Team selection process

Dog jumping over hurdle in agility course
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2022 team qualification process

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 12 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

Key dates for 2022 team

This information sets out the initial routes for handlers to qualify for the team selection process for 2022 international events.

Event Dates
PSQ eligibility qualification period

1 March 2021 - 1 February 2022

Open Showcase 18 – 20 February 2022
Pre-Selection Qualifier (PSQ) 25 and  27 February 2022
EO try out (EOT)

19 and 20 March 2022

AWC try out (AWCT) 26 and 27 March 2022
JOAWC try out (JOT) 26 and 27 March 2022
Team Announced 13 April 2022
Team day (EO, AWC and JOAWC) 23 April 2022
EO team day 30 May 2022
JOAWC team day 30 May 2022
AWC team day 27 August 2022
JOAWC - Vantaa, Finland 14 – 17 July 2022
EO – Opglabeek, Belgium 28 – 31 July 2022
AWC – Russia September 2022 - T.B.C

Pre-selection qualifier (PSQ) 2022

Eligibility to enter

Seniors - achieve at least one of the following:

  • A top 40 placement in the 2021 Kennel Club Agility Stakes, quarter-final (large/intermediate) or semi-finalist (medium/small). The run must not be eliminated to be eligible for the PSQ
  • 2022 Crufts singles finalist
  • 2022 British open finalist
  • Championship Certificate (CC) or Reserve Championship Certificate (RCC) winner April 1 2021 to February 1
  • 2021 senior team PSQ member
  • 2021 junior team PSQ member (who is no longer eligible for JOAWC 2022 due to age*)

Juniors:

  • 2004* or later date of birth
  • Young Kennel Club member
who has achieved at least one of the following:
  • 2022 Young Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year Crufts semi-finalist
  • 2021 JOAWC team member (including reserves) with a date of birth of 2004 or later

*Please note as of June 2021 we are awaiting confirmation from the FCI as to the date of birth for junior competitors.

Please note intermediate dogs will qualify for the large height category selection.

Please note the agility team GB management reserve the right to invite additional dogs to the PSQ or schedule an open showcase event in late 2021 or early 2022 with win on spots to the PSQ. This will be decided once the situation with Covid-19 and the effect on 2021 shows becomes clearer and after the 2021 selection process has been evaluated. An announcement will be made by 1 September 2021 if any and how additional spots will be available.

Judges and course designers

Open showcase (OSC) 18 – 20 February 2022

Event Judge: Jason Bartram.  Assistant Judge: Natalie Webb

Senior OSC

Jumping course designer: Jari Suomalainen (Design request; individual jumping)

Agility course designer: Marleen Haeneefstingels (Design request; individual agility)

Junior OSC

Jumping course designer: Anders Virtanen (Design request; individual jumping)

Agility course designer: Petr Pupik (Design request; individual agility)

Pre-selection qualifier (PSQ) 25 – 27 February 2022

Event Judge: Phil Barber.  Assistant Judge: Jason Bartram

Senior PSQ

Day 1 Jumping course designer: Martin Schoffelmeer (Design request; Individual jumping)

Day 1 Agility course designer: Jari Suomalainen (Design request; Individual agility)

Day 2 Jumping course designer: Marleen Haeneefstingels (Design request; Individual jumping)

Day 2 Agility course designer: Thora Van Der Stock (Design request; Individual agility)

Junior PSQ

Day 1 Jumping course designer: T.B.C. (Design request; Individual jumping)

Day 1 Agility Course Designer: Anders Virtanen (Design request; Individual agility)

Day 2 Jumping course designer: Petr Pupik (Design request; Individual jumping)

Day 2 Agility course designer: T.B.C. (Design request; Individual agility)

EO try out (EOT) 19 and 20 March 2022

Event Judge: Jason Bartram.  Assistant Judge: Phil Barber

Day 1 Jumping course designer: Thora Van Der Stock (Design request; Team jumping)

Day 1 Agility course designer: Martin Schoffelmeer (Design request; Team agility)

Day 2 Relay final course designer: Marleen Haeneefstingels (Design request; EO team relay)

Day 2 Jumping course designer: Martin Schoffelmeer (Design request; Individual jumping)

Day 2 Agility course designer: Jari Suomalainen (Design request; Individual agility)

Day 2 Final agility course designer: Thora Van Der Stock (Design request; Individual EO agility final)

AWC try out (AWCT) 26 and 27 March 2022

Event Judge: Natalie Webb.  Assistant Judge: Jason Bartram

Day 1 Jumping course designer: Olga Korovaikova (Design request; Team jumping)

Day 1 Agility course designer: Jan Egile Eide (Design request; Team agility)

Day 2 Jumping course designer: Jan Egile Eide (Design request; Individual jumping)

Day 2 Agility course designer: Olga Korovaikova (Design request; Individual agility)

JOAWC try out (JOT) 26 and 27 March 2022

Event Judge: Natalie Webb.  Assistant Judge: Jason Bartram

Day 1 Jumping course designer: T.B.C. (Design request; Team jumping)

Day 1 Agility course designer: Petr Pupik (Design request; Team agility)

Day 2 Jumping course designer: Anders Virtanen (Design request; Individual jumping)

Day 2 Agility course designer: T.B.C. (Design request; Individual agility)

Please note course designers have been invited to design the above and at the time of publish not all JOAWC judges have been announced.  The above is therefore subject to change and a finalised list of designers will be notified on the official agility team GB Facebook pages once confirmed.

Eligibility for pre-selection qualifier

Step 1 - Dog and handler partnerships only need to achieve one of the pre-requisite criteria to be eligible to enter.

Seniors

Achieve at least one of the following:

  • A top 40 placement in the 2021 Kennel Club agility stakes, quarter-final (large/intermediate) or semi-finalist (medium/small). The run must not be eliminated to be eligible for the PSQ
  • 2022 Crufts singles finalist
  • 2022 British open finalist
  • Championship Certificate (CC) or Reserve Championship Certificate (RCC) winner April 1st 2021 to February 1st
  • 2021 senior team PSQ member
  • 2021 junior team PSQ member (who is no longer eligible for JOAWC 2022 due to age)
  • Progress from the 2022 open showcase
Juniors
  • 2004 or later date of birth.
  • Must be an existing Young Kennel Club member

Who has achieved at least one of the following:

  • 2022 Young Kennel Club agility dog of the year Crufts semi-finalist
  • 2021 junior team PSQ member
  • Progress from the 2022 open showcase

The agility team GB management reserve the right to invite additional dogs to the PSQ.

(Please note intermediate height results will count towards FCI large height eligibility)

Partnerships achieving the above criteria but having to withdraw from the previous year’s agility team GB PSQ, The Kennel Club agility stakes or Crufts are still eligible to enter the PSQ.  Partnerships that are called up as reserves to Crufts, therefore achieving one of the above criteria, will be eligible to enter the PSQ.

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:
A two day event with win on spots available for both the individual and team events at the European open

 Agility World Championship Try Out:

A two day event with win on spots available for both the individual and team events at the agility world championships

 Junior Open Agility World Championship Try Out:

A two day event with win on spots available for both the individual and team events at the junior open agility world championships

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 makeup of the individual teams, will be decided by the management team. 

They will consider

  • The results from the selection process.
  • The results from The Kennel Club agility stakes and Crufts.
  • Previous national & 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 & 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 and made by the management team.

The remainder of this information concerns the specific events and detailed rules that will be used throughout the 2022 agility team GB selection.

Open showcase

The objective of this event is to offer competitors who have been unable to compete in 2020 and 2021 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 2022.  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 2022.  Dogs that have already accepted an invite to the 2022 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) and the junior team (JOAWC). 

Dogs with docked tails are unable to compete in Belgium (EO 2022) unless they have a veterinary certificate stating the docking was for a medical reason.  Docked dogs can compete in Russia (AWC 2022).  Therefore, any senior handlers, with a non-pedigree dog with a docked tail without a medical certificate is ineligible to enter this event.

Open showcase format

Please note that the below format is subject to change if entry dictates.  All junior and senior handlers may be required to compete on all 3 days (18-20 February 2022) and should therefore keep these days free.  The measuring date may also vary depending on the format. The exact format will be published no later than 14 days after the entry closing date.

If a dog does not have an official FCI championship measure or an agility team GB height classification, they will be allocated a time slot the day before the OSC (seniors 17 February, juniors 19 February) for an assessment. Due to time constraints, agility team GB classifiers will only assess whether the dog is eligible to continue in the entered height at the open showcase.  agility team GB height classifications will only be provided to dogs that are difficult to ascertain the correct height classification.  All dogs that progress to the PSQ must gain an agility team GB height classification to be eligible to run at the PSQ.  All competitors are advised to read the height classification section below.

This event consists of a jumping and an agility round, run under strict FCI rules and regulations unless otherwise stated in this document. Results in the senior OSC make up one event and are not split into EO and AWC eligibility. 

  • For the senior OSC a jumping run will take place on the Friday and an agility run on the Saturday
  • For the junior OSC a jumping run and an agility run will take place on the Sunday
  • If numbers dictate the above days may alter to both the Junior and Senior OSC running over the weekend so handlers are strongly advised to keep 18 – 20 February 2022 free until exact details are published
  • 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 senior open showcase to the PSQ

Large (Total 8 partnerships)

  • Top 2 in each individual class (4 partnerships)
  • Top 4 in combined results (4 partnerships)

Medium (Total 4 partnerships)

  • Winner in each individual class (2 partnerships)
  • Top 2 in combined results (2 partnerships)

Small (Total 4 partnerships)

  • Winner in each individual class (2 partnerships)
  • Top 2 in combined results (2 partnerships)
Progression from the junior open showcase to the PSQ

Large (Total 4 partnerships)

  • Winner in each individual class (2 partnerships)
  • Top 2 in combined results (2 partnerships)

Medium (Total 4 partnerships)

  • Winner in each individual class (2 partnerships)
  • Top 2 in combined results (2 partnerships)

Small (Total 4 partnerships)

  • Winner in each individual class (2 partnerships)
  • Top 2 in combined results (2 partnerships)
Selection

The management team reserve the right to invite additional partnerships that compete in this event to the PSQ at their discretion.

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.  For example, 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
  • Entry fee for the open showcase will be £20 a dog

Pre-selection qualifier (PSQ)

PSQ

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.

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

The senior PSQ will run on the 25 and 26 February 2022.

The junior PSQ will run on the 27 February 2022.

Handlers who enter the PSQ can progress to any of the three specific team try out events, providing they are eligible and met 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 & 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 on all 3 days and can 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
All dogs must have obtained an official FCI championship measure or have received an agility team GB height classification from agility team GB before competing in the PSQ.  All dogs that require a height classification will be allocated a time slot the day before the PSQ  (seniors 24 February, juniors 26 February).
Pre-selection qualifier format

This event consists of two jumping and two agility rounds, run under strict FCI rules and regulations unless otherwise stated in this document. Jumping 1 and agility 1 will be combined and will be a completely separate result to the jumping 2 and agility 2 combined result. Senior results make up one event and are not split into EO and AWC eligibility. 

  • Senior PSQ will run jumping 1 and agility 1 on day 1 and jumping 2 and agility 2 on day 2. The results of each day’s jumping and agility rounds are combined
  • Junior PSQ will compete in all four runs on the one day
  • 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 3 in each individual class (12 partnerships)
  • Top 12 in combined results from each day (24 partnerships)
  • 4 partnerships selected by the management team
  • Total 40 partnerships

Medium

  • Top 2 in each individual class (8 partnerships)
  • Top 6 in combined results from each day (12 partnerships)
  • 4 partnerships selected by the management team
  • Total 24 partnerships.

Small

  • Top 2 in each individual class (8 partnerships).
  • Top 6 in combined results from each day (12 partnerships).
  • 4 partnerships selected by the management team.
  • Total 24 partnerships.

Partnerships progressing to the EOT and AWCT will be mainly the same partnerships, the only difference being that non-pedigree dogs are unable to progress to the AWCT and docked or cropped dogs are unable to progress to the EOT.
Junior open agility world championship try out

Large

  • Top 2 in each individual class (8 partnerships)
  • Top 6 in combined results from each day (12 partnerships)
  • 4 partnerships selected by the management team
  • Total 24 partnerships

Medium

  • Winner in each individual class (4 partnerships)
  • Top 4 in combined results from each day (8 partnerships)
  • 4 partnerships selected by the management team
  • Total 16 partnerships

Small

  • Winner in each individual class (4 partnerships)
  • Top 4 in combined results from each day (8 partnerships)
  • 4 partnerships selected by the management team
  • Total 16 partnerships

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 1, agility 1, classes 1 combined results, jumping 2, agility 2, classes 2 combined results.

For example: a large dog wins both jumping 1 and agility 1 and therefore combined results 1. The jumping 1 win will earn progression to the try out events.  Therefore, 4th place in the agility 1 and 13th place in the combined results 1 will now also earn progression.

Once a partnership has achieved a result for progression they do not have to continue to compete, however the management team will consider the results of the 4 runs at the PSQ during team selection so it is highly recommended that they continue to run competitively in all 4 classes.

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

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 management team 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.

Dogs with docked tails are unable to compete in Belgium (EO 2022) unless they have a veterinary certificate stating the docking was for a medical reason or the dog was born without a tail.  Docked dogs can compete in Russia (AWC 2022) and Finland (JOAWC 2022).  Therefore, any dog with a docked tail without a medical certificate will not be able to progress to the EO try out and handlers should consider this before entering the PSQ.

Entry fee for the pre selection qualifier will be £40 a dog and the fee will also include entry into any of the March 2022 try out events a partnership qualify for.

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 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 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 five 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 5 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 team GB at the European open in both the individual and team events.

  • Large - Top 4
  • Medium - Top 2
  • Small - Top 2
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
  • Eliminations in a class will not progress
  • If 40 dogs are entered in large the top ten in the jumping and the top ten 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 team GB at the European open in both the individual and team events:

  • Large - Top 4
  • Medium - Top 2
  • Small - Top 2
EO team composition

From the two days, the win on spots will make up 66% of agility team GB at the European open.

The management team will then choose additional partnerships as follows:

  • 4 Large
  • 2 Medium
  • 2 Small

To form the remainder of the European open agility team GB. The full team will comprise of 28 dog and handler partnerships.

  • 12 large
  • 8 medium
  • 8 small

All partnerships will represent team GB in both the individual and team events at the European open.

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 management team.

The management team will select the specific event teams and the 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 management team.

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 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 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 team event.

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.

AWC team composition

The Team Management will then choose an additional:

  • 6 partnerships to represent agility team GB in the individual event
  • 3 partnerships per height to represent agility team GB in the team event.

(Please note this could be won on spots being selected for the additional event or another partnership being selected for one or both events)

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 management team.

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 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 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 2
  • 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’s has ten faults or less.

  • Large – 3rd & 4th
  • Medium – 2nd
  • Small – 2nd

For example - five faults in both runs on Saturday or five faults in the jumping on Saturday and five faults in the agility on Sunday.

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 2
  • 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’s has ten faults or less.

  • Large – 3rd & 4th
  • Medium – 2nd
  • Small – 2nd

For example - five faults in both runs on Sunday or five faults in the jumping on Saturday and five faults in the agility on Sunday.

JOAWC team composition

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

The team management 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 management team 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
  • 8 Medium
  • 8 Small

Please note this full allocation will only be taken if the Management Team 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 Team management
  • The team management will select the specific event teams
  • The team management will select reserves
  • If a handler gains a win on spot with two or more dogs throughout the heights, the team management 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 team management.

General competition rules

General information
  • 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 15 November each year.  Any additional handlers that gain qualification in any way after this date, will be notified within 14 days of that qualification being gained, or 14 days after the last series of heats. Any handler that believes they should be invited, but has not received an invite considering the above dates, should contact agility@thekennelclub.org.uk
  • Each height is a separate event in all aspects of agility team GB selection
  • Dogs may only compete in one height throughout the 2022 agility team GB selection
  • Dogs may only compete with one handler throughout the 2022 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 that 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 that the additional selection decisions, as stated in this document, are made based on the opinions of the team management and they will be unable to challenge or seek further clarification
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ten dogs (nine dogs between their runs) by moving the first-drawn dog earlier in the running order.  If this does not achieve a ten-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 ten-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 ten-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 ten-dog gap stated above. If this does not achieve a ten-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 one of any event.

By entering more than one dog in the 2022 agility team GB selection process, handlers indicate their acceptance to comply with these running order rules.

Agility team GB - FCI height classification

All medium and small dogs trying out for agility team GB in the pre selection qualifier 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 and costs £4 a dog.

  • This classification is an agility team GB height classification only and does not affect any previous official Kennel Club measure
  • Height classification does not guarantee you will achieve an official FCI measurement in the height category
  • Height classification will assure handlers that team GB will select dogs for the championship teams
  • Height classification may be obtained by any dog regardless of qualification to the PSQ
  • Height classifications may only be confirmed by official height classifiers appointed by The Kennel Club prestige events working party
  • Two height classifiers must be present to receive an official agility team GB height classification
  • The height classification will remain with the dog for life unless superseded by an actual FCI championship measure
  • A height classification cannot be obtained until the dog is over two years old
  • A height classification must be obtained by the first day of the years selection process for the results to be included. Dogs who have not been classified by 18.00 on day 1 of the selection process will have all results removed from day 1 and will be unable to compete in subsequent days
  • There will be no refund of selection entry fees or any compensation given if a dog is classified in to a different height
  • Handlers are strongly encouraged to obtain this height classification before entering the selection process at additional sessions run by the official height 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 in line with current Kennel Club regulations regarding “Additional Height” measurements before competing in the Team GB selection event
  • If the dog’s agility team GB height classification is a higher height than their Kennel Club measurement, and they wish to continue to try out for agility team GB, the owner of the dog must voluntarily decide to move their dog to the higher Kennel Club height as detailed in new Regulation H(1)(B)4.(17). The only exception to this rule is if the dog’s measurement by the agility team GB height classifiers places the dog at the lower height classification within The Kennel Club rules but at the higher height classification under FCI rules
  • Please note The 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. A 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 dogs welfare, will be required to pass a fitness test from the team vet if the handler wishes to compete.  

Team days

General information

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 but must attend at least two of the three or this will result in de-selection. 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 & 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.