Afterthoughts of Crufts 2019
Linda Gore spends most of the year photographing Agility. She says her
job is to capture memories in the ring. This year she covered Crufts at
the NEC taking pictures not only of the competitors in the Main Arena
and behind the scenes but also the Judges who design the courses, the
commentators who explain the classes to the audience and the Ring Party
who are responsible for setting the courses up and making the Arena run
like clockwork. We have combined some of her pictures with their words.
Belle Goes to Crufts 2018
a small business owner in her second year of trading, Belle McIntosh of FurBaby
Casting wondered if a trade stand at Crufts be a worthwhile endeavour or would
she be lost in sea of major dog food suppliers, toy and accessory retailers. So
when she was offered the opportunity to cover Crufts for Agilitynet, she jumped
at the chance. This would be her first time at Crufts and she went with an open
mind, a brief to cover the show from the perspective of a trade stand holder and
agility competitor and, as always, her trademark pink trainers.
Wandzel's Journey to Crufts
8th March was a big day for Catherine
Wandzel and her agility girl Sky. They had qualified for the Medium
Agility Team Final at Crufts. It was a dream come true! Last year she
went as a spectator but this year she was in the ring with her team Dark
Destroyer Dragonhearts. This is the story of their special journey to
The largest and best known dog show in the world (probably) and showcase
for some of the best agility dogs in the country.
Here is a list of things to remember when going to
Crufts, primarily for new visitors and those who, like mothers in labour forget
the trauma of childbirth when they get home! The advice is appropriate to anyone
who has gone to watch - or participate in - Agility, Flyball, Obedience, Breed
or a touch of retail shopping. Enjoy your day and don't say that we didn't warn
Crufts 2003 -
dog show is larger nor more controversial than Crufts. Always full of drama, there are 21,000
individual stories of success and disappointment - never more poignant than so than in the
agility ring. Here is a selection of comments overheard before, after and during Crufts 2003.
Crufts 2008 - News
Where, when, how plus results of the finals
Crufts 2011 Random Thoughts
people say that Crufts is not as special to the agility fraternity as Olympia but one has to
admit that there is no other dog show like it. You either love it or loath it. It isnít really
a dog show any more. Some would call it a circus? Itís a place to stock up on dog bedding,
toys, ornaments, agility equipment, obedience equipments and what every catches your fancy!
Itís a chance to see the best of the best whether it be in breed, obedience, Heel Work to Music
or Agility. Jennie Fairweather cast her roving eye over the proceedings in this eclectic report
Crufts 2012 Judges Report
the largest annual international Championship dog
the world. Organised and hosted by the Kennel
is currently held every March at the National
Exhibition Centre (NEC)
England. To be asked to
judge whether it be in breed, obedience or agility is the ultimate compliment. But what
did the judges really think about the classes on the day?
2013 Crufts - News and Results
trophies are polished, the collars are on, the nationís sweetheart, Clare Balding is warming
up. It can mean only one thing - the worldís greatest dog show, Crufts is almost upon us. More
than 145,000 people are expected to come through the doors of the NEC from the 7Ė 10 March 2013 to
meet the 27,000 dogs that will be at Crufts over the four days. Visitors will be able to watch
the live events each day throughout the NEC and speak to experts about different breeds and the
future of dog health.
Crufts 2014 - News and Results
Celebrating the British love affair
with dogs, Crufts will be returning to the NEC Arena in Birmingham and to our
television screens again on 6 Ė 9 March 2014. The four-day event will
see the nation's most heroic dogs rewarded in the prestigious Friends for Life
competition, the UK's favourite crossbreeds compete in the Scruffts Grand Final
the world's most athletic canines battling it out in dog sports such as Agility
and Flyball, and the world-famous Best in Show competition.
Crufts 2020 - Pre-Coronavirus
We zoomed in on two of the judges in the Main Ring- Martin Cavil and
David Isbister - in an in-depth conversation about what it was like before,
after and during the greatest dog show in the world pre-coronavirus. And we've
kept to the 2m rule.
Crufts Ring Party
The Agility Ring Party at Crufts may be one of the few groups of people who can
go unseen in fluorescent pink. Every year the team of Eukanuba-pink clad Crufts
ring party work tirelessly - and often unnoticed - in front of thousands of
spectators viewing the agility competitions that could not run without them. Our
Agilitynet reporter Kirrin Medcalf spoke
to several members of this years Ring Party.
is one of the largest dog events in the world. No longer purely a dog show, dfs Crufts
celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives. It has changed in ways that
couldnít possibly have been imagined when the show was set up in Victorian times by the late
Charles Cruft. Although it was a very different event in 1891 Charles Cruft was a great showman
and would surely have enjoyed the size and scope of the event today, which is an essential date
in any dog loverís calendar. Look out for the milestone agility dates in
Green Light for Crufts
Crufts again. Had she done it all wondered Mary
Ann Nester? Had she earned her seat on the settee with Ben Fogle on the box? She'd
been to Crufts as a competitor, a groom, a spectator and a shopper but always with
agility in mind. Never before had she worked on a stand - what some would call the
plebeian face of Crufts! Time to notch up a new experience!
The Kennel Club Festival Starters Cup
Chris Garret reports on the 2008 KC Festival Starters
Cup , the first time that dogs from Grades 1 and 2 have been given the chance to compete
on the world stage at Crufts. How would the relatively inexperienced handlers face the
Meet Laura Richardson Ring Manager Crufts
In 2023, Laura Richardson
is taking over as the Main Arena, Ring Manager for the Kennel Club, a
role which was previously held by Dave Jolly for 15 years. The ring
party does everything except judge, and they usually work from 7.00am to
6.00pm depending upon when the events are on. It's a big job, but she's
up for it.
Reporter at Crufts 2008
We asked Jennie Fairweather to go to Crufts 2008 with an open
brief to talk to people - and that she did.
Two Busy Reporters at Crufts 2016
This year marks
the 125th Anniversary of Crufts and the atmosphere at the NEC was as frenzied as
ever. We sent out our intrepid reporters - Penny Heel and David ELliott - armed with just a press pass and an
open brief, to
watch, listen and report on the 'best dog show in world' for those of us unable to go, get time off
work or unwilling to make it buck the traffic and road works to get to the live
agility in the Arena.
The Virgin Groom
Janet Grenfell has worked with dogs in the past
as an HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) dog handler, but has never competed in agility. Last
year Soraya Porter managed to talk her into scriming for her at a small independent show.
Little did she know this was the thin end of the wedge. Next came the request for her to
act as groom at Crufts. Not realising that this was not a job for the faint of heart,
Janet agreed. Here is her account of her day as a Crufts Groom Virgin.
It was a dream come true for 14 year old