ABOUT

Marina started taking an interest in the family's dogs when she was very young.

Marina started taking an interest in the family’s dogs when she was very young.

Marina Scott was born into a dog loving family which consisted of a handful of Beagles and a Border Collie – Panda. Her Mum had exhibited at dog shows, in obedience and working trials long before she was around (affix: Belsmard) so she was lucky enough to have a coach immediately! However Maggie never pushed her into the ring – she would ask Marina if she wanted to go to a show with her, but Marina would ask how far away it was before she agreed to go! After a few shows, she soon got the ‘bug’ and wanted to find out more about the Junior Handling classes.

As a young handler in 1993 with judge, BIS JH

Winning at Clackmannshire open show aged 11.

Marina started Junior Handling when she was around six years old – she began by using the ‘oldie’ Beagle of the family, Purdy. She was show-trained, obedient and calm to learn the basics with. Marina gained loads of experience by showing her in the handling classes at Open level and became more confident. It was soon clear that the show handling wasn’t a passing phase, she began climbing up the rosette ranks and strived for bigger and better trophies!

Winning BPIS at Beagle Association in 2000 with Peaches.

Winning BPIS at Beagle Association in 2000 with Peaches.

At the height of her Junior handling career, in 1998 – she won the Scottish Junior Handler of the Year with Gemma, Pedigree Chum Junior Handler of the Year with Kissy and the World Junior Handler Winner title in Finland with Tosca (a Finnish Champion Afghan Hound which she borrowed). At Crufts 2000, she picked up the KCJO (now the YKC) Runner up Show Handler of the Year with Gemma. As a result of these wins Marina wrote articles of her experiences for the weekly dog newspapers – Dog World and Our Dogs, and a Siberian Husky Magazine. She also wrote a regular Junior Handling column in the Beagle Club Magazine and became the Junior columnist for Our Dogs for five years and Dogs Monthly for two years.

Winning the World Junior Handling title in Helsinki in June 2008 with Tosca the Afghan

Winning the World Junior Handling title in Helsinki in June 2008 with Tosca the Afghan

In 2000, she took a year out between school and university, and worked full-time at Aberdeen City Council. In her spare time she wrote the book, Junior Handling The White Way. She really enjoyed writing the book – it was challenging and put her in good stead ahead of her journalism degree. She finished The White Way within around a year and a half.

My first book called Junior Handling The White Way was published in 2001.

Marina’s first book called Junior Handling The White Way was published in 2001.

Then in 2001, Marina moved from Aberdeen, Scotland down to Bournemouth to study for a degree in Multi-media Journalism. At the same time, her parents moved to Spain, including the dogs. Marina’s book was launched at Crufts 2002 but because she was trying to knuckle down and study, it was difficult for her to think about showing – especially when her dogs were 2,000 miles away! She tried to keep her‘eye in’ at the dog shows in the south by judging Junior Handling and Beagles.

197880_4897137906_6354_nIt was a tough few years as she missed the dogs so much and the social side of the shows. Nevertheless she got through it by finishing her studies with a 2:1 in 2004 and was employed in a full-time job working for a local radio station as a journalist and news reader. In 2006, she moved to a radio station in Southampton called Original 106 which enabled her to gain enough experience to get a job with Dorset Police as a media communications officer.

Working at Crufts FM at Birmingham NEC in 2010-11 and interviewing top junior handler Charlotte Page

Working at Crufts FM at Birmingham NEC in 2010-11 and interviewing top junior handler Charlotte Page

In September 2007, Marina married Kriss Scott at Careys Manor in Brockenhurst, New Forest.

I married my childhood sweetheart, Kriss, in the New Forest in 2007

Marina married her childhood sweetheart, Kriss, in the New Forest in 2007

In June 2010, she joined Dog World as Assistant Editor!

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In March 2011, Marina was delighted to be awarded Adult Handler of the Year, handling Miya. She became the first handler ever to win both UK Junior Handler of the Year and UK Adult Handler of the Year titles.

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In Autumn 2011 – DOG WORLD and Marina launched a DVD version of her book called Marina Scott’s Complete Guide to Junior Handling.

A DVD version of my book was launched in 2011.

A DVD version of her book was launched in 2011.

At 12.20pm on December 20, 2012, Marina gave birth to a boy, Jayden Kristofer Scott. Perhaps another World Champion junior handler in the making?!

Photo: Kyprianou

Photo: Kyprianou

For more information on Marina’s career in media or her achievements in dogs, click on the links.

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2 Responses to ABOUT

  1. Moe Hardwick says:

    how do we pay membership for our daughter

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