I was born into a doggy family which consisted of a handful of Beagles and a Border Collie - Panda. My Mum had exhibited at dog shows long before I was around (affix: Belsmard) so I was lucky enough to have a coach immediately! However Mum never pushed me into the ring - she would ask me if I wanted to go to a show with her, but I would ask how far away it was before I agreed to go! After a few shows, I soon got the ‘bug’ and wanted to find out more about the Junior Handling classes.
I started Junior Handling when I was around 6 years old - I began by using the ‘oldie’ Beagle of the family, Purdy. She was show - trained, obedient and calm to learn the basics with. I gained loads of experience by showing her in the handling classes at Open level and became more confident. It was soon clear that the show handling wasn’t a passing phase, I began climbing up the rosette ranks and strived for bigger and better trophies!
At the height of my Junior career, in 1998 - I won the Scottish Junior Handler of the Year with Gemma, Pedigree Chum Junior Handler of the Year with Kissy and the World Junior Handler Winner title in Finland with Tosca (a Finnish Champion Afghan Hound which I borrowed). At Crufts 2000, I picked up the KCJO (now the YKC) Runner up Show Handler of the Year with Gemma. As a result of these wins I wrote articles of my experiences for the weekly dog newspapers - Dog World and Our Dogs, and the Siberian Husky Magazine. I also got a regular Junior Handling column in the Beagle Club Magazine and I have been the Junior columnist for Our Dogs and Dogs Monthly.
In 2000, I took a year out between school and university, and worked full-time at Aberdeen City Council. In my spare time I wrote my book, Junior Handling The White Way. I really enjoyed writing the book - it was challenging and put me in good stead ahead of my journalism degree. I finished The White Way within around a year and a half.
Then in 2001, I moved from Aberdeen in Scotland down to Bournemouth to study for a degree in Multimedia Journalism. At the same time, my parents moved to Spain, including the dogs. My book was launched at Crufts 2002 but because I was trying to knuckle down and study, it was difficult to think about showing - especially when my dogs were 2,000 miles away! I still tried to keep my ‘eye in’ at the dog shows in the south by judging Junior Handling and Beagles. It was a tough few years as I missed the dogs so much and the social side of the shows. Nevertheless I got through it by finishing my studies with a 2:1 in 2004 and got a full-time job working for a local radio station as a journalist and news reader. In 2006, I moved to a radio station in Southampton called Original 106 which enabled me to gain enough experience to get a job with Dorset Police as a media communications officer.
In 2005, Kriss and I decided we would get a dog as we owned a big enough house with a garden. It seemed the perfect time - I still heavily missed the dog companionship and we kind of thought well why not?
We bought Miya, a border collie, from a show breeder in Somerset in April 2005. I wanted to go for a different breed and loved the times I had with Panda the Border Collie from my childhood. She was then joined by Shadow, another border collie, from Miya’s breeder in June 2008.
In September 2007, I married Kriss Scott at Careys Manor in Brockenhurst, New Forest so became Mrs Scott!
Somehow I find the time to exhibit my dog and others;judge beagles, border collies and handling classes, steward and train junior handling privately and at our famous Training Days.
In June 2010, I joined Dog World as Assistant Editor!
In March 2011, I was delighted to be awarded Adult Handler of the Year. I am the first handler to win both UK Junior Handler of the Year and UK Adult Handler of the Year titles.
In Autumn 2011 - DOG WORLD and I launched a DVD version of my book called MARINA SCOTT’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO JUNIOR HANDLING.
Hope you love the web site. Oh and make sure you check out the Belsmard section. That tells you about my doggy past and present!
Marina Scott (nee White)