The safety and security of competitors, spectators, volunteers and staff at Kennel Club events continues to be of paramount importance. In light of the continued restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kennel Club has taken the decision with regret to extend its strong recommendation that clubs and societies cancel forthcoming events until the end of September and that serious consideration should be given to events due to be held after this date.It is vitally important that those responsible for organising events, large or small, conduct a risk assessment which will include ensuring that the event is Covid secure, i.e being compliant with Government advice and guidance on COVID-19. We will be working on further advice to clubs and societies on the issues which need to be addressed in a risk assessment once the Government publishes further guidance or instruction.This latest recommendation is based on all advice issued by the Government so far which continues to restrict non-essential travel and maintain social distancing. The Kennel Club also recommends that alternative arrangements continue to be put in place regarding other activities such as meetings, seminars and training classes.It is appreciated that clarity is important in order to be able to plan, budget and mitigate costs and therefore we will provide more definitive advice as soon as the position is clearer from the Government.The latest advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 is regularly updated and changes daily and we strongly suggest that clubs and societies keep aware of updates as issued by the Department of Health at Kennel Club’s current cancellation policy and FAQs, in relation to breed shows, can be accessed at and, in relation to all other disciplines, can be accessed at contact the KC office on email to confirm the cancellation or postponement of any licensed events. If your event is cancelled, please also advise whether you require a refund for your licence fee or require the fee to be carried forward for a future event.Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

Crufts Dog Activities Displays

Crufts Dog Activities Displays are as follows:


Thursday: 9.45 and 2.15

Friday: 9.30 and 2.30

Saturday: 12.00 and 4.00 (YKC Rally team, competition at 4pm)

Sunday: 11.15 and 2.30

A couple of the team will also be representing Rally in the Main Arena on Sunday at 9.55.


Thursday: 12.30 and 3.45

Friday: 12.45 and 4.00

Saturday: 10.30 and 3.00

Sunday: 12.30 and 4.00

A couple of the team will also be representing Obedience in the Main Arena on Sunday at 9.55.

Also attached is a document detailing photos and writeups for the YKC Rally competitors (competing on Saturday in the Dog Activities ring, Hall 3, at 4pm) and the judge.

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:

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Kennel Club Press Release:

The Kennel Club wishes to announce that the regulations regarding event licences across all disciplines are to be changed.

With immediate effect from 1 July 2019, event licence applications, whether for a show, trial or other competition, will cease to refer to ‘guarantors’. Instead, whenever a licence fee is paid for an event, the individual making the application on behalf of the club or society will agree that the officers and committee in place at the time of the event will assume full responsibility for ensuring that it will be conducted safely and in accordance with Kennel Club regulations.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “This change in regulations has come about due to the Kennel Club’s implementation of the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database which will provide facilities for licence applications to be made online and which will remove any necessity for signatures to be provided. The principle of the licensing process will remain unchanged, but the term ‘guarantor’ will no longer be used.”

The relevant regulation changes across all disciplines will be published in due course.

Any enquiries regarding this matter can be directed to email


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 2020 Rally Inter Regional Team Manager Sought



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:

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Rally Rules & Regulations ‘Changes’ Seminar

The Rally Working Party
The KC Accredited Rally Trainers
Are presenting a ‘Changes’ seminar
The seminar will cover the confirmed changes to the Rally Rules & Regulations
which will be coming into effect on 1st January 2019

The day is open to everyone, judges, handlers or trainers – anyone who has an interest in KC Rally. Come and find out how the changes might affect you, and meet the new KC Accredited Rally Judges Trainers

Venue:- Saturday 10th November 2018, Wood End Village Hall, Tamworth Road, Wood End CV9 2QH
5mins from jcn 10 M42


Changes Seminar click to download

Announcement: Kennel Club approves rally regulation amendments as result of large scale review

The Rally working party undertook a full review of the Rally regulations to identify changes that would help build on the success Kennel Club Rally has had in its first six years and continue this success in the future.

The Kennel Club Board has now approved the amendments proposed as a result of this review.

Throughout the review, the working party was committed to ensuring the discipline’s future as an activity for all dogs and handlers, which is reflected in the changes.

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