Border Collie from Warwickshire crowned Crufts obedience champion

Lyric, an eight-year-old Border Collie, and her owner, Mary Ray from Rugby, Warwickshire, took home one of the top obedience prizes at Crufts on Sunday 13 March after winning the Obedience Championship (Bitches) final. The judge was Mrs Pat Watson.

Lyric came first in the final held at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, after competing against some of Britain’s best dogs for the coveted title.
Delighted Mary said: “I am feeling thrilled because Lyric has been runner-up three times, so to finally win, I am over the moon!

"On the day, you never really know what is going to happen, but she has been very consistent. I was hoping that with her maturity, she would do enough to win and she did!

“Lyric has been special from day one!"

All competitors at the championships had made it through to the final after qualifying at one of the championship shows that were held last year.
Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “Huge congratulations to Lyric and Mary for their impressive Crufts win this weekend. Their strong bond was showcased in their excellent teamwork and it was incredible to see how obedient Lyric was.

“Obedience competitors come from far and wide in the UK to showcase their skills at the show and the standard of dogs and their handlers who enter are always very impressive.”

For more information and results from the show, visit the Crufts website.