Helen Anderson from Little Plumstead, Norwich has struck gold twice at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.
Helen, aged 29 and Neo, a three year old Border Collie, won in the large Kennel Club Novice Cup after competing in an exciting agility final on Thursday.
Helen then went on to win Crufts Medium Novice ABC Final with Demon, an Australian Kelpie, aged eight in yesterday’s final.
Proud owner, Helen Anderson who trains at Coltishall Agility Club, Norwich said of her win with Neo: “That was absolutely amazing! It is Neo’s first Crufts, so it is amazing to pick up a win on his first time out. He was very nervous in the lead up so I didn’t know if he would even run at all, and then to go out and actually finish in first place is pretty amazing, it’s beyond brilliant.”
Helen continued about yesterday’s achievement in the Novice ABC final: “Demon is nearing retirement so to be able to win feels great. He won here two years and to do it again is great, I’m so proud of him. He’s a pleasure to train, he’s very relaxed and goes out there and does his thing.
“I have been lucky to have quite a bit of success at Crufts, I have won in every year that I have competed in a few different events – it has a very special place in my heart. It’s the biggest show of the year and I absolutely love being able to compete and to win it is amazing.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “To qualify for Crufts is a wonderful achievement and to win in two different competitions with two dogs is incredible.
“Helen’s performance with Neo and Demon was brilliant and they worked very well as a team, which is crucial when competing in agility at Crufts. We would like to congratulate them on their achievement.”
Crufts takes place from 5 - 8 March 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.