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Crufts entries close!
on-line and overseas’ entries expected to boost figures

Entries close on Friday January 7th for the 2005 Crufts show which takes place from March 10th-13th March at the NEC, Birmingham.

Schedules were mailed to all 2004 exhibitors in November 2004.

Following the unforeseen travel problems some exhibitors experienced last year, the Kennel Club is offering exhibitors the opportunity to purchase admission tickets in advance for any day of the Show at a reduced rate – details of which are on the entry form.

Exhibitors can also save £1 on their entry by entering online at which then takes them to the Fosse Data Systems site.

The show, which will occupy the five principal halls of the National Exhibition Centre, will be held from Thursday to Sunday and Terriers and Hounds will be on the first day, Toys and Utility on the second, Gundogs on the third with Working and Pastoral on the fourth day.

Group judges

Group judges this year include Terrier Mr Geir Flyckt-Pedersen, Hound Mrs Denise Courtney, Toy Mrs Ferelith Somerfield and Utility Mr Bob Gregory. Over the weekend days Mrs Anne Webster will sort out the Gundogs, Mrs Brenda Banbury the Working group and last year’s best in show judge will judge the Pastoral group. Best in show will be judge Miss Jean Lanning.

For further information regarding Crufts and to request a schedule please contact the Kennel Club on 020-7518 1012.

Last year the Kennel Club confirmed that 644 dogs entered Crufts 2004 from 22 different countries, ensuring that Crufts created yet another all time overseas record entry. This included 132 from Ireland.

Crufts 2003 attracted a record 543 overseas dogs but the 2004 show surpassed this entry by a further 101, all travelling to the UK to take part in the 101st Crufts Show.

Crufts 2004 also saw three new countries enter the competition - Austria, Luxembourg and Hungary - all competing against the 21,622 total entry figure for top honours.

Said Caroline Kisko, Secretary to the Kennel Club; "We are delighted that so many dog owners from overseas are coming to Crufts to compete alongside our British dogs. We imagine that this figure will continue to increase each year, as the PETS Travel Scheme gathers momentum and overseas’ competitors make the journey to the UK to exhibit at the greatest dog show in the world!"