The Kennel Club has announced the members of the agility teams who will represent Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB at the European Open Junior Agility Championships in Luxembourg from 13th - 16th July 2017. Read more.

The Kennel Club has announced the names of the members of the agility teams who will represent Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB at the European Open Junior Agility Championships in Luxembourg from 13th - 16th July 2017.

The successful handlers and dogs were chosen following this year’s squad selection process. This year, two selection days were held at Nottingham Trent University, and both consisted of both agility and jumping courses, and for first time, the squad trained alongside the adult team. Handlers invited to both selection days competed on six courses in total, giving the handlers plenty of opportunity to impress.

The selection days proved highly successful. The first day was judged by Neil Ellis and the second by guest judge Romain Stein, invited from Luxembourg, who both set a mixture of challenging courses for the competitors. The coaching team, made up of Mark Laker (Team Manager), Paul Moore (Team Coach), Ann Roberts (Team Assistant) and Neil Ellis (Team Coordinator) assessed the handlers on both days. Several aspects of the competitors were considered; not only their course performance, but the handler’s attitude, fault recovery, and dog’s health.

The Kennel Club congratulates all the handlers who have been selected to represent YKC Agility Team GB this year, which is supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and sponsored by the Kennel Club.

Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker said: “After last year’s success in Slovakia, even more junior handlers tried out for this year’s team. The standard of competition across all heights has been very high.  I am really looking forward to working with the team as we prepare for Luxembourg. Congratulations to all the young handlers who have been selected.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Many congratulations to each young handler and their dog who made it onto YKC Agility Team GB. It’s a fantastic opportunity to represent both Great Britain and the YKC, and to develop their agility skills at an international level. We wish them all the best of luck for the European Open Junior Agility Championships later on in the year.”

The teams selected are as follows:


  • Jack Ryan with Jachols Jump Jet
  • Penelope Lowes with Totanium Penny Black
  • Lucas Irwin-Burns with Betty Boo Boo
  • Summer Clark with Triggerwick's Ruby AW(B)


  • Ellie Curtis with Cacciatore Greenfinch
  • Shannon Springford with Shansdream a gift of love
  • Aemillia Nicholson with Roo my Little Gem
  • Charlotte Carlisle Martin with Whishanne Isle
  • Hannah Thorp with Izzie Catch a Falling Star
  • Lara Browne with Caramelogram seabreeze
  • Rebecca Colley with Debut Doodle Daydream AW(S)
  • Will Bacchus with Moldash Fall In Follow Me


  • Adam Stretton with Ginny De La Patonniere
  • Amy Challis with Louandi Island storm
  • Ben Alderson with Goose Girl
  • Sarah Wolverson with The Pace Meister
  • Rory Tidmarsh with Delanor Creme de Menthe
  • Samantha Pegg with Tonkory Devil In Disguise At Raylisa
  • Belle Howlett with Millennium Falcon Princess
  • Belle Howlett with Leia's Queen Of Naboo
  • Evie Coyne with Rujaff Player of Fate
  • Jessica Cuthbertson with Jess And Skye Blue Shining
  • Mariann Bayliss with Frankie the fidget midget
  • Thomas Shaw with Mercanti Tiger Moth

Travelling Reserves:

  • Rory Tidmarsh with Delanor Perfick Peach by D'zel
  • Shannon Springford with Castomya first love
  • Ben Alderson with Secret Mystery Mission Impossible
  • Penelope Lowes with Sobriety's Come On Eileen

Non Travelling Reserves:

  • Kyle Davidson with Scream if ya Wanna Go Faster
  • Sarah Kirk with Little Pip
  • Emilia Bowers with Rory run de lap
  • Katie Arnold with Emerald One Way or Another