Heelwork to Music in the UK

Carole Dodson
Meet the judges
Carole lives in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire with her Border Collies Clifton, Brooklyn, Legend and one year old Fame, a Papillion/Klein Spitz. Carole, her husband and daughter own and run Forest Oak Farm – A busy Canine Training and Events Venue, dog-friendly Campsite and Holiday Cottages.

Carole developed her passion for dog training from an early age and joined her first Dog Training Club at the age of 14. Having trained and competed successfully in Breed and Obedience since her teens, she became hooked to Heelwork to Music in 1999 when training with May Ray and Kay Laurence. By 2001 she was competing regularly in competitions and swiftly worked her way up the classes as well as keeping up with the Obedience.

As Head Trainer at Forest Oak Dog Training Club she teaches puppy life skills through to advanced Obedience, Clicker training, Rally and Heelwork to Music. Carole is also Chairperson and Show Manager for the Paws in Music Association, the first and largest Heelwork to Music Association in the UK. Previously she was Treasurer for the West of England Border Collie Club for ten years.

Carole teamed with her oldest dog Clifton were a force to be reckoned twice winning the Crufts HTM finals, reaching the finals for five years on the trot and always placing highly in both HTM and Freestyle. Carole and Clifton were selected for the GB team in the World Championships in 2010 where they gained Silver overall. Clifton also works ‘C’ in Obedience before he retired in 2014. Carole now works her ‘middle child’ Brooklyn, in A Obedience and advanced Heelwork to Music. Fame and Legend are hot on his heels is Fame and Legend, who are busy planning a joint take over this year in Obedience and Heelwork to music in 2017.

Years of dedication and success in the sport culminated in Carole having the honour of judging Crufts Heelwork to Music and Freestyle finals in 2009. She has taught and judged overseas as far as Japan and Australia. Along with her daughter she judged the Inaugural National Heelwork to Music Championships in 2014. She is very much looking forward to a second chance to have the best seat in the house at Crufts and wishes all those competing at Crufts this year in every sport the best of luck.
Jeanette Fyfe
Jeanette Fyfe has owned Golden Retrievers for 36 years. Her first dog was bought as a pet, but she was encouraged to show him, which she did with some limited success. Through contact with her local Dog Training Club, she entered Obedience shows with more success and judged at the lower levels. She has had a lifelong interest in dance, as a childhood interest of ballet, ballroom and tap, grew through her teens till she became choreographer to a local musical society for 30 years. In 2005, she attended a Heelwork to Music/Clicker training workshop to try to find something to occupy the mind of her very lovable but recalcitrant Goldie, Caley (Penrioch the Practitioner). This kindled her interest in HTM, an ideal way of incorporating her love of dance and working with her dog as a team.

She went along to watch a HTM demonstration given by members of Help Fife Animals, and joined the class the next week. She entered her other Goldie, Ziegy (Rainscourt Zi Folly) into her local Gala, and came first in the Freestyle class. That was her hooked! When Help Fife Animals held the first KC show in Scotland, Ziegy again came first in Starters Freestyle, which moved him up to Novice after one show! Ziegy took her to the dizzy heights of doing a demo in the Main arena at Crufts, and representing Scotland in the International. She has been a member of the Dog Activities Team at Crufts since 2010. She started judging in 2007, and is now qualified to judge at all levels. She is currently working her two Goldies, Dante ( Enlivya Angel Nathaniel) and Cello (Garrellglen Spring Dancer) at Advanced level in HTM, and Dante in Advanced Freestyle .

She has been Scottish Team Manager for the Inter-Regionals since the competition began in 2011, and instigated the HTM Fun shows which run throughout the year to raise funds to support the team. This also helps to encourage new handlers in Scotland to try the sport and gain confidence.

She is very honoured to be asked to judge Heelwork to Music at Crufts 2016.

I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked to judge the Heelwork to Music, Freestyle and International Freestyle competitions at Cruft’s this year.

My involvement with HTM began in 2002 with my first dog, a tri coloured bundle of fluffy puppy fun : this was Harry (Collywobble Celtic Harry). I did not know it at the time, but Harry and HTM were to change my life. Puppy classes led to KCGC and then to HTM at the newly formed WestGlen HTM club. I was well and truly hooked. 

We began competing in 2005 and Harry went on to compete in both Advanced HTM and Freestyle. He is a really lovely dog – I have so much to thank him for. My younger Border Collie Bobby ( Gwynion Solo )currently works in Advanced HTM and Intermediate Freestyle. He is such a stylish little dog and I have learned such a great deal from him. My new puppy Ted ( Beverton Ted ) is a real clown with stacks of personality ; his antics make me smile every day . I hope to enter him in the HTM ring soon. 

I have been lucky enough to compete at Cruft’s several times, both as an HTM finalist and also representing Wales in the International Freestyle competition.

One of the things I am most proud of since starting HTM is my association with WestGlen HTM club. I appreciate how lucky I was as a complete novice to dog training to have a club that ran weekly classes teaching HTM and gave help and encouragement in all aspects of the sport enabling members to compete. Since it was founded in 2004 by Pat and Ken Sidaway the club has grown from strength to strength and was one of the first ‘independent’ clubs to organise and stage an HTM competition .As a club, WestGlen has done a great deal to promote the sport through competition and training opportunities both as ‘in house’ training and through special training days and shows. Although now living in Wales, our links to WestGlen are as strong as ever and Mike and I travel back to the Midlands to help run the successful and ever popular WestGlen HTM Shows. 

Competing and Judging HTM has given me many fabulous life opportunities, travelling to all parts of the UK. Being part of this ever growing sport has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderfully talented dogs and people. Cruft’s has such a special atmosphere, the main arena is equally terrifying and exhilarating at the same time; it is the perfect venue to perform a well thought out polished routine. The finalists in each competition shine as the very best of the best, showcasing their dogs in this prestigious venue.

I am looking forward to judging the Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Competitions at Crufts from the best seat in the house, and wish all the teams competing the very best of luck.
Mary Muxworthy
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