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



Please note this announcement replaces the one issued on January 30, 2019 regarding the same matter. Apologies for any confusion caused.

The Kennel Club would like to issue a clarification on the appropriate content for heelwork tests in obedience.

In the Descriptions and Explanatory Notes for Obedience Classes, Regulation G(c)4 stipulates which turns are permissible at each level. It also states that circles and arcs may be included as appropriate to each level.

Judges should note when designing tests that they should include heelwork in straight lines (except as provided for in the Introductory Class), which then facilitates turns of 90 degrees to the left and to the right. Tests must not consist solely of circles and arcs, although they may be included as part of the test.

More information on obedience can be found at All enquiries should be directed to

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.

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 or

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

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

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

Cippenham relinquish Ticket

It is with regret that Cippenham (Slough) DTC have decided that we will no longer be holding an Obedience Show. We have informed the Kennel Club and relinquished our Ticket. For the last few years the club has struggled to cover the costs of the show. Venues in the South East are difficult to find and very expensive. Then there is the constant struggle to find judges, stewards etc etc. All in all it is time for us to call it a day.

Sandra Phillips

Scottish Inter Regional Applications for Crufts 2019

Inter-Regional Obedience

Team Competition

To be held on Friday 8th March 2019

“Under Kennel Club ‘G’ Regulations”

If you would like to be considered for the SCOTTISH TEAM,

PLEASE complete an application form and either ……….

–       return it to me, Ellen Herries or Anne Marie Parker at shows

–       email it to me at

–       or post it to my home address:
10 Glencaple Ave, Dumfries, DG1 4SJ

Continue reading Scottish Inter Regional Applications for Crufts 2019


The next meeting of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council will be held at the Kennel Club in London on Thursday 10th January 2019. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach the Obedience Liaison Council Secretary by Friday 12th October 2018.

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.