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WINNERS OF DOG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION ANNOUNCED

Monday, July 16, 2018 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its thirteenth year, the international competition received almost 10,000 entries from over 70 different countries around the globe, including China, Israel, Russia, Argentina and South Africa. 

Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands has been chosen as the overall winner of the competition with an image of Noa the Great Dane seemingly alone in a forest, which placed first in the ‘Oldies’ category, the first time an image from this particular group has been picked as an overall winner. Monica began taking photos of dogs eighteen years ago, and has been professionally snapping man’s best friend for the best part of a decade.

After finding out she had won the world’s largest canine photography competition, Monica said: “I am very grateful to be the overall winner of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Photography is what I love doing the most. I always try to capture the image of a dog in a way that you can see the emotion in their eyes, when I took this picture in the forest early one morning, Noa looked at her owner and you could feel the love between them.”

The Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition comprises ten categories: Portrait, Man’s Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy, Oldies, I Love Dogs Because… (for entrants aged between 12 and 17 years old), Young Pup Photographer (for entrants aged 11 and under), Assistance Dogs and Rescue Dogs.

The other category winners were: Elinor Roizman from Israel, who won the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a photo of Lili the Pomeranian chasing a giant bubble on the beach; Klaus Dyber from Germany, who won the ‘Puppy’ category with a beautiful image of Ceylin the 3 month-old Italian Greyhound; Carol Durrant from the UK, who won the ‘Portrait’ category with a stunning image of three Flat Coated Retrievers; Tracy Kidd from the UK who won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category with a group shot of spaniels and retriever dogs after a day of working hard; ‘Man’s Best Friend’ winner Joana Matos from  Portugal; ‘Young Pup Photographer’ winner, Mariah Mobley from the United States; and Tamara Kedves from Hungary who won the ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ category.

The winner of the ‘Assistance Dogs’ category was Dean Mortimer from Castle Combe, Wiltshire, who captured the unique bond between man and dog as German Shepherd Dog, Rocko comforted his ex-soldier owner who suffers from PTSD. Sonya Kolb from New Jersey in the United States was named as the winner of the ‘Rescue Dog’ award for her intimate portrait of a rescued Labrador and his loving new owners. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust will donate £500 to the charities of both winners’ choice, Service Dogs UK and Monmouth County SPCA respectively.

This year’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition is sponsored by SmugMug, the dog-loving photo sharing site for professional photographers, and Nikon School, a photography training establishment that aims to educate and inspire photographers. 

SmugMug’s European Manager, Alastair Jolly commented: “Once again, SmugMug are delighted to be sponsors of the Dog Photographer of the Year competition. It really is a pleasure to be able to judge this competition again this year, even if as always the decision gets harder and harder. It is a highlight of the year for me. I always enjoy seeing such a wonderful range of images of some truly beautiful dogs. Congratulations to all of the winners. I am sure everyone will enjoy seeing the winning images this year and I am already looking forward to next year."

Neil Freeman from Nikon School added: “Nikon School is proud to support the Dog Photographer of the Year competition and looks forward to working with the Kennel Club on future photography collaborations and projects.”

The overall winner will receive an original oil painting of their image by award-winning artist Sara Abbott. All category winners will have their images on display at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, and will win a SmugMug photography website to showcase their work online and a one day photography course offered by Nikon School UK, as well as a trophy and exhibition print from Loxley Colour presented during an award ceremony.

The judges for this year’s competition were commercial and editorial dog photographer, Elke Vogelsang; Nikon UK representative, Neil Freeman; SmugMug’s European Manager, Alastair Jolly; Technical Editor of Amateur Photography Magazine, Hollie Latham Hucker; British professional dog photographer Martin Hill; and Kennel Club representatives  Rosemary Smart, Chief Executive; Simon Luxmoore, Chairman, and Pauline Luxmoore-Ball.

Rosemary Smart, Kennel Club Chief Executive said: “The judges and I were thoroughly impressed by the quality of this year’s competition entries. Selecting only ten winning images from thousands of remarkable photographs was an incredibly hard task. All of the photographs entered portrayed dogs and their many wonderful characteristics beautifully. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists and well done to everyone who entered.”

All of the winning images plus the photos that placed second and third for each category will be on display at the Kennel Club in London from 16th July until 5th October. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visit by appointment. Anyone wishing to visit, should contact the Art Gallery office artgallery@thekennelclub.org.uk.

To view all the winning images visit: www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk.

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IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR RECORDING OF DNA TEST RESULTS

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

Following consultation with the Dog Health Group, the Kennel Club has confirmed that, from 1st August 2018, any DNA health test result submitted for inclusion on its database must have at least two forms of identification on the result certificate.   

It will be mandatory to include the dog’s microchip or tattoo number along with either the dog’s registered name or registered number. Any test results that do not carry these identifying features will not be accepted.

This brings the recording of DNA test results in line with those health tests carried out by the British Veterinary Association.

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ACCREDITED TRAINERS FOR OBEDIENCE NEEDED FOR JUDGES’ TRAINING PROGRAM

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming an Obedience Accredited Trainer for the judges’ training programme to get in touch.

This judges’ training programme has been developed over a period of time and follows the requirements already in place for those involved in judging other canine activities. It underlines the Kennel Club’s commitment to maintaining and improving the standard of judges and judging at official Kennel Club licensed events and, in so doing, ensures the quality of dogs and the value of awards they receive at these events.

As part of the training programme, the Kennel Club has a number of Accredited Trainers for each discipline, who are responsible for delivering each seminar and conducting the examination. All of the Accredited Trainers are established judges of long standing and have attended training and assessment sessions prior to their appointment in order to prove their own knowledge and competence in delivering the seminar syllabus. There is a good geographical spread of trainers to ensure that each area of the country is covered to minimise distances for those attending seminars.

The Kennel Club is now inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered for the position of Obedience Accredited Trainer. Any candidates interested in applying need to meet the following criteria:

  • Five or more years of regular judging experience.
  • Be eligible to judge Championship Class C.
  • Good presentation and teaching skills are essential.
  • Have attended and passed the exam for the Obedience Regulations and Judging Procedure seminar and attended the Test Design and Practice of Judging Seminar.
  • A willingness to travel to deliver seminars.

Those interested should send their applications to the Working Dog Activities Team, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB or via email to obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk by Friday 22nd June 2018.

Assessments for all applicants will take place on 10th July 2018 at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh. More information will be sent to those who apply.

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CHANGES TO OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has recently approved changes to the regulations for obedience, agility, working trials, heelwork to music, rally and flyball.

With effect from 1st January 2019, the following regulations have been amended to encourage clubs to give careful consideration to circumstances before withdrawing a judging contract, and to ensure that they had a clear rationale for doing so.

Amendment to Regulation G34.b

TO:

…You should note that we reserve the right to cancel the contract before the date of the appointment if there is a change in your circumstances, which in our reasonable opinion would adversely affect your ability to fulfil the appointment. Clubs may cancel a judging appointment where there is clear evidence that the judge’s ability to fulfil the appointment has been adversely affected, or in consultation with the judge.

(Insertion underlined.)

Amendment to Regulation H18.b

TO:

…You should note that we reserve the right to cancel the contract before the date of the appointment if there is a change in your circumstances, which in our reasonable opinion would adversely affect your ability to fulfil the appointment. Clubs may cancel a judging appointment where there is clear evidence that the judge’s ability to fulfil the appointment has been adversely affected, or in consultation with the judge.

(Insertion underlined.)

Amendment to Regulation I27.a

TO:

…You should note that we reserve the right to cancel the contract before the date of the appointment if there is a change in your circumstances, which in our reasonable opinion would adversely affect your ability to fulfil the appointment. Clubs may cancel a judging appointment where there is clear evidence that the judge’s ability to fulfil the appointment has been adversely affected, or in consultation with the judge.

(Insertion underlined.)

Amendment to Regulation L17.b

TO:

…You should note that we reserve the right to cancel the contract before the date of the appointment if there is a change in your circumstances, which in our reasonable opinion would adversely affect your ability to fulfil the appointment. Clubs may cancel a judging appointment where there is clear evidence that the judge’s ability to fulfil the appointment has been adversely affected, or in consultation with the judge.

(Insertion underlined.)

Amendment to Regulation S20.b

TO:

…You should note that we reserve the right to cancel the contract before the date of the appointment if there is a change in your circumstances, which in our reasonable opinion would adversely affect your ability to fulfil the appointment. Clubs may cancel a judging appointment where there is clear evidence that the judge’s ability to fulfil the appointment has been adversely affected, or in consultation with the judge.

(Insertion underlined.)

Amendment to Regulation V18.b

TO:

…You should note that we reserve the right to cancel the contract before the date of the appointment if there is a change in your circumstances, which in our reasonable opinion would adversely affect your ability to fulfil the appointment. Clubs may cancel a judging appointment where there is clear evidence that the judge’s ability to fulfil the appointment has been adversely affected, or in consultation with the judge.

(Insertion underlined.)

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KENNEL CLUB ISSUES CODE OF CONDUCT

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has issued a Code of Conduct addressed to all Kennel Club members, committee members and volunteers.

The code will sit alongside the already-established Kennel Club Code of Ethics for breeders who register litters, Code of Best Practice for Kennel Club Judges, Codes of Conduct for participants at Kennel Club licensed events, as well as codes in respect of the welfare and safety of dogs.

The new code can be viewed on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-code/.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The Kennel Club appreciates that Kennel Club members, committee members and volunteers do sterling work on behalf of the club, and overwhelmingly uphold the principles enshrined in the code’s various clauses. However, we felt that it was important to encapsulate these principles formally for the benefit of everyone who chooses to take on these vital roles in the future.”

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AGM Announcement for GSD Club of Wales

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Posted by Sue Evans, in General

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG

CLUB OF WALES

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

 

To be held at

 

Whitchurch Rugby Club

Samuels Crescent, Cardiff

 

 

 

On Monday 19th   February 2018

Commencing 8:00pm

 

 

Nominations for Committee

and items for the Agenda

must be made in writing

to the Hon. Secretary

and received by

Friday 2nd February 2018

 

 

Mrs S Evans

64 Severn Grove

Pontcanna

Cardiff

CF11 9EP

Tel:  029 2021 9253

Email:  sue.gsdclubwales@sky.com

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KENNEL CLUB ACTIVITIES SPECIMEN SCHEDULES REVISED FOR 2018

Monday, December 18, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

Updated versions of the specimen schedules for breed shows, agility, obedience, working trials, bloodhound trials, heelwork to music and rally can now be downloaded from the Kennel Club website.

Organisers of Kennel Club licensed events in these disciplines are reminded that all competition schedules must conform to the current Kennel Club specimen schedules, and that no changes may be made to a show/trial schedule once issued, except with the permission of the Kennel Club.

The updated specimen schedules can be found at the following links:

Breed shows: 

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/dog-showing/already-involved-in-dog-showing/registered-clubs-and-societies/show-administration/.

Agility: 

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/agility-show-administration/agility-show-specimen-schedules/.

Obedience: 

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/obedience-show-administration/obedience-show-specimen-schedules/.

Working Trials: 

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/working-trials/working-trials-administration/working-trial-specimen-schedules/.

Bloodhound Trials:

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/bloodhound-trials/bloodhound-trials-administration/.

Heelwork to Music: 

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/heelwork-to-music/heelwork-to-music-competition-administration/.

Rally:

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/rally/rally-show-administration/.

The downloads are in PDF format; Microsoft Word versions may be requested either from the Working Dog Activities team by emailing WDA@thekennelclub.org.uk.or Breed Shows team by emailing breedshows@thekennelclub.org.uk

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YOUNG HANDLERS AT KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOWS

Friday, December 15, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

Following a recent proposal made by the Show Executive Committee (SEC), the Kennel Club Board has agreed that, in line with its child protection policy, the following wording be added to all dog show schedules and entry forms, with effect from 1st January 2018:

‘Children under the age of 11 are the responsibility of and must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian’.

In introducing this new measure, the SEC was of the opinion that, by adding the above statement to the entry form and schedule, it will be clear that the parent or guardian would be responsible if the child was unable to control the dog being exhibited. However, the SEC was also of the view that it would remain the responsibility of the show society to ensure that it provided a safe environment for all people attending its show.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club is keen that people attending any events run under its jurisdiction have a good time and feel safe. In relation to young handlers, it is very important that their parent or guardian takes responsibility for ensuring that any child under the age of 11 is in full control of any dog they are entrusted to handle. This new wording makes it abundantly clear that parents and guardians have their role to play when attending such events.”

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OVERSEAS OBEDIENCE JUDGING INVITATIONS

Friday, December 1, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club would like to remind societies running obedience shows that a judge’s first three appointments must be restricted to novice classes held at Kennel Club licensed shows. The Kennel Club has been made aware of some instances where overseas judges have been appointed to judge classes higher than novice but have not fulfilled the first three appointment regulation.  It would also like to reiterate that a judge who is already qualified to judge in the UK, remains qualified to do so.

Kennel Club Regulation G32.e states: “A Judge's first three appointments for shows must be restricted to Novice.”

Qualifications gained by competitors resident in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany at the Dutch Obedience Society (DOS) may count towards entry for UK obedience shows. However, DOS judging appointments will only be considered as lower level appointments (as described in Regulation G32d.1) for any persons working to become a Kennel Club obedience judge for open and championship shows.

In order to find out more information about the requirements to judge at UK licensed obedience shows, please visit the Kennel Club website: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/obedience-judges-section/.

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE KCAI TRAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has announced the five finalists hoping to win the KCAI Trainer of the Year title. The public vote is now open to decide the winner, who will be announced at Crufts in 2018.

Returning for the fourth year, the KCAI Trainer of the Year award recognises the outstanding talents of Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Scheme members who go that extra mile to make a positive difference to the lives of dogs and their owners.

Dog owners were invited to nominate a dog training instructor or canine behaviourist who they felt was most deserving of the award. Over 400 nominations were received, shared between 39 individual scheme members from across the UK.

The nominees were shortlisted to five finalists by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Kennel Club and City & Guilds. The judges based their decision on the following criteria: making a positive difference to the behaviour of dogs, changing the lives of dogs and/or people, helpfulness and dedication, and making a positive contribution to their wider community.

The five finalists have been announced, and voting is open for the public to decide which trainer they think should win the award.

The finalists are:

  • Kay Attwood, Camberley, Surrey
  • Barry Harris, Wirral, Merseyside
  • Denise Hubbard, Middlewich, Cheshire
  • Hilary Mears, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • Corrine Kennedy, Perth, Perthshire

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said “This award provides the public with a fantastic opportunity to recognise the hard work and achievements of KCAI Scheme dog training instructors, who are going the extra mile to make a difference for dogs and their owners. Their dedication to dog training makes the finalists all deserving winners. We wish them all the very best of luck.”

The finalists have been invited to attend a ceremony to be held at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, on Saturday 10 March 2018. Here, their contribution to dog training will be recognised and the winner of the KCAI Trainer of the Year award will be announced. As well as receiving the title of KCAI Trainer of the Year, the winner will also receive a trophy, certificate and a £500 voucher for a dog-friendly holiday, courtesy of the KCAI Trainer of the Year sponsor, Hiscox UK, (Kennel Club Trainer Insurance provider).

The public vote will close at 4pm on Friday 26 January 2018 – to find out more about this year’s finalists, please visit

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcaitraineroftheyear.  

To find out more about joining the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai.

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