Christina and Eze in Euro championships

Shall we dance? Christina and Eze in his patriotic coat. SG151014-105TW
Shall we dance? Christina and Eze in his patriotic coat. SG151014-105TW
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Dog trainer Christina Oxtoby and her border collie Eze will represent Britain in the Open European Championships in heelwork to music next month.

Christina (36), from Sutton Bridge, and eight-year-old Eze competed at Crufts earlier this year – putting them in the top ten in Britain – and are now in serious training for their freestyle competition in Stuttgart, Germany.

Christina Oxtoby and Eze ready for competition, Sutton Bridge'Performing routines - hold and beg ANL-141015-123138001

Christina Oxtoby and Eze ready for competition, Sutton Bridge'Performing routines - hold and beg ANL-141015-123138001

They are dancing to a Robbie Williams track, Well Did You Evah, originally from the film High Society.

Christina said: “I am very excited and somewhat nervous. I have had the kind of waking up in the middle of the night dream about it thinking we are not ready.”

They are training at home, the Vicarage in Bridge Road, and travelling once a week to a barn near Grantham so Eze can practice the whole routine as well as the long runs around the arena that he can’t do at home.

Christina will dress as a wine waiter, but Eze will go just as he is.

“The dogs never have to dress up,” said Christina.

The pair represented Britain last year in a the European championships in Holland.

Another of Christina’s dogs, Ru, is the only Great Dane involved in heelwork to music – and she’s also training the baby of the trio, a border collie, Shai.