Sophie and Meg win at Crufts

Sophie Lawrie from Stowmarket has won best of breed at Crufts for her Bedlington Terrier, Meg ANL-151103-071036009
Sophie Lawrie from Stowmarket has won best of breed at Crufts for her Bedlington Terrier, Meg ANL-151103-071036009

A ten-year-old dog handler from Stowmarket had become one of the youngest to win Best of Breed at Crufts.

Sophie Lawrie’s Bedlington Terrier Meg was awarded the green rosette at the world famous dog show on Saturday cheered on by a huge crowd at Birmingham’s NEC.

Sophie Lawrie is interviewed after her Crufts win by Clare Balding. Photo by Susan Lawrie. ANL-151203-121638001

Sophie Lawrie is interviewed after her Crufts win by Clare Balding. Photo by Susan Lawrie. ANL-151203-121638001

Sophie, of Goosander Road, said she had a great time - and got to meet TV’s Clare Balding.

She said: “I was shocked and over the moon when I found out she had won.
“It felt like it was a little bit of a dream.

“I didn’t expect to get that far in the competition.
“When you hear the cheers it is nice to know that people support you.
“I wasn’t really nervous until I got to the main area.

“In the main arena you know you are on TV and you know people are watching.

Ten-year-old dog handler Sophie Lawrie, from Stowmarket, has won Best of Breed at Crufts with her Bedlington Terrier Meg. Photo by Susan Lawrie. ANL-151203-121626001

Ten-year-old dog handler Sophie Lawrie, from Stowmarket, has won Best of Breed at Crufts with her Bedlington Terrier Meg. Photo by Susan Lawrie. ANL-151203-121626001

“I felt a bit pale and a bit white.

“I wouldn’t say it was a relief when I finished but it was definitely a very exciting experience.
“Waiting in the main arena I got to talk to Clare Balding.
“She was very nice and told me I was the youngest handler to ever get best of breed.”

Sophie and her mum Susan had entered Crufts for the last three years but this is the first time they have won.

Susan said: “The first year I showed Meg and we got 5th place.

“In 2014, Sophie had taken control of he handling and got third place.
“Who knows why we won it this year?

“I guess both Meg and Sophie have more experience in the ring and Sophie handles her brilliantly.

“But at the end of the day it is down to the judges.”

Meg, who was judged under her Kennel Club name of MiteyMidgets Endless Love, was bred by Susan’s sister Yvonne.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Sophie Lawrie and Meg for winning Best of Breed with her Bedlington Terrier.

“Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. “Meg is such a lovely dog that clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with her handler.

“Sophie is one of our youngest handlers competing in the main show and she’s done amazingly well.”