Tink, an eight-year old German Spitz, and Holly Ryan, aged 14
from West Parley, Dorsethave won the Young Kennel Club Agility Dog
of the Year competition at Crufts on Thursday 10th March.
The competition, which was open to Young Kennel Club (YKC)
members between the ages of 6-17 years and their dogs, saw top
young agility handlers compete for the coveted title of YKC Agility
Dog of the Year before Holly and Tink took first place in the main
Proud owner Lucy said: "It's amazing to win, I did not expect it
at all. My school friends are going to be so happy. I just love
Crufts so much; there's the atmosphere and the fact that everyone
is watching you and cheering you on - it's great."
"Tink is such a nice dog, she's really friendly and so nice to
live with. Hopefully we can come back next year and win again."
To reach the Crufts final, YKC members compete in categories for
under and over 12s, and for small, medium and large dogs, looking
to complete an agility course in the fastest time at a YKC
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "Supporting and
commending future talent like Tink and Lucy with an award such as
the YKC Agility Dog of the Year is incredibly important. To
complete a course in such a professional manner is very inspiring
to other young dog handlers. Lucy and Tink should be hugely proud
of their achievement; we will no doubt see them performing at
Crufts for many years to come."
For further information about Crufts visit www.crufts.org.uk. If you
would like to find out more about the Young Kennel Club and how to
join please contact the Young Kennel Club team on 020 7518 1030 or
The results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
For free downloadable images from Crufts 2016, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2016/.