El­lie leads the way

Lancashire Life - - PLACES TO VISIT - WORDS AND PHO­TO­GRAPHS: Emily Roth­ery

She used to have an imag­i­nary dog, but now a school­girl from Bur­ton-in-ken­dal is prov­ing to be a big hit with the real things

Asouth Lake­land young­ster is mak­ing quite a name for her­self for win­ning ca­nine com­pan­ions. At just 12-years-old, El­lie Beach has an im­pres­sive record when it comes to qual­i­fy­ing for pres­ti­gious events, and her large col­lec­tion of colour­ful rosettes and awards are tes­ta­ment to her skills and ded­i­ca­tion.

El­lie has had suc­cesses at Crufts, na­tional breed shows and the Young Ken­nel Club events, to name but a few. She has com­peted at Crufts for the past five years and proudly tells me that she won first place in the Good Cit­i­zen Dog Scheme cat­e­gory two years ago with her lively lit­tle Lan­cashire Heeler called An­gus.

El­lie is an en­thu­si­as­tic mem­ber of the Young Ken­nel Club which unites dog lovers aged six to 24 through com­pe­ti­tions, dog train­ing and fun ac­tiv­i­ties. El­lie’s mum Nina ex­plains: ‘Through the club El­lie re­cently came first in the YKC obe­di­ence com­pe­ti­tion with Elsa, our sixyear-old Rot­tweiler which meant she qual­i­fied for the 2019 Crufts. She did re­ally well, com­ing in fourth place, es­pe­cially as she had just turned 12 and was one of the youngest in her group. She also came in sixth place in agility with An­gus.’

‘Agilty is def­i­nitely my favourite,’ says El­lie who is also a mem­ber of the Lune Valley Dog Train­ing Club.

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