On The Circuit

Top competition in the Obedience ring - 15/03/2017

Crufts is the show which the majority of dog people always look forward to but this year, for the first time, the show opened with the newly introduced Inter-Regional Rally competition.

Devising good heelwork patterns - 14/03/2017

We are really very fortunate in the Midlands and the North of England to have a number of indoor winter shows at equestrian centres providing really good facilities...

Mutual respect goes a long way - 01/03/2017

I’ve often said in the past that much of our training revolves around going back to basics and during the winter is an ideal time to do this as most of our training takes place indoors where there is usually less space available.

A look back through the Crufts archives - 14/02/2017

As we approach Crufts, the highlight of the show calendar, I thought that it would be fitting to take a brief look back in time. The very first Crufts Obedience Championships were held at Olympia in 1955 where dogs and bitches were judged, as...

What do we want from a show venue? - 31/01/2017

As I begin to write this article I have just seen the notice informing the obedience fraternity that Thames championship show has been cancelled for this year and for the foreseeable future.

Handling with poise and deportment - 17/01/2017

We’re well and truly into the new year now and I hope that the Christmas and new year holiday was kind to you all. I had a lovely few days staying with my sister Maureen (Ames) and her husband and dogs and we were joined by my eldest sister June...

Go back to square one - 04/01/2017

How many times have I heard people say, ‘thank goodness for that, we’ve reached the end of the season and we can have a break’. Over the years I’ve said the same thing myself but give a couple of weeks or so and I can’t wait to be back ‘on the...

National Obedience Class Finals - 20/12/2016

We had a special obedience treat on December 10 to help drive away those winter blues. Wet and miserable outside but inside it was so different. What was the treat? The now annual National Obedience Class Finals of course, which were held once...

Have your say on proposed rule changes - 07/12/2016

The Obedience Liaison Council will meet January 12, 2017 and the recently published agenda contains several controversial issues and proposals and, judging by some of the social media comments I’ve come across...

Oddi retires after amazing career - 23/11/2016

At Cheshire championship show on October 9 those people who were present witnessed the retirement of one of the greatest bitches ever to take part in obedience, OB/WT Ch Ruskath Othentic Image (Oddi), owned, bred and trained by Kathy Russell.

The last championship shows - 09/11/2016

My first visit to the new Cheshire venue on Sunday October 9 resulted in mixed feelings.

Golden ticket for Mary and Levi - 26/10/2016

On the first weekend in October, Elm Park DTC and Thurrock DTS held their championship shows at the Orsett Showground, in Essex and it was nice to spend some time in the south for a change.

A busy week with the GSD clubs - 12/10/2016

OVER the course of the last two weekends in September Sandwell Valley Park in West Bromwich played host to the Birmingham GSD Association (first weekend) and the British Association for GSDs...

A Nifty bit of obedience - 28/09/2016

East Kilbride DTC championship show was held on September 4, the same weekend as Lichfield and as I said last time I am reporting on that show in this article.

A busy bank holiday weekend - 14/09/2016

As I said last time the ticket circuit certainly moved on over the bank holiday weekend with Wigton DTC’s first championship show on Saturday, Wakefield DTC on Sunday and Worcester DTC on Monday. Yes, a busy weekend to complete a busy month.

The circuit heats up in August - 31/08/2016

August 13 saw Govan DTC holding its championship show where Ann Shearer judged 18 dogs and Ann Durie judged the bitch class, her first ticket appointment I believe, when she had 24 entries.

Denim celebrates his half century - 17/08/2016

On the weekend of July 23-24 the two championship shows were quite a distance apart but there was still a number of people who entered both.

First tickets and dutch delight - 03/08/2016

THE DAY after Eastleigh, Winchester City DTC held its championship show at Botley, Hampshire where they have been for quite a number of years, and what an excellent venue this is – even better when the morning rain gave way to afternoon sunshine.

July’s first flurry of results - 20/07/2016

JULY 4-5 was the weekend of Chadkirk DTC's championship and open shows where we always have a good time. The weather on the Saturday for the championship show was very mixed to say the least with heavy rain, showers and some sunshine throughout...

Doubles, firsts and half centuries - 06/07/2016

As I mentioned in my previous article, I have recently spent almost two weeks in the Isle Of Man, along with Shelagh and Roy Page, when we judged at the club’s two day show on June 18-19...

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