YKC member wins at International Agility
A Young Kennel Club member flew the flag for the organisation and Great Britain last weekend by triumphing at the International Junior Agility Championships in Belgium. Anthony Clarke, aged 15, from Lechlade, Gloucestershire picked up three awards at the event, including the prestigious title of International Junior Agility Champion in the Large dog competition.
Youngsters from ten countries came together in Ostend, Belgium from 13-15th July to compete in the 6th International Junior Agility Championships. Great Britain was represented in all three events: Jumping, Agility and Team Agility, alongside competitors from France, Hungary, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria.
Anthony entered two dogs into the show; Gemmedean Black Magic, a seven year old Belgian Shepherd/Border Collie cross, and Moel Lass (known as Scrums), a three year old Border Collie. Anthony and Magic came second in the Over 14 Large Jumping class, and on Sunday they put on an incredibly exciting performance to win the Over 14 Large Agility. This win, combined with the jumping score, made him the fastest junior in the entire show by three seconds and earned him the title of International Junior Agility Champion (Large dog).
Anthony has won the Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Dog of the Year competition at Crufts three years running with Gemmedean Black Magic, but this is his first European win, for which the Kennel Club extends its warmest congratulations.
Anthony said, "It was brilliant to have had the opportunity to go to Belgium and represent Great Britain, and to come home International Champion is amazing! I am so happy with Magic as she put everything into every run. It was Scrums’ first time on the carpet and she showed a really promising start coming 16th."
The YKC would also like to congratulate Katie Mitchell and her dog, Comebyanaway Rocket Man, who also represented the YKC and Great Britain throughout the weekend. The pair of them put in an excellent performance and were a vital part of the small, but talented, Great Britain team.
To find out more information about the competition you can visit the website at www.junioragility.be. Or, to find out more about the Young Kennel Club, visit the Kennel Club website www.ykc.org.uk.
YOUNG KENNEL CLUB
• Young Kennel Club membership is for anyone aged 6-24 years (with or without a dog; pedigree or crossbreed)
• The YKC aims to educate young people in the care and training of dogs, whilst promoting fun and friendship.
• The YKC aims to encourage young adults to enjoy participation in, and management of, all activities connected with dogs.