Ragnar rules at crufts

Fiona Johnson with Ragner after their success at Crufts.

Fiona Johnson with Ragnar after their success at Crufts.

Dog lover Fiona Johnson and her husband David have double reason to celebrate after attending the UK’s top dog show.

The couple’s German wirehaired pointer, Ragnar, took the top trophy in the gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts 2014.

That is just a year after the Skeld couple returned from the 2013 event laden with five rosettes following the successful display of two other pointers, Gunnar and Ylva.

In this year’s event Ragnar won the Northesk memorial trophy after going up against other class winners for final judging in the main arena.

Handler Mrs Johnson was delighted to win.

“I am absolutely gobsmacked at winning. I feel like I could cry.

“Ragnar’s previous owner fell ill and we rehomed him but he loves working and being a gamekeeper’s dog.

“He is a veteran but you would think with the way he bounces around that he was seven-and a-half-months not years.”

This year was Ragnar’s first time in the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) gamekeepers’ classes.

Mrs Johnson was presented with the Northesk Memorial Trophy by BASC’s chief executive Richard Ali.

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