Juniors


Young competitors compete at Crufts by Sarah Gibons and Haley Jones CRUFTS is a magical weekend for any dog lover but for many young handlers it is also the highly anticipated final for their chosen disciplines, competitions which they have strived throughout the year to qualify for.
International Junior Handling Finals by Charlotte Page THE PEAK of any junior handlers career has to be qualifiying to represent your country in the International Junior Handling competition at Crufts. The competition is run by Liz Cartledge and her helpers. Unlike the usual Sunday competition for the...
Youngsters to be rewarded at Crufts BY THE time you read this, Crufts will be in full swing. Sarah Gibbons and Haley Jones will be reporting on all the news and results from the YKC ring in hall 3 throughout the four days so let them know if you have anything interesting to tell.
With Crufts just under two weeks away, you are most likely making final preparations for the show often dubbed “the biggest show in the world”. However, don’t forget there are larger shows on the Continent (some topping Crufts’ 22,500 entries)....
“CRUFTS is always a busy time for me as I am showing three out of the four days this year. This year I am lucky enough to be showing six breeds over 13 classes which include Young Kennel Club handling, breed classes and YKC stakes.
SOME OF you have been in touch to let us know how you’ve been preparing for Crufts.
Encourage us please by Jordan Taylor, 20, from Wakefield Growing up in the show world has obviously brought to my attention the views that people have on youngsters showing, not only in the handling classes but also in the breed ring.
Competing at top dog by Shaylan Sanderson, 13, from Cornwall The annual event Top Dog of Cornwall took place on Saturday February 1, at Tricky Dickys Restaurant and Garden Rooms, Redruth. To qualify for this event a dog must have won a puppy group, adult group or veteran group...
Kirsten steps into huge role by Kirsten Rotchell, 32, from Poole I started showing our family Beagles when I was ten years old. I successfully showed in junior handling and breed classes for many years. I successfully handled my Beagle to an Irish champion and hound group placing. I won many handling classes...
Charley tops Scotland for the second time - Report by Caitlin Forbes - photos by Ruth Dalrymple ON SUNDAY February 16 at the Westerwood Hotel, 20 of the top young handlers in Scotland from the ages of seven to 17 competed in the Scottish Junior Handler of the Year 2013 competition held in conjunction with the Scottish Top Dog event...
What to wear when showing dogs by Marina Scott IT’S BECOME customary for handlers to dress smart for the show ring. In equestrianism, such as dressage competitions, the rider is kitted out in smart and practical attire to complement the horse which has also been groomed to perfection...
The Scots are coming THE AMAZING scenery and gorgeous landscapes is what makes living with dogs in Scotland a brilliant experience. You can go on different walks each and every day and see so many beautiful things just by stepping out your door. Whippets are very...
Dogs have changed my life By Jon-Paul Church, 13, from Dyfed, Wales I have been showing for four years and dogs have changed my life because when I’m by myself my dogs keep me company and entertained. When I had my first dog I was so excited we named her Lucy and she was a Border Collie. After school or on the...
Jodie glams it up at dog party - by Jodie Forbes, 17, from Bournemouth I’m sure everybody has celebrated their pet’s birthday before; given them a present, perhaps made a cake. If your dog is especially spoilt you may even have invited some of their doggy friends over and had a party.
Handle with care - Choosing the perfect show lead by Marina Scott THE LEAD is the only thing which links you to your dog and when in the show ring this ‘lead control’ is ultimately what can make or break your dog’s performance. Therefore, when preparing your dog for the show ring, using the correct show lead...
Show lead horror stories, favourite leads and tips you’ve been sharing on the Paws... for Youth Facebook page.
Junior stories from Christmas by Elise O’Connor, 12, Worcestershire “ON December 22 we went to Redditch limit show. Honey and Panda won everything they were entered in. I won my handling class, and then to top it all off Panda won reserve best in show! We really enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere including the food...
Junior stories from Christmas by Laura Camilletti, 17, Kent “My Christmas holidays were full of family, friends and food! Our Rhodesian Ridgebacks enjoyed their holiday and rest during the not so busy show season, and loved taking part in consuming some of the Christmas dinner turkey!
Stay calm, enjoy and have fun! By Sarah Gibbons and Haley Jones As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2014 and what it may bring. Many young handlers will be looking at the upcoming year, hoping this is going to be the year of their dreams, but what titles can they gain and what can help them...
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