Petra Crowned UK’s Top Vulnerable Breed At Crufts0March 18th, 2017Uncategorized
Petra (Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth), a Smooth Collie owned by Trevor and Birgit Hayward from Wem, Shropshire won the grand final of the Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts on Friday 10th March.
Trevor, Birgit and Petra won the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition in front of a packed Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham, beating 22 other vulnerable breeds to be crowned winner.
The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition helps raise awareness of rare native breeds whose annual puppy registrations stand at fewer than 300, thus leaving them at risk from disappearing from the UK’s streets and parks. Just 89 Smooth Collies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2016.
Trevor commented on his win: “Winning this competition means so much to me. I have been showing dogs for over forty years and have owned or bred 35 Challenge Certificate winners at Crufts. Petra is six and has a phenomenal record, winning 17 Challenge Certificates from 17 shows attended and has won five Best in Shows at club shows. I met my wife Birgit through owning our dogs as she has top winning Smooth Collies in Sweden where she is from.”
Petra was chosen by judge Stuart Plane as having the best overall quality evident from each of the 23 dogs representing their breeds.
Sponsored by pet food maker Eukanuba, and supported by Our Dogs newspaper, the Kennel Club launched this competition for dog show exhibitors who show vulnerable British and Irish breeds, to raise awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.
The competition, which was open to all vulnerable breeds competing at open and championship shows, enabled dogs that are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list to collect points to qualify them for the final which was held at Crufts.
David Alcorn, David Crowther and Josie Baddeley’s Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum was named as Reserve Best Vulnerable Breed.
The other finalists in the 2017 final were:
Bloodhound, Sam Clark’s Ch Gioia Delle Isole Lontane at Farlap
Bull Terrier (Miniature), Elaine and Verity Clark’s Ch Grandopera Macchiato
Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Liz Jacka-Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May
Deerhound, Kay Constantine’s Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy
English Setter, Kate Thomson’s Mariglen Fetlar Caspellwynd
English Toy Terrier, Terry Burgess, Dominic Browne, Katherine and Christine Williams’ Ch Sharex Burning Love for Dobrugh
Fox Terrier (Smooth), Rachel Turley’s Zetamaz Marcel Marceau Avec Llyunamill
Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kathy George and Natalie Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz
Irish Terrier, Angela Cooke’s Ch Montelle Carvillius Gold
Kerry Blue Terrier, Carmel Clarke-O’Neill’s Lemracdream Raphael
Lancashire Heeler, Nina and Ellie Beach’s Ch Foxthyme Back To Black
Manchester Terrier, Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration
Mastiff, Emma Herring and Jamie Dodd’s Ch Cedwalla Country Boy By Heffalump
Norwich Terrier, Ali Hayes’ Ragus Fabulous Clown
Otterhound, Samantha Lewis’ Ottaryx Phaedrra
Sealyham Terrier, Joy Banks’ Ch Amberwheat’s Hope’n’Smile with Willowaire
Skye Terrier, Jane Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum
Spaniel (Clumber), Peter and Jackie Sheppard’s Whissgig Daddy Cool
Spaniel (Field), Caroline Smith’s Ewtor Affinity For Flyenpyg
Spaniel (Sussex), Gordon and Lesley Nesbitt’s Yorkham Fred Bear From Charbrouille,
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Peter Clifton’s Ch Joseter Mr Blobby,
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “Congratulations to Trevor, Birgit and Petra on this wonderful achievement. Their commitment and passion for their breed will help to ensure that we continue to see Smooth Collies in our streets and parks.
“We are extremely grateful to the owners and breeders who collected points for this competition for their hard work and dedication to these vulnerable British and Irish breeds – they should be very proud of their achievements.”
More information on the vulnerable British and Irish breeds can be found on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/
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