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The Kennel Club set to bring International Agility Festival and Young Kennel Club summer camp to Rutland Showground



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Four-legged friends will be at Rutland Showground next month.

The Kennel Club is bringing its International Agility Festival to Rutland Showground in Oakham for the second year running.

Dogs of every size, shape and breed will be putting their best paw forward at the UK’s largest agility show, which will run from August 11 to 14.

The international dog agility festival is returning to Rutland. Photo: Yulia Titovets - The Kennel Club
The international dog agility festival is returning to Rutland. Photo: Yulia Titovets - The Kennel Club

The festival packs in four size categories, 18 rings and 200 classes, so there is an opportunity for every dog and owner duo to take the stage at an internationally renowned agility competition, whether a novice or established professional.

Whilst entries for the 2022 International Agility Festival have now closed, spectators, and their dogs, are encouraged to soak up the atmosphere, with no advanced booking required. There is a parking fee of £5.

The roads are expected to be busy on Wednesday, August 10, as competitors arrive but there are no road closures planned.

The international dog agility festival is returning to Rutland. Photo: Yulia Titovets - The Kennel Club
The international dog agility festival is returning to Rutland. Photo: Yulia Titovets - The Kennel Club

Ahead of that, the Young Kennel Club Summer Camp returns to Rutland Showground, for a fun-filled week of activities, training and entertainment for youngsters and their dogs.

The camp runs from Sunday, July 31, until Friday, August 5, and will see more than 60 young dog enthusiasts descend on the showground, with their canine companions in tow.

The Young Kennel Club has been running since 1985, with the first summer camp taking place in 1992, and 2021 saw the camp take up residence at Rutland Showground for the first time.

The week will include the opportunity for children aged from seven to 16 to brush up on skills across a range of dog-focused disciplines, including agility, scent work, obedience and heelwork to music, plus an educational programme that will provide information from dog grooming and care, to dog first aid, as well as a packed evening schedule with a sports night and a quiz night. Parents of young dog lovers who may be interested in becoming a member of the Young Kennel Club should visit ykc.org.uk for more information.



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