Kelly Blackwood, self-employed shepherd at Elvanfoot Farm, Abington has been named winner of the Lanark, Lothians & Peebles Young Handler Award for 2018. The Award is made at the end of a programme of training that runs over several months from late autumn. The Award was established last year and will be funded for a decade by Stephen Cobbald in memory of his daughter Charlotte. Sponsorship was provided by Sneyds Wonderdog and Logan Whistles. The training was provided by Julie Hill whose outstanding trials achievements include being the only woman to date to have won the International Supreme.
‘I am thrilled to be winner of this special prize. It has been a fantastic experience. I have always admired Julie’s way of handling her dogs and was lucky enough to get the chance to learn The Natural Way with her and the other young handlers. Small things I was unaware of have improved my dogs greatly’.
Kelly has had successful couple of weeks as this win comes hot on the heels of her winning the NSA Next Generation Young Shepherd of the Year competition at Scotsheep.
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