A Flat Coated Retriever from Nottinghamshire, owned by Helen Fox and handled by Megan Fox, was declared the overall winner of the Gamekeepers’ Classes on 13 March at Crufts 2022.
Ruger is four years old and triumphed in the category which is confined to working gundogs. Every dog is judged to the breed standard, but major consideration is given to their appearance and conformation as a working gundog. These requirements make the classes totally unique.
Ruger was awarded ‘Best in Gamekeeper Classes’ out of the six class winners who made it through to the main arena judging. Ruger and Megan were awarded the Northesk Memorial Trophy which was presented this year by William Delamore, Sales and Marketing Director from Skinner’s.
BASC is responsible for the organisation and running of the Gamekeepers’ ring at Crufts and these classes, sponsored by Skinner’s Field & Trial, are always popular with the general public and exhibitors alike.
Six gundogs were in contention for the coveted title with Megan and Ruger emerging the victors under working gundog expert Colin Organ.
Megan said: “Ruger missed his first working season because of Covid, but it meant we had more time to train. I never imagined we’d get first place!
“It’s amazing to be here, and to be back to some kind of normality. I will probably celebrate with a glass of champagne!”
Crufts took place from 10 – 13 March 2022 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information and results from the show, visit crufts.org.uk.