The Kennel Club has announced arrangements for agility at Crufts and Olympia in 2020.
For Crufts 2020, special dispensation has been granted for any dog which has been measured into the new Intermediate height category by 31 December 2019, but which has qualified to compete in Large at the show, to still compete in the Large finals. It should be noted that they may not compete in any other Large dog competition from 1 January 2020.
The Kennel Club has also reviewed the agility finals for Olympia following concerns for a number of years that the Small and Medium classes were open to grades 3 – 7, making it difficult for judges to set appropriate courses. With new dogs starting in grade 2, it was agreed it was an ideal opportunity for this review. It has been agreed that for the heats and finals at Olympia 2020 onwards, all finals will be open to grades 5 – 7. The finals will be for Small, Medium, Intermediate, Large and Large ABC.
The current Novice competition will cease after the 2019 final but grade 5 dogs will still be eligible for the Large dog finals. Societies currently holding Novice qualifiers will be given first refusal for the new Intermediate finals.
It has also been confirmed that qualifiers for Crufts 2021, including Championship classes, will be held during 2020. More details will be announced concerning these in July 2019 after the next meeting of the Crufts Committee.