Utility Group won by Tibetan Terrier at Crufts 2013

Beating thousands of other dogs, Gabby (Ch Kybo Pandarama), a Tibetan Terrier from Mold, Flintshire has qualified for the final of Crufts after winning Best in Group for the Utility group today (Friday March 8th).

Gabby, 18 months, who is owned and bred by David Roberts, in partnership with Mrs J Price and Miss F Whitehead, will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show on Sunday against just six other dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 20,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

David and Gabby will be returning to the NEC Arena on the evening of Sunday March 10th for the highly anticipated Crufts 2013 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/crufts.

Proud owner David, who as a member of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, follows the high standards set by the scheme to ensure that all of his dogs have the best chance of a happy and healthy life, said: “It’s amazing, I was numb, I was so shocked I didn’t imagine this for one second, we have had a lot of international competition, but our British dog won. Her brother also did well today, winning a CC, but was beaten to Best of Breed by Gabby.

Coming back on Sunday I’ll be really nervous, but Best in Show is really what it is all about.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We were delighted to see Gabby chosen as the Group winner today. She is such a lovely dog that clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with her handler.

“Reaching the Best in Show final at Crufts is a fabulous achievement for any dog, and we wish Gabby the very best for the final. I’m sure that all of Flintshire will be tuning in to Channel 4 and rooting for them to win on Sunday evening.”

For more information visit www.crufts.org.uk or go to http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2013/  for free downloadable images from Crufts 2013.

8th March 2013