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Kennel Club launches new International Agility Festival

The Kennel Club is delighted to announce the launch of its new International Agility Festival in 2005, the purpose of which is to have an International Competition which promotes British Agility, and to have a National Final for starter and novice dogs in all height categories.

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival will be held on 13 and 14 August 2005 to allow competitors to travel on to shows held during the following week. The venue has yet to be confirmed but is expected to be in southern England. The Festival will incorporate four finals together with additional classes. The finals will be: "The Kennel Club British Open", "The Kennel Club Nations Cup", "The Kennel Club Novice Cup" and "The Kennel Club Starters Cup".

"The Kennel Club British Open" will be open to all dogs qualified for senior or advanced classes at the closing date of entries. Overseas dogs eligible for Masters / Champion Class in USA or FCI Grade 3 will also be eligible to compete. The top three dogs from each country in the "British Open" will be invited to compete in "The Kennel Club Nations Cup"

"The Kennel Club Novice Cup" and "The Kennel Club Starters Cup" will be open to dogs that are competing in the relevant category on 1 August 2004 and the dogs gaining the most points between this date and 14 June 2005 will be invited to compete. Points will be awarded on the same scale as for the Agility warrant (see details below). The top 250 novice dogs and the top 200 starter dogs will qualify. The height category split will be confirmed nearer the date. If a dog qualifies out of a class it can still compete in the final in the original category or the next category if they prefer but may only compete in one final at the Festival.

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival will be open to all dogs, not just pedigrees and each height category will have its own final.

Due to the difficulties some competitors have experienced having Agility Record Books signed and the Kennel Club’s concern that course times should not be made shorter to have less clear rounds, it has been agreed that the owner or handler can complete the Agility Record Book without the need of the judge’s signature. This is in respect of both the Agility Warrant and the International Agility Festival points.

Standard Agility classes Standard Jumping Classes
(Clear rounds only) (Clear rounds only)

1st place 20 points 1st place 10 points
2nd place 19 points 2nd place 9 points
3rd place 18 points 3rd place 8 points
4th place 17 points 4th place 7 points
5th place 16 points 5th place 6 points
6th place 15 points 6th place 5 points
7th place 14 points 7th place 4 points
8th place 13 points 8th place 3 points
9th place 12 points 9th place 2 points
10th place 11 points 10th place 1 point

Points will also be awarded for clear rounds within the course time as follows:

Standard Agility Classes 2 points
Standard Jumping Classes 1 point

Where less than 10 places are awarded in any class a competitor obtaining a clear round not in the places will be awarded the points applicable for a clear round in that class, i.e. 2 points for an agility class and 1 point for a jumping class.