VIDEO: Louth siblings achieve double Crufts success

Eleven-year-old Cordeaux Academy pupil Dylan Smith has achieved success in three categories at Crufts this month, coming first in two of them. Dylan’s eight-year-old sister, Grace, a Grimoldby Primary School pupil, also achieved success at the prestigious event, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Dylan’s success was mostly through his partnership with his beloved five-year-old Border Collie, Chase. Together, they won the under-12 Open Heelwork class and the under-12 Open Freestyle class.

Dylan and Grace Smith, with pet dog Chase.

Dylan and Grace Smith, with pet dog Chase.

Dylan also came third in the under-12 handling class with his grandmother’s Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, called Colin.

Dylan said: “I’m really pleased with our success at Crufts. I couldn’t think of anything better!

“I’ve had Chase since he was 11 weeks old, and we’ve been to hundreds of shows each year, far and wide across the country.

“It feels amazing, after we started off from humble beginnings. My grandma did dog training 50 years ago, and she was only the second person in the UK to do heelwork to music.

Dylan’s little sister Grace came first in the under-12 Elementary Heelwork class with Kai, her two-year-old Papillon. The pair also came second in the under-12 Primary Freestyle class.

Grace said: “I feel proud of Kai and myself, and I’m excited that we did well.

“We’ve been training since I first got him as a puppy. The first tricks I taught him were how to roll, sit and lay down.”

Dylan and Grace both train at the Louth and District Dog Club, which is holding an introductory session for absolute beginners at 10am on Saturday March 29 at Authorpe Village Hall, open to members and non-members.