Lancashire agility star crowned winner at Crufts

Jibbers and Nigel Staines, a dog and handler duo from Warton, Lancashire won The Kennel Club Intermediate 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 intermediate 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.

Retired Nigel, who is a triple Crufts champion at agility, said: “This dog does eight competitions a year but only trains four times a year. He is just a natural. The feeling to be back is just amazing! It is great to be able to show off your dog again. He sleeps a lot but having said that, I’ve never seen anyone beat him in a ball chase!”

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “Very well done to Jibbers and Nigel for what was a fantastic 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 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 and results from todays show, please visit the Crufts website.