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Crufts Hall 5 (Obedience Ring) Surface

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Posted by Richard Kebble, in Crufts

Notice to all competitors in Obedience and Rally at Crufts 2018

We have been advised that the floor covering in the Obedience ring in Hall 5 this year will be an Artificial Lawn Surface, similar to that used in the main arena, instead of carpet. Some of you may well already have experience of this type of flooring. To be certain everyone is fully informed please pass this information on to anyone you know who may not see this. Our enquiries suggest that the best type of footwear is that without too much grip, soles with heavy treads may catch on the surface. Most types of everyday footwear should be fine.

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2018 Midlands Inter Regionals Team Application

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Posted by Julia Bodsworth, in Crufts

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Crufts 2017 Midlands Rally Inter Regionals Applications

Monday, September 19, 2016 - Posted by Julia Bodsworth, in Crufts

Midlands Team Application Form:

To be eligibly to apply for the Midlands Team you must live in: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, or Worcestershire.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

Rally is to join established favourite events in the obedience ring at Crufts 2017, the Kennel Club has announced.

The revised programme for next year is as follows:

  • Thursday – Inter-Regional Rally competition followed by the Obreedience competition.
  • Friday – Inter-Regional Obedience competition.
  • Saturday – Obedience Championships for dogs.
  • Sunday – Obedience Championships for bitches.

Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “Crufts 2017 looks set to be an action-packed showcase for the world of obedience. We are very excited to have rally join the ever-popular Inter-Regional Obedience, Obreedience and Obedience Championships for dogs and bitches at the world’s largest dog show. We are expecting all obedience activities to draw in the usual large crowds of people who love dogs, love Crufts and love these compelling competitions.”

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

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 is due to take place for the first time in 2017 and is a competition between teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, Wales, South East & East Anglia, and South & South West.

The Kennel Club is 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 up to and including Crufts 2019.

Each team manager appointment is for a three year period and must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Reside in the area they manage
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in the competition
  • Actively promote the competition
  • Appoint two 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.
  • Ensure any equipment required for team selection and training is available to team members.
  • Liaise with the event coordinator as required.


  • Good communication and organisational skills.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 richard.kebble@btopenworld.com or suegarner4dogs@btinternet.com.

Those interested should send their applications to Cathy Guiver, Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB or via email to cathy.guiver@thekennelclub.org.uk by 11th April 2016.

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Latest on Crufts 2017

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - Posted by Copied from KC facebook, in Crufts

 Following the recent announcement regarding the changes to the Inter-Regional Obedience and Rally competitions from Crufts 2017, we have listened to feedback from Team Managers and competitors and the decision has been made that, for now, the two competitions will be run separately at Crufts.
The Obedience World Cup event will cease after Crufts 2016 as planned, to be replaced by the above events. The Obedience Championships will continue to take place at Crufts.

Full details of the events will be announced in due course.
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Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

The Kennel Club has announced a series of changes to obedience competition at Crufts from 2017.

An Inter-Regional Rally competition is to be introduced to Crufts from 2017, running in conjunction with the popular Inter-Regional Obedience competition which has been taking place at Crufts since 1982.

Obedience and rally competitors will join together from around the UK and make up the seven regional teams: Scotland, Northern, Midlands, Western, Southern, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The competitions will take place on the Thursday and Sunday of Crufts. The exact details are yet to be finalised, however preliminary proposals are that the Thursday will be for lower obedience classes - Beginners, Novice and Class A - and rally levels 1, 2 and 3, with the Sunday featuring an advanced Inter-Regional competition, with obedience Classes B and C, and rally levels 4, 5 and 6.

Following consultation and feedback from obedience competitors and judges, the Inter-Regional Competition will continue to run with the exercises as stated in the G regulations.

The current Team Manager posts will remain until their full three year term is completed at Crufts 2016.  The new Team Manager posts will then be advertised post Crufts 2016, and applications will be invited for each region for both obedience and rally for a further three-year term. Information about the positions will be posted on the obedience and rally pages on the Kennel Club website and via other discipline-specific media.

The move comes in a bid to generate more interest amongst the dog owning public in both obedience and rally. The Kennel Club hopes that by combining the two disciplines at Crufts, a more impressive showcase of the exercises will be presented, which will highlight obedience and rally to those currently not participating in the activities.

It has been further announced that the Obedience World Cup event will cease after Crufts 2016, to be replaced by the above events.

The Kennel Club has no plans to make any changes to the Obedience Championships at this time.

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