Wellingborough dog and owner crowned Agility champions at Crufts

Sully, a Border Collie/Poodle cross from Wellingborough, Northampton, has won one of the country’s most prestigious agility competitions after triumphing in the Kennel Club Agility Championships at Crufts on Sunday 10th March.

Sully and owner, Ashleigh Butler, who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 with Pudsey, her late Border Collie/Bichon Frise/Chinese Crested cross, won in the Small category for the second time after competing against five other dogs and handlers in both jumping and agility. Taking place at the world’s greatest dog show, they were up against the top small dogs from around the country.

Large, medium and small dogs and their handlers who had won an Agility Certificate at a championship show in 2018 took part in the Kennel Club Agility Championships to compete for the title of Agility Champion.

Proud Ashleigh said: “I still feel like I’m in a bit of shock. Sully won both the Championship and the Singles Agility competition last year so I came this year and thought, realistically, it’s not going to happen again. Then he went and won the singles on Friday for the third year running, came here today not expecting anything and then for him to go and win the jumping, agility and then the final, I’ve got no words!”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Very well done to Sully and Ashleigh on their brilliant achievement in the main arena, which showed that the pair had a really strong bond.

“All of the finalists of the Agility Championships should be very proud of their accomplishments, it is the most prestigious of all the agility competitions at Crufts and everyone who competed has done extremely well.”

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