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Jodi Allen from Surrey has been chosen to represent the UK’s Young Kennel Club in the International Junior Handling competition at this year’s World Dog Show on 10th July in Paris.

For the fourth year running, the Young Kennel Club will be represented in the International Junior Handling competition and 18 year old Jodi is delighted to be competing.

Jodi qualified at dfs Crufts in March this year in an emotional competition that she almost missed due to the death of her grandfather the week before.

Jodi explains: “I was close to not attending the qualifiers at dfs Crufts as I lost my granddad on the Saturday before. It was my nan who said that I should go for him, so with a picture of granddad in my pocket I went into the class with my Pointer, Rudy.

“I was so pleased we were even shortlisted, as it was a very strong class. In the final, when the judge asked for the YKC Handler of the Year board I was amazed to see her walking over to Rudy and myself. My granddad would have been so proud and my mum, dad, sister & close friends were all crying.”

Jodi qualified with Rudy, a Pointer owned by Sue Welch and is looking to borrow another Pointer for the World Dog Show as her dogs are currently not able to travel.

The competition is open to eligible members of the French Kennel Club organisation aged 10 to 17 years, and in addition all international Kennel Club organisations have been invited to send a