26 February 2010

A few more details about the Shaun McAlpine award taking place at Crufts on the Sunday. 

young_achievers_10_450 Last year's winner Linzi Follett with the trophy

The UK’s top young achievers in the dog world are set to be recognised in a special ceremony at the world’s greatest dog show, DFS Crufts, on Sunday March 14th at the NEC in Birmingham.
Nominations have now closed for the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award, the highest level of achievement for the country’s young dog owners. Presented by the Young Kennel Club (YKC), the award acknowledges those young people who have excelled through their involvement with dogs, such as working tirelessly to fund raise or increase awareness for charity, helping to organise dog activities in their area or succeeding in dog showing or training.
The ceremony will include a celebratory parade for young achievers along with their four-legged friends, followed by announcing the winners in each category; 6-11 years, 12-16 years and 17-24 years.The overall winner will be announced live in the Young Kennel Club ring to coincide with the Young Kennel Club’s Silver Jubilee anniversary, which celebrates 25 years of helping young dog lovers learn new skills.
For 25 years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy and awards at the event in memory of their son Shaun who was tragically killed in a road accident two weeks after his 22nd birthday in November 1984. 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.
Parents, trainers and teachers have been contacting the Young Kennel Club team since the start of the year to nominate young achievers to be applauded for their efforts in the world of dogs.
Caroline Kisko, Communication Director at the Kennel Club, commented: “This award serves to highlight the fantastic way young people and dogs interact to perform such wonderful feats in society. We cannot praise all of our young achievers enough and, in Shaun’s memory, their work will continue to do so much good for so many.”

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I thought I would post a few more details about the Shaun McAlpine award.  As most of you know our very own Sarah Collier has been nominated and will be taking part  in the celebratory parade and the announcement of the winners.

If you are going to Crufts on the Sunday you can see Sarah in the YKC ring 11.40 hall 3.

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