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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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KC Rally Workshops in July at Redditch

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - Posted by Claire Coughlan-Khan, in General

 Want to get yourself and your dog ready for upcoming Rally Competitions? KC Rally Workshops taking place next week in Redditch, Worcestershire. All abilities and breeds welcome. Limited spaces remaining, so book now to avoid disappointment. See attached flyer for further details.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Posted by KC, in General, Working Party

The Kennel Club has made changes to the current rally regulations, which will come into effect immediately.

Insertion of new Regulation S9.c

A dog must not compete in the same class more than once, including special classes.

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Further details regarding the listed amendments, as well as other rally regulations can be found in the rally section of the Kennel Club website: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/rally.

Rally is the latest dog sport to be recognised by the Kennel Club.  Rally involves the dog and handler working as a team to navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the changes, please contact the Working Dog Activities Team via cat@thekennelclub.org.uk or by calling 020 7518 1013.

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