Speaking to DOG WORLD less than two hours after his big win at Crufts Mike Gadsby said the success they have achieved this weekend was “humbling” but also made him very proud.
The fourth day of Crufts 2014 was a day when history was made, the gundog group saw a second Afterglow dog, the American Cocker Spaniel, Sh Ch Afterglow Pearl’s A Singer winning the kennel’s second Send Gold Vase of the weekend. But the best was yet to come for the Afterglow kennel. After having won reserve best in show at the world’s greatest dog show on two previous occasions this time they went all the way and with Jason Lynn handling him, Ricky, Ch/Am Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre, took the top award under Jack Bispham.
Ricky finsihed 2013 at Arden Grange/Dog World Top Dog with six all-breed Bests in Show, 11 utility group wins and won the Eukanuba Champion Stakes Final in the UK and World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
His great-grandsire, Ch/Am Ch Afterglow The Big Tease, was reserve best in show winner at Crufts 2009 and also crowned Top Dog. Donny, sired Ch/Am Ch Afterglow Sugar Daddy who finished his career as Top Standard Poodle, who himself sired Dino, Ch/Am Ch Del Zarzoso Salvame from Afterglow. Dino finished 2011 a multiple Best in Show winner in the UK and third Top Dog all-breeds, and is now a multiple Best in Show winner in the US.
Both Afterglow dogs are being retired from showing, in the UK at least, after their success this weekend.
And in a reversal of the placings in the Best in Show ring at City of Birmingham, the reserve best in show under Mr Bispham was the Samoyed, Ch Nikara Diamond Dancer, who also won Best in Show at LKA in 2013.