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Crufts 2016

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Best in Show Crufts 2016 was judged by Derek Smith. BIS was the WHWT Ch Berneze Jordie Girl owned by Marie and Ann Burns from Co Durham. Res BIS was the Whippet, Morris Waddell and Donaldsons Ch Nothing Compares To You At Crosscrop JW.

Best in Show Crufts 2016
Best in show winners on the podium
Photo by Alan Seymour
BIS was the WHWT Ch Berneze Geordie Girl owned by Marie and Ann Burns from Co Durham.
Res BIS was the Whippet, Morris Waddell and Donaldsons Ch Nothing Compares To You At Crosscrop JW.

Best in Show by Derek Smith

BEST IN SHOW WELL, WHERE to start. To say this was my appointment of a lifetime is a complete understatement. It was incredible. So many people to thank, firstly Gerald King and his Crufts committee for the invitation, Tom Mather my escort, "the Three Musketeers", Caroline Kisko, Rosemary Smart and "Wonder Woman" Vanessa McAlpine, my two valets - Simon Luxmoore and Maurice Cooke and members of both the General and Crufts committees who were all so kind to me over the four days.

Now to the dogs, from Day 1 was the Utility Group winner Pearce and Frances's Ch Longdales Jen You Win (German Spitz - Klein), also from Day 1 the Pekingese, Easdon & Martin's Ch Yakee Ooh Ah Cantona, from Day 2, the Gordon Setter, Alcorn, Crowther, Baddeley and Swans' Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, from Day 3, the Bouvier des Flandres, Lambert's Ch Lispark Lord of The Rings and the Border Collie, Adelsperger's Int Ch Simaro Cold As Ice and from the last day the WHWT, Burn's Ch Burneze Geordie Girl and the Whippet, Ch Nothing Compares To You at Crosscrop owned by Morris, Waddell and Donaldson.

My choice for Best In Show at the 125th Crufts Anniversary show was the Westie. A total star. Super head and ears, with lovely dark eyes, strong jaw and typical expression, good neck, shoulder and immaculate front and feet, well ribbed with just the right amount of weight, strong in rear and topline with lovely set on. Hard coat, expertly trimmed and presented, super pigmentation, she even had black nails! She has all the style in the world and a look of feminine greatness about her, she defied me to find something to beat her and I couldn't! At only 20 months, she must have a serious future ahead of her. She just stole my heart.

For Reserve BIS I chose the fawn Whippet bitch, so smart and curvaceous, very pleasing in head and neck, straight front and good feet, lovely to go over on the table she has beautiful balance all through, fine coated and in gleaming condition when moved at a sensible pace showed both soundness with reach and drive, very appealing showgirl.

Derek Smith

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