To encourage more people to get involved with heelwork to music,
the Kennel Club has opened up the opportunity for more
organisations to run heelwork competitions as well as developing a
wider range of enjoyable formats for competition and training
Following on from the successful implementation of 'listed
status' for rally and agility it was considered that the format
would also be of benefit to other Kennel Club activities. Listed
status allows those who do not want to undergo the full
requirements of running a registered society to run Kennel Club
licenced shows or training.
Organisations which want to hold heelwork to music shows can now
apply to be registered as a listed status club with the Kennel
Club. Once approved, listed status organisations will be able
to run heelwork to music shows to suit those who prefer a more
relaxed and less competitive type of show e.g. starter level.
These changes have been introduced to give all independent
organisers the opportunity to run Kennel Club licensed events under
their own name, and the ability to offer dog owners the reassurance
of Kennel Club quality and standards. These changes provide
all organisers with much more flexibility in designing the shows
and events they put on.
The new show categories comprise:
PREMIER HTM SHOWS
This is a new name for shows that have qualifying heats for any
of the KC major events. This could be for Crufts or any future KC
qualifying event. Organisers can schedule their choice of official
categories and classes.
Societies running Premier Shows will be fully registered
OPEN HTM SHOWS
Organisers can schedule their choice of official categories and
classes, except for qualifying heats for any of the major KC
Societies running Open HTM Shows may be fully registered
organisations or a listed status club.
Existing registered societies which already hold heelwork to
music competitions will now have the opportunity to hold both the
new categories of events.
To find out more about applying for listed status, please
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