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Kennel Club Charitable Trusts as a means
of helping a variety of dog related
projects. It was emphasised that Kennel
Club Accounts were detailed in the
Annual Report which was a publicly
available document.
Crufts Sponsor
It was confirmed that Eukanuba would be
the principle sponsor for Crufts 2013, but
not a title sponsor. DFS had been a title
sponsor and helped the Kennel Club
continue funding the event during
financial difficulty for which it was
grateful. The NEC was working with the
Kennel Club to identify potential
additional sponsors since Crufts. It was
noted that the Kennel Club was still
actively seeking sponsorship for the
International Agility Festival since Purina
ProPlan
s reduction in its sponsorship, but
stated it was difficult to raise the funds
required to hold this scale of show.
Chairman
s Objective for the
Kennel Club
s Future
The Chairman stated that his objective
would be to address the politics
surrounding the Kennel Club on the
outside and inside, to generate better
communication and to create a generally
more positive image for both
perspectives.
Support for Registered
Clubs/Societies
It was reported that the Training Board
continued to seek different ways to
provide support to registered
clubs/societies such as offering a range of
show management seminars to advise
how to run an effective show.
Agility Community
s Negative
Perception of the Kennel Club
The Panel noted the agility community
s
perception that its views were sometimes
ignored using the recently introduced
spouse
s and family members
regulation
to highlight the matter. It was clarified that
the General Committee did not directly
intervene in agility matters and depended
on the view of various bodies with agility
representation.
Agility Governing Body
The Panel noted that several of the
European Kennel Clubs agility activities
had autonomy to manage their own
affairs. It was suggested that consideration
be given to establishing a separate body to
report directly to the General Committee.
It was noted that the General Committee
would be willing to consider a firm
proposal, but that it must be supported
and pushed forward by grassroots
competitors.
Control of Dogs at Licensed
Shows
All agreed that it was important that only
properly trained and socialised dogs
should be brought to shows. Competitors
were ultimately responsible for
safeguarding their disciplines through the
practice of good dog control and should
recognise what was best for their
discipline when contemplating whether to
bring a dog to an event of an unsound
temperament.
Agility to be Recognised as a
Sport
It was confirmed that the Sports Council
had been approached a few years ago to
push for agility to be formally recognised
as a sport, however the Sports Council
s
view was that to be recognised, the
sport
needed to be focussed on human
endeavour. It was clarified that the agility
discipline would need to probably
introduce recognition for handler
achievement before submitting another
proposal to the Sports Council.
27. Mr Ray thanked the Council members
for their hard work and support over
the past three years and confirmed
that he would be standing down from
his position as Chairman and Midlands
Representative. The Council in turn
thanked the Chairman for his long
standing commitment to agility and
wished him well in his future
endeavours.
28. There being no further matters to
discuss the meeting closed at
15:10pm.
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THE AGILITY VOICE | JULY 2012
KC ANNOUNCES
CHANGES TO
AGILITY
PROGRESSION
The Kennel Club has
announced changes to the
Agility Regulations, defining
eligibility to progress to a
higher grade, with effect from
1st January 2013.
The changes will require dogs and
handlers to earn more points than at
present
100 points rather than 75 points
to progress on points from one grade to
the next. The rule changes will also
remove the ability to progress on points
into Grade 5. In addition, from next year
dogs will require three wins in Grade 5
(including one win in an agility rather than
a jumping class) in order to progress to
Grade 6.
The changes follow extensive consultation
among the agility community by elected
representatives on the Kennel Club Agility
Liaison Council, and are based on
proposals put forward by an Agility
Council working party set up to review the
agility grading structure. The principal
aims of the changes are to distribute
numbers of competitors more evenly
between the grades, to improve standards
of competition, to avoid excessively easy
progression into the highest grades and,
ultimately, to protect the quality of the
Championship Agility Certificate.
Further suggestions put forward by the
working party for changes to eligibility for
Grade 7 and Championship classes have
not been implemented at present, but will
be kept under consideration as part of a
continuing review of the whole grading
structure.
The amendments to the Agility
Regulations which have been approved by
the General Committee are detailed
below:
Amendments to the Agility
Regulations
H
with effect
from 1 January 2013.
H(1)(A)7 Progression
FROM
Progression from each Grade will
require one Agility win or three
Jumping wins at that grade, except that
progression from Grade 6 will require
4 wins at Grade 6, two of which must
be agility classes. Results from
Combined Classes will only count
towards progression from the dog
s
current grade.
TO
Progression from each Grade will
require one Agility win or three