Cheshire agility star crowned winner at Crufts

Eric, a Labrador, and Sarah Bowyer from Northwich, Cheshire won The Kennel Club Large Novice ABC (Anything But Collies) Agility competition after battling it out against eight other finalists at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, on Friday 11 March.

The final saw eight large dogs in Grades 1-5 of agility, other than Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs, competing to win, having all qualified from the semi-finals at The Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs in November 2021.

Proud owner Sarah said: “I don’t think it has sunk in yet but I couldn’t be more delighted. We’ve been working towards The Kennel Club competition and to get here is a dream come true but to win it is something else! Being at Crufts has been a really great experience. The atmosphere is electric!”

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “Congratulations to Eric and Sarah for what was an exceptional performance which proved how hard they have both worked. The two of them clearly have a wonderful bond and we would like to wish them the best of luck for the future.

“The ABC Agility competition is a fun competition for owners with different breeds of dog competing in agility. Well done to all who entered and took part in the final.”

For more information, please visit the Crufts website.