Success was just as sweet second time around for Blackpool dog owner Jason Lynn after two-year-old American cocker spaniel Miami was crowned Best in Show at Crufts 2017.
After a close final at Birmingham’s NEC, the famous winner’s trophy went the way of Miami, shown by co-owner Jason Lynn, while the runners up spot was won by miniature poodle Frankie, owned by Melanie Harwood.
Two-year-old Miami saw off competition from more than 22,000 happy, healthy dogs at the world’s largest dog show to first be crowned best gundog on Saturday before taking the coveted prize 24 hours later, despite only being entered at a handful of competitions previously.
It was also a second Best in Show success for 37-year-old Mr Lynn, of Moss House Lane, Westby after he previously picked up the trophy in 2014 with standard poodle Ricky – in the process becoming the first multiple Best in Show winner since the achievements of Jackie Lorimer in 1999 and 1993.
The handler told presenter Clare Balding: “He’s pretty special and honestly I’m speechless. I’m absolutely shocked and thrilled.
“This is kind of a special place to be and being here a few years ago prepared me for all the noise and excitement. temperament is probably the hallmark of the breed - his happy, wagging tail and his charisma.”
After the shock of victory began to sink in, he added: “He’s only young, and he’s only been to a few shows ever, so when we entered here, we never imagined in a million years we’d be sitting here as winners. It’s just a dream come true.
“In 2014 we had the honour of winning the best in show with another dog we bred – he was standard poodle called Ricky, and that was his final show.
“I never thought at that point that I would have another dog capable of doing a tremendous feat, but here I am. Ricky was very seasoned and established as a show dog, whereas Miami is very new to all this. We entered without many expectations. Crufts is the world biggest show – in our world of dog showing it’s the ultimate achievement – I’ve been very lucky to have this great opportunity and have two dogs like Miami and Ricky that allowed me to do such a thing.”