James, a Gordon Setter and owner David Alcorn from Fife,
Scotland, won the grand final of the first ever Kennel Club
Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition at Crufts this
evening and then went on to win Best in Group for Gundog breeds
qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show final on
David Alcorn and James (Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum JW), aged five, won
the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition and Best in
Group for Gundog breeds in front of a packed Genting Arena at the
NEC in Birmingham.
David commented on his magnificent evening: "This has been an
incredible day, really fantastic. It's been non-stop and James has
never stopped performing. He loves the big ring and the atmosphere
and he always rises to the challenge. Winning the Vulnerable
British & Irish Breeds competition and then going back into the
main arena for the gundog group is the stuff dreams are made
Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, is credited with
establishing the breed we now know as the Gordon Setter. Some
records show the early version of the Gordon Setter was first
recorded as long ago as the sixteenth century.
Gordon Setter numbers decreased during the first half of the 20th
Century, as the large shooting estates went into decline. In 1923
only 54 Setters were registered with the Kennel Club. During this
period the Gordon Setter was rarely seen outside Scotland. By the
end of the Second World War the Gordon was becoming more popular as
a family pet rather than a working gundog. However, in 2015 only
234 Gordon Setters were registered with the Kennel Club and it is
therefore considered to be a vulnerable breed.
The Kennel Club launched the new competition to raise awareness of
these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their
survival and prosperity.
James and David will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in
Birmingham for the final of the 125th Anniversary of Crufts. People
around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is
crowned Best in Show as the final is shown live on Channel 4 and is
streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/crufts.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "Congratulations to
James and his owner David on this fantastic achievement. To win two
major competitions is an incredible achievement. James is doing a
fantastic job of promoting the breed on the world's largest stage
and we wish him all every success for Best in Show."