THE KENNEL Club has sprung to the defence of the Crufts judge who chose a Gordon Setter co-owned by her sister as winner of the gundog group.
Di Arrowsmith selected David Alcorn, David Crowther, Jose Baddeley and Fiona Swan’s Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum (James) – Mrs Baddeley is her sister.
No rules had been broken, the KC stressed today.
“Any dog chosen as a winner is done so because of the judge’s honest opinion on the day and is judged with integrity,” said secretary Caroline Kisko.
“The Gordon Setter was judged by two judges before being chosen as the group winner. On the same day James also won the first ever Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition beating 25 other dogs of various breeds. This was judged by a previous BIS judge at Crufts.
“James then went straight into group judging and competed with 30 breeds to take the crown.
“The quality of the dog was the only factor involved in the decision and this is evident in his previous success throughout the day.”
Mrs Kisko pointed out that James has won 22 CCs and 18 BOB, ‘highlighting that many different judges have the same view that he is a good representation of the breed in terms of health and temperament’.
Mrs Arrowsmith and Mr Alcorn declined to comment.