Crufts 2022

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 10 March

Inter-Regional Rally / Obreedience.

Judge Rally:- Tony Lewenz / Obreedience:- Sarah Delany

 

Friday 11 March

Inter-Regional Obedience competition.

Judge:- Jessica Lewis

 

Saturday 12

Obedience Championships for Dogs

Judge:- Pat Watson

 

Sunday 13 March

Obedience Championships for Bitches.

Judge:- Pat Watson

 

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 Obedience 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. 

 

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 - Gill Walker

 

Northern Ireland - Team Manager - Michael McCartney

 

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

DOG TRAINING WEEKLY (DTW) TOP DOG & Best Opposite Sex (BOS)

 

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.