Sophie Wildig, aged 14, from Hednesford, Stafford, has won the
Young Kennel Club Groomer of the Year award at Crufts on Friday
Sophie and her five year-old Affenpinscher Cedric took first
place in the YKC ring at Crufts for the coveted title of YKC
Groomer of the Year, as well as winning her category for the over
12 years grooming clip/trim and strip. Qualifiers for the
competition took place at Eukanuba Discover Dogs, Dogs for Good day
and Scottish Kennel Club events last year.
To reach the Crufts final, YKC members had to compete in their
categories for under and over 12s, for Groom Through and Clip/Trim
& Strip classes.
Proud winner Sophie said: "I can't believe it! I was over the
moon to win my age range but to then win the overall title is
fantastic. I came in with absolutely no expectations - I have
competed before but not in grooming so I was just excited to take
"I am so proud of Cedric; he was perfectly behaved out there and
he looked amazing but there was a lot of really good competition
today so I am really shocked."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "Congratulations to
Sophie for winning Groomer of the Year - the skill and talent she
showed was outstanding and we wish them the best of luck for future
For further information about Crufts visit www.crufts.org.uk. If you
would like to find out more about the Young Kennel Club and how to
join please contact the YKC team on 020 7518 1030 or visit www.ykc.org.uk. For free
downloadable images from Crufts 2016, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2016/.