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.
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.”