The first of the Groups to be awarded on Saturday at this year’s Crufts was the Utility group which was won by the two year-old Standard Poodle, Ch/Am Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre, owned by Mr J Lynn, Mr J Stone and Mrs S Stone of Preston, Lancashire, under judge Ken Sinclair.
The penultimate dog to make it through to the Best in Show final was the two year-old Pomeranian, Pol Ch Unbeaten Premiera owned by Mrs B Borkowska-Grochola from Poland, which took the Toy group under judge Renée Sporre-Willes.
There was German joy in the International Invitation Agility competition, with Thomas Behrendt taking the trophy with his Border Collie, Duncan of Goblin’s Fountain.
Also in the Main Arena, Colton O’Shea from Canada won the International Junior Handling competition, with handlers from Lithuania and Thailand taking second and third place – a truly international result indeed!
Today saw the inaugural holding of a brand new competition called Obreedience in the obedience ring in Hall 5. A team of Corgis beat off competition from eight other breeds to prove their credentials as obedient companions.
The second International Canine Health Awards, supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and funded by Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank, were held today at the show. Two eminent professors, Robin Franklin and Peter Bedford, were awarded the International Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award respectively for their work in the field of canine genetic research.
Crufts principle sponsor, Eukanuba, made a generous cheque presentation of $5,000 to the Kennel Club in recognition of a British dog winning the prestigious Eukanuba World Challenge in Orlando last December. The money highlights Eukanuba’s commitment to youth development in the canine world.
Star British actor Damian Lewis swapped Homeland for the dog world today when he paid a surprise visit to Crufts with his actress wife, Helen McCrory.
Fellow actor John Barrowman appeared in the Main Arena to make a presentation to Sarah Humphreys and her Parson Russell Terrier, Smurf, following their win in the hit TV series, Superstar Dogs, which Barrowman presented. Also seen around the show was TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson who was taking a keen interest in the Discover Dogs area and the Bulldog judging.