Crufts 2014 came to an end tonight with the announcement of this year’s Best in Show winning dog. The prize went to 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.
It was a good night for Jason Lynn, as the two year-old American Cocker Spaniel, Sh Ch Afterglow Pearl’s A Singer, which he co-owns with Susan Crummey from Bletchley, Milton Keynes, took the Gundog group earlier in the evening.
The winners of this year’s Friends For Life competition were Lucy Watts and her Cocker Spaniel, Molly from Benfleet in Essex. Lucy has ehlers-danlos syndrome and is wheelchair bound but Molly has given her confidence and independence, making her feel “included, wanted and important”.
In the Obedience World Cup, the Welsh team made up for their countrymen’s Six Nations defeat by beating the English team into second place. There was a distinctly Scottish theme to Mary Ray and Richard Curtis’ remarkable heelwork to music display in the Main Arena this evening, with Mary’s incredibly talented dog, Levi stealing the show in the trio’s ceilidh performance.
The final of this year’s Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition took place in the main arena this evening, with Margaret Anderson following up her Best in Show win of two years ago with the title of ‘Best Breeder’ with her winning team of Lhasa Apsos.
Actress Lesley Nicol untied her Downton Abbey apron strings to make an appearance on the Medical Detection Dogs stand in Hall 3. The Friends For Life winner was awarded their prize by Chris Amoo, member of Seventies soul group The Real Thing and an Eighties Crufts Best in Show winner.
It would be remiss not to mention Walkers’ Shortbread for supplying huge quantities of their delicious Scottish Terrier shaped biscuits to be given away in goodie bags at the show. The press office team managed to shift nearly 2,000 boxes over the four days – no wonder there has been so much positive coverage in the papers!