AS I WRITE this, the countdown to Richmond is really on and by the time you read it Scottish juniors will already be going back to school and next week at some point the rest of you will be joining them.
THERE isn't long now until the Young Kennel Club training and fun day in conjunction with Belfast Dog Show Society.
SIX-YEAR-OLD Jessica Smith could potentially be one of the youngest people to win a CC ever after winning the bitch CC at Leeds with her Parson Russell Terrier, Alncroft In Gold.
Young Kennel Club summer camp 2013 - Report by Averil Cawthera-Purdy and photographs by Victoria WilkinsYKC SUMMER camp has to count as one of the best. It was good to see so many new faces and also some I recognised from the past couple of years returning for their second and third years.
WELL IT’S that time of year again and as July draws to a close youngsters are heading in their droves to Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, for a week filled full of dog activities and fun.
NATIONAL camp has been a feature of the YKC/KCJO calendar for over 20 years now.
Helen Rishworth has been involved in dogs ever since she can remember. She has won a great deal in her breeds, including Whippets and Italian Greyhounds and this year she was overall runner-up in the YKC stakes final at Crufts.
OPPORTUNITIES to train regularly, specifically for handling have always been hit and miss. If you are very lucky you might have access to a good quality ringcraft/training class where they also incorporate handling training.
EARLIER this month, the Kennel Club hosted its gundog working test at the Chatsworth House estate, Derbyshire, with crowds of exhibitors, spectators and judges turning out to support all of those involved.
THE WORD patterns has always been an emotive one where handling is concerned. There have always been two very definite schools of thought about their value.
At the World Dog Show in Budapest, Hungary, one of the most prestigious competitions on offer for junior handlers takes place. In the UK, the winner of the YKC ‘handler of the year’ gets the chance to compete in the competition.
WHAT MAKES a good handler better? It is often too easy to rest on your laurels, particularly if you are at the ‘top of your class’ so to speak and win more classes than you lose. You haven’t the push perhaps to get to the next level until you...