Thousands of dogs head to Rockingham Castle for agility festival

Last year's agility festival at Rockingham Castle
Last year's agility festival at Rockingham Castle

Around 2,500 dogs from all over the world are heading to Rockingham Castle next month for the Kennel Club’s International Agility Festival.

From August 9 until August 11, they will take part in the competition in 16 rings being set up for the event which will include 150 classes.

The festival, which is in its ninth year, is supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and welcomes all dogs, crossbreed or pedigrees and all sizes, from chihuahuas to great danes.

Competitors from more than 25 countries will be taking part in the festival, tackling obstacle courses, jumps and tests of speed and fitness.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary said, “Agility is the fastest growing dog sport in the UK and it is testament to its growing popularity that the festival has grown to be such a huge event in dog lovers’ calendars, not just in the UK but worldwide.

”There are a range of competitions for everyone, from the international young handler competition and the Nations Cup for the leading competitors to the companion dog show, where the judge will choose the best junior handler, prettiest bitch and most handsome dog.”

The festival is free for spectators and people can go along with their dogs to enjoy the festival atmosphere and even take part in the have-a-go ring. Parking will cost £5.

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