KENNEL CLUB INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP OBEDIENCE STATUS

The Kennel Club wishes to advise obedience competitors that Cippenham (Slough) Dog Training Club and Midlands Border Collie Club have relinquished their championship obedience status with effect from 2019.

Any society which would be interested in applying for future championship obedience status should submit a presentation for consideration. Please note that it will be necessary to select a date that does not coincide with another championship obedience show. An application from a club which already holds a championship obedience show will also be considered.

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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER CRUFTS 2019

Exhibitors are reminded that postal entries for Crufts close on Monday 7th January (postmarked) and online entries on Monday 21st January.

The Gundog group will be shown on Thursday 7th March; Working and Pastoral on Friday 8th; Terriers and Hounds on Saturday 9th; and Utility and Toys on Sunday 10th.

For the first time at Crufts, four newly-approved breeds will be competing – the Braque d’Auvergne, Russian Toy, White Swiss Shepherd Dog and Black and Tan Coonhound. These will be exhibited in the Imported Breed Register classes.

The Obedience Championships for dogs are on Saturday, with bitches on Sunday. Sunday also sees the Agility Championships.

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Crufts 2020 Obedience Inter Regional Team Manager Sought

ARE YOU SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A

CRUFTS INTER-REGIONAL TEAM MANAGER FOR OBEDIENCE

The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming an Obedience Inter-Regional Team Manager to get in touch who is resident in South West (Herefordshire, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Gloucestershire).

The Inter-regional Obedience event is a competition between teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, Wales, South East and East Anglia, South and South West.

We are now inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered for the position of a Crufts Obedience Inter-Regional Team Manager, for the period from 2020 up to and including Crufts 2022. Please note that the present managers have indicated that they would like to continue for a further term, with the exception of the South & South West team.

Any candidates interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

Each team manager appointment is for a 3-year period and must fulfil the following criteria.

  1. Reside in the area they manage
  2. Demonstrate a real interest in the competition
  • Actively promote the competition
  1. Appoint 2 assistant managers for the appointment period (who will be entitled to free entry and car parking for the day of the event). The choice of assistant managers should be used to ensure that all areas of the region are covered by the team selection process.
  2. Ensure any equipment required for team selection and training is available to team members.
  3. Liaise with the event coordinator as required.

Skills / attributes

  1. Good communication and organisational skills.
  2. Ability to work with team members and assistants to build team spirit and ensure everyone understands their role and responsibilities for the day.
  • Access to and an ability to use a computer, in particular completing word documents received by email and then returned to the coordinator by email.

Team selection process

Team managers will host at least one team selection event to which dogs and handlers are invited to attend through an application process that is clearly advertised throughout their area.

The application form will contain the following information;

  1. Dog and handler details
  2. List of awards achieved during the year
  3. The class level applied for.

Once a team is selected the manager shall host at least one team training session to build team spirit, to ensure all members are suitably acquainted with the tests and requirements for the day.

Expectations for competition day

  1. Arrive at Obedience competition area early enough to meet all team members as they arrive and to ensure they are briefed in preparation for the day.
  2. Lead the team in the parade at the start and finish of the day.
  • Ensure each team member is in the collecting ring ready to compete as required.
  1. Offer the reserve handler and dog the opportunity to work in the ring during the lunch break.

Richard Kebble (Crufts Chief Obedience Steward) and Sue Garner (Event Coordinator) are happy to speak to potential applicants. Initial contact can be made via email to richkebble@gmail.com or suegarner4dogs@btinternet.com..

Those interested should send their applications to the Cathy Guiver, Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB or via email to:cathy.guiver@thekennelclub.org.uk by 1 February 2019.

Crufts 2020 Rally Inter Regional Team Manager Sought

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CRUFTS INTER-REGIONAL TEAM MANAGER FOR RALLY

The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming a Rally Inter-Regional Team Manager to get in touch.

The Inter-regional Rally event took place for the first time in 2017 and is a competition between teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, Wales, South East and East Anglia, South and South West. Team Managers were appointed for a three-year term which comes to an end after Crufts 2019.

We are now inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered for the position of a Crufts Rally Inter-Regional Team Manager, for the period from Crufts 2020 up to and including Crufts 2022 in the following regions, Wales, South East and East Anglia and North. The current Midlands team manager is willing to continue but wishes to offer others the opportunity to apply for the post.

Any candidates interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

Each team manager appointment is for a 3-year period and must fulfil the following criteria.

  1. Reside in the area they manage
  2. Demonstrate a real interest in the competition
  • Actively promote the competition
  1. Appoint 2 assistant managers for the appointment period (who will be entitled to free entry and car parking for the day of the event). The choice of assistant managers should be used to ensure that all areas of the region are covered by the team selection process.
  2. Ensure any equipment required for team selection and training is available to team members.
  3. Liaise with the event coordinator as required.

Skills / attributes

  1. Good communication and organisational skills.
  2. Ability to work with team members and assistants to build team spirit and ensure everyone understands their role and responsibilities for the day.
  • Access to and an ability to use a computer, in particular completing word documents received by email and then returned to the coordinator by email.

Team selection process

Team managers will host at least one team selection event to which dogs and handlers are invited to attend through an application process that is clearly advertised throughout their area.

The application form will contain the following information;

  1. Dog and handler details
  2. List of awards achieved during the year
  3. The class level applied for.

Once a team is selected the manager shall host at least one team training session to build team spirit, to ensure all members are suitably acquainted with the tests and requirements for the day.

Expectations for competition day

  1. Arrive at the Rally competition area early enough to meet all team members as they arrive and to ensure they are briefed in preparation for the day.
  2. Lead the team in the parade at the start and finish of the day.
  • Ensure each team member is in the collecting ring ready to compete as required.
  1. Offer the reserve handler and dog the opportunity to work in the ring during the lunch break.

Richard Kebble (Crufts Chief Obedience & Rally Steward) and Sue Garner (Event Coordinator) are happy to speak to potential applicants. Initial contact can be made via email to richkebble@gmail.com or suegarner4dogs@btinternet.com..

Those interested should send their applications to the Cathy Guiver, Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB or via email to:cathy.guiver@thekennelclub.org.uk by 1 February 2019.

THE KENNEL CLUB ISSUES ALABAMA ROT WARNING TO DOG OWNERS

The Kennel Club is warning dog owners to be vigilant as the peak season for the Alabama rot disease sets in.

The condition, also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, or CRGV, was first detected in the UK in 2012 and is most prevalent between November and May.

Only appearing to affect dogs, the disease damages the lining of blood vessels in the skin and kidney, resulting in ulceration of the skin and kidney damage. The condition can affect any breed or age of dog and a proportion can go on to develop severe, acute kidney failure, which is often fatal.

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Future Kennel Club strategy and direction discussed at special general meeting

At the Special General Meeting of the Kennel Club, held on 6 November, more than 300 members gathered to discuss the future direction of the Kennel Club and to hear about the KC strategy in relation to health, education and communications.

A special agenda item took up the majority of the discussion on the day, which enabled members to discuss issues raised by some members in recent months in relation to three Board members.

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KCGCDS Special Pre Stakes -Northern S/F Results

Results from the KCGCDS Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Northern Semi Finals held on 11.11.2018 in Penicuik, Edinburgh. Judge Annette Benoist.

Semi Final A

1st Sharon Bush & Mist Naughty Spots (Working Sheepdog)
2nd Fiona Matheson & Isle of Duira (Miniature Schnauzer)
3rd Janine Grinshill & Great Gifted Sunshine Lad ( Labrador)
4th Robyn Lewis & Pete’s Mischevious Maisy ( West Highland White Terrier)
5th Margaret Graham & Whey Hey Millie ( Working Sheepdog)

Semi Final B

1st Yvonne Mills & Marvels Map of the Mountains ( croccbreed)
2nd Shaun McKitrick & Alberdale Isaac Schafer (GSD)
3rd Daisy Mulcahy & Helter Skelter Belter Ben (Working Sheepdog)
4th Sara Killelay & Pitter Patter Parsnip (Border Collie)
5th Abi Edwards & Bernhard the Great
(Labrador)

The above teams have all qualified for the Grand Final due to be held at Crufts 2019 on Saturday 9th March.