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    May 20th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    The Crufts Committee has announced that the Breeders’ Competition will be reintroduced at Crufts 2017 as a stand-alone event on Saturday 11 March. Called the Crufts Breeders’ Competition, a maximum of 60 teams will compete and entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

    The regulations for this special competition are as follows:

    Each team must comprise three or four exhibits of the same breed.Each dog must have its own handler.Dogs do not need to be entered in a breed class at the show.All dogs must have the same registered breeder or breeder partnership. No combination of different breeders is permitted.Judges at the show are ineligible to enter.Breeders may enter more than one team.Any Variety Imported Register Breeds may not compete in this competition.Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, KC Regulation F(1)9(d) does not apply.

    The entry fee for each group will be £10, payable online via a link to the Crufts office which will be published in due course. Exhibitors are also advised that ‘pre judging’ will be in operation on the Saturday from 2pm onwards. Further details will be released in due course.

    Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts, said: “Crufts is proud to see the reintroduction of this event at the world’s greatest dog show as it was always a spectacular sight in the Arena. By changing this competition to a stand-alone event, thus dispensing with the need for qualifying heats, it is hoped we will see some overseas competitors joining in the spectacle alongside British breeders on the day.”

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to the Great North Dog Walk at the Leas in South Shields, Tyne and Wear on 5th June.

    Dogs and owners competing at the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017. 

    All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

    Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to dazzle the judges in one or more of the six competition categories: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.  For entry criteria for each class, visit www.scruffts.org.uk.  

    When choosing the winner and runners-up for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:

    Good characterGood healthGood personalityGood temperament with people and other dogsWell behaved

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises the competition, said: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition celebrating the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. These heats also raise money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.

    “The Scruffts heats are not only the perfect family day out, but an excellent chance to socialise your dog and meet other dog lovers in your local area. We are very much looking forward to seeing the wonderful crossbreeds from South Shields and the surrounding areas in action.”

    The Great North Dog Walk is an internationally recognised event which holds the world record as the largest dog walk ever held in 2011, which had 22,742 dogs. This year’s event, which aims to continue breaking records, is in aid of Cash4Kids and will be held on Sunday 5th June 2016 at the Leas, South Shields. The annual event was founded Tony Carlisle, a former local teacher, in 1990 and despite a series of health issues he is continuing his work on the event, raising as much money as possible for charitable causes. Tony was named as UK Fundraiser of the year by the International Fund for Animal Welfare for the second year running last year.

    Registration for the competition starts from 9am and the competition judging begins at 12.30pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the show’s chosen charity, Cash4Kids. There is no need to enter in advance, simply turn up on the day. Please remember Scruffts is limited to a maximum of 30 dogs per class, with class entries being taken on a first come, first served basis.

    James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition for the seventh year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.

    Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for James Wellbeloved said: “We can’t wait to see what Tyne and Wear’s crossbreeds have to offer. Scruffts is such a great competition and truly celebrates the love between owner and canine.

    “On behalf of James Wellbeloved, we’d like to wish all competitors the best of luck embarking on their exciting Scruffts journey.”

    For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to the South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day at Fonmon Castle, Vale of Glamorgan on 30th May.

    Dogs and owners competing at the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017.

    All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

    Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to dazzle the judges in one or more of the six competition categories: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.  For entry criteria for each class, visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

    When choosing the winner and runners-up for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:

    • Good character
    • Good health
    • Good personality
    • Good temperament with people and other dogs
    • Well behaved

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises the competition, said: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition celebrating the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. These heats also raise money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.

    “The Scruffts heats are not only the perfect family day out, but an excellent chance to socialise your dog and meet other dog lovers in your local area. We are very much looking forward to seeing the wonderful crossbreeds from across South Wales in action.”

    The South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day is held on 30th May, featuring everything from spectacular dog display teams to entertaining fun and games.

    Registration for the competition starts from 10.30am and the competition judging begins at 12.30pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the show’s chosen charity, Kim’s Home, a sanctuary for elderly and abused dogs. There is no need to enter in advance, simply turn up on the day. Please remember Scruffts is limited to a maximum of 30 dogs per class, with class entries being taken on a first come, first served basis.

    James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition for the seventh year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.

    Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for James Wellbeloved said: “We can’t wait to see what the Vale of Glamorgan’s crossbreeds have to offer. Scruffts is such a great competition and truly celebrates the love between owner and canine.

    “On behalf of James Wellbeloved, we’d like to wish all competitors the best of luck embarking on their exciting Scruffts journey.”

    For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    The Young Kennel Club (YKC) has seen a number of major successes this year, with over twenty major wins for its young members including Reserve Best in Show at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

    The biggest success was 19 year-old YKC member Charley Donaldson and her Whippet, Hazel, who won Best in Group in the Hound Group shortly before returning to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham to take the title of Reserve Best in Show in the final of the 125th anniversary of Crufts on Sunday 13th March. Charley and Hazel collected her award and rosette in front of a large audience at the NEC and to millions watching live on Channel 4.

    Charley, who has been a YKC member since 2005, has trained with the YKC for a number of years, including helping with training weekends, before claiming one of the most sought after prizes at the show.

    Charley said: “I can’t believe it – I am over the moon. I never expected this to happen. Hazel is one in a million and I can’t thank enough anyone who has supported us – it really means everything to me and my family.

    “The YKC gave me the confidence to go out there with my dog and try my best. If it wasn’t for them making showing so interesting, I would never have achieved what I have so I can’t thank them enough!”

    It was not just Charley who wowed the crowds at Crufts. 13 year-old Alicia Hancock from Weston-Super-Mare took first prize in the medium category of the Kennel Club Novice Cup Agility finals. Despite being up against agility competitors of all ages, Alicia and her crossbreed Barney were victorious during the exciting final.

    Alicia, who has been a YKC member since 2012, said of her fantastic win: “It was an amazing experience to qualify for Crufts and I am very happy that Barney and I managed to win the Novice Cup.  I am so proud of him – although he was tired he kept going and was the only medium dog to get a double clear.”

    Previous YKC members have also found success at Crufts this year. Adam Rose, who was a YKC member for 14 years, won Best of Breed with his German Shorthaired Pointer, Morgan. Adam, aged 30, is now secretary of the Central and Southern GSP Society and puts his position within the society down to the skills he learnt whilst he was a YKC member.

    His highlights whilst being a part of the YKC include winning the Shaun McAlpine Junior of the Year award (now called ‘Outstanding Young Person’), Young Handler of the Year and winning the Gundog Stakes, all in 2001. As well as this, he also regularly helped with the YKC summer camp and training weekends.

    Celebrating his third Best of Breed win this year, Adam said of the YKC: “It’s an amazing organisation which really enhanced my knowledge and interest in dogs. As well as competing and meeting like-minded people, it really gave me a chance to develop my skills. This gives heaps of confidence and a real feel you can give something back to your hobby.

    “I can’t thank the YKC, and the late Meriel Hathaway who represented the Midlands region, enough for their support and opportunities over the years.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Many congratulations to every Young Kennel Club member who took part in competitions at Crufts – we’re so proud to have so many talented young people involved in the dog world. The YKC is such a fantastic start to any dog trainer or dog show handler’s career and we hope that this year’s excellent achievements inspire other young dog lovers to sign up.”

    YKC-specific competitions at Crufts saw a number of inspiring young people and their dogs win over a number of competitions including; Handler and Groomer of the Year, Agility Dog of the Year, obedience, flyball and many others.

    YKC membership is for anyone aged 6-24 years (with or without a dog, pedigree or crossbreed). It provides and promotes activities that enable members to train, compete and socialise with like-minded youngsters within agility and jumping, obedience, flyball, grooming, heelwork to music, junior handling, pre-beginner and breed showing stakes. For more information on training days available, please visit the YKC website below.

    The YKC also offers award based competitions as an alternative to competing in shows. Artist of the Year is a great way to get creative, the Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer celebrates those who give their time selflessly to others and the Outstanding Young Person award recognises the achievements of inspiring and innovative young people who make a difference to dogs. More information on these awards can be found at www.ykc.org.uk/content/our-awards.

    Not only that, YKC members can also apply to participate in the Outward Bound Youth Development Course, which aims to give young people important skills for the future including teamwork, confidence, sportsmanship, communication, problem solving, and leadership and project management. The YKC also offers multiple training weekends across agility, heelwork to music and handling all over the UK. More information on training weekends can be found at www.ykc.org.uk/content/get-involved/young-kennel-club-events-calendar/

    For the first time ever, the YKC will be taking dogs and handlers to the European Open Junior Agility Championships 2016, which will take place on 9th & 10th July 2016 in Slovakia. Although the team for this year has been chosen, members can apply to be in Team GB next year by taking part in selection days in order to impress the coaching team. To find out more information on this year’s championships, please visit www.ykc.org.uk/content/our-programmes/european-open-junior-agility-championships/.

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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club has announced eight heats to take place throughout the year across the UK, which will qualify flyball teams for the final at Crufts 2017.

    The two highest placed teams from each heat will be invited to compete in the semi-final/final at Crufts 2017. Teams that have previously qualified cannot enter further heats for competition.

    The eight qualifying heats are:

    Society

    Date Show Secretary Contact Details
    Scunthorpe Obedience & Agility Training Club 8th April 2016 Amy Smith amysmith101@hotmail.com
    Nuneaton Dog Training Club 7th May 2016 Louise Satchwell ambahoboroxi@gmail.com
    The Marnicks, Mansfield 4th June 2016 Naomi Pearce Naomi_denim3@hotmail.com
    Gleniffer Dog Training Club, Waterside, Kilmarnock 18th June 2016 Jim Dargo jimdar@rocketmail.com
    Prestwick & District Dog Training Club, South Ayrshire 19th July 2016 Marie Hamilton Hunterwhin07@gmail.com
    RVA Dog Training Society, Cambridge 9th July 2016 Ellen Schofield ellen@cambridgeshire-canines.org.uk
    Wilton Agility Club, 28th August 2016 Tom Hazlewood thomas.hazlewood@ntlworld.com
    Prestbury Park Dog Agility Training Club, Cheltenham 3rd September 2016 Jane Denning julie.harding286@btinternet.com
    Flyball is a team sport which is run on a knockout basis. Two teams of four dogs compete at the same time, each using a parallel ‘racing lane’ down which each dog in turn runs, clearing four hurdles in succession before triggering a pedal on the flyball box.

    A tennis ball is then released which the dog must hold before returning over the hurdles to the start line. The first team to have its fourth dog across the finish line, with any part of the dog’s body, wins the race. Each dog must cross the finish line before the next dog can start, and handlers aim to release their dog so that it will cross with a returning dog just at the line.

    Usually the best of three runs decides which team proceeds to the next heat but five runs are also sometimes used. Each team consists of four handlers plus a ‘box loader’ and two reserves.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are pleased to confirm the eight Crufts qualifying flyball heats for the remainder of the year and look forward to seeing which teams are up for the challenge.

    “Flyball is a fun and energetic competition for dogs and their owners to take part in, and with all of the teams in previous years it’s clear to see the dedication and team spirit they have. We are looking forward to seeing which teams will be victorious at this year’s heats and would like to wish all competitors the best of luck.”

    Anyone who wants to enter the heats should contact the societies directly using the contacts above. For further information please visit:http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/flyball/crufts-team-flyball-finals-and-qualifiers/.

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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Dog lover Charlotte Page from Ely, Cambridge won the Young Kennel Club (YKC) Outstanding Young Person of the Year award as well as the YKC Stakes at Crufts 2016 on Sunday 13th March.

    Charlotte collected her Outstanding Person of the Year award during a special presentation ceremony for the finalists in the YKC ring, followed shortly by taking first place in the main arena on the final day of Crufts.

    Every year Charlotte goes through tough physical challenges to raise money and awareness for charity. Last year the 22-year-old and her four year-old Dalmatian Pandora climbed Ben Nevis and next month they will be taking on the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for Dogs for Good.

    Charlotte also gives up her spare time to help two shows each year; East of England Championship Show and the North of England Dalmatian Club, and spends most evenings putting together the newsletter for the Dalmatian Club and various other activities that the committees need help with.

    Charlotte said of her fantastic achievement: “It feels so incredible to have won. There were some really great finalists and to have won is amazing.

    “The Young Kennel Club brings all of us young handlers together, so it’s brilliant to see people that you don’t see all year and have fun with them.”

    So far Charlotte has raised nearly £4,000 pounds for charity, which she hopes will increase significantly after she runs the London marathon.

    More than 60 Young Kennel Club members were nominated for one of five categories in the prestigious award which celebrates the hardworking, inspirational and selfless actions of young dog lovers. Each category winner was invited to Crufts 2016 for the award ceremony following a public vote to decide the overall YKC Outstanding Young Person of the Year award.

    The category winners for award were:

    • Young Braveheart of the Year – Ruby James, aged 9, who lives with a complex condition called Noonan syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, and deteriorating visual impairment. In spite of these obstacles she is a little girl completely dedicated to her dogs and thrives on handling them at every possible opportunity.

    • Champion Volunteer of the Year – Lyndsey Jones, aged 16, who has put an incredible amount of time and hard work into community-based volunteering, running a dog training school twice a week, with all proceeds going to a dog charity. She is mature beyond her years and is incredibly selfless when it comes to anything dog-related.

    • Good Buddy of the Year – Kaydie Davidson, aged 8, who is the youngest member at the Newton Heath Dog Training Club. She regularly helps with the puppy course at the club which informs other young people about dog etiquette.

    • Sporting Talent of the Year – Belle Howlett, aged 14, who has been training dogs in agility since the age of six. With her dog Ami, Belle has won many first place titles including the Agility Club Starters Cup and the Kennel Club International Young Handler of the Year.

    •  Fundraiser of the Year – Charlotte-Louise Page, aged 22, who has raised nearly £4,000 for charity and regularly pushes herself to complete both physical and mental challenges with her dog Pandora in order to raise as much money as she can.

    The YKC Outstanding Young Person of the Year award is the highest level of achievement for young dog lovers. For over twenty five years Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy to the winner of the award at Crufts, in memory of their son, Shaun. The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler.

    Previous winners of the competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping organise dog activities in the local community, and assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, commented: “The YKC Outstanding Young Person of the Year award is always one of the highlights at Crufts; Charlotte and all of this year’s finalists should all be extremely proud. We are delighted to have such generous and talented young people as Young Kennel Club members.

    “Congratulations to Charlotte on her fantastic double win. The hard work and dedication she puts into the canine world is an inspiration to us all and she is a well-deserving winner.”

    For further information about Crufts visit www.crufts.org.uk. If you would like to find out more about the Young Kennel Club and how to join please contact the YKC team on 020 7518 1030 or visit www.ykc.org.uk.

    Crufts took place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

    All the results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.

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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Flyball champion team Extremely Salty took the top prize on Sunday 13th March, winning the flyball final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts.

    Extremely Salty is made up of dogs and handlers from two flyball clubs, the Extreme Racers from Sheffield and the Supersonic Saltires from Edinburgh. The team beat off competition from fifteen other top flyball teams from around the UK in the exciting final at Crufts. These teams competed in eight qualifiers held at a range of shows during 2015 for the chance to make it to the ‘grand prix’ of GB flyball at Crufts.

    The winning team consisted of Border Collie, Mac and owner Lee Murray; Whippet cross, Lou and her owner Chris Haslam; Border Collie, Indie and owner Claire Kennedy; and Border Collie, Sparky and owner Ryan Davis. Reserves included Irish Water Spaniel, Tristan and his owner Spencer Thomas and Border Collie, Spirit and owner Shannon Mills, who ran in the semi-finals as well as in qualifying heats.

    Team captain, Jenny Cousins said: “I can’t believe we’ve won really – earlier this morning we were saying we’d be pleased if we only came third or fourth.

    “Then when you get to the final, the adrenaline kicks in and the incentive completely changes.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We would like to congratulate Extremely Salty on their achievement – the dogs and handlers performed exceptionally during the competition. They have all demonstrated what can be achieved with good team work.”

    Crufts took place from 10th – 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

    All the results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.

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    March 22nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    To mark the 125th anniversary of the world’s greatest dog show, members of the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme were invited to help launch Crufts 2016 by taking part in a historic aerial photograph of dogs and owners in the shape of the number 125.

    On Tuesday 8th March, dogs and their owners gave up their time to travel from different parts of the country to participate in the photo shoot at the NEC in Birmingham, where Crufts takes place every year.

    The canine models and their human companions were invited to attend after achieving a Bronze, Silver or Gold award as part of their Good Citizen Dog Scheme training at their local club.

    The Kennel Club wishes to thank every well behaved dog and owner for helping to mark a very special occasion. The photocall was a memorable morning and the Kennel Club couldn’t have done it without the GCDS volunteers.

    Kheva the Pyrenean Sheepdog and former ShowTails star was one of the volunteers. Her owner Jeanie said the photoshoot was great fun, and she also enjoyed taking part in the Good Citizen Dog Scheme display on Saturday. Kheva was not entered in the breed showing this year, but stopped by the booths to reunite with her mum, dad, and sister before the demonstration.

    For information about the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, please visit thekennelclub.org.uk/training/good-citizen-dog-training-scheme/.

     

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    March 22nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    The world’s best obedience dogs were revealed at the NEC in Birmingham during Crufts 2016. This year, Wales won the coveted top spot in the Obedience World Cup at the world’s greatest dog show.

    The international event saw six countries compete in teams of three handlers and their dogs for the Obedience World Cup, in a competition that rewards the hard work of both dog and handler, encouraging responsible ownership and dog behaviour on an international scale.

    The following competitors were part of the winning team:

    • Jane Walker and Mair
    • Michelle Dunscombe and Maverick
    • Katy Girdler and Tyler

    The English and Scottish teams came in second and third place respectively.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Top obedience competitors from around the world come to showcase their abilities at the world’s biggest and best dog show. Congratulations to Wales on their fantastic success.”

    Crufts took place from 10th – 13th March 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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    March 22nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    A dog called Zyco and his owner Dot Watts from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire took home the one of the top obedience prizes at Crufts on Saturday 12th March after winning the Obedience Championships (Dogs) final.

    The final, held at the 125th anniversary of the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, saw Britain’s best dogs compete for the coveted title. All competitors at the championships had made it through to the final from one of the 46 Championship shows that hosted qualifying classes for the Crufts Obedience Championships. 

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Obedience is a fascinating competition, and you can clearly see how much the dogs enjoy taking part in the activity which, ultimately, is helping them to behave at their best. Competitive obedience is exactly what you would imagine – obedient and well trained dogs being tested to their maximum ability.

    “Top obedience competitors from all over the world come to showcase their abilities at the world’s biggest and best dog show. Congratulations to Zyco and Dot on their fantastic success.”

    Crufts took place from 10th to 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

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