this has not happened.
The areas of damage are random, but they are all in the areas that we use for the rings and camping.
The organisers have been in constant contact with the racecourse since February who assured us that they have every intention of repairing the ground, but unfortunately the ground has remained too wet and as yet the repairs have not progressed. They are hoping to start them this week, but they will not be in a suitable condition for us to use.
That said, after numerous meetings and site visits, we are pleased to say that currently the show can go ahead. There is a good area without damage that we can use for the rings and approximately half of the camping. The rest of the camping will be dispersed and in smaller groups
The Kennel Club has recently approved the following changes to the regulations for agility.
With effect from 1st January 2019, the following regulation has been amended to allow for dogs to wear a medicated collar such as a flea collar in place of, but not as well as, a flat leather or webbing collar whilst competing.
Amendment to Regulation H(1)10.c
With effect from 1st July 2018, the following regulations have been amended to allow for the length of the long jump and the width of the rising spread equipment to be reduced for the Lower Height Option.
Amendment to Regulation H(1)(A)7 and H(1)(B)1.c
Amendment to Regulation H(1)(B)4.(15)
The following regulation has been amended to make it clear that the result of an Additional Measurement takes effect immediately and does not require confirmation from the Kennel Club.
IMCA / PAWC Team News
This year, the UK will be hosting the 2018 International Mix & Breed Agility Championships (IMCA) at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Huntingdon (Cambs) from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th August 2018. UK agility handlers are invited to come to witness some of Europe’s top handlers compete in IMCA – along with, of course, supporting the UK Team!
Each year interest in this event grows and, with the UK hosting the event in 2018, there were even more entrants than expected.
The competition will be held on Juta Grass Competition AstroTurf which is not cheap but one of the best to compete on.
IMCA Selection Day
Paul Hinchley had judged the championships in Austria in 2017 and he kindly agreed to judge the Selection Day. He was able to describe to the handlers the special qualities of this event along with passing on knowledge of the type of courses which might be set.
This year it took around three weeks to make the final team selection. The rules allow only 15 dogs per country in the Individual Championships with no more than seven in any one height which made it so very hard this year to choose. We could have announced the IMCA team several weeks ago but wanted to announce both parts (IMCA & PAWC) of the UK TEAM together as we are ONE TEAM.
The UK has been taking part in this ParaAgiity event since 2002 when Sheila Partridge first represented the UK. Since then, the UK has had a presence at the event, travelling all over Europe to compete.
The PAWC event is divided into seven groups of disability which range from those in wheelchairs and varying degrees of mobility issues to sight and hearing issues etc. Each PAWC competitor submits an application to the organising board members who assess eligibility to participate in the event.
There is no limit as to the number of handlers a country can enter in a PAWC Team. Each handler, however, is restricted to entering a maximum of two dogs. Each PAWC competitor has to complete an application form stating what their disability is and how it affects them competing such as restrictions on the ability to turn, inability to accelerate pace, poor vision issues, lost limbs, wheelchair handling etc. Their doctor has to sign and confirm the diagnosis and mobility restrictions stated on both the form and in a letter. Along with this we have to supply three videos of the handler and dog in a competition environment which is then sent to two of the officiating board members for them to review and decide if each application is acceptable or not.
This year there were applications for a total of 34 competitors ranging in age from 13 years to 77 years! All Team UK Para applications have been accepted so the UK Para teams will be the biggest ever sent to PAWC and hopefully the most successful
Within the team there are some handlers who have competed abroad before but, for many, this will be their first time at an international competition, probably due to not being able to cope with the travel abroad. Hopefully once they have taken part in the magical atmosphere of the competition this year, we can look at ways to overcome their travelling issues to join us again on the Team in Spain 2019.
IMCA & PAWC 2018 Combined UK Team
Refunds for Spring at Ramsey Update
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.
Thank you for your patience about the refunds. Dealing with them is taking much longer than envisaged and more time is needed to deal with them. We hope to have them dealt with by Monday, 21st May.
We received this message from Orchard Show organisers Rosemary and Ian Stowers...
We are sending this message because most of you whom we have disappointed will be sitting somewhere in the lovely sunshine wondering why on earth we have had to cancel the show st The Old Football Ground, Luton WHite HIll, Great Offley.
As many of you will know, Easter was an absolute washout for us and many other shows but, with some recent good weather, we were confident that May would be no problem at all.
A group of us visited the field on Sunday and found it to still be quite boggy over a majority of the venue. Some felt that it was still too wet and vehicles would not cope with the conditions. Because the weather forecast was mainly dry, we decided to delay the decision until Wednesday.
Rosemary and I revisited the field Wednesday evening. Although the ground was still boggy and far from ideal, it had a good grass cover, so we decided that we could manage with 4x4s and careful parking. To give you an idea of what it was like, wherever we drove on the field we left a trail of mud. This would be okay for one vehicle but not so great for 50 or 60 vehicles. Not wanting to disappoint our competitors again, we decided to go ahead.
I took the caravan on Friday tea time and just about got into place, and that was only because I used my land Rover for towing.
That evening I received an email from the Offley Parish Council, querying the time of year of the show was booked, saying it was too early even though they had been given all the show dates when we set up the rental. Also they didn't want any more damage to the field than what was done at the last show at Easter which was called off becasue of the rain. There were a few other negative things noted. We had six caravans on at Easter along with the equipment trailer before we cancelled. In such boggy conditions, we left some ruts. If we had gone on with the show, it was obvious in such wet conditions that we would be leaving some pretty bad damage to the grounds. It was then we decided that we could not go ahead once more.
We are very sorry to disappoint so many people. In the 14 years of Orchard shows, we have only cancelled on two other occasions due to weather or ground conditions. We will not use this venue any more but look for another one locally. We thought we had found the ideal place but it was not to be. We hope that if you had entered you had an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.
Good luck to you all in future competitions wherever they may be.
The team is sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, DOG StreamZ, First Contact, Agility 1st, Nottingham Trent University, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, Animal Trust and supported by the Kennel Club.
The squad qualification process to try out for the 2019 Agility Team GB can be found on the Kennel Club website, www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.
This year, Agility Team GB will be competing 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 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 Agility Championships
All competitors at the European Open will get an individual run and be part of a team. Teams will be confirmed nearer the time.
FCI Agility World Championships
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.
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.
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!.
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.
Thank you for your patience about the refunds. Dealing with them is taking much longer than envisaged and more time is needed to deal with them. We hope to have them dealt with by 21st May.
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.
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 email@example.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.'
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.'
New Competition at Blenheim Palace
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.'
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.
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.
Becky is New Agility Team GB Assistant ManagerThe 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
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.
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:-
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:-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
Thursday, 8th March
Friday, 9th March
Saturday, 10th March
Sunday, 11th March
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.
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:-
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.
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.
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/
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.'
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.
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.
Congratulations to the Large LHO League Winners 2017.
1. Tracie Scott
2. Caroline Joyce
3. Julie Barry
Flo Motion Go with The Flo
1. Kaye Wall
Tess Does It Her Way
2. Hol Thomas
Windy Slinky O'Rainbow
3. Alice Barnes
1. Nicola Readman
2. Sophie Smith
Sea Theo Transform
3. Denise Smith-Howell
Ainmhithe's Tyke Tastic
1. Helen Jones
Mae The Force Be with You
2. Beth Rachlis
MorgansR Swizzie Rascal
3. Sarah Damesman
1. Emily Fothergill
Nidderdale Twister N'Motion
2. Sue Cooke
Razzle Dazzle Tazzle AW/B
3. Helen Baldwin
Batfinks Days of Thunder
Harrjak Taking the Mick
Canen Cosmic Sindy
Thistledhu Skye AW/P
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:-
Anyone up for the role? Applications should be emailed to email@example.com 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.'
The show schedule will be out later in the year.
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
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.'
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.'
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.
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)
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.)
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/.