The International Agility Festival (IAF), sponsored by Skinner's Field & Trial will take place on the 12-15 August 2021 at Rutland Showground, Burley Park Way, Oakham, LE15 6US.
What is the festival?
The festival is open to any dog, as long as it is registered on one of The Kennel Club's registers - the Breed Register or the Activity Register - making it one of the few world-class agility competitions to be open to pedigrees, rescue dogs and crossbreeds alike.
The festival always includes graded classes for all height categories and all grades of agility dog and handler, so that everyone gets a chance to compete at their own level at the UK's largest agility show.
For the hundreds of visitors and spectators who now come to enjoy the festival atmosphere, there are also opportunities to participate in Scruffts. Plus of course a wide range of trade stands offering goods for both humans and dogs, all adding to the festival fun!
Why visit the festival?
- The event is free for visitors (car parking charges apply)
- Try out your dog in the show ring where the companion dog show judges will be looking for the healthiest, happiest dogs in a wide range of both breed and novelty classes
- Visit our trade stands featuring an enormous range of goods for dogs and their owners
- Watch top international agility handlers compete in the main ring
- Mingle with hundreds of agility competitors from all over the world
How to enter the festival
Details will be announced in due course. If you are abroad, please read current guidance from Defra about travelling with pets between the UK and Europe.
Taking part in Scruffts
Scruffts is the nation's favourite crossbreed competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved. Even if your crossbreed dog is not competing in agility, they can still be a winner in one of the many fun classes on offer in the Scruffts ring.
Taking part in the companion dog show
Find out about our sponsor
Please read the below quote from Skinner's:
''We are passionate about bringing quality nutrition to your dog in everything we do; from the sourcing of raw ingredients, manufacturing in our own mill, formulating according to current nutritional science and helping customers to make excellent nutrition choices for their circumstances.
"The range consists of quality puppy foods, adult diets, those with sensitivities, through to diets formulated to support our older canine friends. We would be delighted to discuss your nutritional requirements and help you make ideal choices for your dog at The Kennel Club’s International Agility Festival. Find out more on our website or call 01379 384247
"We wish you the very best of luck for one of the largest agility events in the world!''
Team qualifier information
International Agility Festival Team Agility Competition (Special) 2021
All events must be judged under the appropriate 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 regulations.
These competitions will be scheduled as a special combined class for grades 1 to 7 with a separate qualifying competition for each height category.
There will be up to eight separate heats for large, intermediate, medium and small height dogs at Kennel Club licensed shows throughout the country.
This event is open to teams from Kennel Club registered and listed status clubs which, at the time of entry to the qualifying heat, have indicated in their Kennel Club registration details that they have an interest in agility or are an agility listed status club. Each team entry will consist of four dogs from the same height category, with four different handlers, plus up to two reserves. Only dogs entered in the team or as reserves at the qualifying event will be permitted to compete for that team in the final should a change of dog be necessary. Only handlers that competed at the qualifying event or those listed as reserves will be permitted to compete for that team in the final should a handler be unable to compete.
All team members must be members of the club at the time of qualifying for the International Agility Festival teams final. Dogs do not have to be entered into any other class at a qualifying heat and a team entry will constitute acceptance of the organising club and Kennel Club rules and regulations.
Clubs may only qualify one team in each height category for the final at the International Agility Festival on Friday 13 August 2021.
Afternote: Please note that due to Covid-19 cancelled heats there will be no teams final at the 2021 International Agility Festival. If your team qualify for the 2021 final, the qualification will be carried forward to the final at the 2022 The International Agility Festival.
Once a handler or dog has run for a Kennel Club registered/listed status club in the International Agility Festival team agility qualifying event, they cannot run for another Kennel Club registered/listed status club in a qualifying event at the same height category during the qualifying year. (Handlers or dogs entered as reserves may run or be entered as reserves for a different team, provided they did not run in the original team’s heat).
The competition will be held under Kennel Club rules and regulations for agility and any handler entering the competition will be deemed to abide by these rules and regulations. Jumps will be set at the standard height for each height of dog.
This is normally a team relay event involving a baton change between each dogs run. However due to Covid-19 there will be no baton changeover, and the event will be run as 4 individually scored runs following each other. The times and faults of each dogs run will be added together to produce a team score.
An elimination will incur a penalty of one hundred faults.
The total time of the team of four dogs must be recorded for marking purposes irrespective of the number of faults or eliminations that a team incur.
If any of the team members fail to complete the course or any of the team dogs fouls the ring the whole team will be disqualified.
Please note that some areas of marking for the International Agility Festival Team event differ from standard marking due to the fact that it is a relay class with cumulative marking and time.
The winners of each heat will be invited to the International Agility Festival final 2021 to compete in the small, medium, intermediate or large height finals. In the event that the winning team or club in a heat has already qualified for the final, then the highest placed unqualified team in that heat will be invited to the final at the International Agility Festival. If a team does not take up the invitation to compete in the final the invitation will be rolled down to the next applicable team from the relevant heat.
Note to show societies: The show secretary should record the top five placed teams and send the results to the working dog activities team at The Kennel Club within 14 days of the show by email. These results should include the name of the team, name of the registered/listed status club the team represents, team captain’s name and address and the handlers, dogs and reserves in the team.
Team qualifier heats
Still have questions?
For further information about the festival please email our events team or write to us at:
The Kennel Club
London W1J 8AB