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    March 11th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Video gets more than a million views and over 43,000 shares in under 24 hours

    A Facebook video showing a cute Jack Russell going ‘off course’ during an agility competition at the world’s largest dog show, Crufts, has racked up more than a million views in under 24 hours.  

    Olly the rescue Jack Russell was competing with his owner in the rescue dog agility competition in the main arena at Crufts yesterday (Friday 10th March) when he decided to tackle the course in his own way.

    Agility courses involve the dogs running a series of jumps, weaves, seesaws, A-frames and tunnels.  They must run the course in a specific order, directed by their owner.  Olly however wanted to tackle the course in a different way and was caught on camera running around as he wanted. 

    Caroline Kisko, Crufts spokesperson, said: “Olly wanted to do things his own way and it’s clear he was having the time of his life.  In the video you can see his owner laughing as he whizzes round the course and even the commentator got the giggles, which is exactly the reaction we imagine was shared by the two hundred thousand plus people who have watched the video since yesterday.

    “Olly is a rescue dog that was rehomed by Blue Cross rescue charity so it is lovely to see that he’s now having such a fun time with his new owner.”

    Watch the video here

    Crufts is held at the NEC in Birmingham and runs until Sunday 12th March.

    At the time of writing the video had received 1,165,452 views and had been shared 43,606 shares.

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    July 8th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club is looking for an individual to manage the running of the Kennel Club Agility Stakes Finals on site at the London International Horse Show at Olympia.

    The individual should have experience of managing agility shows/events, and excellent communication skills to enable effective communication with organisers and competitors.  They should also have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to work under their own initiative and in a pressurised environment.

    The individual will be responsible for managing the onsite budget which will be agreed prior to the event.  This role also requires a commitment to stay in London for up to seven days immediately prior to Christmas.

    For further information please contact Vanessa McAlpine, Events & Education Executive at the Kennel Club by email at vanessa.mcalpine@thekennelclub.org.uk.  A full job description will be available on request.  Anyone interested in applying for the position should submit their relevant CV to the email address by 1st August 2016.

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    March 22nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Natasha Wise from Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, and her Border Collie, Dizzy, won one of the country’s most prestigious agility competitions after triumphing in the Kennel Club Agility Championships at Crufts on Sunday 13th March.    

    Three-time agility world champions Dizzy and Natasha, won in the medium category for after competing against other dogs and handlers in both jumping and agility.

    Large, medium and small dogs and their handlers who had won an Agility Certificate at a championship show in 2015 took part in the Kennel Club Agility Championships to compete for the title of Agility Champion within their height category.

    Proud Natasha said on the day: “I’m over the moon to win – it always amazes me how well Dizzy does. I really felt the emotion in the crowd too – it was really full and everyone being knowledgeable really helps.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Agility Championships is the most prestigious of all the agility competitions at Crufts. The championships this year were of a very high standard and it was a hotly contested final.

    “Dizzy and Natasha’s performance at Crufts was brilliant and they worked very well as a team, which is crucial when competing at such a high level in agility. We would like to congratulate them on their achievement.”

    Crufts took place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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    March 22nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Zaz, a seven year-old Sheltie, and owner Bernadette Bay from Fittleworth, West Sussex, won one of the country’s most prestigious agility competitions after triumphing in the Kennel Club Agility Championships for small dogs at Crufts on Sunday 13th March.    

    Agility trainer Bernadette and Zaz won in the small category for the fourth time – a new record for the competition – after competing against other dogs and handlers in both jumping and agility.

    Large, medium and small dogs and their handlers who had won an Agility Certificate at a championship show in 2015 took part in the Kennel Club Agility Championships to compete for the title of Agility Champion within their height category.

    After their win, Bernadette said “I’m very proud today. It is by far my favourite competition and the crowd make you feel so special.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Agility Championships is the most prestigious of all the agility competitions at Crufts. The championships this year were of a very high standard and it was a hotly contested final.

    “Zaz and Bernadette’s performance at Crufts was brilliant and they worked very well as a team, which is crucial when competing at such a high level in agility. We would like to congratulate them on their achievement.”

    Crufts took place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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    March 20th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Loki, a Hungarian Vizsla and owner Tracy Hunt from Shirley, Southampton won the Kennel Club Large Novice ABC (Anything But Collies) Agility competition after battling it out against nine other finalists at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, on Friday 11th March.

    The competition returned to Crufts for the fourth time this year and the final saw large dogs in Grades 1-5 of agility, other than Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs, competing to win. All of the finalists competing had qualified at the semi-finals at Eukanuba Discover Dogs in October 2015.

    Proud owner Tracey said: “It feels fantastic to win, I’m really happy. We decided to take it slow and steady and hoped that we’d get two clear rounds, which we managed to do so that worked well. It’s always fun being here and this year is no different.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The ABC Agility competition is a wonderful event, and it’s so fantastic seeing all the different breeds of dog competing in agility. It is such a great sport, for both the dog and the owner.

    “Loki and Tracy’s performance at Crufts was brilliant and they worked very well as a team, which is crucial when competing in agility at Crufts. We would like to congratulate them on their achievement.”

    Crufts took place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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    March 17th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Barney a crossbreed from Weston-Super-Mare and his 13 year-old owner, Alicia from North Somerset took a top prize at Crufts on Thursday March 10th, winning the medium category Kennel Club Novice Agility Cup.

    Alicia Hancock, who is a Young Kennel Club member, and Barney claimed first place within the medium category after an exciting agility final at the world’s greatest dog show, where she was up against agility competitors of all ages. The top ten large, eight medium and eight small dogs from the Novice Cup competition (Grades 3, 4 or 5) held at the KC International Agility Festival last August took part in the finals on Thursday at Crufts.

    This was Alicia’s first time at Crufts after she began training in agility at the age of 10. Barney, who is a 4 year-old German Spitz cross Japanese Spitz, is Alicia’s first agility dog.

    Proud owner Alicia said: “It was an amazing experience to qualify for Crufts and I am very happy that Barney and I managed to win the Novice cup.  I am so proud of him although he was tired he kept going and was the only medium dog to get a double clear.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The Novice Cup is a special event and just to qualify for a Crufts final is a wonderful achievement.

    “Barney and Alicia’s performance at Crufts was brilliant and they worked very well as a team, which is crucial when competing in agility at Crufts. To have won the Novice Cup at such a young age is very impressive and we would like to congratulate both Alicia and Barney on their fantastic achievement.”

    Crufts took place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

     

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    March 13th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Teasel, a Cocker Spaniel, and owner Claire Burrell from Dereham, Norfolk have won one of the country’s most prestigious dog agility competitions after battling it out in the Kennel Club Small Singles Agility at Crufts on Friday 11th March.

    In front of the crowds at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, Claire and Teasel won in the small category after competing against nine other dogs and handlers at Crufts in both jumping and agility and then in an agility final.

    To compete at Crufts, Teasel and Claire qualified by gaining points at heats held at Kennel Club licensed shows throughout the country.

    Proud owner Claire said: “It’s brilliant to win, I’m really proud of her; she’s a dream to run. It was a tough competition because there were three clear runs before me but I just let her go and she was amazing. To do it at Crufts on its 125th anniversary is very special.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Singles Agility finals at Crufts are probably one of the most keenly fought and most prestigious agility finals in the UK. Just to qualify for a Crufts final is a wonderful achievement.

    “Teasel and Claire’s performance at Crufts was brilliant and they worked very well as a team, which is crucial when competing at such a high level in agility. We would like to congratulate them on their achievement.”

    Crufts takes place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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    March 13th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Pudsey, a Border Collie/Bichon Frise/Chinese Crested Powderpuff cross and Ashleigh Butler from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire have won one of the country’s most prestigious dog agility competitions after battling it out in the medium dog Kennel Club Singles Agility at Crufts on Friday 11th March.

    In front of the crowds at the world’s greatest dog show, Ashleigh and Pudsey won in the Medium category after competing against nine other dogs and handlers at Crufts in both jumping and agility before taking part in an agility final.

    To compete at Crufts, the pair qualified by gaining points at heats held at Kennel Club licensed shows throughout the country.

    Ashleigh, who won Britain’s Got Talent with Pudsey in 2012, said: “Crufts is amazing, there’s no feeling like it; it’s incomparable to anything else we’ve done. The crowed are fantastic – when the race is really close like that and it comes down to hundredths of a second, they really push you on.

    “This is definitely our favourite competition; it’s the highlight of the calendar year. Agility is still huge for us despite everything else we’ve been involved in. I don’t know if this will be Pudsey’s last Crufts or not, we will have to wait and see. ”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Singles Agility finals at Crufts are probably one of the most keenly fought for and most prestigious agility finals in the UK. Just to qualify for a Crufts final is a wonderful achievement.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said “Ashleigh and Pudsey’s performance at Crufts was fantastic and they worked very well as a team, which is crucial when competing at such a high level in agility. We would like to congratulate them both on their achievement.”

    Crufts takes place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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    March 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    The English Shetland Sheepdog Club (ESSC) from Warwickshire, took a top prize at Crufts yesterday (Friday March 11th), winning the medium dog Kennel Club Team Agility final.

    The team of four dogs and handlers beat off competition from top agility teams around the UK in the hotly contested final at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts. Finalists in the Kennel Club Team Agility competition consisted of large, medium and small dog teams from Kennel Club agility clubs which had previously qualified at heats throughout 2015.  

    The winning team consisted of Sonic and owner Lian Knight; Rommy and owner Jenni Hillard, Spice and owner Chantal Karya and Penny and her owner Sam Towe.

    Team leader, Chantal said: “This is my first time here with my dog and they all did really well and coped brilliantly out on the carpet. It feels so different competing here than it does anywhere else – Crufts is so special, it’s the biggest competition in the world. To even qualify to come here was a dream come true, let alone actually winning. Our win is topped off with it being the 125th anniversary of the show this year. It’s a remarkable achievement for Crufts to continue for this long. It’s been such a brilliant day and we’re very happy.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We would like to congratulate the Sheltie team on their achievements as the standards this year were very high. The dogs and handlers performed exceptionally during the competition. They have all demonstrated what can be achieved with training and good team work.”

    Crufts takes place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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    March 11th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Guvnor, a seven year-old Border Collie and his owner Jenny Kimber, from Oxford has taken a top prize at Crufts today (Thursday March 10th), winning the Kennel Club British Open Agility Final for large dogs.

    Guvnor and Jenny won in the large category after competing at Crufts in a hotly contested final after achieving the fewest combined faults in the fastest combined time, calculated over the two rounds. Taking place at the world’s greatest dog show, they were up against the top large dogs from several different countries.

    Guvnor and Jenny qualified for the final at Crufts at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival in August 2015. Since then they have been working towards the tense final.

    Jenny said of her incredible achievement: “It’s amazing to finally win; we’ve always had near successes but never claimed the prize so this is a real achievement for us.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Agility is one of the show stoppers at Crufts, and it is always amazing to see such talented dogs and owners. The British Open really is a unique competition.

    “Jenny and Guvnor are an amazing team and are both very talented. Our congratulations to them both and we hope to see them in future competitions.”

    Crufts takes place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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