Ice-ing on the cake at Crufts

Jackie Ward with Ice.
Jackie Ward with Ice.

A Morley dog owner and her five-year-old Weimaraner, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a pooch-tastic prize at Crufts.

Ice was one of 22,000 dogs at Birmingham’s NEC last week for the annual dog show, presented by the Kennel Club, and claimed the Best of Breed award.

Owner Jackie Ward fought off competition from an array of other dogs to scoop the coveted prize in Thursday’s Gundog category.

Jackie, 67, was left beaming with pride at her and Ice’s performance at the world-famous competition in the West Midlands.

“It is fantastic being here, it really is a brilliant experience and a brilliant event,” she said.

“It is just a completely unique experience, and competing adds something extra to that.

“Being awarded best of breed is a truly special moment and one that I will never forget. The atmosphere was really good and getting to go into the main arena was such a great moment.

“Ice was just superb the whole day, and we’re so happy.”

Crufts is one of the largest dog events in the world, with tens of thousands of entrants taking part.

No longer seen as purely a dog show, organisers say it now celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives.

More than 21,000 dogs competed this year, with 2,987 of them visiting from overseas will compete at Crufts from 43 countries including Brazil, Canada and South Korea.

It has changed in ways that couldn’t possibly have been imagined when the show was set up in Victorian times by the late Charles Cruft.

The show was a very different event when it first started in 1891. Founder Charles Cruft was a great showman and would surely have enjoyed the size and scope of the event today, which is seen as an essential date in any dog lover’s calendar.

For more information on the event and all the arena action from the show, visit the Crufts YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/crufts.