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NOCF 2017 is approaching

Monday, September 4, 2017 - Posted by Fran Bush, in Class Finals

NOCF post – Aug We now have just over 3 months to go until NOCF 2017!

We are hatching big plans for possible expansion of NOCF for 2018 and into the future, but it is dependent on the support you all show for the 2017 event, if you want this event to stay and grow then you need to support it either by entering, helping or attending to support those competing.  This is YOUR event and without your support, it cannot grow and continue, those who have competed or attended will tell you what a fabulous event it is, an amazing experience not to be missed.

There have been plenty of “Doom and Gloom” social media posts online about obedience so please lets get behind this and then we can build it into THE Premier Obedience event of the year,

If you have one of the NOCF t shirts, then wear it to shows, tell all your friends and training buddies about the event, share the information at your clubs, training groups and on training courses, promote the event on training courses.

If you are a trainer in any capacity, then please encourage your students to qualify, tell them all about it.


Please watch our facebook page and websites – we will be announcing the judges for 2017 very soon!!!

Just a reminder of the qualifying criteria for 2017:

You need to qualify to take part in this glittering end of year event, celebrating obedience with classes for pre beginners up to C, this is your chance to don your glad rags and show off your fabulous dogs to compete for this years class crowns - you could be the 2017 class Champion!!!

You get points for places from 1st - 6th at all open and champs shows within this years qualifying period, which is 4 October 2016 – 2 October 2017.

All Qualifying Points for entry must have been earned by the dog (PB and Beg refers).
Points will be allocated as follows:

1st 10 points,  2nd 8 points,  3rd 6 points,  4th 4 points,  5th 2 points,  6th 1 point

Points can be used to qualify for the class in which they are attained only – for example, points gained for places in class ‘A’ may only be accumulated to qualify for the ‘A’ Class at the National Obedience Class Finals and may not be transferred to another class, even if the dog is currently eligible to compete at the Novice level.
Qualifying points needed for each class are as follows:

Pre Beginner 10 points
Beginner 15 points
Novice/Class ‘A’/Class ‘B’ 20 points
Class ‘C’ 15 points

A dog can be entered in 1 class only, but handlers may enter more than 1 dog, as long as each dog is suitably qualified for the class in which it is entered.

In the event that a dog accumulates sufficient points in 2 or more classes during the qualifying period, the dog should be entered in the HIGHEST class for which it is qualified.

Remember that this year there will only be 1 part of novice class, so numbers will be limited and entries are on a first come first served basis.

Once a class is full it will close and numbers will be capped as follows;   Pre-beginners/beginners/novice/class A -60;  Class B & class C – 45

Full details can be found on our website www.nocf.co.uk

 (Apologies to Fran for not posting this earlier ..... Les)

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Posted by Fran Bush, in General, Class Finals

We have a number of job positions open at the Grand Final on the 22 November 2014 at the KC Building, Stoneleigh. We appreciate that some people may not wish to compete, but you can still be involved in this fantastic new event and this is your chance to be an integral part of the very first Grand Final of the Class Championships and to support this new progression of obedience in the UK. All positions are vital to the smooth running of the day and successful applicants will be provided with an entry pass and suitable meals as detailed in the job descriptions and refreshments too. There are both skilled and unskilled vacancies, so a lack of precise obedience knowledge is not a barrier to taking part and all are welcome – please refer to the job descriptions for full details.
Even if you want to compete, please do help out part time!, come on folks, I have the list of names of all those who offered help at the start!!! these jobs all need filling so the event can happen, I can't do everything!!! We have been organising this for you all since Easter 2013, now its time for you to stand up and be counted and offer your help - this is YOUR event, organised for your benefit.
Please apply asap either via email on classchamps@btinternet.com or via the facebook (Obedience Class Championships) page or message or in person to Fran, Rhia, Paula or Dave and please specify which position/s you are applying for.
1. 3 x PARKING STEWARDS – To be responsible for ensuring that all vehicles park where directed making optimal use of the parking space available. Experience in this position would be desirable, you should be able to work together to organise the parking area, along with a sense of humour, ability to stay calm in the face of adversity and to be reasonable but firm in your instructions! There will be an early start (5.30am or possibly earlier - tbc) until probably late morning and you will need to provide a high visibility vest or jacket/suit to wear at all times when on duty and a torch would be helpful. No actual knowledge of obedience is required so bored husbands/boyfriends/partners very welcome!! Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. (URGENT)
2. 5 X DOOR STEWARDS – To be responsible for manning the entry doors from door opening time at 7am to check in competitors and spectators, including ensuring competitors hand over entry passes and receiving entry fees from spectators and stamping hands to confirm receipt. No special skills required but a sense of humour and the ability to stay calm under pressure would be helpful! All 5 door stewards will be required for the first few hours but when most people are in, then in shifts of 1 or 2 at a time to ensure the door is manned at all times, to check people in and out of the door. No actual knowledge of obedience is required so bored husbands/boyfriends/partners very welcome!! Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
3. 6 x RING PARTY – there will be some lifting and carrying involved, so you will need to be physically able to do this. You should be able to attend on the Friday afternoon/evening to help set up the rings and see how to change the ring set up from working rings to presentation area as you will be doing this on the Saturday under the guidance of the Chief show steward. There will be a 3 hour shift during the day to assist the collecting ring stewards (2 members on each shift) prior to the ring change, then during the presentation ceremony, 4 of the ring party will be guiding groups of competitors in or out of the arena for the presentations and 2 will be taking the awards to the area and helping with the presentations. For the time in the area, you will need to be smartly dressed in a suit (preferably grey), although the jacket will not be required for the duties at the collecting ring. You will need to be fairly fit, cheerful and calm under pressure. No actual knowledge of obedience is required so bored husbands/boyfriends/partners very welcome!! Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. (4 NOW FOUND, 2 MORE NEEDED)
4. 8 x STAY STEWARDS - All applicants should be fully experienced in stay stewarding and be familiar with the KC Rules (G Regs) for stay exercises for all of the classes. Stays will be held outside, so weather appropriate clothing is advised. You will be required in the afternoon only, so lunch and refreshments will be provided.
5. 3 (possibly 4) x SCENT DECOYS – You should be experienced in this position and be available ready (reporting to the collecting ring steward) for the scent exercise in your allotted class in the afternoon and be prepared to take the judges direction on your duties. Refreshments will be provided.

7. 4 x CATALOGUE/SOUVENIR SALES – will be needed for most of the day in shifts to promote sales of the souvenir catalogue/scorebook, souvenirs and to mind the prizes display. Ability to handle cash responsibly and do basic arithmetic would be helpful! No specific knowledge of obedience is required. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided depending on shift pattern.
8. A few responsible teenagers also needed to be general runners for all or part of the day.

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Class Championships -Important Announcement

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - Posted by Fran Bush, in General, Class Finals

We have a slight expansion on the qualifying criteria for the beginner and novice championships at the 2014 event.

A dog needs a win and 2 places at the same level during this season to qualify for the championships at that level.  However a win at a higher level makes the dog ineligible to enter at the lower level.

For beginner and novice, as only 2 wins are required to win "out" of those classes, so we are happy to confirm that for these 2 classes only, the qualifying criteria will be expanded to also include 2 x wins (1st place) as qualifiers,  as long as both wins are within the qualifying period (1 January -­‐ 6 October 2014). The standard qualifying criteria above (1 win and 2 places) also applies to beginners and novice, this is an additional qualifying criteria.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Posted by Fran Bush, in General, Class Finals

We seem to have some confusion regarding qualifying, so I apologise if the wording used was not entirely clear - it will be amended for next year!

You need your 1 win and 2 places (1 - 6) gained during the qualifying period for this year (1 January 2014 to 6 October 2014), in the class you are working to qualify for this years event.

That win may effectively take you out of working that class. For example, you may have won a novice last year, then you win your 2nd novice this year along with the places, so you are no longer eligible to enter novice classes at shows, so are technically "out" of novice.

But you still have the necessary qualifiers to enter the novice championship at the 2014 event, so you can enter for this year, BUT, if you go an and win an A at a show within this years qualifying period, you are no longer eligible to enter the novice championship this year, as the win in the higher class effectively knocks you out of the lower class - so you need to get your remaining qualifiers in A and enter the A championship instead. In the same example, subsequent places from 2nd - 6th in A will not affect your eligibility to enter the novice champs.

It is the win that dictates the class you work at the championships.

I hope this clears up any confusion, but feel free to ask if there is anything you are unsure of, we don't want anyone thinking they can't enter when they can!

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