The UK was due to host the European Open Agility Championships in 2020, which was sadly cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but will now take up the mantle for the world-renowned competition in 2024.
The championships, which is one of the world’s most prestigious international dog agility competitions, is open to both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs which have been selected to represent their country.
The competition, which is supported by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), will take place from Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 August 2024 at Rutland Showground in Oakham and is expected to welcome competitors from over 40 countries.
The championships will be preceded by the Junior Open Agility World Championships, also supported by the FCI, taking place from Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 July 2023. This is open to competitors aged 18 and under, and was last held in Switzerland in 2019.
The last European Open Agility Championships took place in the Netherlands in 2019, attracting dogs and handlers from 42 countries.
The Kennel Club also holds the International Agility Festival which attracts dogs from all over the world, and was hosted by Rutland Showground for the first time in 2021. The 2024 festival will follow the European Open Agility Championships, providing an action-packed and energetic fortnight of agility, of all abilities and ages.
Vanessa McAlpine, Events and Youth Development Executive at The Kennel Club, said: “The Kennel Club is extremely proud to be able to host both the Junior Open Agility World Championships in 2023 as well as the European Open Agility Championships in 2024.
“We are incredibly grateful to the FCI for presenting us with such a fantastic opportunity to host two of the world’s most notable agility events and we are looking forward to welcoming handlers, dogs, judges and spectators, of all ages and from all over the continent to compete and display their agility talents.”
For more information about the European Open Agility Championships, including information as to how to become an Agility Team GB member, please visit The Kennel Club website.