First prize at Crufts for the surprisingly well-behaved Tara!

Clive Hale with his Rhodesian Ridgeback Tara.
Clive Hale with his Rhodesian Ridgeback Tara.

Pretty Rhodesian Ridgeback Tara, whose owners live in Husbands Bosworth, near Market Harborough, has won a first prize at Crufts.

Tara, owned by Clive and Marina Hale, won a first in the Good Citizen category, which is an obedience training class.

“My wife would normally run with her, but she had an injury, so I had to step in at the last minute,” said Clive (55), a supermarket worker.

The briefing he was given by Marina (52), a self-employed domestic cleaner, must have worked.

“I couldn’t believe we’d won,” said Clive. “We hadn’t discussed that part, so I didn’t know where to go, or what to do! At the time I was confused, but now we’re elated.”

As for Tara: “I’m just glad she was the most obedient on the day,” said Clive. “She’s with me now. She’s gorgeous!”