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 14-18 December 2017 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, large novice and large ABC (Anything But Collies). There will also be two semi-finals, for the large and large novice dog categories, which will see 40 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 finals.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “We are really looking forward to Olympia this year as it’s one of the highlights of the agility events calendar. It’s been an amazing year for this canine activity, and Olympia is a fantastic way to round off the year’s success.
“Each year thousands of people turn up to support the talented agility dogs and their handlers; it’s a great day out for the whole family with plenty to see and do.
“The atmosphere at Olympia is electric, and it’s clear to see why agility is the most successful canine activity when you visit. The standard of the competitors continues to grow, which really shows the strength of the bond between dog and handler. We want to wish all finalists the best of luck for another excellent event.”
Will Delamore, Sales & Marketing Director for Skinner’s said: “Skinner’s are excited to be back for the 2017 Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes finals. I attended the semi-finals earlier in the year and had a great day watching each of the fiercely fought competitions. I am sure the quality and standard of competitors are getting better and better every year. I am really looking forward to watching the finals next month. Good luck to all the handlers and dogs.”
The judge for the 2017 Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes will be Kennel Club championship agility judge, Lynne Shore. The dates for the competitions will be:
- Thursday 14 December – Large ABC Grade 3 – 7 Final
- Friday 15 December – Small Grade 3 – 7 Final
- Saturday 16 December – Large Grade 6 – 7 Final
- Sunday 17 December – Large Grade 3 – 5 (Novice) Final
- Monday 18 December – Medium Grade 3 – 7 Final