Byron scoops Crufts prize with Coco

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A Spalding schoolboy has scooped a top prize at Crufts with his two-year-old 
Portuguese Water Dog.

Coco was one of 22,000 dogs at Birmingham’s NEC last week for the internationally-renowned event, presented by the Kennel Club, and walked away with a prestigious Best of Breed award.

20150306 Copyright onEdition 2015 �'Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition''Picture shows Byron Williams from Sutton St James with Coco a Portuguese Water Dog, which was the Best of Breed winner today (Friday 06.03.15), the first day of Crufts 2015, at the NEC Birmingham.''Crufts is the world's largest dog show and was established in 1891 by Charles Cruft.  This year will see more than 22,000 healthy, happy dogs enjoying competing for the coveted 'Best in Show' title.  Crufts 2015 runs from the 5th to the 8th March 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham.''Crufts is the perfect opportunity for dog lovers to find out even more about the range of schemes, activities and events that they can get involved in, to ensure that they and their dog have a long, healthy and fulfilling relationship from puppy-hood, all the way through their lives!''For more information please contact the Press Office via: T: 020 7518 1008 / 1020'E: press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk''For additional images, press releases, video or aud

20150306 Copyright onEdition 2015 �'Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition''Picture shows Byron Williams from Sutton St James with Coco a Portuguese Water Dog, which was the Best of Breed winner today (Friday 06.03.15), the first day of Crufts 2015, at the NEC Birmingham.''Crufts is the world's largest dog show and was established in 1891 by Charles Cruft. This year will see more than 22,000 healthy, happy dogs enjoying competing for the coveted 'Best in Show' title. Crufts 2015 runs from the 5th to the 8th March 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham.''Crufts is the perfect opportunity for dog lovers to find out even more about the range of schemes, activities and events that they can get involved in, to ensure that they and their dog have a long, healthy and fulfilling relationship from puppy-hood, all the way through their lives!''For more information please contact the Press Office via: T: 020 7518 1008 / 1020'E: press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk''For additional images, press releases, video or aud

Handler Byron Williams (16) fought off competition from a whole host of other dogs to claim the coveted 
title, before going on to appear in the iconic evening session at the West Midlands venue’s main arena.

And Byron, who attends Sir John Gleed School in Spalding, admitted he was ecstatic to be out on the green carpet rather than in the stands.

“I have always come to the show with my mum and 
family, and until two years ago I just used to sit around and watch,” he said.

“Then I decided that I wanted to show myself, and it was an amazing experience to go into the main arena.

“We won Best of Breed as a family back in 2012, so it was a really big family event each year and I’m happy to be carrying on the family tradition.

“Coco is such a fantastic dog. She really is perfect, so it is not hard to train her up to this level – I have trained her myself.”

Byron and Coco were not the only duo from the area to enjoy success at the world-
famous Crufts, with Gedney Hill resident Nicola Singh taking home a Best of Breed rosette with five-year-old Greenland Dog Java.

“We have been coming to Crufts for 15 years and show for 12 years – this is our ninth personal success,” the 42-year-old said.

“The event is so well-known all over the world. It is all about the glamour and the excitement of it.

“Java was always going to be a special dog for us. It is great to see the support for the breed, and the support for the dogs in general is just fantastic.”