Pupil Sophie and Bedlington Meg win one of Crufts’ top prizes

Sofie Lawrie won Best of Breed in her class at Crufts with her Bedlington Terrier called Meg.

Sofie Lawrie won Best of Breed in her class at Crufts with her Bedlington Terrier called Meg. - Credit: Gregg Brown

A Suffolk school pupil and her three-year-old Bedlington Terrier have proved every dog has its day after winning a top prize at Crufts.

Meg, whose owner is Sophie Lawrie, 10, from Stowmarket, won the best of breed at the internationally-renowned competition at Birmingham’s NEC Arena.

The pair beat 81 other Bedlingtons and their handlers to the prize, which was presented by the Kennel Club.

The success came after they finished fifth and third in 2014 and 2013 respectively, and Sophie was the youngest owner to win a best of breed competition.

Sophie, who is in Year Five at Freeman Community Primary School in Stowupland, said winning the award was “amazing”.

She added: “You do have to practise and the dog has to trust you. A friend told me that we have a unique connection.”

Sophie said she got nervous during the competition, but was also excited as well.

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She added she was spurred on when walking round the ring, as she heard a group of people saying ‘Sophie, you can do it’.

She was also interviewed on national television by presenter Claire Balding, which the youngster said was “cool.”

Sophie’s mum, Sue, said: “It was a proud parent moment, most definitely.”

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