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With nearly 28,000 healthy, happy dogs enjoying the thrills and excitement of Best in Show with their owners, there’s no better place than Crufts to experience and learn about the wonderful world of dogs. The YKC ring at Crufts hosts the finals of all YKC qualifying heats that have taken place during the year, and is our most popular event.

YKC Ring Timetable Crufts 2020


Time Duration Class
08:30 0:35 Handling 18-24 years (U&T)
09:05 1:25 High Flyers Obedience 
10:30 0:10 High Flyers Obedience Stays 
10:40 1:45 Agility Dog of the Year Semi-Final (SML)
12:25 0:15 Obedience & Agility Dog of the Year Presentations 
12:40 1:45 ABC Agility (LMS)
14:25 0:30 Handling 6-11 years (U&T)
14:55 0:55 Graduate Agility (SML)
15:50 0:10 ABC Agility & Graduate Agility Presentations
16:00 0:45 Handling 12-17 years (U&T)
16:45 0:45 YKC AV Utility Final
17:30 0:40 YKC AV Toy Final
18:10   END


Time Duration Event
08:30 0:15 Grooming Parade
08:45 1:00 Handling 18-24 years (G)
09:45 1:40 Basic Obedience
11:25 0:10 Basic Obedience Stays
11:35 0:45 Handling 12-17 years (G)
12:20 0:10 Basic Obedience Presentation
12:30 0:40 18-24 Jumping (SML)
13:10 0:40 18-24 Agility (SML)
13:50 0:25 Groomer of the Year Final Parade & Presentation
14:15 2:00 Novice Obedience
16:15 0:10 Novice Obedience Stays
16:25 0:35 Handling 6-11 years (G)
17:00 0:15 Novice Obedience & Agility Presentations
17:15 0:55 YKC AV Gundog Stakes Final
18:10   END


Time Duration Class
08:30 01:00 Flyball
09:30 00:25 Heelwork to Music (HTM) 
09:55 01:10 Heelwork to Music (Freestyle)
11:05 00:15 Heelwork To Music Presentation
11:20 00:30 Agility & Heelwork to Music Demonstration
11:50 00:15 Cinnamon Trust Volunteer Award           
12:05 00:50 Handling 12-17 years (W&P)
12:55 01:35 Under 18 Years Jumping (LMS)
14:30 00:40 Handling 18-24 years (W&P)
15:10 00:15 Agility Presentations 
15:25 00:20 Crossbreed Competition (18-24 Years)
15:45 00:20 Handling 6-11 years (W&P)
16:05 01:00 YKC AV Working Stakes Final
17:05 00:55 YKC AV Pastoral Stakes Final
18:00   END


Time Duration Event
08:30 02:30 YKC Pairs Agility (SML)
11:00 00:45 Crossbreed Competition (12-17 Years)
11:45 00:20 Outstanding Young Person Award
12:05 00:30 Handling 18-24 years (T&H)
12:35 00:20 Agility Presentations
12:55 00:40 Handling 6-11 years (T&H)
13:35 00:20 Crossbreed Competition (6-11 Years)
13:55 00:35 Handling 12-17 years (T&H)
14:30 00:25 YKC Crossbreed of the Year
14:55 00:25 Handler of the Year
15:20 00:10 YKC Volunteer Presentations  
15:30 00:55 YKC AV Terrier Stakes Final
16:25 00:50 YKC AV Hound Stakes Final
17:15   END

Times and Order of each day may be altered once entries have closed, however no competitions will move day

Get in free on all four days!

All fully paid up club members get FREE ENTRY into the show over all four days, using their Crufts wristband. Membership wristbands are sent out automatically in mid February each year to all fully paid up members. Not a YKC member but want your free entry to Crufts? Join today!

Admission tickets for Crufts 2020, can be purchased from the Crufts website.

Visit the Young Kennel Club

We devote our ring at Crufts (hall 3) entirely to competition finals, so come along and support your fellow members and watch some fantastic young handlers and their dogs competing in all of the YKC activities- one day, it could be you in the big ring!

We also have our own YKC stand offering fantastic membership show offers, and are happy to help with any Young Kennel Club queries you may have. Our ring party & stand are run solely by our senior YKC volunteers, so if you would like to volunteer with us then click here.

If you just can't wait until Crufts to join the Young Kennel Club then do it today!

Qualified for Crufts?

Firstly, Congratulations! Qualifying for Crufts is a huge achievement so you should be very proud of yourself and your dog.

We email all of our qualified members in December each year, providing them with the details on how to enter online, so all you need to do before then is make sure we have the correct email address for you to receive your invite - just email us and we will check for you.

Live the dream

Dream of competing at Crufts? Then, what are you waiting for? You don't have to be an experienced handler to take part in our qualifiers. Go to our compete section today to get started!

Photography & Press

Please be advised that Young Kennel Club members may be photographed or filmed at events, either individually or in a group, and that these images may be used for Kennel Club purposes only. To opt out of any images of yourself or your child being used from Young Kennel Club activities or events you can email us.

Crufts 2020 YKC Judges



Young Kennel Club Competitions


Stakes (Breed)

Ms B Muller


Mr J Manser


Mr N Ellis

Agility Assistant Judge

Mr R Hennessy


Ms S Page


Ms A Manser

Pre-Beginners Stakes

Mrs K Hood


Mr G Frechen

Heelwork to music

Ms D Hill

Heelwork to music

Ms K Hardman

Heelwork to music

Ms P Ruscoe


Mr J Moore


Mrs F Moore


Mr R Horwood-James



When will the Ring Programme for Crufts 2020 be published?


Short Answer: Mid November (estimate)
Long Answer:
The YKC ring programme needs various things to be completed before we can even start to put the programme together. Some of the YKC Judges work in both the YKC ring and the Main Arena, so firstly we need to wait until the Main Arena programme is finalised to make sure we don't clash. Additionally, we have to wait for the vast majority of the results to return from our qualifiers, so we can understand how many entries to expect in each class. We will post the programme as soon as it is ready, we do understand that some of you may need to book hotels!


When will my Crufts 2020 tickets arrive?


Short Answer: Early February (estimate)
Long Answer:
Each up to date member will receive one wristband allowing them access to all 4 days at Crufts. We will be sending out these wristbands with our February edition of Fetch. We had thought to send out the wristbands as a separate mail out, but with thousands of members to send wristbands to, the cost of doing so is huge!! We know that last year lots of members received their tickets very late. To try and prevent this from happening, we have completely revamped our deadlines for "Fetch" to make sure we get you all tickets with plenty of time before Crufts.


How do I enter Crufts 2020?


Short Answer: We'll contact most people in December via email (estimate)
Long Answer:
If you have qualified for Crufts 2020, the YKC will email you an invitation to enter each class. We will start sending these emails in December. If your friends have received emails but you have not, please wait one week before contacting us. We will send emails on a class by class basis, which will probably take a few days to complete. Some YKC qualifiers occur during December (and as late as January for stakes classes), if you manage to qualify for Crufts 2020 during these times, we will invite you as soon as we receive the results from the qualifying show. We do go to great lengths to make sure that everyone who has qualified for Crufts gets to enter Crufts if they wish to.


I've qualified for a competition on a school day, can I have a letter for my school?


Short Answer: Unfortunately not anymore
Long Answer:
We used to offer a letter advertising the merits of competing at Crufts, however at Crufts 2017 we had what can be described as an "issue" with that system. We contacted the Department for Education for advice the result of which can be found here. Basically, it is entirely the parent's responsibility to speak with the headteacher at their child's school and obtain permission for their child to be absent during term time. You may pass on the YKC's details should the headteacher require more information about the YKC. We aren't allowed to issue template letters anymore.