Kennel Club International Agility Festival returns to Rutland

Four-day festival in East Midlands is jump starting from 11 August

The world’s most renowned agility festival is returning to Rutland Showground next month, from 11 – 14 August 2022. The Kennel Club International Agility Festival, supported by Skinner’s, will see thousands of dogs and owners, from the UK and abroad, leaping back into action in the East Midlands location, for a second year running.

The Kennel Club is welcoming dogs of every size, shape and breed to put their best paw forward to compete in the four fast-paced days at the UK’s largest agility show. The festival packs in four size categories, 18 rings and 200 classes, so there is an opportunity for every dog and owner duo to take the stage at an internationally renowned agility competition, whether a complete novice or established professional.

Whilst entries for the 2022 International Agility Festival have now closed, spectators, and their dogs, are still encouraged to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the world-class displays of this skilled and competitive discipline, with no advanced booking required.

Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at The Kennel Club said: “The International Agility Festival is always a highlight in The Kennel Club events calendar, and it is great to be returning to the Rutland Showground after last year proved such a success. We are incredibly grateful to the community in Rutland for welcoming us to the area once again.

“We are especially proud to be hosting international competitors at the festival this year from eight countries, including Austria, Italy and Spain who were unfortunately unable to attend in 2021 due to travel restrictions, as we continue to return to the normality of global events.”

Peak traffic times around the International Agility Festival are expected to be on Wednesday 10 August as competitors arrive for the event. There are no plans for temporary road closures or traffic diversions around the event, however, drivers are advised to allow extra time for journeys as roads around the Showground will be busier at these peak times.

More information about The Kennel Club International Agility Festival can be found on The Kennel Club website or The Kennel Club’s dedicated Facebook page. For spectators interested in attending, no advance booking is required, though a small £5 parking fee will need to be paid on arrival, and visiting dogs will need to be signed in on the day.

A specially-made video for owners interested in getting started in agility with their dog can be found on The Kennel Club website.