Double Crufts win for Grantham breeder

Rhiannon Chevalier with Nora, Bing and Maycee at Crufts
Rhiannon Chevalier with Nora, Bing and Maycee at Crufts

A Grantham dog breeder walked away from Crufts with two rosettes at the weekend.

Jenny Chevalier, her sister Jacky Spavins and daughter Rhiannon Chevalier travelled to Birmingham to take part in this year’s famous dog show.

They took with them three Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers – Nora, Bing and Maycee – and all three were handled in the competition by Rhiannon.

Maycee, aged 10 months old and pedigree name Roughpoint Midnight Lace, was the star performer after winning her class and Best Puppy in Breed.

She was bred last May from Nora (Stormdancer Coral), who came third in her class behind an international show champion and Irish show champion, qualifying her for next year’s show.

Maycee’s dad, Bing (Bing At Newmoorhill), who is owned by friends of Jenny, won his class and Reserve Best Dog.

Jenny, 53, of Greyfriars, said she was “over the moon” with the results, adding: “I have been breeding and showing dogs for over 35 years now and used to show Gordon Setters.

“The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer is a newish breed to this country, only arriving here in the ’90s. The breed originates from Slovakia where they were started in the 1950s. About 900 have now been registered in the UK so it is a small unknown breed still. They come in grey or grey/roan.

“They are part of the gundog group. The breed is known as an HPR (hunt, point, retrieve) dog, which is a sub-division of the gundog group.

“They make lovely family dogs but can be very talkative, but loving.”