Team selection process

Dog jumping over hurdle in agility course
Simon Peachey © / The Kennel Club

2021 team qualification

The Agility Team GB selection process is designed to incorporate dogs and handlers that have reached a high level of performance at The Kennel Club's premier and championship shows during the previous 24 months. It is designed to be an "open for all" selection, providing partnerships have achieved, or are close to reaching, a level that will enable them to be competitive at international events.

List of abbreviations

  • AWC – Agility World Championship
  • EO – European Open
  • JOAWC – Junior Open Agility World Championship
  • PSQ – Pre-selection qualifier
  • EOT – European Open try out
  • AWCT – Agility World Championship try out
  • JOT - Junior Open Agility World Championship try out

This page sets out the team selection process for 2021 for all international events.

Key dates

Event Dates
PSQ eligibility qualification period 1 March 2019 - 1 February 2021
Open showcase 23 and 24 January 2021
Pre-selection qualifier (PSQ) 20 and 21 February 2021
EO try out (EOT) 20 and 21 March 2021
AWC try out (AWCT) 27 and 28 March 2021
JOAWC try out (JOT) 27 and 28 March 2021
Team announced 12 April 2021
Team day (EO, AWC and JOAWC) 25 April 2021
EO team day 31 May 2021
JOAWC team day 31 May 2021
AWC team day 28 August 2021
JOAWC training
Team members must attend at least two sessions and it is recommended that they attend all three
29 May 2021 - Nottingham Show
11 Jun 2021, 4.30pm - Lechlade DTC
26 June 2021, 10am - Lechlade DTC
JOAWC - Abrantes, Portugal 15 - 18 July 2021
EO - Abrantes, Portugal 22 - 25 July 2021
AWC - Tallinn, Estonia 23 - 26 September 2021

Judges and course designers

Open showcase
  • Event Judge: Jen Lewis
  • Assistant Judge: Natalie Webb
  • Jumping Course Designer: Inga Jarv (design request; individual AWC jumping)
  • Agility Course Designer: Domingos Carneiro (design request; individual EO agility)
Pre-selection qualifier (PSQ)
  • Event Judge: Jason Bartram
  • Assistant Judge: Jen Lewis
  • Day 1 Jumping Course Designer: Luís Narciso (design request; individual EO jumping)
  • Day 1 Agility Course Designer: Zsofi Biro (design request; individual JOAWC agility)
  • Day 2 Jumping Course Designer: Roman Lukac (design request; individual EO jumping)
  • Day 2 Agility Course Designer: Jan Egil Eide (design request; individual AWC agility)
EO try out (EOT)
  • Event Judge: Neil Ellis
  • Assistant Judge: Jason Bartram
  • Day 1 Jumping Course Designer: Martin Schoffelmeer (design request; team EO jumping)
  • Day 1 Agility Course Designer: Roman Lukac (design request; team EO agility)
  • Day 2 Relay Final Course Designer: Luís Narciso (design request; EO team relay)
  • Day 2 Jumping Course Designer: Domingos Carneiro (design request; individual EO jumping)
  • Day 2 Agility Course Designer: Luís Narciso (design request; individual EO agility)
  • Day 2 Final Agility Course Designer: Martin Schoffelmeer (design request; individual EO agility final)
AWC try out (AWCT)
  • Event Judge: Natalie Webb
  • Assistant Judge: Jen Lewis
  • Day 1 Jumping Course Designer: Inga Jarv (design request; team AWC jumping)
  • Day 1 Agility Course Designer: Jan Egil Eide (design request; team AWC agility)
  • Day 2 Jumping Course Designer: Jan Egil Eide (design request; individual AWC jumping)
  • Day 2 Agility Course Designer: Inga Jarv (design request; individual AWC agility)
JOAWC try out (JOT)
  • Event Judge: Natalie Webb
  • Assistant Judge: Jen Lewis
  • Day 1 Jumping Course Designer: Zsofi Biro (design request; team JOAWC jumping)
  • Day 1 Agility Course Designer: Kurt Steinset (design request; team JOAWC agility)
  • Day 2 Jumping Course Designer: Belmiro Sousa (design request; individual JOAWC jumping)
  • Day 2 Agility Course Designer: Zsuzsa Veres (design request; individual JOAWC agility)

Please note: course designers have been invited to design the above. If there are any changes to this list, handlers will be notified on the official agility team GB Facebook pages.

Selection summary

Eligibility for pre-selection qualifier

Step 1

Seniors – achieve at least one of the following:

  • 2019 Olympia quarter-finalist (large)/semi-finalist (medium and small)
  • 2020 Crufts singles finalist
  • 2020 British Open finalist
  • Championship Certificate (CC) or Reserve Championship Certificate (RCC) winner - March 1, 2019 to February 1, 2021
  • Progress from the open showcase event in January 2021

Juniors – both of the following:

  • Young Kennel Club member
  • 2020 Young Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year Crufts semi-finalist

(Previous year’s team enter the process at step 2.) 

Step 2

Enter the pre-selection qualifier weekend. A results-based progression from this weekend will be used to determine eligibility to enter the championship try outs.

How to qualify to represent Agility Team GB

European Open try out

Day 1 - one jumping and one agility class to qualify for a final. From the final, the top four large, two medium and two small partnerships win onto the EO team (individual and team).

Day 2 - one jumping and one agility class to qualify for a final. From the final, the top four large, two medium and two small partnerships win onto the EO team (individual and team).

Agility World Championship try out

Day 1 - One jumping and one agility class with results combined. The winner in each height gains a team run at the AWC.

Day 2 - One jumping and one agility class with results combined. The winner in each height gains an individual run at the AWC.

Junior Open Agility World Championship try out

Day 1 - One jumping and one agility class with results combined. The top four large, two medium and two small partnerships win onto the JOAWC team (individual and team).

Day 2 - One jumping and one agility class with results combined. The top four large, two medium and two small partnerships win onto the JOAWC team (individual and team).

Selection summary overview

If you do not win your way onto the team…

After the ‘win on spots’ detailed above have been determined, all other places at the events and the composition of the individual teams will be decided by a selection panel. 

The panel will consider

  • The results from the selection process.
  • The results from Olympia and Crufts
  • Previous national and international experience and results
  • Requirements of specific selection (selecting a partnership specifically for team, individual or both)
  • Dynamics within the teams
  • Composition of other teams (EO and AWC)
  • Development of partnerships

Handlers entering this process acknowledge they have the opportunity to win on to any event. If they do not achieve this, they acknowledge that all other selections are opinion-based by a selection panel.

The remainder of this page concerns the specific events and detailed rules that will be used throughout the 2021 Agility Team GB selection.

Open showcase

The objective of this event is to offer competitors who have been unable to compete in 2020 due to Covid-19 the chance to progress to the Agility Team GB pre-selection qualifier. 

Eligibility

Open to Kennel Club grades 1-7 but specifically for handlers that believe the dog they are entering will be ready to represent Agility Team GB in 2021. To help us offer this opportunity in this unprecedented situation, we request you only enter if you believe your dog and you have the potential to compete internationally in 2021. Dogs that have already accepted an invite to the 2021 PSQ are ineligible to enter the open showcase.

The open showcase will include competitors wishing to compete in the two senior international teams (AWC and EO). 

Dogs with docked tails are unable to compete in Portugal (EO and JOAWC 2021) unless they have a veterinary certificate stating the docking was for a medical reason. Docked dogs can compete in Estonia (AWC 2021). Therefore, any non-pedigree dog with a docked tail without a medical certificate is ineligible to enter this event.

Open showcase format
This event consists of a jumping and an agility round, run under strict FCI rules and regulations unless otherwise stated on this page. Results make up one event and are not split into EO and AWC eligibility.
  • A jumping run will take place on the Saturday and an agility run on the Sunday
  • Least faults wins with time used only as tie-breaker in all aspects of this event 
  • Course time is 115% of the class winner’s time in each height
  • Jumping running order is a random draw
  • Running order for the agility round will be in reverse order of the jumping round results
  • Eliminations in the individual classes and a double elimination in the combined results will not be placed
  • In the event there is a tie among the qualifying places for progression to PSQ, a run-off will be required for the individual class result. For the combined result, the agility round score will determine the winner. If there is still a tie, a run-off on the agility course will take place
  • For a tie affecting running orders in the agility rounds, a coin toss will decide the place
Progression from the open showcase to the PSQ

Large (total 10 partnerships)

  • Top two in each individual class (four partnerships)
  • Top four in combined results (four partnerships)
  • Two partnerships selected by the selection panel

Medium (Total six partnerships)

  • Winner in each individual class (two partnerships)
  • Top two in combined results (two partnerships)
  • Two partnerships selected by the selection panel

Small (Total six partnerships)

  • Winner in each individual class (two partnerships)
  • Top two in combined results (two partnerships)
  • Two partnerships selected by the selection panel

Junior

The selection panel reserve the right to invite any junior handlers that compete in this event to the PSQ as a junior handler if their performance over the two runs demonstrate the necessary level to compete at JOAWC.

General information

If a dog gains more than 1 win on spot, the progression spot will roll down to the next placed partnership. The win on spot precedent will be applied using the event results taken in the order the event runs, i.e. jumping, agility, combined results. e.g. a large dog wins both the jumping and agility. The jumping win will earn progression to the PSQ. Therefore, 3rd place in the agility class and 5th place in the combined results will qualify to progress to the PSQ.

Handlers may progress with multiple dogs to the PSQ.

At the time of writing Covid-19 restrictions are unknown. It is a distinct possibility handlers will be given a strict time to attend the event each day to walk and run the course in limited size groups. Handlers may not be able to arrive before their stated time or remain at the venue once they have completed their run. There is a possibility that only handlers will be able to attend the event due to Covid-19 restrictions. Handlers are encouraged to consider this before they enter the event.

Entry fee for the open showcase will be £15 per dog.

Open showcase overview

Pre-selection qualifier (PSQ)

Eligibility to enter

Competitors who aspire to represent Agility Team GB need to achieve success in at least one Kennel Club national level event throughout the previous 24 months or have been a member of the 2021 Agility Team GB squad to be eligible to enter the PSQ. An entry fee will be charged at £20 a dog for the senior entry and £10 per dog for the junior entry. There will be no entry fee for any other try out event after the PSQ and all entry money goes directly into the Agility Team GB budget.

The following pathways confer eligibility to enter the pre-selection qualifier:

Senior team - achieve at least one of the following:

  • The Kennel Club agility stakes quarter-finalist (large) 2019
  • The Kennel Club agility stakes semi-finalist (medium and small) 2019
  • Championship Certificate (CC) or Reserve Championship Certificate (RCC) winner from March 1 2019 to February 1 2021
  • Crufts Singles finalist 2020
  • British Open finalist 2020
  • 2020 senior Agility Team GB squad member
  • 2020 junior Agility Team GB squad member
  • Progression from the open showcase event held in January, (see details above)

Junior team:

  • Current Young Kennel Club member
  • Junior’s date of birth must be in accordance with the championship rules (JOAWC)

And achieve at least one of the following:

  • 2020 Young Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year Crufts semi finalist qualifier
    (Handlers that qualify two dogs or more for Crufts can enter all dogs in the PSQ regardless of whether they competed at Crufts)
  • Previous year junior Agility Team GB member (JOAWC) including reserves

The Agility Team GB selection panel may decide to invite partnerships to the PSQ for both the senior and junior selection process. (It is not mandatory for the selection panel to do this.)

PSQ eligibility

 

 

Please note

The goal of this event is to reduce competitor numbers to a level where specific team selection events can be run successfully and to provide results data to be used as part of any selection decisions.

Dog and handler partnerships only need to achieve one of the pre-requisite criteria to be eligible to enter.

Partnerships achieving the above criteria in the intermediate height will qualify to be able to enter the large height PSQ.

Partnerships achieving the above criteria but having to withdraw from the previous year’s Agility Team GB, Olympia or Crufts are still eligible to enter the PSQ. Partnerships that are brought on to the previous year’s Agility Team GB or were called up to the events at Olympia and Crufts will be eligible to enter the PSQ.

The PSQ will include competitors wishing to compete in the three international teams (AWC, EO and JOAWC).

Handlers who enter the PSQ can progress to any of the three specific team try out events, providing they are eligible and meet the pre-requisite requirement for that particular team.

For example:

  • A partnership with a pedigree dog meeting the senior team eligibility will be competing to progress to the EO and AWC qualifier
  • A partnership with a non-pedigree dog meeting the senior team eligibility will be competing to progress to the EO qualifier only
  • A junior handler meeting both the senior team and junior team eligibility will be competing to progress to the JOAWC, EO and AWC qualifiers
  • A junior handler meeting only the junior team eligibility will be competing to progress to the JOAWC qualifier only
Pre-selection qualifier format

This event consists of a jumping and an agility round on both day 1 and day 2, run under strict FCI rules and regulations unless otherwise stated on this page. Each day gives separate results. Junior and senior handlers will run together but results will be scored separately. Senior results make up one event and are not split into EO and AWC eligibility. 

  • The results of each day’s jumping and agility rounds are combined 
  • Least faults wins with time used only as tie-breaker in all aspects of this event
  • Course time is 115% of the class winner’s time in each height
  • Jumping running order is a random draw
  • Running order for the agility round will be in reverse order of the jumping round results
  • Eliminations in the individual classes and a double elimination in the combined results will not be placed
  • In the event there is a tie among the qualifying places, a run-off will be required for the individual class result. For the combined result, the agility round score will determine the winner. If there is still a tie, a run-off on the agility course will take place
  • For a tie affecting running orders in the agility rounds, a coin toss will decide the place
Progression from the PSQ

European Open try out and Agility World Championship try out

Large

  • Top three in each individual class (12 partnerships)
  • Top 12 in combined results from each day (24 partnerships)
  • Four partnerships selected by the selection panel.
  • Total 40 partnerships

Medium

  • Top two in each individual class (eight partnerships)
  • Top six in combined results from each day (12 partnerships)
  • Four partnerships selected by the selection panel
  • Total 24 partnerships

Small

  • Top two in each individual class (eight partnerships)
  • Top six in combined results from each day (12 partnerships)
  • Four partnerships selected by the selection panel
  • Total 24 partnerships

PSQ progression summary

 

 

Partnerships progressing to the EOT and AWCT may be mainly the same partnerships, the only difference being that non-pedigree dogs are unable to progress to the AWCT.

Junior Open Agility World Championship try out

Large

  • Top two in each individual class (eight partnerships)
  • Top six in combined results from each day (12 partnerships)
  • Four partnerships selected by the selection panel
  • Total 24 partnerships

Medium

  • Winner in each individual class (four partnerships)
  • Top four in combined results from each day (eight partnerships)
  • Four partnerships selected by the selection panel
  • Total 16 partnerships

Small

  • Winner in each individual class (four partnerships)
  • Top four in combined results from each day (eight partnerships)
  • Four partnerships selected by the selection panel
  • Total 16 partnerships

Junior team PSQ progression summary

If a dog gains more than one win on spot or is ineligible for the event, the progression spot will roll down to the next placed partnership. The win on spot precedent will be applied using the event results taken in the order the event runs, i.e. jumping one, agility one, day 1 combined results, jumping two, agility two, day two combined results.

e.g. a large dog wins both the jumping and agility on day 1. The jumping win will earn progression to the try out events. Therefore, 4th place in the agility and 13th place in the combined results will now also earn progression.

Once a partnership has achieved a result for progression, they do not have to continue to compete, however the selection panel will consider the results of the four runs at the PSQ during team selection, so it is highly recommended that they continue to run competitively in all four classes.

Handlers may progress to the try out events with multiple dogs.

Senior handlers can state on their entry to the PSQ if they only want to progress to either the EO or AWC try out event. It is not compulsory for a partnership with a pedigree dog to seek progression to both, however the selection panel will consider the results from both try out events regarding selection decisions. Handlers therefore acknowledge that not attending both events when they are eligible to do so, could have a possible negative effect on a partnership’s chance of selection.

Junior handlers who are eligible for both the junior and senior event will have their class results used in both the senior and junior placement results (they will only run once).

Dogs with docked tails are unable to compete in Portugal (EO and JOAWC 2021) unless they have a veterinary certificate stating the docking was for a medical reason. Docked dogs can compete in Estonia (AWC 2021). Therefore, any dog with a docked tail without a medical certificate will not be able to progress to the EO and JOAWC try out and handlers should consider this before entering the PSQ.

European Open try out

This event consists of a team format day and an individual format day. It will be run under strict FCI rules and regulations unless otherwise stated on this page. Each day is a separate result and each height a separate event.

Team format day

A jumping and an agility round, with the combined results used for qualification to a final. The results from the final earn automatic places on the EO team.

  • The results of a jumping and an agility run are combined
  • Course time is 115% of the class winner’s time in each height
  • A random draw will be used for the running orders in both classes
  • Any dog that scores 5 faults or less from the combined results will progress to the final
  • The minimum number of partnerships in the final is 12 large, eight medium and eight small. If this number of partnerships do not achieve the qualifying score, the highest placed partnerships in the combined results will progress to achieve the minimum number of partnerships. The combined results will use least faults win with time as a tie breaker
  • The final will be run on a course designed in an EO team relay layout, with finalists all running the same section of the course
  • Least faults wins with time used as a tie-breaker in the final
  • A five-second count down will be used to start the clock. Time is stopped as the dog crosses the finish line
  • Dogs that begin before the time has started will be eliminated. Handlers may lead out into the course prior to the time starting if they wish
  • Eliminations in the final will not be placed
  • In the event of a tie for a win on spot, the agility round result will be used followed by the jumping result (least faults wins with time used as a tie-breaker). If there is still a tie, dogs will run-off on the final course

The following partnerships from this final qualify to represent Agility Team GB at the European Open in both the individual and team events:

  • Large - top four
  • Medium - top two
  • Small - top two

EOT day 1 format summary

Individual format day

A jumping and an agility round, with the class results used for qualifying for a final. The class results are not combined. The results from the final earn automatic places on the EO team.

  • Least faults wins with time used only as tie-breaker in all aspects on this day
  • Course time is 115% of the class winner’s time in each height
  • A random draw will be used for running orders in both classes
  • Any dog that places in the top 25% of a class will progress to the final. Percentages will be calculated from the initial entry
  • Partnerships that place in the top 25% of both classes will only qualify once using their highest place. Qualification will move down in the other class to the next spot. The agility result will take precedence if they achieve the same placement
  • 50% of the entry will therefore qualify for the final
  • e.g. if 40 dogs are entered in large, the top 10 in the jumping and the top 10 in the agility will progress to the final
  • The final will be run on an agility course
  • Eliminations in the final will not be placed
  • In the event of a tie for the progression to the final, a run-off will be required
  • In the event of a tie for the win on spot from the final, the qualifying agility round score will be used followed by the qualifying jumping result. If there is still a tie, a run-off on the final course will take place

The following partnerships from this final qualify to represent Agility Team GB at the European Open in both the individual and team events:

  • Large - top four
  • Medium - top three
  • Small - top three

EOT day 2 format summary

EO team composition

From the two days, the win on spots will make up 66% of Agility Team GB at the European Open.

The selection panel will then choose additional partnerships as follows:

    • four large
    • three medium
    • three small

to form the remainder of the European Open Agility Team GB.

The full EO team will comprise of 28 dog and handler partnerships:

  • 12 large
  • Eight medium
  • Eight small

All partnerships will represent Agility Team GB in both the individual and team events at the European Open.

EO team composition summary

If a dog gains a win on spot on both days, then the spot will not roll down and this place will be selected by the selection panel.

The selection panel will select the specific event EO teams.

The selection panel will select reserves.

If a handler gains a win on spot with two or more dogs throughout the heights, the team manager reserves the right to take only one dog.The handler will be able to choose which dog gains the guaranteed place.The decision to take the additional dog(s) will be decided by the selection panel.

Agility World Championship try out

This event consists of a team format day and an individual format day. It will be run under strict FCI rules and regulations unless otherwise stated in this document. Each day is a separate result and each height a separate event.

Team format day

A jumping and an agility round with the results combined.

The winning partnership in each height will qualify to represent Agility Team GB at the Agility World Championship in the team event.

AWCT day 1 format summary

Individual format day

A jumping round and an agility round with the results combined. 

  • The results of a jumping and an agility round are combined
  • Least faults wins with time as a tie breaker in all aspects of this event
  • Course time 106% of the class winner’s time in each height
  • Jumping running order is a random draw
  • Running order for the agility round will be in reverse order of the jumping round results
  • In the event of a tie for the win on spot, the Agility round score will be used. If there is still a tie, a run-off on the agility course will take place

The winning partnership in each height will qualify to represent Agility Team GB at the Agility World Championship in the individual event.

AWCT day 2 format summary

AWC team composition

The selection panel will then choose an additional:

  • six partnerships to represent Agility Team GB in the individual event
  • three partnerships per height to represent Agility Team GB in the team event

Please note: this could be win on spots being selected for the additional event or another partnership being selected for one or both events.

AWC team composition summary

A dog may gain a win on spot on both days and therefore qualify to represent Agility Team GB in both the team and individual event. If a handler gains a win on spot with two or more dogs throughout the heights, the team manager reserves the right to take only one dog. The handler will be able to choose which dog gains the guaranteed place. The decision to take the additional dog(s) will be decided by the selection panel.

Junior Open Agility World Championship try out

This event consists of a team format day and an individual format day. It will be run under strict FCI rules and regulations unless otherwise stated on this page. Each day is a separate result and each height a separate event.

Team format day

A jumping and an agility round with the results combined. 

  • The results of a jumping and an agility round are combined
  • Least faults wins with time as a tie breaker in all aspects of this event
  • Course time is 115% of the class winner’s time in each height.
  • Jumping running order is a random draw
  • Running order for the agility round will be in reverse order of jumping round results
  • In the event of a tie for the win on spot, the agility round score will be used. If there is still a tie, a run-off on the agility course will take place

The following partnerships from this combined result will qualify to represent Agility Team GB at the JOAWC in both the individual and team event:

  • Large - top two
  • Medium – winner
  • Small – winner

The following partnerships from this combined result will qualify to represent Agility Team GB at the JOAWC in both the individual and team event, providing over the weekend their combined results in one of the jumping and one of the agility rounds has 10 faults or less.

  • Large – 3rd and 4th place
  • Medium – 2nd place
  • Small – 2nd place

For example: 5 faults in both runs on Saturday or 5 faults in the jumping on Saturday and 5 faults in the agility on Sunday.

JOT day 1 format summary

Individual format day

A jumping round and an agility round with the results combined. 

  • The results of the jumping and agility round are combined
  • Least faults wins with time as a tie breaker in all aspects of this event
  • Course time is 106% of the class winner’s time in each height
  • Jumping running order is a random draw
  • Running order for the agility round will be in reverse order of the jumping round results
  • In the event of a tie for the win on spot, the agility round score will be used. If there is still a tie, a run-off on the agility course will take place.

The following partnerships from this combined result will qualify to represent Agility Team GB at the JOAWC in both the individual and team event.

  • Large - top two
  • Medium – winner
  • Small – winner

The following partnerships from this combined result will qualify to represent Agility Team GB at the JOAWC in both the individual and team event, providing over the weekend their combined results in one of the jumping rounds and one of the agility rounds has 10 faults or less.

  • Large – 3rd and 4th place
  • Medium – 2nd place
  • Small – 2nd place

For example: 5 faults in both runs on Sunday or 5 faults in the jumping on Saturday and 5 faults in the agility on Sunday.

JOT day 2 format summary

JOAWC team composition

The win on spots potentially will make up 66% of Team GB at the JOAWC.

The selection panel will have the option to choose additional dogs across all heights to form the remainder of the JOAWC Team GB.

The following competition guideline will be used for handlers to be considered for selection throughout the JOT event:

  • at least one jumping and one agility run that was not eliminated
  • a combined jumping and agility score over the weekend that has a combined result of under 20 faults and with both runs achieving a time of under 118% of the winner’s time

Additionally, the selection panel may select a partnership from data driven evidence from their agility career to demonstrate the partnership will be competitive at the JOAWC.

JOAWC rules allow Team GB to submit a maximum of:

  • 12 large
  • Eight medium
  • Eight small

Please note: this full allocation will only be taken if the selection panel believes all partnerships will be competitive and/or benefit from the experience in relation to their agility career.

All partnerships selected will represent Team GB in both the individual and team events at the JOAWC.

Selection decisions will consider the following:
  • The number of dogs in a height needs to achieve a number of dogs that ensures everyone is able to participate in the team event (divisible by 4)
  • If a dog gains a win on spot on both days, then the spot will not roll down and this place will be selected by the selection panel
  • The selection panel will select the specific event teams
  • The selection panel will select reserves
  • If a handler gains a win on spot with two or more dogs throughout the heights, the team manager reserves the right to take only one dog. The handler will be able to choose which dog gains the guaranteed place. The decision to take the additional dog(s) will be decided by the selection panel

Please note: all junior handlers attending the JOAWC, EO and AWC must do so with an adult who has parental responsibility of the junior handler.

JOAWC team composition summary

General competition rules

All selection events
  • Handlers must have a valid United Kingdom passport or have permanent residency in the United Kingdom on the closing date of the PSQ
  • Handlers must not compete at either the European Open and/or the FCI Agility World Championships and/or the Junior Open Agility World Championship for another country, in the same year as qualifying dates for the PSQ
  • Handlers have a responsibility to record their achievements regarding eligibility for the PSQ to ensure they have met the requirements. All handlers will be officially notified by The Kennel Club of their eligibility by November 15 each year. Any additional handlers that achieve a Champion Certificate or Reserve Champion Certificate after this date and before February 1, will be notified shortly after the CC event. Any handler that believes they should be invited but has not received an invite by 16 November should email our agility team
  • Each height is a separate event in all aspects of Agility Team GB selection
  • Dogs may only compete in one height throughout the 2021 Agility Team GB selection
  • Dogs may only compete with one handler throughout the 2021 Agility Team GB selection
  • Results attained for eligibility to the PSQ must be the same dog and handler partnerships that compete in the PSQ and try out events
  • If a dog qualifies for PSQ with multiple handlers, the owner(s) of the dog as stated on The Kennel Club registration certificate will decide which handler can enter the PSQ
  • In all events, classes will be run in strict running order. Failure to be ready to enter the ring at the time you are due to run will result in an elimination in that class. This is the stated start time for dogs with a running order of one. For all other dogs it is as the previous dog crosses the finish line
  • Handlers enter and compete in these events acknowledging and understanding that they have the opportunity to win their way onto all international teams and the specific events that they are eligible for. By doing so, handlers accept and agree that if they do not achieve the required results of the additional selection, then decisions, as stated on this page, are made based on the opinions of the selection panel members and they will be unable to challenge or seek further clarification
  • In the unlikely event that there are only results that do not meet the criteria specified on this page for any progression, qualifying or win on spots, the selection panel will decide who attains those places
  • Team GB height classification: all medium and small dogs attending the PSQ must have obtained an official FCI championship measure or have received an Agility Team GB height classification. The Agility Team GB height classification can be obtained at any official Agility Team GB classification session or at the PSQ
  • Running orders will be drawn as stated in the rules of each event but will be adjusted to follow the rules of multiple dog handlers (as below)
  • All classes will be run under FCI agility rules and regulations and any additional rules detailed in the Agility Team GB selection document and event schedules
  • Bitches in season may run at all events as per FCI AWC rules. Please notify team management as soon as it is known the dog will be in season or at the event immediately on arrival. These dogs will be highlighted on running order sheets
  • A 'no show' in any class will result in disqualification from any combined result involving that class but competitors may continue to compete in the individual classes and on following days
  • If a handler does not attend the first day of a selection weekend, they may still compete on the second day for the win on spot. They accept that their chances of selection are dramatically reduced if this occurs
  • An assistant judge will judge the dog-walk-up contacts and the class judge may ask them to judge the dog when on approach to the dog-walk. The assistant judge is there for the class judge to seek advice and clarification if needed on any possible error or rule 
  • It is intended to use a “video review” procedure at all Agility Team GB selection events. A review of a judge’s call may only be requested by the class judges or a member of the Agility Team GB management. A judge’s call will only be overturned if the official video footage shows that an error was made. Handlers will not be able to request a review and unofficial video footage will not be used
  • Handlers repeating equipment for the purpose of training will be eliminated from the remainder of the runs throughout a weekend due to the unfair advantage this creates in later runs. This decision will be made by the team manager
  • The team management reserve the right to rule at the event on anything not covered in these rules that requires clarification
  • In the event of any extraordinary circumstances not covered by the rules, any matter arising will be considered by the team manager, whose decision is final
Multiple dog running order

In the classes where a random draw is specified (non-seeded runs) a random draw will produce the running order. Handlers running more than one dog will have a gap of 10 dogs (nine dogs between their runs) by moving the first-drawn dog earlier in the running order. If this does not achieve a 10-dog gap, then the second-drawn dog will be moved down in the running order. 

If there are not enough dogs in the class to achieve the 10-dog gap, the largest gap possible will be created and with a break of six minutes allowed. The six-minute countdown will start as the handler’s first dog crosses the finish line. The handler must enter the ring with their second dog before the countdown is complete.

Handlers with more than two dogs will have their dogs split using the 10-dog gap rule unless there are not enough dogs in the class, whereupon the dogs will be split evenly through the running order using the six-minute rule as described above. If a handler has drawn dogs close together in succeeding heights (e.g. drawn last to run in the large height and first to run in the medium height) the six-minute rule will apply and will run through while jump heights are being changed.

In the seeded classes, running orders are the reverse of the results from the previous run, e.g. lowest placed dogs will run first; highest placed dogs will run last. Handlers who have multiple dogs will not have their running order altered (unless requested as below) but will be given a three-minute break between dogs, if there are less than three dogs between their dogs. Handlers are able to request to have their first-drawn dog moved earlier in the running order to achieve the 10-dog gap stated above. If this does not achieve a 10-dog gap the handler will be given a six-minute break. Handlers must notify the scoring team of this before the commencement of course walking on day 1 of any event.

By entering more than one dog in the 2021 Agility Team GB selection process, handlers indicate their acceptance to comply with these running order rules.

Team days

Team days are designed to help handlers prepare for the international championships.

Failure to attend the official team days without extenuating personal circumstances as decided by the team manager may result in deselection.

Junior handlers are strongly advised to attend all three junior training sessions. Juniors must attend at least two of the three or this will result in de-selection unless extenuating personal circumstances apply. The final decision regarding deselection will be made by the team manager. The dates they wish to attend must be stated at the initial April team day. (Official team days as stated above are compulsory.)

The EO teams are required to train together a minimum of two times between 1 May and 15 July.

The AWC teams are required to train together a minimum of three times between 1 May and 31 August.

The EO and AWC teams can decide between themselves their dates and location. Failure to come to an agreement by 1 May will result in the team manager stating a compulsory date and location for them to attend.

Agility Team GB - height classification

All medium and small dogs attending the PSQ must have obtained an official FCI championship measure or have received an Agility Team GB height classification from Agility Team GB. The Agility Team GB height classification can be obtained at any official Agility Team GB classification session or at the PSQ.

  • This classification is an Agility Team GB classification only and does not affect any previous official Kennel Club measure
  • Classification does not guarantee you will achieve an official FCI measurement in the height category
  • Classification will assure handlers that Agility Team GB will select dogs for the championship teams
  • Classification may be obtained by any dog regardless of qualification to the PSQ
  • Classifications may only be confirmed by official classifiers appointed by The Kennel Club prestige events working party
  • Two classifiers must be present to receive an official classification
  • The classification will remain with the dog for life unless superseded by an actual FCI championship measure
  • A classification cannot be obtained until the dog is over 2 years old
  • A classification must be obtained by day 1 of the PSQ at the latest for results from the PSQ to be included. Dogs who have not been classified by 6pm on day 1 of the PSQ will have all results removed from day 1 and will be unable to compete on day 2
  • There will be no refund of PSQ entry fees or any compensation given if a dog is classified in to a different height
  • No refunds will be given for any reason after the closing date
  • Handlers are strongly encouraged to obtain this classification before entering the PSQ at additional sessions run by the official classifiers
  • If the dog’s Agility Team GB height classification is a higher height than their Kennel Club measurement, they may compete at the PSQ in the higher height, providing their eligibility to enter was achieved before the Agility Team GB height classification. If a handler wishes to compete at PSQ in the higher height, they must do the following:
    • If the dog has not had an additional Kennel Club (challenge) measure, they must put the dog forward for an official Kennel Club additional (challenge) measurement that day by the two senior measurers present
  • Please note: Kennel Club intermediate dogs will be classified as FCI large
FCI championships height classifications
  • S (small) for dogs measuring less than 35 cm at the withers
  • M (medium) for dogs measuring 35 cm or more and less than 43 cm at the withers
  • L (large) for dogs measuring 43 cm or more at the withers
Agility Team GB – conduct and removal from team

Once a handler wins on to or is selected to represent Agility Team GB, they will be required to sign a contract outlining the requirements they must fulfil as a member of Agility Team GB.  Failure to sign this contract and/or any breach of the contract conditions will risk removal from the team regardless of achieving a win on spot or being selected. Conduct by a handler that brings Agility Team GB or The Kennel Club into disrepute will risk expulsion from the team. Any dog that in the opinion of the team manager is visibly lame, or where there are concerns regarding the dog’s welfare, will be required to pass a fitness test from the team vet if the handler wishes to compete. If there are any concerns for the welfare of any dog and/or there are concerns that it may not pass a vet check at a championship or a handler may not be able to compete due to injury or health, the team manager reserves the right to withdraw any partnership from the team at any point.