Pendle dogs scoop top prizes at Crufts

Jill Holgate with Lara
Jill Holgate with Lara

A Roughlee dog owner and her eight-year-old Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.

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

Owner Gail Riley fought off competition from a whole host of other dogs to scoop the coveted prize on Thursday.

And Mrs Riley, who is a dog’s products business manager, was left beaming with pride at her and Saffy’s performance at the world-famous Crufts in the West Midlands.

“I am absolutely flabbergasted that Saffy has got Best of Breed. It is such a competitive event,” she said.

“The atmosphere at Crufts is so special. I have been coming here for years now – you just have to.

Gail Riley with Saffy a Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla

Gail Riley with Saffy a Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla

“The main arena will be a special experience.”

Mrs Riley and Saffy were not the only representatives from the area to taste success at the four-day event, with Colne housewife Jill Holgate also taking home a Best of Breed award with seven-year-old Field Spaniel Lara.

“It was unexpected. I did not think I would win Best of Breed, but it feels great,” said Mrs Holgate, of Skipton Old Road.

“We’ve always had a lot of winners. I’ve been coming since 1976. We’ve got a dog called Olivia who is a breed record holder for field spaniels. They are a very special breed of dog and great fun to be around.”