Local pooches get their paws on top prizes at this year’s Crufts

Joyce Miles of Burton Pedwardine with her Crufts winning dogs. From left - Cap (winner of yearling dog), Bell (winner of post graduate bitch), Tell (winner of limit class and reserve best dog). EMN-160321-103557001
Joyce Miles of Burton Pedwardine with her Crufts winning dogs. From left - Cap (winner of yearling dog), Bell (winner of post graduate bitch), Tell (winner of limit class and reserve best dog). EMN-160321-103557001

Sleaford area breeders have come out top dog at this year’s Crufts international event.

Joyce Miles of Burton Pedwardine saw her Shetland sheepdog, Tell, win a Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate, while another of her entrants, Cap, won first place in the yearling dog section.

Her third entry, Bell, also a Shetland sheepdog, won first place for post graduate bitch.

Mrs Miles said Tell was only beaten by the dog which went through to get the Stud Dog prize as well. Two more dogs she had bred and sold did extremely well too. But she said she had only brought young dogs this year rather than her established champions.

A breeder for 40 years, she has judged at Crufts in the past, saying: “It was lovely, with lots of rosettes and wellwishers. It is the world’s biggest dog show and truly international competition.”

Breeders John and Caroline Tipper of Sleaford won Best Puppy with their Borzoi, known as Neo Via Tiganlea (Imp Ita).

Amanda Luscott of Howell had a “really nice show” with a first place in the post graduate bitch class for her lhasa apso, Mankell Viva La Vida At Jalus and a reserve fourth place out of 18 for Ch Jastina Trailblazer To Jalus.

Ancaster dog breeder Anne Happs saw her beloved English springer spaniels bring home two prizes.

Despite only being seven years old, her English springer spaniel Vinnie was eligible to take part in Crufts’ veterans category for the first time this year, walking away with the top prize.

“He enjoys it, because he is a bit of a show off,” said Anne. Furthermore, another one of her English springer spaniels, 13-month-old Henry, also earned second place in the junior category.

Anne followed the lead of her mother, Thelma Newton, who was a prize-winning breeder of pugs, but it was after rescuing a gun-shy English springer spaniel that Anne decided springer spaniels would be her breed of choice.

She is already looking forward to next year and said: “I enjoy everything about it, getting them ready, which takes a lot of work, and a lot of grooming. I love meeting new people at the shows.”