Updated: 31.12.21


Belgian Shepherds and Schipperkes

Kelly's Page

Kelly's Page



Irish Junior Handler of the Year 2007

"The overall winner went to Kelly Lawless with an Australian Silky Terrier as her handling was outstanding, her second charge was a Siberian Husky a usually fussy breed to handle, but she took it in her stride.   Kelly is an extremely competent handler who fully understands the needs of her dog and how to generate the best performance from it.  She was calm and pleasant while presenting on the table and was fully aware of the dog's stance at all times".  Melanie Harwood, Judge


Irish Junior Handler of the Year 2006



Runner-Up Irish Junior Handler of the Year 2005


Kelly, now aged 18, began competing in Junior Handling in October 2004 in the 13-14 years age group mostly handling her Australian Silky TerriersAt her first show, Bull Breeds in October, 2004 she won her class and was the first Junior Handler to qualify for the Irish Junior Handler Finals 2005 finishing Runner Up.  The following year, she competed in the 15 - 17 years age group, this time winning the title of Top Junior Handler 2006 and representing Ireland in the International Junior Handling Final at Crufts in March, 2007 and at the European Winner Show in Zagreb in June 2007.

On 2nd December, 2007 Kelly again won the title of Top Junior Handler 2007 and is only the second Junior Handler to have won the title two years running. She will now represent Ireland at Crufts in March, 2008.

Kelly also shows with tremendous success the Australian Silky Terriers, Belgian Shepherds and Schipperkes in the breed ring.


Breeds Kelly has handled:

Group 1:

Australian Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd (Groenendael, Malinois, Terveuren), Bouvier Des Flandres, Schipperke, Welsh Corgi Pembroke.

Group 2:

Bullmastiff, Great Dane, Miniature Schnauzer, Newfoundland, Rottweiler.

Group 3:

Australian Silky Terrier.

Group 5:

Siberian Husky.

Group 6:

Basset Griffon Vendeen Petit, Beagle.

Group 7:

Italian Spinone, Pointer.

Group 8:

American Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Labrador, Portugese Water Dog.

Group 9:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Havanese, Pug, Tibetan Terrier, Shih Tzu.

Kelly is available to handle at Championship Shows. I f you would like more information please e-mail [email protected]




"This young girl really stood out in the ring.  She paid constant attention to her dog.   An excellent handler, excellent eye contact, presentation, demonstration of skills and knowledge.  Did a fantastic job when asked to handle an English Springer Spaniel"  Eilish Nealy, Cloghran Ch. Show Nov'04




Latest News

June 2008

At Munster Canine Kelly handled her new Australian Silky Terrier 'Romwal Maid in Wales' to top the Puppy Stakes under Mr. John O'Gorman of the Parkpoint Pointers. Kelly and 'Kizzy' are now qualified for the Pup of the Year finals in April 2009.

She then handled the Bullmastiff 'Belwood Surprise at Revloch' to win Junior Bitch, Green Star Bitch and Best of Breed. This was Lola's fifth junior class win making her Junior Champion.

March 2008

Kelly represented Ireland at Crufts for a second year in a row. This year she handled a beautiful Miniature Schnauzer 'Rooney'. She then handled the English Springer Spaniel 'Paige' in the swap. Many thanks to everyone who sent their support. This was Kelly's last time competing in Junior Handling, as she has now exceeded the age limit.


January 2008

Kelly handled the Newfoundland 'IR CH Fairweather's Darkling Sky with Brooklynbear' at the Top Irish Show Dog Final. Many Thanks to Willie Dobbin for allowing me the oppurtunity to handle 'Denby'.

2nd December, 2007

Top Irish Junior Handling 2007 for the second year running

24/25th November, 2007

At the Winner Show in Amsterdam 'Scout' is BOB and 3rd in the Group

and 'Voodoo' is Best of Breed


30th October, 2007

4th in the Group at Bull Breeds Ch. Show

20th October, 2007

Kelly and Kiwi are shortlisted in the Group at Portadown Ch. Show

19th August, 2007

Kelly and Hugo areßrd in the Puppy Stakes at Clonmel Ch. Show

21st July, 2007

Kelly and Hugo are 4th in the Puppy Stakes at Dundalk Ch. Show

7th July, 2007

Kelly and "Kiwi" are 3rd in Group 3 at Bray Ch. Show

9th June, 2007

Kelly competes with 'Franco' in the Junior Handling Final at the European Show in Zagreb

and they win 1st Champion Class, Res CAC, Res CACIB in the breed


7th May, 2007

Kelly pictured with Franco and Kiwi who became Irish Champions on the same Weekend


7th April, 2007

Overall Junior Handler winner at Combined Canine International Show, Dublin


3rd April, 2007

Runner Up at the International Junior Handling Competition at the Luxembourg International Show


10th November, 2006


Kelly wins the Irish Junior Handler Final 2006 under Judge Miss Gwen Huikeshoven from the Netherlandsand and will now represent Ireland at the International final at Crufts in March, 2007


4th November, 2006

Kelly travelled to the International Show in Bleiswijk, Holland and won the Junior Handling Class with Franco from an entry of 29!










She also handled in the Breed the Tervueren GB & IR CH Corsini Matisse to Best of Breed and Herding Group 7