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Nine Breeds Prepare For Crufts At ‘Obreedience’ Rehearsal Day At Kennel Club Building

10 February 2014    15:00
Obreedience teams posing
 

Nine breed teams were put through their paces at the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire recently, as the Kennel Club held an official rehearsal day for its new Obreedience display competition, to be held at Crufts 2014.  The running order for the Obreedience display competition was also drawn at the event.

Obreedience, the new and exciting team obedience competition, is being introduced at Crufts on Saturday 8th March at 4pm, in the Obedience Ring, and fans of each of the nine breeds - Hovawarts, Spanish Water Dogs, Tibetan Terriers, Rottweilers, Papillons, Afghan Hounds, Corgis, Boxers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers - are encouraged to come along and cheer for their favourite teams.

Obreedience aims to showcase obedience as a competitive activity in which all breeds can take part, and the nine breeds involved at Crufts will be carrying out some of the exercises generally associated with obedience in a less formal, but nonetheless competitive, environment.

The rehearsal day gave the dogs and their owners the chance to come together to practice for the big day, with the activities replicating those to be held at Crufts.  Each team comprised four handlers and four 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, which will be marked out of ten points at Crufts.  The second round featured four set exercises, and each member needed to successfully complete one of four different exercises to secure as many points as possible for their team.  The exercises included a Retrieve (handler's own article), a Send to Bed, Stop the Dog, and Scent Over Articles.  This round will be marked out of 40 at Crufts, ten for each exercise.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Obreedience rehearsal day was a great success, and it was wonderful to see each of the nine breeds in action.  We are very excited for the real thing at Crufts and it will be a great opportunity to see what these different breeds are capable of, obedience-wise.  We really want to show off the fact that any breed, given the right training and socialisation, and of course patience from their human counterparts, can do well in competitive obedience.

"The handlers who took part in the rehearsal day were all very enthusiastic and supportive of the other breeds, whilst maintaining a healthy level of friendly competition.  The general consensus was that the day was fun and beneficial and we would thoroughly recommend that other exhibitors and visitors to Crufts come along to the Obedience Ring to cheer on their favourite teams on the Saturday!"

The running order drawn at the rehearsal day for the competition at Crufts is as follows:

  1. Rottweiler
  2. Spanish Water Dog
  3. Afghan Hound
  4. Corgi
  5. Hovawart
  6. Boxer
  7. Tibetan Terrier
  8. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  9. Papillon

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 cat@thekennelclub.org.uk.

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. 

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