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Kennel Gazette Junior Warrant competition

The Kennel Club is once again hosting the Kennel Gazette Junior Warrant Winner of the Year Competition. The semi-finals of this prestigious event will be held at Discover Dogs in November with the ten finalists being selected to compete at Crufts in 2006.

Due to the high number of dogs achieving a Junior Warrant so far this year, a series of qualifying heats will again be held by General Canine Societies around the country that have Open Shows scheduled during September this year. These special events will be held after the close of the Open Shows.

Eligibility to compete in the qualifying heats is for all dogs that have qualified for a Junior Warrant within the period 1st August 2004 – 31st July 2005. It is appreciated that some dogs will be over 18 calendar months of age should they qualify for the Semi Finals.

Dogs may be entered in more than one qualifying heat. However, once qualified, exhibitors will be required to withdraw the qualified dog from any subsequent Junior Warrant qualifying heat(s).

The refund of entry fees is at the discretion of the organising society. The organising society will be responsible for selecting the judge, who will have previously awarded Challenge Certificates in at least one breed.

Five dogs and a reserve will be selected by the judge and 64 dogs from the heats will subsequently be invited to the semi-finals at Discover Dogs, which takes place at Earls Court 2, London on Saturday 12th November, 2005.

Eligible dogs do not need to be entered for the Open Show in order to compete in the Junior Warrant Competition Qualifier, although entries must be made prior to the show’s closing date and be accompanied by the relevant entry fee. The maximum number of dogs for the qualifying heat is 64. If it is likely that this number will be exceeded acceptance of entries will be on a first come first served basis.

The qualifying heats will be held at the following shows: Scotland, Perthshire Canine Club 24th September, Mrs S Martin 01738 551785: North West, Burnley & District Canine Society 17th September Mrs M Stephens 01706 874384: North East, Nidderdale Agricultural Society 19th September, Mr P Broadbent 0113 239 4510: Midlands, Rugeley & District Canine Society 10th September, Mr D Gordon 01782 564087; Stafford & District Canine Society 24th September, Mrs A Kidd 01785 760557; Thame & Oxfordshire Agricultural Association 15th September, Mrs A Howes 01865 343435, Worksop & District Canine Society 25th September, Mrs M McBurnie 01909 724149: South East & East Anglia, Bury St. Edmunds & District Canine Society 18th September Mrs A M Howell 01406 426857/ Eastbourne & District Canine Society 18th September, Mrs C Cleland 01323 833732/Horsham & District Canine Society 25th August, Mrs P Kendall 01825 873043; South & South West, West Country Dog Club 17th September, Mrs A Rickett 01275 464256