After four momentous days, a new Crufts Best in Show has been crowned as Miami (Show Champion Afterglow Miami Ink), an American Cocker Spaniel took home the coveted title on Sunday night 12th March.
In a packed arena, Miami, who is nearly two years old, and handler and co-owner Jason Lynn, from Westby in Lancashire, were cheered on as they were chosen by top judge, Jeff Horswell and awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title. Miami is the first American Cocker Spaniel to win Crufts Best in Show and the historic moment was captured live on Channel 4 and watched online around the world by millions.
Around 22,000 pedigree dogs from around the world competed at the NEC in Birmingham over four days for just seven places in the Crufts 2017 Best in Show final. The other six finalists were, Frosty the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, Alan the Lakeland Terrier, Kagayaki the Yorkshire Terrier, Pegasos the Old English Sheepdog, Frankie the Miniature Poodle and Bentley the Newfoundland.
Delighted owner Jason Lynn said of their win: “I am absolutely thrilled, shocked and ecstatic. The last time I was in this situation was with the dog I had shown for a couple of years and he was a seasoned showman. Miami is brand new to all this so it is really the beginning of his show days.
“I just can’t believe it, it’s been like a dream sequence and it was an unbelievable ending to what has been a remarkable two days that I never expected in a million years.”
The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Frankie the Miniature Poodle, owned by Melanie Harwood from Blackburn in Lancashire, making it a double success for the county.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “What an incredible final, and the end of yet another fantastic show.
“Huge congratulations to Miami and Jason - their success helped end the show on a brilliant high. The pair were very deserving winners and it was clear to see the amazing relationship they had when watching them together in the ring.
“Well done to all our fantastic finalists, the dogs and their owners should be incredibly proud to get through to such a prestigious final - it’s not something many people get to experience in their lifetime.
“Crufts is the largest dog show in the world and a British institution, and this year has been such a great show, with dogs and their owners showcasing their strong bonds across a range of canine activities and competitions. Thank you to everyone involved for making the show what it is today.”
Miami’s owner Jason is no stranger to success at Crufts, having won Best in Show with a Standard Poodle in 2014.
For more information, visit the Crufts website. The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk. For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please click here.