South and South West Inter Regional Obedience Team, Crufts 2020

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work your dog on the famous green carpet at Crufts ?? Well here’s your chance why not come along and try out for the team. Do you live in Herefordshire, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset or Gloucestershire then our Counties need you !!

This year we will be holding two try out:

The first one on the 3rd of November in Cheltenham  at the Shurdington Social Centre, Bishops Road, Shurdington. 

The  2nd on the 10th of November in Weston-super-Mare at Hewish and Puxton Village Hall, Maysgreen Lane,  Hewish.  

The format will feature 1 Beginner dog, 2 Novice dogs, 2 ‘A’, 1 ‘B’ and 1 ‘C’ plus a Beginner reserve. Two Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs only may feature in the team with a maximum of three Crossbreeds, one of which may not be of Collie type and no more than three of any other single breed.

The eligibility date is up 31st of October 2019, so if interested then please download the form and fill it in, and send it to the address on the form the tryout days are also printed on the obedience schedule page with the postcodes any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on my email –

Emma Galbraith

WALES Inter-Regional Obedience Competition CRUFTS, 6 March 2020

Application forms for team membership are now available to download from this site, all the information can be found on them.

Please support as no-one is pre-selected.

The forms will also be available directly from me or from Alison O’Connor (West Wales) Tel. 01834 891510 or Pat Werner (North Wales) tel. 01824 780455

Jen Jessop (Team Manager)




The Inter-Regional Competition next year will be held on Friday 6th March 2020.

The format will feature 1 Beginner dog, 2 Novice dogs, 2 ‘A’, 1 ‘B’ and 1 ‘C’ plus a Beginner reserve.  Two Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs only may feature in the team with a maximum of three Crossbreeds, one of which may not be of Collie type and no more than three of any other single breed.

It is of utmost importance that the selectors have a wide and strong choice of other breeds.

The Northern Team will be selected by myself, Alison Gresty and Karen Davies.

Dogs must not be Obedience Champions and handlers and dogs competing at the 2019 Crufts Championships are not eligible.  Those eligible to apply for the Northern Team are to reside in Co. Durham, Cleveland, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Humberside, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lincolnshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside.

The closing date for eligibility is 31st October 2019 and all entries must be received by myself by 3rd December 2019.

Although you are giving details of your dog’s awards during the year for us to consider there will be “selection days”

Sunday 17th November 2019 at Jarys Dog Training club, Marsh House Sports and Community Centre, Billingham, TS23 2HB.

Saturday 23rd November 2019 at Newton Heath Dog Training Club, 66 Wickentree Lane, Failsworth, Manchester, M35 9AY.

Sunday 1st December 2019 at Netherton Village Hall, Netherton, Wakefield, WF4 4LR.

There will be at least two training days held before Crufts.

Selected team members will be expected to attend both get together days.

When making your application please ensure that you are aware of the rules and regulations for the Team competition.

If you or your Club feel that you are able to sponsor the team in any way, any offer will be gratefully received!

Please send for an application form as soon as possible together with a stamped addressed envelope or e-mail your request to the address below to the Northern Area Team Manager :-

Emma Lavender – Mount Pleasant Kennels, Wakefield Road, Hampole, Doncaster, DN6 7EX. (07793933194)

Application Form for download below:

Scotland Crufts 2020

Inter-Regional Obedience Team Competition

To be held on Friday 6th March 2020

“Under Kennel Club ‘G’ Regulations”

If you would like to be considered for SCOTTISH TEAM

Please complete an application form and either …

  • return it to me, Ellen Herries or Anne Marie Parker
  • email it to me at
  • or post it to my home address:
    10 Glencaple Ave, Dumfries DG1 4SJ


If you live in any of the following areas:

Derbyshire, Leicestershire, West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Notts., Rutland, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffs, Worcs

and would like to be considered for a place in the team then please send application form (downloadable below or from our Facebook page) to:

Lou Jackson, Team Manager, Comox, Harrisons Lane, Gailey, Staffs. ST19 5PS

Selection day to be held on Sunday 24th November at Tomlinsons Canine Center, Markfield, Leicestershire. LE67 9RJ.

If you are selected the team will be required to attend four training sessions before the event.

If you would like any more info please contact me on 07831397080 or I ‘ll be at Lichfield Show and all the Sandwell shows.Assistant team managers: Lyn Tozer and Steve Fraser, will also be at these shows and may help you with any enquiries.

Crufts 2020 Northern Ireland Inter Regional Team Applications

I have been invited by Michael McCartney (with the approval of the Crufts Dog Show Committee) to manage the Northern Ireland Inter Regional Obedience Team for Crufts 2020.  

As you are probably aware Michael McCartney who has been appointed as NI Obedience Inter Regional Manager is in fact judging the event in 2020, therefore he is unable to fulfil his role for that year. 

I have accepted the invitation and will be responsible for managing the NI Inter Regional Obedience Team along with two very able assistants in Anne Hamill & Mandy Jennings.

The 2020 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.


If you would like to be considered for this event, please complete this form and return it to me either by:  Email:

or post to my home address:

Mrs. Tracy McKinlay

Smeale Old Chapel

Kirk Andreas

Isle of Man.      IM7 3EB

Forms should be received by: Saturday 16th November, 2019

NB No telephone applications will be accepted.

Team selection days will take place on:

NORTHERN IRELAND:  Saturday, 30th November at K9 Academy, 10 Moneybroom Road, Lisburn, BT28 2QP

ISLE OF MAN:  Saturday, 7th December starting at 10 am at the Glebe, St. Marks.

I hope that everyone will be notified of our decision one way or the other by mid-December.

If you would like to apply but cannot make the above date in your area, please do not be put off applying, but contact me so we can try to arrange something.

Two Team Training Sessions will be arranged in each “country” and ask that you attend at least one of these sessions, again dates to be confirmed.

Kind Regards

Tracy McKinlay

South East & East Anglia Team Inter-Regional Obedience Competition Friday 6th March 2020 at CRUFTS


If the answer is YES, here is an opportunity for you to compete at Crufts.

We are looking for handlers and dogs of all breeds to come along to the try-outs in: Beginners, Novice, Test A, B & C.

There will be 2 try-out venues in our area.

The Inter Regional’s reverted to the standard G Regs for all tests from 2017.

For more info or to log your interest contact:
(Go to our dedicated FB page for all documents)

South East & East Anglia Inter Regional Supporters Group
– Wendy Birch – Team Manager Tel: 01442 396498 Mobile:
07811911741 Email:
– Sarah Delany – Asst. Team Manager Tel: 07919174766
– Enid Diplock – Asst. Team Manager Tel: 07789097134

New all-In-One test for multiple genetic disorders launched by the Kennel Club AND WEATHERBYS

The Kennel Club and Weatherbys are pleased to announce they have partnered to provide a simplified process for canine genetic heath testing which will benefit both dog breeders and owners, helping to eradicate some of the most concerning genetic disorders facing certain breeds.

CombiBreed™ health test packages simplify the process of genetic testing by using a single cheek swab to check a dog’s DNA for markers associated with a number of different inherited disorders. By making genetic testing more accessible it will help responsible breeders work towards eradicating these conditions and will encourage first time breeders to make the health of the puppies they breed a priority. Results from these tests will automatically be registered on the dog’s record, and will be freely available on the Kennel Club website, allowing puppy buyers to check if the dog they are thinking of buying has come from health tested parents.

Currently available for 13 pedigree breeds, breeders will be able to order breed specific CombiBreed™ health test packages directly from The Kennel Club Shop, from the 26th July, as well as at Kennel Club shows and events, with the product officially launching at the Game Fair today. CombiBreed™ health test packages for each breed can be ordered by visiting the Kennel Club Shop via

Priced at £135 (with a 10% discount for Kennel Club Assured Breeders at £121.50), CombiBreed™ allows breeders cost-effective access to the most impactful genetic health tests without the need to carry out each one individually, with results that are easy to interpret. At present, the packages are available for the Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Beagle, Border Collie, Rough Collie, Chinese Crested and the Australian Shepherd.

The introduction of these new packages follows research, carried out earlier this year, which revealed that the number of pedigree dogs at risk of often painful and debilitating inherited diseases is being dramatically reduced by responsible breeders, thanks to the use of DNA tests. Researchers from the Kennel Club and the Animal Health Trust found that approximately ten years after each DNA test became available, the gene mutations that caused the diseases had decreased in each breed by a staggering 90 per cent or more.

Dr Tom Lewis, Kennel Club Genetics Research Manager said: “Our partnership with Weatherbys is a crucial step in improving dog health and will allow breeders to help positively impact future generations by ensuring dogs are health tested before breeding.

“The genetic tests that we have included in the Weatherbys CombiBreed™ packages are the result of work by the Kennel Club and Weatherbys to identify the most significant genetic diseases in individual breeds.

“The benefits of providing all relevant tests for each breed mean that puppy buyers can also feel assured that their puppy has been bred by a responsible breeder, whilst simplifying the process for breeders themselves.”

Nick Craven, Communications Director for Weatherbys, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with the Kennel Club through the development of genetic testing packages to the most popular dog breeds in the UK.

“Before, breeders had to navigate numerous laboratories to get results and interpret them to make informed breeding decisions.

“Our CombiBreed™ packages simplify this process. They are easy to purchase from the Kennel Club, the results are straightforward to understand, and they cost less than working with multiple labs.”

The partnership between the Kennel Club and Weatherbys brings together a combined heritage of nearly 400 years dedicated to animal registration and animal welfare, and through the provision of CombiBreed™ the two organisations are strengthening their legacy by continuing to improve the health and welfare of animals.

For more information on CombiBreed™ health tests packages visit the Kennel Club website:

Kennel Club Responds to Control of Dogs Act Review

Following the committee review of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (released Thursday 18th July 2019), the Kennel Club and Scottish Kennel Club have issued the following statement:

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We have long been calling for more effective implementation of the 2010 Act and welcome the review’s acknowledgment of the lack of available and consistent data, and the necessity of a central database. Enforcing the collection and sharing of data would enable us to better understand the problem and therefore inform preventative strategies which are actually effective.

“While we are pleased the review recommends that the Government undertakes a comprehensive review of all dog control legislation, in order for this to be effective it is essential that any new legislation is properly considered with views represented from across the wider dog welfare sector.

“For example, we would question the recommendation from the committee that local authorities should be given the power to create bylaws which ban dogs off the lead. Dogs require off-lead exercise and dog owners are legally required to provide a duty of care to their pet. Insufficient exercise can not only cause obesity and other types of illness, but also frustration which can lead to aggression, so this could be counterproductive.

“We are also concerned that reintroducing dog licences would be ineffective; potentially wasting time, money and resource. Our view is that irresponsible dog owners are unlikely to apply for a licence, this can be evidenced by looking at Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland where compliance rates are less than 50 per cent. We don’t believe that reintroducing dog licences would have any effect on responsible dog ownership, instead we would point to the committee’s recommendation of educational and awareness-raising resources.

“Overall, it’s essential that any new legislation is properly and broadly considered across the board, consulting all stakeholders, to better protect the public against dogs dangerously out of control, without compromising any individual dog’s welfare. We welcome further discussion with stakeholders, government and local authorities.”