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First Obreedience Heat Hailed A Winner

25 August 2015    15:00

The first Kennel Club Obreedience heat took place at Forest Oak Farm this Sunday (23rd August) and was hailed a success by competitors, judges and spectators alike.

The Forest Oak Farm heat is one of four qualifying heats that will see teams collecting points from first to tenth place in each heat, and the ten teams with the most points from across the four heats will be invited to compete in the final at Crufts next March.

The winning teams who are now in the running for a place at Crufts 2016 are as follows: 

  • 1st - Team Roag's Babes - German Shepherd Dogs 
  • 2nd - Team Cavaliers at Work - Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 
  • 3rd - Team Whippets - Whippets
  • 4th - Team Kinaway - Border Collies 

The captain of winners, Team Roag's Babes, Susan Wolfe said "We are delighted to have won the Obreedience heat and I am thrilled with the team, both the handlers and the dogs, Dylan, Jasmine, Bella and Honey did amazingly. We would also like to say what a great venue it was in which to hold the heat." 

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Congratulations to the winning teams and well done to all those taking part in the competition. The judge Dawn Cox and her team of stewards and helpers did a fantastic job of organising the ring and the judging.

"For registered societies interested in getting involved next year, applications are still being accepted to host a qualifying heat in 2016, the final of which will be held at Crufts 2017. With growing interest in Obreedience, the allocations are filling up fast, so we encourage clubs to get in touch as soon as possible."

Obreedience is a team event and showcases the talents of each pedigree dog breed through a series of fun exercises, and all ages and abilities can take part.  The introduction of the competition at Crufts 2016 follows the success of the Obreedience display competitions held at the show since 2014.

It mixes the best aspects of obedience with the camaraderie found amongst breed enthusiasts, and each Obreedience team must comprise four handlers and four dogs of the same breed who take part in two rounds of competition.  This comprises a round of heelwork performed together as a group, and then four set exercises including a retrieve, a 'send to bed', commanding the dog to stop, and a scent exercise.

The next qualifying heat will take place at Wakefield on August 31st and will be followed by BAGSD in Slough on September 13th and the Kennel Club Building in Stoneleigh Park on 7th November. Entry is still open for the final heat at Stoneleigh, visit /events/obreedience/ to apply or for more information.

To apply to host a heat simply download the application form below plus advice and guidance for all clubs and the judging criteria or alternatively email the Kennel Club at


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