Dot Watts with OB CH ZYGDAN ZYMA (WS)
Ros Jefferson with OB CH KINGSLODGE BLACKLEG (BC)
Lynn Luckock with
OB CH HAWKSFLIGHT FANTASIA O.W. (BSD Tervueren)
David Strickleton with OB CH CHAUNTELLE SNOWSTORM O.W. (WS)
Jenny Lunn with OB CH LONGHALVES ON A HIGH (WS)
3rd Jackie Duck with
BORDERS TALLY MAN (BC)
World Cup Winners - Holland
2nd - England
3rd - Belgium
4th - Wales
World Cup Individual Winner
Mia Bosschaart with Mamamia's Tyke 'Tyke' (WS)
Winners - Southern
Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Sue McManus with Nathan Toulouse (Crossbreed)
2nd Derek Kennard with Kamalis Lapta Again (G Ret)
3rd Claire Arend with Nimbus Alto (BC)
4th Dorothy Marshall with Gracorn Equinox (GSD)
5th Marina Casilli with Bryning Bounce Right Back (BC)
YKC Starters Obedience
1st Kimberley Manvill
YKC Elementary Obedience
1st Rachael Foster
YKC Graduate Obedience
1st Gemma Soanes
YKC Intermediate Obedience
1st Gemma Bates
2nd Robert Johnson
YKC Advanced Obedience
1st Gemma Bates
2nd David Healey
Obedience Championship Judge -
My first dog a farm bred collie Shane was given to me as a birthday present in 1969 from my wife Lesley. She had seen in the local paper puppies for sale and had wanted a dog for some time. Although not the best way to buy a puppy, and maybe at the time not my first choice for a birthday present. But he soon became an important member of the family. After completing a twelve week domestic course and then continuing with competitive training I started to enter competitions with him in 1970. Shane won out of Beginners and Novice but he had H.D. and sitting became a problem to him. So I decided to let him live life at his own pace, which he happily did until he was thirteen.
I am currently competing with Feroama Storm and Woughstock Wynsome Dryfte, who both go back to my Ticket Bitches Shanvaal Mist and her daughter Layash Fern, who we lost aged six years. Our rescue Sheltie Sandyglow Silver Shadow (Pebbles) I am just about to start competing with, so fingers crossed for the coming season. But whatever he decides to do in the ring Pebbles and all of our dogs past and present, can only be described in one word Special. The other two Sheltie's in our household Mimerri Maybe a Breeze and Kamarlee Laiderette Milly (Gypsy) are worked by Lesley.
I started judging in 1978 and have judged every year since. My first Dog & Bitch Tickets were in 1985 and since then I have awarded Obedience Certificates regularly. I had the privilege to be asked to judge the Inter-Regional in 2001, Pro Dogs Final in 2004, the first Good Citizen Special Pre-Beginner Final and Y.K.C. Triathlon in 2006. Now I have the unexpected Honour and Pleasure to be invited to judge the ultimate, The Obedience Championships at Crufts 2008. My thanks go to the Crufts Committee for this invitation.
I hope that the tests I have set will be interesting for the spectators to watch, and the competitors to work. I wish all the handlers Good Luck, but most of all enjoy your day. My ring party is there to help and support you, as well as me. It consists of Andrew Dicker, Pat Handfield, Lesley Lubbi, Christine Moss, Chris Smith, Sue Smith and Freda Wickenden. All of whom have a wealth of experience in the dog world.
World Cup Obedience -
Picture courtesy of Shelagh Page.
Roy was born in 1940 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, near to the venue which, coincidentally, was for so many years to become the venue for Lichfield & District Dog Training Society's Championship Obedience Show which he has had the pleasure of being involved with since the first one over 32 years ago.
After marriage to Shelagh they moved to Cannock where they still live, on the edge of an area of broad-leaved woodland which provides superb dog walking country at all times of the year. In 1970 they bought their first dog, a Shetland Sheepdog, and within a few months joined the Lichfield & District Dog Training Society. Soon the world of dog training and obedience showing had taken hold and other interests began to take a back seat. Thanks to the guidance and perseverance of the Club Instructors who seemed to have endless patience Roy eventually entered his first Open Obedience Show although it was another year before they recorded their first win in Beginners. More wins followed and by late 1973 the Sheltie was "C" only but suffering progressively with severe arthritis which affected her leg joints. Other dogs have followed including his first Border Collie "Corrie" who was very special to him, qualifying for Championship Class C on her 2nd birthday, and a Working Sheepdog FLEXIBLE FRIEND - "Fleck" to his friends - who also qualified to work Championship Class C. His latest dog is BHEINN TORRAN (Torrie is pictured with Roy above) although he is not being worked currently.
Roy's enjoyment of the administrative side of Dog Club life grew rapidly and since 1971 he has, at times, served Lichfield as Hon. Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman. He became an instructor there in 1973 and in that same year was elected Show Manager, a position he held until retiring from the post after the Club's 25th Championship Show in 1999. He is proud to have been elected a life-member of the Society.
Roy was elected a member of the Kennel Club in 1994 but since 1985 he has served on the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council, as Vice Chairman from 1989 to 1995 and as Chairman from 1995 until 2006. As Council Chairman or representative he served on The Kennel Club Working Trials, Obedience and Agility sub-Committee continuously from 1989 until 2006. In October 2006 he was elected to the WTOA Committee by the Kennel Club General Committee so was no longer eligible to stand as Council Chairman although he was elected to serve Council for another 3 year term commencing in January 2007. In 2003 he was appointed Crufts Chief Obedience Steward and has acted in that capacity every year since.
His first judging appointment came in 1972, following an apprenticeship of stewarding for well-respected judges. In 1975 he was approved to judge at Championship Obedience Shows and has judged regularly at all levels since then, including memorable appointments in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Ireland. Judging appointments further afield have included two visits to Singapore, one to New Zealand and many to Holland and Belgium. Roy's first Championship Class C appointments came in 1980 and he has had the pleasure of awarding Obedience Certificates regularly since then, the highlight and greatest honour being his appointment to judge the Crufts Obedience Championships in February 1990.
is thrilled to have been invited back to officiate at Crufts again in 2008 and
is looking forward to judging the Crufts Obedience World Cup and sends his best
wishes to all those taking part. He has a great team of very experienced stewards
and is looking forward to a really competitive event.
Inter Regional Judge -
love of dogs came at a very early age with a little mongrel called Roy who we
rescued from the Liverpool dogs home. Roy was the dog I grew up with, very clever
and if he got out was very street wise, he taught me love and respect for dogs.
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