Belton fish farm manager and Hope triumph at Crufts

Picture shows Sue Sykes, from Belton. with her Lhasa Apso called Hope, who won Best of Breed in the Utility group on the second day of Crufts 2013.
Picture shows Sue Sykes, from Belton. with her Lhasa Apso called Hope, who won Best of Breed in the Utility group on the second day of Crufts 2013.
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A fish farm manager from Belton and Hope, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.

Hope, a four-year-old Lhasa Apso, was one of over 25,000 dogs to take part in the annual competition at the NEC in Birmingham.

Sue Sykes fought off competition from a number of other dog owners to scoop the coveted prize after gaining the most points in dog obedience over the past year.

And the 43-year-old was left beaming with pride at her and Hope’s performance at the world-famous Crufts in the West Midlands which saw her win Best of Breed.

But it was not the first time Hope was used to limelight. She previously scooped a Crufts award as a puppy.

Sue said: “Hope won best puppy at Crufts three years ago, so it is really great to be back now as Best of Breed,” she said.

“I am really proud of her. I love coming to Crufts and competing here is great, especially when getting a winner.

“But just being here is brilliant as it is such an amazing atmosphere.”

Sue and Hope received were presented with their prize by the Young Kennel Club.

The Kennel Club is now in its 140th year of promoting healthy, happy dogs.