Marina 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
It 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.
In June 2010, she joined Dog World as Assistant Editor!
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.
In Autumn 2011 – DOG WORLD and Marina launched a DVD version of her book called Marina Scott’s Complete Guide to Junior Handling.
Marina now has two children, Jayden and Eva who enjoy coming to the dog shows!