The next generation...
Ryan Hennessy is a Winner
Dog loving young adult Ryan Hennessy from Chipstead, Surrey was chosen as the Young Kennel Club (YKC) Young Person of the Year at Crufts 2020 on Sunday, March 8th.
Ryan Hennessy (24) co-founded the organisation Forever Agility last year in memory of his mum, Ann who passed away from cancer in March 2019. Ryan wanted to replicate the love and support shown by the agility community following Ann’s diagnosis, with the aim to be there for those who need help whilst facing life-limiting or long-term illnesses.
Forever Agility has helped others in a range of ways, from vet’s bills to travel costs, palliative care retreats to state-of-the-art medical equipment and mobility aids. The organisation is currently trying to find a specialist lawyer who can help them be legally ratified as a charity with the Charity Commission.
Ryan, who will take over as chief judge for YKC agility events in 2020, has competed for a decade in YKC agility, helped and encouraged by his mother during that time.
The YKC was inundated with nominations for one of five categories in the prestigious award which celebrates the hardworking, inspirational and selfless actions of young dog lovers. Each category winner was invited to Crufts 2020 for the award ceremony following a public vote to decide the overall YKC Young Person of the Year award.
The category winners were:
The YKC Young Person of the Year award is one of the highest levels of achievement for young dog lovers. For over thirty years Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy to the winner of the award at Crufts, in memory of their son, Shaun. The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler.
Previous winners of the competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping organise dog activities in the local community, and assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring.
The category winners were each invited to Crufts 2020 on Sunday 8th March for a special presentation ceremony in the YKC ring where they each received an exclusive ambassador’s badge and award.
For further information about Crufts visit www.crufts.org.uk. If you would like to find out more about the Young Kennel Club and how to join please contact the YKC team by emailing email@example.com or visit www.ykc.org.uk.
Crufts took place from 5th – 8th March 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk.
YKC summer Camp Back with a Bark
The Young Kennel Club (YKC) has announced the dates for its YKC Summer Camp, returning for the first time in six years.
Open exclusively to YKC members aged from 8-15, the camp is a perfect opportunity for children and teenagers to enjoy a holiday with their four-legged friends, whilst also keeping active, joining in with social events and taking part in plenty of training activities with their dog.
This year's camp will be held at Rutland Showground in Oakham from Wednesday 12th August – Monday 17th August and will include the opportunity to practise a range of canine activities including agility, scent work, obedience and heelwork to music, as well as a full social schedule with team-building games, barbeques, a quiz night and a sports evening.
YKC members must have a parent or guardian on-site at all times, but all the family are welcome to enjoy the fun.
Young dog lovers who are interested in attending summer camp should visit www.ykc.org.uk to find out about becoming a member, whilst visitors to Crufts 2020 can join the Young Kennel Club at a discounted rate of £12 by visiting the YKC stand.
The price for one member and family attending, including camping pitch, is £250. If another YKC member who is a sibling wishes to attend their cost of training and team activities will be £200. YKC members wishing to attend the camp can reserve a place by visiting www.ykc.org.uk/content/for-members/ykc-summer-camp/.
YKC Young Person of the Year Award
The Kennel Club has revealed the names of the five inspirational young people who have been nominated for the prestigious YKC Young Person of the Year including two of our own agility Juniors - Ryan Hennessey and Taylor Lyon. The accolade celebrates the dedicated, inspirational and selfless actions of young dog lovers, all of whom are members of the Young Kennel Club (YKC). It is the highest achievement for young people who are passionate about dogs and recognises those who are going above and beyond to help transform the lives of others as well as encouraging their peers to make a difference with the help of their canine friends.
The winners of each category have been chosen by the YKC team at the Kennel Club and will now face a public vote with the overall winner to be announced at Crufts on Sunday 8th March. For over 30 years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy to the winner of the award at Crufts, in memory of their son who sadly died. Shaun had himself achieved considerable success as a dog handler.
Previous winners of the annual competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping to organise dog activities in the local community and for assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring.
This year’s finalists are:-
Speaking about the finalists, Vanessa McAlpine, Kennel Club Education Executive said: “These five young finalists are a credit to themselves, their dogs and their communities. They demonstrate a level of determination, passion, courage and selflessness that we are proud to see in our Young Kennel Club members.
The overall winner will be decided via an online vote open to all, which can be found at https://www.crufts.org.uk/dog-exhibitors/young-kennel-club/young-person-of-the-year-award/
The finalists in each category have been invited to Crufts 2020 on Sunday 8th March for a special presentation ceremony and each will receive an exclusive YKC ambassador’s badge and award. As well as being crowned the YKC Young Person of the Year, there is a prize fund of up to £750 which will be used towards helping the winner progress their love of dogs.
Juniors Chosen to Represent England at WAO 2020
It’s official! WAO Team England has announced the four Junior Handlers who will be representing England at the World Agility Open Championships in Ermelo in May.
They will be competing for the inaugural title of World Agility Open Junior Champion at the 10th anniversary event.
Congratulations to them all. We wish them the very best of luck to the Juniors who will be joining the big boys and girls in The Netherlands.
SWAT Southwest Junior Challenge 2020
After the success of 2019, the SWAT Junior Challenge is entering its 3rd year aiming to promote agility and encourage Junior Handlers in the South West.
With this in mind and after discussion with parents and juniors alike, SWAT has decided that this year, Under 9 Handlers may run dogs also entered in Anysize or Veteran class(s). This allows young Children just starting to compete with retired dogs, a chance to compete with other junior handlers. It is hoped that this will increase the entries in the Under 9 category to match those of the Over 9s. Last year there were ad 16 dogs in the Final, watched by a large crowd which created an electric atmosphere.
As before, there will be a separate competition for Under 9s and 9 and over up to 16. The first and second placed handler and dog from each qualifier will be invited to compete at the Final. If a handler and dog partnership has already qualified in either age group, or is unable to attend, the invitation may be given to the next placed pair (provided they have not been eliminated).
All heats and the Final will consist of a Jumping Course for all heights and with all heights competing against each other. The course will be a flowing Jumping course aimed at building confidence for Junior handlers.
The class will have two sets of awards. Under 9 Years old and 9 Years Old and Over (up to 16 years.)
Heats are to be held at the following shows:
The 2020 Final will take place on Saturday, 1st August at SWAT while the 2021 Final will take place on Saturday, 31st July at SWAT.
For more information, go to the SWAT - Somerset West Agility Training website
Classes for Juniors + One at Phase Purple Shows
At all Phase Purple shows, adults are allowed adults in the ring with the younger handlers.
The UKA Junior Open Championship 2020
The aim of this competition is to encourage Junior handlers to compete against their peers in the sport of Agility and prepare them for their future competitions.
Junior Masters (Final)
Junior Bursary. Wendy Jones has very kindly offered a bursary of £50 to each height winner at the Grand Finals. The bursary must be spent on Dog agility training and will be paid on submission of the receipt for training.