Top dogs scoop prizes at Crufts

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One man and his dog have walked away with a top prize from a prestigious competition.

Nick May, 57, of Rushden Road, Wymington, and his dog Indy proved every dog does have its day, winning the Best of Breed award at Crufts at the weekend.

He and his four-year-old bearded collie fought off competition from 322 other dogs to scoop the coveted prize, before going on to finish as runner-up in the Best in Group category.

Mr May said he was left beaming with pride after Indy’s performance at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

He added: “This is just reward for all the hard work.

“It is dedicated to my wife because she is the brains behind the whole operation and she’s put in so much of her time.

“I was just grateful to get through to this late stage as it’s very difficult to get out of our breed because there are so many entries.

“There are so many entrants but if you do get through you stand a good chance of doing well in the group, as we have today, and it feels great.”

Indy was one of more than 26,000 dogs on show at Crufts, the world-famous annual competition run by the Kennel Club.

Another winner representing Northamptonshire was Kyle Adams of Grendon.

The 18-year-old and his three-year-old pointer, Flirt, were handed the first place rosette in the 17 to 24-year-olds Gundog Handling category.

Mr Adams said: “I came to Crufts two years ago but this time I really wanted to get the win so I’m delighted with the result.

“It’s a bit of a surprise because this is the biggest dog show you can come to but to finish first was the target and I got it done.

“This is the big one.

“I’m absolutely chuffed to bits with this and with all my family here it’s been great as well.”

Crufts is the largest annual dog show in the world and was set up by Charles Cruft in 1891.

The four-day event is a celebration of all dogs, from specially trained show dogs to working dogs, fit and healthy enough to perform the jobs for which they were originally bred.

Competition categories include agility, where dogs are timed as they tackle an obstacle course, and obedience, where they are judged on activities such as heelwork and distance control.

Judges are trained to ensure that only healthy dogs win prizes, which in turn encourages the breeding of healthy dogs.