YKC Young Person of the Year Award

The YKC Young Person of the Year Award recognises and celebrates the achievements of inspiring and innovative young people who are making a difference for dogs. The award has five categories including Young Braveheart, Champion Volunteer, Good Buddy, Sporting Talent and Fundraiser of the year.

The public sent in their nominations, and we have now selected the winners, who have been shortlisted for the overall award of Outstanding Person of the Year. We need YOU to vote for your overall winner!

Anyone can submit a vote for their favourite nominee and the winner will be announced at Crufts on Sunday in the YKC ring at 11.45am.

Read about the nominees below.

Voting is now closed!

Chloe Smith landscape image

Champion Volunteer of the Year

Celebrating young people who dedicate their time to helping others.

Chloe Smith

Chloe is a very bubbly seventeen year old who volunteers in a wide range of clubs and organisations. Since owning her own dog she has been committed to helping others achieve their goals and have access to the same opportunities she had.

One of her main activities is volunteering at Brackley and Buckingham District Dog training Club, where she helps to train dogs to Kennel Club gold standard. She has been an inspiration to members of the group and has encouraged them to participate in many events, including the YKC Newark event, where she was asked to volunteer as a team leader.

Chloe often helps people in her local community who are having difficulties with their dogs and is a great ambassador for dog agility and training. She is particularly inspirational to other children as she always has time to speak to those younger than her and is a fantastic role model.

Chloe also regularly volunteers at the local riding for the disabled (RDA) stables, is an active member of the local wildlife trust and is also currently volunteering one afternoon a week at vets4pets in Buckingham. All this whilst training and balancing the demands of GCSEs and her dreams of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine!

Teigan and Alana

Fundraiser of the Year

Celebrating young people who raise money for good causes.

Teigan and Alana Harp-Jones

Teigan (14 years old) and Alana (11 years old) are truly outstanding siblings, as demonstrated not least by their dedication to raising funds for charity through dog events and fundraising centred on the dog world. The sisters organised a Companion Show two years in a row to run alongside the Anglesey CS Limit Show as there was room to set up an extra ring. 

Teigan and Alana raised £1720.00 and the amount was matched by Santander who attended both shows and organised the raffle ticket sales. The girls raised £2500.00 from these shows and donated it to the TLC Appeal (Teddies for Loving Care), who donate teddy bears to the local A&E to be given to distressed children receiving treatment.

Recently they have raised £2015 for Cancer Research Wales by organising and running a Companion Show at The Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show and also organising auctions for a Stuart Mallard print and a signed Welsh Rugby Shirt.

They regularly handle their Dachshunds and Shih Tzus in breed and YKC stakes classes achieving success in all that they take part in.

Bailey Anderson

Good Buddy of the Year

Celebrating young people and their dogs who have proved to be an inspirational role model.

Bailey Anderson

Bailey is fourteen years old and is a very inspirational young man who strives to help others, has a deep love of dogs and enjoys many different hobbies.

Bailey lives in a small town in Dumfries and has been invaluable to his family in helping to care for his older cousin, Jackson, who has been desperately unwell.  During this difficult time he has shown courage and compassion beyond his years by staying with his cousin through treatments and during night shifts, making sure that he has everything he needs. Bailey organised and took part in a 30 mile sponsored cycle to help towards raising funds for the private medical treatment Jackson needed to improve his quality of life.

He also helps show his mum's and aunties' Boxers as well as enjoying the challenge of showing other breeds, both big and small, and in 2014 Bailey was a SKC Junior Handler of the Year finalist.

Bailey has many interests outside of dogs and is a valued member of the Army Cadet Force. Through the cadets he helps pensioners with their shopping and gardening and in 2016 he received the most improved cadet award. As well as all of these activities, Bailey also finds time to work on his own mascot business.

Hannah Thorp

Sporting Talent of the Year

Celebrating young people who show a real passion for competing or training their dog.

Hannah Thorp

Hannah is an inspiration to young and old agility handlers and has really excelled in the sport of agility with her dogs Baxter and Izzie, both of whom she trained herself. Three years ago Hannah’s dog Izzie became her shadow and changed her life forever. Over the years, Izzie and Hannah have grown to be best friends, she is her dog in a million and an amazing agility partner.

After winning into grade 7 in their first season, they were selected to represent YKC Team GB at the European Open Agility Championships in Luxembourg, from which they were honoured to return with a bronze medal in the individual agility, on Izzie’s third birthday. Less than a month later they won the reserve ticket in the medium championship final at the largest show of the year, KC International Festival, where they also qualified for the YKC Agility dog of the year semi-final at Crufts 2018 and the Olympia finals 2017 at the Olympia International Horse show.

Hannah is a great ambassador for the dog agility world and always puts 100% into everything she does.

Lauren Ashby

Young Braveheart of the Year

Celebrating young people who have overcome personal barriers with their dog to achieve success.

Lauren Ashby

Lauren is now 14 years-old, she was diagnosed in January 2017 with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 3. She has since undergone surgery and six months of intensive Chemotherapy treatment, including spells in hospital and then travelling to the Royal Marsden several times a week plus home nursing visits.

Lauren's dogs and her agility is absolutely everything to her. Lauren first began agility training around three years ago with Meg, a Cocker Spaniel/Springer Spaniel cross, and then Percy, her Cocker Spaniel/Poodle cross whom she began training just before she was diagnosed. Throughout all the treatment and procedures she set herself goals and targets to try and reach with them - training them a few minutes a day when she wasn't in hospital.

She even competed whilst on chemotherapy if her blood levels allowed her to be outside. The chemotherapy affects muscle strength greatly, especially those that create strength to walk but Lauren somehow still managed to get herself around an agility course - something the doctors were amazed with.

Lauren's passion for her dogs and the world of agility has given her a purpose and focus and she says herself she quite literally doesn't know how she would have managed to get through the year without them or the wonderful community of agility.

Unfortunately, since being nominated for Young Braveheart of the Year, Lauren’s cancer has sadly returned and she will be seeking further treatment over the course of the year. However despite the worst, Lauren is just as determined as ever to channel her love and passion for agility and her dogs to make it through this difficult time.