dfs Crufts champions young dog lovers

The Young Kennel Club has announced the eleven YKC members who are nominated for the Shaun McAlpine award at this year’s dfs Crufts.

Chloe Connell, Holly Fear, Rachel Lawson, Russell Marett, Alice Moodie, Megan Oliver, Laura Pedelty, Heather Rutherford, Jessica Thomas, Jessica Trotter and Megan Young have all been nominated for the award as they have dedicated their spare time to supporting, training and working with dogs.

The special presentation will take place on Sunday March 13th at the NEC in Birmingham where the winners of the three different categories, 6-11 years, 12-16 years and 17-24 years will be announced. The overall winner will then be announced live in the Young Kennel Club Ring at the event.

The Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award is the highest level of achievement for the country’s young dog owners. Presented by the Young Kennel Club, the award acknowledges those young people who have excelled through their involvement with dogs, such as working to raise funds or increase awareness for charity, helping to organise dog activities in their area or succeeding in dog showing or training.

For over 25 years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy and awards at the event in memory of their son Shaun who was tragically killed in a road accident two weeks after his 22nd birthday in November 1984. 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.

Parents, trainers and teachers have been contacting the YKC team since the start of the year to nominate young achievers to be applauded for their efforts in the world of dogs.

dfs Crufts takes place from 10-13 March at the NEC Birmingham - for further information or tickets visit www.dfscrufts.org.uk. 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 www.ykc.org.uk.

28th February 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.