Kath Hardman and her dogs have been successfully competing in Heelwork to Music since 1999. Along with her dogs, Kath has been entertaining the crowds at Crufts every year since 2001.

Heelwork To Music is a huge part of Kath’s life, she helps with the development of the sport, being a member of The Kennel Club, The KC Judges Working Party and The KC HTM Working Party along with being a founder member and Show Manager of a nationwide KC Registered HTM Club, Canine Freestyle GB which holds two weekend shows each year.

In March 2008 at CRUFTS, Kath with her Crossbreed Spice won both THE FREESTYLE FINAL and went on to represent England in THE INTERNATIONAL FREESTYLE FINAL which they also won beating ten other countries including Germany, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, New Zealand & the Netherlands.

(Photo courtesy of Allan Brown)

In October 2010, at the Inaugural FCI World Championships held in Denmark at the World Show, Kath and her Border Collie Amber (Stillmoor Lady In Red) were proud to be selected as part of HTM Team GB, which were placed second in the championship and delighted that Amber and her were the highest scoring individuals gaining the FCI Individual HTM World Champion title.

(Photo courtesy of Allan Brown)

Following this, in October 2011, Kath was again selected with Spice and Amber to represent Great Britain at the first Open European Championship in both Freestyle and Heelwork to Music and was named as HTM Team GB Manager. The Team competed successfully and won the Open European HTM Team Championship and were placed fourth in the Open European Freestyle Team Championship against 13 countries. 

Currently Kath has three “Dancing Dogs”, one puppy and two successfully competing at the Advanced level. She has travelled to Israel, Japan, Australia, Russia, USA and throughout Europe to promote the sport presenting training seminars for handlers and judges.

(Photo courtesy of Allan Brown)

Kath says “The training of this sport creates such a strong bond between dog and handler which has been found to alleviate many dogs from unwanted behaviour. Dogs want to be with their owners more, want to learn more and they find that their owners can be good fun too! A happy dog makes a happy owner –it is an enjoyable sport to take part in, either competitively or just for fun”.

This year will be her second appointment judging HTM and Freestyle at Crufts 2012, her first being in 2006. And now Kath is very honoured to be invited to judge all the Heelwork To Music and Freestyle Classes at The Open European Championships 2012 to be held in Prague, The Czech Republic. She is looking forward to judging what should be excellent competitions with many entries from allover the World. She wishes Good Luck to all the competitors and to the organizers of this huge event.

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