Heelwork to Music in the UK


This show is now a valued part of our Christmas celebrations, with a good atmosphere and opportunity to have some real fun with our dogs in the fun classes after the main competition.


Judges Jan Debnam and Lesley Brocklehurst

1st - Alison Wilde and Shemella Badgers Moon Performing to Rhapsoblue in D/Telstar by Simon Nichol. Score 19.45

Alone in the class but worthy of the win. The music suits the partnership and the choreography is interesting with a varied use of heelwork and free positions.


Judges Jan Debnam and Alison Wilde

1st - Ester Kent and Gosport Riva (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) performing to “Counting Stars by One Republic. Score 22.8

This is a smart little dog and the choreography is excellent, varied and demonstrating the key skills that should be present in an advanced dressage round. Good use of space and the music suits the partnership.

2nd - Cathy Bates and Ruskath Lyrical Image (WSD) performing to Next to me by Emile Sande. Score 22.05

Some very interesting moves in this round which has evolved since I saw it last. The introduction of dressage weaves was a very welcome addition to the choreography and I would love to have seen a few more of them to demonstrate Sybil’s skill. The patterns are sometimes not fully completed.

3rd - Louise Ince and Decoymans Piper Edward (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever) performing to Waves by Mr Probz. Score 21.25

A good varied round using the space to best advantage. Troy is a smart little dog with a business-like trot. The sideways and backwards sections were well presented and of sufficient duration to demonstrate Troy’s skills.

4th - Lesley Brocklehurst and Genabacab Speck of Life (WSD) performing to Querer Alegrai by Cirque de Soliel. Score 20.2.

How we all enjoyed this round. Lesley’s choreography was, as usual, impeccable. But after 9 or so years in the ring being a total goody 4 paws, Alaska decided to celebrate her retirement with an outbreak of her own choreography. We all loved what she did with the Lilly which was supposed to be a target. Good on you Alaska – didn’t know you had it in you!!

Jan Debnam - Head Judge
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