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NORTH YORKSHIRE DOG AND OWNER BECOME CRUFTS OBEDIENCE CHAMPIONS

Friday, March 17, 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

Friday, March 17, 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

Friday, March 17, 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

Friday, March 17, 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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KENNEL CLUB ANNOUNCES OBREEDIENCE HEATS FOR 2017

Thursday, February 23, 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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Crufts on TV

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

Dog lovers can look forward to a record-breaking 11 and a half hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world’s largest dog show.

With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action across the four days of the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be crowned.

In addition to the traditional evening shows, Channel 4 will be broadcasting an extra one-hour programme from the show in the afternoon on both Thursday and Friday.

Channel 4 and More4 will cover the event at the following times:

On More4

  • Thursday 9th March: 18.30-20.00
  • Friday 10th March: 18.30-19.30

On Channel 4

  • Thursday 9th March: 16.00-17.00 and 20.00-21.00
  • Friday 10th March: 16.00-17.00 and 19.30-21.00
  • Saturday 11th March: 19.00-21.00
  • Sunday 12th March: 18.00-20.30

Clare Balding will be joined at the famous dog show at Birmingham’s NEC by a team of presenters; all of them dog lovers who will cover the many varied aspects of the show.  Details of these presenters will be announced in due course.

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

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy even more of this year’s Crufts. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers’ hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and the programmes will reflect on the benefits dogs bring to our lives and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.

“The enhanced TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people’s homes, but will enable people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It will also cover topics about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs, as well as different issues affecting dog owners in the UK.”  

Channel 4 and More4’s coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset + Vine.

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Obreedience Teams for Crufts 2017 Final

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Posted by KC, in Crufts

On behalf of the Kennel Club I am delighted to inform you of the ten teams that have qualified for Crufts 2017.

The teams highlighted below in yellow have qualified.

 

Team Name

Breed

Breed Group

Total Points

Team Cairntastics

Cairn Terriers

Terrier

52

Team Petits Pyreneans

Pyrenean Sheepdogs

Pastoral

44

Team Canny Cavaliers

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Toy

34

Team Dachtastic

Miniature Long Haired Dachshund

Hound

30

Team Border Delights

Border Collie

Pastoral

29

The GSDS

German Shepherd Dog

Pastoral

25

The Defiant Giants

Giant Schnauzers

Working

24

Team The Cirneco Dell'Etna Club Obreedience Team

Cirneco Dell'Etna

Hound

21

Quatre Bu

Norwegian Buhunds

Pastoral

21

The Russellers

Jack Russell Terrier

Terrier

20

Team Lancashie Heelers

Lancashire Heeler

Pastoral

18

The Rat Catchers

Manchester Terriers

Terrier

17

Hugabern

Bernese Mountain Dog

Working

17

Team Whippet

Whippet

Hound

16

Team Mini Mayhem

Miniature Smooth Coated Dachshunds

Hound

10

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

Pastoral

2

Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter

Gundog

1

The Italian Job

Lagotto Romagnolo

Gundog

1

 

 

Obreedience will be in Hall 5 on Thursday 9 March 2016 at 4.30pm. 

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Special KCGCDS Semi Finals on Saturday at Discover Dogs

Monday, October 24, 2016 - Posted by Shirley Budgen, in Crufts

Results of the KCGCDS Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Southern Semi Finals held at Discover Dogs , Excel Centre, London. The Judge was Michelle Newman.

Southern Semi Final A - Saturday 22nd October 2016

1st Wendy Osborne & Ossies Jumping Jax (WSD)
2nd Paul Watts & Soaring Fred (Crossbreed)
3rd Ruth Stevens & Casam Leonora (Flat Coat Ret)
4th Angela Philips & Buddywell Better Be Good (Cocker Spaniel)
5th Lynne Tovey & Quinestille Popsicle (Crossbreed)

Southern Semi Final B - Sunday 23rd October 2016

1st Allison Burrows & Risingtides Lady Opal (Labrador)
2nd Jacky Stocker & Risesparks Marks Boy Alfie (Minature Schnauzer)
3rd Tanja Connor & Quincebois Salleron (Hovawart)
4th Maryliese Happel & Dukeson Hoosier Adagio (Shetland Sheepdog)
5th Jill Thorpe & Tagtastic Myrtle (Labrador)

Congratulations to the above 10 dogs who have now qualified for the Grand Final due to be held at Crufts 2017.

These are the scoresheet for the semi-finals:

Semi Final A



Semi Final B


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Crufts Obedience Championships Qualifiers 2017

Monday, October 17, 2016 - Posted by Richard Kebble, in Crufts

Attention All Crufts Qualifiers 2017

Once again this year the Kennel Club will be sending out the schedule and entry form to all qualifiers by e-mail. Would all qualifiers for the Obedience Championships please note the following:

If you were there last year we have your e-mail address on file and you need to do nothing, unless of course you have changed your e-mail address since last year.

If you were not there last year would you please send me your e-mail address.

If you need to contact me could you do so either by e-mail to richard.kebble@btopenworld.com or by Facebook Message

Congratulations to all of you and I look forward to your responses

Richard Kebble
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Crufts 2017 - Northern Ireland Inter Regional Team Applications

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Posted by Michael McCartney, in Crufts

I have been appointed by Crufts Dog Show committee to manage the Northern

Ireland Inter Regional Team for Crufts 2017. The 2017 Inter Regional team will consist of:

1 Beginner Dog

2 Novice Dogs

2 Class A Dogs

1 Class B Dog

1 Class C Dog

1 Beginner Reserve Dog

The following breed restrictions apply to the Inter Regional Team The team may

consist of:-

•   a maximum of two BC/WSDs,

•   3 Crossbreeds (one of which must not be a Collie/Working Sheepdog type)

•   and up to three any other single breed.


The tests for this event will be as per G regs for each class.


ELIGIBILITY DATE: 31st OCTOBER 2016

Application form:

http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/NI_CRUFTS_2017_Team_Application_Formv3.pdf

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