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Ricky the poodle wins Best-in-Show at Crufts

By Matthew Cooper, Press Association

Published 09/03/2014 | 21:41

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Two-year-old standard poodle Ricky with his handler Jason Lynn during the Best-in-Show contest at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham, which he went on to win. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 9, 2014. Ricky triumphed over six other best-in-group winners in the final event of the annual competition, which attracted more than 21,000 entrants from Britain and overseas. See PA story ANIMALS Crufts. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Two-year-old standard poodle Ricky with his handler Jason Lynn during the Best-in-Show contest at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham, which he went on to win.
Two-year-old standard poodle Ricky with his handler Jason Lynn, after winning the world's most prestigious dog show prize after being judged this year's Best-in-Show at Crufts in Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 9, 2014. Ricky triumphed over six other best-in-group winners in the final event of the annual competition, which attracted more than 21,000 entrants from Britain and overseas. See PA story ANIMALS Crufts. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Two-year-old standard poodle Ricky with his handler Jason Lynn, after winning the world's most prestigious dog show prize Photo: PA Wire

A POODLE named Ricky has landed the world's most prestigious dog show prize after being judged this year's Best-in-Show at Crufts.

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The two-year-old standard poodle triumphed over six other best-in-group winners in the final event of the annual competition, which attracted more than 21,000 entrants from Britain and overseas.

 

Ricky and his handler, Jason Lynn, were given the nod by the best-in-show judge Jack Bispham after being assessed for overall health, condition, coat, character, temperament and movement.

 

Speaking immediately after the result was declared at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, Mr Lynn confirmed that Ricky would now be retired from competition in the UK.

 

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 06:  A small dog jumps over a fence in the Rescue Dog Agility show in the main arena on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A small dog jumps over a fence in the Rescue Dog Agility show in the main arena on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 06:  Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07:  Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Mr Lynn, from Preston, Lancashire, said: "I couldn't have asked for anything more.

 

"He gave an absolutely beautiful performance and I am so proud of him."

 

Mr Lynn, who co-owns and co-bred the champion animal, added: "He was top dog all breeds last year and we decided that this would be his last show - and he has ended it in the most wonderful way possible."

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