Fifteen Young Kennel Club (YKC) members are to be given a unique opportunity to boost their canine training skills ahead of Crufts 2017 by attending a special handling training day at the Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show on Saturday 20th August in Builth Wells, Powys.
The training day will offer the opportunity for YKC members to train their dogs in handling with senior YKC member and trainer Helen Rishworth.
Helen, who has been involved in dogs since a very young age, has won a great deal in her breeds, which include Whippets, Italian Greyhounds and Greyhounds, and she has previously won overall runner-up in the YKC stakes final at Crufts.
Along with actively competing in showing, Helen also judges and trains in junior handling.
Throughout the day, YKC members will be able to find out more about handling with presentation and table work, pattern practice, quizzes and a fun competition. The day is open to all members aged 6-24 years whether new or experienced in both handling and the show ring.
Philip Slade, YKC Membership Development Coordinator, said: “This will be a great day for both our experienced and new members to develop and improve their handling skills. We’re delighted to have Helen Rishworth on board to help guide and advise our members on this popular training day.”
Members are urged to apply as soon as possible as entries close on 15th August; all applicants will be informed by email if they have secured a place. The day’s training costs £25 per YKC member, and members under 18 years old need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who will not be charged to attend. Completion of an application form does not guarantee a place. The final places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If the training day is full, members may email the office to be added to the waiting list.