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Dog Trainer Judge At This Year's Crufts
Sandra Gordon, is delighted to be handed the honour of judging the world-famous Crufts show, watched by millions around the globe on television.
Sandra who lives in Blantyre, is a well-respected trainer at Burnbank Dog Training Club, where she is also an honorary member. She will travel to Birmingham this week to take on the role of a lifetime at the biggest event in the canine calendar.
Crufts is planned so far in advance that Sandra learned she would be a 2015 judge three years ago and says being told about the honour was one of the “happiest days” of her life.
She said, “It is a great honour to be asked to judge the competition, and it is something you will only be asked to do once if they approach you to take part.
“I got the letter three years ago asking me if I would be a judge and it was one of the happiest days of my life.
“I put together a team to go down with me but because of ill-health many of them are no longer with us.
“One of my friends who has been training dogs with me for years, Margaret Meldrum, won’t be able to make it with me.
“So I have put together another team but I will be doing it in memory of the others who can’t join me and that includes my husband Derek.”
Sandra will be judging the cream of the crop when it comes to dogs and their obedience skills.
She says that dog training is “in her blood” and it is something she has a real passion for.
Sandra joined Burnbank Dog Training Club, who are now based in Larkhall, 50 years ago and this started her life-long passion.
She started training with her poodle before she trained and competed with her gran’s dogs – a cross breed, two long coated Shepherds and a tri-Border Collie. Then in the late 70s Sandra acquired her own Border Collie, Ben.
Since then she has owned and competed with Keri, Brear, Chezi, Charlie and currently with Nikki.
Sandra’s passion for the sport, and her experience, has taken her all over the country both competing and judging at all levels.
A spokesperson for Burnbank Dog Training Club: “We are exceptionally proud of Sandra and hope she enjoys her experience.”
Burnbank Dog Training Club are registered with the UK Kennel Club and meetings are held on a Thursday night in Larkhall at Hareleeshill Sports Barn. They provide puppy socialising courses and all levels of obedience training, from encouraging good behaviour to formal obedience. Members compete successfully all across the country. The club is open to dogs of all breeds and welcomes new members.
Go online to www.burnbankdtc.co.uk for more information about the club.