12-14 August 2011
Principal sponsor Purina Pro Plan
Venue: Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire NN6 9LY
The 2011 Kennel Club International Agility Festival will be held on 12–14 August 2011 and will take place once again at Kelmarsh Hall.
The Kennel Club International Agility Festival is one of the world’s largest and most popular dog agility events attracting thousands of competitors from throughout the UK and across the world. The 2010 International Agility Festival was held on 13–15 August 2010 and featured some 2,700 dogs of all types, sizes and experience levels amounting to over 18,000 class entries over the three days of the Festival, competing in 19 agility rings.
N.B The Festival is FREE for spectators and spectators are welcome to bring their own dog/s as long as they are kept under control and on leads.
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Further information about the 2011 Festival can be obtained from Debbie Deuchar, Show Secretary, The Kennel Club, 1- 5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB.
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A particular attraction of the annual Festival is that it is open to any dog, as long as it is registered on one of the Kennel Club’s registers - Breed or Activity - making it one of the few world-class agility competitions to be open to pedigrees, rescue dogs and crossbreeds alike.
The Festival always includes graded classes for all height categories and all grades of agility dog and handler, so that everyone gets a chance to compete at their own level at the UK's largest agility show. With a series of cup classes for all levels - the Starters Cup, Novice Cup, British Open and Nations Cup - as well as special classes for younger handlers and YKC members, there are many opportunities for the best performing dogs to secure a place at Crufts or at Discover Dogs.
For the past two years the Festival has been fortunate to have principal sponsorship from PRO PLAN, a complete, high quality dry food. Lorna Winter, Senior Brand Manager for PRO PLAN, says: “We are delighted that we are able to take an active role in supporting dogs of all shapes and sizes and to help the Kennel Club promote happy, healthy dogs. We feel agility is a great way for dogs and owners to share their unique bond and have fun together, whilst helping to keep both fit and healthy”.
The Festival has space for over 700 camping units, so virtually all competitors are able to spend the three-day weekend camping or caravanning on site at the Festival venue, Kelmarsh Hall - a graceful 18th century historic house, set in beautiful gardens and surrounded by its own working estate in the rolling Northamptonshire and Leicestershire countryside. Despite its rural location Kelmarsh Hall is easily accessible, being located less than a mile from Junction 2 of the A14 and only 15 minutes from the M1/ M6 junction. It is situated on the A508 between Market Harborough and Northampton.
For the hundreds of visitors and spectators who now come to enjoy the Festival atmosphere, there are also opportunities to participate: 'Have a Go' agility to try out their own dogs' aptitude and their own handling skills, and a Companion Dog Show with pedigree and novelty classes, also sponsored by PRO PLAN. Plus of course a wide range of trade stands offering goods for both humans and dogs, all adding to the Festival fun!