At Cruft's, Ragnar Takes The Biscuit
by Alastair Hamilton -
A Shetland dog lover is “absolutely gobsmacked” after collecting a trophy at Cruft's, in London, Britain's premier dog show.
Fiona Johnson showed Ragnar, a rehomed seven-year-old German wirehaired pointer, and he took the top trophy in the Gamekeepers" Classes at Crufts 2014.
Ragnar, whose full name is Trudvang Gyldenborste at Gyldearn, won the Northesk Memorial Trophy after going up against other class winners for final judging in the main arena.
Fiona was delighted. She said: “I am absolutely gobsmacked at winning. I feel like I could cry. Ragnar's previous owner fell ill and we rehomed him but he loves working and being a gamekeeper's dog. He is a veteran but you would think, with the way he bounces around, that he was seven and a half-months, not years.”
This year was Ragnar's first time in the BASC's Gamekeepers" Classes and Fiona's first experience in the Cruft's main arena, although, as we reported last year, she won several rosettes at Cruft's in 2013, thanks to two of her other dogs, Gunnar and Ylva.
Fiona was presented with the trophy by BASC's chief executive, Richard Ali.
The Gamekeepers" Classes are organised by the UK's largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).