Local farm dog's Crufts success

By Chew Valley Gazette in Local People

A Chew Magna farm dog has come fifth at this year’s Crufts.

Tonkory Quickstep with Pitcombe aka Quickie was awarded the title of Very Highly Commended puppy bitch. The 11 month old Border Collie belongs to Moorledge Farm’s, Felicity and Glyn James who are no strangers to Crufts.

Felicity has been showing dogs for decades, even winning the coveted title of Best in Breed at Crufts before going on to become a Crufts judge.

“This was a special Crufts for me as I haven’t shown for 10 years,” said Felicity. “And Quickie’s rosette comes 10 years since my last dog won first place at Crufts back in 2007, and that was exactly ten years after we had won Best in Breed in 1997.”

In recent years Felicity had turned her attention to judging and thought she had retired from the world of being a competitor, that was until she judged a special qualifier in 2015 where she fell in love with a competitor’s dog. Then when her own champion dog died in she decided to buy a puppy of the bitch she had noticed in 2015.

“This is my last fling, but when you have a nice dog like Quickie you want to show them off,” said Felicity.

Felicity has only been showing Quickie for the past five months yet they won five times at the three qualifying shows for Crufts, so a return to the world stage for Felicity was set.

For Crufts Quickie was actually shown by Marina Scott, a well respected judge and competitor who regularly features in Channel 4’s Crufts coverage. The class had 404 entries, and Quickie soon impressed the judges ending the competition in fifth place.

“It is a huge achievement just to qualify for Crufts,” said Felicity. “But to be Very Highly Commended in such a big class is a real achievement we are very pleased with her.”

The glitz and glamour of Crufts however has not left Quickie a pampered pup. She was bought both for showing but also herding and now back at home she looks a little different than she did at Crufts, groomed to perfection.

“She is a farm dog, so at the moment she is very dirty, running around with straw and mud in her coat,” laughed Felicitiy. “We are hoping she will become a working dog, she already runs after our other dog when he is working. The idea was for me to show her and my husband Glyn to qualify her as a herding dog. It looks like it might be a lot more work to get her herding than showing.”

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