East Sussex schoolgirl given special award at dfs Crufts

Melissa Osbourne-BrownFourteen year old Melissa Osborne-Brown from Crowborough, East Sussex is to be awarded the prestigious John MacDougall Quaich at the world’s greatest dog show, dfs Crufts.

Melissa will be recognised for her contribution to the Young Kennel Club (YKC) National Training Camp which took place in July 2010. Trainers at the camp were all impressed with the effort and attention Melissa applied to every activity she took part in with her dogs, Flat Coated Retrievers, Memphis and Spring.

Each trainer at the 2010 YKC National Training Camp, was asked to nominate two members who had tried the hardest and improved the most in their chosen discipline(s). Melissa was a clear winner and received top accolades in a number of activities, showing particular enthusiasm whilst learning dog agility.

Delighted with being given the award, Melissa said: “Whilst at camp, I tried most of the activities available and a lot of the things we had never done before. I was surprised and thrilled when I was called out as winner of the John McDougall award for the most improved member across all the activities by the trainers.

“Camp was a really exciting and enjoyable experience and I would like to give a big thank you to the Flat Coated Retriever Society for the bursary I received towards attending. I have made lots of new friends and learnt lots of new things to teach my dogs. I can’t wait to go again this year!”

The John MacDougall Quaich has a long history within the Young Kennel Club. It originally recognised multi talented dogs and was presented to the triathlon winner at Crufts, but later it was decided that the award should be presented to a YKC member who had shown dedication, put in lots of effort and was seen to improve the most over a range of disciplines at National Training Camp.

The trophy was acquired in 1997 and is a sterling silver quaich on a wooden plinth with a sterling silver band made in 1993. It was donated by Mr John Spurling to the Kennel Club Junior Organisation, as the YKC was known at the time, in memory of the late Mr John MacDougall, Chairman of the Kennel Club.

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.

For further information about dfs Crufts or tickets, please visit www.dfscrufts.org.uk.

22nd 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.