A Boy and His Dog Take the Prize at Crufts

cruftsOriginally founded in 1891, Crufts is one of the largest dog events in the world. Presented by the Kennel Club in Birmingham NEC in March, it is an annual four-day event. This past year almost 21,500 dogs competed, with 2,987 of them coming from overseas.

Among the competition was Prince William School pupil, Adam Stretton (13) and Ginny de la Patonniere, a three-year-old Pyrenees sheepdog.
Competing in the Young Kennel Club’s agility competition they took first place in the large agility final.

Adam said: ‘It is Ginny’s first year at Crufts, he only started competing last year, so this is his first year in proper competition.

‘I was really excited out there but I was probably even more terrified, but it was a good run and it went really well.

‘He is a great dog when he knows what to do, I just leave him to it and he gets on with it, and that’s what happened really. He doesn’t really like noise and a lot of people together, so I thought he might be quite nervous.

‘I was scared for him but he overcame it which was great. I absolutely love it at Crufts. It is such a big show and the atmosphere is absolutely lovely for the dogs, which I think is brilliant.’

Adam’s win in his section is a huge achievement, especially considering that each year more competitors from abroad are taking part in Crufts.

Sandy Vincent, secretary of the Standard Poodle Club, drew attention to the fact that the dog that won best of breed in the standard poodle category was from Australia.

Olivia Reid