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YKC Handling Training Day

With James Moore & Victoria Wilkins

Saturday 26th January 2019

The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh

With Crufts on the horizon, this is the perfect opportunity for handlers who have qualified for Crufts 2019 to get some last minute hints and tips, and also some vital training time before the big day. We are also running handling training classes for beginners. The day will end with a handling qualifier for Crufts 2020.

Event Information

The Handling training day will take place on Saturday 26th January 2019 and are open to all members aged 6-24 years. These sessions will be split into advanced qualified members and members who are less experienced.

Training for one full day will cost £20 per member

YKC Crufts Qualifier Entry will cost £5 per member

There are spaces for:

  • 20 members to attend on Saturday
    (10 Novice and 10 Advanced)

The training will offer an opportunity to practice and perfect your handling before Crufts 2019 where our experienced trainers can offer advice and some helpful hints and tips for the big day. There will also be a fun activity to break up the day.

This is a training event and will take place in the Kennel Club Building on the Stoneleigh showground which is indoors with a carpet floor. Please make sure you’re comfortable and wear appropriate footwear. You will not be required to wear “show suits” for the handling training.  Also please note that lunch is not provided, but there will be hot and cold drinks available to purchase.

Each handler will receive a YKC Certificate of Attendance at the end of the day.

(If the member is under 18 years of age then one accompanying parent/guardian must also attend at no charge.)

Programme One – Qualified Handlers

  • 8:30 – Registration
  • 9:00 - Session 1 – Assessment of Handlers
  • 9:45 – Fun Activity
  • 10:15 – Break
  • 10:30 - Session 2 – Iron out the Kinks
  • 11:15 – Break
  • 11:30 – Session 3 - Hand Changes
  • 12:15 – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Session 4 – Stacking and Tablework
  • 1:45 – Break
  • 2:00 – Session 5 - Putting it to the Test (or “you be the judge”)
  • 2:35 – Break
  • 3:00 – YKC Crufts 2020 Qualifier
  • 4:30 – Day ends

Programme Two – Beginners

  • 8:30 – Registration
  • 9:00 – Session 1 – Walking on the Lead – Triangles and Straight Lines
  • 9:45 – Fun activity
  • 10:15 – Break
  • 10:30 – Session 2 – Triangles and Straight Lines Continued
  • 11:15 – Break
  • 11:30 – Session 3 – Standing your Dog – Tables and Teeth
  • 12:15 – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Session 4 – Hand Changes
  • 1:45 – Break
  • 2:00 – Session 5 – Practice Show
  • 2:35 – Break
  • 3:00 – YKC Crufts 2020 Qualifier
  • 4:30 – Day ends

Trainers

James Moore has been showing dogs for the last 20 years. He has gone on to compete in the YKC Crufts Handling Finals numerous times and also competed at the Eurodogshow in Belgium, before going on to become a handling trainer at YKC Camp 2006. From then on he became a YKC Camp regular as a team leader, a YKC Senior Member at Crufts, YKC ambassador and also a handling trainer at two local ringcrafts. More recently he has been the handling trainer at the East of England and Newark YKC Weekends.

Victoria Wilkins

A self-confessed dogaholic, Victoria has been showing dogs for a number of years, specialising in showing gundog breeds – specifically Large Munsterlanders and HPRs – and owns two of her own. Victoria competed in YKC handling up until the age of 24 and now competes in adult handling, conformation breed showing and is a breed specialist judge in her own breed. She has a passion for teaching and showing young people how to get the best out of their dog, how to enjoy their time in the ring and ultimately act as a partnership with dog and handler. In the past, Victoria has shown several breeds including Australian Terriers, Afghan Hounds and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. A trained journalist and YKC ambassador, she was awarded the 17-24 Shaun McAlpine Award in 2014 and has volunteered for the YKC as a senior member at Crufts. She is also a regular trainer at YKC activity weekends and commentates on both YKC handling and YKC stakes at Crufts.

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