Crufts YKC International handling final 2018
Every year junior handlers from all over the world compete in order to qualify and represent their country at the final at Crufts, each handler puts in a request for the breed of dog they are to handle on the day and 30 minutes before they go in the main ring they are introduced to their dog for the day. In that 30 minutes the handlers need to learn how best to present the dog and still present in the correct way as a handler. I had been asked if I would mind providing a dog for one of these handlers on the Saturday and having never done it before happily offered Linda up for a day out. Something different to do and lovely to see your dog in the main ring.
When we arrived Linda was to be borrowed by the representative from Russia. Marina Besedina is just 17 years old but already a very accomplished handler. I do not know the finer points of what is needed to be a good handler (Handling classes are judged differently to conformation classes) but what I do know is that when I watched Linda and Marina together it gave me goose bumps. In only 30 minutes preparation time and while waiting for their turn to be judged she worked out exactly how best to present Linda and performed a flawless presentation. There were (off memory) over 40 handlers competing for top honours and Marina & Linda finished an amazing 3rd. I would be lying if I said I didnt cry when she was short listed and then pulled for her 3rd place. It was a true honour to watch her work and I wish her the very best in the future, We have never met before but I was so proud to see you both, I hope we meet again.
Some photos taken while in the ring and video from the live feeds are below.