Canine Musical Freestyle Seminar

Kath Hardman

Hosted by the Texas Six-Steppers

Seminar Costs

See below for course descriptions.

Working spots limited to 12 per day.






The Texas Six-Steppers are excited to host freestyler Kath Hardman from across the "Big Pond" for a two-day canine musical freestyle seminar. Kath 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 in England and abroad, 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. 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 Inaugural FCI Individual HTM World Champion title. Following this, in October 2011 and on September 2013, Kath was again selected with Spice and Amber to represent Great Britain at the Open European Championships in both Freestyle and Heelwork to Music.   In 2013 Spice was the highest placed Freestyle dog in Team GB and Amber the highest placed HTM dog in Team GB.  

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Payment and Cancellations

$50 is due at the time of registration to hold your spot. Payment in full is due by September 1, 2014. You can pay with a check (Payable to Emily Pyle. Mail to Emily Pyle/2026 Gable Hollow Lane/Katy, Texas 77450) or by PayPal using the Send Money feature (send to emilypyle@sbcglobal.net).

Each day of this two-day seminar will cover different exercises and topics. Participants in each day will be polled in advance for the Teaching Requested Moves portion and any other special topic requests. Working participants should have basic knowledge of freestyle concepts and moves, and dogs must have had prior obedience classes with the ability to work in a class situation for food rewards among other strange dogs and people. There will be topics for humans and topics for training with the dogs, so working dogs must be able to be quietly crated when the humans are learning. Please contact the host in advance if you have questions about your dog's working level or if you or your dog have special needs. Auditors at all levels and freestyle experience are welcome, but please leave your dog at home to help us conserve space.

  • Attention and Attitude

  • Moving to the Music

  • Structuring Training Sessions

  • Heel Work & Creative Heel Work

  • Transitions

  • Musical Interpretation

  • Preparing for Performance

  • Teaching Requested Moves (Both Days)

8:00 AM

8:15 AM

9:00 AM

5:00 PM

Topics Covered

Date and Time

October 11 and October 12, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


Smart Dog Training Center

910 Curtin Street

Houston, Texas 77018

Currently Kath has three “Dancing Dogs”, all successfully competing at the Advanced level in both HTM and Freestyle and all her dogs have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships being held in Stuttgart, Germany in November 2014. Kath has also been honoured to judge HTM and Freestyle at Crufts, her first being in 2006 and her second appointment in 2012.  She has just accepted an invitation to judge at the World Dog Show in Finland in August 2014.


She has travelled to Israel, Japan, Australia, Russia, USA and throughout Europe to promote the sport presenting training seminars for handlers and judges. Along with her talented dogs, Kath has performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and made many live media appearances: BBC ‘Blue Peter’,  ITV ‘This Morning’, ‘Brilliant Creatures’, ‘Animal Road Show’, “The Feelgood Factor”, Channel 4 “Its Me Or The Dog”, “The Richard and Judy Show”, and Sky One Pet Nation.


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.“

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Chairs are available, but we strongly suggest you bring your own for personal comfort. Bring a light jacket if you are prone to chill. Be prepared to take notes and don't forget your glasses! Basic beverages (water, coffee, hot and cold tea, assorted soft drinks) will be available. Lunch will be on your own. We have a fridge and microwave available. There are several fast food options in the area. We will also have an option to order food each day and we'll have it brought in. Food information will be provided to registrants as we approach the seminar date.

What to Bring

Cancellations made on or before September 1, 2014 will be refunded. No refunds after September 1. Cancellations may be made by email to emilypyle@sbcglobal.net. Fees shall not be refunded in the event that a dog is absent or excused by the presenter.