City student Ella handles her way to the top at Crufts

Ella Armstrong and her Crufts-Winning Whippet, Wilf at their home in Worrall
Ella Armstrong and her Crufts-Winning Whippet, Wilf at their home in Worrall
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A PEDIGREE performance at Crufts led to Sheffield student Ella Armstrong being crowned national show handler of the year.

Ella Armstrong, aged 18, who is studying A-levels at Silverdale, won the final with her six-year-old pet whippet, Wilf, which came second in the ‘obedience’ final at the world-famous dog show .

Ella, who lives in Worrall, was victorious after being unplaced in last year’s handling final.

She was among competitors aged six to 24 and her success means the Kennel Club can apply for her to represent the UK at The World Dog Show in Austria in May.

Ella said: “I got down to the last 12 last year and used the experience I gained then and advice I was given to help me this time.

“Handling is all about showing your dog at its best, with the aim for the handler to be almost invisible, so it is just your dog on show looking its absolute best.”

She has competed since she was a child and is a trainer for the Young Kennel Club.

She first started showing her mum’s pet dachshund, Charlie.

“I went to dog training classes with Charlie and showed him in local competitions but he was quite naughty so we didn’t win much, but I loved it so much I continued with my own dog Wilf, who I have had since he was a puppy.

“He surprised a lot of people when he came second in the obedience final, because whippets are naturally quite naughty and ignorant.”