A teenager from Mablethorpe has won big in her first time competing in Crufts that took place recently at the NEC in Birmingham.
Tara Fisher, 16, entered a number of classes during the four-day event that spanned across from March 6-9 and came home with two third placings, one second and even a first place position.
Being the world’s largest dog show, Tara first off came onto the show floor with her aunties two Alaskan Malamutes in the breed ring.
On the Thursday, March 6, she handled three and half year-old Quinn in the post graduate bitch class and then went on to handle eight and half year old mum Floryn in the veteran class.
Both of the Alaskan Malamutes places third in their respective classes.
Tara then took Quinn into the ring again for the good citizens bitch class and ended up bagging the big win in that class.
On Friday, March 7, Tara competed in the youth kennel club (YKC) doing primary heelwork where the dogs work to music.
She went out with her own dog, yorkie Alfie and came in second place.
Tara was absolutely delighted and overwhelmed by her first Crufts experience and intends on competing again next year.
“I hardly had any time in preparation for the event with any of the three dogs I competed with,” Tara said.
“I was so nervous and excited about the competition and never expected to get the results I got. “
Tara also said: “I didn’t even expect to place at all in any of the classes I competed in. I was both surprised and overwhelmed with the placings I got and I intend to compete at Crufts again next year.”
Some of the activities that happened at Crufts this year included agility, obedience, flyball, heelwork to music, kennel club stands and specialist competitions.
Crufts is no longer purely a dog show, it celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives.
The dog show is still an important part of the event, celebrating the unique relationship that dogs share with their owners.
Judges are trained to ensure that only healthy dogs win prizes, which in turn encourages the breeding of healthy dogs. But the event is now about so much more besides.