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Paige Jepson has been competing in the Young Kennel Club for the past 11 years. We caught up with her to find out what she is up to during Covid 19.
I am 22 years old and have just completed my BSc in Canine clinical Behaviour at its Reaseheath College and I’m now teaching agriculture and canine behaviour.
I regularly compete in Obedience, Handling and Grooming. I have just started competing in Agility and HTM.
There is lots of training when you have 8 dogs so we are constantly busy. I have recently just kept a puppy from our litter, she is 15 weeks old and is keeping us super busy.
My most memorable moment at Crufts was when I was awarded Overall YKC Young Person of the Year 2019! This was a lifetime achievement. I have also had a variety of places over the years.
I have volunteered at Crufts for the past four years along with a number of other YKC events such as Discover Dogs and YKC Camp. I also volunteer for clubs who need help. As well as volunteering I like to always support the YKC training days as they are a great way to make friends and see other members improving. I highly recommend joining them!
My favourite competition is obedience. I enjoy the activity and love training and competing. It really helps to build a bond between both the handler and the dog.
The people! The YKC is great for making life long friends all of the competitions are very welcoming and you learn a lot from not only the trainers but other members too.
If you would like to volunteer at any of our days, please email the YKC.