Local Boy Youngest To Compete At International Agility Festival

Max aged 6 to compete with his deaf dog at world's largest agility festival

Max Glover from Bracknell, Berkshire will be competing at the world's largest agility festival at the age of six, with his dog Maisie, who has been deaf since birth.

Max has been competing at Kennel Club agility shows since he was five and is believed to be the youngest competitor taking part at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival this year, and will be cheered on by his proud family.

He will be competing with Maisie, an 11 year old Working Sheepdog who has been deaf since birth. The pair recently got their first ever clear round together and are looking forward to competing alongside the world's top agility competitors.

Both Max's parents compete in agility and he has attended the festival every year since he was seven months old. This year is the first time Max will be competing at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival, which takes place at Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire from 7th-10th August.

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival, which is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, will feature around 2,500 dogs of all types, sizes and experience levels competing across 15 agility rings, with dogs jumping and weaving their way around the various courses. 

The festival will play host to prestigious competitions including the Kennel Club Nations Cup and International Young Handler of the Year, plus qualifying classes for Discover Dogs 2014 and Crufts 2015 for competitions including the Kennel Club Starters Cup and the Kennel Club Novice Cup, as well as quarter and semi-finals for the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes.

Max's father, Bill Glover said: "Max loves being involved with the dogs and started doing training with them when he was just three. We are very proud of him and think he has the makings of a great young handler."

Max commented: "I am really excited to be running this year and I am going to have a lot of fun with Maisie even if we don't get a clear round."

For more information on the festival, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityfestival.

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