More than 2,900 dogs from all over the world will be competing.
The Kennel Club International Agility festival will see more than 2,900 dogs from all over the world head to Rockingham Castle for the world’s largest agility festival for dogs.
For four days from 11th - 14th August 2016, dogs and their handlers will arrive in the village of Rockingham for the International Agility Festival, which is hosting the event for the fourth year running. 16 rings will be set up to host the competition, which will feature dogs of all agility grades and sizes, with over 200 separate classes taking place.
The International Agility Festival, which is in its twelfth year, is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and welcomes all dogs of all types. A total of 17 countries from around the world are expected to be represented, all fighting to win their individual competitions and take home the Nations Cup.
Small changes to the Nations Cup are being introduced this year, with the competition changing from a team event to an individual event, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place up for grabs within small, medium and large categories.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The Kennel Club International Agility Festival is one of the highlights of the agility calendar and there are such a different range of competitions for everyone; from the International Young Handler competition and the Nations Cup for the leading competitors, to the companion dog shows.
“It’s fantastic to see so many people from all across the world attend and compete at the festival. Agility is the most popular dog sport in the UK and is a brilliant way to keep fit and healthy with your dog. The festival is a testament to agility’s ever growing popularity.”
A heat of the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition, Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, also takes place at the festival, with categories such as Child’s Best Friend and Best Rescue, so there is something for visitors’ dogs to be involved in.
Entry to the festival is free for spectators, with parking charged at £5, and people are able to come along with their own dogs to enjoy the fun festival atmosphere and even take part in the ‘have-a-go’ agility ring (for dogs over 18 months), which gives everyone the opportunity to experience the sport for themselves. However, competitor entries for the festival are closed.