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Crufts 2020

Various Obedience competitions take place throughout the four days of Crufts with the main ones held in the ring dedicated to Obedience located in Hall 5 of the NEC. There are three different competitions that take place:

Thursday 5 March

Inter-Regional Rally competition followed by the Obreedience competition.

Friday 6 March 

Inter-Regional Obedience competition.

Saturday 7 / Sunday 8 March 

Obedience Championships for Dogs and Obedience Championships for Bitches.

Other Obedience competitions taking place throughout the four days include the YKC Obedience and the KC GCDS Pre Beginners Obedience Stakes.

In addition there will be Obedience demonstrations throughout the four days. All of these activities take place in Hall 3.


The Inter-Regional Team Event

Seven teams compete, representing the UK regions: Scotland, Northern, Midlands, Western, Southern, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Five levels of obedience competition are on show, and the aim of the day is to demonstrate a range of breeds and competition levels in obedience. Each team will have seven handlers and dogs:


  • one Beginner

  • two Novice

  • two Class A

  • one Class B

  • one Class C


The team managers are responsible for selecting their team members, but they must include a variety of breeds including cross breed dogs, even though the border collie/working sheepdog is the most numerical breed competing. 


Judge - Michael McCartney


Scotland - Team Manager - Carole Patrick

Asst Mgrs - Ellen Herries & Anne Marie Parker


Northern - Team Manager - Emma Lavender

Asst Mgrs - Alison Gresty & Karen Davies


Midlands - Team Manager - Lou Jackson

Asst Mgrs - Lyn Tozer and Steve Fraser


Western - Team Manager - Emma Galbraith


Southern - Team Manager - Wendy Birch


Wales - Team Manager - Jen Jessop


Northern Ireland - Team Manager - Michael McCartney

Assistants - Kate McCartney & Tracy McKinlay

The Inter-Regional day is a showcase to demonstrate that almost any dog can compete and be successful in Obedience. This competition has run for many years and the teams work hard to do their best. It is always a closely fought event.


Crufts Obedience Championships

Saturday and Sunday are the highlight of the UK Obedience year, when the best of UK Obedience dogs and their handlers compete for the title of Crufts Obedience Champion.  One day is for bitches, the other for dogs. 


Throughout the year there are a number of Championship shows around the UK that host qualifying classes for the Crufts Obedience Championships.  All dogs have won through the class levels to qualify for Championship Class C, and those who win a Championship class during the preceding year will qualify to compete in the Obedience Championships the following March.  The title of Obedience Champion can be claimed by any dog that has won Championship Class C on three occasions under three different judges, or which wins a Crufts Championship Obedience class.

DOG SPORTS UK is pleased to support a number of trophies for these events namely:

Ob Ch Polzack Purdey Trophy

Ob Ch Yvo Yvonne Shield



On Parade

Each day in the Crufts Obedience ring begins with a parade of all those entered on that day, introducing them in working order.  Each of the teams has chosen a piece of music for their parade around the ring which gives a stamp of individuality to their parade.  On Saturday and Sunday each handler and dog is introduced and the details of their qualifying shows at which they qualified for Crufts is announced.

Profile Requirements

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DOG Training Weekly
Crufts Special Edition 2020

All the information you need to know about profile requirements. numbers of words, dates, etc. are in this PDF.

Please click the image above.

To place Congratulatory messages or to order your copies of the Special please visit our shop.

Ob Ch Polzack Purdey Trophy

Ob Ch Yvo Yvonne Shield


The Ob Ch Polzack Purdey Trophy for the handler and Dog with most tickets during the 2019 Season goes to:

Dot Watts & Ob Ch ZIGGDAN ZYCO

with 7 Tickets


The Ob Ch Yvo Yvonne Shield for the dog of the opposite sex with most tickets is shared between:




with 5 Tickets each


These awards, together with the
Best Opposite Sex (BOS)

for 2019 awards, will be presented at Crufts on Saturday 7 March 2020 in the Obedience Arena.

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