Easton and Otley student hopes to fetch title when she unleashes her talent during Crufts

4 March 2019

An 18 year old who studies in Suffolk is looking to unleash her talent and make judges sit up and take notice during one of the world’s top dog shows.

Tye Kitchen - who studies on a level three course in animal care at Easton and Otley College in Suffolk – will be travelling to Birmingham between 7 and 10 March 2019 to take part in Crufts.

The East Bergholt resident has participated in dog shows for the last four years and is hoping for success with her dog called Rosa.

She said, “You have to put lots of work into this and I train with my dog up to three times a week – sometimes more. I got involved with the Kennel Club and things have really taken off. I really like the culture of the shows. I’ve met lots of new people and many wonderful friends. It has also given me so much confidence.”

Tye will be taking part in two classes called the Young Kennel Club (YKC) stakes and handling and if she is successful in these events – she could potentially qualify for some of the big awards such as ‘best in show’.

“Potentially I could win one of the big prizes,” she continued, “and I might be on the telly. There will be over a million people watching on the telly which fills me with both fear and excitement.”

Tye also praised the college adding, “They have been very supportive.”

After college she wants to work with dogs in some capacity. She said, “I’ve always loved dogs. Some people think they can’t understand you – but I really believe that they can. Their eyes give it away – they know what we are on about and vice versa.”

Kate knight, Assistant Curriculum Quality Manager for the college, said, “Tye is a great student. She is very dedicated and a credit to the college. We wish her well at Crufts. It’s going to be a proud moment to see one of our students compete on a national stage. We are backing her all the way.”

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