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Inter Regional Rally - Scoring Rules

23 February 2017 - Posted by KC

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RALLY COMPETITION MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

23 February 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club is offering a management seminar for those who would like to learn how to organise and manage competitions in rally, on Saturday 29th April 2017 at Chieveley Village Hall, Chieveley, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8TE.

The seminar will cover all aspects of administration, planning, health and safety, and venue selection, and will be led by Rachel Bradley who is a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer for rally and a member of the Rally Working Party. Rachel is the Rally Section Head at Leamington DTC and organises its two annual competitions which are among the largest in the country.  She has also organised rally competitions for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of UK and the Ladies Kennel Association.

The Kennel Club is encouraging anyone connected with rally, in particular administration and organisation, to attend to make sure that they are up to date with Kennel Club best practice when organising events. The seminar will provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to learn from each other's experience. 

Tickets cost £35, which includes lunch and light refreshments during the day, and places can be reserved through the Kennel Club’s online shop. The deadline to apply is 3rd April 2017.

For more information, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/rally/rally-competition-management-seminar/

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KC Rally Workshops - Available for Booking

26 October 2016 - Posted by Claire Coughlan-Khan, in General

Monday 14th November – Levels 1 and 2
All breeds welcome
10am until 4pm
This workshop will include a mixture of individual and group training, learning all appropriate signs , opportunity to work Rally courses with realistic scoring, fault correction, understanding the scoring system and what the judge is looking for.

Workshops will take place at a hall in Exhall, Coventry
(venue details will be given after booking)

Each day will start at 10am and finish at 4pm
Workshops to be delivered by KC Rally Accredited Judges' Trainer
Claire Coughlan - Khan

Cost: £25 per handler, £5 for an extra dog

Light refreshments will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

Limited spaces available, so book now!

For further information and to book, please contact Claire at
thornabbey@hotmail.com or on 07482 658 258

>Click here for booking flyer<
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CHANGES TO RALLY REGULATIONS

25 October 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The General Committee has recently approved a number of changes to rally regulations, the Kennel Club has announced.

With effect from 1st January 2017, the following amendments to the regulations have been made:

Amendment to Regulation S(A)3

The following amendment is made in order to slow down the progression of dogs by only being able to gain an award in one level at a time.

Regulation S(A)3. Titles

(Only the highest Level title achieved should be used after the dog’s name. The title is designated as ‘RL1’, ‘RL2’, ‘RL3’, ‘RL4’, ‘RL5’, or ‘RL6’ and appears after the dog’s name).

Level 1 Title

Requires three qualifying scores of 170 or better, earned under three different judges at Level 1, or at Level 2 while eligible for Level 1

Level 2 Title

Requires three qualifying scores of 170 or better, earned under three different judges at Level 2, or at Level 3 while eligible for Level 2.

Level 3 Title

Requires three qualifying scores of 170 or better, earned under three different judges at Level 3, or at Level 4 while eligible for Level 3.

Level 4 Title

Requires three qualifying scores of 170 or better, earned under three different judges at Level 4, or at Level 5 while eligible for Level 4

Level 5 Title

Requires three qualifying scores of 170 or better, earned under three different judges at Level 5, or at Level 6 while eligible for Level 5.

Level 6 Title

Requires three qualifying scores of 170 or better, earned under three different judges at Level 6.

Transitional provision – a dog which has achieved a Level 2 or a Level 3 Title before 1st January 2014 (under the previous definitions) shall be entitled to the designation RL3 or RL5 respectively on and after 1st January 2014.

(Deletions struck through.)

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Learn more about the Management of Rally Competitions

03 October 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club is offering two event management seminars in November 2016 and January 2017 in order for people to learn how to organise and manage competitions in rally and agility. The two seminars will cover all aspects of administration, planning, health and safety, and venue selection when organising competitions in the respective disciplines.

The Rally Competition Management Seminar will be held on Sunday 6th November 2016 at the Excel Dog Training Centre in West Calder, West Lothian. The competition management seminar is a great way to learn more about the management of rally competitions and is open to all. 

The seminar will be led by Rachel Bradley who is a Kennel Club Accredited Judges Trainer for rally and a member of the Rally Working Party. Rachel is the Rally Section Head at Leamington DTC and organises their two annual competitions which are amongst the largest in the country.  She has also organised rally competitions for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of UK and the Ladies Kennel Association.

The second seminar is the Agility Show Management Seminar which will be held on Sunday 29th January 2017 at the Kennel Club Building in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

The seminar will be led by Graham Partridge who has over 20 years of experience in organising shows. He is a Kennel Club Accredited Judges Trainer, Championship and FCI judge, former Kennel Club International Agility Team Manager and is involved in organising the Kennel Club International Agility Festival and Kernow Agility Club Easter show each year.

The management seminars are open to all, but the Kennel Club is encouraging anyone connected with either of these disciplines within administration and organisation to attend to make sure that they are up to date with the Kennel Club Best Practice when organising events.

The seminars will provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to learn from each other's experience. 

The cost for each seminar is £35, which includes lunch and light refreshments during the day, and places can be reserved through the Kennel Club’s online shop. The deadline to apply for the rally seminar is 26th October.

For more information on applying to the rally seminar, please visit www.thekennelclubshop.org.uk/products/rally-competition-management-seminar. Information and the application for the agility similar can be found at www.thekennelclubshop.org.uk/products/agility-show-management-seminar.

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Crufts 2017 Midlands Rally Inter Regionals Applications

19 September 2016 - Posted by Julia Bodsworth, in Crufts

Midlands Team Application Form:


To be eligibly to apply for the Midlands Team you must live in: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, or Worcestershire.
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The Incident Book at Shows

01 August 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Shows and Events

The Kennel Club would like to remind clubs and societies of the importance of the proper reporting of any incidents occurring at shows, using the incident book. Clear reports, containing all relevant details, allow incidents to be investigated more easily and as a result any issues may be resolved more quickly, which is beneficial to all concerned.

The Kennel Club website has been updated to explain the responsibilities of the show management when it comes to reporting incidents, as well as offering advice on how to fill out the incident book correctly. Competitors are reminded that they should report an incident occurring at a show, and detailed guidance on how to do so is provided on the website. Please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/incidents-at-shows/

Any incidents of unsatisfactory judging procedure may be reported via the incident book at a show. The Kennel Club will note any such reports, and will investigate should consistent reports be received regarding any one judge.

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CHANGE TO RALLY RULES AND REGULATIONS

01 July 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General



The General Committee has recently approved an amendment to the rally regulations, the Kennel Club has announced.

The amendment highlighted below was deferred for 12 months and will now come into effect on 1st January 2017:

Amendment to Regulation S17.f

As entries increase for rally shows, show organisers have been finding it more difficult to accommodate those judges wishing to split their time between judging and competing on the same day. Additionally, the working party considered that, as entries are increasing and the judges’ pool expands, not competing and judging on the same day will help prevent the conflict of interest which might arise.

The wording of the regulation allows for the partner of a judge to work a co-owned dog at the same level being judged by the co-owner, but not in the part of a class being judged by the co-owner. A competitor may ask to be put in a part of a class that their partner is not judging. However, show organisers may specify that the entries would be returned where an entry had been made by the partner of a judge where the class had not been split.

Regulation S17.f

To:

Judges at a Rally competition may enter a class they are not judging, provided it does not conflict with their judging assignment. However, host associations will not interrupt or delay any class to accommodate judges must not enter for competition a dog which is recorded in their sole ownership, or handle a dog, at the Competition at which they are judging. A dog recorded in part ownership with the Judge may be entered for competition in any part of a class other than the part which the judge is judging.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion underlined)

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ANNUAL GOOD CITIZEN DOG TRAINING SCHEME AWARDS

04 June 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General



The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Awards, hosted by the Kennel Club, took place on Friday 3rd June to celebrate some of the greatest people and organisations working with dogs. The annual prize-giving ceremony recognises the efforts of individuals, canine organisations and local authorities nationwide which have invested their time and energy into helping to train dogs and educate their owners on the importance of responsible dog ownership.

The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) was set up in 1992 to promote socially acceptable dogs by way of creating responsible dog owners. It provides a quality standard of training for dog and owner and incorporates many domestic obedience exercises. Now the largest dog training scheme in the UK, it has since inception, issued over 562,575 certificates of achievement to owners and their dogs who have successfully passed the scheme’s tests. There are currently around 1,800 dog training clubs and other organisations around the country actively running the scheme.

The awards were judged by members of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Working Party and senior Kennel Club representatives, who admired the dedication of dog training clubs and local authorities and thanked everyone who entered this year.

Solihull Dog Training Club was named the overall winner of the awards.

Supporters of the scheme, Royal Canin, presented an award for outstanding achievement, which was based on public votes. This was presented to Bill Baird, from Nuneaton Dog Training Club whose dedication to promoting the Good Citizen Dog Training scheme and helping owners to train their dogs impressed voters.

This year’s other winners were; KC Listed Status Club, Perth Dog Training Club; KC Registered Training Club, Solihull Dog Training Club; Registered Breed Club, The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Great Britain; and Local Council Category – Most Effective Campaign, Aberdeenshire Council.

Special awards in recognition of individuals’ dedication to dog training and education  were also presented to Marcia Mannings-Smith, for her work with the GCDS at Crufts and her ongoing role at Solihull Dog Training Club; Dave Deakin, for his work in coordinating GCDS testing at General Championship shows; Neville Uden, for his ongoing involvement in a large number of areas of the scheme, including the GCDS Supermatch; Carol Thornley, for her work with the Kennel Club’s Safe and Sound Scheme at Crufts and her ongoing support and promotion of the GCDS; and Bob and Janet Clarke, for their promotion of the GCDS by taking their Labradors Katie and Cookie into schools, hospitals and hospices.

After announcing the winners, Kennel Club GCDS Working Party Chairman, Maurice Cooke said: “The Good Citizen Dog Scheme Awards provide a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the hard work undertaken by training groups, local authorities and individuals.

“Today’s winners have consistently gone above and beyond to promote responsible dog ownership and deserve to be honoured accordingly.  The enthusiasm and dedication from those who work tirelessly on behalf of dogs and their owners, helps organisations like the Kennel Club to educate people about responsible dog ownership and canine welfare.

“Massive congratulations to those who won today and a huge thank you to everyone who helps make a positive difference to the lives of dogs and their owners.”

The winners and runners up for the GCDS 2016 awards are as follows:

KC Registered Training Club

1st  Solihull Dog Training Club - West Midlands

2nd Nuneaton Dog Training Club - Warwickshire

KC Listed Status Clubs

1st Perth DTC - Perth

2nd The K9 Academy – Tyne & Wear

3rd Dog Training Made Easy in Lincs - Lincolnshire

KC Registered Breed Club & KC Registered Ringcraft Club

1st The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of GB - Nationwide

Local Council Category – Most Effective Campaign

1st Aberdeenshire Council - Aberdeen

2nd London Borough of Sutton (Sutton Safer Partnership) – London

3rd East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Yorkshire

Overall Winner

Solihull Dog Training Club

Royal Canin Special Award

Bill Baird

Runners up Kathryn Churchill and Joe Nutkins

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ENTRIES ON THE DAY AND PROOF OF POSTING

02 June 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General



The Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors of its Proof of Posting (POP) policy.

The Kennel Club is aware that on occasion entries do get lost in the post. However, a small number of exhibitors may be exploiting the Proof of Posting system by various means. 

In order to address this unsportsmanlike behaviour, the Kennel Club uses a Proof of Posting database which lists everyone who makes an entry on the day of a show, and, in particular, whether Proof of Posting was provided on the day. The Kennel Club will contact exhibitors who have not provided Proof of Posting or Proof of Online Entry following the show.

If an exhibitor is found to have been entered onto the database twice, they will be notified that, should they make a further entry on the day of a show, the matter may be referred to the Committee and could result in the disqualification of awards. If subsequent entries on the day are made, the only proof of posting that will be accepted is the Show Society’s confirmation of receipt or an email receipt from an online entry company or a copy of a bank statement. Repeat offenders will be obliged to send their future entries by recorded delivery or enter online.

Exhibitors who have experienced having their entries lost in the post may also wish to consider entering online or sending their entries via recorded delivery. In this way, exhibitors can be certain that their entries have been received and there will be an opportunity to resubmit entries prior to the closing date should any future postal problems arise.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “No one likes to think of exhibitors circumventing the rules, but sad to say there will always be a small minority of people who do this. It is for this reason that these measures concerning proof of posting are in place to ensure a level playing field for all.”

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