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The Young Person of the Year Award

Nominate someone inspirational for a young person award 

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Our annual award is the chance to celebrate young people who are transforming the lives of others. We are looking to recognise young people going above and beyond or overcoming huge challenges to demonstrate their love of dogs, and encourage others to become a part of the dog world.

This year has been a challenging and difficult year for all Young Kennel Club members and their families. We have been astounded with number of members taking part in our online competitions. Hearing the stories of what you all have still been achieving in this difficult time has really lifted our spirits. Dogs have been a big part of the happiness and support to families and we have enjoyed seeing all your photographs throughout the year. 

The Young Person Award honours the efforts, compassion and devotion to dogs demonstrated by Young Kennel Club members. To help us find the winners for this year we need our members and their family and friends to vote for the YKC members who fit the categories below. We want to celebrate young people who are demonstrating both their love of dogs and others during this challenging year.

This year award categories are as follows:

Award categories


The YKC Young person of the Year award is split into the five categories listed below. If you are thinking of nominating someone for this award, please choose the category you are nominating them for carefully, you may only nominate a member for one of these categories.

Personal Achievement Award

Compassion Award

Inspiring Other Award

Creative Talent Award

Community Award

Celebrating young people who have overcome personal challenges with their dog, as well as the skills they have developed to achieve success.

Celebrating young people who dedicate their time volunteering to help others or where their job is to put others before themselves.

Celebrating young people and their dogs who, through their positive attitude and inspirational approach, have proved to be a good role model.

Celebrating young people who have managed to keep positive by being creative. This award is for those who have honed existing creative skills, or started a skill that they will carry forward with them during lockdown.

Celebrating young people who show commitment and passion through social action – fundraising, campaigning, activities at school, college or community for the welfare of dogs in 2020.

Lewis Steven Garstang

Emily Rice

Rosie Shepherd

Millie Youngs

Charlotte Baker

Danielle Wilson

Isabel Patten

Rebecca Colley

Emily Williams

Maria Louise Clark

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Read their stories

Read their stories

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Read their stories

Read their stories

Voting closes Friday 19 November 2021


With the Kennel Club Educational Trust recognising the challenges and difficulties that all members of the YKC have encountered this year. The Kennel Club Educational Trust are pleased to announce that it will support the Young Person of the Year award by donating £100.00 to the winner of each of the Five categories shown below:

  • Personal Achievement award
  • Compassion award
  • Inspiring Others award
  • Creative Talent award
  • Community award

In addition the Kennel Club Educational Trust will donate £250.00 to the overall winner of the Young Person of the Year Award.

How to nominate:


Entries for our 2021 competition have now closed. 

The Shaun McAlpine Memorial Trophy


The overall winner of the YKC Young Person of the Year award will be presented with the Shaun McAlpine Memorial Trophy. 

The award has been presented at Crufts for over 26 years by Ed and Cindy McAlpine. The award is in memory of Shaun, who tragically died two weeks after his 22nd birthday in November 1984.

The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler, competing at Crufts on many occasions.

Roll of honour




  • 2020 - Ryan Hennessy
  • 2019 - Paige Jepson
  • 2018 - Lauren Ashby
  • 2017 - Daisy Buckland
  • 2016 - Charlotte-Louise Page
  • 2015 - Oliver Beckett
  • 2014 - Ryan Ross
  • 2013 - Jessica Ward
  • 2012 - Kian Pellow
  • 2011 - Alice Moodie
  • 2010 - Chelsea Hickford
  • 2009 - Linzi Follet
  • 2008 - Joshua Griffin
  • 2007 - Georgina Ferguson
  • 2006 - Stephanie Lansdell
  • 2005 - Chantelle Prior
  • 2004 - Jodie Harrison
  • 2003 - Rachel Buckwell
  • 2002 - Amy Holmes
  • 2001 - Adam Rose
  • 2000 - Jodie Harrison
  • 1999 - Adrian Marett
  • 1998 - Defrel Owen
  • 1997 - Donna-Elena Hardwicke
  • 1996 - Phillippa Noble
  • 1995 - Dona-Elena Hardwicke



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