Harriett, 11, is nominated for Crufts award

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A young dog trainer has been nominated for a prestigious award at this year’s Crufts competition.

Harriett Ede-Collis, 11, of Wellingborough, has been nominated by the Young Kennel Club for the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Persons Award 2013, and has been invited to Crufts with other nominees.

The annual dog show starts today and on Sunday, March 10, Harriett will enter the Young Kennel Club ring at Birmingham NEC with her dog Sarge and nine others in her 12 to 17-year-old age group before the winners and runner-ups for the award are announced.

She has been nominated for her charity work and her commitment to dog training and sports.

She attends agility, flyball and training, and she’s also a volunteer for Wellingborough Dog Welfare where she walks the dogs and assists with fundraising and promotes the charity.

Michael Clipstone-Roome, chairman of Wellingborough Dog Welfare, said: “We are particularly proud of Harriett, as – together with her family – she works tirelessly to promote our charity and the cause of unwanted and stray dogs, by helping out at our centre, attending sales and dog shows and making goods to sell.

“Through her involvement with us, she has become involved with Oakcharm Agility and Northants Dog Training Club, and when she does attend Crufts, she will be flying the flag for all three organisations.

“Accompanying her in the ring will be her beloved dog Sarge, so it will be a proud day for all of us.”