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Friday, March 17, 2017 - by KC Press Release

A team of dog owners representing the Midlands won the Inter-Regional Obedience Team event on Friday 10th March at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

The Midlands team beat the six other regions from across the UK: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Northern, Wales, South & South West, South East & East Anglia.

Five levels of obedience competition were on show, and showcased a range of breeds and competition levels in obedience. Each team had seven handlers and dogs competing to win for their region.

The following competitors were part of the winning Midlands team:

  • Emily Crookes and her four year-old Border Collie, Lexie from Newark, Nottinghamshire
  • Sue Lang and her four year-old Shetland Sheepdog, Kete from Gnosall, Staffordshire
  • Katie Bloor and her four year-old crossbreed, Squid from Ilkeston, Derbyshire
  • Lynn Griffin and her five year-old German Shepherd Dog, Ace from Worcester
  • Alison Bowkett and her seven year-old German Shepherd Dog, Sam from Biddulph, Staffordshire
  • Dawn Cox and her ten year-old Working Sheepdog, Dorothy from Birmingham
  • Pip Colledge and her five and a half year-old Golden Retriever, Tully
  • Reserve: Lydia May Harrison and her one year-old Malinois Belgian Shepherd Dog, Diva from Birmingham

The team manager was Lou Jackson from Staffordshire, and the assistant team managers were Lyn Tozer and Steve Frazer.

Team manager Lou Jackson said: “We were absolutely over the moon to win the Inter Regional Obedience Competition this year. The whole team including the assistants and our supporters have worked so hard and I feel that this was their just reward.

“The team members have shown great team spirit and their dogs were of a superb standard, but you just never know what will happen in the unique atmosphere that is Crufts so we were all elated to come out on top and will be grinning for quite a while.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to the Midlands team – they are excellent representatives of the area’s top dogs.

“It’s fantastic to see the dedication of both the dogs and the handlers to compete in such a brilliant team event. The competition has been around for many years and it’s always such a closely fought event as everyone works so hard. Well done to all teams who took part in the competition.”

Crufts took place from 9th-12th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.

The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk. For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/.

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