Beating thousands of other dogs, Knopa (Ch Mcvan’s to Russia with Love), a Scottish Terrier from Russia won Best in Group for Terriers today and qualified for the final of Crufts.
Knopa, aged five, will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show tomorrow (Sunday March 8th) against just six other dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
Handler, Rebecca Cross from the USA, and Knopa will be returning to the Genting Arena – the main arena at the NEC - tomorrow evening for the highly anticipated Crufts 2015 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/crufts.
Proud handler, Rebecca Cross, said: “I can’t believe it, I am in complete shock. I almost didn’t make it, my flight was delayed, and I thought I wouldn’t make it in time.
“Knopa is one in a million. She was Best of Breed here in 2013 and it’s been a really wild ride. It hasn’t sunk in yet, I really can’t believe it. She was supposed to retire today so if so this was her retirement show.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Knopa for winning Best in Group today.
“Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique role dogs have in our lives.Knopa is such a lovely dog who clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with her handler.
“Knopa and Rebecca should be very proud of reaching the Best in Show final - it’s an incredible achievement and not one many get to experience. We wish them all the best tomorrow.”