The Kennel Club agility stakes held at The London International Horse Show

Dog jumping through Skinners jump
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One of the most important showcase events for agility in the UK takes place every December at 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 Kennel Club Agility Stakes finals.

Skinner's have sponsored The Kennel Club 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 2021 London International Horse Show will be held at ExCel, London from 16-20 December.

Competitors who have qualified for the quarter/semi finals for The Kennel Club agility stakes 2021

Small 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
Dave Munnings Boost Bite Crossbreed Olympia 2019 winner
Nina Rajala Piikachu's Best Start At Zanimo's Papillon Prestbury Park 2019
Rosie Cavill Ag Ch Daimonic Dare Devil Cocker Spaniel Prestbury Park 2019
Stephanie Jones Pop Stayley Crossbreed Prestbury Park 2019
Alan Bray Ag Ch Devongem Firestarter at Upanovertigers Working Cocker Suffolk Five Rivers 2019
Claire Burrell Ag Ch Daimonic Expelliarmus Cocker Spaniel Suffolk Five Rivers 2019
Emma Frost Skippy Kipp Crossbreed Suffolk Five Rivers 2019
Clare Bacon Devongem Gold Coast Cocker Spaniel Chippenham 2019
Katerina Ullsten Inquizitive Quiz Crossbreed Chippenham 2019
Sarah Roots Stowledge Angelica Cocker Spaniel Chippenham 2019
Lara Staplehurst Jet Black Jazz Cocker Spaniel Downland 2019
Wendy Fassam Just Drifting Crossbreed Downland 2019
Lorna Goodban Tweet Like Choklat Crossbreed Downland 2019
Jason Smawfield-Huby Cotton Candy Sunshine Min Poodle Wilmslow 2020
Angela Madigan Only Juan Don Crossbreed Wilmslow 2020
Lou Cadman Maddest Moment Yet Crossbreed Wilmslow 2020
Louise Raine Gibble Sooty Gripper Cocker Spaniel Ribble 2020
Lou Cadman Ag Ch Another Mad Moment Crossbreed Ribble 2020
Karen Boardman Engalah Pico's Flint Min Schnauzer Ribble 2020
Medium 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
Dawn Weaver Galaxy's Ace Of Spades Crossbreed Olympia 2019 winner
Heather McLean Black Magic Navigator WSD North Derbyshire 2019
Samantha Pegg Leebeardream Plug In Baby Border Collie North Derbyshire 2019
Jane Chenery Blackengine Dusk Cocker Spaniel North Derbyshire 2019
Sarah Woodley Basileas General Lucius Min American Shepherd South Downs 2019
Julie Dunlop Hillsidejemz Topaz Cocker Spaniel South Downs 2019
Anita Jones Sassy Cinnamon BC South Downs 2019
Aemillia Nicholson Little Miss Woo Woo Crossbreed Wyre 2019
Hannah Thorp Izzie Catch a Falling Star Crossbreed Wyre 2019
Harriet Harding Little Miss Iz WSD Wyre 2019
Liz Carpenter Moseleywood Winnie AW(B) Crossbreed Wilmslow 2020
Nigel Staines Morgans Golden Eagle (AWG) Kelpie Wilmslow 2020
Emma Pullan Blundasgems Black Diamond Working Cocker Spaniel Wilmslow 2020
Intermediate 5-7 agility stakes

Quarter-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

Quarter-Final: Vale View Equestrian, 11 September 2021
Quarter-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 2019
Connie Sellers Diagemtas Serge BC Prestbury Park 2019
Tamzin Hulley Phoenix Roots BC Prestbury Park 2019
Jess Sansome Not A Mini Cooper AW(G) BC Prestbury Park 2019
Ally Weller My Teddy Boy WSD Prestbury Park 2019
Naarah Cuddy Lilhaze Dark Pleasure BC Gillingham 2019
Dave Munnings Ag Ch Comebyanaway Reddy For Fame BC Gillingham 2019
Pia Glover Soldaze One Summer Dream BC Gillingham 2019
Martin Reid Ag.Ch Borderpaws Secret Surprise BC Gillingham 2019
Lisa Duggan Devongem Tri Ted BC Gillingham 2019
Euan Paterson Devongem Quick Time BC Ribble 2020
Dominik Venn Admiral Max Ace Ackbar WSD Ribble 2020
Jessica Clarehugh Avonwolf Beanies Dizzy Dora Malinois Ribble 2020
Karen Marriott Dreamorox Dare to Run BC Ribble 2020
Lisa Bailey Castomya New Sensation BC Ribble 2020
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 2019
Lynne Gressler Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Australian Kelpie WBSDS 2019
Tina Simpson Hawksflight The Phoenix Tervueren WBSDS 2019

The Kennel Club agility stakes 2021

Where can I qualify?
The Kennel Club 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 The Kennel Club Agility Stakes finals. 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 The Kennel Club Agility Stakes final, or as a reserve, the handler is deemed to have accepted an offer to compete at The Kennel Club Agility Stakes final, 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 The Kennel Club Agility Stakes 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 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 The Kennel Club Agility Stakes 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 held at The London International Horse Show (subject to the above).

The Kennel Club 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 The Kennel Club Agility Stakes 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 held at The London 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 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 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 held at The London International Horse Show.

The 20 dogs who qualify for The Kennel Club Intermediate Dog Agility Stakes will compete in a semi-final held at The London International Horse Show. The top 10 highest-placed dogs in the semi-final will qualify for the evening grand final held at The London International Horse Show (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 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 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 held at The London International Horse Show.

The 20 dogs who qualify for The Kennel Club Large Dog Agility Stakes will compete in the semi-final held at The London International Horse Show. The top 10 highest-placed dogs in the semi-final will qualify for the evening grand final held at The London International Horse Show (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 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 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 held at The London 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 agility competitions heat awards
The Kennel Club  small dog agility stakes
The Kennel Club medium dog agility stakes
The Kennel Club intermediate dog agility stakes 
The Kennel Club large dog ABC agility stakes
The Kennel Club 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 S Alderson at Norton Rosettes.

Quarter/semi-finalists: 

The Kennel Club 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.

Kennel Club agility stakes finals

The London International Horse Show on 16 – 20 December 2021.

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