Clitheroe teenager to compete at Crufts

Sarah Woodward who is competing in Crufts with her two dogs
Sarah Woodward who is competing in Crufts with her two dogs

A CLITHEROE teenager is getting ready to take part in this year’s Crufts.

Dog-lover Sarah Woodward has qualified for the Good Citizen Special Pre-Beginners category at the world famous dog show.

Sarah, who is a former pupil of Bowland High School, will be competing at the show with her beloved three-year-old dog Frisky and her trainer’s dog, Izzy.

The 19-year-old only started dog training a year ago and is delighted with her success so far. She explained: “I started attending the WAG Dog Training Club in Fence, with Friski as a puppy. I took her so I had an obedient dog at home and when out walkin. .

“We quickly passed all the Good Citizen Scheme classes in bronze, silver and gold.

“Once I completed my gold, I decided to work abroad in Zante for three months. When I returned, I decided to get in touch with Wendy and Gerard Kearney, who run WAG and asked them whether they had any more classes. They offered to start advanced classes and after six months I had my first competition in June 2010.. Following on from this I have been competing every other weekend.”

Sarah, who works for her father’s business, The Paper Cup Company Ltd, as a print and logistics manager, said she was very excited about Crufts, which takes place between March 10th and 13th. “I am very excited though slightly nervous. It will be my first big competition, but with two great dogs to compete with, I am hopeful that I am going to win and have two great dogs to compete with. They have come on leaps and bounds over the past year so fingers crossed I will be holding the trophy at the end of the show!”

Sarah also expressed her thanks to her family and friends for their support, her trainers from WAG and also her sponsor, Wuffitmix.