Kaylynn Williams – Featured Members Story, Sporting
Kaylynn Williams’ passion for Beagles began at a young age. Her grandfather, uncle and father have had an affinity for the breed for over 40 years. Now, at age 21, Kaylynn competes with her Purina® Pro Plan® fueled Beagles in an average of 30 to 40 field trial events each year. She also owns and operates KW Kennels near her home in Martinton, Illinois, and even runs a successful nationwide junior handler program.
In 2004, Kaylynn’s uncle took her to her first Beagle field trial, and she was hooked. Since then, she has spent the majority of weekends every year attending events all over the country. Kaylynn trusts the research and science behind Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula to nourish her dogs’ muscles, especially in the crucial times immediately following events. Her dogs approve of the food too — they go through at least two large bags of Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula per week.
As an enthusiastic junior handler, Kaylynn quickly learned the ins and outs of sportsmanship. In 2007, she competed for the Mid-America Brace Derby Consistency Award. Leading up to the event, Kaylynn and her dog “Gibbs” had gone head-to-head in competition with owner-handler Randy Hoyle and his Beagle “Cody.” Even though her own dog was competing, when Cody’s handler fell sick, Randy called on Kaylynn and asked her to step in and handle Cody. Kaylynn knew Cody was a stronger competitor for the Consistency Award title than her own Gibbs. Faced with a tough decision, she chose to handle the better dog. “I felt like I did the right thing. It’s not always about winning, it’s about bettering the breed.”
Kaylynn walked away from the event feeling satisfied she had helped Cody and Randy win the Mid-America Brace Derby Consistency Award. She and Randy stayed close, and, almost 4 years after the Mid-America Brace Derby Consistency Award completion, Randy surprised Kaylynn by giving her Cody. Randy recognized Kaylynn’s passion for Beagles and her connection to Cody. Now, together, Randy and Kaylynn co-own Cody.
Today, Kaylynn still competes at field trials, but she spends more time mentoring and training junior handlers. In 2013, Kaylynn and Sam Butler, of Choptalk Rabbit Dawgs in Marysville, Indiana, founded America’s Junior Handler Program with the support of Purina Senior Manager of Sporting Dog Programs Karl Gunzer and Purina Consultant Eddie Wiley. As of fall 2015, the program has helped more than 300 children participate in field trials. Kaylynn plans to continue to grow and develop America’s Junior Handler Program for years to come.
Learn more about Kaylynn, America’s Junior Handler Program and KW Kennels here: http://kwkennels.weebly.com/
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