Finch, a three year old Australian Shepherd Dog, and Pete Catt from Seaford, East Sussex won the Kennel Club Large Novice ABC (Anything But Collies) Agility competition at Crufts 2013, the world’s greatest dog show, after battling it out against nine other finalists.
Sponsored by Joint Aid for Dogs, the official sponsor of the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes, the competition took place at Crufts for the very first time this year. Pete and Finch (KC name Bachero Redwood Crazy Finch) won after competing in both jumping and agility, as they had the fewest combined faults in the fastest combined time, calculated over the two rounds of the final.
The final saw large dogs (Grades 1- 5) other than Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs competing to win. All ten finalists had qualified at the semi-finals at Discover Dogs in November 2012.
Both Pete and his wife Denise compete in agility and train together twice a week. Pete, an experienced dog agility handler for over 25 years said: “I’m chuffed for Finch - he was brilliant. It’s our first time winning at Crufts and it was the icing on the cake of a great day.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Large Novice ABC agility took place at Crufts for the first time and the atmosphere was electric in the ring.
“We would like to congratulate Finch and Pete. He is such a lovely dog that clearly loves competing and has a great relationship with his handler.”
Crufts took place from 7 - 10 March 2013 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information visit www.crufts.org.uk
The results for Crufts 2013 can be found online at http://crufts.fossedata.co.uk/. For free downloadable images from Crufts 2013, please go to http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2013/.
12th March 2013