UKI Dog Agility Trial to be held at FENCE this weekend

Published 12:06 pm Monday, July 24, 2023

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Blue Ridge Agility Club hosts free event


TRYON—Purebred and mixed-breed dogs from throughout the southeast will compete at various levels of difficulty, against each other and the clock, at the UKI Dog Agility Trial at FENCE, starting Friday, July 28.

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Dogs and their handlers will compete in the Agility Biathlon, Team Challenge and Masters Series Heat. These titling classes include Agility, Jumping, Gamblers, Snooker and Speedstakes.

The best-scoring dog from each jump height is produced from the overall results in the Agility Biathlon and Masters Heat. The winner will be granted a bye into Round 2 of the National Championship Class at the 2023 US Open plus an automatic bye into the West Coast Open Agility Stakes Final.

Dogs compete according to their experience level, as the rules and courses become more difficult at the higher levels.

Agility is a competitive team sport comprised of a handler and his or her dog. The object of agility is for the handler to navigate the dog through a timed obstacle course without the dog making a mistake. The agility course is comprised of jumps, weave poles, tunnels and climbing apparatuses. Agility rules focus on safety for the dog. The sport of agility combines control, training and drive into a challenging game for both the handler and the dog.

The Blue Ridge Mountain Madness Festival, one of five 2023 UKI Festivals in the country, is hosted by the Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina.

The UKI Dog Agility Trial will be held on Friday, July 28, Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the event is free and spectators should bring a chair and leave their dogs at home. FENCE is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon.

The Blue Ridge Agility Club hosts several dog agility trials throughout the year. For more information visit


Submitted by Blue Ridge Agility Club