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 9 March
Inter-Regional Rally / Obreedience.
Judge Rally:- Nikki Kirk
Obreedience:- Dawn Cox
Friday 10 March
Inter-Regional Obedience competition.
Judge:- Margaret Harvey
Saturday 11 March
Obedience Championships for Bitches
Judge:- Lou Jackson
Sunday 12 March
Obedience Championships for Dogs.
Judge:- Lou Jackson
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:
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 for the handler and dog with most tickets
Ob Ch Yvo Yvonne Shield for the dog of the opposite sex with most tickets
DOG TRAINING WEEKLY (DTW) TOP DOG & Best Opposite Sex (BOS) for the dog with most KC Merit Points in the calendar year.
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.