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Kennel Club Celebrates Successful International Agility Festival


The Kennel Club International Agility Festival has taken place at Rockingham Castle with more than 2,700 fit and happy dogs with all levels of experience in agility competing in a record number of classes.

The festival, which is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, welcomed all dogs, from Great Danes to Chihuahuas, and competitors from all over the world.

Competitions included the Championship classes, where top graded dogs could compete to qualify for the Agility Championships held annually at Crufts. A Special International Class enabled handlers to secure a place for the British Open Final, which is also held at Crufts. The quarter and semi-finals for the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes saw handlers secure a place for the prestigious competition held at the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes in December.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The International Agility was again a huge success. We would like to thank everyone who has made it such a great event, especially those competitors and judges who have travelled such long distances to add to the international flavour of the competition.

"The festival has something for everyone, no matter what level of experience they have in agility, and we look forward to once again welcoming competitors from all over the world next year for the twelfth International Agility Festival."

Ceri Rundle, Managing Director of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, said: "Another fantastic International Agility Festival from the Kennel Club at Rockingham Castle 2015.  The standard of competition seems to get higher every year and it was wonderful to see the CSJ flags and banners everywhere.  A huge congratulations to all the qualifiers and a big thank you to all the organisers, helpers, handlers, visitors and superb dogs who helped to make it such a friendly, happy and all-round successful event."

The top three competitors in each of the main competitions at the festival were as follows:

Kennel Club Agility Championships

Large Agility Championships

Medium Agility Championships

Small Agility Championships

Starters Cup Semi-Final (Discover Dogs Qualifier)

Large Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi-Final

Medium Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi- Final

Small Kennel Club Starters Cup Semi-Final

Novice Cup Semi-Final  (Crufts Qualifier)

Large Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final

Medium Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final

Small Kennel Club Novice Cup Semi-Final

Kennel Club International Young Handler Final

International Young Handler (under 12)

International Young Handler (12-17)

Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final (Crufts Qualifiers)

Large Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final

Medium Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final

Small Kennel Club British Open Semi-Final

The Kennel Club Special International Final

Large Special International Final

Medium Special International Final

Small Special International Final

Kennel Club Nations Cup

Large Kennel Club Nations Cup

Medium Kennel Club Nations Cup

Small Kennel Club Nations Cup

For the full list of results, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/events/international-agility-festival/.