Antonia Leech with her dog Elvis, a five year-old Basenji, from
Milton Keynes won the Young Kennel Club Handler of the Year award
at Crufts on Sunday 13th March.
The competition, which was open to Young Kennel Club (YKC)
members from the ages of 6-24 years and their dogs, saw top young
handlers compete for the sought after title of YKC Handler of the
Year before Antonia and Elvis took first place in the YKC ring.
18 year-old Antonia said of her fantastic achievement: "I'm
absolutely elated, I just can't believe it. The standard of
competition was ridiculous; it was just so high which makes it
extra special. It certainly makes me feel great and it was a
To reach the Crufts final, YKC members competed in age
appropriate categories: 6-11, 12-16 and 17-24 years. Junior
handling qualifiers were held across the country throughout the
year and the first place in each age group qualified for their
respective finals at Crufts, with Elvis and Antonia winning the
ultimate title of YKC Handler of the Year.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "Congratulations to
Elvis and Antonia for winning YKC Handler of the Year. Handler of
the Year is a fantastic title to win and no doubt we will see them
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/.