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James Winkley-Balmer, YKC member since 2011, handled his own Whippet, April Showers at Crosscop, to Best in Show in an entry of 8,213 dogs at the Southern Counties championship show.
James is 15 years old and lives in Penrith, Cumbria. The judge was Karina Le Mare (pictured centre).
April the Whippet comes from a very successful litter as her sister, Ch Nothing Compares to You at Crosscop, won Best in Show at the large West of England Ladies’ Kennel Society (WELKS) championship show six weeks earlier, having also won Reserve Best in Show at Crufts. On both occasions she was handled by 19-year-old Charley Donaldson who is also a Young Kennel Club member!Find out more about YKC Stakes