Thousands visit dog festival at Rockingham Castle

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Thousands of dogs and their owners headed to Rockingham Castle for the Kennel Club’s International Agility Festival at the weekend.

The festival started on Friday, August 10, and ran until Sunday, August 12.

Peggy Lewis of Twywell with her dog Troy at the International Agility Festival at Rockingham Castle

Peggy Lewis of Twywell with her dog Troy at the International Agility Festival at Rockingham Castle

This year’s event took place at Rockingham Castle after being moved from Kelmarsh Hall due to the ground conditions there.

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “It’s the biggest agility festival in the world, it’s international so people come because they want to compete at an international level.

“We are the home of agility, it’s where agility started and we are open to all kinds of dogs.

“It’s about all dogs taking part, whether they are crossbreeds or pedigree dogs.

“It’s certainly a very popular event.”

Peggy Lewis, 81, from Twywell took her dogs Tina and Troy along to the festival and took part in various competitions with them on Saturday and Sunday.

She said: “I started agility 14 years ago with the dog I had before Tina. It was nothing then like it is now.

“We have been coming to this festival now for about four years.”

Lesley Wilks, of Hellidon, Daventry, took her six-year-old Welsh sheepdog Kat along to the festival.

She said: “I’ve been to the festival every year, I just love competing with the dogs – apart from Kat I have a rescue cocker spaniel and a youngster who is 20-months-old who has just started competing.”

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