The 125th anniversary of Crufts has ended on a high, with an
exciting Best in Show final seeing Devon (Ch Burneze Geordie Girl),
a West Highland White Terrier take home the coveted title tonight
(Sunday March 13th).
In a packed arena, Devon, who is two years old in July and Marie
Burns, a Kennel Club Assured Breeder from Bishop Auckland, County
Durham were cheered on as they were chosen by top judge, Derek
Smith and awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title by
Matthias Schiller, MD Europe Spectrum Brands/Eukanuba. The historic
moment was captured live on Channel 4 and watched online around the
Almost 22,000 pedigree dogs from around the world competed at
the Birmingham NEC over four days for just seven places in the
Crufts 2016 Best in Show final. The other six finalists were, Jen
the German Spitz Klein, Eric the Pekingese, Zony the Border Collie,
James the Gordon Setter, Hazel the Whippet and Hector the Bouvier
Devon's, owner, Marie said of her win: "I can't believe it, it
was amazing. She is a typical terrier, a bit of a tomboy, very
independent and fun to be around. I'm so thankful to everyone who
has helped us get there. I can't believe it she's the first West
Highland Terrier to win in more than 20 years."
The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Hazel, the Whippet,
owned by Charlie Donaldson from Middlebie, Dumfrieshire, who was
also bred by a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "This has been a
fantastic year and a wonderful final, and it's clear to see why,
for 125 years, Crufts has been one of the major British events.
"Congratulations to Devon who helped end this year's competition
on a high note, taking the prestigious Best in Show award with her
owner, Marie Burns.
"This year has been such a great show, with dogs and their
handlers showing their fantastic relationship across a range of dog
sports and competitions."
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/.