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Heelwork to Music in the UK

Young Kennel Club Crufts 2020
Judges 
Kath Hardman, Pamela Ruscoe and Dawn Hill
Heelwork To Music 

YKC Judges report 7th  March 2020

This competition was held in Hall 3 of the NEC – with plenty of passing people who soon paused to stop and watch the classes which started at 9:30am. Just 4 entries in the HTM Section and these were all in the 18 to 24 yr bracket across three levels. Starters First into the ring was Tara Fisher with her lovely Labrador Hakuna Manahla performing to Fire on Fire by Sam Smith. This is a huge and difficult ring for these young handlers to cope with as the area is used for all dog disciplines throughout Crufts including Breed showing. Tara managed to cover quite a considerable number of heelwork positions in the routine and varied this work with changes of directions with Nahla nicely motivated and enjoying her time in the ring. Congratulations Tara and Nahla – a worthy winner of the class.

















The second competitor in this class was Paige Jepson with her Border Collie Jeplong Step On A Stone working to “Into the Unknown” by Idina Menzel, Aurora. Well done to Paige for persevering with Pebbles who found the ring surface really interesting and who lost focus quite a number of times, as I said previously, this ring is a very hard ring to perform in – with the added pressure of a large audience but Paige did well to continue.














Novice Just the one competitor in this class but a worthy winner! Jenny Witt with her Working Sheepdog Sakurastar Sunset working to a “Doctor Who Medley”. Jenny and Maisie included a great number of heelwork positions and used a good variety of directions to work the dog in with pivots and some lateral moves. Well done Jenny – a lot of work had gone into creating this interesting routine which had good content, accuracy and Musical Interpretation.
















Intermediate Again just one competitor in the level too, but we weren’t disappointed as Emma Pirrie with her Working Sheepdog Yolanda The Panda performed to “Somewhere In Brooklyn” by Bruno Mars. An exceedingly accurate performance which had a good balance of many heelwork positions included. Well Done Emma – you both did really well.
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Photographs courtesy of Richard Moss 
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