This weekend saw the world’s largest dog show culminate in an exciting final as Ricky (Ch/Am Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre), a standard poodle from Preston, Lancashire, was named 2014 Crufts champion.
Ricky and his handler Jason Lynn received the prestigious Crufts Best in Show trophy in front of thousands of dog lovers at Birmingham’s NEC Arena, and millions more watching online and live on Channel 4.
Mr Lynn said: “It’s unbelievable, a very surreal moment. I’ve been involved in dogs my whole life and the thought of being on the winning podium at Crufts is a dream come true. Ricky was outstanding, very energetic and he gave a beautiful performance. He never let me down and has the heart of a champion. I’m so proud of him.”
Ricky was bred by Mike Gadsby and Jason Lynn, and was handled by Jason, who co-owns Ricky with John and Sandra Stone.
Just seven dogs competed for the Best in Show title at Crufts 2014 from more than 21,000 who took part over the course of the four day event. Best in Show judge, Jack Bispham faced a difficult decision choosing between the seven different breeds: the standard poodle, rottweiler, Samoyed, Irish wolfhound, wire fox terrier, Pomeranian, and American cocker spaniel.
The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Dan the Man, a Samoyed, owned by Sue Smith and Val Freer from Upwell, Cambridgeshire.