Our obedience classes have always been aimed at pet dogs, to make them sociable and well behaved. It has been a long time since we have had not only an obedience competitor but a winning competitor. Pat Hawkes has been a member of the Club for a very long time and has taken up "serious" obedience with her latest dog Lotti. Lotti won pre-beginners at the Plymouth show, losing only a quarter of a
mark. It's very good to see one of our members competing in our own show! We wish them both very good luck for the future.
Jim Apps and Sandra Tucker's Conbhairean Erika vom Felsental (below) became a Champion late in 2013 then Mary Brimacombe and Terry Kessel's Conbhairean Gabriella (left) became a Champion in June 2014. Denise and Dave Hensley's Monksley Kohana at Zuberg has 1 CC and is looking forward to getting another 2 in the near future. Most of the dogs attending our classes regularly win at shows of the highest level. There are only 5 regular members of the ringcraft section so our proportion of winning dogs is very high.
Tracey Burn with Tia
Many of you will know Tracey Burn, and her dog Tia. A short time ago Tracey decided that she would have a go at agility after Tia had shown some aptitude at our fun obstacle course sessions at Hennock. Tia is shown above with some of the rosettes she has won. These include 2 seconds, 3 thirds, 2 fourths, 2 fifths, 2 sixths and 10 clear rounds. She got her first 1st at a UKA show at Feniton on 13th May 2013. Tia is consistently getting clear rounds at shows. German Shepherds are becoming more popular with agility competitors and they are nearly as fast as Collies but more careful, getting less penalties. I know that everyone at the Club would like to wish Tracey and Tia the best of luck for the future.