Georgie Bearder - Young Fundraiser of the Year
Georgina (Georgie) has been borrowing dogs and running Agility courses
since she was six years old. After the family lost their previous GSD
Cara, her parents decided that, at the age of nine, Georgie was ready
for her own dog. The next one would be hers. Their initial thought was a
spanielly-sized rescue. South West German Shepherd Rescue (SWGSDR) came
to do a home check for them. the home checkers were fostering Bella, a
Romanian rescue. It was love at first sight and the rest is history!
This is back story behind a determined young lady who saw how awful the
first few months of her best friendís life had been and how much she has
overcome to get to where she is.
Eight year old Robyn Bell is following in her mum's
footsteps. Her mother Katie (nee Mitchell) Bell represented the UK
in 2005 when she and a certain other young handler, Anthony Clarke, were
the first Juniors to go abroad to compete. Proud mum, Katie think thinks
that her daughter might be the youngest person ever to do a clear round
at a KC show, aged four years old. Robyn's gone from strength to
strength and is now competing in G7. She is determined to get to Crufts
before her mum who was age 10 when she went for the first time. But this
is Robyn's story in her own words.
Jody Brigden may only be 13 years old but she's been doing
agility for four years now and competing for around two or three of
them. It is her life. She can't imagine living without her two amazing
dogs and her agility. It's more that her hobby. It's what keeps her
going. Sometimes it has been tough but she loves it and she can't
picture doing anything else.
Children & Shows
A day in the life of an agility mum, proving that there is
agility after childbirth. Janet Wagner, mother of two small
boys, wife and agility handler writes about what it's like competing with young children.
With some cute pictures of kids. (26/09/02)
Homeschooling in an Agility Household
Since the Coronavirus lockdown, agility has become an even more
important part of many people's daily lives, and Jane Bradley has found
it really helpful as a way of breaking up the monotony of home
education. She believes that the fact that the children want to keep
their dogs happy, fit and ready for whenever shows start again has meant
they are dealing with everything in a positive and proactive way. It
gives them a focus beyond school work and the four walls of the house
and unlike many other hobbies, there is quite a lot you can achieve with
a couple of wings in a small garden! Her daughter Elsie wanted to share
some of her thoughts about how agility is helping her to get through
this difficult time.
Howlett, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Essex, went to Junior European
Championships 2016 as part of Team GB and returned home with a full set of
medals - Bronze, Silver and Gold. This is not the first time that she has
achieved great honours in the dog agility world. Those wins top off a year when
she won the Jumping Dog of the Year at Crufts with her dog Ami, was awarded the
YKC Sporting Talent of the Year Award and nominated for the YKC Shaun McAlpine
Young Person of the Year Award also at Crufts. This is her story thus far in her
Lawrence - French Under 11 Champion
Lawrence moved to the France with her family in 2004. Battling through ill health she
persevered at her agility and at the age of 11 became the
Junior French Agility Champions (Under 11). She
wrote this article which first appeared in Fetch,
the YKC magazine.
Abi Orme Rings the Belle
Abigail (13) joined the Young Kennel Club
at Crufts this past March. She had one ambition this year and that was to get the dog she
trains to Crufts 2005.
Shoosmith never ever thought her 10 year old daughter Morgan would be so
passionate about agility. Morgan's life has been a bit of a roller coaster since
she was diagnosed with ADHD. She finds it hard to concentrate at school but is
excelling at agility with her Standard Poodles. Nothing makes her mum prouder
than when she sees what a great partnership Morgan has with her dog. Morgan has
written her story in her own words...
Dawn Williams talks to the ten year old winner of the YKC Agility Dog of the Year
talk about her thoughts on Crufts 2003, her dog and her ambitions.
The YKC Girls in Black
Photographer Linda Gore caught
up with best friends Morgan Taite-Shoosmith, Imogene White and Taylor
Lyon at Crufts. The three girls - all dressed in black and all running
black dogs - were loving the atmosphere and being together again. They
talked about their friendship and how they manage their distance
relationship. She asked the about their Crufts journey, how they
qualified and finally how it went for them.