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Heelwork to Music in the UK

Young Kennel Club
Crufts 2020 Freestyle
Photographs courtesy or Richard Moss
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FREESTYLE YKC Judges Report

Judges Kath Hardman, Pamela Ruscoe and Dawn Hill

Saturday 7th  March 2020

What a difficult competition to judge with these young handlers sometimes have to perform out of class order as needed elsewhere where other disciplines had priority. Not easy for the judges to keep swapping levels and groups, neither was it easy for the young handlers to find time to focus on whichever discipline it was to take part in. Starters – 12-17 yrs One competitor in this class who was Jess Powling with her WSD The White And Black Pearl performing to “C'mon C'mon” by One Direction. Jess and Pippin included a small variety of freestyle moves in this routine – Pippin was often a little too enthusiastic to keep a good control of, but Jess persevered and gave a good performance winning the class.


















Starters - 18 – 24 yrs


Abbie Reynolds-Dobson was the first competitor to take to the ring in this class, with her Crossbreed, No Fire Without Ash and performing to “Be our Guest” by Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach from Beauty and the Beast. It took some time before Ash settled to work loosing focus many time, but this is a huge and difficult ring for these young handlers to work in which require a lot of work beforehand training in many different environments in preparation for such a big event. In spite of this, Abbie managed to complete some lovely freestyle moves with Ash.















Rachel Low with her Crossbreed, Sai Sai were the next partnership to perform and they had chosen the music “How far I’ll Go” from Moana. Again a loss of focus early on however, Rachel persevered and completed a lovely routine with a good variety of Freestyle moves showing a very well choreographed routine. Rachel and Sai Sai were the winners in this group – Well done!














The next team to compete was Daniella Chapman with her Crossbreed, Faith Trust Pixie Dust performing to “Fun House” by Pink. This was another team who had to work hard to keep concentration and motivation in this competition. Enthusiasm from Danielle never waned as she gently encouraged Pixie to join in with her performance which gained her 3 place today.














Tara Fisher and her Labrador, Hakuna Manahla performing to another piece of music from Pink, “Walk Me Home” were the next team in the YKLC Ring.Wht a tough time Tara had with her music refusing to play halfway through, but the DJ of the day came to the rescue speedily downloading this piece for her to use. Tara and Nahla did well as they had has quite a number of false starts and had to remain in the ring whilst the music was sorted out for her. Her routine included jumps, weaves and creeps, rolls varying the height of the choreography. Well done on being placed second in this class.













Novice Freestyle 18 – 24 yrs


First to take the stage in the next class was Nicole Mortimore with her Crossbreed, Rise And Shine Storytime and they performed to “Moonlight” by Grace VanderWaal. This was quite a short piece of music and Nicole managed to include moves such as reverse moves, spins, weaves, with some delightful poses including begs, wrapping paws round her leg and paw on face. Nicole and Bluebell were placed 3 today, well done.















Next in the ring was Emily High with her fun loving Papillon, Melangel Dazzling Dream performing to “I Just Can't Wait to Be King” from The Lion King Cast. Emily smiled throughout this routine especially when Dash really tested her patience by deciding to do a few Zoomies around the arena, lapping up the laughter and enjoyment expressed by the audience! Well done to Emily who showed her dog training expertise by controlling the situation and putting on a good show which resulted in her and Dash being placed 2 , congratulations!














Hayley Byrne-Ingle with her crossbreed, Ellz Bellz Cross Flash Of White performing to “Summer Holiday” by Cliff Richard were the next partnership to take part in the class. This was another team who had to deal with the ring’s distractions and there was considerable sniffing and loss of focus, but Hayley was another competitor who persevered and put together some beautiful moves which put her into fourth place.















Ella Garwood with her Crossbreed, Krazy Kyuss Mayhem performing to "How Far I'll Go"/"I Am Moana" by Auli'i Cravalho was the final team to compete in this class. Kayenne was very enthusiastic, but this brought out some noise which lost her some of her score, but the routine had plenty of content and props! Although last to compete, Ella and Kayenne were the worthy winners of the class. Congratulations.












Intermediate Freestyle 18 – 24 yrs



Jenny Witt took to the ring with her Working Sheepdog, Sakurastar Sunset Maisie and they performed to a “Toy Story Medley”. This routine told a lovely story and included a great variety of moves, very accurately completed. Well done Jenny and Maisie on winning this class today.
















Emma Pirrie was the next competitor in this Intermediate Freestyle class with her delightful Pug, Libby’S Sweet Dream performing to “Under The Sea” by Samuel E Wright (Little Mermaid). Cookie and Emma performed a lovely routine, again with a good mix of freestyle moves which had been choreographed very nicely to show Cookie at her best! Congratulations on your second place.













Advanced Freestyle 18 – 24 yrs


First to compete in this class was Charlotte Ball with her crossbreed, Monet In A Million and they were working to the music “Raiders March” by John Williams. Charlotte and Monet performed in this difficult environment with confidence – the crowds were so many rows back by now and the noise in the Hall was increasing, but they put on a great routine which included some super moves carried out on only verbal commands and finished in third place – Well Done Charlotte and Monet

















Second to compete was Jenny Witt with her Crossbreed, Lavender Lillipip performing to “Winnie the Pooh Medley”. Jenny and her dog Sophie worked the ring well, even though a small dog – they had choreographed this routine to incorporate some marvellous moves only a small dog could easily complete and their use made of the available ring was superb. This was a lovely routine and congratulations on your second place in this class.
















Emma Pirrie was the final competitor in this class and worked her Working Sheepdog Yolanda The Panda to the music “It’s Time To Dance” by Company of The Prom. Yola and Emma performed this routine beautifully with sparkling accuracy and packed with content. The moves interpreted the music so perfectly and made this routine an absolute pleasure to judge and for Emma and Yola the award of first place! Well done to the YKC Organisers who have to change arrangements for many disciplines during the four days and with HTM being so different with three judges and a great variety of routines – all went very well. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to judge these fabulous young handlers and their dogs.













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