Smooth Collie Petra Wins Vulnerable British Breeds Competition at Crufts 20171
The Smooth Collie representative, Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth, won the 2nd Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts 2017 today (Friday 10th March).
The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba and supported by the competition’s media partner Our Dogs, is the only one of its kind in the UK, raising awareness of Britain and Ireland’s rare native breeds and recognising those breeders and owners dedicated to ensuring their continued survival. In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have been nominated by its owner and have accumulated the most points in its breed at championship and open shows in the preceding year.
The final was pre-judged during the day by Stuart Plane, and the winner was crowned after a brief consideration of his shortlist in the Main Arena at 6pm.
Reserve was the Gordon Setter, Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, who won both the VBB Competition and the Gundog Group at Crufts 2016. Shortlisted were the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, English Toy Terrier, Sealyham Terrier and Sky Terrier.
A full gallery of all the finalists who attended can be found here.
The Deerhound (Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy) and Dandie Dinmont (Cloverwood Duchess May) representatives did not compete today.
Many VBB enthusiasts were disappointed with the way in which the competition was handled at Crufts, with the pre-juding element not announced at all and the final squeezed in between the Eukanuba World Challenge and Utility Group judging.
This reporter has also been disappointed with the lack of media attention this competition has been given, with no official press release about the winners yet issued, no YouTube footage uploaded, and only the winners pictures being included in the official online gallery thus far. Also, last year the final was televised on Channel 4, but this year it was not.
The entire point of this competition, in the KC’S own words is “raising awareness” – how is that supposed to be achieved when these breeds get less than 20 minutes in the spotlight, with no attention otherwise? Even the official press pack info about dog breed trends over the years barely mentions the VBBs, except as an arbitrary table of registration figures. Journalists need human interest angles, quotes, images: stories! Why is the Kennel Club not using this competition – or indeed Crufts in general – to provide these?Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, Pastoral Group, VNB
Our Smooth Fox Terrier competed in the competition yesterday and disappointed and disgusted doesn’t begin to describe how we feel right now…a 20 minute relevised spot was allocated to the Final and all we got was a 2 second burst of each dog as they entered the ring and when Stuart Plane walked the line..the pre judging was a shambles as the general public had no idea what was going on in the ring nor did they know who the dogs were…we all competitors have slogged all year to get to where we were last night to a massive insult.Last year the public were treated to individual attention of each dog and explained its history and who it was..this year we still filled in the forms yet nothing was used.
We made a complaint to the organisers about the lack of respect and layout of all of this and they have promised to look into it…we won’t hold our breath….