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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has approved amendments to the ‘Guidelines for Owners and Handlers with Dogs Taking Part in Canine Activities’ (excluding breed shows and gundog events). The updated document is available to view on the Kennel Club website.

These guidelines have been set out in order to ensure that a dog’s welfare takes precedence over all other demands and at all stages during the preparation and training of the dog for, and during, competitive and non-competitive canine activities.

These guidelines set out the obligations that show and event organisers, clubs, trainers/instructors and owners/handlers have for the welfare of dogs taking part in Kennel Club licensed canine activities.

The guidelines can be found on the relevant pages for agility, obedience, working trials, Bloodhound trials, heelwork to music and rally, via www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/.

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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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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - Posted by KC, in General

The following amendments to the Rally ‘S’ Regulations have recently been approved by the Kennel Club and will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

S4. Licensed Rally Competitions

Limited competitions are being introduced to encourage new participants into Rally so there is a need for a number of amendments to the existing Regulations and the introduction of some new Regulations:

S4. Licensed Rally Competitions is amended as follows:


Licensed Competitions held under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations are those held under licence granted by the General Committee of the Kennel Club and are:

a.         Open Rally Competitions - Open to all competitors.

b.         Limited Rally Competitions - Where entry is limited to-

(i)         Members of the Competition Society

(ii)        Competitors resident within a specific area

(iii)       Specific Breeds

(iv)      By numbers (such numbers to be stipulated in the schedule)

(v)       Or otherwise subject to approval of the General Committee of the Kennel Club.

(Insertions in bold.)

(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered.)

Regulation S17.b.

This is required to differentiate between judging at Open and Limited Competitions.

Regulation S17.b. is amended as follows:



Before judging a Level 1 or Level 2 class at an Open Rally Competition a judge must have…..

Insert new Regulation S17.e.

The following change is designed to ensure that judges receive help in designing suitable courses and attendance at a seminar would provide valuable feedback which would assist in their development.

Therefore, Regulation S17.e. is amended as follows:

Before judging at a Limited Rally Competition a judge must have:

(1)       handled a dog and achieved a Qualifying Score whilst competing at an Open Rally Competition.

(2)       attended a Kennel Club Rally Regulations and Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination

(3)       attended a Kennel Club Rally Practical Judging Seminar

(4)       OR be an existing Kennel Club Rally qualified judge

(Insertions in bold.)

(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered.)

Regulation S(A)1. Levels

This is to clarify that scores earned at Limited Competitions do not count towards Progression or Titles.

Therefore Regulation S(A)1. is amended as follows:


Rally handler/dog teams compete at one of six levels, from Level 1 to Level 6.  Progression to the next Level does not require either wins or places.  Qualification is by achieving a score of at least 170 out of 200 on three occasions under three different judges.  Scores of 170 or greater earned at Limited Rally Competitions do not count towards Progression, Rally Level Titles or Excellent Titles.

(Insertions in bold.)

S(A)2. Eligibility

This amendment enables competitors to enter two Special classes while retaining the requirement to enter the standard class for which they are eligible.

The objective of this amendment is to encourage Clubs to schedule more Special (or non-qualifying) classes and to provide competitors with the opportunity to enter more such classes. 

Therefore Regulation S(A)2. Eligibility is amended as follows:


When entered for a show competition, a dog must be entered in a standard class at the level for which it is eligible as defined below. The dog may also, if desired, be entered in two additional classes, either one further standard class at the next level up, plus one additional special class, or two additional special classes. In the following definitions, ‘achieved a Level 1 Title’, ‘achieved a Level 2 Title’ and so on mean that the dog meets the requirements for those Titles as defined in paragraph 3 below. 

(Insertions in bold. Deletion struck through.)

Regulation S(B)3.f Finish

This is to clarify that handlers may play and reward their dogs before undertaking the Bonus exercise.

Therefore, Regulation S(B)3.f Finish is amended as follows:


Timing concludes as the dog/handler team crosses the Finish Line. If the dog/handler team has not chosen to perform the Bonus Exercise, judging concludes as the dog/handler team crosses the Finish Line. If the dog/handler team has chosen to perform the Bonus Exercise, judging will conclude after the dog/handler team completes the exercise. Once a dog/handler team has crossed the Finish line the handler is permitted to release the dog from the heel position and to physically praise and play with their dog prior to undertaking the bonus exercise.

(Insertion in bold)

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Hilary Astbury has passed away suddenly

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Posted by Claire Coughlan-Khan, in General

It is my sad duty to inform you that Hilary Astbury has passed away suddenly, today. She was recently found to be suffering from cancer. Further details will be released in due course.
Hilary was a respected Rally Judge and competitor at all levels, plus a KC Accredited Rally Trainer and member of the Rally Working Party. I will miss her greatly.
My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Malcolm, their family and friends.
We, as Accredited Trainers, will be remembering Hilary at our meeting tomorrow.
Rest in peace, Hilary, you will be missed hugely in Rally.
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Summary of Recommendations

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Posted by Rally Working Party, in Working Party

 The recommendations from this years Rally Working Party meetings on 16th March 2015, and 20th July 2015 have been published today. Click on the link below to read:

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Posted by KC, in General

The Kennel Club is holding its inaugural Rally Competition Management Seminar on Sunday 29th November, designed specifically for anyone connected with rally competition administration and organisation.

The purpose of the seminar is to promote best practice in organising rally competitions, and the day will cover all aspects of administration, planning, health and safety and venue selection. The seminar will also provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to learn from each other’s experience. 

The seminar will be led by Rachel Bradley and Claire Coughlan-Khan, who, as Kennel Club Accredited Judges and Trainers, collectively hold a wealth of knowledge on how to expertly organise rally competitions.  They are also active members of the Kennel Club Rally Working Party.

Seminar details: 

Date:              Sunday 29th November 2015, 10am - 4pm approximately
Venue:           The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ
Cost:              £35 per person

The closing date for registration is Monday 2nd November 2015. 

Pre-registration is essential as tickets will not be available on the day, so anyone wishing to attend should book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Bookings can be made at www.thekennelclubshop.org.uk/products/rally-competition-management-seminar and more information can be found by visiting the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/rally/.
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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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Rally Working Party Roadshow

Monday, July 27, 2015 - Posted by Rachel Bradley, in Working Party

The Roadshow was at Burnham-on-Sea this last weekend.

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Come and meet the Rally Working Party

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Posted by Rachel Bradley, in Working Party

As part of the ongoing communication process in Rally members of the Kennel Club Rally Working Party will be available for questions at Burnham on Sea CTCs Open Rally Competition on 26th July, further details on the day
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