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SKC spruces up for YKC grooming heat!

The Scottish Kennel Club will be holding a Young Kennel Club grooming qualifying heat on Saturday, 26 August 2006 at The Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh to provide Young Kennel Club members with the opportunity to win a place at the final of the Young Kennel Club’s Groomer of the Year competition, which is to be held at Crufts 2007.

There is still plenty of time to enter before the closing date, which is Friday, 4 August 2006. Entry forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Young Kennel Club section of the KC website, under the latest news section or obtained from the Young Kennel Club office on 020 7518 1030.
The entry form will ask a series of questions that will establish the member’s level of grooming experience and determine the group in which they will be competing. The age categories are as follows:

• For those under 12 years of age
• 12 years and over
•18 years and over

Eric Smethurst, Chairman of the Young Kennel Club, said: "There is still time for members to enter and gain a place in the Young Kennel Club Groomer of the Year competition. This is a great opportunity for them to share their passion for dog grooming and to develop their skills and experiences in the dog world."

Crufts is officially recognised as the largest dog show in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. The 2006 event attracted in excess of 143,000 visitors and 24,640 dogs from 178 different breeds from 35 different countries. The event featured traditional crowd favourites, such as the prestigious Best in Show award and the Discover Dogs area where visitors could meet 180 different breeds of pedigree dog, alongside new exciting displays to delight visitors of all ages at this annual canine extravaganza. Crufts 2007 aims to build on this success and will take place from 8 – 11 March at the NEC in Birmingham. To keep up to date with the latest news and information, please visit www.the-kennel-club.org.uk.