Muddy cleans up at Crufts



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Maughold-based Ynchreenoo show kennels have enjoyed amazing success at Crufts with two class wins.

Ynchreenoo’s show team, consisting of two Chinese Crested and two Pharaoh Hounds, took part in the world-famous dog show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Thirteen-month-old Pharaoh Hound Rainey, handled by pro handler Liz Dunhill, finished first in the Special Puppy Bitch class and secured the Ynchreenoo team the Best Puppy in Breed award for the third year running.

Meanwhile, 18-month-old Pharaoh hound Boy Muddy took the top prize in Post Grad Dog, a tough class that attracted entries from around the world.

Laura Merryweather, the proprietor of Ynchreenoo Show Kennel who handled Muddy to his first place, said: ‘I have been fortunate to get second place in class before at Crufts, but to actually manage to win two firsts in really competitive, tough classes is a dream come true and an amazing achievement. The feeling is exhilarating. It’s a moment we will treasure forever.’

The Ynchreenoo show team, which was formed in 2011 by Mrs Merryweather and her partner Sam Fletcher, has achieved some fantastic results over the last 12 months including winning Best in Show at the Royal Manx Agricultural Show and Best in Match at the Isle of Man Super Match.

They have also taken some top results in the UK, most notably winning Top Pharaoh Hound Puppy in the UK 2013 and Top Pharaoh Hound Bitch in the UK 2012.

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