Meet the top dogs

dogs and their owners who won awards at Crufts'Pictured L/R: Gale Atkinson, Tracey Atkinson and Jackie Hood.
dogs and their owners who won awards at Crufts'Pictured L/R: Gale Atkinson, Tracey Atkinson and Jackie Hood.
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Schoolgirl Morgan Binnersley wowed the judges at Crufts last weekend with her perfect performing pooch.

The 12-year-old from Featherstone snapped up the Young Kennel Club Working Stakes prize after her Siberian husky Sola preened and pranced her way to victory.

Morgan, of Henley Drive, has only been training Sola and her one-year-old pup Mya for a year but impressed the panel with her skills on Sunday.

Proud mum, Kay Binnersley, said: “We were all shell-shocked. To go to Crufts in itself is an achievement, some people try all their lives and never get there.

“Morgan was bouncing off the walls. I’m extremely proud, she’s done very well in such a short space of time.”

The Carleton High School pupil began training her pets after watching Crufts last year and vowing to enter.

The youngster qualified for the annual competition in just September and has already been accepted for next year’s event.

Meanwhile, it was very much a family affair for cousins Tracey Yates and Jackie Hood as they both scooped prizes at the annual dog show.

Mrs Hayes’ one-year-old miniature schnauzer Eli, also known as Arkangath Malachite, followed up on winning the best of breed at the Northern Schnauzer Club Show earlier this month by winning the best puppy in breed at his first ever Crufts competition.

Mrs Hood’s two-year-old dog Eric, Eli’s father, also known as Starbound Strike It Right at Jastella, fought off competition from 144 other miniature schnauzers to win the best of breed.

Mrs Hayes said: “We have always had dogs in the family and when I won my first prize I was hooked for life.

“It was great that we all won awards.”

The cousins’ friend Gale Atkinson also went to Crufts where her dog Duncan won the Limit Dog award.