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
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
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
To find out more information on each of the finalists, and to
vote for your favourite, please visit
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcaiawards. Voting will close at 12
noon on 29th January 2016.
To find out more about the KCAI scheme, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcai.