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European Open Junior Agility Championships


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The Kennel Club has announced a change to the Young Kennel Club Team GB selection process for the squad in 2020. Following feedback from YKC members to the YKC Coaching Team, it has confirmed a Team GB Try-Out Day will take place during the YKC Training Weekend at Newark Showground on Saturday, 26 October 2019, where the 2020 squad will be selected.

The Try-Out Day will be open to any YKC handler and their dogs competing in Grades 4, 5, 6 or 7 and will consist of one jumping and one agility round under FCI rules and judged on an FCI style course. The judge for the Try-Out Day will be announced in due course.

The top 15 small dogs, 15 medium dogs and 25 intermediate/large dogs will be invited to join the 2020 YKC Team GB Squad to train from November to April, ready for team selection at the 2020 Performance Weekend.  Please note that intermediate dogs are categorised as large according to FCI height measurements and, as such, will be required to try out and compete over the large height FCI equipment.

The entry form can be found here with the closing date for entries set for Monday, 30 September, 2019.

Handlers who have represented Agility Team GB at the 2019 Junior European Open (JEO) automatically qualify for the 2020 squad and will not need to enter the Try-Out Day with the dog they ran at the 2019 JEO or any other additional dogs they handled in 2019. At time of writing, the location for the JEO has not been confirmed.

The YKC Agility Team GB Coaching Team would like to apologise for the delay in issuing this qualification process.  Every effort has been made to create a qualification process which meets the complexity of the different ways young handlers are now competing in the sport, e.g. running their own dogs, running parents' dogs, running other people’s dogs, competing in adult classes and competing in YKC classes.


Start Date

End / Latest Date

Squad preparation period

November 2019

April 2020

Squad Day 1

23-24 November 2019 
Hartpury University and College

Squad Day 2

22-23 February 2020 
Hartpury University and College

Performance Weekend

20-22 March 2020 
Vale View Equestrian 

Teams Announced

April 2020

Team Day 1

23-25 May 2020
Team Day 1 activities that have traditionally been held at NTU, will be held over the Nottingham DTC weekend (23-24 May 2020). Handlers selected for the JEO, EO and AWC will need to attend this show for their first team get-togethers. This is likely to include: evening briefings, team activities, seminars and possible BBQ. We aim to finish by midday on Monday 25th May. Arrangements are currently being made and will be announced nearer the time.

Team Day 2

27-28 June 2020 
Hartpury University and College

EOJ – Finland

10 July – 12 July 2020