This year’s finalists of the prestigious Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes finals have been announced.
The country’s most talented agility dogs and handlers have been competing in qualifying heats at agility shows across the country in an attempt to gain a place in the finals, which take place from 15th-19th December 2016 as part of the London International Horse Show.
The Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes are held in association with Skinner’s pet foods and will see dogs and their owners compete in five finals in the following categories: Small, Medium, Large, Novice and ABC (Anything But Collies). There will also be two semi-finals, for the Large and Novice dog categories, which will see around 35 dogs in each category whittled down to ten who will go on to compete in the grand final. For Medium, Small and ABC dogs, ten dogs for each category have already qualified for the Olympia final.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Each year we look forward to Olympia as it has such a fantastic atmosphere and is one of the most important showcase events for agility in the UK. Thousands of people turn up to support the talented agility dogs and their handlers in their competitions. The standards continue to grow and this year is no exception. We are looking forward to another successful event and wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
Will Delamore, Sales & Marketing Director for Skinner’s said: “Skinner’s are delighted to have supported the Agility Stakes in 2017. It has proved such a success that we have recently signed a new three year commitment with the KC to support the event until 2019. We have met many new and existing customers throughout the year. Olympia is one of the highlights of my year. I would like to wish all competitors the best of luck, a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”
The judge for the 2016 Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes will be Lee Gibson and the dates for the competitions will be:
- Thursday 15th December – Large ABC Grade 3 – 7 Finals
- Friday 16th December – Small Grade 3 – 7 Finals
- Saturday 17th December – Large Grade 6 – 7 Finals
- Sunday 18th December – Large Grade 3 – 5 Finals
- Monday 19th December – Medium Grade 3 – 7 Finals