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Finalists Announced For KCAI Trainer Of The Year Award

08 December 2015    09:00

The finalists have been announced for this year's KCAI Trainer of the Year Award and the public vote is now open to choose the winning trainer, to be announced at Crufts 2016.

Now in its second year, the KCAI Trainer of the Year Award recognises the outstanding talents of KCAI scheme members who go that extra mile to make a difference for dogs' lives and their human families.

Dog owners were invited to nominate their favourite dog training instructor who was also part of the KCAI scheme. In total, over 600 nominations were received for over 40 KCAI trainers located throughout the UK. 

Five finalists have been announced for the KCAI Trainer of the Year Award and voting is now open for the public to choose their favourite dog training instructor.  The finalists are:

  • Barry Harris, from Merseyside
  • Iain Lewis, from Buckinghamshire
  • Jane Ardern, from Lancashire
  • Russell Becque, from Hampshire
  • Tania Stapley, from East Sussex

The finalists were shortlisted by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Kennel Club and City & Guilds NPTC.  The judges based their decisions on the following criteria: making a positive difference to the behaviour of dogs, and changing the lives of dogs and/or people; helpfulness and dedication; and making a positive contribution in their wider community.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The award provides us with a fantastic opportunity to recognise the hard work and achievements of dog trainers making a difference for dogs and their owners' lives. All of the finalists are deserving winners based on their achievements. We wish them all the best of luck."

The finalists will attend a ceremony held at the world's greatest dog show, Crufts, which celebrates its 125thanniversary in 2016. Here their contribution to dog training will be recognised and the winner of the KCAI Trainer of the Year Award will be announced.

To find out more information on each of the finalists, and to vote for your favourite, please visit Voting will close at 12 noon on 29th January 2016.

To find out more about the KCAI scheme, please visit


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