Competing in Young Kennel Club Stakes and Handling competitions

Dog and handler competing in BIS ring
There are various stakes and handling competitions held throughout the UK each year, a full list can be found below. For further information on these shows you can find out more on Find a Show.

Crufts 2022

Find out more about results and and critiques from this years show below.
Results
Young Kennel Club Stakes critique by judge Ann Ingram

What a pleasure it was to judge these YKC Stakes:  I was so impressed with the quality of the dogs and how well they were presented by their young handlers, it was most reassuring to see so many young people putting on such a great competition.I was so proud of all my winners, who put on such a great performance in the Main Ring under the bright lights, they certainly didn’t  let me down!

My overall winner was the English Springer Spaniel, Georgia Brown’s Sh. Ch. Trimere Tickle My Fancy , English Springer Spaniel, this beautiful bitch really impressed me with her femininity, great coat and condition, and her typical free easy movement. She has a wonderful head with the correct fluting between the eyes and a deep, well chiselled foreface and kind expression. Strong arched neck running into well laid shoulders, deep chest and correct topline. The rapport between the handler and dog was a delight to watch, she never put a foot wrong!

Reserve went to the Border Terrier, Lauren Goddard’s Awbrooksy Never Back Down, still a youngster, but such a little showman, he caught my eye when he entered the ring and just never put a foot wrong! Presented in great coat and hard muscular condition, he has a lovely head with short, strong muzzle keen expression and well set ears, straight front, well laid shoulders, correct rib cage which was easily spanned, good topline and correct tail. So positive and sound on the move, he just oozed quality.

Young Kennel Club Stakes Working

Open Dog/Bitch (19 )(3)

  1. Paige Hughes’ Ch. Jacalous Keepsake for Siberiadrift JW SHCM Siberian Husky . I just loved the overall balance of this girl, so free and graceful on the move with a rock steady topline, she covered the ground s o easily and looked as if she could go all day. Lovely head with keen expression and well set ears, nicely arched neck running into well laid shoulders and correct medium length body. Strong hindquarters which she uses so well on the move.
  2. Scarlett Burnside’s Ice Gangsta’s Ball of Fire for Chayo Alaskan Malamute impressive male with great bone and substance who certainly gave the impression he could do a hard day’s work. Broad skull with dark expressive eyes, well set ears which he uses so well. Well sprung ribs and correct topline with well carried tail.could be a bit tidier in front movement but has great power and lovely carriage.
  3. Paige Spencer’s Padiky Starr Studded Skye Bernese Mt Dog, well marked in great coat and condition. Well balanced head could have a touch more stop, almond shaped expressive eyes, strong arched neck running into well laid shoulders, good bone and feet. Well sprung ribs, broad chest, good topline and strong hindquarters. Moved really well keeping a firm topline.

Young Kennel Club Stakes Pastoral

Open Dog/Bitch (16 )(1)

  1. Connor Bartlett’s Kelligrews Kiss Under A Star JW Bearded Collie in very strong competition this feminine girl finally took the top award. Shown in excellent coat, showing plenty of daylight under a well balanced body. Well proportioned head with typical soft expression. Nicely arched neck running into well laid shoulders, deep chest, correct level topline and low set hocks. Moved so very well with correct head and tail carriage and free effortless ground covering movement.
  2. Sarah Stacey’s Aust. Ch. Wynnlake A Drop In the Ocean Border Collie shown in super coat and condition, he impressed with his lovely head, well set ears and intelligent expression. Strong nicely arched neck, good neck and shoulder, deep chest, and strong hindquarters, covers the ground so easily with correct head carriage, tail carriage was perfect in his individual assessment but he can sometimes bring it up a little when going around with the rest of the class.
  3. Isobel Perry’s Ch. Star on Crytic Spyda, Swedish Vallhund, what a super little show dog with such strong movement and super outline. Great head and oval, bright eyes with well set ears which he uses so well. Good reach of neck, correct shoulder angulation but could have less turn out of feet. Strong level topline, oval chest with ribs carried well back,  moves with great drive and lovely carriage.

Young Kennel Club Stakes Terrier

Open Dog/Bitch (16)(4)

Some wonderful terriers with close decisions and the winner ended up Reserve In the Finals.

  1. Lauren Goddard’s Awbrooksy Never Back Down, Border Terrier.
  2. Amelie Smith’s Ch. Heythrop Taskmaster for Alncroft Parson Russell Terrier. Another top class dog who also caught my eye early on with his great carriage and lovely outline. He is so well balanced , with correct height to body proportions, easily spanned ribs carried well back, which gave such a great topline. Great head and keen expression, clean neck running into well laid shoulders. He can sometimes be a little enthusiastic on the move but is so very positive and has such wonderful attitude and carriage, a pleasure to watch.
  3. Poppy Winter’s Ch. Robelroy Many Dreams at Furlongfox SHCEX, Wire Fox Terrier well presented in good coat with long narrow head and keen expression. Nicely arched neck, could be a little tidier in front, short back, good depth of brisket , great carriage on the move.

Young Kennel Club Stakes Hound

Open Dog/Bitch (22)(4)

  1. Antonia Leech’s UK Ch. Ir.Ch. Gavelkind Conquistador by Jamchala Basset Fauve De Bretagne not a breed which usually catches the eye, but this dog owned the ring as soon as he entered. Well balanced head with well defined occiput, strong underjaw and and correct, moderate stop. Nicely folding ears, short, strong neck, deep chest, level topline and strong hindquarters. Covered the ground easily keeping his good topline and tail carriage.
  2. Daisy Mason’s Teckeltown Masterpiece JW, Miniature Smooth Dachshund , another little star who coped with the big ring so well. Very nice head and expression, clean nicely arched neck, correct front with excellent keel, level topline with ribs carried well back and slightly arched loin. Strong hindquarters. Moved really well keeping his good topline. Unlucky to meet the winner.
  3. Sarah Cushley’s Ulmarra Osaat At Actolia, Saluki. Such a typical example of the breed with his overall balance, graceful  appearance and far seeing expression. Quality head, long crested neck, good front and feet, long, deep brisket and correct topline. Maybe a touch tired after the long day,  but still moving effortlessly with the correct lightness of step.

Young Kennel Club Stakes Utility

Open Dog/Bitch (21 )(1)

  1. Lyndsey Jones Ch. Llwyni Simba Stop N’ Stare Japanese Spitz well presented in excellent coat with nice wedge shaped head correct stop snd well set ears. Good rib cage and firm topline with correct high set tail, really showed and moved so well with great outline and lovely carriage on the move. Great attitude and showmanship.
  2. Paige Edens Dalens A Queen of the Seas, Dalmatian, eye catching well marked bitch with great attitude. Well balanced head with dark expressive eyes, crested neck, good body and topline. Can throw her front about a little on the move as she is so enthusiastic, really covered the ground so well.
  3. Emer Wright’s Lacsars The Real Thing IKC well balanced youngster in great coat. Lovely head and expression with well developed cheeks and small triangular ears inclining slightly forward. Arched neck running into well laid shoulders , well defined withers, deep chest and level topline. Was a little hesitant on the move in the beginning but settled very well to the big occasion,

Young Kennel Club Stakes Toy

Open Dog/Bitch (13 )(1)

  1. Charlotte Westerman’s Keliantzis Yulianna At Charpin ,Miniature. Pinscher. This lovely girl caught my eye with her compact body , elegant outline and great showmanship. Lovely head with dark expressive eye and well set ears which she uses so well. Nicely crested neck running into well laid shoulders, good feet, well sprung ribs and gently sloping topline. Moved so well with good forward extension and strong hindquarters, a top class bitch who was so well handled.
  2. Emily Moores’ Klassna Tell Me More With Chibaya Pomeranian another who made the most of themselves with her great head and bright expression , small well set ears, which she uses so well. Correct short neck and and good body, high set tail carried flat over the back, and very nice carriage on the move.
  3. Edward Eddery’s Ch. Surprise Gift Ragemma Pug very good outline with correct cobby body, broad chest and level topline. Typical head with well cushioned muzzle and wide underjaw . Dark round eyes giving soft expression . Moved well keeping a good outline.

Young Kennel Club Stakes Gundog

Open Dog/Bitch (19)

What a top class lineup this was, with very close decisions! The winner also took the top spot of Best of the YKC Stakes in the big ring.

  1. Georgia Brown’s Sh. Ch. Trimere Tickle My Fancy , English Springer Spaniel, this beautiful bitch really impressed me with her femininity, great coat and condition , and her typical free easy movement. She has a wonderful head with the correct fluting between the eyes and a deep, well chiselled foreface and kind expression. Strong arched neck running into well laid shoulders, deep chest and correct topline. The rapport between the handler and dog was a delight to watch, she never put a foot wrong!
  2. Chloe Mc Donald’s Donuries Quiet Flows The Don (AI) Hungarian Vizsla, very well balanced feminine bitch with a classic head and lovely expression. Arched clean neck, well laid shoulders, with defined withers, well sprung ribs and well let down hocks, very easy stride on the move keeping her nice outline. Such a great representative of the breed.
  3. Emer Wright’s Ch.  Sh. Ch. Int. Ch. Cacis Just Take A Look at Lacsar (imp. Sweden) Flat Coat Retriever. What an impressive dog this is! Shown in super coat and condition with the typical happy temperament and wagging tail of the breed. Long , nicely moulded head with lovely expression, good reach of neck, deep chest and correct moderate bend of stifle. Lovely attitude and carriage on the move.
Day 1 Young Kennel Club handling critique by judge James Moore

Firstly, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the YKC Management Team and the Crufts Committee for my judging appointment this year. It was an honour and privilege to judge the handling classes this year for the Young Kennel Club, and I was blown away by the standard and professionalism these young handlers displayed over the 4 days. I would also like to highlight the excellent sportsmanship you all exhibited to one another, whether you were placed or not. You should all be incredibly proud of your achievements, and I look forward to seeing you all at shows and YKC training events in the years to come. 

Day 1 – Working and Pastoral

6-11 years Handling. 5 ent 1 abs. This was a lovely class to judge with some promising young handlers exhibiting excellent control of their dogs.

1st Dolce-Rose Buckley handling an Australian Shepherd. A young handler with a large dog, and shown incredibly well, and very smartly dressed to compete. Clear teeth shown and dog stacked well. Triangle and straight up and down good, with good lines and corners. Dog and handler worked well together. Congratulations.

2nd Davis McRobbie-Millar handling a Samoyed. Once again a young handler with a large dog, and also a puppy making the job slightly harder, but this young handler did exceptionally well. A nice outfit choice to compete in. Good showing of the teeth, however just needed to be aimed a bit higher towards the judge. Triangle and straight lines good – you just need to remember to start from the judges’ feet. Handler had dogs’ attention the full time. Well done.

3rd Emily-Rose Ribbons handling a Shetland Sheepdog. Another well presented young handler. Very good tablework and showing of teeth. The triangle was a bit big for a little dog, but it was executed well with good lines and corners. Just remember that patterns need to start and finish at the judges feet. Well done.

4th James Chapman handling a Pembrokeshire Corgi

12-17 years Handling. 10 ent, 2 abs. An excellent display from all in this class.

1st Paige Hughes handling a Siberian Huskey. A lovely calm handler, and with a smart show suit. Clear showing of the teeth and effortless presentation of her free-stacking dog, adjusting feet where necessary. Precise lines and pattern work for the triangle and straight up and down. Handler checked judges position and feet at all times. An all-round excellent display. Congratulations.

2nd Emily Moores handling a Shetland Sheepdog. This handler competes across other YKC competitions and disciplines, and her calmness in the ring is fantastic. Clear showing of teeth and calm tablework. Triangle and straight up and down precise with good use of the ring. Super close to 1st, just missed out on presentation paces away from the judge. Well done.

3rd Daisy Mason handling a Boxer. Another well presented handler and showed her dog well. Good teeth presentation and good stacking for the judge. Triangle good with precise corners, although the up and down had a slightly wide turn, but handler recovered well to bring it back onto the judges’ line. Well done.  

4th Willow Johnson handling a Shetland Sheepdog

5th Sophie Zbilut handling a Swedish Vallhund

6th Ilysia Burrow handling a Briard

18-24 years Handling. 10 ent 1 abs. Everyone in this class showed well – some shaky hands when showing the teeth!

1st Chloe McDonald handling an Australian Shepherd. Well presented handler, and very well handled throughout. Good teeth presentation to the judge and clear and precise stacking. Pattern work excellent with straight lines and precise corners. Used enough ring to get best out of the dog. Effortless shadowing, dog and handler worked well together. Congratulations.

2nd Tamsin Blyton handling a Siberian Huskey.  Another well presented handler and showed her dog really well. Good stacking with clear teeth showing to the judge. Triangle was completed well, although the straight up and down slightly drifted. Good shadowing and checked where the judge was at all times. Well done.

3rd Min Witheyman handling a Samoyed. Good show suit complimenting dog. Stacking was ok with clear showing of the teeth to the judge. Triangle was good with a good pace and tight corners. Lines were slightly off line today although were straight. Stacked a bit too far away at the end of the patterns. Well done.

4th Paige Jepson handling a Bearded Collie

5th Genevieve Barrett handling a Miniature American Shepherd

6th Dylan Barrowclough handling a Shetland Sheepdog

Day 2 Young Kennel Club handling critique by judge James Moore

Firstly, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the YKC Management Team and the Crufts Committee for my judging appointment this year. It was an honour and privilege to judge the handling classes this year for the Young Kennel Club, and I was blown away by the standard and professionalism these young handlers displayed over the 4 days. I would also like to highlight the excellent sportsmanship you all exhibited to one another, whether you were placed or not. You should all be incredibly proud of your achievements, and I look forward to seeing you all at shows and YKC training events in the years to come. 

Day 2 Terrier and Hound

6-11 years Handling. 6 ent 0 abs. Another strong 6-11 class with some good handlers coming through the ranks.

1st Lacey Stevenson handling a Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund. A well dressed handler, complimenting her dog. Presented well on the table with good clean showing of the teeth towards the judge. Pattern work was clean and precise with good corners and straight lines. Very well handled throughout the class. Congratulations.

2nd Alexis Kirkwood-Emery handling a Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund. Another well dressed handler who did not stop smiling throughout the class and was happy to be in the big ring. Good tablework and teeth showing to the judge. Nice clean pattern work with good corners on the triangle and good straight lines. Well done.

3rd Maeve Parry handling a Parson Russell Terrier. Dressed appropriately for the class and was calm throughout. Tablework was good, but teeth were slightly obscured when shown to the judge. Patten work good with good corners and good straight lines. Precisely handled in a good class. Well Done

4th Abigail Kirkwood-Emery handling a Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund

5th Molly Whisker handling a Border Terrier

6th Alexander Hurley handling a Border Terrier


12-17 years Handling. 16 ent 0abs. My strongest class of the show, this was a great class to judge – gave me lots to think about throughout the class. Well done all!

1st Lauren Goddard handling a Border Terrier. Faultless and effortless in this class today. Nice show suit complimenting her dog. Tablework clean with clear showing of teeth. Lines and corners for pattern work perfect with great turns and checked where judge was throughout. Really well handled throughout and really good hand changes also. Calm throughout the class. Congratulations.

2nd Jess Smith handling a Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund. Arrived late in to the class but I’m so pleased you made it. Very close to 1st in the class. Well presented handler in suit to compliment the dog. Excellent tablework with clear showing of the teeth. Triangle and straight line faultless with sharp corners. Neat turns and talked to the dog throughout. Well done

 3rd Ellie Darling Steele handling a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Great handling of a large dog and nice bright showing outfit. Good quick stacking of the dog with excellent showing of the teeth. Great lines and tight turns whilst always checking where the judge was. Hand changes on the final pattern really well executed. Well done.

4th Yakira Michel handling a Cesky Terrier

5th Rhian Feasby handling a PBGV

6th Madison Potter handling a Whippet

18-24 years Handling. 13 ent 0 abs. Another really nice and tricky class to judge. All handlers should be proud of their performances from this class.

1st Antonia Leech handling a Basset Fauve de Bretagne. A handler who I have watched and been impressed with for many years, and I was so glad to judge in her final YKC year at Crufts. Clean and neat stacking with clear showing of the teeth. Excellent pattern work with clean straight lines. Always talking to her dog but remained quiet and showed the dog to its full potential. A faultless display. Congratulations.  

2nd Sarah Cushley handling a Saluki. Another really well handled exhibit. Good presentation of dog with clean stacking and clear showing of the teeth. Great pattern work with larger dog. Really good straight lines and corners and stacked correct distance from judge. Very close to 1st. Well done.

3rd Evie Tinegte handling a Parson Russel Terrier. Caught my eye when she first entered the ring. Remained calm throughout with great tablework and good showing of the teeth. Good pattern work with good straight lines and tight corners. Had a really good rapport with the dog. Well done.

4th Poppy Wynter handling a Wire Fox Terrier

5th Luke Sampson handling a Whippet

6th Elizabeth O’Brien handling a PBGV

Day 3 Young Kennel Club handling critique by judge James Moore

Firstly, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the YKC Management Team and the Crufts Committee for my judging appointment this year. It was an honour and privilege to judge the handling classes this year for the Young Kennel Club, and I was blown away by the standard and professionalism these young handlers displayed over the 4 days. I would also like to highlight the excellent sportsmanship you all exhibited to one another, whether you were placed or not. You should all be incredibly proud of your achievements, and I look forward to seeing you all at shows and YKC training events in the years to come. 

Day 3 Toy and Utility

6-11 Years Handling. 9 ent 0 abs. Once again, some very good up and coming handlers in this class.

1st Kara Mason handling a Papillion. Very well handled in this class, nice suit to compliment the dog. Great tablework and clear showing of the teeth. Good straight lines and corners on the patterns. Effortless handling and enjoyable to watch. Congratulations.

2nd Lena Tate handling a Shih Tzu. Another well presented handler and smiled throughout. I have seen this handler with a number of dogs before, but this was certainly her best performance to date. Good use of voice throughout with good tablework. Teeth slightly obscured but could still see. Good straight lines and good tight corners. Well done.

3rd George Gardener handling a Miniature Poodle. A smartly young man, entered the ring with a spring in his step and a smile on his face, clearly not phased. Precisely handled throughout the class, and started well at the table with good tablework and clear showing of teeth. Dog was a bit nervous on the table, but this was managed well by the handler. Very good lines and corners on pattern work. Worked very hard until the end of the class. Well done.

4th Jack Davies handling a Tibetan Terrier

5th Sienna Claydon handling an Italian Volpino

6th Mia Rose Rogerson handling a German Spitz Klein

12-17 years Handling. 13 ent 1 abs. This one was a delight to judge. Some excellent handling on display in this one.

1st Morgan Tate Shoosmith handling a Standard Poodle. Entered the ring like she owned it – she oozed confidence but in an incredibly calm way. Great, quick stacking and clear showing of the teeth. Patterns precise with the straightest lines I saw all weekend and tight turns with a big dog. Presented the dog to the judge efficiently after completing movement. Congratulations

2nd Isabel Woodhouse handling a Bichon Frise. A very well presented young lady with a suit to compliment the dog. Very good clean tablework and clear teeth showing. Great straight lines and tight corners on the patterns. Just lost out to 1st on the final movement where the line went a bit off from my feet. Well done.

3rd Edward Eddery handling a Pug. Another well dressed handler, this young man was calm throughout in a tricky class. Great tablework and teeth and restacked dog quickly when needed. Good straight lines and tight corners for the movement. Good turns on straight lines. A very good performance. Well done.

4th Isabella Collier handling a Dalmation

5th Eilidh MacKenzie handling a Tibetan Terrier

6th Charlie-Louise Quick handling a Japanese Shiba Inu


18-24 years Handling. 13 ent 1 abs. Another tricky class to judge as the standard was high. Please remember to check where the judges’ feet are pointing – a few lines weren’t quite straight.

1st Abby Webb handling a Tibetan Terrier. An excellent display of handling in this hotly contested class. Nice show suit to compliment the dog. Good tablework and teeth showing. Pattern work was very good with precise turns and corners. Stacked correct distance away from judge after movement. Clear shadowing. Used the ring well to get the best out of her dog. Congratulations.

2nd Paige Edens handling a Dalmatian. This handler showed her fast-paced dog really well. Good stacking and clear teeth. Very good lines and tight corners on the triangle. Quick and efficient free stacking after pattern work and correct distance from the judge. Clear shadowing and used the ring well. Well done.

3rd Rebecca Dobson handling a Miniature Schnauzer. Very well handled throughout, this handler remained calm from start to finish. Good tablework and clear showing of the teeth. Straight lines and good corners on triangle. Straight line slightly off centre but still executed well. Quick stacking after movement with good shadowing. Moved dog at a nice pace and used correct amount of ring for smaller dog. Well done.

Day 4 Young Kennel Club handling critique by judge James Moore

Firstly, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the YKC Management Team and the Crufts Committee for my judging appointment this year. It was an honour and privilege to judge the handling classes this year for the Young Kennel Club, and I was blown away by the standard and professionalism these young handlers displayed over the 4 days. I would also like to highlight the excellent sportsmanship you all exhibited to one another, whether you were placed or not. You should all be incredibly proud of your achievements, and I look forward to seeing you all at shows and YKC training events in the years to come. 

Day 4 Gundog

6-11 years Handling. 8ent 2abs. Some lovely handling in this class, a nice class to judge.

1st Leila Levene handling a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Entered the ring well and showed straight away. Excellent freestacking of the dog and clear teeth showing. Pattern work was all really good and precise with good straight lines, corners and turns. Showed the dog to its full potential and moved at correct pace. Good shadowing also. Congratulations.

2nd Katie Read handling a German Shorthaired Pointer. A happy handler who did not stop smiling in the class. Precise stacking of the dog with good clear teeth. Moved her dog at the correct pace with good lines and corners on the patterns. Presented dog well when returned to the judge. Good shadowing. Well done.

3rd Hollie handling a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. This young lady was the youngest in the class today and did not let the pressure get to her one bit. Very good freestanding and held the dogs attention at all times. Excellent teeth showing to the judge. Pattern work really good with straight lines and good corners. Final pattern was completed in the wrong hand, but was still precise and did not go between dog and judge. Well done.

4th Georgia Mercer handling a Flatcoat Retriever

5th Ruby Levene handling an Irish Setter

6th Martha Turgoose handling a Lagotto Romangnolo

12-17 years Handling. 13 ent 1 abs. Another really strong class – all the handlers were really on top form and gave me lots to think about.

1st Phoebe Toublic handling an English Springer Spaniel. A wonderful, effortless handler who was dressed smartly. Excellent stacking and clear showing of the teeth. Precise lines and corners on triangle. Straight lines and tight turns. Quickly and precisely stacked correct distance away from judge after pattern work. Excellent shadowing. Deserved win in this strong class. Congratulations.

2nd Eryn Louise Williams handling a Golden Retriever. Another really good handler who pushed for 1st all the way through this class. Excellent stacking and clear showing of the teeth. Great lines and tight corners on triangle. Nice straight lines with tight turn at the top. Stacked the correct distance away from judge after movement. Shadowing very good and moved when needed to. Well done.

3rd Hebe Davies-Ratcliff handling an Hungarian Vizla. A very happy dog and the handler made this show in her performance. Very good stacking and clear showing of teeth. Pattern work was very good with straight lines and controlled corners. Straight up and down was slightly off centre going away, but you brought this back on the return. Very good shadowing and stacked correct distance away from judge at the end of the movement. Well done.

4th Megan Slack handling an English Springer Spaniel

5th Emily Rice handling a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

6th Sophie Reece handling a Field Spaniel

18-24 years Handling. 9 ent 2 abs.  Another strong older class. I was really pleased with the competition level and gave me some tough decisions.

1st Kizzy Porter handling a Labrador Retriever. An excellent, no fuss handler. Very good freestanding of dog and placed legs when needed to. Excellent teeth showing, very calm with no fingernails in mouth. Excellent straight lines and precise corners for triangle, straight up and down on the correct line. Stacked dog correct pace away from the judge. Very good shadowing throughout the class and watched where the judge was at all times. Congratulations.

2nd Isobel West handling a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Another no fuss handler who could have placed 1st on another day. Very good freestanding and clear showing of the teeth. Excellent straight lines and good tight corners. Stacked slightly too far away from the judge after movement, but was still quick and precise. Very good shadowing with minimum fuss. Well done.

3rd Cameron Stokes handling an American Cocker Spaniel. A smartly dressed young man who hit the ground running and showed from the outset. Excellent tablework, had to preserver with showing the teeth, but completed and was clear. Moved at the correct pace for the dog with very good lines and corners. Stacked a bit far away from the judge, but was precise and quick. Corrected stacking distance in the shortlist. Well done.

4th Georgia Brown handling an English Springer Spaniel

5th Erin Logie handling a Large Munsterlander

6th Abi Levene handling an Irish Setter

Day 4 Young Kennel Club Handler of the Year Final critique by judge James Moore

Wow. What a fantastic line up. I thoroughly enjoyed this final class and I was so impressed with the professionalism you all showed. You should all be immensely proud of yourselves after a couple of years of uncertainty. The future of show handling is in good hands.

1st and Overall Handler of the Year – Morgan Tate Shoosmith handling a Standard Poodle. Came back with all guns blazing ready for the final and what an impressive final performance. Didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend and this display was textbook. Handler faded into the background – even with her bold choice of suit! Moved at correct pace for the dog and showed to the max. Straight line perfect with tight turn. Stacked and finished quickly. Congratulations, and good luck in the coming year!

2nd and Reserve Handler of the Year - Antonia Leech handling a Basset Fauve de Bretagne. Another effortless handler. Excellent performance in the final where she exhibited her dog correctly and efficiently. Moved at correct pace of dog with lovely straight lines. Showed with a smile on her face the whole way around the ring. A wonderful way to finish a distinguished YKC showing career – I wish you all the best for the future in the show ring.

Crufts 2023

Rules for Young Kennel Club Stakes at Crufts 2023

We host seven stakes competition finals at Crufts  with a grand final in the Crufts main arena. To qualify for the finals, members must compete in Young Kennel Club Stakes classes held at Championship breed shows throughout the year. Stakes qualifiers run from March to February for the following Crufts. The previous year’s Crufts counts as a qualifier for the next Crufts (the 7 individual stakes competitions finals will be qualifiers). Our stakes differs from many other disciplines because the competition is judged solely on the confirmation of the dog. The aim of our Young Kennel Club stakes classes is to give our members the opportunity to compete in a normal breed class with their pet dog. It is not designed for members to borrow someone else’s dog with the sole purpose of winning.
Classes

There are several different classes for you to enter depending on which show is holding the qualifier.

There are seven (7) different classes for members to enter :

  • AV Gundog
  • AV Working
  • AV Pastoral
  • AV Terrier
  • AV Hound
  • AV Utility
  • AV Toy

*AV stands for Any Variety

You are required to have a pedigree dog in the corresponding group in order to enter stakes competitions.

We will only count points from classes at approved qualifying events as listed on our website.  Any award from a show which has not been approved by the Young Kennel Club Management Team will not qualify for Crufts. It is important that you check that the wording in show schedules corresponds with the wording printed in these regulations; if in doubt please contact the Young Kennel Club Team before entering.

Handlers

There are no age categories for Young Kennel Club members. Ages 6-24 will all compete for the same awards.

Once a dog has qualified with one handler, it may not qualify again with a different handler.

No substitute handlers are permitted – the dog must be handled by the same person who entered the qualifier.

If a member is competing with two separate dogs in the same competition, another Young Kennel Club member may hold the dog, but may not show the dog other than to complete group exercises that would be impossible with one handler.

In order to enter any Young Kennel Club competition, you must be a fully paid up member at the time of entry and competition. If you enter a Crufts qualifier and you have not previously paid your membership fee then any award will be forfeited.

Dogs
  • Only dogs of six (6) calendar months of age and over on the day of competition are eligible for entry into an Young Kennel Club qualifying stakes class
  • Dogs must be on the Kennel Club Breed register to compete in an Young Kennel Club stakes competition
  • All pedigree dogs are eligible to take part provided the dog is registered on The Kennel Club Breed Register
  • To register your dog on a Kennel Club register, please contact 01296 318540 for further information
  • The dog must be registered;
    • Solely or jointly in the member’s name or
    • In the name of a member of the family (i.e. a group of people related by blood or marriage) and under these circumstances the dog must be resident at the Young Kennel Club member’s address
  • In certain cases members may be permitted, through permission from the Young Kennel Club Office, to show a dog that is not registered in their name, the family name or registered at their address and must write into the Young Kennel Club office, stating their reasons, for permission to show which will then go forward to a Management Meeting for approval
  • This must be approved by the Management Meeting before entering ANY qualifier and not after the member has qualified at a show
  • Permission to show will be for the competing year of the request. Separate permission must be gained for subsequent year
Qualification
To Qualify for Crufts, members must gain points by being placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Young Kennel Club Stakes qualifying events. To achieve qualification, members must reach 30 points for the year. Any points gained will be for entry into Crufts the following year.

Points are gained by the achieving the following results:
  • 1st place: 30 points
  • 2nd place: 15 points
  • 3rd place: 10 points 

All points are reset to 0 on 1st February of each year. No points are carried over from previous years.

The points gained are for the dog and handler combination. If you score points with two different dogs, they are not combined.

Similarly, if either a dog or handler cannot compete at Crufts, neither can be substituted and the qualification place is forfeited.

Your qualified dog will determine the day that you show in line with its respective group. At Crufts the groups are arranged over 4 days, each year the groups rotate, so if your group was on a Friday this year, it will be on a Saturday next year.

The groups are arranged as follows:

  • Utility and Toy
  • Gundog
  • Working and Pastoral
  • Terrier and Hound

Classes are divided by dog group with the winner of each group qualifying to go through to the Young Kennel Club Stakes Final which will be held on the last day of Crufts in the Main Arena. From these seven dogs there will be an Young Kennel Club Stakes Overall Winner and an Young Kennel Club Stakes Runner Up.

Rules for Young Kennel Club Handling at Crufts 2023

We host twelve handling competition finals at Crufts culminating in a grand final in the Young Kennel Club ring at Crufts to determine the Young Kennel Club Handler of The Year. To qualify for the finals, members must compete in Young Kennel Club handling classes held at shows throughout the year. Handling qualifiers run from the 1 January to the 31 December for the following year’s Crufts.
Classes
  • There are several different classes for you to enter depending on which show is holding the qualifier
  • Some shows are held on one day, these shows will typically be open to every breed of dog
  • Large championship shows may be across more than one day, as such on a particular day the show may only accept entry of one or two groups.
  • Dogs do not need to be entered into a breed class to participate in an Young Kennel Club Handling class at a championship or open show
  • If a member wishes to handle a crossbreed or non-pedigree dog, and the show permits a non-pedigree dog entry, the dog should be entered according to the group the dog most resembles

         Example:

The “Amazing Dog Show” is held across a 4 day period. As such they decide to split the entries to the show so that different groups are on different days. They have split the show as follows:
Day 1: Gundog and Terrier
Day 2: Working and Pastoral
Day 3: Toy and Utility
Day 4: Hound
You own a Border Collie, which is part of the “Pastoral” group. As such, you should only enter Young Kennel Club handling on day 2 with the Border Collie
Handlers

Young Kennel Club Members age categories will usually be split as follows:

  • 6-11 Years
    (Handlers 6 years and up to, but not including 12th birthday)
  • 12-17 Years
    (Handlers 12 years and up to, but not including 18th birthday)
  • 18 –24 Years
    (Handlers 18 years and up to, but not including 25th birthday)

There will be separate awards for each age group. A handler may only exhibit once per class. A handler should enter the age category they will be on the first day of the show. If the member would move up into another age group by Crufts, the Young Kennel Club Office will invite them to compete in their new age group category. In order to enter any Young Kennel Club competition, you must be a fully paid up member at the time of entry and competition. If you enter a Crufts qualifier and you have not previously paid your membership fee then any award will be forfeited.

Dogs
  • Only dogs of six (6) calendar months of age and over on the day of competition are eligible for entry into an Young Kennel Club Handling class
  • As of 07/01/2020 dogs entering a handling class as their only entry at a show must be on a Kennel Club breed register OR the activity register. If a dog wishes to participate in both a handling class and a breed class at a show, the dog must be on the relevant breed register
Qualification

To Qualify for Crufts, members must gain points by being placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Young Kennel Club Handling qualifying events. To achieve qualification, members must reach 30 points for the year. Points are allocated based on what group you are handling. Any points gained will be for entry into Crufts the following year. Points are gained by the achieving the following results

  • 1st Place: 30 points
  • 2nd Place: 15 points
  • 3rd Place: 10 points
If you are placed either first, second or third, your points will be towards which ever group you were handling when you received the points. If you receive 30 or more points for a group, you will be invited participate in the handling final with a breed from that group. If a handler receives points across more than one group, they will only be invited to compete at Crufts with the group(s) of dog which they have 30 or more points with. Should a handler get more than 30 points in more than one group, they must choose one dog between those groups to enter at Crufts. All points are reset to 0 on 1st January of each year. No points are carried over from previous years. If a member who received first, second or third is disqualified after the awards have been announced, there will not be any re-allocation of points.
Competing at Crufts
  • The same dog may not be handled by two or more separate handlers in the same class
  • When competing at Crufts there will be 4 distinct classes each with 3 different age groups making a total of 12 classes
  • The classes will be grouped in the same manner in which Crufts is grouped:
    • Gundogs
    • Working and Pastoral dogs
    • Utility and Toy dogs
    • Terrier and Hound dogs
  • The winner of each class and age group will qualify for the “Handler of the Year” competition on Sunday making 12 finalists
  • These finalists should handle the same dog as they qualified for the final with
  • Exceptional circumstances will be considered if the same dog cannot be used
  • All 3 age groups will compete together to try to win the coveted “Handler of the Year” award
Judges and judging
  • Judges at Kennel Club Handling Competitions are expected to maintain and abide by the highest standards in accordance with Kennel Club Rules and Regulations and appropriate Codes of Best Practice as published from time to time
  • Judge's discretion prevails and Judges' decisions are final
  • It should be reinforced that it is not the dog that is being judged, but how well the show handler handles the dog. The dog which stands perfectly and has immaculate pattern work is not necessarily being handled by the best handler
  • The dog need not be a close match to the breed standard, but should be still be healthy and able to complete all pattern work
  • Shortlist: In large classes, the judge may select the best performing handlers thus far and ask all other competitors to leave the ring. From this point onwards only the shortlisted dogs remain in the competition
    • The judge is not permitted to shortlist all handlers bar one (1)
    • The judge is also not permitted to shortlist n+1 handlers where n is the amount of places awarded in the class
    • The judge is not allowed to shortlist if the class size is less than or equal to the amount of places on offer
    • As part of the shortlist, the judge may ask the handlers to perform more pattern work. The new pattern work may be selected from any of the approved patterns, even if they have already been used
  • In the event of handlers being deemed as equal by the judge, places will be distinguished by the ‘Unobstructed View’ ruling.
  • Any handling that may be injurious to the dog must be penalised by immediate elimination from the ring.
  • Judges should ask handlers to relax during periods of inactivity should the circumstances warrant it. Handlers should remain aware of the judge during this time, and should be expected to present at a moment’s notice. Appropriate conditions include, but are not limited to:
    • Large class sizes
    • Adverse weather conditions (too hot, cold, damp etc)
Judges marking criteria

There should be a single judge to assess each handler entered into the class. The judge will mark all five sections of the Judging Criteria as follows:

Unobstructed View “also known as the Golden Rule”

  • Every effort should be made to allow the judge a clear view of the dog at all times.
  • Where required, the handler should alter their position to ensure they do not obstruct the judge’s view of their dog, this should be done discretely, without drawing the judge’s attention from the dog to the handler
  • When the dog is being presented, the judge may manoeuvre around the dog, at a steady and considered walking pace. During this time, handlers should ‘shadow’ the dog. Shadowing is the process where the handler should stand adjacent to the dog’s leg that is furthest away from the judge at any given time. Any movement that is required during shadowing must be conducted discretely
  • If a dog should be part of a line, adequate space should be left between each dog to allow for the judge to comfortably step between each dog and allow a clear view of the dog’s front. Handlers should be penalised for not allowing enough room between their dog and other objects (dog, ring perimeter, table etc)
Ring Entry
  • When entering the ring, handlers should be aware that the judge will be observing them as they walk into position. Handlers should have their dogs standing or moving to advantage as they collect ring numbers from the steward and also observe the “golden rule” during this time. Judges may request that table dogs and floors dogs are put into a group together, if not, handlers must choose their position carefully while remaining courteous to other competitors
  • Handlers should leave an adequate gap between them and the preceding handler before entering. The size of the gap left should depend on the speed of the dog in front relative to the speed of the next handler’s dog
  • There must be no overtaking of any dog. Any group work must commence in the order the dogs entered the ring unless specifically moved into another position by the judge.
  • After entering the ring, handlers must form a single file straight line. The dog at the front of the line should be used as the reference point for all other dogs. All other handlers must position their dogs to be perfectly in line with the first dog, not necessarily the dog directly preceding them. Should the class be too large to form a single straight line, the first handler who does not have adequate room to stand their dog should form a new line, perpendicular to the first and parallel to the ring edge. That handler is now considered the first dog for the new line.
  • As soon as the handler is in their position in the line, they should either freestand or stack their dog. No preference should be given to either method, although the end result should be the dog’s legs forming the corners of a regular rectangle, the legs themselves should not be over or under extended.

Individual Assessment

  • Dogs should be appropriately stood, either on the floor or on a table where required
  • Judges are permitted to move a dog’s leg during the initial presentation. The handler will be penalised if they do not notice and immediately correct the stance
  • The handler will be asked to display the dog’s teeth, the handler must demonstrate the left side, front and right side teeth, in any order. The act of displaying the teeth must be considerate to the dog, and must not cause any distress. Some breeds do not show their teeth in the breed ring, if this is the case, the handler should attempt to display the teeth as best they can

Pattern work
  • All Pattern work should be executed with the dog at a moderate trot, the pace being dictated by the breed of dog. The dog walking or galloping should be penalised, especially if the handler doesn’t immediately correct the dog’s pace accordingly
  • If the pattern would call for a straight line, the dog and handler should demonstrate a perfectly straight line, free from deviation
  • Handlers should begin most pattern work directly in front of the judge approximately 2-3 paces away. Handlers should begin setting off in the direction indicated by the judge’s feet position
  • The judge may set the same series of pattern work exercises, in the same order, for each competitor. If the judge wishes to set different patterns for each competitor, the pattern combination should be approximately the same length for each competitor
  • The judge may only select a pattern or patterns from the approved patterns list
  • The judge may choose to finish the pattern work with one final presentation of the dog. The final presentation is optional, handlers should listen closely to the instructions given by the judge before commencing any pattern work
  • Where the judge utilises a shortlist, they may pick any number of patterns from the approved patterns list to repeat as a further test, even if the pattern has already been used
  • When completing pattern work, handlers are permitted to use the entire area of the ring to complete the required patterns. Handlers should only be penalised if, when completing the patterns, they do not utilise enough space for the judge to clearly assess the dog’s movement
  • The judge may ask, either before or after all pattern work is complete, for all handlers to perform a Single Lap of the ring as a group

Lap of the ring

  • Path: Circle just inside the perimeter of the ring. The single lap of the ring requires all handlers to traverse one lap around the ring, starting with the first dog in the line-up. All handlers should follow on from one another, taking care not to get too close to the dog in front. The Handler should pay attention to the specific section of the ring the judge is viewing, and time their handling according. It may be necessary for the handler to hold their dog back while a slower dog in front is being judged. The judge may indicate that more laps of the ring are required, Handlers should pay close attention to the judges hand signals towards the end of their first lap. Handlers should also be aware of the judge changing position from the centre of the ring to the side of the ring during the circle. They will have to change hands accordingly so not to obstruct the judge’s view of the dog

Sportsmanship and Best Practice

  • The judge’s decision is final
  • Handlers should be gracious, whether they have won, received a placing, or not made the shortlist. The judge may change the order of placings at any time until the awards have been handed to the competitors. Handlers should continue to display good handling etiquette until out of the ring
  • The handler should demonstrate a strong rapport with their dog. During pattern work, the handler should communicate with the dog and be seen to be looking at the dog regularly during movement and stacking or free-standing. Handlers should spend the majority of their time watching their dog on the move and in the stand, handlers staring at the judge during assessment is to be penalised
  • Handlers shall not display harsh handling at any time.
  • The handler should display awareness of the direction they are traveling in, the line their dog is taking, and the position of the judge.
  • Handlers must be in complete control of their dog at all times
  • Handlers should use a ‘show lead’ appropriate for the size of dog they are showing. The lead should be held without too much slack. The handler will be penalised if a lead is too tight as to make the dog uncomfortable. Any excess lead should be coiled and hidden from view within a clenched fist. Handlers should begin most pattern work with the lead in their left hand
  • Handlers must display their exhibit number clearly about their person at all times
  • Handlers may use treats to bait their dogs. Should any treats, either deliberately or accidently, fall to the floor, the handler should immediately pick them up. Failure to do so should be penalised
  • If a dog fouls in the ring, the handler is expected to clean up after the dog. If a handler does not have adequate provision to do so (i.e. no poo bag) this shall be penalised. While the handler is cleaning up after their dog, the judging will be halted and will resume as soon as the ring has returned to a state whereby no other dogs will be distracted by the fouling
  • Handlers are expected to be courteous to the judge and ring stewards at all times, including thanking the judge after their pattern work is completed
  • Consideration should be given to appearance of the dog and handler partnership. The handler’s choice of outfit should be selected to mirror the breed ring, typically opting for smart attire. Additionally, no items of clothing should distract the judge’s attention away from the dog
  • Judges should take note that if the class is scheduled for young competitors, they are likely to be less experienced due to age. Judges in this instance shall offer simple instructions when judging handlers in the younger age group (e.g. 6-11 years). Judges should use their discretion when selecting which patterns are to be used. If the judge has decided that some handlers are too young to understand some of the more complicated patterns, they must not use those patterns deemed too complex for any competitor in the same class; the judging must remain fair for all being judged. In certain competitions, complex movements could be introduced if the winner of the younger class is in a run off with winners of other classes

Qualifying heats for Crufts 2023

Young Kennel Club Handling
Show name and address Dates
Coventry Ladies KS
Sports Connexion, CV8 3FL
1 January 2022
Boston District Canine Society
Exhibition Hall, PE2 6HE
6 - 9 January 2022
Ashington & District Canine Society
John Reid Road, NE34 8QN
19 February 2022
Cleveland Dog Society
Eston Sports Academy, TS6 9AE
19 February 2022
Retford Canine Society
Newark Showground, NG24 2NY
20 March 2022
Whitehaven District Canine Association 
Penrith Leisure Centre, CA11 8JH
20 March 2022
United Kingdom Toydog Society
Stafford County Showground, ST18 0BD
26 March 2022
National Terrier Club
Bingley Hall Stafford, ST18 0BD
02 April 2022
Hound Association of Scotland
Errol Showground, PH2 7TB
09 April 2022
East Anglian Gundog Society
Horse Creek Farm Arena, PE15 0BS
15 April 2022
West of England Ladies Kennel Society
Three Counties Show Ground, WR13 6NW
22-25 April 2022
Okehampton &District Canine Society
The Grange, EX20 3DA
30 April 2022
Aberystwyth & District Canine Society
Fferm Tyssul, SA33 6AT
02 Mary 2022
National Dog Show
County Showground, ST18 OBD
05-08  May 2022
Sunderland & District Canine Society 
Tempe Park Leisure Centre, NE34 8QN
15 May 2022
Scottish Kennel Club
Royal Highland Showground, EH28 8NB
20-22 May 2022
Royal Welsh Premier Dog show 
Royal Welsh Showground, LD2 3SY
21-22 May 2022
Boston District Canine Society
Newark and Notts Showground, NG24 2NY
31 May 2022
Pembrokeshire Canine Association
Carmarthen Showground, SA33 5DR
18 June 2022
Blackpool & District Canine Society
Redwood Park, N/A
24-26 June 2022
East of England Agricultural Society
East of England Showground, PE2 6HE
08-10 July 2022
Durham County Canine Association 
Burnhopeside Hall, DH7 0TL
17 July 2022
Leeds Championship Dog Show
Harewood Estate, LS17 9LQ
22-24 July 2022
Otley Canine 
Sloe Berry Farm, LS25 5NQ
02 August 2022
Paignton and District Fanciers Association 
Westpoint, EX5 1DJ
05-07 August 2022
National Gundog Association
Three Counties Showground, WR13 6NW
07 August 2022
Bournemouth Canine Association
Pikes Farm Show Field, BH16 6ES
13-15 August 2022
Thame & Oxfordshire County Canine Society 
Bury Equestrian Centre, LU7 9BT
17 August 2022
Welsh Kennel Club
Royal Welsh Showground, LD2 3SY
19-21 August 2022
Driffield Championship Dog Show
The Racecourse, LS22 5EJ
26-29 August 2022
Liskeard & District Canine Association
Royal Cornwall Showground, PL27 7JE
03 September 2022
South Eastern Hound Club
The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, BN6 9NS
04 September 2022
Darlington Dog Show Society Ltd
Ripon Racecourse, HG4 1UG
16-18 September 2022
Bedford & District Canine Society
Moulton College, NN3 7RR
25 September 2022
Scottish Kennel Club
Royal Highland Showground, EH28 8NB
01-02 October 2022
South Wales kennel association 
Royal Welsh Showground, LD2 3SY
06-09 October 2022
Guildford and District Canine Society
South of England Showground, RH17 6TL
07 October 2022
Aberystwyth & District Canine Society
Cardigan Leisure Centre, SA43 1NH
16 October 2022
Cleveland Dog Society
Eston Sports Academy, TS6 9AE
19 October 2022
Welsh Northern Counties & Colwyn Canine Club
TBC
20 October 2022
Sunderland & District Canine Society 
Tempe Park Leisure Centre, NE34 8QN
27 November 2022
Maghull and Merseyside CS 
Sutton Leisure Centre, WA9 5AU
04 December 2022
Colchester & District Canine Society
Charter Hall, CO1 1YH
18 December 2022
Young Kennel Club Stakes
Show name and address Dates
Boston District Canine Society
Exhibition Hall, PE2 6HE
6 - 9 January 2022
United Kingdom Toydog Society
Stafford County Showground, ST18 0BD
26 March 2022
National Terrier Club
Bingley Hall Stafford, ST18 0BD
02 April 2022
Hound Association of Scotland
Errol Showground, PH2 7TB
09 April 2022
West of England Ladies Kennel Society
Three Counties Show Ground, WR13 6NW
22-25 April 2022
National Dog Show
County Showground, ST18 OBD
05-08  May 2022
Scottish Kennel Club
Royal Highland Showground, EH28 8NB
20-22 May 2022
Bath Canine Society
Three Shires Field, BA1 8EG
27-30 May 2022
Southern Counties Canine Association Championship Show
Newbury Showground, RG18 9QZ
3-5 June 2022
Blackpool & District Canine Society
Redwood Park, N/A
24-26 June 2022
East of England Agricultural Society
East of England Showground, PE2 6HE
08-10 July 2022
Leeds Championship Dog Show
Harewood Estate, LS17 9LQ
22-24 July 2022
National Gundog Association
Three Counties Showground, WR13 6NW
07 August 2022
Welsh Kennel Club
Royal Welsh Showground, LD2 3SY
19-21 August 2022
City of Birmingham Canine Association 
Royal Highland Showground, EH28 8NB
01 - 04 September 2022
Darlington Dog Show Society Ltd
Ripon Racecourse, HG4 1UG
16-18 September 2022
Richmond Dog Show Society 
Cardigan Leisure Centre, SA43 1NH
09-11 September 2022
Scottish Kennel Club
Royal Highland Showground, EH28 8NB
01-02 October 2022
South Wales kennel association 
Royal Welsh Showground, LD2 3SY
06-09 October 2022

Collect badges

You can collect points at Championship, Open, Limited and Companion Shows to apply for a showing badge to wear proudly when you compete. Further details can be found in the points book. To request a free points book email the Young Kennel Club office with your details.