Nominate an outstanding young person for the Shaun McAlpine award

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is on the look out for young people who have made a special contribution to the dog world this year, and is inviting nominations for the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award

If you know a YKC member who tirelessly trains their dog to the highest standard, or who gives up their free time for the benefit of dogs, make sure you put them forward for the award. Finalists will be invited to Crufts 2012 where their dedication and hard work will be celebrated and the overall winner will be chosen.

The award is the highest level of achievement for young dog lovers. For over 20 years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy and awards at Crufts 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.

Nominate now
Anybody can nominate a YKC member for this fantastic award, including parents, trainers and teachers. Reasons to nominate can include anything and everything that you think warrants a young person to be applauded for their effort in upholding the aims of the YKC and ensuring all dogs live healthy, happy lives. Here are just a few examples:

Taking part in fundraising or raising awareness for dog charities
Helping to organise a dog activity
Helping others (training, stewarding, mentoring)
Success in competitions and training
Volunteering (at dog training clubs, stewarding, shows)

To nominate, fill in the form, which can be found at, and email it to or post it to Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award, Young Kennel Club Team, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB.

Nominations close on Tuesday 31st January 2012.

14th December 2011

Picture Caption: Shaun McAlpine 2011 Winner Alice Moodie

For further press information or interview requests please contact:
The Kennel Club Press Office
020 7518 1008

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