Talented Young Dog Lovers Win Place At World’s Greatest Dog Show, Crufts

Young dog lovers aged from just 6 to 24 years of age have spent the weekend competing with their dogs in Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility and Grooming Crufts qualifiers at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London.

YKC members impressed the crowds, demonstrating their skills, and those of their dogs, whilst competing for a place in the finals, which will take place at Crufts 2016 at the NEC Birmingham.

The successful qualifiers for YKC Agility Dog of the Year were:

  • Under 12 Small: Annabel Haith (aged 11) with Annie's Dizzy Wizzy
  • Over 12 Small: Amy Challis (aged 13) with Woody of Louandi, and Lucy Maguire (aged 16) with Racing Robin
  • Under 12 Medium: Isabella Baigent (aged 10) with Emmroche Antonella
  • Over 12 Medium: Katie Lines (aged 15) with Under the Archies, and Shannon Springford (aged 16) with Shansdream a Gift of Love
  • Over 12 Large: Stacey Frost (aged 15) with Beth's Ruff Diamond, and Shannon Springford (aged 16) with Castomya First Love

The successful qualifiers for YKC Grooming competitions were:

  • Under 12 Groom Through: Izabella King (aged 9), Emily Williams (aged 11) and Roxy Turner (aged 6)
  • Over 12  Groom Through: Olivia Lawrence (aged 14) and Abby Webb (aged 12)
  • Over 18 Groom Through: Paige Jepson (aged 18)
  • Over 12 Clip/Trim & Strip: Isobel West (aged 14) and Charlotte Woodward (aged 16)
  • Over 18 Clip/Trim & Strip: Jodie Forbes (aged 18)

Almost 50 YKC members took part in the competitions over the weekend, demonstrating a high standard of skills in both agility and obedience. The qualifiers will now go on to the finals held at the world's greatest dog show, Crufts in March 2016.

Gerald King, YKC Chairman said: "This is a major achievement that I know all of the finalists have worked so hard at. They competed in front of huge crowds at London's biggest dog event, adding to the pressure and nerves that I'm sure they were feeling.

"Well done to everyone that competed - the competition was tough and everyone did really well. The finals at Crufts are set to be of a high standard, and I wish everyone the best of luck."

Discover Dogs took place at ExCeL London on October 17th and 18th, attracting over 27,000 visitors.

The Young Kennel Club is open to all young people aged from 6 to 24 years. To find out more about the Young Kennel Club, or how to become a member visit www.ykc.org.uk/.

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