Agility at Olympia

Dog jumping through Skinners jump
Sargent R / Olympia ©

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

Skinner's have sponsored The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes since 2014, and this much appreciated sponsorship continues in 2020. This exciting collaboration between The Kennel Club and Skinner's will ensure this event continues to remain a top-class competition.

The 2020 London Olympia International Horse Show is cancelled due to COVID-19. The 2021 London Olympia International Horse show dates are TBC.

Competitors who have qualified for the quarter/semi finals for Olympia 2021

Small 5-7 agility stakes

Semi-final: Vale View Equestrian, 11 September 2021

Quarter-final Judge: Leslie Osborne, Assistant Judge: Hannah Wade

2019 grand final winner and first three unqualified dogs from each heat

Handler Dog Breed Show
Dave Munnings Boost Bite Crossbreed Olympia 2019 winner
Nina Rajala Piikachu's Best Start At Zanimo's Papillon Prestbury Park
Rosie Cavill Ag Ch Daimonic Dare Devil Cocker Spaniel Prestbury Park
Stephanie Jones Pop Stayley Crossbreed Prestbury Park
Alan Bray Ag Ch Devongem Firestarter at Upanovertigers Working Cocker Suffolk Five Rivers
Claire Burrell Ag Ch Daimonic Expelliarmus Cocker Spaniel Suffolk Five Rivers
Emma Frost Skippy Kipp Crossbreed Suffolk Five Rivers
Clare Bacon Devongem Gold Coast Cocker Spaniel Chippenham
Katerina Ullsten Inquizitive Quiz Crossbreed Chippenham
Sarah Roots Stowledge Angelica Cocker Spaniel Chippenham
Lara Staplehurst Jet Black Jazz Cocker Spaniel Downland
Wendy Fassam Just Drifting Crossbreed Downland
Lorna Goodban Tweet Like Choklat Crossbreed Downland
Jason Smawfield-Huby Cotton Candy Sunshine Min Poodle Wilmslow
Angela Madigan Only Juan Don Crossbreed Wilmslow
Lou Cadman Maddest Moment Yet Crossbreed Wilmslow
Louise Raine Gibble Sooty Gripper Cocker Spaniel Ribble
Lou Cadman Ag Ch Another Mad Moment Crossbreed Ribble
Karen Boardman Engalah Pico's Flint Min Schnauzer Ribble
Medium 5-7 agility stakes

Semi-final: Vale View Equestrian, 11 September 2021

Quarter-final Judge: Leslie Osborne, Assistant Judge: Hannah Wade

2019 grand final winner and first three unqualified dogs from each heat

Handler Dog Breed Show
Dawn Weaver Galaxy's Ace Of Spades Crossbreed Olympia 2019 winner
Heather McLean Black Magic Navigator WSD North Derbyshire
Samantha Pegg Leebeardream Plug In Baby Border Collie North Derbyshire
Jane Chenery Blackengine Dusk Cocker Spaniel North Derbyshire
Sarah Woodley Basileas General Lucius Min American Shepherd South Downs
Julie Dunlop Hillsidejemz Topaz Cocker Spaniel South Downs
Anita Jones Sassy Cinnamon BC South Downs
Aemillia Nicholson Little Miss Woo Woo Crossbreed Wyre
Hannah Thorp Izzie Catch a Falling Star Crossbreed Wyre
Harriet Harding Little Miss Iz WSD Wyre
Liz Carpenter Moseleywood Winnie AW(B) Crossbreed Wilmslow
Nigel Staines Morgans Golden Eagle (AWG) Kelpie Wilmslow
Emma Pullan Blundasgems Black Diamond Working Cocker Spaniel Wilmslow
Intermediate 5-7 agility stakes

Semi-final: Vale View Equestrian, 11 September 2021

Quarter-final Judge: Leslie Osborne, Assistant Judge: Hannah Wade

First five unqualified dogs from each heat or three per split part

Handler Dog Breed Show
Nicola Wildman Devongem Freekin Awesome BC Invited by
The Kennel Club
Large 5-7 agility stakes

Semi-final: Vale View Equestrian, 11 September 2021

Semi-final Judge: Leslie Osborne, Assistant Judge: Hannah Wade

2019 grand final winner (if eligible) and first five unqualified dogs from each heat or three per split part

Handler Dog Breed Show
Megan Hunt A Moment In Thyme WSD Olympia 2019 winner
Martin Reid Lilhaze Secret Pleasure BC Prestbury Park
Connie Sellers Diagemtas Serge BC Prestbury Park
Tamzin Hulley Phoenix Roots BC Prestbury Park
Jess Sansome Not A Mini Cooper AW(G) BC Prestbury Park
Ally Weller My Teddy Boy WSD Prestbury Park
Naarah Cuddy Lilhaze Dark Pleasure BC Gillingham
Dave Munnings Ag Ch Comebyanaway Reddy For Fame BC Gillingham
Pia Glover Soldaze One Summer Dream BC Gillingham
Martin Reid Ag.Ch Borderpaws Secret Surprise BC Gillingham
Lisa Duggan Devongem Tri Ted BC Gillingham
Euan Paterson Devongem Quick Time BC Ribble
Dominik Venn Admiral Max Ace Ackbar WSD Ribble
Jessica Clarehugh Avonwolf Beanies Dizzy Dora Malinois Ribble
Karen Marriott Dreamorox Dare to Run BC Ribble
Lisa Bailey Castomya New Sensation BC Ribble
Large ABC 5-7 agility stakes

Semi-final: Vale View Equestrian, 11 September 2021

Semi-final Judge: Leslie Osborne, Assistant Judge: Hannah Wade

2019 grand final winner and first three unqualified dogs from each heat

Handler Dog Breed Show
Edit Hatkai Monkey By Nature Malinois Olympia 2019 winner
Sophie Hudson Don't Coop Around Australian Kelpie WBSDS
Lynne Gressler Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Australian Kelpie WBSDS
Tina Simpson Hawksflight The Phoenix Tervueren WBSDS

Olympia 2021

Where can I qualify?
The Kennel Club Olympia agility stakes rules 2021

All events must be judged under the appropriate The Kennel Club regulations H & H(1) in force at the time of the event. Competitors entering any competition will be deemed to have agreed to abide by these rules.

All heats must take place at The Kennel Club licensed shows and the class name in the schedule should replicate exactly the name of the competition as stated in these rules.

All of The Kennel Club supported competitions must be judged using standard marking. 

If the entry for the heat exceeds 360, the class must be split into two equal parts. If the entry exceeds 540, the class must be split into three equal parts. No part, if split, may be less than 150 dogs. Rosettes and awards remain unchanged if the heat is split and will be given for each part.

Dogs entered in any heats must be eligible for the competition entered and judges retain the right to check the height of any dog or ask to see the height stated in The Kennel Club Record Book.

The handler that qualifies a dog for the quarter-final/semi-final/final will be the handler that competes. Handler substitutions are not allowed.

Dogs cannot compete in more than one competition at Olympia. If a dog qualifies for more than one quarter-final or semi-final at Vale View Equestrian, the first successful qualification will take precedence and the dog will be withdrawn from any further quarter/semi-finals and replaced by a reserve.

Once a dog has qualified for Olympia, or as a reserve, the handler is deemed to have accepted an offer to compete at Olympia, it invalidates any reserve places in any other competition. If the first invitation to compete is declined, it invalidates any reserve places in any other competition.

All winners of the Olympia grand finals will be invited to compete in the following year’s quarter-final or semi-final at Vale View Equestrian without qualifying through the usual procedure via heats. 

(These rules would be amended if any changes are made to The Kennel Club agility regulations during the course of the competition year.)

The Kennel Club Olympia small dog agility stakes rules 2021

This competition will be classified as small dog combined grades 5-7 and judged under The Kennel Club's regulations for standard classes.

Competitors may enter more than one dog in a heat. Competitors may qualify more than one dog for the semi-final, however only the competitor’s highest placed dog at the semi-final will qualify for the Olympia grand final.

Once a dog has qualified for the semi-final/final, further heats may be entered for competition although any placings in these further heats will not affect the dog’s eligibility for the semi-final/finals.

Those dogs eligible to compete in competitions for small dog agility are those measuring 350 mm (1 foot 1¾ inches) or under at the withers.

The first three previously unqualified placed dogs from each heat will go forward to the semi-final at Vale View Equestrian. The first 10 dogs from this semi-final will qualify for the final at the London Olympia Christmas International Horse Show (subject to the above).

The Kennel Club Olympia medium dog agility stakes rules 2021

This competition will be classified as medium dog combined grades 5-7 and judged under The Kennel Club's regulations for standard classes.

Competitors may enter more than one dog in a heat. Competitors may qualify more than one dog for the semi-final, however only the competitor’s highest placed dog at the semi-final will qualify for the Olympia grand final. Once a dog has qualified for the semi-final/final, further heats may be entered for competition, although any placings in these further heats will not affect the dog’s eligibility for the semi-final/final.

The first three previously unqualified placed dogs from each heat will go forward to the semi-final at Vale View Equestrian. The first 10 dogs from this semi-final will qualify for the final at the London Olympia Christmas International Horse Show (subject to the above).

Those dogs eligible to compete in medium dog competition are those measuring over 350 mm (1 foot 1¾ inches) and those measuring 430 mm (1 foot 5 inches) or under at the withers.

The Kennel Club Olympia intermediate dog agility stakes rules 2021

This competition will be classified as combined grades 5-7 and judged under The Kennel Club regulations for standard classes.

Dogs should be eligible to enter a grade 5-7 class at the time of qualifying for the quarter-final.

Competitors may enter more than one dog in a heat. Competitors may qualify more than one dog for the quarter-finals. However only the competitor’s highest-placed dog at the quarter-finals will qualify for the Olympia semi-final.

Once a dog has qualified for the quarter-final, further heats may be entered for competition although any placings in these further heats will not affect the dog’s eligibility for the quarter-final/semi-final.

The first five previously unqualified placed dogs from each heat will go forward to the quarter-finals at Vale View Equestrian. If the heat is split, three dogs will be taken from each part.

The first 20 dogs from this quarter-final will qualify for the semi-final at the London Olympia Christmas International Horse Show.

The 20 dogs who qualify for Olympia will compete in a semi-final at Olympia. The top 10 highest-placed dogs in the semi-final will qualify for the evening grand final at Olympia (subject to the above).

Those dogs eligible to compete in intermediate dog agility competitions are those measuring over 430 mm (1 foot 5 inches) and measuring 500 mm (1 foot 6 inches) or under at the withers.

The Kennel Club Olympia large dog agility stakes rules 2021

This competition will be classified as combined grades 5-7 and judged under The Kennel Club regulations for standard classes.

Competitors may enter more than one dog in a heat. Competitors may qualify more than one dog for the quarter-finals. However only the competitor’s highest placed dog at the quarter-final will qualify for the Olympia semi-final.

Once a dog has qualified for the quarter-final, further heats may be entered for competition although any placings in these further heats will not affect the dog’s eligibility for the quarter-finals/semi-finals.

The first five previously unqualified placed dogs from each heat will go forward to the quarter-finals at Vale View Equestrian, if the heat is split then three dogs will be taken from each part. The first 20 dogs from this quarter-final will qualify for the semi-final at the London Olympia Christmas International Horse Show.

The 20 dogs who qualify for Olympia will compete in the semi-final at Olympia. The top 10 highest-placed dogs in the semi-final will qualify for the evening grand final at Olympia (subject to the above).

Those dogs eligible to compete in competitions for large dogs are those measuring over 500mm (1 foot 6 inches) at the withers.

The Kennel Club Olympia large dog ABC agility stakes 2021

This competition will be classified as combined grades 5-7 and judged under The Kennel Club regulations for standard classes.

This competition is a special agility competition open to all dogs excluding Border Collies, working Sheepdogs and any of their crosses. Any concerns should be recorded in the incident book and reported to The Kennel Club.

Those dogs eligible to compete in competition for large dogs are those measuring over 500mm (1 foot 6 inches) at the withers.

Competitors may enter more than one dog in a heat. Competitors may qualify more than one dog for the semi-final, however only the competitor’s highest-placed dog at the semi-final will qualify for the Olympia grand final. Once a dog has qualified for the semi-final/final, further heats may be entered for competition, although any placings in these further heats will not affect the dog’s eligibility for the semi-final/final.

The first three previously unqualified placed dogs from each heat will go forward to the semi-final at Vale View Equestrian. The first 10 dogs from this semi-final will qualify for the final at the London Olympia Christmas International Horse Show (subject to the above).

A maximum of two representatives of any one breed may be invited to the final from the semi-final. This decision will be at the organiser’s discretion.

The Kennel Club Olympia agility competitions heat awards
The Kennel Club Olympia small dog agility stakes
The Kennel Club Olympia medium dog agility stakes
The Kennel Club Olympia intermediate dog agility stakes 
The Kennel Club Olympia large dog ABC agility stakes
The Kennel Club Olympia large dog agility stakes

  • Rosettes: 1st to 6th place
All rosettes will be delivered to each show secretary by Norton Rosettes. If you have any queries regarding this, please email Sharon Alderson at Norton Rosettes.

Quarter/semi-finalists: 

The Kennel Club Olympia qualifying event will take place at Vale View Equestrian, Nottingham Ln, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray LE14 3LX, on Saturday 11 September 2021. Supported by Skinner's. 

Quarter/semi-finalists: please note there will be a charge of £10 per dog that qualifies for the quarter/semi-final at Vale View Equestrian.

Olympia agility stakes finals

The London Olympia International Horse Show
2021 dates are TBC.

Still have questions?

For further information about Olympia please email our events team.