A dark yellow labrador from Tealby is top dog after winning the International Gun Dog League Championships.
Five-year-old Saxophone Brown Ale of Lincwolds and owner Richard King took top honours at the event, held last month at Windsor Castle.
“I was very fortunate to win and the Queen presented me with a prize. The cup is worth hundreds. This is probably the most prestigious event of the year,” said Richard, a Kennel Club member, who regularly competes at gun dog events.
The International Gun Dog League Championships is an international event, but just one of the 59 dogs taking part came from overseas- a dog from France.
Entry is by invitation only to the event, which is staged around the country. It follows Richard and Brown Ale coming fourth last year when it was held in Lauder, Scotland.
Richard is also East Midlands Area sales manager for Skinners Petfoods, who sponsored the event, and whose food Brown Ale eats.
“Dogs are my passion. I used to do a lot of shooting. Yes, I love to train them from young dogs and take them up to the highest level you can. Brown Ale has been a terrific dog. I am a member of lots of gun dog societies. I have took part in and won many competitions,” he said.
The pair, who regularly appear in the specialist shooting and gundog media, also attend many Game Fairs. Brown Ale even has his own Facebook page.
In May, Richard and his top dog will be at the Retreiver World Cup, held at Highclere Castle in Berkshire, where TV’s Downton Abbey is filmed.
Richard has represented England at this and similar events for nine years and has won three world cups.
And of course, in December, he and Brown Ale will defend their latest title, when the International Gun Dog League Championships returns to Scotland.