In the show’s 127-year history the annual Dog Show CRUFTS has seen many milestones, from the show being postponed during the First and Second World Wars, to its first televised showing to the nation by the BBC in 1950.
This year, there were 27,000 dogs taking part, with just under 21,000 in breed judging, leading towards the Best in Show finale.
That of course was over three weeks ago, but yet another milestone reached at the show was the success of the ‘Northern Rally Obedience Team’ which is still very much in the minds of the members of NAABTS and The Greenfield Dog Training Club.
This is the third year running that the popular and ever growing Rally Obedience has featured at Crufts and each year the Northern Rally Team has moved up in the loadings, and this year they reached their highest achievement when they came 2nd..
The award for 2nd place was for the whole team rather than individuals. However the single award for Best Rally Obedience Bitch for 2018 went to – Welsh Sheepdog, Nanhoron Gloria’s Ginger owned by Denise Byrne, who also showed her other Welsh Sheepdog bitch, Nanhoron Elsi Peabody on the Northern team.
Another club member, Chris Schwartz also worked a superb round with a tiny Schnauzer called Bisley.
Proud owner Denise said, “We all received rosettes and a medal making it a day to remember for all of us. Also one of our dogs from NAABTS won Dog of the Year (Bitch) in Rally Obedience, amassing the most points at the top level (Level 6) in 2018.
Denise concluded, “I am extremely happy and still a bit shocked. Both my dogs put it together on the day and produced really good rounds, but I’m made up and enormously pleased for the whole team!”