Rehab, a Border Collie and Greg Derrett from Gotherington, Cheltenham won the Kennel Club British Open for large dogs on Thursday 5th March 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 Kennel Club International Agility Festival in August 2014, take to the ring to compete in the final.
Greg Derrett, aged 39 and Rehab, aged six won in the large category after competing at Crufts in a hotly contested final. They had the fewest combined faults in the fastest combined time, calculated over the two rounds of the final.
Proud owner Greg said: “I have been competing at Crufts for 25 years and I still love it. I have won two Championships, five singles titles and I think six team events.
“It is always good to win, it is still a great buzz to get out there and win the competition, and it is nice to succeed in a new competition for Rehab this year. She was brilliant out there and very professional throughout. She came second in an event last year so it was good to see that she had stepped up to become a winner this year. The crowd is always great and it is nice to hear the cheers, there is an incredible buzz when you cross that line. We are competing in the Championship on Sunday so that is where the focus is, this is a great start.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Top agility competitors from a number of different countries compete in agility at Crufts. The British Open is a unique event.
“We would like to congratulate Rehab and Greg. He is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with his handler.”
Crufts takes place from 5 - 8 March 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.