Monday 5 December 2016

Ruff justice? Crufts row as judge awards top prize to her sister's dog

Di Arrowsmith defends her decision after being accused by fans of harming the competition's reputation

Tom Morgan

Published 14/03/2016 | 12:25

Gordon Setter, Lourdace Fulcrum
Gordon Setter, Lourdace Fulcrum

A judge at Crufts has been dragged into a nepotism row after giving her sister's dog a top prize.

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Di Arrowsmith, 72, was accused by fans of harming the competition's reputation by crowning the Gordon setter Best Gundog.

The animal, called Lourdace Fulcrum, was bred by her sister Josie Baddeley, who co-owns him, The Sun newspaper reports.

The win put the four-year-old into Sunday's final for Best in Show, which was won by a West Highland white terrier called Burneze Geordie Girl.

However, dog fans vented their fury at the judge's sister almost clinching the ultimate accolade.

Dog lover Sierra Milton said: "Beautiful dog, shame its win will always be questioned."

However, Ms Arrowsmith, of Hoar Cross, Staffordshire, a judge for 40 years, said: "I am renowned for adjudicating without fear or favour."

Her sister, of Walsall, West Midlands, co-owns the setter, called James for short, with David Alcorn. He said: "We looked at the rules."

And Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, told the newspaper that no rules were broken.

Telegraph.co.uk

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