Show Report Show: Crufts 2014 Birmingham Date: 09/03/2014 Class: Obedience World Cup Judge: Stella Henstridge
It was a great honour to be invited to judge this event at Crufts and I would like to thank Crufts Committee for this prestigious invitation. A big thank you must go to Roy Page and Richard Kebble for their hard work and assistance in the preparation before the event and on the day itself. Judging this competition could not have been achieved successfully without a good team behind me, which I definitely had in Jackie Roddick, Debbie Giddens, Wendy Foster, Heather Puckett, John Henstridge, Rita Marquand, Jenny Prevel and Bev Smith. Thank you for all your hard work, it was an honour to judge this year’s competition but even more so to work with this team. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, thank you all. Special thanks to Jane and Paul Meredith, Janet Plant, Ann Rogers and Lynn Collins for helping us with our preparations beforehand and the Saturday evening rehearsal.
There is always a very good atmosphere around the ring and this year was no exception. The lead up to the parade and the parade it’s self has become a large feature of the event with a lot of spectator involvement, enjoyed by everyone. This year nine teams took part these were Germany, Belgium, Northern Ireland, Holland, Wales, Republic Of Ireland, Scotland, England and Canada. Although Canada one had 1 dog in the team, thank you for taking part. I hope you all enjoyed your time on the green carpet. Thank you all for taking part and being so sporting. I would also like to thank all competitors for presenting themselves to the collecting ring in plenty of time for their rounds. This was very helpful to my collecting ring stewards.
1st Mary Ray and Levi, OB CH Colliewood Blue Jeans W/S (England). Mary and Levi worked an excellent round completing all exercises with accuracy and style. Levi is really on form at the moment, winning top dog again this year. Congratulations.
2nd Michelle Dunscombe and Maverick, Forever Magic Xrated W/S (Wales). Michelle and Maverick came into the ring with a very positive approach and concentrated on the job in hand, producing another stylish and accurate round. Congratulations.
3rd Dominique Ficek and Spice, de risan Extra Hot B/C (Germany). Dominique and Spice worked a very good round, strong, consistent heelwork holding a good position throughout. Congratulations.
4th Helen Connolly and Georgia, Gorgeous Georgia GSD (Wales) Helen and Georgia another good round worked by this team. Good heelwork completed all other exercises successfully. Congratulations.
Team Places: 1st Wales The team members were, Helen Connolly with Georgia, Michelle Dunscombe with Maverick and Jane Walker with Mair. They were a good strong team with all members producing good rounds and completing all exercises well. With two of the individual places coming from this team. Congratulations on your win.
2nd England The team members were Philomena Barnes with Jezzie, Pat Watson with Flick and Mary Ray with Levi. Another good strong team with all members producing good rounds and completing the ring work well. There but for stays it would have been a different story. Congratulations on gaining 2nd place
3rd Holland The team members were Bernou ter Voorde with Lizzie, Guus Scholten with Gucci and Karin Stegmeijer with McCay. As always very strong contenders for this competition. The retrieve over the hurdle and the sendaway proved a little costly today. Congratulations on gaining 3rd place.
4th Germany The team members were Christina Pestka with Argo, Anna Herzog with Lia and Dominique ficek with Spice. Very well done on your teams performance in the ring. Congratulations on gaining 4th place.