International Junior Handling Competition

The Kennel Club is again organising this prestigious final at Crufts 2015, and junior handlers from many different countries will be competing for the ultimate title. The 2014 competition has attracted a record-breaking entry of 46 countries.

Split into three exciting rounds, the competition requires the finalists to demonstrate their handling ability and rapport with unfamiliar dogs that they have met less than an hour before the final! The finalists have each selected a first and second choice breed but will not have met the individual dogs before.

They will then handle a second dog of another breed with only about five minutes of bonding time beforehand, before returning to the ring with their original choice of breed.

The judge will make a secret shortlist, with all the finalists later returning to the Arena for the final parade where the 2015 winner will be crowned. Photo above is of the 2013 International Junior Handling competition winner – Naomi van Mourik from the Netherlands.

 


List of entrants for the 2014 International Junior Handling competition:

COUNTRY FINALIST NAME AGE
1 Australia Alarnah Roberts 16
2 Austria Katrin Katzbauer 17
3 Azerbaijan Monica Bonifacio 15
4 Belarus Daria Moiseeva 15
5 Belgium Ine Vanseer 16
6 Bulgaria Stanislav Petrov 17
7 Canada Colton O'Shea 18
8 Croatia Luciano Lujanac 17
9 Cyprus Simon Garesse 14
10 Czech Republic Pavlina Pichova 17
11 Denmark Linea Soegaard 17
12 Estonia Alexandra Daniela Õunap 16
13 Finland Vilma Helle 17
14 France Adrien Baugiraud 17
15 Germany Eva Maria Schmidt 16
16 Gibraltar Travis Collado 11
17 Guatemala Yael Davidovich 17
18 Hungary Vanessa Földesi 16
19 Iceland Theodóra Róbertsdóttir 17
20 Ireland Nadine Bermingham 16
21 Israel Paz Chen 15
22 Italy Oliviero Caico 15
23 Japan Sara Uemura 16
24 Lithuania Goda Šulcaitė 16
25 Macedonia Hristina Kostadinova 18
26 Malta Eman Spagnol 15
27 Monaco Alessia Corradini 17
28 Montenegro Katarina Buric 9
29 Netherlands Demi Weijmans 12
30 New Zealand Gemma Rushton 15
31 Norway Victoria Gill 17
32 Philippines Maximilian Mayer 16
33 Poland Paulina Lisiak 17
34 Portugal Catarina Santos 15
35 Puerto Rico Hannah Sofie Schöninger 17
36 Russia Alexandra Dyakonova 14
37 Slovakia Nikol Pisoňová 13
38 Slovenia Chiara Kovacic 14
39 South Africa Duncan Scott 17
40 Spain Macarena Rueda Corrales 15
41 Sweden Pernilla Lindstrom 17
42 Switzerland Tania Gamboni 10
43 Thailand Supasin Khajornpraphasun 17
44 Turkey Julia Lohmann 14
45 UK Will Croxford 16
46 USA Katelynn Edgecombe 16