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Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in YKC

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is inviting the talented artists amongst its members to design the front cover for the YKC Crufts catalogue as part of its Artist of the Year competition.

YKC members are being encouraged to get creative and submit their design within the theme ‘head and shoulders above the rest – a dog portrait’. This theme means that the dog/dogs should be the main subject in the design, with either just the head or the entire body of the dog standing, lying or sitting down. The design must be done in A4 portrait, and wording/titles are not needed.

The YKC Crufts catalogue showcases all members who are competing in the YKC ring at Crufts 2018, and will be available at the show. Alongside having their artwork featured on the cover of the catalogue, the overall winner will receive £75, art supplies and a year’s free YKC membership. 2nd place is £50 and art supplies and 3rd place is £30 plus art supplies. The winner will also have their artwork displayed at the YKC stand at the show, which will be seen by thousands of people.

YKC Chairman, Gerald King, said: “We are very excited to be able to offer members the chance to design the front cover of our YKC Crufts catalogue once again. It was very successful last year, with many talented members entering for their chance to showcase their creativity outside the ring. The theme this year should bring out some amazing artistic skills, as well as a clear passion for dogs, so we are really looking forward to seeing the variety within the entries. Good luck to everyone who enters.”

This year’s judging panel will be looking for a striking cover design that is well executed, has an imaginative concept and clearly places the cover within the brief. They will also be making sure the artwork is suitable to be used as a cover for a booklet.

Last year’s YKC Artist of the Year overall and 17-24 category winner was 20 year-old Samantha Webster from Northfield, Birmingham, who won the judges over with her interpretation of the YKC, Crufts and her love of dogs.

YKC members have until Friday 24th November to submit their artwork. Entries need to be A4 in size and a range of materials, including drawing (e.g. pencil, pen) painting and printmaking. The competition is open to all members aged 6-24 years.

Entrants should send their artwork to Young Kennel Club, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB. All artwork must include a full name, address and age, telephone number and email address on the back. You must also describe why you chose your design. You do not need to add titles or wording to your design. All artwork will be returned after Crufts 2018.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in YKC

The following changes have been made to the Young Kennel Club Obedience rules and regulations which will take effect from January 2017.

The changes have been introduced to address a number of issues in the existing classes and encourage new interest from both members and clubs.

The main changes are highlighted below:

  • The classes have been reduced in number from five to three to bring the structure in line with existing obedience. 
  • The class names have been changed to Basic, Novice and High Flyers to differentiate the old rules and exercises with the new structure.
  • Removal from G Regulations will allow the YKC to hold YKC Obedience Classes at their own events as well as KC Licensed Open or Championship shows.

The purpose of the restructure is to encourage young people to take part in obedience, to make sure that more clubs and societies hold classes and to make it easier for judges to understand the rules.

The new rules and regulation changes were approved by the Kennel Club Activities Sub Committee. A copy of the changes are available upon request.

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Would you like to do work experience at the Kennel Club?

Friday, May 22, 2015 - Posted by YKC, in YKC

The Kennel Club is looking for enthusiastic, bright and energetic Young Kennel Club members interested in a work experience placement during the summer months.

If you are 16 years old and over, we would like to hear from you. Placements are between 2 days and 1 month and are unpaid, the Kennel Club will contribute towards your travel costs.

During the placement, you will gain basic administration skills whilst also making good work contacts for the future.

This opportunity at the Kennel Club will provide invaluable experience and build your confidence which will help in your future career path. If you would like to apply for work experience, please complete the questionnaire below and send to Donna Campbell, Senior Human Resources Advisor, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB or email jobs@thekennelclub.org.uk. Further information can be obtained from this email address.

Please click here to download a questionnaire. 

Deadline for applications is 28 May 2015.
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YKC camp 2015 applications are now online

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Posted by YKC, in YKC

What is Summer Camp?

Summer Camp is a six day training camp for members and their dogs that provides young people who are new to dogs with the opportunity to try out all of our activities, build new friendships and make memories that will last a lifetime. With so much packed in, our Summer Camp appeals to all dog lovers and could start your child off on a lifetime hobby.

What activities are on offer at Camp?

The 2015 programme has been redesigned specifically for young people with little or no experience. The three core activities on offer will be basic handling, fun agility and pet dog obedience. All members will start the week at the same level and the training will progress throughout the week.

Who is eligible to attend?

To be eligible to attend, members and their dog must not have:

  • Qualified for YKC Crufts handling
  • Be graded in agility
  • Qualified for YKC Crufts obedience

When and where is YKC Camp?

Camp will be taking place at Askham Bryan College in York from Saturday 1 August – Friday 7 August 2015.

How do I apply?

If you think Summer Camp would be ideal for you and your family and you would like to reserve a space, please fill out our online enrolment form. The online applications close on 1 March 2015.

Want to find out more?

Reading our Frequently Asked Questions should hopefully answer any other questions you may have. Also, make sure you 'like' the Young Kennel Club Facebook page to keep up to date with any announcements.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards

The YKC team
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YKC Judges for Crufts 2015

Friday, December 5, 2014 - Posted by KC, in YKC

The Kennel Club has confirmed the judges for its Young Kennel Club ring at Crufts 2015.

The Young Kennel Club has its own stand and ring at Crufts, which will be hosting a variety of competition finals and presentations over the four days, including handling, agility, heelwork to music, grooming, flyball and obedience. Competition standards are of the highest order which makes it essential that the judges are too.

Next year’s judges will include:

  • Agility and Jumping  – Dave Deaville

Dave has been competing in agility since 1992 and judging since 1997.  Along with his partner, they currently have five Border Collie/Working Sheepdogs and two Kooikerhondjes that are active in agility.

  • Handling – Fay Matthews

Fay started in junior handling aged seven years old, mainly with Rottweilers. Over the years she has handled on a regular basis in the Kennel Club Junior Organisation (now YKC), Junior Handlers Association and breed/import register/rare breed classes. 

  • Obedience – Janel Fone

Janel has been attending Crufts since an early age with her mum. She has been very fortunate to compete in the Crufts Obedience Championships with two of her dogs and is currently working a third one in C class.

  • Flyball - Tony Hodge

Tony has been involved with flyball since 2004.  He has been a head judge with the British Flyball Association since 2011 and has judged at the European Flyball Championships on a couple of occasions.  He has also been Tournament Head Judge at the British Championships for the last three years. 

  • Heelwork to Music 1 – Nicki Hindson

Nicki has been competing with dogs since the age of fourteen in both agility and heelwork to music. She currently owns and competes with two red and white Border Collies; Leo who works advanced and Nala who also works advanced in both Heelwork to Music and Freestyle.

  • Heelwork to Music 2 – Mindy Kerr

Mindy has been training dogs for fourteen years and has represented Wales twice in the International Freestyle Competition at Crufts in 2012 and 2013 with two of her dogs.

  • Heelwork to Music 3 – Awaiting confirmation
  • Grooming 1 - Becki Ensell

Becki is a dog groomer and has been grooming since 1999. She competes alongside her husband at competitions both in this country and abroad. She has previously judged at English Groomers Group-The Challenge, Premier Groom, and Master Groom. She is also a committee member for Groom Team England.

  • Grooming 2 – Jaxon Manser
  • YKC Stakes - Mr Jack B. Bispham – Crufts 2014 Best in Show judge

The YKC ring programme is available online at www.ykc.org.uk/files/kclub-ykc/Crufts%20YKC%20Programme%202015.pdf

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YKC Summer Camp Dates for 2015 & 2016

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Posted by KC, in YKC

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) has announced the latest dates for YKC Summer Camp, a great way for children to keep active, have fun, make new friends and take part in a wide range of dog training and social events.

Open exclusively to YKC members aged from 6 to 15 years, the camp attracts around 100 young people from around the country each year. In 2015 and 2016, YKC Summer Camp will be taking place at Askham Bryan College in York. The dates have been confirmed as below:

·         2015 - Saturday 1 August – Friday 7 August 2015

·         2016 - Saturday 30 July – Friday 5 August 2016

Lucy Smith YKC Manager said: “Summer Camp is a key event in the Young Kennel Club calendar and we are delighted to have secured a venue for the next two years. We will now focus on developing the programme of events and working hard to deliver the best camp to date.”

Young dog lovers interested in attending summer camp should visit www.ykc.org.uk and find out about becoming a member. Online applications will be open soon and members are encouraged to check the Young Kennel Club Facebook page to keep up to date with any announcements.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 - Posted by KC, in YKC

Young Kennel Club (YKC) members are being given a unique opportunity to boost their canine training skills and attend a special fun training day in Oxfordshire on 31st January 2015.

Taking place at The Dog Barn, Main Road, Middleton Cheney, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2PW, the event will offer the opportunity for YKC members to train their dogs in agility and obedience with high profile trainers, Kamal Fernandez and Lucy Osborne.

Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez, has over 20 years’ experience training dogs from all walks of life. Lucy Osborne has been competing in agility for 11 years and has been instructing at her own training school for five years. Lucy has a very positive approach to agility training and dog training in general.

The aim of the training day is to provide obedience and agility training to members wanting tailored training in two canine disciplines that complement each other.

Gerald King, Chairman of the Young Kennel Club said: “Our YKC events are very popular, as they are a fantastic way for young people to develop and perfect their skills. The young people taking part get so much out of them and often make lifelong friends.”

Taking part costs £40 per YKC member and £20 per spectator. Members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, but they will not need to pay the spectator fee.

To find out more and to download an application form, please visit www.ykc.org.uk and click on Events, or speak to the YKC team on 020 7518 1030

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