A Peacehaven dog owner and Sam, a four-year-old Jack Russell cross Cavalier, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a two top prizes at Crufts.
Sam was one of 22,000 dogs at Birmingham’s NEC last week for the annual dog show, presented by the Kennel Club.
Competing in the Young Kennel Club’s competitions, he and owner Stacey Irwin-Burns took first place in the 18-24 years jumping on Thursday before following that up with a second title in the senior agility on Friday.
Stacey, 23, of Blakeney Avenue, said: “It feels great to win and it comes as a surprise. I injured my knee before Christmas, so this is only my second event back and I was not expecting to win.
“It’s pleasing because my knee is still not 100 per cent, and Sam hasn’t had much training so to be able to compete and win feels really good. Crufts is the best show of the year, it keeps on getting better and improving each time I come back, and I’m already looking forward to next year.”
Stacey and Sam were not the only representatives from the area in action over the four-day event with Plumpton’s Oscar Tarbox contesting the final of the Young Kennel Club’s Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person award.
The Tavistock and Summerhill School pupil had been nominated as a result of his relationship with two-and-a-half year-old black Labrador Skya.
And while not picking up the overall award on Sunday, his efforts were still recognised as he topped the Sporting Talent of the Year sub category.
“It was brilliant going into the ring, I really enjoyed it. It’s great coming to Crufts and meeting all the people who love dogs,” said Oscar, who has been involved in a range of working gundog events from a young age.
“I want to dedicate making the final and winning sporting talent of the year to my parents and granddad for helping me all the time. My granddad Arnie passed away recently and he was a really special man.”