Changes to Rally Regulations from 1st January 2020

The Kennel Club has recently approved the following changes to the regulations for rally which will come into effect on 1 January 2020.The following regulations have been amended in order to address minor issues and anomalies arising from the review of the S Regulations, and to provide consistency and clarity.New Regulation S19.h. JudgingTO:Judges must submit course plans to the Secretary and/or the Chief Steward no later than 10 days prior to the competition date.(Insertion in bold)(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S2.b.TO:b. Only dogs of six calendar months of age and over on the first day of the competition are eligible to take part in Level 1, 2, or 3 and Level 2 classes. Only dogs of 12 calendar months of age and over on the first day of the competition are eligible to take part in Level 3 4 or higher classes or special classes which incorporate jumps or similar exercises.(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S15.a.TO:Facilities and Equipment .It is the competition organiser’s responsibility to provide the following:

  1. Information to the judge as soon as possible after the closing of entries concerning the number of entries, Exercise Modification Forms, the height of the dogs (for Level 3 4 and above), proposed ring size, and venue surface.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold.)(Effective 1 January 2020.)Amendment to Regulation S21.h.TO:Dogs must compete in a buckle or snap collar. Collars may have tags on them. Decorations and/or costumes, harnesses, slip leads, check and half-check collars are not allowed. A medicated collar may also be worn in the ring.(Insertion in bold.)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(A)2. EligibilityTO:When entered for a competition in a standard class, a dog must be entered at the level for which it is eligible. The dog may also, if desired, be entered in up to two additional classes, one further standard class at the subsequent higher level, one additional special class, or two additional special classes. A dog may be entered in special classes only, up to a maximum of 3 classes. Special classes do not count towards progression. Once a dog has gained any level or excellent title, it is no longer eligible for any lower level.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(C) 56. SIT LEAVE DOG – RECALL OVER JUMP.TO:This exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The jump must be approximately 4 metres from sign (A). The handler cues the dog to wait then walks to the second sign (B) which is approximately 4 metres away from the opposite side of the jump. The handler turns and faces the dog and recalls the dog. The dog must come over the jump and sit in front of the handler. The handler then cues the dog to Finish either Right or Left.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(C) 66. SIT – LEAVE DOG – ANGLED RECALL OVER JUMP.TO:This exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The jump must be approximately 4 metres from sign (A). The handler cues the dog to wait then walks to the second sign (B) which is placed approximately 4 metres away from the jump and 1 metre to either the right or left of the jump. The handler turns and faces the dog and cues the dog to jump. The dog must come over the jump and sit straight in front of the handler. The handler then cues the dog to Finish either Right or Left.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.i.Bonus ExerciseTO:The Bonus Exercise is an optional exercise. Handlers are not required to perform the Bonus Exercise, but must advise the judge at the Start Line if they wish to do so…(Deletion struck through)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(B)2TO:(2) Once used, an exercise should not be repeated, with the exception of right and left turns and normal pace.(Insertion in bold)
(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(C) Sign17TO:NORMAL PACE. As the dog/handler team draw level with the sign they move forward at a normal pace that is comfortable for the dog and handler.NB: at Levels 1 and 2 this is a separate exercise but at Level 3 or above the change in pace and return to normal pace is judged as one complete exercise.(Deletion struck through)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(C)59TO:59. SEND OVER JUMP – HANDLER RUNS BY. As the handler and dog team approach the sign the handler sends the dog towards the jump which is approximately 4 metres in front of and 1.5 metres to the left of their path. The handler continues at a brisk pace along a line 1.5 metres to the right of the jump. When the dog has completed the jump, the handler calls the dog to the heel position and the dog/handler team continues to the return to their normal pace as they heel towards the next exercise approximately 4 metres ahead. If the dog is much faster than the handler, the dog may be called back to the handler without penalty. A line may be drawn on the ground to indicate the 1.5 metres mark. NB. This sign is now placed on the handler’s right, not on their left where it was previously placed.(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.a.TO:a. Sign PlacementSigns must be placed so that they are on the handler’s right with the following exceptions:(2) Straight figure 8, distraction exercises, Spiral Left, Serpentine, and Side Step Right and Send Over Jump signs are placed so that they are on the handler’s left.(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)The below regulations were amended to permit food and toy rewards in Special classes when detailed in the schedule.Amendment to Regulation S5.b.TO:b. Special Classes

  1. A competition host may in addition stage one or more special classes not conforming to the standard class tests set out in Annex C. Such classes must contain the word ‘Special’ in the title of the class, and shall not count towards progression, titles or awards in standard competition classes.
  2. Special classes may allow the use of food and/or silent toy rewards in the ring, but their use must be detailed in the schedule. Reward areas should be clearly defined and allow the use of both food and toys. Food should be carried in a sealed container and toys should be carried concealed, alternatively the reward may be left in the reward area in a sealed container.
  3. Where special classes allow the use of food and/or silent toys their use should not impact competitors in other rings.
  4. Where a ring is to be shared between a standard class and a special class which allows food and/or silent toys, the standard class must be scheduled first to ensure that the ring does not contain food.

(Insertions in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S21.f.TO:f. Food shall not be carried or given to a dog under test, except in special classes where the use of food and/or silent toy rewards has been specified in the Schedule.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)Amendment to Regulation S21.g.TO:g. The use of a toy as an incentive in the ring between or during exercises is prohibited in all standard and special classes, except in those special classes where the use of food and/or silent toy rewards has been specified in the Schedule.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)The below regulation has been amended in the interests of clarity, to reflect the principle that exercises should be standalone, and would not impinge on any other exercise.Amendment to Regulation S(B)2TO:

  1. All exercises stand alone (except where two exercises are linked). The positioning of exercises should be planned carefully to ensure that one does not impact on another.
  2. Courses should be designed so that the route between exercises does not transit other exercises. Competitors may only be required to pass through cone and distraction exercises when performing that particular exercise.
  3. Sometimes it may be necessary for competitors to pass a Distraction or Jump exercise – where this is unavoidable these exercises should be on the handler’s right.

The Kennel Club has recently approved the following changes to the regulations for rally which will come into effect on 1 January 2020.

The following regulations have been amended in order to address minor issues and anomalies arising from the review of the S Regulations, and to provide consistency and clarity.

New Regulation S19.h. Judging

TO:

Judges must submit course plans to the Secretary and/or the Chief Steward no later than 10 days prior to the competition date.

(Insertion in bold)

(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S2.b.

TO:

b.   Only dogs of six calendar months of age and over on the first day of the competition are eligible to take part in Level 1, 2, or 3 and Level 2 classes. Only dogs of 12 calendar months of age and over on the first day of the competition are eligible to take part in Level 3 4 or higher classes or special classes which incorporate jumps or similar exercises.

(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S15.a.

TO:

Facilities and Equipment .It is the competition organiser’s responsibility to provide the following:

  1. Information to the judge as soon as possible after the closing of entries concerning the number of entries, Exercise Modification Forms, the height of the dogs (for Level 3 4 and above), proposed ring size, and venue surface.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold.)

(Effective 1 January 2020.)

Amendment to Regulation S21.h.

TO:

Dogs must compete in a buckle or snap collar. Collars may have tags on them. Decorations and/or costumes, harnesses, slip leads, check and half-check collars are not allowed. A medicated collar may also be worn in the ring.

(Insertion in bold.)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(A)2. Eligibility

TO:

When entered for a competition in a standard class, a dog must be entered at the level for which it is eligible. The dog may also, if desired, be entered in up to two additional classes, one further standard class at the subsequent higher level, one additional special class, or two additional special classes. A dog may be entered in special classes only, up to a maximum of 3 classes. Special classes do not count towards progression. Once a dog has gained any level or excellent title, it is no longer eligible for any lower level.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(C) 56. SIT LEAVE DOG – RECALL OVER JUMP.

TO:

This exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The jump must be approximately 4 metres from sign (A). The handler cues the dog to wait then walks to the second sign (B) which is approximately 4 metres away from the opposite side of the jump. The handler turns and faces the dog and recalls the dog. The dog must come over the jump and sit in front of the handler. The handler then cues the dog to Finish either Right or Left.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(C) 66. SIT – LEAVE DOG – ANGLED RECALL OVER JUMP.

TO:

This exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The jump must be approximately 4 metres from sign (A). The handler cues the dog to wait then walks to the second sign (B) which is placed approximately 4 metres away from the jump and 1 metre to either the right or left of the jump. The handler turns and faces the dog and cues the dog to jump. The dog must come over the jump and sit straight in front of the handler. The handler then cues the dog to Finish either Right or Left.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.i.Bonus Exercise

TO:

The Bonus Exercise is an optional exercise. Handlers are not required to perform the Bonus Exercise, but must advise the judge at the Start Line if they wish to do so

(Deletion struck through)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(B)2

TO:

(2) Once used, an exercise should not be repeated, with the exception of right and left turns and normal pace.

(Insertion in bold)
(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(C) Sign17

TO:

NORMAL PACE. As the dog/handler team draw level with the sign they move forward at a normal pace that is comfortable for the dog and handler.

NB: at Levels 1 and 2 this is a separate exercise but at Level 3 or above the change in pace and return to normal pace is judged as one complete exercise.

(Deletion struck through)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(C)59

TO:

59. SEND OVER JUMP – HANDLER RUNS BY.  As the handler and dog team approach the sign the handler sends the dog towards the jump which is approximately 4 metres in front of and 1.5 metres to the left of their path. The handler continues at a brisk pace along a line 1.5 metres to the right of the jump. When the dog has completed the jump, the handler calls the dog to the heel position and the dog/handler team continues to the return to their normal pace as they heel towards the next exercise approximately 4 metres ahead. If the dog is much faster than the handler, the dog may be called back to the handler without penalty. A line may be drawn on the ground to indicate the 1.5 metres mark.  NB. This sign is now placed on the handler’s right, not on their left where it was previously placed.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.a.

TO:

a.   Sign Placement

Signs must be placed so that they are on the handler’s right with the following exceptions:

(2)  Straight figure 8, distraction exercises, Spiral Left, Serpentine, and Side Step Right and Send Over Jump signs are placed so that they are on the handler’s left.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulations were amended to permit food and toy rewards in Special classes when detailed in the schedule.

Amendment to Regulation S5.b.

TO:

b.    Special Classes

  1. A competition host may in addition stage one or more special classes not conforming to the standard class tests set out in Annex C.  Such classes must contain the word ‘Special’ in the title of the class, and shall not count towards progression, titles or awards in standard competition classes.
  2. Special classes may allow the use of food and/or silent toy rewards in the ring, but their use must be detailed in the schedule. Reward areas should be clearly defined and allow the use of both food and toys. Food should be carried in a sealed container and toys should be carried concealed, alternatively the reward may be left in the reward area in a sealed container.
  3. Where special classes allow the use of food and/or silent toys their use should not impact competitors in other rings. 
  4. Where a ring is to be shared between a standard class and a special class which allows food and/or silent toys, the standard class must be scheduled first to ensure that the ring does not contain food.

(Insertions in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S21.f.

TO:

f.   Food shall not be carried or given to a dog under test, except in special classes where the use of food and/or silent toy rewards has been specified in the Schedule.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation S21.g.

TO:

g.  The use of a toy as an incentive in the ring between or during exercises is prohibited in all standard and special classes, except in those special classes where the use of food and/or silent toy rewards has been specified in the Schedule. 

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended in the interests of clarity, to reflect the principle that exercises should be standalone, and would not impinge on any other exercise.

Amendment to Regulation S(B)2

TO:

  1. All exercises stand alone (except where two exercises are linked). The positioning of exercises should be planned carefully to ensure that one does not impact on another.
  2. Courses should be designed so that the route between exercises does not transit other exercises. Competitors may only be required to pass through cone and distraction exercises when performing that particular exercise.
  3. Sometimes it may be necessary for competitors to pass a Distraction or Jump exercise – where this is unavoidable these exercises should be on the handler’s right.

(Insertions in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended to provide clarity to competitors.

Amendment to Regulation S(C) Bonus Exercise 5

TO:

SIT – LEAVE DOG – TURN – RECALL – HANDLER FINISH

This exercise requires two signs.  At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel.  The handler may take the lead off or the dog may drag the lead.  The handler walks to the second sign (B), which is placed approximately 2 metres from sign A, turns and recall the dog to the front position.  The dog remains in the sit whilst the handler moves left to take up the heel position. This is not a walk around exercise. 

NB: If this bonus is used at Level 3 or above there is no requirement to reattach the lead before attempting the bonus exercise.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended to correct an inconsistency between this regulation, S(C)21 and S(C)49.

Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.a.(2) RING MANAGEMENT

TO:

a. Sign Placement

Signs must be placed so that they are on the handler’s right with the following exceptions:

(1)  Turns and Pivots may be placed directly in the handler’s path.

(2)  Side Step Right should be placed in the handler’s path

(2) (3) Straight Figure 8, distraction exercises, Spiral Left,  and Serpentine, Side Step Right, signs are placed so that they are on the handler’s left

(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

(Insertions in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)The below regulation has been amended to provide clarity to competitors.Amendment to Regulation S(C) Bonus Exercise 5TO:SIT – LEAVE DOG – TURN – RECALL – HANDLER FINISHThis exercise requires two signs. At the first sign (A) the handler and dog stop with the dog sitting at heel. The handler may take the lead off or the dog may drag the lead. The handler walks to the second sign (B), which is placed approximately 2 metres from sign A, turns and recall the dog to the front position. The dog remains in the sit whilst the handler moves left to take up the heel position. This is not a walk around exercise.NB: If this bonus is used at Level 3 or above there is no requirement to reattach the lead before attempting the bonus exercise.(Insertion in bold)(Effective 1 January 2020)The below regulation has been amended to correct an inconsistency between this regulation, S(C)21 and S(C)49.Amendment to Regulation S(B)3.a.(2) RING MANAGEMENTTO:a. Sign PlacementSigns must be placed so that they are on the handler’s right with the following exceptions:(1) Turns and Pivots may be placed directly in the handler’s path.(2) Side Step Right should be placed in the handler’s path(2) (3) Straight Figure 8, distraction exercises, Spiral Left, and Serpentine, Side Step Right, signs are placed so that they are on the handler’s left(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through)(Effective 1 January 2020)

KC Announces Obedience Changes from 1st January 2020

The Kennel Club has recently approved the following changes to the regulations for obedience which will come into effect on 1 January 2020.

The below regulation has been amended in order to assist clubs in areas of the country where entries are low, by allowing stewards to compete. It is hoped this would ease the burden on some clubs in trying to find both judges and stewards from a small pool of people.

Amendment to Regulation G30.h.

TO:

Judges should whenever possible, provide their own Caller Stewards, but the Show Management shall provide any Caller Stewards if necessary. Caller and Scribe Stewards used by judges at the show must not work a dog on the same day., with the exception that at a show with 6 scheduled classes or less, caller and scribe stewards may compete in one class, other than the class in which they are officiating, provided that the class has 20 entries or less. Caller and scribe stewards taking up this option will be exempt from any running order and may compete at a convenient time agreed by the judges concerned.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion in bold).

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended to introduce a more gradual qualification for judges leading to their judging the higher classes, in order to ensure they had sufficient experience to do so.

Amendment to Regulation G32.e.

TO:

A Judge’s first three appointments for shows must be restricted to Novice.

The next three appointments must be up to and including Class A.

Before accepting an Open Class C appointment, a Judge must have completed at least a further nine appointments. These must include a minimum of three Class A and three Class B appointments. It is the individual’s responsibility to retain proof of their judging appointments.

(Insertions in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended to give handler an opportunity to gain more experience in the lower classes before progressing.

Amendment to Regulation G(A)6.a.

TO:

  1. To compete in Pre-Beginners a handler or dog must not have won two a First places in either Pre-Beginners or Beginners nor gained a third place or above in any other Obedience class (Introductory Class excepted).

(Insertions in bold. Deletions struck through.)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulation has been amended as it is felt that it would be helpful for competitors to see details of timed stays beforehand, especially for those competing with multiple dogs as it would allow them to plan their day in advance.

Amendment to Regulation G30.g.

TO:

Where timed stays will take place it must be announced in the schedule that they take priority over other tests. The times of such tests to be published at the show and in the catalogue, if available, and may also be published with running orders. Published stay times must not be changed, except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the show management. In the case of Championship Class C stays must not be judged before 12 noon. In all other cases, timed stays must not commence before one hour after the published time for the commencement of judging.

(Insertions in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

The below regulations have been amended to allow for the use of diagonal turns in fast pace in Class B and Class C. This will add further scope for judges when setting rounds.

Amendment to Regulation G(C)4.e.(3)

TO:

Class B. In this class at normal and slow pace the only permissible turns are turns of 90° to the left or right, 180° about turns to the right or the left and diagonal turns to the right and left. Medium or large circles and arcs can be included. At fast-pace the only permissible turns are turns of 90° to the left or right, diagonal turns to the right and 180° about turns to the right. Medium or large circles and arcs can be included.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

Amendment to Regulation G(C)4.e.(4)(i)

TO:    

Class C (i) Permitted turns

At normal and slow pace the permissible turns are 90° to the left or right, 180° about turns to the left or right, diagonal turns to the left or right, and circles or arcs. At fast pace, the only permissible turns are 90° to the left or right, diagonal turns to the right and 180° about turns to the right, and circles or arcs.

(Insertion in bold)

(Effective 1 January 2020)

OBEDIENCE LIAISON COUNCIL MEETING 6 FEBRUARY 2020

The next meeting of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council will be held at the Kennel Club in London on Thursday 6 February 2020. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach the Obedience Liaison Council Secretary by November 8.

Each eligible society or an individual may submit items for the agenda, through a council representative. Proposals must be concise and, if an amendment or an additional regulation is proposed, the regulation number must be given. All submissions must be signed by the society/individual and the representative.

All items for inclusion on the agenda should be sent to Working Dog Activities Team, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB or by email to obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk.

A full list of Obedience Liaison Council representatives can be found at bit.ly/2Tx8YVk.

KENNEL CLUB URGES EXHIBITORS TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON ANIMAL EXHIBIT REGULATIONS IN WALES

The newly proposed Regulations could impact on thousands of responsible dog owners pursuing their hobby in Wales

The Kennel Club is urging dog show exhibitors from across the UK to write to the Welsh Government to prevent thousands of people who show dogs in Wales being caught in a newly proposed licensing system.

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on new Regulations regarding Animal Exhibits, including the proposal that anyone exhibiting an animal in Wales will need to be licensed and inspected. This will apply not only to those who live in Wales, but any exhibitor who shows dogs at any Welsh show. The Regulations will also require anyone who lives in Wales and exclusively exhibits their dogs outside of Wales to also obtain a licence and be inspected.

Although those competing in canine activity disciplines are exempt, the proposed amendment to the Animal Welfare Act in Wales would affect a huge number of dog show exhibitors; there are around 200 local dog shows that take place in Wales annually, as well as two major shows run by the Welsh Kennel Club and the South Wales Kennel Association. The Welsh Kennel Club show attracts around 9,000 dogs. 

Seeking support from dog show exhibitors to exempt themselves from the licensing system, the Kennel Club has drafted guidelines to assist those who would be affected and wish to respond to the consultation, which closes on November 21.

Holly Conway, Head of Public Affairs at the Kennel Club, said: “This proposal is a real concern for exhibitors who benefit so much from their hobby and canine companionship. It’s nonsensical for these responsible dog owners to be licensed, and inspected, simply for continuing to pursue a hobby, and is a waste of valuable local authority time and resource. We sincerely hope the Welsh Government will listen to these concerns and consider exempting those who take part in dog shows from the Regulations.

“We urge anyone who shows dogs, regardless of whether or not they live in Wales, to support us in preventing this proposal applying to dog show exhibitors by responding to the consultation and writing to their Assembly Member or indeed their MP or MSP.”

Further information and a template response for exhibitors to send to the Welsh Government to outline their concerns can be found on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/welshcon.

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 – hago72@outlook.com

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)

jenniferjessop@aol.com

01633411449

07709930997

NORTHERN AREA INTER-REGIONAL COMPETITION CRUFTS FRIDAY 6th March 2020

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) emmalavender30@yahoo.co.uk

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 cpatrick1984@outlook.com
  • or post it to my home address:
    10 Glencaple Ave, Dumfries DG1 4SJ

MIDLANDS INTER REGIONAL OBEDIENCE TEAM CRUFTS 2020

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.

ELIGIBILITY DATE: 31st OCTOBER 2019

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

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