Mixing the best aspects of obedience with the camaraderie found
amongst breed enthusiasts, the Kennel Club is launching a new and
exciting display competition at Crufts 2014 called Obreedience.
The aim of Obreedience is to encourage more breeds to have a go
at some of the exercises generally associated with obedience in a
less formal but nonetheless competitive environment. Obreedience
will be a team event and highlight the abilities of different
breeds in a relaxed and fun display.
Each team will comprise four handlers and four dogs who will
take part in two rounds of competition. The first section will see
all four dogs complete a round of heelwork together as a group,
with the dogs being assessed on their ability to complete different
moves whilst remaining synchronised with their team mates. This
first round will be marked out of ten points.
Round two will feature four set exercises, and each team member
will need to successfully complete one of four different exercises
to secure as many points as possible for their team. The exercises
will include a Retrieve (handler's own article), Send to Bed, Stop
the Dog and Scent Over Articles. Round two will be marked out of 40
points (10 per set exercise). Once the teams have completed
the two rounds, the scores will be added up and the winners and
runners up will be announced.
The first Obreedience competition will be held in the Obedience
Ring at Crufts on Saturday 8 March 2014 from approximately 4pm in
the afternoon, after the Championship Obedience competition has
Obreedience will be held in addition to the many other fun
obedience events that take place during Crufts, and help to add to
the competitive atmosphere associated with the discipline. Nine
different breed teams will be showcasing their abilities:
Hovawarts, Spanish Water Dogs, Tibetan Terriers, Rottweilers,
Papillons, Afghan Hounds, Corgis, Boxers and Staffordshire Bull
Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Manager said: "We are thrilled to be
launching this new Obreedience display competition at Crufts 2014.
It will be exciting to see the various breeds showing their skills
in obedience whilst spectators cheer on their favourite teams."
Although the breed teams have been selected for Crufts 2014, if
you think your breed might like to take part in Obreedience at
Crufts in 2015, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the event's competitive element grows, 2015 is likely to
feature qualifying heats at shows around the UK to qualify for
Crufts in 2016. More information about these qualifying heats will
be available in due course.
For further details about obedience, please visit the Kennel
Club website www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/.