This has been an amazing Crufts for Chandi and I. We qualified for both the Freestyle and Heelwork to Music Finals back in January and Thursday March 5 saw us competing in the Freestyle Final with our brand new ‘ballet’ routine, and , we WON! But there was no time to relax and enjoy our success as we were competing in the Heelwork to Music Final the next day.
Friday dawned and Chandi and I rolled weary and bleary eyed out of beds at 5.45 am to be back at the N.E.C. in time for the HTM Final. Chandi danced her little heart out and didn’t put a paw wrong throughout the routine and was again … awarded first place! But yet again, there was no chance to relax as having won theBritish Freestyle Final on Thursday, meant that we were now to represent England in the International Freestyle Final on Saturday. We were at a distinct disadvantage compared to the other teams competing as we were the only team that had been performing for two straight days, and we were exhuasted, but we pulled ourselves together, and Chandi gave her all in the ring, only making two small mistakes, one of which was due to ‘prop malfunction’, which reduced our accuracy mark … but, unbelievably … we won that too, making Chandi the only dog to have ever won all three competitions at the same Crufts.
Someone has uploaded our Freestyle routine to YouTube, but it is missing frames, but still very watchable – I shall hopefully try to upload a better version of this Freestyle routine, along with our winning Heelwork to Music routine at some point this week, so please check back!
Finally – here is our winning Heelwork To Music routine, set to Leona Lewis’ beautiful ‘Footprints in the sand’. This performance was our demonstration late on ‘Crufts’ Friday, complete with magiacl spotlights, after we won the HTM competition earlier that day.