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Judges announced for the European Open Dog Agility Championships in 2020

1st March 2019 - 4:42 PM


The Kennel Club is pleased to announce that the FCI has formally approved the following judges to judge at the European Open Championships in 2020.

Martin Cavill and Dave Jolly from the United Kingdom, Sasha Grunder from Switzerland and Jari Suomalainen from Finland have been appointed as Agility judges, with Neil Ellis and Gary Murphy from the United Kingdom approved as the up contact judges.

The championships, which is one of the world’s most prestigious international dog agility competitions, is open to both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs that have been selected to represent their country and will take place from Thursday 30th July – Sunday 2nd August 2020 at Rutland Showground in Leicestershire.

In recent years, the competition has welcomed teams from countries such as Russia, Venezuela, Greece, South Africa and the USA, whilst the UK has sent Agility Team GB to the European Open for over ten years.

The Kennel Club also holds the International Agility Festival at Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough, which attracts over 3,000 dogs from all over the world. In 2020, the European Open will finish shortly before the start of the Kennel Club International Agility Festival on Thursday 8th August. The two competitions are a mere 13 miles away from each other and camping for the festival will be open earlier to competitors and spectators who want to attend both events.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club would like to congratulate the judges in their selection to judge at the European Open Agility Championships in 2020.

We look forward to welcoming the appointed judges to this prestigious event and working together closely to make this a fantastic event for handlers, dogs and spectators alike.”

For more information about the European Open, how to become an Agility Team GB member, and details of other international agility events held or supported by the Kennel Club, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.


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