Four momentous days of Crufts culminated in an exciting final as Knopa (Ch Mcvan’s to Russia with Love) a Scottish Terrier, was named as the 2015 Crufts Best in Show this evening.
Knopa, 5 from Russia and handler, Rebecca Cross from the United States of America, were awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title in front of thousands who turned up to the Genting Arena – the main arena at the NEC - and millions more watching live on Channel 4 and online around the world.
Just seven dogs competed for the Best in Show title at Crufts 2015 from over 21,000 who took part over the course of the four day event. Earlier in the evening Sasha (Ch Cinecitta Sasha Baron Colen), a Maltese from Rome, Italy who was handled by Javier Gonzales, won Best in Group for Toy dogs. Miss Rose (Ch Montserrat Caballe) a Miniature Poodle from Lier in Norway, who is owned by Aage Gjetnes, took the Best in Group title for Utility dogs.
Best in Show judge, Ronnie Irving faced a difficult decision choosing between the seven different breeds, the Maltese, Miniature Poodle, Flat Coated Retriever, Bearded Collie, Alaskan Malamute, Scottish Terrier and Saluki.
Knopa’s, handler, Rebecca, said of her win: “On my goodness, there are 21,000 other dogs here so this is completely unreal. I was convinced that the judge wasn’t going to pick her. She was wonderful tonight. She is probably going to retire after this show that makes this even more special.”
Ronnie Irving, Best in Show judge, said: “Knopa is a wonderful Scottish Terrier. She is in excellent condition, had a great coat, moved really well around the ring, she was just fantastic. It was a great line up of dogs, they were all wonderful.”
The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Dublin, a Flat Coated Retriever bred in the UK by Kennel Club Assured Breeder, Dorothy Brooks and owned by Anette Dyren from Sweden.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We give our congratulations to Knopa who has taken the prestigious Best in Show award with her handler, Rebecca. We also congratulate Miss Rose and Sasha for their Best in Group wins, which is such a great achievement.
“This has been a wonderful show, with dogs and their handlers showing their fantastic relationship across a range of dog sports and competitions. Knopa and Rebecca are very deserving winners, as they were a delight to watch and we are sure that Knopa will be thoroughly spoiled when she gets home. Well done to them and all of the fantastic finalists.”