The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming an Obedience Inter-Regional Team Manager to get in touch.
The Inter-regional event has been a popular feature in the Obedience Arena at Crufts for almost 40 years and is a competition between teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, Wales, South East and East Anglia, South and South West.
We have a vacancy for a new manager for the Welsh region and are now inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered for the position, initially for the period up to and including Crufts 2022 and then renewable on a three yearly cycle.
Any candidates interested in applying should note the following:
Each team manager is appointed is for a 3-year period and must fulfil the following criteria.
i. Reside in the area they manage
ii. Demonstrate a real interest in the event
iii. Actively promote the competition
iv. Appoint 2 assistant managers for the appointment period (who will be entitled to free entry and car parking for the day of the event). The choice of assistant managers should be used to ensure that all areas of the region are covered by the team selection process.
v. Ensure any equipment required for team selection and training is available to team members
vi. Liaise with the event coordinator as required.
Skills / attributes
i. Good communication and organisational skills.
ii. Ability to work with team members and assistants to build team spirit and ensure everyone understands their role and responsibilities for the day.
iii. Access to, and an ability to use, a computer, in particular completing word documents received by email and then returned to the coordinator by email.
Team selection process
Team managers will host at least one team selection event to which dogs and handlers are invited to attend through an application process that is clearly advertised throughout their area. The application form will contain the following information:
1. Dog and handler details
2. List of awards achieved during the year
3. The class level applied for.
Once a team is selected the manager shall host at least one team training session to build team spirit, to ensure all members are suitably acquainted with the tests and requirements for the day.
Expectations for competition day
i. Arrive at the Obedience Arena early enough to meet all team members as they arrive and to ensure they are briefed in preparation for the day.
ii. Lead the team in the parade at the start and finish of the day.
iii. Ensure each team member is in the collecting ring ready to compete as required.
iv. Offer the reserve handler and dog the opportunity to work in the ring during the lunch break.
Richard Kebble (Crufts Chief Obedience & Rally Steward) and Bev Smith (Event Coordinator) are happy to speak to potential applicants. Initial contact can be made via email to Richard Kebble or
Those interested should send their applications via email by 25 July 2020.