A local dog and her owner are celebrating their success at the world-renowned Kennel Club International Agility Festival.
Sarah Prentice, from Birmingham, West Midlands and her two-year-old Miniature Poodle, Luna, took first place in the Small Kennel Club Starters Cup Agility Semi-Final on Saturday 13 August 2022, qualifying the pair to compete in the final at London’s biggest dog event, Discover Dogs, in October.
Proud owner Sarah, who has been competing in agility for 15 years, said of their achievement: “I’m very proud of my Luna's achievement! I was excited to be out there at the biggest event for a dog at her level, which has not been available to me before.”
The action-packed four-day festival, which is supported by Skinner’s, welcomed dogs of every size, shape and breed. Skilled competitors from all over the UK and abroad entered the rings to navigate the jumps, weaves and tunnels.
Ben Skinner, of Skinner’s, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and competitors of The Kennel Club International Agility Festival. It is wonderful to see everyone enjoying competing at the festival again this year – we are always proud to sponsor this incredible event.
“It is inspiring to see the dedication and skill displayed by all the competitors and their dogs. Everyone who has taken part should be very proud of their achievements in the ring.”
Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at The Kennel Club, said: “It is so wonderful to be back at Rutland Showground to welcome many skilled dogs and their handlers who are competing at The Kennel Club International Agility Festival.
“This year is particularly special as, while the festival went ahead last year, due to travel restrictions we were unable to host international competitors, so we are delighted the UK agility community were finally able to be reunited with their overseas friends. We are always impressed with the talent showcased at the International Agility Festival and this year has been no exception – congratulations to all!”
Steve Croxford, spokesperson for The Kennel Club International Agility Festival, said: “There was a wonderful atmosphere at the festival this year, and we got to see fantastic displays of agility and fun being had by all. As the weather was warm, we put in place numerous measures to help ensure the safety of all involved with the festival, where the welfare of dogs is absolutely paramount.
“Classes were ran with early start and finishing times, to avoid peak temperatures and when dogs weren’t taking part in their short agility runs, provisions were in place to help owners keep dogs cool, like extra shade for cooling, fresh running water, and cold pools at each ring. A vet was on site at all times and competitors, who come well prepared, were reminded throughout the event about how to keep their dogs cool and safe.”