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Rachel retires Rupert 
Rachel Bradley

Rachel, our Head Trainer, is a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor for Rally, KCAI (R).

She has been involved in Rally since 2009. She competed at one of the earliest practice Rally Trials in 2010, placing joint first. She also competed at the very first KC Rally Competition run by FITdogs in April 2013 and qualified her Duck Toller, Rupert.

Rachel and Rupert went onto gain his RL6-Ex at Nuneaton 2015 where he won the L6 class and he retired, age 12, at Solihull DTC in 2016 having qualified in Level 6 on the day. Rachel has also won out of Beginners in Obedience with Rupert.

Rachel is also working Eeva, her Finnish Lapphund, in Level 6 and Orsa, another Toller in Level 5. She is bringing on her young Toller Jasper.

Rachel has previously been selected for the Crufts Dog Activities Ring Display Teams in both Obedience and Rally having had the privilege to represent their sports with Rupert, Eeva and Orsa.

Rachel was a member of the Team Tollerific Obreedience team in 2015 and is now Team Captain of The GIngernuts. She also judges Obreedience. She judges KC Rally to Level 6 and is also an experienced Chief Steward. She is a KC Accredited Rally Judges Trainer and is a member of the KC Rally Working Party.

Rachel was honoured to judge the Inter-Regional Rally Competition at Crufts 2018.

Photo: Les Perry 
Sarah with Moss at Nuneaton 2015 
Sarah Bartlett

Sarah is an experienced KCGCDS trainer and met Rachel on a Rally workshop in 2013, she competed at her first competition at Royal Wootton Bassett in 2013 qualifying her Miniature Long-haired Dachshund, Moss. She started her Rally career with three Miniature LH Dachshunds - Moss and Fern have their RL6 titles and her older boy, Ziggy, came out of retirement for Rally and just needs once more L6 for his title. Sarah also competed her Flat-coated Retriever, Merlin, to his RL2 title before he was retired owing to injury.

Sarah and Moss were selected for the DA Rally Display team at Crufts 2015.

Sarah was the Team Leader for the Dachtastic Obreedience team of Long-haired Dachshunds. They finished 2016 in 4th place on the points table qualifying them for the Obreedience Finals at Crufts 2017 where they came 3rd.

Sarah is now back in the ring with Moss's daughter, Ripple, who already has her first Level 1 Qualifier. They were on the KCGCDS Puppy Display Team for Crufts 2018 and were back in 2019 on the Gold Display team.

Sarah is a qualified Level 6 judge for KC Rally and is a qualified KCAI in both Companion Dog and Rally. She is also a Good Citizens Assessor to Gold level and an Instructor in Canine First Response. When she is not training for Stoneleigh Rally she runs a successful pet care and training business.

Photo: Les Perry 
Tony & Cassie Top Toller Level 6 NSDTR of UK 2016 
Tony Lewenz

Tony has been involved in Rally since 2012 and also made his competition debut at Royal Wootton Bassett in 2013. He quickly progressed to become both a trainer and a judge. Cassie, his Toller, is his first competition dog and he has taken her all the way to her Level 6 title. Tony judges all Levels and is also a well respected Chief Steward.

Tony and Cassie were on the Crufts DA Rally Display team from 2015-17 and were also regulars on the Rally part of the Obedient Dog display team at the Caravan Show. Cassie was previously on the Good Citizens Display team with Tony's daughter Isabel. They also dabbled in Obreedience as the reserve for Team Tollerific in 2015 and are now established members of The Gingernuts.

Photo: Les Perry 
Claire and Lola at the Caravan Show 2016 
Claire Price

Claire has been involved in Rally since 2013 and soon started to help train other handlers, progressing quickly to running her own classes. Claire and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lola, gained their first Rally Qualifier at Royal Wootton Basset in 2014 and have their RL2 title.

Claire was the Team Leader for the Cavaliers at Work Obreedience team who came 4th in the Finals at Crufts in 2016 and has shared her knowledge to train other Obreedience teams since, she has returned to the Obreedience Competition with The Gingernuts in 2019.

Claire has competed Lola in the Introductory class in Obedience where they were placed and they were delighted to be part of the Obedient Dogs display team at the Caravan Show 2016. Unfortunately Lola suffered an injury following Crufts 2016 which has led to her semi-retirement.

Claire is a qualified Level 6 KC Rally Judge and Obreedience Judge. She is also a sought after scribe and scorer.

Photo: Horses for Courses Photography 
Leanne & Brodie at Crufts 2017 
Leanne Ward

Leanne has been involved in Rally since 2016. We quickly realised her potential as an experienced companion dog trainer and started her as a helper with the Beginners classes. She is now a full member of our training team.

Leanne and Brodie were Reserve for the first Midlands Inter-Regional Rally Team at Crufts 2017 and have their Level 1 Excellent title. Leanne is a very capable scribe so doesn't get to compete Brodie as often as she'd like but is hoping to finish Brode's Level 2 title this year.

Brodie is a well-rounded sight-hound having agility, scent work, Hoopers and Disc Dog in her repertoire.

Star takes the jump at the Little Orchard Match 
Kate Wykes

Kate fell into Rally in 2014 when she turned up to cheer on club mates at a match and was chucked in at the deep-end to make up the numbers - she was hooked and hasn't looked back since, taking both her girls, Meg and Star, to Level 6. Kate is a qualified KC Rally Judge.

Kate brings a wealth of experience from Agility and Working Trials as a competitor, judge and show manager. We are happy to welcome her to the training team.

Photo: Lizzie Elgar 

 

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