Wensleydale teen and family dog to compete at agility European Championships

Lucy and Ziggy Stardust.

Wensleydale teenager Lucy Lightowler and family pet dog Ziggy Stardust have been selected to represent the Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB at the European Open Junior Championships 2019.

The event will take place in Switzerland on July 12 to 14.

Lucy, 15, from Bainbridge, who attends The Wensleydale School, has competed in dog agility over the last five years, travelling around England and Scotland on weekends, to shows with her mum and the family’s dogs.

Lucy competed at Crufts in 2015, 2017 and 2019, and has already qualified with Ziggy to compete in the YKC Agility Dog of the Year at Crufts 2020.

Lucy and Ziggy were selected from the junior GB squad to represent Great Britain after competing in front of the Team GB management on two squad days held at Nottingham Trent University in December and February, and also at Crufts 2019.

The European Open Junior Championships 2019 take place at The Bodensee Arena, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.

Lucy and Ziggy will be travelling there at the beginning of July, where they will compete with the rest of the GB Team against juniors from European countries and the USA.

Competition fees and team clothing are provided by the British Kennel Club, but the rest of the trip is at her own expense.

Because the trip is self-funded, her family are in the process of fundraising to get her and Ziggy to Switzerland.

If you would like to make a donation towards Lucy and Ziggy’s travel to the event please visit their crowdfunding page here.