Obedience rewarded at Crufts with the Rebecca Pointer Memorial Award

Two Young Kennel Club members were rewarded for their achievements in obedience at Crufts, both winning the Rebecca Pointer Memorial Award.

Alexandra Duesbury, aged 17, from Derby and Jessica Allen, aged 24, from Plymouth shared the prestigious award from the Young Kennel Club at Crufts earlier this month after excelling at obedience with their dogs, Working Sheepdog, Amber (Dodgin Amber Gambler) and Golden Retriever, Teak (Tectona Grand Sunrise) respectively.

The Rebecca Pointer Memorial Award honours Young Kennel Club members who have achieved the most with their dog in obedience. Points towards the Rebecca Pointer Memorial Award are given for wins and places up to sixth at YKC events and classes at companion, limited, open and championship dog shows.   

Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at the Kennel Club said: “All of this year’s finalists have worked extremely hard, and it is such a delight to be able to recognise the achievements of our young dog lovers at Crufts. It is fantastic to see young ladies such as Jessica and Alexandra excel with their dogs in obedience - well done!”

The runner ups for the award were Anthony Snook, Lauren Rush, Keavy McGrath, Chloe Connell and Caragh McGrath. The presentation provided all of the finalists with the recognition that both they and their dogs deserved after working so hard at obedience shows all year.

To find out more about the YKC, and how to join, or if you are a member and interested in this competition for next year, contact the Young Kennel Club team on 020 7518 1030 or visit www.ykc.org.uk.
27th March 2012

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Notes to Editors

About the Young Kennel Club
•         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.

About the Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK.The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.