Catterick Garrison teen dog handler to compete at Crufts

Eryn with Rhodesian ridgeback Cyno.

Fourteen-year-old Catterick Garrison student Eryn Williams and her seven-year-old golden retriever Laci have earned the right to compete at Crufts.

On Sunday, Eryn, who attends Risedale Sports and Community College, and Laci took first place at the Cumberland Open Show.

The achievement means they qualify for the Young Kennel Club Handling competition for Crufts 2021.

The judge said: “What a fabulous handler. Polite, calm, composed and confident.

“If she was nervous, I certainly couldn’t tell. Eryn and her dog had a wonderful rapport from entering the ring.

“She talked to her dog giving clear instruction, which the dog eagerly responded to. She represented the god perfectly, allowing the judge to go over the dog, not obstructing the judge’s view at any time.

“Eryn executed the pattern work with provide angles listening to the judge’s instructions and carrying them out precisely. She moved at one wither dog using the whole ring to demonstrate her handling skills which allowed her to get the best from her dog at all times.”

Eryn also handled a Rhodesian ridgeback called Cyno to second place, qualifying her for a position at the National Junior Handling Semi-Finals.

Eryn and Laci have already qualified for Crufts 2020.

Mum Mhairi said: “Eryn works very hard with her dogs and it’s fantastic to see how well she is doing.

“We are so proud of her achievements.”

Eryn’s form tutor at Risedale, Jaime Westwood, said, “We’re always so pleased to hear about our students’ accomplishments outside of school.

“Everyone at Risedale is so pleased for Eryn and we wish her well in all her future endeavours.”