A BLACKWELL dog owner and Martha, a five-year-old Lhasa Apso, were celebrating after scooping a coveted prize at Crufts.

Martha was one of more than 21,500 dogs that entered the international canine event held at the NEC in Birmingham last weekend.

And she proved to be one of the top dogs, fighting off competition from a number of other Lhasa Apsos to scoop the prestigious Best of Breed award.

Wendy Cain, of Greenhill, was thrilled and proud at Martha’s performance in front of the packed crowds at the annual competition.

A number of celebrities also dropped by to sample the 122-year history of the competition including Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, former Eastenders actress Pam St Clement and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford.

This year’s Crufts attracted dog lovers from all walks of life, with 45 overseas countries represented throughout the four-day show.

“It feels absolutely wonderful to win,” Wendy said.

“I’ve been coming to Crufts for 40 years but this is my first ticket ever so I’m absolutely delighted. To finally be able to show in the main arena and experience that atmosphere is amazing.

“I thought Martha stood a chance of winning Best of Breed because she’s such a spectacular Lhasa.”