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Fleet-footed duo walk freestyle final at Crufts

Ian Hughes 19th Mar, 2018

ONE woman and her dog from Stratford again showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition at Crufts.

Lucy Creek and Skiffle, her eight-year-old Border Collie, won the Heelwork to Music Freestyle Final at the world famous dog show at Birmingham’s NEC.

Lucy and Skiffle have won the freestyle competition for the past four years, beating nine other finalists.

And not content with one victory, the nimble six footed footed duo also regained the Heelwork to Music title, which they last won two years ago.

It means Skiffle is now the most successful freestyle dog ever at Crufts.

Crufts hosts the finals of both heelwork to music and freestyle competitions, following regional qualification. The competitors perform routines, set to music, of up to four minutes

Delighted owner Lucy said: “Skiffle is simply amazing. There is no other dog like him. He loves the audience at Crufts and I’m simply over the moon that we not only got to enjoy performing to a packed audience but also came away with his fourth win at Crufts in freestyle and his second win in heelwork making it the second time he has won both divisions in the same year. No other team has done this.”

Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko congratulated the pair.

She said: “They should be really proud of their collective wins and we wish the all them best for the future.

“Heelwork to music is a challenging activity that demands a lot of time and talent to perfect. Lucy and Skiffle are an exceptional example and inspiration for any dog owners out there who are interested in taking part in this activity.”

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