Bopper, a Scottish Terrier from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the United States won the Terrier Group title at this years Crufts. The 3 year old Scottish Terrier, whose full name is Am. Ch. McVan’s Big Bopper at Beameups, was one of 3,623 competitors that had come from overseas to compete.
We interviewed his handler Rebecca Cross who co-owns the terrier with Vandra Huber and Dorene Cross, to find out more about what they did after they won and tips they would give to showing newcomers.
When and how did you get into dog showing?
I’ve been showing since I was about 7 years old when my mother decided to get a Scotty puppy, and try to show it.
Do you remember the first time you went to Crufts?
I attended Crufts for the first time around 2004 with one of my first stud dogs I acquired from overseas, while living in Germany.
What did you do to celebrate your group win?
I believe we were so exhausted, we stopped at a local pub near the cottage we stayed and celebrated quietly with a few drinks and a really good meal.
How many times have you been in the group at Crufts before?
I’ve now been in the Group at Crufts I believe 4-5 times.
Have you ever had a group win at Crufts before?
Yes in fact, with Bopper’s Aunt, Ch. McVan’s to Russia With Love who went on to Best in Show in 2015.
Other than Crufts what is your favourite show to exhibit at?
Montgomery County Kennel Club in USA which is geared towards showcasing just Terriers and is one of the largest shows in the country.
What are your tips for newcomers?
Hard Work and dedication prevails, don’t get wrapped up in the trophies and prestige, but dedicate yourself to your breed and presenting good breeding stock first, and perfect your craft in grooming and presentation. This may take years to achieve but keep at it.
Are you showing any dogs at Crufts 2019?
Yes, I plan to bring 2 or 3 this year.
What dog breeds do you have?
Scottish Terrier, West Highland White Terriers, and Wire Fox Terriers.
Do you believe in lucky outfits or charms?
Yes I do, I have never worn the suit I won Crufts in in 2015 or the shoes, every again. They hang in my closet and I tell people when they come to visit, to rub the Best in Show ribbons for good luck.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I want to thank the Kennel Club for their care and support of all exhibitors, especially the overseas visitors. They have always made me feel welcome and really took care of me during difficult situations.