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Crufts group winner OES is disqualified

The Old English Sheepdog which won the group at Crufts this year has been disqualified for being over qualified for the class in which it was entered at the show.

The American import Pam Tomes’s Barkshire’s Born in the USA with Brinkley handled at the show by breeder Jane Collen was placed in top spot at the show by replacement group judge Mr John James. He was appointed to replace Mrs Margaret Everton who judged best in show.

So now the Group 2, another American dog, the Australian Shepherd Am/Can Ch Bayshore’s Russian Rhoulette owned by Frank Baylis, Leon Goetz and Caroline Woods partnership has moved in to the top spot.

Accordingly the Group 3 and 4, the Finnish bred Smooth Collie Int/Fin/Swe/Nor/Dan Ch Sandcastles Truth or Dare and the Pyrenean Ch Shanlimore Midnight Cowboy move up a peg - as does the reserve dog CC winner Dalewood Down Under owned by Ann Esposito.

The ruling, confirmed by the Kennel Club but unannounced in any press release, concludes speculation that the dog would have to step down after an formal complaint was made that the dog was overqualified for the Post Graduate class.

Exhibits which have a CC are not eligible for that class and KC class definitions say that ‘a CC’ includes any award which counts towards the title of champion under the rules of any governing body or kennel club recognised by the Kennel Club.


New winner: Australian Shepherd Am/Can Ch Bayshore’s Russian Rhoulette
owned by Frank Baylis, Leon Goetz and Caroline Woods