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Dog lovers and 34 breeds hit Rutland Showground, in Oakham, for Young Kennel Club Summer Camp




Young dog lovers from across the country brought their four-legged friends along to Rutland Showground for a keenly-anticipated camp.

Five teams and a total of 41 young attendees along with 65 dogs spanning 34 breeds gathered at Oakham for the Young Kennel Club Summer Camp.

The six-day camp, which began on Sunday, has been held annually by the YKC since 1992, but was visiting Rutland for the first time.

Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters

After last year's cancellation because of the pandemic, the camp was keenly-anticipated and included a varied menu of canine activities including agility tests, scent work, obedience and heelwork to music.

Dogs on display included nine cocker spaniels and poodles, five border collies, four bearded collies and a trio of Shetland sheepdogs.

Among the attendees was Taylor Lyon, who has been featured on children's TV show Blue Peter teaching the presenters agility, and was among five winners in the Young Kennel Club Young Person of the Year Award at Crufts in 2020.

Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters

Taylor, 12, from Roade, in Northamptonshire, was there with her cocker spaniel, Elliott.

“It’s been really fun and interesting to see all the other dog sports and activities, and to give them a try together," she said.

Guy Khawaja, 13, from Stanford-le-Hope, in Essex, brought Shetland sheepdog, Woody and bearded collie, Yogi.

Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters

“My favourite thing about being part of the Young Kennel Club is seeing all the lovely dogs and how happy they are doing the various activities.”

Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters
Scenes from the Young Kennel Club's Summer Camp which came to the Rutland Showground for the first time. Photo: Alan Walters


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