About FAB Shows
FAB stands for Freeway's Agility Break. Freeway was Dawn's beloved Beardie Cross Border Collie. In 2011, just at the time that Freeway had to take an early retirement from agility due to a back problem, Dawn was in the process of launching her own set of agility shows. She decided to name them after Freeway as a thanks to her for all of the years of enjoyment and achievements they had shared together in the sport.
Dawn's shows are based on what she believes to be the most important aspect of agility - the happiness and welfare of the dogs. Agility is all about dogs - all dogs!
No registration is required - just enter and come along.
FAB has 5 jump heights. Unlike most agility shows, your dog's individual needs, rather than just how tall he is, are taken into account in order to help you decide the height at which he should jump. Lots of ABC (anything but a Collie) dogs are very tall (and would therefore measure into large at almost all other shows) but they can also be heavy-boned and for their long-term health and longevity in agility, it's often more appropriate for them to jump slightly lower. Similarly, very tiny dogs need a lower height than most shows will provide or maybe it's just that your dog generally worries about jumping and would be more confident and comfortable at a lower height. Click here to read more about jump height considerations. Our 5 jump heights are:
200mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm
ABCs and Collies/Collie Xs awarded separately
FAB is truly for all dogs and our separate ABC-Collie prize giving and progression
helps you to celebrate what your individual dog is capable of. We love our faithful
band of ABC supporters and many of them compete at our top level.
Other than the FAB Rosettes which feature the FAB Logo of Freeway and FAB League
trophies, prizes are strictly for the dogs! Jumping, Agility, Steeplechase and Grand
Prix winners receive a packet of tasty Klassy Canine Teenie Weenie biscuits for first
place and for other placings depending on the number of entries in a class.
Course Design, Classes and Progression
All courses at FAB are carefully designed with safety in mind. Strictly no unsafe angles onto contacts and adaptations are soon made in any adverse weather conditions. You should find the courses flowing and the more advanced grades are made challenging through obstacle discrimination and harder weave entries as opposed to more tight, naggy turning sequences. Tight turns into or out of flat tunnels are never seen and up contacts are not marked (unless alighted from the side of the obstacle).
As well as FAB Agility and Jumping classes, at all shows you can enter Steeplechase (consisting of purely jumps and tunnels) and Grand Prix (an American-style course, free-flowing and featuring interesting obstacle discrimination so skillful handling is important here) and IFCS Qualifiers.
FAB has three grades - Newbie, Graduate and Senior. Progression through the grades at FAB requires two wins in any class and is per class - so your dog might be Newbie in Agility but Graduate in Steeplechase for example. Therefore dogs who prefer jumping to agility get rewarded.
League points will accrue throughout the FAB (non-KC) shows for any placings achieved in Agility, Jumping and Steeplechase (points from these classes will be combined) – there will be no split by grade but they will be split between ABC and CCX and also by height. For placings achieved (these are the normal placings based on clear rounds and dependent on the number of dogs in the class): 1st place earns 10 points, 2nd earns 8 points, 3rd earns 6 points, 4th earns 4 points, 5th earns 2 points, 6th earns 1 point.
League winners - 1st and 2nd places will receive a special rosette and a prize. In the event of a tie the dog with the most agility points will be the winner.
So for combined agility/jumping/steeplechase there will be 9 prizes awarded for 1st place and 9 prizes for 2nd place across the following categories:
Petite ABC (all grades). Small ABC (all grades), Small CCX (all grades). Medium ABC (all grades), Medium CCX (all grades).
Standard ABC (all grades), Standard CCX (all grades). Large ABC (all grades), Large CCX (all grades).
The League will work in the same way for Grand Prix but on Grand Prix points alone. So for Grand Prix there will be 9 prizes awarded for 1st place and 9 prizes for 2nd place across the following categories: Petite ABC (all grades), Small ABC (all grades), Small CCX (all grades), Medium ABC (all grades), Medium CCX (all grades), Standard ABC (all grades), Standard CCX (all grades), Large ABC (all grades), Large CCX (all grades).
For the 2020 League, points will begin accruing at FAB Dorset in May and end with FAB Surrey on 18 September. The rosettes and prizes will be presented on Saturday 19 September in the evening after FAB-KC Surrey has closed for the day.
You can use any of your FAB Class runs as 'not for competition' rounds. You get 60 seconds to train in the ring (instead of having your competitive run in that class) and you can take a silent toy or food (providing it doesn't touch the ground) in with you. You can use as many or as few of your runs as NFC as you wish each day.