Nicci Hindson and border collie Elsa finish runners-up in freestyle category at Crufts
A magical performance saw Nicci Hindson and her red and white border collie, Elsa, secure runners-up spot in a category at Crufts.
Nicci, 29, of Church Lane, South Clifton, was competing in the heelwork to music and freestyle categories, and came second in the freestyle and fourth in the heelwork.
It was Nicci’s most successful Crufts in four attempts, having competed previously with her older border collies, Leo and Nala.
Nicci said: “Elsa is just a baby in terms of dog sport at two. She was the youngest taking part by some margin because they cannot compete until they are 18 months old, but she’s done very well in a short space of time.”
Nicci said just reaching the final was a great achievement.
“To get to Crufts is a success because just being there puts you in the top ten in the country, but only the first three get trophies. I now have a rosette and a nice piece of crystal.”
She chose a Harry Potter theme with music from the fantasy movies and dressed as a witch for the freestyle performance, with Elsa leaping out of a witch’s cauldron, and performing manoeuvres with a broomstick.
“You get marks for musical interpretation so we chose a piece of music you can present to,” said Nicci.
Elsa came within an ace of the top prize in the freestyle section, beaten by only half a mark by veteran competitor Skiffle.
The heelwork to music and freestyle categories were only briefly featured in television coverage but a YouTube video of Elsa’s performance was posted on the Crufts Facebook page.
Her passion for dogs is also Nicci’s profession. She takes classes on heelwork in Collingham and traveld the country doing workshops.