The American Kennel Club Congratulates the American Obedience Team

The American Kennel Club Congratulates the American Obedience Team


Held on March 14 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, the 2010 Crufts Obedience World Cup brought together three dog-and-handler teams with one alternate from twelve countries.  America was represented in the obedience team competition for the first time since 2005 and tied Scotland for 6th place.

Photos by: Brian Asmussen

The American Team: John Simonson & Eddy, Petra Ford & Tyler, Sylvia Bishop, Bobbie Anderson & Trump, and Jeannie Dennard & Kicks.

The American team consisted of Bobbie Anderson (team captain) and her Shetland Sheepdog, Himark High Roller UDX OM1 PT, "Trump"; Petra Ford and her Labrador Retriever, NOC OTCH Count Tyler Show Me the Money UDX4 OM2, "Tyler"; and John Simonson and his Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Am/Can CH OTCH Westerlea’s Sir Edmund UDX3 MH NSDTR Club of America/Can. WCX, "Eddy."  Jeannie Dennard and her Border Collie, Redtop Sidekick CD HXAs HIBs NA, "Kicks," served as team alternate.

Bobbie Anderson and Trump

The road to Crufts was not an easy one; in addition to reconditioning and training their dogs to compete within a very different framework of obedience, the team was responsible for their own expenses, with the exception of the team uniforms, which were donated by J and J Dog Supplies, Inc.  While difficult, all team members would say that the experience was well worth the effort.

John Simonson and Eddy

In a Border Collie dominated arena, the diversity of the American team was noted by other competitors worldwide. Tyler and Trump were the only Labrador and Shetland Sheepdog in the World Cup competition.  Additionally, Eddy was one of two Tollers; a dog he sired, Winston, competed with John’s wife, Marie, as part of the Canadian team.  The team had many supporters at the event; they even drew crowds at their practices the evenings preceding the competition.

Jeannie Dennard and Kicks

Petra Ford and Tyler, the 2008 & 2009 National Obedience Champion, wowed the crowd (and judges) with their precise teamwork and Tyler’s jubilant attitude.  They found themselves in a three-way tie for first in the individual competition and ultimately tied for second.

Petra Ford and Tyler

Petra Ford and Tyler

The American Kennel congratulates the American team for their stellar representation and performance at the prestigious 2010 Obedience World Cup!

(Photographer Brian Asmussen lives in Victoria, BC, with his wife, Monique Anstee, a member of the 2010 World Team for Canada.  Please visit his website for more information on the photographer as well as more pictures from Crufts.)