NEW – FOR FINAL 2018 – QUALIFYING HEATS
HEATS STILL AVAILABLE TO ENTER FOR FINAL 2017 – see below
Exciting NEW Sponsored Event for Agility Dogs During 2016/17
LOW 550 is a new national jumping cup competition for handlers wishing to compete in a prestigious qualifier at the same height as the Lower Height Option at Kennel Club Agility tests. Sponsored by the internationally renowned SMART (Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy) Clinic, this Special event is open to all dogs in the Large height category (ie measuring over 430mm at the withers) and with hurdles set at 550mm.
There will be 10 qualifying heats held around the country, each one split into two parts for Combined Grades 1-4 and Combined Grades 5-7. The top two dogs and handlers from each part will qualify for a similarly split Final, taking place at Prestbury Park Championship and Premier Agility Show in September 2017, at the picturesque Cirencester Park in Gloucestershire.
About our Sponsor
The first SMART Clinic was set up in Swansea in 2004 by Lowri Davies, who is currently President of the British Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Society, and a second clinic was established in Cardiff in 2008. Agility dogs now account for approximately half their case load. Lowri sat on the Kennel Club’s Activities Health and Welfare Sub Group and has been one of the key personnel involved in the research into dogs jumping. In January 2016, she joined an elite group of European Veterinary Surgeons formally recognised as specialists in the field of sports medicine and veterinary rehabilitation by being successful in her American Board exams and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. With their special interest in agility dogs and promoting agility as a sport, SMART Clinic are delighted to be able to support the LOW 550 national jumping cup to help make it accessible to more dogs.
The clinics have gained an international reputation in the field of veterinary rehabilitation and staff are called upon to lecture both within the UK and throughout the world. Their veterinary surgeons and chartered physiotherapists will design a program to address each patient’s individual requirements and return them to an active life as quickly as possible. Whether a pet is recovering from surgery; underperforming in sporting disciplines such as agility, obedience or sheep dog trialling; or unable to exercise due to conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia or spinal disease, the program will be developed to improve movement and reduce pain. Nurses and support staff also provide a free consultation service on nutrition and weight management. Just as importantly, they will advise on how to keep pets happy and entertained during periods of reduced activity. Both clinics are easily accessible from the M4 motorway affording easy access to clients from the whole of the UK. See more on the SMART Clinic website here
Link to Heats
Link to Rules