Working Trial Championships

Working Trial Championships 2020
The Working Trial Championships in 2020 will be held by Surrey Dog Training Society from 15-17 October. The base will held at The Thatchers Hotel, Guildford Road, East Horsley LEATHERHEAD Surrey KT24 6TB

PD Judge - Mr S Ford
TD Judge - Mr L Newman

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The Kennel Club sponsors the annual Kennel Club Working Trials Championships, hosted by a different Working Trials society each year. The Championships are the most prestigious of Working Trials events, featuring the most successful dogs from trials in the previous 12 months, and are the equivalent of the Obedience and Agility Championships held each year at Crufts (the need for large tracts of suitable land makes it impractical to stage the Working Trials Championships at Crufts itself).

The Championships, usually held in the third weekend of October, are restricted to the two top level stakes, Tracking Dog (TD) and Patrol Dog (PD). Competitors are invited to take part if they have won first place in a Championship TD or PD stake with an 'Excellent' qualification during the previous qualifying year, from September to August. Dogs which have qualified in both stakes can compete in both PD and in TD. The previous year's Championship winners are also automatically invited provided they qualified Excellent at the previous year's Championship.

Judges for the Championships are nominated by the  Working Trials Liaison Council and selected following a ballot of representatives on the Council, subject to approval by the Activities Sub-Committee and the General Committee.

The Championships are usually staged with a view to allowing some opportunity for spectators to observe the dogs working, even in the nosework rounds, and they offer an opportunity to appreciate some of the best handlers and dogs at work in this demanding discipline.

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