A new star has pride of place in Roly Hoare’s household at Northchapel...and she is well-named.
Petsalls Pride Lila won the best of breed accolade among the Chesapeake Bay retrievers on parade at Crufts.
A number of other entrants from the Midhurst and Petworth area came home from the show with awards, but Lila was the only one to achieve best of breed status.
She beat other promising contenders vying to catch the eye of the judge, Christine Mayhew, who lives near Trotton.
But Mrs Mayhew said: “She fitted the breed standard exactly, she was in full coat and looked fantastic. I just could not fault her.”
Lila, who works on shoots three or four days a week during the season, was shown in the ring by 17-year-old James Newton, a Chesapeake Bay enthusiast.
Mr Hoare’s partner, Paula Graystone, said: “It was the first time James had handled her in a show and they did really well. I am not sure she would have been so good with us!”
Other owners from the area who won class awards or placings at Crufts during the four-day event include Lynette Irwin from Midhurst, who gained a first and a fifth place with her flatcoated retrievers in the working gun dog section; Elaine Arnold from Lurgashall with her pugs; Kay Miller, who lives near Petworth, who won several awards with her kooikerhondjes; Mrs C McCutcheon-Clarke from Pulborough, with pomeranians; Chris Rose and Joy Venturi-Rose, from Liphook, with their labrador retrievers; and giant schnauzer owners Mr and Mrs WD Carver, from Loxwood.