Proud owner Kym Pearson Mayston and her Working Sheepdog Zara were over the moon with delight after winning the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes competition at Crufts 2014.
Zara aka Bewitched Over Pendle, a 3 year old Working Sheepdog and her owner Kym Pearson from Huddersfield, won their way through to the final and beat 21 other dogs to be crowned the winner of the 2014 Stakes competition.
Kym said “I am absolutely thrilled to win the final, my dad’s dream was always to walk the green carpet, unfortunately he passed away at Christmas 3 years ago and to cheer myself up I bought Zara, so I am delighted to be able to fulfil his and my dream. I started training my dog through the GCDS programme as Zara was a naughty puppy that chased cars, so all the help I got from my training club has enabled us to achieve this win today.”
This obedience competition was created in 2005, to encourage prospective exhibitors who have passed their GCDS Bronze Award to take part in obedience competition. The exercises included in the test are a combination of the current GCDS exercises and the Pre-Beginner Obedience test. Building on the basic training skills learnt through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, these new stakes help to bridge the gap between basic training and entering a competition.
Dogs entered in the final have to qualify at a heat held in 2013 and then be placed in the top five at one of the 4 semi-finals. Heats were held at 28 locations throughout the UK and competition was fierce. The Judge today was Sandy Wadhams.
Maurice Cooke GCDS Working Party Chairman said “This is the 9th time the final has been held at Crufts and it is always a tight competition. Kym and Zara are not only good citizens but have now taken that initial step into competition obedience, we wish them luck.”