Rogue, a nine year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and his owner Amanda Hampson from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (pictured right, © onEdition The Kennel Club), has taken a top prize at Crufts today (Thursday March 10th), winning the Kennel Club British Open Agility Final for medium dogs.
Rogue and Amanda won in the medium category after competing at Crufts in a hotly contested final after achieving the fewest combined faults in the fastest combined time, calculated over the two rounds. Taking place at the world's greatest dog show, they were up against the top medium dogs from several different countries.
Rogue and Amanda qualified for the final at Crufts at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival in August 2015. Since then they have been working towards the tense final.
Amanda said about her fantastic win: "I'm speechless - Rogue is such an amazing dog who absolutely loves running. We're privileged to be here and I'm so proud her!"
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "Agility is one of the show stoppers at Crufts, and it is always amazing to see such talented dogs and owners. The British Open really is a unique competition.
"Rogue and Amanda obviously have a wonderful bond and are both very talented. Our congratulations to them both and we hope to see them in future competitions."
Crufts takes place from 10th - 13th March 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.