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2017 Heats for the KCGCDS Special Pre Beginner Obedience Stakes

03 April 2017 - Posted by KC, in General

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE DOG AND OWNER BECOME CRUFTS OBEDIENCE CHAMPIONS

30 March 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

Vito, a Working Sheepdog, and his owner Ria McGovern from Newton Bromswold, Northamptonshire took home one of the top obedience prizes at Crufts on Saturday 11th March after winning the Obedience Championships dog final.

 

Ria, who is a retired nurse and now runs and owns a boarding kennel, has been involved in obedience for over 35 years. The pair came first in the final held at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, after competing against some of Britain’s best dogs for the coveted title.

 

All competitors at the championships had made it through to the final from one of the 46 championship shows that hosted qualifying classes for the Crufts Obedience Championships. 

 

Proud owner Ria said: “It feels indescribable, unbelievable, fantastic to have won. I can’t stop smiling - it’s dream come true.”

 

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to Vito and Ria for their fantastic success. They clearly worked together as a team and it was wonderful to see how obedient and well trained Vito was.

 

“Top obedience competitors from all over the world come to showcase their abilities at the world’s biggest and best dog show. You can really see how much the dogs taking part enjoy the activity.”

 

Crufts took place from 9th-12th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

 

The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk. For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/.

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Obedience Liaison Council Meeting 20th July 2017

25 March 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Obedience Liaison Council

The next meeting of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council will be held at the Kennel Club in London on Thursday 20th July 2017. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach the Obedience Liaison Council Secretary by Friday 21st April 2017.

Each eligible society or an individual may submit items for the agenda, through a council representative. Proposals must be concise, and if an amendment or an additional regulation is proposed, the regulation number must be given. All submissions must be signed by the society/individual and the representative.

All items for inclusion on the agenda should be sent to Working Dog Activities Team, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB or by email to obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk.

A full list of Obedience Liaison Council representatives can be found here.

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TOP DOGS IN OBEDIENCE ARE FROM THE MIDLANDS

17 March 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

A team of dog owners representing the Midlands won the Inter-Regional Obedience Team event on Friday 10th March at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

The Midlands team beat the six other regions from across the UK: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Northern, Wales, South & South West, South East & East Anglia.

Five levels of obedience competition were on show, and showcased a range of breeds and competition levels in obedience. Each team had seven handlers and dogs competing to win for their region.

The following competitors were part of the winning Midlands team:

  • Emily Crookes and her four year-old Border Collie, Lexie from Newark, Nottinghamshire
  • Sue Lang and her four year-old Shetland Sheepdog, Kete from Gnosall, Staffordshire
  • Katie Bloor and her four year-old crossbreed, Squid from Ilkeston, Derbyshire
  • Lynn Griffin and her five year-old German Shepherd Dog, Ace from Worcester
  • Alison Bowkett and her seven year-old German Shepherd Dog, Sam from Biddulph, Staffordshire
  • Dawn Cox and her ten year-old Working Sheepdog, Dorothy from Birmingham
  • Pip Colledge and her five and a half year-old Golden Retriever, Tully
  • Reserve: Lydia May Harrison and her one year-old Malinois Belgian Shepherd Dog, Diva from Birmingham

The team manager was Lou Jackson from Staffordshire, and the assistant team managers were Lyn Tozer and Steve Frazer.

Team manager Lou Jackson said: “We were absolutely over the moon to win the Inter Regional Obedience Competition this year. The whole team including the assistants and our supporters have worked so hard and I feel that this was their just reward.

“The team members have shown great team spirit and their dogs were of a superb standard, but you just never know what will happen in the unique atmosphere that is Crufts so we were all elated to come out on top and will be grinning for quite a while.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to the Midlands team – they are excellent representatives of the area’s top dogs.

“It’s fantastic to see the dedication of both the dogs and the handlers to compete in such a brilliant team event. The competition has been around for many years and it’s always such a closely fought event as everyone works so hard. Well done to all teams who took part in the competition.”

Crufts took place from 9th-12th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk. For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/.

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NORTH YORKSHIRE DOG AND OWNER BECOME CRUFTS OBEDIENCE CHAMPIONS

17 March 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

Lolly, an eight year-old Border Collie and her owner Karen Davies from Redcar, North Yorkshire took home one of the top obedience prizes at Crufts on Sunday 12th March after winning the Obedience Championships (Bitches) final.

Karen, who has been involved in obedience for over twenty five years, and eight year-old Lolly came first in the final held at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, after competing against some of Britain’s best dogs for the coveted title.

All competitors at the championships had made it through to the final from one of the 46 championship shows that hosted qualifying classes for the Crufts Obedience Championships. 

Proud owner Karen, who owns and run Target Dog Training Club in Skelton-in-Cleveland, North Yorkshire said: “It’s just amazing to win. I got second place two years ago and I got to the point of thinking that this was just going to elude me, so this is just amazing.

“Lolly is gorgeous, everybody loves her and she’s just so lovely.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to Lolly and Karen for their fantastic success. They clearly worked together as a team and it was wonderful to see how obedient and well trained Lolly was.

“Top obedience competitors from all over the world come to showcase their abilities at the world’s biggest and best dog show. You can really see how much the dogs taking part enjoy the activity.”

Crufts took place from 9th-12th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/.

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GSD's HAILED NATION’S MOST OBEDIENT BREED AFTER WINNING OBREEDIENCE

17 March 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

A team of German Shepherd Dogs (GSD) have won the Obreedience competition at the world’s biggest dog event, Crufts on Thursday 9th March.

The GSD team proved themselves more obedient than the 10 other breed teams that made it to the final at Crufts in Birmingham. The other finalists were Cairn Terriers, Border Collies, Manchester Terriers Giant Schnauzers, Jack Russell Terriers, Miniature Long Haired Dachshunds, Pyrenean Sheepdogs, Cirneco Dell'Etnas, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Obreedience, an exciting team obedience competition, was introduced at Crufts 2014 as a special display event. Now in its second year as an official competition, obreedience continues to grow and entertain the crowds that come along to support their favourite breeds.

The winning team members were:

  • Paula Davis and eight year-old Dylan, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Kath Gorick and eight year-old Jed from Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Naomi Baggaley and seven year-old Kara from Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Gemma Pinkard and her dog Zephyr from Dursley, Gloucestershire

Paula Davis said: “It’s thrilling. We’ve worked very hard to get here and we were thrilled when we won – the team are great.

“The dogs are wonderful. It will be Dylan’s last Crufts as he’s retiring now. We’ve trained hard over the last eight years. It’s lovely to bring your dog to Crufts and to actually get a rosette is thrilling.” 

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to the GSD team these dogs are fantastic examples of happy, well trained dogs that have a great relationship with their owners.

“The obreedience competition is a brilliant way to show off the fact that any breed, given the right training and socialisation, and of course patience from their human counterparts, can do well in competitive obedience. We look forward to seeing which breeds excel in obreedience at the heats being held throughout 2017.”

Each obreedience team comprised four handlers and dogs, who took part in two rounds.  The first was a heelwork round completed as a group, with the dogs being assessed on their ability to complete different moves whilst remaining synchronised with their team mates. The second round featured four set exercises and each member needed to successfully complete one of the four different exercises. Points were deducted for any faults and the team with the most points won. The exercises were a retrieve (handler’s own article), a send to bed, stop the dog, and scent over articles.

For further details about obreedience, please visit the Kennel Club website www.thekennelclub.org.uk/obreedience.   

Crufts takes place from 9th-12th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/

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SOARING FRED CROWNED GOOD CITIZEN PRE-BEGINNER OBEDIENCE STAKES WINNER

17 March 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

Soaring Fred, a two year-old crossbreed terrier from Northamptonshire has triumphed at Crufts by winning the Good Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS) Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Competition.

Fred and his owner Paul Watts beat 19 other talented dogs to be crowned the winner of the 2017 GCDS Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes competition at the world’s greatest dog show.

Speaking after his win Paul said: “I am over the moon to win this class, Fred is my first dog so I wanted to take him to obedience classes. I am delighted to have qualified him for Crufts and then to win this today was amazing. I am so pleased with him. The day finished on a high with Fred and I being presented with our award in the Arena with the winner of the Obedience Championships – wow.”

The GCDS Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes competition was first held in 2005 to encourage owners of dogs who have passed their GCDS bronze award to take part in obedience competitions. The exercises included in the test are a combination of current GCDS exercises and the Pre-Beginner Obedience test. Building on the basic training skills learnt through the GCDS, this competition helps to bridge the gap between basic training and entering a competition. Dogs must have obtained their GCDS bronze award prior to the closing date of the show.

Dogs competing in the final had to qualify at one of the 32 heats held across the country last year with each heat qualifying the top two dogs: one Border Collie/Working Sheepdog and one ABC (Anything But a Collie). The grand final at Crufts was judged by highly experienced judge, Ms Pat Wilson.         

Maurice Cooke, Good Citizen Dog Scheme Working Party Chairman, added: “Fred and Paul performed a great round today – they really were soaring. The standard of competitors was very high and the pair should be proud of their achievement. The Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes are a great way for dogs and owners to enter the obedience world and I wish them luck in the future.”

To find out more about the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, please visit the website www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/good-citizen-dog-training-scheme/.

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YOUNG ABBIE AND HER DOG BESS FROM CUMBRIA WINS YKC OBEDIENCE STAKES

17 March 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

A dog from Carlisle, Cumbria has triumphed at Crufts by winning the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Final for Young Kennel Club (YKC) Members Stakes Competition.

Bess, a three-year-old Working Sheepdog, and her owner, fourteen-year-old Abbie Nunn beat ten other talented dogs to be crowned the winner of the 2017 Stakes Competition at the world’s greatest dog show. This is the second time the YKC competition has been added to the Good Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS) ring at Crufts.

The competition was created in 2005 to encourage prospective exhibitors who have passed their GCDS bronze award to take part in obedience competitions. The exercises included in the test are a combination of the current GCDS exercises and the pre-beginner obedience test. Building on the basic training skills learnt through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, these new stakes help to bridge the gap between basic training and entering a competition, especially for junior members.

Dogs entered in the final qualified at heats held in 2016, by being chosen as the best YKC member in the heat. Heats were held locations throughout the UK and competition was fierce.

Bess’ owner, Abbie, who has been a Young Kennel Club member for two years, said: “I’m very happy with the win, a lot of work has gone into this. Every Wednesday we train and we add about 15 minutes a day to train up to where we are now.

“Bess is such a good house dog. She loves her agility and she puts 110% into everything she does. Words can’t describe it. I’m just so happy with her.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Very well done to Abbie and Bess for winning YKC Good Citizen Dog Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes. It is an excellent achievement for a young handler to win and we look forward to seeing more of them at Crufts for many years to come.”

For further information about Crufts visit www.crufts.org.uk. If you would like to find out more about the Young Kennel Club and how to join please contact the Young Kennel Club team by emailing ykc@thekennelclub.org.uk or visit www.ykc.org.uk.

Crufts took place from 9th-12th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk. For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/.

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KCAI TRAINER OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED AT CRUFTS

16 March 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

Martha Brindley from Kilmarnock, Ayrshire has won the prestigious KCAI Trainer of the Year award at a ceremony at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, on Saturday 11th March.

Martha began her dog training journey at the age of fourteen when she was handed the lead and instructed to take the family dog to a local training class.  This was the beginning of her love affair and passion for dogs and their welfare. As well as being a dog training instructor, Martha’s other passion is volunteering for the Blue Cross charity. She visits schools with her Whippet, Gilly, and teaches children a safe approach to dogs and how to respect their pets.

Martha was nominated by her clients for the KCAI Trainer of the Year award, which recognises inspirational dog training instructors who have made a positive difference to the lives of dog owners and their dogs.

Martha is a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor with the KCAI scheme, having gained her accreditation in the Companion Dog Training and Good Citizen Dog Scheme disciplines. 

The purpose of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI) scheme is to recognise and promote experienced and competent dog training instructors who are committed to using dog training methods which are based on the principles of kindness, fairness and the good welfare of dogs. The scheme offers its members the opportunity to gain a nationally-recognised vocational accreditation award, based on standards set by the Kennel Club. 

Five finalists were selected for the KCAI Trainer of the Year award for their outstanding work and the winner was decided through an online public vote. Thousands of votes came in from dog owners across the UK. 

Speaking about her award, Martha said: It is just incredible, I am shaking, it is just amazing. I love what I do and will always continue in my volunteering. Winning KCAI Trainer of the Year is just a dream - better than winning an Oscar!’

Janine Beacher from City & Guilds, who was one of the presenters of the award to Martha, said: “City & Guilds is very privileged and honoured to work with the Kennel Club’s KCAI Scheme. We think that the work that the KCAI Scheme carries out is very important in maintaining and promoting high skills standards in the industry and the trainers deserve this recognition for the hard work they undertake.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Many congratulations to Martha for winning this award.  The number of votes she received from the public is a real testament to how grateful so many people are for her contribution to the world of dogs. The Kennel Club is very thankful for her valuable work both as a dog training instructor and volunteer.

“Once again, this year’s KCAI Trainer of the Year award proved very popular, and we’re proud of all the instructors who were nominated. It’s great to see that KCAI scheme members are getting the recognition they deserve. With their specialist knowledge and practical experience, the scheme’s members are making a remarkable effort to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners.”

If you are a dog training instructor and would like to join the KCAI scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai.

For more information on the KCAI scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/.

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KENNEL CLUB ANNOUNCES OBREEDIENCE HEATS FOR 2017

23 February 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General, Crufts

Obreedience heats which will enable dogs and their owners to qualify for the Obreedience competition at Crufts 2018 have been announced by the Kennel Club.

The heats, held throughout the year at various dog shows around the country, including breed club shows, general championship shows and obedience shows, will enable teams to compete to accumulate points at as many heats as they choose. Further heats may be announced throughout 2017, and for clubs which would like to host a heat, there is still an opportunity to do so. 

The ten breed teams with the highest number of points will qualify to compete at Crufts 2018. In the event that two or more teams of the same breed have the same number of points, the team which has achieved the highest placing at the heats will take precedence. A maximum of three breeds will be invited to compete in the final from any one breed group, subject to Kennel Club discretion.

The Kennel Club is encouraging as many teams as possible to enter the heats and demonstrate the obedience skills of their respective breeds. Teams must comprise four dogs and four handlers and may be made up of dogs of any level of obedience ability. However, no more than one dog in each team may have won out of Class A at Kennel Club licensed G regulation open or championship obedience shows.

The ten heats so far announced for 2017 are:

Show

Type of show

Venue and date

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of UK

Open Rally/Limited Obedience

2 April 2017 at Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands

Chalfield Dog Training Club

Open Obedience

18 June 2017 at Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

Solihull Dog Training Club

Rally

24 June 2017 at Woodrush Rugby Football Ground, Icknield Street, Forhill, Birmingham

Banbury and District Dog Training Society

Rally

1 July 2017 at the National Herb Centre, Warington, Banbury

East of England Championship Dog Show (Just Dogs Live)

General Championship

8 July 2017 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough

Horley & District Show Society

Open All Breeds

27 August 2017 at South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex

Whippet Club

Breed Club (note - Obreedience heat open to all breeds)

23 September 2017 at Benson, Oxfordshire

Lagotto Romagnolo Club of Great Britain

Rally

23-24 September 2017 at Green Acres, Hellidon Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire

The Kennel Club

Obreedience

2 December 2017 at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Ladies Kennel Association

General Championship

9-10 December 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Obreedience is a fun competition which showcases the obedience abilities of any breed, so we would encourage as many teams as possible to enter for their chance to qualify for Crufts 2018.

“Previously we’ve seen breeds such as Samoyeds, Newfoundlands, Greyhounds and Chihuahuas taking part in Obreedience and we are excited to see which breeds will be forming teams and entering the heats this year.  It’s a great opportunity for dog lovers to form a team with friends, have fun and showcase what their chosen breed is capable of.”

To enter a heat, interested parties should contact the host club direct. Details can be found on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/obreedience, where more information can be found on Obreedience qualifying heats, including the competition rules and FAQs for secretaries and competitors. Additional heats will be added to the website when known. 

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