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Nominations Open for the YKC Young Person of the Year
The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is welcoming nominations once again for the next Young Person of the Year award, a major award that recognises outstanding young dog owners. It is calling on the families and friends of YKC members to put forward those that they believe are deserving in one of the five categories.
With this year proving to be challenging and difficult for all its members, the YKC wants to honour the efforts, compassion and devotion to dogs that they have demonstrated throughout the lockdown period.
To acknowledge the abnormal circumstances of the previous six months, two new categories have been introduced, with all five highlighting the positive contribution that YKC members make to the world of dogs.
The categories are:-
Last year’s overall winner, 24-year-old Ryan Hennessy, set up the organisation Forever Agility 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.
The closing date for nominations is 18th December 2020, and all shortlisted nominees from each category will be announced in January before being put forward for a public vote for the overall winner.
Anyone can nominate a YKC member in one of the Young Kennel Club Young Person of the Year award categories by visiting www.ykc.org.uk/content/for-members/young-person-of-the-year-award/.
Taylor's Day Out at Blue Peter
During September 2020, Young Kennel Club member Taylor went to the Blue Peter studio to demonstrate agility. Blue Peter is a TV programme which is shown live on the CBBC television channel. Taylor was on the programme to demonstrate agility with her dog Elliot and also had the opportunity to try the course with the Blue Peter dog Henry. We caught up with her to find out how hers and Elliott day went, what they did and how it felt to train to Blue Peter dog Henry.
As we were going to start filming early in the morning, my mum, Elliott and I travelled up to Manchester the night before. I think that Elliott was just as excited as I was. Whilst staying over in the hotel the night before filming took place, he was quite literally bouncing off the furniture! In the hotel, we were on the 15th floor up and had an excellent view of Media City, the location of the studio, and across the whole of Manchester. We had a floor to ceiling window in our room, and Elliott enjoyed watching the humans below going about their daily business! And that night, we got many great pictures around Media City.
On the morning of the filming, my mum and I had a full breakfast. I had a chocolate muffin, a porridge bar, a bacon and sausage bap, and a small croissant. We then made our way to the studio, and met with Richie, one of the presenters, and all of the producers. Because of Covid-19, we all had to make sure we kept our distance from each other and had to wear masks in the studio, except when we were in front of the camera.
When we arrived, the agility equipment had already been delivered and was laid out on rubber matting. Even though the rubber provided some cushioning, it was rather slippy underfoot, and it took Elliott a while to get accustomed to it. He was soon running just like he does in competition.
To begin with, I did a bit of practice with Henry, the Blue Peter dog, trying to coax him over the jumps and through the tunnel and weaves. It took quite a few treats to get him into the tunnel and, in the end, we decided to throw treats inside, and encourage him through that way. Sadly, he didn’t quite pick all of the treats up, and I momentarily lost Elliott in the tunnel when it was our turn to run the course.
Henry really seemed to understand what he was doing. By the time Richie and I had done some practice runs, Henry was going round the short course really well.
For the actual episode filming, we had to do many different shots from different angles to make sure that they had everything they needed for the final result! In the end, two and a half hours of filming was edited down to four minutes on screen.
Elliott took to the environment very well, and performed perfectly with every try. Henry was so sweet, and was doing really well by the end of the filming session.
When I got back to school, everyone was so excited to hear about everything, and many of my friends had watched it on television.
We had a fantastic time in Manchester, especially Elliott, but I have to say that the highlight was definitely meeting Richie and Henry, the Blue Peter Dog. It was such an amazing experience, and I am so thankful to everyone who helped give me the opportunity to be part of the programme!
Reprinted with the kind permission of the Kennel Club.
The Kennel Club has announced that, for the first time ever, this year’s Young Kennel Club (YKC) Summer Camp will run online. Taking place from 12th until 23rd August and arriving in the wake of the ongoing ‘lockdown’ situation, the upcoming digital alternative promises to provide plenty of activities and will be just as interactive as ever.
The YKC Summer Camp has been running since 1992 and was set for an action-packed return this summer, the first in six years, at Rutland Showground in Oakham. Sadly, amidst the current pandemic, the event in its physical form was cancelled in order to ensure the safety and security of participants, spectators, volunteers and staff. However, thanks to determination and perseverance, the event is set to return online, running for two weeks, with a full schedule of free activities to suit all interests, including a talent show, bake off and a dog walk challenge.
For more details on YKC Summer Camp and to view the full schedule, please visit www.ykc.org.uk/content/digital-resources-and-printables/ykc-virtual-camp/.
Young Agility Handler Wins National Lockdown Competition
Elsie Bradley, a young agility handler, was one of three winners of the Kennel Club online competition, celebrating the bond between owners and their canine companions and how this has helped them through lockdown. There was a prize of £100 in each age category.
Sponsored by the Kennel Club Educational Trust (KCET) and hosted by the Young Kennel Club (YKC) via its social media channels and website, the Life in Lockdown competition saw almost 100 entries from members aged as young as six years old, and up to 24-year-olds. Participants were split into three age categories, with each age group having a week to submit their entries between 29th June and 8th July.
The entries were varied in their format, from slideshows to photo montages and even videos captured from the dog’s point of view, showcasing the talent and creativity of the youngsters and celebrating the positive role that our four-legged friends play, not only during lockdown but as lifelong companions.
Nine year old Elsie Bradley and her four-year-old Pomeranian X Chihuahua Daisy won the 6-11 years category with their slideshow comprised of snapshots of all the fun activities the pair had been up to, keeping active and sharing laughs.
The Young Kennel Club has been providing its dedicated members with fun games and activities to enjoy with their dogs during lockdown across its website and social channels, including a successful online dog show last month, which saw over 1,000 entries, as well as a series of upcoming dog breed drawing tutorials, printable quizzes, colouring pages and more.
Gerald King, Chairman of the Kennel Club Educational Trust said, 'It was a real delight to see so many YKC members submitting entries for the Life in Lockdown competition. Dogs have played a really supportive and important role to their young owners during such a difficult time and they have certainly put a smile on our faces! “It was really hard choosing just three winners amongst so many impressive entries, but we felt that the submissions from Elsie and Daisy, Susanna and Teasel and Alexandra and Ollie really summarised the strong bond between the young dog owners and their four-legged-friends and highlighted how beneficial dog ownership can be.'
You can read Elsie's own story of how Daisy and agility have got her family through the COVID-19 lockdown on Homeschooling in an Agility Household.
More information for parents and/or young dog lovers who are interested in joining the Young Kennel Club is available at the YKC website.
YKC Summer Camp Cancelled
The Kennel Club has announced, with regret, the cancellation of the 2020 Young Kennel Club (YKC) Summer Camp due to take place on August 12 - 17 at Rutland Showground in Oakham.
This decision has been taken in light of the Government’s most recent announcement concerning the ongoing ‘lockdown’ situation during the pandemic and also takes into account the safety and security of participants, spectators, volunteers and staff at Kennel Club events, which are of paramount importance.
Refunds will be issued as soon as possible to those YKC Members who have already paid to attend Summer Camp.
The Kennel Club looks forward to staging YKC Summer Camp next year from Sunday, 1st to Friday, 6th August.
Advice on the situation regarding the pandemic is changing daily and the Kennel Club strongly suggests that everyone keeps aware of updates as issued by the Department of Health at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Further announcements regarding how the pandemic is affecting other Kennel Club events will also be posted on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk as well as on the Kennel Club’s various social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
All queries regarding YKC Summer Camp should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 8th March.
Ryan Hennessy (24) co-founded the organisation Forever Agility last year in memory of his mum, Ann Hennessy 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.
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