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Once you start competing in agility it can become addictive. Shows are held all over the country for each grade and height, giving you the opportunity to compete regularly and meet like-minded people.

Competitors taking part in any event licensed by The Kennel Club must familiarise themselves with The Kennel Club rules and regulations beforehand.

As you enter different shows, you might find yourself bumping into the same competitors and making good friends with the people who take part in this sociable hobby.

We host and sponsor a variety of events throughout the year and these are suitable for dogs and handlers of all levels. Look at the list of qualifying heats for various prestigious competitions.

International Agility Festival

The International Agility Festival (IAF) which is sponsored by Skinner's Field & Trial takes place in August every year at Rutland Showground, Burley Park Way, Oakham, LE15 6US. It is The Kennel Club's biggest agility competition. Find out how to compete.

Olympia

One of the most important showcase events for agility in the UK takes place every December at Olympia's London International Horse Show. Every year, in qualifying heats at agility shows across the UK, the most talented agility dogs and handlers vie for a coveted invitation to compete at the Olympia finals. Read more about Agility at Olympia.

In 2014, Skinner's added its support to the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes, and this much appreciated sponsorship continues in 2021. 

This exciting collaboration between The Kennel Club and Skinner's will ensure this event continues to remain a top class competition.

Read more on qualifying.

Discover Dogs

The grand finals of the large novice and medium ABC competitions are hosted at Discover Dogs. Winners of these classes are then invited to take part in an overall final which takes place at Crufts each year. Read more about agility at Discover Dogs.

Competitors can qualify by taking part in heats across the country and will gain points from being placed in them. The number of individuals selected (with the highest points) to compete will depend on which final you attend. 

Read more on qualifying.

Crufts

You can find the best and most spectacular displays of agility taking place in the main arena at Crufts. All four days are jam packed with nail-biting competitions.

The following competitions take place across the four days:

  • Kennel Club agility championships
  • Kennel Club 'British Open'
  • Kennel Club festival novice agility
  • Kennel Club team agility
  • Kennel Club singles agility
  • Kennel Club international agility
  • Kennel Club large novice ABC agility
  • Kennel Club medium ABC agility

International agility competitions

Each year The Kennel Club sends competitors to both the European Open Championships and the World Championships to represent the UK. Looking to represent the UK? Find out how to join Agility Team GB.

Agility Liaison Council

The Agility Liaison Council enables competitors and agility clubs to communicate with The Kennel Club. The council is a key channel for you to make positive changes to agility.

What does the Agility Liaison Council do?

The Agility Liaison Council is made up of 13 regional representatives from the eight regional areas, elected for a three-year term to act as a channel of communication between agility clubs, competitors and The Kennel Club. The Council was set up to represent the grassroots opinion within the activity at The Kennel Club, and to promote a better understanding among competitors of how The Kennel Club functions. It meets twice per year, and representatives hold area meetings prior to each council meeting to provide a platform for proposals and discussion items to be raised. The meetings also provide feedback from The Kennel Club on recent developments and decisions.

The Council reviews the agility regulations and advises The Kennel Club on any changes that may be needed, and is actively involved in strategic planning to enable agility to continue and flourish. Council proposals can result in fundamental changes to The Kennel Club's policy and we value the important work the councils do.

Council members are always interested in hearing the views and ideas of competitors, and will be seen competing at, judging or managing many shows during the year.

Becoming a liaison council representative

Representatives are elected for a period of three years and the current term of office of all Kennel Club liaison council representatives ends on 31 December 2021. 

Representatives are elected by Kennel Club registered societies and clubs which have an active interest in agility and have been registered at The Kennel Club for at least 12 months.

Agility Liaison Council meetings and agenda
Counties the liaison council serve

These are the liaison council regions and the counties they serve:

  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
  • North West England
    • Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire and Merseyside
  • North East England
    • County Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear and West Yorkshire
  • Midlands England
    • Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Rutland, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire
  • South East/East Anglia England    
    • Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex
  • South/South West England
    • Berkshire, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Wiltshire
The Agility Liaison Council
Name and email address Area Phone number

Ms S Hawkswell

Scotland

07960 953925

Mr A Dornford-Smith

Northern Ireland

07817 217265

Mr M Cavill

Wales

07866 438719

Miss Rebecca Sargent

North West

 

Mr M Hallam

North West

07711 058910

Mr K Smith

 North East

07850 397684

Mrs E Laing-Kay

 North East

 

Ms Y Croxford

Midlands

01455 220245

Mrs J Gardner

Midlands

07787 686806

Mr S Chandler

South East and East Anglia

07772670086

Mr I MacDonald

South East and East Anglia

07810 353544 

Mr M Tait

South & South West

 

Miss L Olden

South & South West

01794 323037

Agility Warrant

An Agility Warrant will be issued on application by the registered owner at the time of qualification in respect of a dog that has obtained points in standard agility and jumping classes at championship, premier and open shows. At least 25% of the points must be gained in agility (as opposed to jumping) classes. Points will be awarded at any level but may not be gained in any part of the championship class. Points will also only be awarded where the dog has obtained a clear round within the course time.

The requirements

The requirements for the five levels of warrant, bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond are:

  • bronze 200 points (minimum of 50 points in agility)
  • silver 400 points (minimum of 100 points in agility)
  • gold 800 points (minimum of 200 points in agility)
  • platinum 1,200 points (minimum of 300 points in agility)
  • diamond 1,600 points (minimum of 400 points in agility)
What titles can you use after your dog's name once achieved?

The following titles may be used after the name of the dog on show entries and in catalogues.

  • bronze AW(B)
  • silver AW(S)
  • gold AW(G)
  • platinum AW(P)
  • diamond AW(D)
How are points awarded?

Points will be awarded as follows:

Standard agility classes
(clear rounds only)

Standard jumping classes
(clear rounds only)

1st place - 20 points

1st place - 10 points

2nd place - 19 points

2nd place - 9 points

3rd place - 18 points

3rd place - 8 points

4th place - 17 points

4th place - 7 points

5th place - 16 points

5th place - 6 points

6th place - 15 points

6th place - 5 points

7th place - 14 points

7th place - 4 points

8th place - 13 points

8th place - 3 points

9th place - 12 points

9th place - 2 points

10th place - 11 points

10th place - 1 point

Points for clear rounds

Points will also be awarded for clear rounds within the course time as follows:

  • standard agility classes - 2 points
  • standard jumping classes - 1 point

Where fewer than 10 places are awarded in any class, a competitor obtaining a clear round not in the places will be awarded the points applicable for a clear round in that class, i.e. 2 points for an agility class and 1 point for a jumping class.

How do I claim my award?

Firstly, remember to record your Agility Warrant points in an Agility Record Book which can be purchased in our online shop. 

Next, complete the Agility Warrant claim online form.

Still have questions?

Browse our frequently asked questions below.

Agility - frequently asked questions

1. If a handler progresses up a grade using the Agility Warrant points scheme and has entered a show, do they need to send in their record book to let us know?

No, all they need to do is get their record book signed by the show secretary at the first show they enter a higher grade. If they have already entered the show and the entry date has closed, then they must enter the show at the grade they put on the form (i.e. if you enter the show at grade 1 then you must run at grade 1).

However if the entry closing date has not passed, the competitor can apply for a grade change by contacting the show secretary or the online processors.

2. In relation to rules relating to progression via points, my understanding has always been that wins within 25 days before a competition are not to be taken into account when moving to a higher grade?

To progress on points you can only claim points gained whilst in the current grade. Therefore, if you won into grade 3 you could only claim points towards grade 4 progression once you had actually started competing at grade 3 (i.e. grade 2 results don't count).

3. I currently compete in grade 3 with my existing dogs. In which grade will I start with my new dog?

If your new dog was entered at a Kennel Club licensed agility show prior to 31 December 2018, they will continue in grade 3. However, if you have not entered your new dog in a Kennel Club licensed agility show prior to 1 January 2019, they will start in grade 2.

4. My new dog, who has started in grade 3, has only ever been entered in special classes such as all sorts. Can I compete with them in grade 2?

No. You will need to continue competing in grade 3 as you have previously entered them at a Kennel Club licensed agility show.

5. I have only ever taken my young dog to shows as NFC as I was competing my other dog in grade 3. If I start competing, what grade will my young dog come out in?

Dogs entered as NFC are not entered in a class and therefore have not specified a grade. If you start competing your new dog, then you can enter them in grade 2.

6. I have been competing my young dog in grade 3 but they haven't won anything. What grade will they be in?

You will continue competing in grade 3 with your young dog as they have already started competing.

7. I handle my friend’s dog, which I do not own, and we have won in to grade 2. I am now getting my own dog, what grade will my dog start in?

As you have won out of grade 1 as a handler, you are no longer eligible to compete with a dog in grade 1. Your dog, provided you are the registered owner, will therefore need to start in grade 2, and will be ineligible for grade 1.

8. I own a grade 2 dog and I am the handler. I am getting a new dog. Which grade do I enter it in?

If the owner is grade 2 (due to having won a dog up to grade 2) then the new dog will automatically be grade 2. For grade 2 and above, it is only the dog's grade that makes a difference. A handler can handle above their grade. If you have a grade 1 dog but a grade 7 handler, then the dog could only compete in combined 1-2.

9. I have been running a dog in agility competitions for a couple of years now and we are still in grade 1. I am just starting with my second dog and would like some clarification about progression.

Assuming that you own both dogs, when either dog progresses to grade 2 the other dog will also progress to that grade. Once the dogs are in grade 2, any future progression will only relate to that dog. When you progress to grade 2 you can no longer compete in grade 1.

10. My dog only has three wins towards qualifying for championship classes. How many more wins will I need now the regulations have changed?

You will keep your current wins as eligibility for champ classes, but you will now need two more wins to be eligible for champ.

11. I have gained some wins to the next grade, but not enough to progress, do these still count?

Yes, these wins still count, you are just required to gain more wins to progress.

12. I have half the points I need for my dog to progress to the next grade on points. Will these points still count?

Yes, you can still use any points you currently have towards your Agility Warrant or grade progression when the criteria changes. However, you will now need at least 50 points from agility classes to progress to the next grade.

13. Can I still progress to the next grade on points only?

Yes, you can still progress on points up to grade 4, however you will need a minimum of 50 points from agility classes.

14. My medium dog won the qualifying jumping run for the Novice Cup at the KCI this year. This wasn't an ABC class but I was wondering since it is still a special class (as you had to have x amount of points to enable you to run in it), does that win count towards grade progression?

No, special classes do not count towards progression. As you say there was a qualification criteria to be able to enter the class and it was therefore not open to every dog at that grade and therefore it does not count for progression.

15. Does a dog have to be measured to compete in a match?

The Kennel Club regulations for agility matches do not specify any requirements regarding dogs being measured. Although they do not have to be measured for special classes at limited shows, it is advised that dogs are measured before competing in a match.

16. Can I compete in a match class if my spouse is judging, but the dog is in my name?

There is no specific regulation that covers competing under a spouse at a match. However, we would advise caution about how it will be perceived.

17. Can I compete with the same dog in classes judged by another judge if my spouse is judging at the same show?

Yes, you can compete with your dog under a different judge that is not a spouse.

18. When running your dogs in agility, are you allowed to run with your dog lead clipped around your body or would the judge be entitled to eliminate you?

No, this is no longer allowed under The Kennel Club regulations. Regulation H(1)10.e states that competitors are prohibited from wearing bags or leads whilst under test – elimination.

19. I have had my dog measured and he is large. Can the same people measure him again?

No. The measuring regulations have not changed, which means you will need to get two measurers who have not measured your dog before to measure your dog.

20. My dog hasn’t competed yet. Will he need to be measured?

Yes, all dogs will need to be measured before competing, unless they are obviously large.

21. I have a large dog that has not had any measure. I want to continue competing him in large. Will I be at risk of a challenge measurement?

No, a dog that has never entered the measuring process cannot be asked to have an additional measure.

22. I haven’t been able to get my dogs second measurement carried out within the 12-24 months timeframe. Will I need to start the measuring process again?

No, you won’t need to start the measuring process again. But you will not be able to compete with your dog until you have had the second measurement carried out, as you would be in breach of Regulation H(1)(B)4.(4)

23. What happens if the same measurers carry out the first, second or third measure?

Unfortunately this measure would be invalid and you would be required to have the measure carried out again.

Next step - judging agility

Once you have competed, you might like to judge. Learn more about becoming an agility judge