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YKC Handling


YKC handling competitions let members compete against one another to find out who is the best at showing their dog. The competition is held in exactly the same format as a breed ring, but it isn't the dog being judged, it's you! The most important thing to remember is: Never come between your dog and the judge. 

Want to know more about Handling? Click on the button to discover what it's all about

Click on the button to check out all the previous Handler of the year winners, keep practising, and one day your name could be here!


Class types

There are 3 different age categories for YKC handling classes:

6-11 Years

12-17 Years

18-24 Years

YKC Handling is one of our most popular activities and lots of our members have become best friends through their Handling hobby.



Please see below the current rules for YKC handling competitions.

Qualifiers 2021 (For Crufts 2022)


Club Date Show Ends Show Length (days) How to enter Venue Venue Postcode Handling Stakes
East Of England Lks 14/07/2021 14/07/2021 1   Huntingdon Racecourse PE28 4NL
Leeds Championship Dog Show Ltd 23/07/2021 25/07/2021 3 Higham Press Harewood Estate LS17 9LQ
Otley Canine Society 27/07/2021 27/07/2021 1 Fosse Data Richard Dunn Sports Centre  BD61EZ
Paignton & District Fanciers Association 07/08/2021 09/08/2021 3 Higham Press Westpoint  EX5 1DJ
Thame & Oxfordshire County Canine Society 11/08/2021 11/08/2021 1 Fosse Data Thame Agricultural Showground OX9 3JL
Bournemouth Canine Association 14/08/2021 16/08/2021 3 Higham Press Pikes Farm   BH16 6ES
Blackpool & District Canine Society 20/08/2021 22/08/2021 3   Redwood Park PR3 0TX
Driffield Dtc 26/08/2021 29/08/2021 4 Higham Press Wetherby Racecourse LS22 5EJ
Perthshire Canine Club 04/09/2021 04/09/2021 1   Errol Showground PH2 7TB
South Eastern Hound Club 06/09/2021 06/09/2021 1 Fosse Data Hixstead Showground RH17 5NU
Stanhope Agricultural Show 11/09/2021 12/09/2021 2    Unthank Park DL13 2PQ
Coventry Ladies Kennel Society 11/09/2021 11/09/2021 1 Fosse Data The Sports Connexion CV8 3FL
Darlington Dog Show Society Ltd 17/09/2021 19/09/2021 3 Higham Press Ripon Racecourse HG4 1UG
Bedford & District Canine Society 26/09/2021 26/09/2021 1 Fosse Data Moulton College ,  NN3 7QL
East Anglian Gundog Society 03/10/2021 03/10/2021 1 Fosse Data Horse Creek Farm Arena PE15 0BS
YKC - Newark Activity Weekend 22/10/2021 24/10/2021 3   Newark Showground NG24 2NY
Belfast Dog Show Society 23/10/2021 24/10/2021 2   Eikon Centre BT27 5RE
Gundog Breeds Assoc. Of Scotland 13/11/2021 13/11/2021 1   Highland Hall,  EH28 8NF
Discover Dogs 21/11/2021  21/11/2021 1 YKC Website   Excel Exhibition Centre  E16 1XL
Whitehaven DCA 21/11/2021 21/11/2021 1 Fosse Data Penrith Leisure Centre CA11 8JH
Sunderland & District Canine Society 28/11/2021 28/11/2021 1   Temple Park Centre NE34 8QN
Guildford And District Canine Society 28/11/2021 28/11/2021 1 Fosse Data South Of England Showground RH17 6TL
Antrim And District Canine Club 04/12/2021 04/12/2021 1 Paper Amphitheatre BT38 7 HP
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