A young woman is thrilled to have qualified for a place at Crufts.

Poppy Colbey, from Stamfordham, has gained a place at Crufts 2023 after winning the agility dog of the year qualifier on Sunday.

The 17-year-old said: "Crufts hold multiple qualifiers throughout the year and the winner of the qualifier goes straight through to Crufts 2023.

"My dog Jackson, also known as Jump To It, and I won the qualifier so we were thrilled and over the moon to be told that we would go straight to Crufts in March 2023.

"We were last to run in the qualifier class so had a bit of a wait, which I think is always the most nerve-racking.

"Although, sometimes the best time to run as straight after we ran we found out quite quickly."

Poppy competed at Crufts in 2022 with her dog Jackson, where she placed 2nd in the agility section.

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Recalling her progress she adds: "Jackson was only three years old when we got him.

"He was a nervous dog around the equipment - to the point he wouldn't even go near a jump.

"To watch his confidence grow over the last few years to the point he now loves the equipment and wants to run and has qualified for Crufts again for a second year after placing second there in 2022 has been phenomenal.

"We can't wait to run there again in 2023."

As well as having her own dog agility business called 'Jump To It', Poppy has also been selected as part of the team to compete in the Para Agility World Championships (PAWC) team 2022 in Italy.

She adds: "I train all my dogs myself and after a lot of training and hard work it was amazing to have it pay off.

"Hopefully we can do even better as we placed second in our class at Crufts 2022 last year so I am very excited to get back there again for the second year running."