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18 year old Young Kennel Club member Antonia Leech is believed to be the first British handler in 18 years to be placed in the International Junior Handler Championship finals at the World Dog Show held in Moscow, Russia.
Antonia is believed to be the first UK entrant to be placed in the World Dog Show final since Marina Scott, also a YKC member, who won in 1998 whilst representing the UK.
In March, Antonia won the 17-24 years Terrier & Hound handling semi-final at Crufts under Liz Millward, going up against 151 other handlers who were entered over the four days. She then went on to win the title of YKC Handler of the Year the same day. This put her in the running for the final at the International Junior Handler Championship final at the World Dog Show, where she ran with a dog she had not handled before.
Under a special initiative, the Kennel Club Educational Trust sponsored Antonia on behalf of the YKC to travel to the World Dog Show in Moscow, as well as help with her entry fees, where she then represented the UK and the YKC.
After being a member of the YKC for ten years, Antonia was recently awarded the YKC ambassador badge to recognise her dedication to the club by representing the UK at the World Dog Show and for winning YKC Handler of the Year at Crufts.
"Representing the UK, let alone becoming runner-up World Junior Handling Champion, is a dream that I have been chasing and now it's turned into a reality with so many memories to treasure. I am so grateful to the YKC for giving me this opportunity and sponsorship”Find out more about Junior Handling