The Kennel Club is making plans to enter a team to compete at the World Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Championships in the Netherlands from 9th-12th August 2018 and the Open European Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Championships in Switzerland from 12th-14th October 2018. Applications are therefore invited from competitors wishing to be considered for Heelwork to Music Team GB.
The Open European Championships are open to all dogs, including those on the Kennel Club Activity Register without recorded ancestry; however, the World Championships are open only to dogs registered on the breed register. To be eligible to be considered, dogs must currently be competing in advanced classes in heelwork to music and/or freestyle. The competition will be held indoors for both events.
Applicants should be aware that competing will be on an entirely self-funded basis, and that being on Team GB is hard work and time consuming. Handlers must be prepared to organise and attend fundraising events, team meetings and training sessions.
Handlers wishing to be considered should request an application form by email from firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01296 318540. The deadline for completed applications to reach the Kennel Club is Friday 13th October 2017.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “These two international competitions represent a wonderful opportunity for British heelwork to music competitors. We look forward to receiving a good number of applications and also to cheering on the British teams when they compete in the Netherlands and Switzerland in 2018.”