Friday, March 4, 2011

Kidderminster dog owner, 16, recognised

A KIDDERMINSTER teenager is heading to world famous dog show, dfs Crufts, after being shortlisted for a coveted award.

Megan Oliver, 16, has been shortlisted for the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award, the highest level of achievement for the country’s young dog owners.

Presented by the Young Kennel Club (YKC), the award acknowledges those young people who have excelled through their involvement with dogs.

This can include working tirelessly to fund raise or increase awareness for charity, helping to organise dog activities or succeeding in dog showing or training.

Parents, trainers and teachers have been contacting the YKC team since the start of the year to nominate young achievers to be applauded for their efforts in the world of dogs.

The special presentation will take place on Sunday, March 13 at the NEC in Birmingham where the winners of the three different age categories, six to 11, 12 to 16 and 17 to 24 will be announced.

Following this, the overall winner will be announced live in the YKC Ring at the event.

Caroline Kisko, communication director at the Kennel Club, said: “Megan is such a fantastic example of young people working with dogs to help their community.”

Megan got her first dog in 2006 and her confidence immediately grew and she wanted to train her own puppy.

From there she started taking part in dog handling classes and set out to learn all she could from showing her dog.

Attending a ringcraft class, her experience increased and she was quick to mentor the younger members.

She has initiated fundraising at the ringcraft club and raised sufficient funds to buy a kit for the juniors. She also wrote a handling manual to make it easier for others to learn from.

To find out more about the YKC call 020 7518 1030 or visit

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