Skiffle, a 6 year-old Border Collie, and his owner Lucy Creek
from Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands won the Heelwork to Music
Freestyle Final at the 125th anniversary of the world's greatest
dog show, Crufts.
Lucy and Skiffle (Harriot Skiffle King) beat nine other
finalists to win the Heelwork to Music Freestyle Final on Thursday
10th March. The other nine dogs included one of Lucy's other dogs,
a Beagle named Teasel, who placed fourth in the competition.
Each year Crufts hosts the finals of both heelwork to music and
freestyle competitions. All advanced level dogs and handlers can
qualify for Crufts by entering one or more of a series of
qualifying events held throughout the year.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, commented: "Heelwork to
music is a wonderful activity that demands a lot of time, patience,
skill and talent to perfect. Participants devise routines of up to
four minutes, set to music, and perform the routines with their dog
taking centre stage and following the routine.
"Congratulations to Lucy and Skiffle. Their routine was of the
highest standard and demonstrated the skills and dedication needed
from dog and owner at this advanced level."
Crufts takes place from 10th to 13th March 2016 at the NEC,
Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.
For more information on heelwork to music, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/heelwork-to-music/.
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/.