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Crufts 2013 News

Best In Show -Jilly (Ch Soletrader Peak A Boo) a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


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Crufts Best In Show 2013 - Jilly with breeder Gavin Robertson


Four momentous days of Crufts culminated in an exciting final as Jilly (Ch Soletrader Peak A Boo) a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was named as the 2013 Crufts champion this evening.

Jilly, 3, and breeder and handler Gavin Robertson, a Kennel Club Assured Breeder from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, were awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show trophy in front of thousands who turned up to the NEC Arena in Birmingham and millions more watching live on Channel 4 and online around the world.

It was Jilly’s second time at a Crufts Best in Show final after narrowly missing out on the title in 2011 when she was awarded Reserve Best in Show.

Clare Balding presented the final on Channel 4 which saw seven dogs compete for the Best in Show title at Crufts 2013 from over 20,000 who took part over the course of the four day event. Best in Show judge, Geoff Corish, faced a difficult decision choosing between the seven different breeds; the Skye Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, King Charles Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog, Australian Shepherd and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

Jilly’s breeder, Gavin, who as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder follows the high standards set by the scheme to ensure that all of his dogs have the best chance of a happy and healthy life said: “I can’t express how I feel, it’s like a wave of emotion. It hasn’t sunk in and I am sure it won’t for quite some time.

"We could only dream of this; Crufts is the best dog show in the world and something everyone aspires to. Jilly is genuinely a once in a lifetime, she is full of character and an absolute pleasure, just such a great dog.”

The Reserve Best in Show title was won by Romeo, a Labrador Retriever, owned by Franco Barberi from Cesara, Italy.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We give our congratulations to Jilly who has taken the prestigious Best in Show award with her breeder and handler Gavin Robertson and owners Sara Robertson and Wendy Doherty.

“This year Crufts has been such a great show, with dogs and their handlers showing their fantastic relationships across a range of dog sports and competitions from agility to the dog heroes competition, Friends for Life, to Best in Show.  Tonight was a fantastic end to Crufts 2013 - both Jilly and Gavin fully deserved their place, as they were a delight to watch and we are sure that Jilly will be thoroughly spoiled when she gets home. Well done to them and all of the fantastic finalists.”



Haatchi The Dog Voted UK's Top Hero

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Haatchi and Owen

Three legged dog, Haatchi, was the special star of Crufts tonight as he was announced as the winner of the Friends for Life competition.

The heart warming competition showcased five amazing hero dogs and called on the British public to vote for their favourite. Today (Sunday March 10th) Owen Howkins and his dog were announced as the winners and were presented with their award in the NEC Arena at Crufts, broadcast live on Channel 4 and presented by Clare Balding.

The proud winners, from Basingstoke, Hampshire were presented with their trophy and a cheque for £1,500 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which Owen is donating to the Naomi House (Children’s Hospice).

Haatchi an Anatolian Shepherd dog, had a severely damaged leg and tail amputated after being deliberately tied to a railway line in London and struck by a train. Just a month after his near death experience he was found on Facebook by the family of seven year old Owen Howkins, who has a rare genetic condition called Schwartz Jampel Syndrome, which causes his muscles to be permanently tense.

Owen, who was withdrawn and painfully shy, now has a new lease of life thanks to his beloved dog. He fund raises for a range of charities with Haatchi, including Naomi House, and enjoys socialising on dog walks and at dog shows. Haatchi, who is a therapy dog, will soon begin visiting soldier amputees as a result of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and sick and terminally ill children.

Speaking about their win, Owen said: “I am so happy. Thank you to everybody who has voted for me. I am glad that Haatchi is in my life because he makes me smile all the time and  is my best friend.”

Dog lover and Chairman of British Paralympic Association, Tim Reddish presented the annual Kennel Club award for the first time this year.

Friends for Life is a competition which celebrates dogs that have truly earned the title of man’s best friend through bravery, support or companionship. The four other finalists of this year’s competition were Tracey and Daisy, the dog that helped her family through the loss of their son; Sally and Brin, a dog that helped to save soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan before being rescued by Nowzad; PC Dan Thomas of the West Midlands Police and Janus, a dog that helped to secure more than 430 arrests and Max and Ziggy, Dogs for the Disabled and Sue and Byron Harvey.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: “We congratulate Owen and Haatchi on winning this award, they are truly deserving winners and their story is so incredibly moving. All the dogs have shown unwavering loyalty to their owners and are a great example of the incredible difference that dogs can make to people’s lives.  

“Crufts celebrates the diverse role that dogs play in society; their vast range of talents, jobs and the hobbies we enjoy with them: the reasons why they have earned the title of man’s best friend. Each and every one of the finalists today has helped to change and save lives, and can teach us all a lesson about loyalty, companionship and bravery.”


Becky Wins Best Crossbreed of the Year At Crufts



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Becky, a 7 year old mongrel from County Down, Northern Ireland has today, (Friday March 8th) been named the Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

For the first time in its twelve year history, Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, culminated in a final at Crufts, at the Birmingham NEC. Judge, Pam St Clement, best known as Pat Butcher from EastEnders had the difficult task of selecting the winner from the four worthy finalists.

Becky and owner Margaret McKnight qualified at Discover Dogs last year after winning the class final of the Prettiest Bitch class. She competed at Crufts against fellow class final winners, Alfie, Barley and Rascal before being crowned as the winner in the Main Arena of the world-famous show.

Scruffts is the nation’s favourite annual crossbreed competition, organised by the Kennel Club and sponsored by James Wellbeloved. Heats take place around the country throughout the year, with the four class finals for the competition taking place at the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event at Earls Court in November. The final of the prestigious Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition took place at Crufts for the first time in 2013.

Owner, Margaret McKnight was delighted with their win, saying: “I still can’t believe it - my rescue dog ended up in the main arena at Crufts! She coped so well with the crowd and acted like a complete professional. It really was wonderful to have a showcase for crossbreeds at Crufts and have a platform to show how wonderful they can be, especially rescue dogs.

“All of the finalists were brilliant and got on so well. I do feel all of the finalists are taking home the winning dog.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Scruffts final was extra special this year as it took place at Crufts for the very first time. All the finalists were wonderful and we would like to congratulate Margaret and Becky on their win. The bond that they both share is really moving to watch and they are thoroughly deserving winners.

“Scruffts has been going for twelve years and is now a well established competition enjoyed by crossbreed dog owners who want to share the wonderful stories about their dogs and the relationship they have with them. We are pleased to be able to bring it to Crufts so that the competitors can share the stage with the other dogs, crossbreed and purebred alike, that compete across the full range of Crufts competitions. We look forward to seeing the event take place at Crufts again next year.”

Scruffts is the nation’s favourite annual crossbreed competition, which provides great fun for owners and their dogs.  Good character, health and temperament with people and other dogs are the qualities that are looked for in the following four classes: Most Handsome Crossbreed dog, Prettiest Bitch, Child’s Best Friend and Golden Oldie Crossbreed.

The competition is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which works to help make a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives and the promotion of dogs; all of which help to provide dogs with healthier and happier lives.

The Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year Grand Final is just one of the exciting events that took place at Crufts.  To discover more and find out further information about Scruffts and heats happening in 2013, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk.


Andover Agility Star Wins British Open In Crufts

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Scoot, a seven year old Border Collie and handler Will Rolfe from Andover, Hampshire won the Kennel Club British Open for large dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

The international event saw the top large, medium and small dogs from different countries, which qualified at the KC International Agility Festival in August 2012, take to the ring to compete in the final.

Will and Scoot (KC name Nedlo Black Magic) won in the large dog category after competing at Crufts in both jumping and agility as they had the fewest combined faults in the fastest combined time, calculated over the two rounds of the final.

Proud handler Will said: “It was fabulous to win the British Open final. This was the second time we have won this final as we also won back when Scoot was two years old. It is such an honour to say we are twice British Open winners.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Competing in this event are the top agility competitors from a number of different countries. It really made for an exciting event.

“We would like to congratulate Scoot and Will. He is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with his handler.”


Evesham Agility Star Crowned Winner At Crufts

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Singles Agility Winners - left to right Dave Wright, Natasha Wise and Greg Derrett


Detox, a Border Collie and owner Greg Derrett from Wickhamford near Evesham have won one of the country’s most prestigious dog agility competitions after battling it out in the Kennel Club large singles agility final at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show.

Greg and Detox won in the large dog category after competing against 14 other dogs and handlers at Crufts in both jumping and agility. 

Greg is no stranger to winning as he also won both the Large Agility Stakes and Novice Agility Stakes finals at the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes at Olympia in December last year. Greg competed with two of his Border Collies; Detox in the Large Stakes final and Rehab in the Novice Stakes final.

Proud owner Greg said: “To win the two main individual Kennel Club agility finals in just ten weeks has been phenomenal and to win the Crufts singles by 1.6 seconds was brilliant. To say I’m extremely proud of Detox is an understatement.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The agility finals at Crufts are probably one of the most keenly fought for and most prestigious agility finals in the UK. Just to qualify for a Crufts final is a wonderful achievement.

“We would like to congratulate Detox and Greg. He is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with his handler.”


Fittleworth Dog And Owner Crowned Agility Champions At Crufts

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Championship Agility Winners - Anthony Clarke, Sian Illingworth and Bernadette Bay

Zaz, a Shetland Sheepdog, and owner Bernadette Bay from Fittleworth, West Sussex have won one of the country’s most prestigious agility competitions after triumphing in the Kennel Club Agility Championships at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show.

Bernadette and Zaz (KC name Obay Itz Got Pizazz) won in the small dog category after competing against 13 other finalists in jumping and agility. Bernadette also competed in the medium category with another Shetland Sheepdog, Zen. Bernadette and her husband have been breeding Shetland Sheepdogs, also known as Shelties, for over 20 years and many of her dogs have excelled in agility.

Large, medium and small dogs and their handlers which had won an Agility Certificate at a Championship Show in 2012 took part in the Kennel Club Agility Championships.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Agility Championships are the most prestigious of all the agility competitions at Crufts.

“The championships this year were of a very high standard and it was a hotly contested final. We would like to congratulate Zaz and Bernadette. She is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with her handler.”



Kent Dog Wins Obedience At Crufts

A dog from Erith, Kent, has triumphed at Crufts by winning the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Competition.

Swift, a two and a half year old Working Sheepdog, and his owner Joanna Mayston beat twenty other talented dogs to be crowned the winner of the 2013 Stakes Competition at the world’s greatest dog show.

The competition was created in 2005, to encourage prospective exhibitors who have passed their GCDS Bronze Award to take part in obedience competition. The exercises included in the test are a combination of the current GCDS exercises and the Pre-Beginner Obedience test. Building on the basic training skills learnt through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, these new stakes help to bridge the gap between basic training and entering a competition.

Dogs entered in the final have to qualify at a heat held in 2012 and then be placed in the top five at one of the 4 semi-finals. Heats were held at 28 locations throughout the UK and competition was fierce.

Swift’s owner Joanna said: “I am absolutely thrilled to win the final at Crufts and still cannot believe it. I started training my dog through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme programme and it has all culminated in this great day”

Maurice Cooke, Good Citizen Dog Scheme Working Party Chairman, added: “This is the eighth time the final has been held at Crufts and it is always a tight competition. Joanna and Swift are not only ‘good citizens’ but have now taken that initial step into competition obedience, and we wish them luck”.


Local Agility Star Wins Team Event At Crufts

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DDAC Terriers and Friends - Left to Right Angela, Graham, Ann and Leanne


DDAC Terriers & Friends have won one of the country’s most prestigious agility competitions after battling it out in the Kennel Club Team Agility Competition for medium dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

The team which comprises; Angela Sallis and dog Ollie from Hickling, Leicestershire; Leanne Alder and dog Freddie from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire; Graham Burgess and dog Deme from Rushden, Northamptonshire and Ann Holt and dog Moss from Kegworth, Derbyshire won the competition on Friday 8th March.

Large, medium and small dog teams from Kennel Club registered clubs which had previously qualified at heats in 2012 took part in the Kennel Club Team Agility Competition. DDAC Terriers & Friends made it through a semi-final in the morning before competing against the top teams in the final.

Team captain, Angela Sallis said: “My dog Ollie has been competing at Crufts for ten consecutive years. He first won the Mini Eukanuba Agility Challenge in 2006 and to win today was extra special.”

Leanne Alder commented: “We’ve been competing as a team for a year and this was our first time at Crufts. The experience was amazing and it was a very relaxed atmosphere.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We would like to congratulate DDAC Terriers & Friends on their achievements as the standards this year were very high. The dogs and handlers performed exceptionally during the competition. They have all demonstrated just what can be achieved with training and good team work.”


Lechlade Dog And Owner Crowned Agility Champions At Crufts


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Ruby, a Border Collie and owner Anthony Clarke from Lechlade, Gloucestershire have won one of the country’s most prestigious agility competitions after triumphing in the Kennel Club Agility Championships at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show.

Anthony and Ruby (KC name Blazing Red of Rujaff) won in the large dog category after competing against 14 other finalists in jumping and agility.

Anthony has competed at the top level in British agility for many years, winning the Junior World Championships and competing at Crufts and the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes, as well as coming third in the team event at the European Open in Germany in 2008.

Large, medium and small dogs and their handlers which had won an Agility Certificate at a Championship Show in 2012 took part in the Kennel Club Agility Championships.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Agility Championships are the most prestigious of all the agility competitions at Crufts.

“The championships this year were of a very high standard and it was a hotly contested final. We would like to congratulate Ruby and Anthony. She is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with her handler.”


Seaford Agility Star Crowned Winner At Crufts

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Pete Catt and Finch



Finch, a three year old Australian Shepherd Dog, and Pete Catt from Seaford, East Sussex won the Kennel Club Large Novice ABC (Anything But Collies) Agility competition at Crufts 2013, the world’s greatest dog show, after battling it out against nine other finalists.

Sponsored by Joint Aid for Dogs, the official sponsor of the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes, the competition took place at Crufts for the very first time this year. Pete and Finch (KC name Bachero Redwood Crazy Finch) won after competing in both jumping and agility, as they had the fewest combined faults in the fastest combined time, calculated over the two rounds of the final.

The final saw large dogs (Grades 1- 5) other than Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs competing to win. All ten finalists had qualified at the semi-finals at Discover Dogs in November 2012.

Both Pete and his wife Denise compete in agility and train together twice a week. Pete, an experienced dog agility handler for over 25 years said: “I’m chuffed for Finch - he was brilliant. It’s our first time winning at Crufts and it was the icing on the cake of a great day.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Large Novice ABC agility took place at Crufts for the first time and the atmosphere was electric in the ring.

“We would like to congratulate Finch and Pete. He is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with his handler.”


Yaxham Star Crowned Winner At Crufts

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Crufts 2013 Novice Cup Large Winner - Claire Arend


Ginny, a four year old Border Collie and owner Claire Arend from Yaxham, Norfolk have won the Kennel Club Novice Cup for large agility dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts on Thursday 7th March.

Claire and Ginny (KC name Delanor Golden Snitch) won in the large category after competing in both jumping and agility as they had the fewest combined faults in the fastest combined time, calculated over the two rounds of the final.

The top eight large, four medium and four small dogs from the Novice Cup competition (Grades 3, 4 or 5) held at the KC International Agility Festival last August took part in the finals on Thursday at Crufts.

Proud owner Claire who has been competing in agility for over 12 years said: “This is our first time at Crufts and to win is a wonderful feeling, I’m so overwhelmed. Ginny worked amazingly well and coped brilliantly with the crowd. As soon as we got in the arena she got so focused. I still don’t think it’s sunk in just yet.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The Novice Cup is a special event and just to qualify for a Crufts final is a wonderful achievement.

“We would like to congratulate Ginny and Claire. She is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with her handler.”


Smisby Dog And Owner Crowned Winners At Crufts

Katie, a five year old Border Collie, and Sue Betteridge from Smisby, Derbyshire have won the Heelwork to Music Freestyle Final for the second year running at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts and went on to compete in the final of the International Freestyle Competition on Saturday 9th March  at Crufts.

Sue and Katie won the Heelwork to Music Freestyle Final beating nine other finalists in the main arena at Crufts on Thursday 7th March and came sixth in the International Freestyle Competition on Saturday.

Sue has been competing in heelwork to music for over ten years and also won the winner of the Heelwork to Music Freestyle Final at Crufts last year.

Proud owner Sue said: “I’m really delighted and to win two consecutive years at Crufts is absolutely amazing. I’m so proud of my little Collie.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported and helped me since I started heelwork to music.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to Katie and Sue. She is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with her handler. To win once is a wonderful achievement but to win two consecutive years is an incredible accomplishment.”


Local Schoolgirl Who Sold Her Own Toys, Get To Crufts And Wins Top Award

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Jessica Ward


Warrington schoolgirl, Jessica Ward has won one of the most prestigious awards for young people at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts on Sunday (March 10th).

Jessica, 8, who not only sold her toys to raise funds for a dog grooming table, but also organised and completed a mini marathon to raise money for a local hospice, has been named as the winner of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award.

Run by the Young Kennel Club (YKC) for its members, the award celebrates young people’s efforts and achievements within the dog world, and 22 inspiring young people were selected for the final, all with their own unique and inspiring stories.

Each finalist was celebrated as their individual stories impressed judges and audiences alike, but it was Jessica’s story that shone through. Jessica's endless passion for helping others has seen her raise money for various charities and her love of dogs resulted in her selling her own toys to get to Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show.

In 2011, Jessica was diagnosed with epilepsy and turned to dogs to help her cope with her illness but it wasn’t until last year when she got her own dog, Twist, as his previous owner joined the army. Since then the pair have taken part in the European Flyball Championships, as well as obedience and heelwork to music competitions. Earlier in the week at Crufts, Jessica was awarded first place in the YKC Heelwork to Music Competition.  

Jessica’s mum, Rachel Ward said: “We are just in a state of shock - it is mind blowing. Jessica really loved every minute of Crufts - everyone was lovely, especially the Young Kennel Club people who made it all very special, and the crowd was amazing too.”

The Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award is the highest level of achievement for the country’s young dog owners. Presented by the Young Kennel Club, the award acknowledges those young people who have excelled through their involvement with dogs, such as working to raise funds or increase awareness for charity, helping to organise dog activities in their area or succeeding in dog showing or training.

For over 25 years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy and awards at Crufts in memory of their son Shaun who was tragically killed in a road accident two weeks after his 22nd birthday in November 1984. The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler.

Parents, trainers and teachers have been contacting the YKC team since the start of the year to nominate young achievers to be applauded for their efforts in the world of dogs.

Caroline Kisko, Communications Director of the Kennel Club, commented: “We have had some inspiring stories this year, it is great to see the wonderful work our young people do. Jessica and her friends and family should be very proud, as she is such a great example of young people working with dogs to help their community.”

The special presentation took place on Sunday March 10th at the NEC in Birmingham where the winners of the four different categories – Rufus Club (under 6’s), 6-11 years, 12-16 years and 17-24 years were announced in the Young Kennel Club Ring at the event before Jessica was called forward as the overall winner.


Special Award Presented To Triple World Champion Natasha Wise

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Natasha Wise receiving award - image by Yulia Titovets

Triple dog agility world champion, Natasha Wise from Rickmansworth had a weekend to remember at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, as she received a special achievement award as well as winning the medium agility championship final with her world champion dog,  Dizzy, and being part of the winning team in the team competition for large dogs.

The special award was presented in honour of Natasha and her Border Collie, Dizzy, becoming the first pair to win the World Agility Championship three times and was given to Natasha by Graham Partridge, who was International Agility Team Manager during the time that she won her third gold.

Natasha and Dizzy have had an impressive career in agility. As well as the World Championships, they won the medium agility championship final last year too and are four times winners of the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes for the medium category.

Natasha and her fiancé Matthew won the agility team event for large dogs with their team White Horse Agility Gold, which also included her sister and brother-in-law. For that event, Natasha competed with another of her dogs, Jive.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Natasha has been involved in agility competitions since the age of seven and has shown that with hard work and dedication you can achieve your goals.

“We would like to congratulate Natasha and Dizzy for their wonderful achievement on winning the prestigious World Agility Championship three times. This award is very well deserved as they have proved that they are two of the world’s leading agility stars. Well done to Natasha for adding two more prestigious titles to her tally at Crufts 2013.”

Natasha, aged 30, and six year old Dizzy won the FCI World Agility Championship in 2009, 2010 and 2012 in the individual competition for medium sized dogs, winning the latest championship in October last year in the Czech Republic.



Romeo A Labrador From Italy Wins Group At Crufts And Makes It Through To Channel 4 Final


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Romeo Crufts 2013 Image courtesy of Kennel Club picture library

Beating thousands of other dogs, Romeo (IT Ch Loch Mor Romeo), a Labrador Retriever from Cesara, Italy has qualified for the final of Crufts after winning Best in Group for the Gundog Group today (Saturday March 9th).

Romeo, 3, owned by Franco Barberi, will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show tomorrow against just six other dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 20,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

Franco and Romeo will be returning to the NEC Arena tomorrow evening, Sunday March 10th for the highly anticipated Crufts 2013 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/crufts.

Proud owner Franco said: “It’s a dream for me, Crufts is such a big competition with so many good dogs. We had a 16 hour trip from Italy last night, but it was worth it, it’s incredible.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We were delighted to see Romeo chosen as the Group winner today. He is such a lovely dog that clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with his handler.

“Reaching the Best in Show final at Crufts is a fabulous achievement for any dog, and we wish Romeo the very best for the final. I’m sure that all of Italy will be tuning in to Channel 4 and rooting for them to win on Sunday evening.”


Mary Ray Wins 100th Obedience Championship Certificate At Crufts

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Mary Ray and Levi

Mary Ray from Rugby, Warwickshire won her 100th obedience Championship Certificate at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts after winning the Obedience Championships with her dog Levi, a seven year old Working Sheepdog.

Mary, one of the leading dog trainers in the UK, is the only handler to have achieved such success in many different disciplines of dog training with the same dogs. She has been winner of the Crufts Obedience Championships four times including this year, has qualified or won every major British dog agility competition and is the leading authority on freestyle and heelwork to music, having started the sport in the UK in 1990.

At this year’s Crufts, Mary also won the Obedience World Cup with Levi and came second in the Obedience Championships for bitches with another of her Working Sheepdogs, Foxy.

Following her latest success, Mary said: “The highlight of my entire career is winning Crufts - it is always such a special feeling when you win. I’ve definitely been lucky to have such special dogs all throughout my career.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Mary on reaching this wonderful milestone. She has proven what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.”


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