Independent Show Information
The Agility Nuts Summer and Winter Series are run under our own adaptation of the Kennel Club Rules & Regulations H & H1.
- Choice of jump heights
- League structure for end of season awards and progression
- No tyre, well, wall, or novelty obstacles
- Lowered A-Frame and dogwalk for Veteran & Nursery Classes
- No marking of up contacts
- Nursery Classes for dogs aged 16-24 months
- Training and NFC runs
- Fully netted rings
- Silent toys may be used in Nursery, Elementary, and Veteran classes and in Training or NFC rounds
The level at which dogs compete at Agility Nuts shows depends entirely on the dog and does not depend on the handler or the owner, subject to the following conditions, where KC = Kennel Club:
Open to all dogs that currently compete at Elementary at Agility Nuts shows and to dogs competing at Grades 1 or 2 (KC). Dogs that have not competed at an agility show before should enter at this level.
Open to all dogs that currently compete at Starters at Agility Nuts shows and to dogs competing at Grades 2, 3 or 4(KC).
Open to all dogs that currently compete at Novice at Agility Nuts shows and to dogs competing at Grades 4, 5, 6 or 7 (KC).
Open to all dogs aged 7 years and over. Jumps will be set at 20, 30 or 40cm and the jump height can be chosen by the handler.
Open to all dogs 18 months to 6 years and under. Jumps will be set at 20, 30 or 40cm and the jump height can be chosen by the handler.
Open to all dogs aged 16 - 24 months. Jumps will be set at 20, 30 or 40cm and the jump height can be chosen by the handler. These classes are for clear rounds only.
NFC (Not For Competition)
Available in all classes. Handlers may use the course time to train their dogs in the ring. Training rounds must be declared either on the entry form or before entering the ring. They will not be marked and will not count towards any of the leagues.
Dogs competing at different levels in KC shows and Agility Nuts shows have the option of entering at their preferred level based on the criteria above, with the exception that any dog that has won 3 or more classes at previous Agility Nuts shows, including at least 1 agility win, must compete at least one level higher than the classes that they won. In addition, dogs finishing in the top 3 of any of the previous season's Agility Nuts Leagues (summer or winter) will be moved up one level. If you choose to move up a level during the Series you will retain your league position and points in your lower level and start again from scratch in the higher level.
A dog may be entered as Large, Intermediate, Medium, Small or Micro, depending on the following definitions:
For dogs that measure over 50cm at the withers. Jumps will be set at 60cm
For dogs that measure over 43cm but less than 50cm at the withers. Jumps will be set at 50cm
Handlers of Large or Intermediate dogs may choose to jump 60cm or 50cm at the shows and will compete for combined awards in the Large classes.
For dogs that measure over 35cm but less than 43cm at the withers. Jumps will be set at 40cm and 30cm and handlers may choose their preferred jump height at the show.
For dogs that measure under 35cm at the withers. Jumps will be set at 30cm and 20cm and handlers may choose their preferred jump height at the show.
Handlers of Medium, Small and Micro dogs will compete for combined awards in the ABL (Anything But Large) classes.
A dog may only be entered at one height at any single show.
Points will be awarded to the top 15 dogs in each class as long as they are not eliminated. The winner of each class will be awared 15 points, 2nd place 14 points, etc. down to 1 point for 15th place.
The points awarded to each dog over a Winter or Summer series of shows are collated into one of 8 leagues as follows:
- Large Elementary League
- Large Starters League
- Large Novice Plus League
- ABL* Elementary League
- ABL Starters League
- ABL Novice Plus League
- Veteran League
- Anysize & Nursery League
The winner of each league will be presented with an extra award at the end of each series of Shows and named as the Agility Nuts of the Season.
*ABL = Anything But Large; Large includes all Large and Intermediate dogs
In addition to the regular leagues for the series awards and promotion, Agility Nuts also offer leagues leading to other awards
- Lacey Shield: donated by Viv Hovell and awarded to the top performing ABL Novice Plus dog in agility classes over the summer series
- Molly Shield: donated by Sylvia Stringer and awarded to the top performing veteran dog in the winter series
- Ted Trophy: donated by Jacky Orriss and awarded to the dog with the most wins over the summer series
At the start of a Series
At the start of any Agility Nuts Series, dogs can be entered at whatever level they wish subject to the criteria shown under Dog's Level & Height. Any dog that has won 3 or more classes at previous Agility Nuts shows, including at least 1 agility win, will be automatically entered in the classes one level higher than the classes they won. In addition, dogs finishing in the top 3 of any of the prevous season's Agility Nuts Leagues (summer or winter) will be moved up one level.
Please note we currently have an amnesty on progression from Starters to Novice allowing dogs that meet the above criteria to remain in Starters should they wish to do so.
During the Season
You may choose to move up a level during any Agility Nuts season providing you meet the criteria, although you are not compelled to do so. If you do move up you will retain your league position and points in your lower level and start again from scratch in the higher level.
Moving down a level
Any dog that has previously competed at an Agility Nuts show cannot compete at subsequent shows at a lower level. The only exception is if you wish to compete NFC in ABL Elementary classes.
A course consisting solely of jumps and tunnels with a clockwise/anticlockwise theme.
A jumping course based on a decreasing or increasing circle.
Watch out for the tunnels! Go through these and you have to repeat part of the course.
Snakes & Ladders Jumping
The competitor has the option of simply completing all the jumps in order, or taking short cuts via the weaves. Watch out for the tunnels though - go through these and you have to repeat part of the course!
Take Your Own Line Jumping
A jumping course where it is up to you to decide which is the best route to take.
A jumping course in which some/all tunnels are to be avoided!
Up n Under/Steeplechase
A course consisting solely of jumps and tunnels.
Triple A Agility
An agility course where the A-Frame is the only contact and has to negotiated 3 times
An agility course where the dogwalk is the only contact and has to be negotiated twice
Power & Speed
Complete the power section (contacts ± weaves, longjump, spread) in your own time without a fault and it's a race against the clock over a jumping course!
Snakes & Ladders
The competitor has the option of simply completing all the jumps in order, or taking short cuts via the contact equipment. Watch out for the tunnels though - go through these and you have to repeat part of the course!
Tunnel Torment Agility
An agility course in which some/all tunnels are to be avoided!
Combined classes for Starters, Novice and Senior dogs
Anything But Large: Combined classes for Medium, Small and Micro dogs
Trophies & rosettes
In all classes at all Agility Nuts shows, medals will be awarded to the class winners and rosettes to 20%. Clear round rosettes and judges' special rosettes are available for all classes.
Helping at the Shows
In order to ensure the smooth running of each show we ask that all competitors help on the rings for at least 1 hour per day during the morning or afternoon. This will always be specified on one of your ring cards. Please report to the Ring Manager of the ring specified on your ring card so that they can allocate a suitable job and time slot for you. No-one is expected to help at the expense of missing their classes. This is made a lot easier to achieve if everyone helps.
Online Running Orders
Running orders will be made available online approximately 2 weeks before each show and can be accessed through your account on First Place Processing.
- All dogs must be aged 18 months or over on the first day they compete at a show, with the exception of dogs competing in Nursery classes who must be aged 16 - 24 months on the first day they compete at a show.
- Agility Nuts reserves the right to refuse entries.
- The mating of bitches within the precincts of the show is forbidden.
- No bitch in season should be brought onto the venue.
- No dogs suffering from any infectious or contagious disease or having been exposed to such disease during the period 21 days prior to the show may be brought onto the venue.
- No person shall carry out punitive correction or harsh handling of a dog at any time.
- Dogs must not wear any type of slip, half-slip collar or lead whilst competing. A flat, close fitting, leather or webbing collar is permitted, providing the only attachment is a plain identification panel as an integral part of the collar, i.e. not attached by a ring.
- No competitor shall impugn the decision of the judge or judges.
- Dogs owned by judges may enter all classes, but the dogs must be handled by another person whilst the judge is carrying out their judging commitment.
- Judges may run their own dogs for competition when they are not scheduled for judging and may allow another competitor to run their dogs whilst they are judging, unless otherwise informed.
- Competitors are solely responsible for ensuring that they are available for their classes.
- Agility Nuts reserves the right to combine/split classes depending on entry levels.
- Food shall not be carried in the hand or given to the dog whilst in the competition ring.
- A silent toy may be carried in the ring in Elementary, Veteran and Nursery classes and in Training Rounds. The dog may not touch the toy once it has started it's round unless it is a Training Round. The toy can be given to the dog on completion of the round.
- In the event that a show has to be cancelled, Agility Nuts reserve the right to deduct unrecoverable expenses incurred before returning entry fees.
- Entry fees will not be refunded beyond the closing date for each show.
- Any returned cheques will incur a £10 charge.
- Competitors enter at their own risk and must sign and date the declaration on the entry form. Whilst every care will be taken, Agility Nuts will not accept responsibility for loss, damage or injury to persons, dogs or property.
- Please respect our venues and pick up after your dogs and dispose of all rubbish responsibly. Anyone knowingly not doing so will be asked to leave the venue forfeiting any remaining entries and may be excluded from future Agility Nuts shows.