The Kennel Club has announced a series of changes to obedience
competition at Crufts from 2017.
An Inter-Regional Rally competition is to be introduced to
Crufts from 2017, running in conjunction with the popular
Inter-Regional Obedience competition which has been taking place at
Crufts since 1982.
Obedience and rally competitors will join together from around
the UK and make up the seven regional teams: Scotland, Northern,
Midlands, Western, Southern, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The competitions will take place on the Thursday and Sunday of
Crufts. The exact details are yet to be finalised, however
preliminary proposals are that the Thursday will be for lower
obedience classes - Beginners, Novice and Class A - and rally
levels 1, 2 and 3, with the Sunday featuring an advanced
Inter-Regional competition, with obedience Classes B and C, and
rally levels 4, 5 and 6.
Following consultation and feedback from obedience competitors
and judges, the Inter-Regional Competition will continue to run
with the exercises as stated in the G regulations.
The current Team Manager posts will remain until their full
three year term is completed at Crufts 2016. The new Team
Manager posts will then be advertised post Crufts 2016, and
applications will be invited for each region for both obedience and
rally for a further three-year term. Information about the
positions will be posted on the obedience and rally pages on the
Kennel Club website and via other discipline-specific media.
The move comes in a bid to generate more interest amongst the
dog owning public in both obedience and rally. The Kennel Club
hopes that by combining the two disciplines at Crufts, a more
impressive showcase of the exercises will be presented, which will
highlight obedience and rally to those currently not participating
in the activities.
It has been further announced that the Obedience World Cup event
will cease after Crufts 2016, to be replaced by the above
The Kennel Club has no plans to make any changes to the
Obedience Championships at this time.