Jones with VANISTICA KITTO FOR JENNY
AT MOSHANTA Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael)
Gell with CHALKWELL MIDSUMMER KATY
and TECTONA GRAND SUNRISE Retriever
Alex Duesbury and
DODGIN AMBER GAMBLER WSD
Crufts Obedience Championships
For all of my life dogs have played a huge
part. As a young girl I walked miles through woods and across
fields with a G.S.D. at my side, it became a very comforting feeling.
My parents Madge & Ralph Smart were both competing, instructing
and judging in obedience and working trials. When attending dog
club with them I would beg steal or borrow anyones dog to train.
In my early working career one of the best
jobs I had was working for a veterinary surgeon. It was a one
man practice and before the time of veterinary nurses. So I helped
with everything from operations, assisting in the surgery through
to the administration side. I loved every aspect of it and gained
a substantial amount of knowledge.
In 1971 I married Mick who was at that
time competing in breed and obedience with an Afghan Hound. In
1972 we went to Crufts for the first time, it was being held at
Olympia, London back then.. With only 2 rows of wooden seating
around the obedience ring, we had even been known to queue all
night outside on the pavement to ensure a seat, so glad we don't
have to do that now.
The Championships inspired me to take-up
obedience seriously. I believe Crufts Obedience Championships
is the best showcase we have for obedience.
I first competed in the championships in
1984 with SODA POP who retired at Crufts in 1986 the same year
that my husband Mick qualified with his bitch CHALKWELL TIPSY
POP and I continued competing at the Championships with OB.CH.
SUPA POP , then OB CH DARKBECK KRACKER POP, "Kracker"
went on to win Crufts Bitch Obedience Championships in 1994, then
came OB.CH. DARKBECK PICK OF THE POPS, followed by OB.CH. MALULANI
JAZZY POP . Culminating in 20 years of competing at Crufts Obedience
I have always enjoyed the championships and have not missed one
whether competing or just spectating for the last 39 years. It's
incredible to think that the 40th year I am attending Crufts is
the year I am judging the Championships. The dogs I have at the
moment are "Riot" (OB. CH. MALULANI JAZZY POP) who is
15, she retired at Crufts 2006, "Shambles" WHATKNOW
POP TONIC winner of 2 CC's in 2011 and I am so looking forward
to working her at Crufts Bitch Championships 2013, "Klik"
SMARTIE'S KLIKA POP working B and a young predominantly white
collie "TIZZY" ( n.a.f.) born October 2011.who is currently
working everyone in the house to a frazzle!
I started judging in 1978 and awarded my
first challenge certificate in 2002. I have also enjoyed the good
fortune to judge in Holland the Channel Islands and the Isle of
To be invited to judge the Obedience Championships
has taken a time to "sink-in", it is a huge responsibility
and honour to be given the opportunity to judge the best obedience
dogs and bitches in the country today.
Hopefully I have set a test that dog and
handler can enjoy and also keep the spectators interested.
Finally I would like to wish all competitors
an enjoyable Crufts Obedience Championships
I was born on a farm in Grouville, Jersey
in the Channel Islands during the Second World War when the Islands
were occupied. My parents were both French, my dad had been in
Jersey from childhood, my Mum came to the Island when she was
about 18years old.
Married for 45years to Agnes who hails
from Bonnie Scotland, we have three children and four grandchildren.
We love the Island and enjoy living here.
I have competed and judged in Dog obedience
for over 40years in the Islands and in the UK. Border Collies
have always been my favourite breed, right from when I got my
first dog Pax . When I first had Pax, I didnt
know anything about obedience, getting him initially as an extra
pair of eyes & ears, the reason being that I was a caretaker
of a school and he would let me know if there was anyone lurking
around the premises and this he certainly did!! A parent who came
to the school suggested I should take Pax to obedience classes
and that was the start of my life in Competitive Obedience.
Over the years I have had 6 dogs taking
5 of them to Championship C which coming from the
Islands is not very easy, as we dont have many shows, therefore
I have to travel to the UK when possible which is not very often
now. In the last few years it has been during our summer holidays
when we have combined that with shows at the weekends.
We have made many friends over the years
in the obedience world, both old and new and some of them will
be assisting me on the day, along with some members of my family
and I would like them to know how much I appreciate this.
I was very honoured to have been invited
by the Kennel Club to judge the Obedience World Cup, I never for
a moment thought I would have been given this opportunity. Having
competed in this event 3 times for Jersey, it will give me a different
perspective of this competition.
I was born in West Bromwich,
West Midlands but now live in a village near Milton Keynes with
my husband Roy and son James were we run our Commercial Landscaping
company, this keeps me very busy doing all the administrative
I started in competitive obedience in 1982
not with a dog but by caller stewarding or score boarding nearly
every weekend for various judges, then in 1984 I bought, with
help from a very good friend a Brown & White Working Sheepdog
known as Ozzy (Oswald Megans Pride). Ozzy and I attended
what to me was then one of the best Dog Training Clubs in the
country Lichfield & District DTS soon I was taking
classes and competing with my dog going from Beginners to C. It
was while competing in C at Northants show that I met my now husband
Roy and soon moved to Milton Keynes. Roys competitiveness
soon rubbed off onto me and in 1991 me and Ozzy won our first
CC. The next dog to enter into my life was Chezzi (Ob.Ch Chalkwell
Chezzi O.W) we competed at Crufts on 5 consecutive occasions and
our greatest accomplishment was coming 4th in 2001. Chezzi was
retired at Crufts 2002 and in 2003 I competed there with Chezzis
nephew Chalki (Ob.Ch Chalkwell Chunki Chalki O.W) and went on
to compete there every year until 2007 when Chalki was retired.
I decided to have a change from Working Sheepdogs and a GSD named
Buddi (Chalkwell Golden Buddi) became part of the family, he competed
up to C then decided it was all a bit too much for him so I retired
I decided to go back to what I understand
best, a Working Sheepdog and are currently working Razzy (Dodgin
Razzy Razcal) who I believe has been on this earth before, his
enthusiasm to work is unbelievable and would work all day every
day if I had the energy.
Competing is not the only thing I love
about my hobby; I also like judging, scribing, caller stewarding,
and score boarding in fact almost anything to do with the Obedience
sport, I have qualified to judge Championship C and awarded my
first CC in 2001 I first started judging in 1992 and have judged
every year since and have also judged in Guernsey, Holland &
To say that Im excited to be judging
the Inter-Regional competition at Crufts would be an understatement,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kennel Club
Crufts Committee and all the people involved for entrusting me
with this appointment and of course Our Dogs who sponsor
the Inter-regional competition.
I have set straight forward rounds thus
enabling the competitors to hopefully relax and enjoy the competition.
My team are exceptionally experienced so everyone will be in incredibly
I feel honoured and privileged to be able
to judge this event and would like to ensure all competitors that
me and my team will do all that they can to make this experience
a memorable one.
The Kennel Club
Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Final
I was very honored to be asked
by the Kennel Club to judge both the YKC Obedience Finals and
the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Special Pre -Beginner Stakes Final
at Crufts 2012. For me personally this is very special as this
is where I started as a pet handler and a junior.
I started my obedience career way back
in 1972 with my neighbours dog Smokey, a small cross breed
and attended Heron Hill DTC in Belvedere. Smokey was followed
two years later by my German Shepherd PRINZ (who never did stays)
but lived to be 19 ½ years and was a very special dog to
In 1978 I was given a smooth coated collie
puppy called MOSS. He was my first dog to qualify for Championship
Obedience but sadly died of epilepsy at the tender age of two,
having only worked one ticket class. At this time I joined North
West Kent DTC where one of the members Viv Spinks had a litter
of puppies from her Border Collie bitch Kapia Whisp at Bordobe
to Shanvalls Pride, and from this litter came Taffy (aka
BORDOBE CRAG). Taffy qualified for ticket at a young age, won
three Reserve CCs, competed in the Inter-Regional Obedience
competition at Crufts in 1988 but sadly never gained that elusive
Since then I have qualified for ticket
OVERDOWN JEAHD, FLYNNE, TAPPIN OUT THE MAGIC and have won a CC
with JETRIL LITTLEUN in 1988.
I was very lucky as a young boy to have
been able to train under some of the great trainers of the day.
Charlie Wyant, Bill Shackleton, Gladys Heurman, Carol Truman and
of course my long time friend and surrogate mum Sylvia Bishop
who has and still does, continue to teach me so much.
I first started judging Obedience in the
early 1980s and to date, have awarded 10 sets of Obedience
Certificates since my first ticket appointment in 1996. I have
also judged in the Channel Islands, Ireland, France, Holland,
Switzerland, Canada, USA and China. I am also a keen follower
of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme since its inception, having partaken
with my own dogs, and took part in the first ever Silver Award
test in 1998. I have also judged the GCDS Special Pre-Beginner
heats on several occasions.
My work within the Obedience world has
also included being part of the KC Obedience Council Sub Committee,
KCAI Board, Field Officer, Breeder Affiliate Group, Judges Working
Party and England Team and World Cup Manager.
Since I was very young I have always shown
dogs in the Breed ring and in the late 1980's along with Joanna
Hill, I imported my first Australian Shepherd from the USA. I
have also shown and bred Border Collies in partnership with Sue
Large and in both breeds have had great success making up multiple
While there have been so many people who
have contributed in so many ways, I would like to say a special
thank you to Joanna Hill, John Higgins, Kay Raven and Nigel Cutts.
Today, I lead a very hectic life now running
my companies and am very fortunate to have a strong supportive
group around me which, in the past few years has been so important.
To all of you thank you!!
The dog world has given me a wonderful
career that has enabled me to travel all over the world judging
and teaching, it has also enabled me to have a very successful
business both here and abroad and above all a wonderful group
I am really looking forward to judging
at Crufts and would like to wish everyone the very best of luck.