Show Report Show: Crufts 2015 Birmingham Date: 08/03/2015 Class: Obedience World Cup Judge: Kathy Russell
Crufts World Cup 8th March 2015
Judge : Kathy Russell
I would like to thank the KC show committee for the invitation to judge the World Cup Competition. Such a privilege and honour to be asked. Having judged the Obedience championships in 2001 I appreciate how much work goes into the organising of such an event. This would not be possible without the help of Roy Page, Richard Kebble and Sue Garner. Many thanks for your assistance before and on the day itself in contributing to its success. Gerard Paisley on the PA kept us updated all day and amused us too. Thanks also for looking after the ring at lunch time and keeping an eye on our possessions. You are a star.
My personal thanks to my own team who performed impeccably and made my job so much easier with all of them doing a first class job from the first preparation day right up to the end of judging. My dream team members were Paul Grant, Richard Burbidge, Julie Rowlands, Jayne Jenks, Emma and Jo Hughes, Vicky Mokes, Marj Isaac and Lisa Stock. My heartfelt thanks to you all for making my day a memorable one. Nothing was left to chance. Mr technology, Paul had everyone miked up just in case! Thankfully, everything went to plan becaI had so many dedicated and organised people supporting me.
The atmosphere was electric and all teams were very well supported. There were so many characters in the audience. One I have got to mention is Jim McIntosh from the Scottish contingent. You were brilliant. We just couldn''t stop laughing at the entertainment you provided at the finale.
The course was to test teamwork between handler and dog. When entering the lines on heel work the handler was required to keep their left foot on the line. There were only three handlers who carried this out successfully. One other element that handlers were penalised for was inconsistency in definitions of pace when on the lines. There were few problems on the retrieve as I allowed the manager/team to decide which team member would retrieve the left, right and middle Dumbbells. The distant control again was performed without many problems as was the jump.
1st Mary Ray with Ob Ch Colliewood Blue Jeans losing 9.75pts This was a cracking all round performance as one has come to expect from this very talented consistent team. It is easy to see why Mary and Levi have been at the forefront of obedience for many years. Mary''s handling is superb and Levi is just poetry in motion. Top obedience dog yet again in 2014. A terrific partnership who keep producing results in abundance year after year. Today they were in a class of their own. Congratulations on your third World Cup title in a row.
2nd Jane Moran with OB Ch Dusters Done ''n'' Dusted losing 15.25 pts
No nonsense handling produced another top class round with dog and handler giving a first class performance. Unfortunate to meet up with Mary and Levi working at their best as on any other day this team would have taken top honours.
3rd Pat Watson with Ob Ch Forever Magic it''s Flicka losing 16.25pts
Nice to see Pat back on the circuit after her time out last year. Flicka always tries her best for you Pat and today was no exception. Very good exercises secured this place. Always sympathetically handled. Congratulations
4th. Helen Murray with Sixela uno''s Diva losing 17 points Helen and Diva tackled the round with confidence. Lovely upright handling produced the best from Diva. She is such a lovely, willing and enthusiastic dog and did you proud today. I know you were over the moon and quite rightly so. Well done
1st England This was a great performance from every member of the team as one would have expected with all the expertise and experience. Each member played their part to achieve this and thoroughly deserved the result. The whole team under the guidance of their manager Herbie Watson were really ''up for it''. The team attacked the round with confidence and enthusiasm. Very well done
2nd Wales A very creditable performance from Jen Jessop''s team. Great team spirit and well supported by the Welsh audience. Ahead on points from England but just missed out on top honours due to England having two individual members in the line up whereby gaining extra points. Congratulations
3rd. Holland Under the guidance of Peter van der Velde All team members really tackled the round. The dogs worked with tremendous drive and enthusiasm. Congratulations on a well deserved place.
4th Scotland A very successful World Cup for Carole Patrick and her team who were highly delighted with this place and so were the Scottish supporters. Congratulations
May I say a massive thank you to all the competitors for their attitudes which contributed so much to the enjoyment of myself and my stewards. It was a privilege to judge each and every one of you.
Finally, I found it an honour on the last day of his official duties with the Kennel Club, due to his retirement, that Roy Page assisted by his wife Sheilagh made the presentation to my line up. Have a great retirement Roy, and I for one appreciate all the time, effort and hard work you have put into the KC over the years. I even managed to wind you up for the last time wearing your green jacket at the end of the day and of course, you responded as I expected. That I did enjoy!!