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
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
- 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
"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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.