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Thousands Of Dogs From Around The World Head To Rockingham For Top Competition

23 April 2015    10:00
A dog competes at the International Agility Festival (c) Jess Clark

Around 2,500 dogs from all over the world are heading to Rockingham Castle for the Kennel Club International Agility Festival as entries fly in for the UK's largest festival for dogs.

It's the event every agility dog around the world has been waiting for, and for four days from 13th - 16th August 2015, around 2,500 dogs and their owners will arrive in the village of Rockingham for the Kennel Club International Agility Festival. During the festival, 16 rings will be set up to host the competition, which will feature dogs of all agility grades and sizes, with over 200 classes taking place.

The International Agility Festival, which is in its eleventh year, is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and welcomes all dogs of all types. Over 25 countries from around the world are expected to be represented, all fighting to win their individual competitions and take home the Nations Cup. Entries can be taken online at until 18th June 2015.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "Agility is the most popular dog sport in the UK and it is testament to the growing popularity of agility that the festival has grown to be such a huge event, not just in the UK but worldwide.

"There are a range of competitions for everyone, from the International Young Handler competition and the Nations Cup for the leading competitors, to the companion dog show, where the judge will choose the Best Junior Handler, Prettiest Bitch and Most Handsome Dog - there is a class for all at the festival."

A heat of the nation's favourite crossbreed competition, Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, also takes place at the festival, with categories such as Child's Best Friend and Best Rescue; there is something for all dogs to be involved in.

The festival is free for spectators (apart from a £5 parking fee) and people are able to come along with their own dogs to enjoy the fun festival atmosphere and even take part in the 'Have-A-Go' agility ring (for dogs over 18 months), which gives everyone a chance of experiencing the sport for themselves.

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