Barney a crossbreed from Weston-Super-Mare and his 13 year-old
owner, Alicia from North Somerset took a top prize at Crufts on
Thursday March 10th, winning the medium category Kennel Club Novice
Alicia Hancock, who is a Young Kennel Club member, and Barney
claimed first place within the medium category after an exciting
agility final at the world's greatest dog show, where she was up
against agility competitors of all ages. The top ten large, eight
medium and eight small dogs from the Novice Cup competition (Grades
3, 4 or 5) held at the KC International Agility Festival last
August took part in the finals on Thursday at Crufts.
This was Alicia's first time at Crufts after she began training
in agility at the age of 10. Barney, who is a four year-old German
Spitz cross Japanese Spitz, is Alicia's first agility dog.
Proud owner Alicia said: "It was an amazing experience to
qualify for Crufts and I am very happy that Barney and I managed to
win the Novice cup. I am so proud of him although he was
tired he kept going and was the only medium dog to get a double
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The Novice Cup is a
special event and just to qualify for a Crufts final is a wonderful
"Barney and Alicia's performance at Crufts was brilliant and
they worked very well as a team, which is crucial when competing in
agility at Crufts. To have won the Novice Cup at such a young age
is very impressive and we would like to congratulate both Alicia
and Barney on their fantastic achievement."
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.
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