Teenager, Lydia Urquhart-Smith from Immingham, Lincolnshire and her dog Magic will be presented with a special award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.
The pair will be presented with the Rebecca Pointer Memorial Award at Crufts at the NEC, Birmingham on Thursday March 7th after gaining the most points in dog obedience with the Young Kennel Club (YKC) over the past year.
Seventeen year old student Lydia, who dreams of becoming a veterinary nurse, excelled at obedience with her Border Collie, Magic, whose Kennel Club name is Beat Baxa Ladylikee. The pair achieved a total of 182 points over the last year, 44 more points than their nearest competitors. The presentation provides the winners with the recognition that both the young people and their dogs deserve for working so hard at obedience shows all year.
The Rebecca Pointer competition is run annually for YKC members aged 6-24. The trophy is presented each year at Crufts to the YKC member who has achieved the most points with their dog in obedience. Points are given for wins and places up to sixth at YKC events and classes at Companion, Limited, Open and Championship dog shows.
Lydia has been immersed in dog obedience from a young age. Her grandmother, Mel Ely, runs Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme club, Klever K9s, which holds classes in Humberston, Grimsby and Habrough, and from a young age Lydia was keen to help. At first Lydia started training with her grandmother’s dogs, but when she was old enough she was allowed her own dogs and keenly trained them. Now Lydia helps other people and teaches obedience and agility at Klever K9s.
Looking forward to Crufts, Lydia said: “It is so overwhelming and rewarding to have achieved such a great award with Magic. Magic is my only dog and, from having her from a puppy, she has always been a pleasure to train and live with. She is a perfect dog and I couldn’t ask anything else of her - she gives 110% in everything she does.
“Other than training, Magic enjoys nothing more than a good long walk in some muddy woods or curling up in bed. Magic doesn’t only compete in obedience, but she also competes in heelwork to music and agility. I find all three sports very rewarding and love trying out different things nearly as much as Magic. She’s also quite keen at barrel racing and rally.
“Magic and I have travelled all over, taking part in different training days and weekends to try and learn something new. I take Magic everywhere with me - she is like a best friend, and anywhere I go she goes.”
The Young Kennel Club is open to all young people aged from 6 to 24 - whether they own a dog or not. 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.
18th February 2013