Beating thousands of other dogs, Ricky (Ch/Am Ch Afterglow
Maverick Sabre), a Standard Poodle from Preston, Lancashire has
qualified for the final of Crufts after winning Best in Group for
the Utility group today.
Ricky, aged two, 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
21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the
chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
Ricky was bred by Mike Gadsby and Jason Lynn, and was handled by
Jason, who co-owns Ricky with John and Sandra Stone.
Ricky will be returning to the NEC Arena for the highly
anticipated Crufts 2014 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
Proud breeder, Mike said: "I'm absolutely hysterical at winning
the Utility group at Crufts this year. Ricky is an absolutely
amazing dog. Some dogs are prima donnas but this is not the case
with Ricky. He really is a regular dog that we can take to the park
and let off the lead. It's Ricky's last show in the UK and we're
elated. He's not shown since December last year and he's had a good
rest and came to Crufts refreshed."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Reaching the Best
in Show final at Crufts is a great achievement for any dog. I'm
sure that all of Lancashire 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_2014/ for
free downloadable images from Crufts 2014.