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Crufts Broadcast Times And Presenters Announced

Monday, February 23, 2015 - Posted by KC, in Crufts

The world's largest dog show, Crufts, returns to Channel 4 this March.

With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel4 and More4 will broadcast all the action on the four days leading up to the grand finale on Sunday where the 'The Best in Show' will be crowned.

Channel 4 and More 4 will cover the event at the following times:

  • On More 4

·       Thursday 5thMarch: 18:30-21:00

·       Friday 6thMarch: 18:30-19:30

  • On Channel 4
    • Friday 6thMarch: 19:30-21:00
    • Saturday 7thMarch: 19:00-21:00
    • Sunday 8thMarch: 19:00-21:00

Clare will be joined at the famous dog show at Birmingham's NEC by both Iwan Thomas, TV presenter and former Olympic athlete, and Victoria Stilwell, world-renowned dog trainer and TV presenter. This year will also see a guest appearance from Channel 4's very own 'Supervet', Noel Fitzpatrick.

All of the arena action from the show will also be shown on the Crufts YouTube channel which can be found at www.youtube.com/crufts.

Clare Balding, who will be presenting the coverage on Channel4 and More4 said: "It is always a pleasure to be involved in Crufts, which holds a dear place in the hearts of that nation's dog lovers. The quintessentially British event is a four-day celebration of everything that we love about dogs. I enjoy the variety of the programmes, with all of the action from the various competitions, from agility to showing, and the interviews and features with interesting and passionate people about the issues that are important to dog lovers."

Michael Cole, Commissioning Editor at Channel4, said: "Crufts is the largest dog show in the world and we are excited to see its return this March. We have a brand new set this year and our programmes will showcase the exciting displays and competitions, which celebrate Britain's love affair with its favourite pet. Coverage will span across Channel4 and More4 throughout the four day event."

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises Crufts, said: "Crufts holds such a special place in dog lovers' hearts because it celebrates everything that we most love about dogs, and Channel4 and More4 reflect the full diversity of the event.

"The programmes not only show exciting sports such as agility and flyball, and enable people to marvel at the huge range of wonderful breeds in this country through the showing aspect of Crufts, but it also covers topics of importance to dog owners about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs."  

More4 and Channel4's Crufts coverage will be produced by Sunset + Vine.

- See more at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2015/february/crufts-broadcast-times-and-presenters-announced/#sthash.oCHnC9wt.dpuf

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Crufts 2015 Scoring Rules for Inter Regionals & World Cup competitions

Friday, January 30, 2015 - Posted by Richard Kebble, in Crufts

Please find attached the scoring rules for the following Crufts 2015 competitions:

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Northern Ireland Inter Regional & World Cup Team Announcement

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - Posted by Michael McCartney, in Crufts

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to put themselves forward for the teams. Lots of applications were received both from Northern Ireland and Isle Of Man. Unfortunately circumstances prevented me from traveling to IOM for a selection day but plenty of videos were made available – so thank you all for that.

As is normal the restriction on breeds make the selection even more difficult. Apologies if you didn’t make it on the team this year and please don’t let it put you off applying in future years.
Also a big thanks to everyone who helps fundraise for the NI Dog Club Fund. For those who don’t know the NI Dog Club Fund is a fund set up that mostly all dog clubs in NI & IOM donate too each year – the money is used to help with the expensive trip to Crufts for all the members of the World Cup & Inter Regional Teams. Adding to the pot this year a special thanks to Alison Pell who single handedly organises the Obedience Winter League and all the money collected from there goes into the fund. It’s no easy task so a bit thank you Alison. Also to Mark Firth who “volunteered” to let Tracy McKinlay cut off his long locks. This was sponsored by the folks attending the show – so a big thanks to Mark & Tracy too.



Northern Ireland Inter Regional Team


Ciaran Madine & Willow Tree Charlie Oskar (Oskar) Springer Cross


Janette Mitchell & Shelridge Special Diamond (Finlo) SSD

Bobby Austin & Colroy Carbon Copy (Jack) SSD

Class A

Louise Jackson & Topeka Ocaso Rojo (Razzle) ASD

Naoimh Mathers & Grenaby Red Dynamite (Jasper) BC

Class B

Sue Raine & Double Entendre (Ffin) WSD

Class C

Alison Pell & Goldmali Cherish (Zara) Mallios BSD

Northern Ireland World Cup Team

Alison Pell & Goldmali Cherish (Zara) Mallios BSD
Sam McCracken & FortVictory Princess Zara (Zara) BC
Naoimh Mathers & Grenaby Red Dynamite (Jasper) BC
Helen Boyde & Happenywoods Snowfall (Indy) BC
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South East / East Anglia Team for Crufts Inter Regionals

Monday, December 22, 2014 - Posted by Jenny Lunn, in Crufts

Beginner Nick Wright with Carishill Onyx (Maxwell) Goldie
Beg Reserve Jill Van Assen with Rayleigh Jake (Jake) Cockapoo
Nov Teresa Mills with Josalyn Hortencia (Connie) Spanish Water Dog
Nov Mari Ylivinkka with Tintenfass Patric He's Son (Fingal) Giant Schnauzer
A Sue Robinson with Shelridge Distant Laughter With Alnmac (Dilys) Sheltie
A Lou HOlmes with Nobite Held To Ransom (Diesel) BC
B Sinead Mowatt with Its Jaros D'voted Dancer (Deedee) WS
C Sally Davis with Jemas Sound Of Music (Music) XB
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Western Team for Crufts Inter Regionals

Friday, December 19, 2014 - Posted by Steph Woollam, in Crufts

Thank you to all those who attended the try out for the Western Team. The standard of work was very high and I hope everyone enjoyed the day. Unfortunately there will always be some disappointments but I hope those not chosen this year will try again in the future.

The team selected by Gill Storr, Pauline Hill and myself is as follows:

Annette Gibson & DAISY DIBBLE (Daisy) Labrador

Caroline Makkai & JOEVANESS FIRE STORM (Rumble) GSD

Class A
Carrol Walker & JETRIL ROULETTE (Poppy) GSD

Class B
Sue Howard & CLEYNEHAGE JUBOX (Pookie) G. Retriever

Class C
Helen Connolly & GORGEOUS GEORGIA B.Ex (Georgia) GSD

Nicolette Beardsley & KENXIAM CAYMAN CHARM (Ralph) Border Terrier

Steph Woollam
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Northern Team for Crufts Inter Regionals

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Posted by Pat Wilson, in General, Crufts

The Team selected by myself, Fiona Holdsworth and Kathy Russell will be as follows:


Ashleigh Foster and ANGELO’S WINGS (Bazil) Wk.Sh.
Reserve: Louise Frelford and ACTADOG AIM TO ACHIEVE (Link) GSD


Henri Carew and HENS MILLIE MINSTREL (Millie) ESS
Jackie Muir and MORGANSR MADE FOR ME (Kitt) B/C X GSD


Brenda Holden and ALFIE OF HODGE HOUSE (Alfie) Labrador X
Gillian Strickleton and REDISTEDI HIGH REALITY (Mikey) B/C


Fiona Holdsworth and ACTADOG ALL FOR ONE A.Ex. (Power) GSD


Jeny Miller and FOXFOLD UNEXPECTED EDITION O.W. CD.Ex. UD.Ex. WD.Ex. TD.Ex. (Chello) GSD x B/C

On behalf of the Team selectors, may I please thank you for your interest and for the selection of entries received. However, owing to the restriction in breeds, many dogs, especially the collies where we can only use two, were unable to be considered but we were delighted that many of you chose to attend one of the selection days. We realise that some of you may be disappointed but please don’t let that put you off applying in the future. I personally have to thank all the helpers who attended at the two venues to act as judges, stewards etc., also raising funds for the team with the raffles.

As last year, we had two selection days over the weekend of the 6th/7th December, one at Seaham in the North East and one at Oldham. Fiona, Kathy and myself reached a majority verdict after viewing potential team members at both venues.

Entries came from the usual Collie types together with other breeds and crossbreeds of varying types from throughout our area.

Team Manager
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Midlands Team for Crufts Inter Regionals

Friday, December 5, 2014 - Posted by Lou Jackson, in General, Crufts

Firstly I would like to thank Lyn Tozer and Steve Fraser, my assistant selectors for all their input and hard work. Thanks also to Paul Evans
who stewarded every round in every class on the try-out day,
faultlessly. No easy task with the additional tests involved. Thanks
also to Shirley Owen and Jen Wyatt for all your help at the try-out, you
were great, girls.
Our appreciation also goes to Rugby DTC for the
use of their fabulous training venue which is absolutely perfect for our
needs and to Jan Morse for your help on the day.
Most of all I would
like to thank everyone who sent applications and all who attended to
support on the day and gave donations for the team, we can't thank you
As always it was very tough to chose between the many good
teams who applied but eventually we came up with this, our team Midland
for 2015.

Simon Harding with Verdendo Yule Be Lucky JW. Beg.Ex. (Subject to KC approval) Boxer.

Mrs Valerie Ridgers with Pepsanner The Pirate. GR.
Mrs Kathryn Reynolds with Westhorphall Sarabi. GR.

Class A:
Miss Lyn Griffin with Vaneldurks Angus. GSD.
Mrs Sue Cotton with Wild Foggy Marsh. GR.

Class B.
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Scotland Inter Regional & World Cup Team Announcement

Friday, December 5, 2014 - Posted by Carole Patrick, in General, Crufts

On behalf of Carole Patrick, Scotland Inter Regional & World Cup Team Manager.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Team Selection Day on Sunday 30th of November at Rio DTC’s training hall, whether it was as an applicant or a supporter, the turnout again was overwhelming.

I would like to extend a huge Thank You to Doreen and the members of Rio DTC for sponsoring the training hall on the day for the Team Selection.

Thank you to all of those who donated raffle prizes – there were a lot of happy people leaving with their plunder at the end of the day.

Thank you also to Sheena, Maureen and Anne who had the bacon rolls on before the proceedings commenced, and they supplied the troops with soup, rolls and cakes galore throughout the day. We are extremely grateful that you spent the time baking your delicious cakes and also that you were happy to come to the Selection Day purely to run the tearoom.

The funds raised between the tearoom and the raffle will help pay for future Team get-togethers in the run up to Crufts 2015.

We had a good selection of teams on the day, and we have been able to observe some of the teams in the ring in a show environment so this is beneficial when it comes to making a choice on the day.

The Inter Regional Team is as follows:
Beginners ---- Jess Simpson & Morgen - ASD

Beginners Reserve ---- Elaine Wilson & Tarn - GSD

Novice ---- Kirsty Bidgood & Mishca - GSD
Andy Crowe & Artie - Staffie

Class A ----Judith Owen & Tig - Crossbreed
Ian Boyd & Max - GSD

Class B ----Carole Patrick & Inki - BC

Class C ----Annie Robertson & Tec - BC

The World Cup Team has also been selected as follows and they are listed in 1 “Strictly” style, in no particular order:

Ellen Herries and Gabi
Helen Murray and Diva
Aileen Moffat and Rebus
Annie Robertson and Tec as Reserve

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