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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.

Jody and Ralphie enjoying cuddles in a beautiful poppy field. 

Jody's Agility Adventure
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.
Belle Howlett
Belle 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 own words.

Samantha Lawrence - French Under 11 Champion
Samantha  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. (08/07/04)

Morgan Shoosmith
Allison 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...

Hayley Wells
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.
(10/04/03)

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