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


The team managers for both Obedience and Rally Inter-Regional Teams have been appointed for the coming three-year period for Crufts 2020 to 2022.  Their names are listed below.

Over the summer each will be advertising for applications from interested competitors for their respective teams, so please look out for adverts and flyers around the shoes in your area and on social media.


Scotland Carole Patrick
Northern Ireland Michael McCartney
North Emma Lavender
Midlands Lou Jackson
Wales Jen Jessop
South East & East Anglia Wendy Birch
South & South West Emma Galbraith


Scotland Elaine Miller
Northern Ireland Rachel Cooper
North Gail Holl
Midlands Julia Bodsworth
Wales Tracey McGuirk
South East & East Anglia Jenny Stewart
South & South West Jenny Butters

Crufts on TV

Dog lovers can look forward to 13 hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world’s greatest dog show.

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

Channel 4 will be also broadcasting a one-hour programme, Crufts 2019: The Daily Show, through Thursday to Saturday inclusive.

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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



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.

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