Kennel Club Insight
Your monthly guide to what the Kennel Club is doing for you and your dogs
by the Kennel Club press team
Agility Championships produce the goods!
The Agility Championships at Crufts, as usual, attracted a great deal of support from the huge crowds in the main arena. The judge was Paul Moore and all three finals produced the goods as far as excitement was concerned.
The Small final winner was Ashleigh Butler’s crossbreed, Ag Ch The Closet Monster of Ashpen.
Of her win with ‘Sully’, Ashleigh said: “I still feel like I’m in a bit of shock. Sully won both the Championship and the Singles Agility competition last year so I came this year and thought, realistically, it’s not going to happen again. Then he went and won the singles on Friday for the third year running, came here today not expecting anything and then for him to go and win the jumping, agility and then the final, I’ve got no words!”
The Medium final winner was Hayley Telling’s Shetland Sheepdog, Ag Ch New Illusions Bi Enchantment of the Five Colors.
Upon winning with ‘Teal’, Hayley said: “I’m pretty tired now! The emotions just killed me. That was the main competition that I wanted to do well in, I’m a bit overwhelmed. I’m going to frame the certificate!
“The course was nice, I had to work it quite a lot and I had to hold my nerve right at the end, I nearly lost him over a jump but he listened and he was a good boy in the atmosphere.”
The Large final winner was Dan Shaw’s Border Collie, Ag Ch Comebyanaway Redefined.
Dan said of his win with ‘Geek’: “Winning hasn’t sunk in yet but I imagine it’s a good feeling! This is the first time I’ve won such a big final so I’m not sure when it’s going to – hopefully one day! Leading up to it I felt nervous as hell, sick but excited.
“It was actually a really nice course. As soon as I saw it I knew I liked it, it was quite challenging and it suited my dog and it was fast.”
Further agility results from Crufts can be found at bit.ly/2VwTzpJ.
First Show Certificate of Excellence awarded
An Afghan Hound, Am Ch Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star by Sumahari ShCM ShCEx, owned by Sue Virgo and his American co-breeders James and Linda Hicks, is the first dog to claim the new Show Certificate of Excellence (ShCEx) title.
The award was introduced by the Kennel Club at the start of 2019 among a series of measures designed to improve the open show scene. The ShCEx replaces the Show Certificate of Merit (ShCM) award, introduced in 2003, and the major differences are that the new award requires 50 points (instead of 25), points cannot be won before 18 months of age (instead of six months) and Best AV Imported Register wins now count.
‘Wizz’ qualified for the ShCEx award by winning two BIS, two RBIS, six hound groups as well as two other group placements.
On the new ShCEx award, Sue said: “I do hope awards such as this will help to improve the open show scene. With the inclusion of points for Not Separately Classified wins, it means exhibitors do not have to travel further afield to find breed classes and can support their local societies. The fact that the Kennel Club is recognising dogs’ achievements at open show level with the new title, as well as the new Veteran Warrant and Open Show Winner titles, can only help.”
For further details, visit bit.ly/2K87jGf.
International Dog Health Workshop comes to the UK
The Kennel Club is hosting the fourth International Dog Health Workshop on behalf of the International Partnership For Dogs (IPFD) from May 30 to June 1 at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Windsor.
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The three-day event brings together forward-thinking dog health advocates; practitioners of change; breed clubs; health, welfare and breeding experts and organisations; vets and academics from across the world to facilitate collaboration and sharing of resources to enhance the health, wellbeing and welfare of dogs.
The themes for the 2019 event span the definition of breeds, dog populations, breed-specific health strategies, genetic testing, and exaggerations and extremes in conformation.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary and Vice Chairman of the IPFD, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming some of the most eminent and influential names in global dog health to the UK for the International Dog Health Workshop.
“This event is for anyone involved in or passionate about dog health, from Breed Health Co-ordinators to vets, who wants to explore, learn, debate and connect, and importantly plan and take action collaboratively for the future health of all dogs. There are many impressive speakers presenting and opportunities for discussion, as well as connecting with other participants who are committed to making a difference for dogs.”
The International Dog Health Workshop takes place bi-annually and at locations across the world. The event this year also hosts the International Canine Health Awards, which take place on May 30 in Windsor and celebrate the world’s finest researchers and scientists whose work has had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of dogs.
Registration for the workshop and further information is available at bit.ly/2RsZJJp.
Cocker Spaniels win Obreedience final
A team of four Cocker Spaniels won the Obreedience competition final at Crufts.
The Cocker Spaniel team, named the Covert Cockups, proved themselves more obedient on the day than the nine other breed teams. The other finalists were German Shepherd Dogs, Manchester Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Papillons, Jack Russell Terriers, Standard Poodles, Toy Poodles, Golden Retrievers and Lagotti Romagnolo.
Obreedience, an exciting team obedience competition, was introduced at Crufts 2014 as a special display event. Now in its fourth year as an official competition, Obreedience continues to grow and entertain the crowds that come along to support their favourite breeds.
The winning team members were Katie Bloor with Marshkeeper's Twister; Lynn Brockie with Marshkeeper's Breeze; Lesley Deegan with Especially Ellie; and Dawn Cox with Tuesday's Chance Encounter.
Katie Bloor, team captain, said: “We are over the moon to have won. We’ve really enjoyed our first year of competing, but to have won at our first Crufts - the most prestigious dog show in the world - was the icing on the cake. So proud of our team and our fabulous dogs, who we always aim to have fun with!”
Each Obreedience team comprised four handlers and dogs, who took part in two rounds. The first was a heelwork round completed as a group, with the dogs being assessed on their ability to complete different moves whilst remaining synchronised with their team mates. The second round featured four set exercises and each member needed to successfully complete one of the four different exercises.
For further details, visit bit.ly/2HF9QFO.
Breed clubs reminded about supported classes
The Kennel Club has issued a reminder to breed clubs that, starting this year, they are each required to support classes for their breed at a minimum of two general or group open shows per year. Under the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) such classes will provide judges with valuable hands-on experience.
There is no maximum number of shows a breed club can support per year. However, it is hoped the chosen events will be ones which are known to attract a good entry for the breed concerned. It is expected that the breed club will approach the open show society and supply the names of at least two judges from either their existing B list or A3 list or judges licensed at JCF Level 2 from which the show society will make its selection.
Having decided upon which shows to support, and provided the show society with a selection of judges, the supporting breed club is requested to promote the show to its members.
These shows should also be used under the JCF for judges who are undergoing the observation stage of their judge’s training as they work towards JCF Level 3 (having already successfully completed three mentoring sessions in the respective breed). During the JCF transition period, which ends at the end of 2021, such judging appointments can also be used for judges requiring A2 assessments under the traditional route.
If breed clubs wish to provide special prizes and/or prize money or rosettes at supported shows, it is entirely up to them. In the case of regional breed clubs, it would be logical to support open shows in the region concerned wherever possible.
For further details, visit bit.ly/2FVdgAR.