Young Kennel Club John MacDougall Quaich Award at Crufts 2013

Fifteen year old Sarah Cunnington from Northamptonshire will be taking centre stage with her dog, Alfie, a Cocker Spaniel, at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts next month. Sarah will be presented with the Young Kennel Club’s prestigious John MacDougall Quaich.

The John MacDougall Quaich, which is awarded by the Young Kennel Club (YKC) is given annually to a YKC member who has shown considerable promise and dedication in a range of Kennel Club disciplines.

Sarah was nominated for the award after impressing her trainers at the annual YKC Summer Camp near Melton Mowbray last July. Lucy Creek, who worked with Sarah in heelwork to music, the activity made famous by Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey on Britain’s Got Talent said: “Sarah is helpful and extremely polite. She is always willing to give everything that the trainers put forward a go, and was a great example to the younger members throughout the week.”

Sarah says: “I am absolutely delighted to win this award. Alfie worked really hard at Summer Camp and we both learnt so much from it.  He is the most amazing dog and I am so very proud of him.”
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 Summer Camp.

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

Sarah will be presented with the John MacDougall Quaich by President of the Young Kennel Club, Valerie Foss on Saturday March 9th at 14.45 on the YKC Stand at Crufts.

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18th February 2013