Juniors


ANOTHER handling issue has come to my attention this month, this time regarding juniors being asked to swap dogs in handling classes.
Border Terriers have my heart! By Abi Chandler, 10, from North Yorkshire “I HAVE been junior handling our Border Terrier dogs since January 2013 and what a year it has been. In my first year I qualified to handle at the Young Kennel Club handling classes at Crufts ‘14...
Pheasants, hares, shows and shopping! by Mia Millward, 10, from Sheffield “My Easter Holidays started on Saturday April 19 which was also the Hound Association of Scotland championship show. I travelled up with my mum and Auntie Liz in the van which we had borrowed from my grandad because we had four dogs with us...
Who needs Easter eggs when you have dogs? by Paige Spencer, 10, from Sheffield “MY EASTER weekend started with a nice leisurely walk around our local park where the dogs can run free, I didn’t want to tire Archie out too much as I knew we had a long weekend ahead of us. After our walk we headed home for Archie to chill.
Withholding in handling classes by Marina Scott THIS WEEK, I felt, it was important to talk about judges withholding from awarding placings in handling classes. At UK Toy championship show this is exactly what happened and I’ve not heard of this happening before, or certainly I’ve not come...
Handmade show suits by top handler by Amy Balch I am a 23-year-old fashion designer based in Devon. I completed my fashion design degree last summer which culminated in showcasing a final collection of six outfits on a London catwalk. I opted to do a tailoring module in my second year and was...
The best year of my life so far! by Sophie Wildig I used to always dream about going to Crufts when I was younger. I never thought I’d go to Crufts, in fact, I never thought I’d show a dog... so this year has been the best of my life so far. On Thursday (the first day) I had the pleasure of...
WITHOUT the risk of sounding boring, I’m going all ‘legal’ on you this week. It relates to the recent changes to unauthorised absences in schools.
Meet Kyle – YKC Show Handler of the Year I got bitten by the showing bug after taking BIS at a local companion show with a rescue blind Poodle my family owned. Lynne Sketchley (Kerrimere), who owned the local boarding kennels and was a family friend, then offered me the use of her dogs to t
My first experience of Crufts by Rebecca Dobson, 14, from Durham We arrived at the NEC on Saturday at 7:30am, I was not nervous but parents were, I was just excited, as I love showing my Mini Schnauzers in breed class.
Breed successes at Crufts by Marina Scott BEFORE we take a look at all your results from around the breed rings at Crufts, Helen Rishworth’s Italian Greyhound Ch/Am Gr Ch Artmeis Kaaliya who won runner-up in the YKC stakes finals was winning the YKC toy stakes for the third year in a row...
YKC handling winners WHAT AN experience this has been. Judging the YKC handling at Crufts is a huge accolade and by far one of the most difficult things I have done. I would like to start by thanking all the handlers who entered and exhibited over the four days of the...
YKC Groomer of the Year - Judges report I WOULD like to thank my capable stewards for their help and also the Kennel Club for the invitation to judge this prestigious event. Unfortunately Fiona Brooks was unable to keep her appointment so I took over her duties as well.
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.
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