Britain's Got Talent star from Wellingborough wins Crufts event

A Wellingborough woman who won a national talent show with her dancing dog has now won a prestigious Crufts event.

Monday, 20th March 2017, 9:02 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:52 am
20170310 Copyright onEdition 2017 Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition Agility - Crufts Singles Final - Small - Ashleigh Butler with Sullivan (overall winner), today (Friday 10.03.17), the second day of Crufts 2017, at the NEC Birmingham. Crufts is the world's greatest dog show and this year will see around 22,000 healthy, happy dogs competing for the coveted 'Best in Show' title as well as taking part in the many other competitions that take place at the show, from Agility and Flyball to the hero dog competition Eukanuba Friends for Life and Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year. Crufts 2017 runs from the 9th to the 12th March at the NEC, Birmingham. Crufts is the perfect opportunity for dog lovers meet around 200 breeds of dog, find out how to go about getting a dog, and to find out about activities and competitions they can get involved in with their own dog. For more information please contact the Press Office via: T: 020 7518 1008 / 1020 E: [email protected] For

Ashleigh Butler, 22, won Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 with her sidekick Pudsey.

Now she and four-year-old crossbreed Sullivan have won in the small dog category after competing against five other dogs and handlers at Crufts in both jumping and agility, and then in an agility final.

Proud owner Ashleigh said: “This is his first time at Crufts and I just can’t believe it.

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“I’m in a little bit of shock.

“Pudsey won the same competition last year in the same category so to come back and do it with a different dog this year is unbelievable.

“It was a very noisy crowd but for an agility dog that’s better, especially in a final when they’re cheering you on.

“It’s just incredible and I wish I could do it again.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “Huge congratulations to Sullivan and Ashleigh for their fantastic performance at Crufts.

“They worked incredibly well as a team and should be proud of competing at such a high level in agility.

“The Singles Agility finals are a wonderful competition and even qualifying is a fantastic achievement so well done to every dog and their handler for competing.”