Flyball champion team Extremely Salty took the top prize on
Sunday 13thMarch, winning the flyball final at the world's biggest
dog show, Crufts.
Extremely Salty is made up of dogs and handlers from two flyball
clubs, the Extreme Racers from Sheffield and the Supersonic
Saltires from Edinburgh. The team beat off competition from fifteen
other top flyball teams from around the UK in the exciting final at
Crufts. These teams competed in eight qualifiers held at a range of
shows during 2015 for the chance to make it to the 'grand prix' of
GB flyball at Crufts.
The winning team consisted of Border Collie, Mac and owner Lee
Murray; Whippet cross, Lou and her owner Chris Haslam; Border
Collie, Indie and owner Claire Kennedy; and Border Collie, Sparky
and owner Ryan Davis. Reserves included Irish Water Spaniel,
Tristan and his owner Spencer Thomas and Border Collie, Spirit and
owner Shannon Mills, who ran in the semi-finals as well as in
Team captain, Jenny Cousins said: "I can't believe we've won
really - earlier this morning we were saying we'd be pleased if we
only came third or fourth.
"Then when you get to the final, the adrenaline kicks in and the
incentive completely changes."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We would like to
congratulate Extremely Salty on their achievement - the dogs and
handlers performed exceptionally during the competition. They have
all demonstrated what can be achieved with good team work."
Crufts took place from 10th - 13th March 2016 at the NEC,
Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.
The results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
For free downloadable images from Crufts 2016, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2016/.