RACHEL FLUDDER, 18 YEARS OLD
DISTRICT/COUNTY WHERE YOU LIVE:
Weston-super-mare, North Somerset
HOW DID YOU START OFF JUNIOR HANDLING?
When my mum could no longer handle the dogs because of her knees.
DO YOU TAKE PART IN ANY OTHER DOGGY ACTIVITIES (OBEDIENCE, AGILITY, FLYBALL, ETC)?
Agility, obedience, heelwork to music.
HOW MANY DOGS DO YOU LIVE WITH, OWN AND/OR SHOW?
Two australian shepherds and a lurcher.
WHICH ONES DO YOU USE FOR JUNIOR HANDLING AND WHY?
My Aussie mostly.
WHAT BREEDS HAVE YOU SHOWN BEFORE IN COMPETITION?
Papillons, rottweilers, elkhounds, friends’ aussies, border collies and most breeds really.
TELL US ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE (SHOWING STYLE) YOUR BREED IN JUNIOR HANDLING CLASSES?
With the aussies you can free - stand them or stack them and run them strung up or on a loose lead.
WHAT DO YOU NORMALLY WEAR IN COMPETITION?
Trouser or skirt suit.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST ACHIEVEMENTS?
Going to the UK handlers competition and winning overall team in age group then best team in the competion, I got third in my age group then took third best in competion.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE OCCASION SO FAR?
Getting placed in every open and champ show in junior handling in 2005.
IF YOU ONLY HAD ONE 'TOP TIP' TO SHARE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Smile and have fun.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT JUNIOR HANDLING?
Making new friends.
WHAT DISAPPOINTS YOU IN THE WORLD OF JUNIOR HANDLING?
All the gossip.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO BRING UP?
I am going to Belgium in November for the Europe dog show so that should be good.
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