Alice Moodie from Wem in Shropshire was the winner of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award at dfs Crufts earlier this month. Alice was awarded the trophy by the Young Kennel Club (YKC) for her remarkable achievements in the dog world.
Seventeen year old Alice was the winner in the 17-24 year old category and was also the overall winner of the competition, the highest level of achievement for the country’s young dog owners.
For 25 years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy and awards in memory of their son Shaun who was killed in a road accident. The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler.
Dedication to dogs
Alice started in dog agility in 2000, when she ran a Jack Russell Terrier called Bertie. Alice has since trained and run a number of dogs with differing abilities and has qualified to compete at Crufts each year since.
Alice has taken on the role of trainer and qualified judge, and does voluntary work at a local animal refuge. Alice also came second in the Agility Dog of the Year competition with her dog Pip at dfs Crufts and she has been offered a place at Nottingham Trent University to study Veterinary Nursing.
Well deserved winner
Alice said: “I wasn’t expecting to win the Shaun McAlpine Award at all, as there were a lot of other people I thought could win. I was quite nervous and just went in the ring thinking whoever wins definitely deserves it as everyone has done so much.”
Caroline Kisko, Communications Director at the Kennel Club, commented: “Congratulations to Alice on winning this award. She is an inspiration for young dog lovers around the country and her dedication to dogs and philanthropic nature make her a very special young woman.”
22nd March 2011
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Notes to editors
* Young Kennel Club membership is for anyone aged 6-24 years (with or without a dog, pedigree or crossbreed).
* The YKC aims to educate young people in the care and training of dogs, whilst promoting fun and friendship.
* The YKC aims to encourage young adults to enjoy participation in, and management of all activities connected with dogs.
* The YKC provides and promotes activities that enable members to train, compete and socialise with like-minded youngsters.
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 visit http://www.ykc.org.uk/
For further information about dfs Crufts, a celebration of happy, healthy dogs, please visit http://www.dfscrufts.org.uk