Agility stars crowned winners at Crufts
The Kennel Club Singles Agility winners have been crowned at this year’s Crufts, in the large, intermediate, medium and small dog finals.
In front of the crowds at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, the four competitors from Devon, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Kent won after competing against five large, five intermediate, five medium and five small dogs in both jumping and agility, and then in an agility final.
Singles Agility Large
Fern, a Border Collie, and owner, Shannon Springford from Swanley, Kent have taken the top prize on Friday 11 March, winning The Kennel Club Singles Agility large final.
Proud owner Shannon said: “I am just so happy! This is her first time at Crufts, although this is my 13th year. To run my dog here is fantastic, and to win is a wonderful bonus! I’m so proud of Fern.”
Singles Agility Intermediate
Pebbles, a Border Collie, and owner, Natasha Wise from Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, have also today won The Kennel Club Singles Agility intermediate final.
Natasha said: “It was an amazing competition with such a fast field of competitors. She did what I asked and she delivered! I think having previous experience helped. I’ve really missed competing here and it was good to get back into the groove!”
Singles Agility Medium
Willow, a working Cocker Spaniel and owner, James Adams from Ettington, Warwickshire, seperatley won The Kennel Club Singles Agility medium final.
Delighted owner James said: “It is great be here and I love the big arena runs in front of the large crowds. I really couldn’t ask for more from Willow! I’ll have a nice meal to celebrate and Willow will be having steak!”
Singles Agility Small
Blink, a working Cocker Spaniel and owner, Lauren Langman from Devon, won The Kennel Club Singles Agility small final.
Thrilled owner Lauren said: “I am on top of the world and there is no better feeling. Blink is a wonderful dog – a little crazy but all the best ones are! Crufts is the biggest show in the world and it is a privilege to compete here.”
To compete at Crufts, the winners had qualified by gaining points at heats held at Kennel Club licensed shows throughout the country.
Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “A huge congratulations for the spectacular performances from all of the winners. The hard work and effort of each and every pair was evident through watching the performances.
“The Singles Agility finals are a prestigious competition and qualifying to take part is an incredible achievement that all competing dogs and handlers should be incredibly proud of.”
Crufts takes place from 10-13 March 2022 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information and results from the show, visit the Crufts website.