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What to expect at Crufts

The gamekeeper classes will once again be organised by the BASC Game and Deer management team on gundog day, Thursday 7 March 2019 in Hall 5.

Entry to the classes is restricted to gundogs which have worked on shoots throughout the season on a regular basis. As well as the breed classes for working dogs and gamekeepers’ dogs, classes include gamekeeper teams and working gundog teams. There are also classes for young handlers to show dogs which have worked throughout the season.

Competing at Crufts is a highly sought after accolade of the dog show world and the BASC gamekeeping classes give us a chance to showcase working gundogs in their prime to an audience who may not be aware of the great work that they do.

Entering Crufts particularly for the first time is a very exciting experience and there is no need to feel intimidated by the day. The day really is very simple.

The schedule and entry forms can be found here.

Read through and fill in the sections relevant to you, if you have any problems then give us a ring on 01244 573019. Once the forms are completed send them into Crufts before the deadline. Entry forms for the Gamekeepers classes can only be entered via post and not online. Therefore be sure to post your entry in plenty of time before the deadline for postal entries closes.

Once you have registered with Crufts you will receive a registration number through the post for each dog you have entered plus your tickets.

If you are hoping to stay overnight at the event be sure to book your room ASAP, as hotels near to Crufts get filled very quickly. Remember to ask if they are dog friendly.

When your day at Crufts arrives it will be a busy one and the traffic around the area can be quite heavy so ensure you leave your home/ hotel in good time and get to Crufts early. Be aware as well that the walk from the car parks to the NEC can be a bit of a trek so factor in this time to any plans.

Walking into Crufts with your dog for the first time will suddenly give you a real buzz and you’ll wonder why you didn’t enter before.

Make sure you check which bench you have been allocated and in which hall you need to be in, head for this and use your bench as your base for the day.

Once you’re settled in make yourself familiar with the area, where the toilets, exits, restaurants are and most importantly where your specific show ring is.

Check your class times again and in which ring they will be held; class times will be available on the BASC website and will be displayed at the edge of the rings throughout the day.

If you have entered several classes or you have entered several dogs check that there are no overlaps with the separate classes, we do try to arrange the classes to prevent this but unfortunately sometimes there is no option other than to have the odd class overlap slightly, so you may need to make arrangements to address this if possible.

If you are entering dogs in more than one breed class you will need to establish which rings you need to be at for each event. Allow yourself 10 minutes or so to get to the correct ring, it can become rather crowded and moving around the halls can take a while so it’s best to be early.

Ring stewards will be walking around before each class so ensure that your dog’s registration number is on display to help the stewards direct you into the ring and explain to you what the judge wishes to see.

When it’s your turn to go in you will be asked to lead your dog around the ring then the judge will physically inspect your dog. After all the dogs in the class have been judged a shortlist will be chosen and the top five dogs will be individually placed from first to ‘Very Highly Commended’. If you are lucky enough to win your class you will be asked to come back after classes have finished to be presented with your trophy.

Winners of the “gamekeeper-only” classes will go to the main arena at the end of the day and be judged for the ‘Gamekeeper classes best in show’ for the Northesk Memorial Trophy.

During the lunchtime slot there will be a gundog training display in the gamekeeper rings, featuring different breeds of gundogs.

Also be aware that no exhibitor is allowed to leave earlier than 4pm. It can be very busy trying to exit the NEC at this point and it may be beneficial to wait till a later time to try and leave.

Rules, entry forms and schedules for the BASC gamekeeper’s classes at Crufts are available on the BASC website. The closing date for entries is MONDAY, 9th JANUARY 2019 (Postmark)

In all classes please note the law with regard to showing dogs with docked tails.


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