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The search for the UK Junior Handler of the Year begins...

The prestigious Junior Handler of the Year Final will be taking place at London’s biggest dog event, Discover Dogs 2009 and promises to be as nail-biting as ever!

The exciting competition is supported by the Kennel Club’s insurance providers, Agria Pet Insurance, which is proud to support a competition that encourages the young, aspiring dog enthusiasts of the future.

Over 250 young handlers competed at the Junior Handling Association semi finals at Richmond Championship Dog Show in September, and they were whittled down to just 14 of the best young dog handlers from around the UK, aged from 6 to 16. The finalists must demonstrate their dog handling ability and rapport with not only their own dog, but an unfamiliar dog too.

Not to be missed - only one youngster can be crowned Junior Handler of the Year 2009andhave the honour of representing the United Kingdom in the International Final at DFS Crufts 2010.
The UK final will commence at 10am on Saturday 14th November at Discover Dogs at Earls Court in London.

The UK Finalists: Ellen Farall, Beagle, Hound 6-11; Rebecca Rowe, Wirehaired Dachshund, Hound 12-16; Lauren Brown, Pomeranian, Toy 6-11; Helen Rishworth, Italian Greyhound, Toy 12-16; Jodie Brutto, Border Collie, Pastoral 6-11; Georgina Ferguson, Belgian Shepherd Dog, Pastoral 12-16; Jordan Leonard, Newfoundland, Working 6-11; Hollie Kavanagh, Dobermann, Working 12-16; Chloe Johnson, Border Terrier, Terrier 6-11; Jennifer Tobijanski, Sealyham Terrier, Terrier 12-16; Heather Brawn, Clumber Spaniel, Gundog 6-11; Jodi Allen, Pointer, Gundog 12-16; Abbie Williams, Dalmatian, Utility 6-11; Victoria Clarke, German Spitz, Utility 12-16.


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