Heelwork To Music World Championships 2014

The Kennel Club would like to remind competitors who wish to be considered for the 2014 FCI World Championships in Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Team GB, that the deadline for applications is 31 October 2013.

Next year's championships will be held in Helsinki, Finland from 8 - 10 August in conjunction with the World Dog Show. It should be noted that attendance will be funded in its entirety by the selected Team GB handlers.

To be entitled to compete at this event, dogs must be eligible for Intermediate or Advanced Heelwork to Music or Freestyle and be registered on the Kennel Club breed register, but not the activity register as unfortunately FCI rules do not allow non-pedigree dogs to compete in its licensed competitions. 

It is anticipated that Team GB will have three Heelwork to Music and three Freestyle dogs (dogs and handlers may compete in both events) and that all dogs will also compete in the individual competition.

Anyone interested in competing at these World Championships should send the following information to Debbie Deuchar, Working Dog Activities Manager at the Kennel Club, via debbie.deuchar@thekennelclub.org.uk.

Information required:

  • Applicant's name, email address and contact telephone number
  • The dog's Kennel Club registered name and date of birth
  • The level currently competing in HTM and Freestyle (with an indication of which category applying for)
  • A list of competitive achievements for the previous 12 months

Handlers should note that the Pet Travel Scheme procedure changed in 2012 and the requirements for a rabies blood test have now been removed and the time frames considerably reduced.  Further details on the Pet Travel Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.

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