YKC Judging Development Workshop Returns for Future Judges

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The latest of the Young Kennel Club’s (YKC) Judging Workshops was hailed a great success last week with 11 budding young dog show judges in attendance.


The first ‘Introduction to Judging’ workshop of 2012 took place on Tuesday April 9th at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Run by the YKC, it is an educational programme with hands-on training that helps members to develop skills and confidence in the ring.


Available exclusively to YKC members aged 16 and over, the day saw the participants learn more about the basics of judging dogs in breed competitions. It covered form, movement and bone structure, relating back to each breed’s primary function, making sure that every dog that they award is fit and healthy. Participants benefited from the experience of this year’s Crufts Best in Show judge, Frank Kane, Crufts Chairman, Gerald King, YKC Chairman, Valerie Foss (a past Crufts Best in Show judge), YKC Vice Chairman, Pat Dufty and Kennel Club Assured Breeder Regional Advisor, Ray Morland plus many experienced dog handlers and exhibitors, including Kennel Club Chairman, Steve Dean with his Border Terriers.


The morning session included a talk by Frank Kane who also helped Valerie Foss in the afternoon by speaking to the participants in their groups. Valerie Foss said: “The YKC judging days always go down well, but last week we were thrilled to have such an enthusiastic and intelligent group of young people who will no doubt influence the world of dogs in the future. The day is a unique opportunity for the next generation of dog show judges to learn about conformation, movement and the importance of breed type from people with immense experience.”


The positive feedback the Young Kennel Club received at the end of the day was overwhelming. YKC member, 22 year-old Christine Quinney-Spencersaid: “I really enjoyed the YKC Judging workshop and now I am looking forward to continuing  my learning. I especially enjoyed learning about different breeds, and I now have a better knowledge of what makes up the structure of the dog. It was a fantastic opportunity to begin our judging and ring stewarding careers. Thanks to all the speakers and handlers - I have learnt a great deal from them all and even made new friends too!”


Due to the popularity of the judging workshops, the Young Kennel Club is expecting to run more this year with a workshop being held in Belfast on 29th September To keep informed about Young Kennel Club events, check out www.ykc.org.uk.

If you are from the ages of 6 to 24 and interested in becoming a member of the YKC, in order to attend this event or one of the many other events held for members throughout the year, please visit http://www.ykc.org.uk/getting-started/ykc-membership to join for just £15.


12th April 2012


Picture: Antonia Milner, 19 years old.


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Notes to Editors


About the Young Kennel Club

·         Young Kennel Club membership is for anyone aged 6-24 years (with or without a dog, pedigree or crossbreed).

·         The YKC aims to educate young people in the care and training of dogs, whilst promoting fun and friendship.

·         The YKC aims to encourage young adults to enjoy participation in, and management of all activities connected with dogs.

·         The YKC provides and promotes activities that enable members to train, compete and socialise with like-minded youngsters.


About the Kennel Club

The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.


It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.


The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK.The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.