Steve Croxford from Hinkley, Leicestershire was recognised at
Crufts for his expertise in agility and was presented with his
certificate for the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI)
Specialist qualification at the world's largest dog show.
Steve, one of the UK's leading experts in agility, was presented
with his certificate by the KCAI Chairman, Paul Rawlings at the
KCAI Career Zone at Crufts earlier this month.
In addition to this, Steve has created a programme to develop
agility instructors and coaches named Agility1st alongside Mark
Laker. The programme recently became one of the KCAI scheme's
Preferred Education Providers.
Steve said: "I am really pleased to have achieved KCAI
Accreditation as the first 'agility specialist'. The process of
accreditation has been very rigorous and at times challenging, but
I think this only adds value to the achievement when you finally
"I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in such a short
time with Agility1st. My personal accreditation with KCAI and the
business' recent validation as a Preferred Educational Partner
reflects our aim to become the leader in the field of agility
instructor training and coaching."
Steve has been a regular competitor in agility for over 25 years
and has been a full time professional agility trainer since 2003.
Steve managed and coached the Kennel Club's international agility
team for 10 years up to 2011. His leadership of Agility Team GB was
very successful with the team winning medals nearly every year at
the FCI Agility World Championship since he took over the team in
2001. A successful handler in his own right, Steve is still
competing in the UK with two of his Border Collies.
Speaking about Steve's achievement, Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club
Secretary, said: "Steve has had a very successful career competing
and training in agility. KCAI specialist accreditation is awarded
to those who hold advanced specialist knowledge in one particular
area of the canine world. The Kennel Club are proud that an
expert of Steve's calibre is now part of the KCAI's 'Gold Standard'
network of dog trainers."