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Kent plays host to world’s biggest dog agility show

Border Collie Bella leaps over Curtis Alway

Thousands of top dogs from across the UK and beyond descended on Kent for the largest dog agility show in the world.

The 11th annual Supadog Agility Show attracted a record 4,000 canine competitors, making it the most popular agility show on the planet.

The action took place at the Hop Farm in Tonbridge, across 12 show rings with courses of jumps, tunnels and see-saws for the dogs and their handlers to negotiate. Competitors travelled to Kent from as far as Scotland, Cornwall, and the Netherlands, and over 700 caravans set up camp for the week-long show.

Christine Neasham from Burgess, makers of the popular Supadog range of dog food that sponsors the show, said: “This year’s Supadog Show was the biggest and best yet. As dog agility has become more popular, we’ve had more and more entries each year and the show has grown into one of the highlights of the dog agility calendar.

“Dog agility is a major sport across the world, particularly in countries such as America, so it’s fantastic that the world’s biggest show takes place here on our shores.“

Dog agility has boomed in popularity over recent years. It’s now a highlight of dog shows such as Crufts, and features increasingly on television programmes, most recently in the BBC’s Underdog Show.

A piece of the action

The jump

Border Collie Bella and Curtis Alway, who won the Junior Agility