A Lakes College learner has earned an array of accolades at this year's Crufts Dog Show.

Training dogs since her early childhood, Ruby James' squad of five dogs secured five rosettes, four second-place prizes and a third-place award.

Currently pursuing her studies in the Pre-Supported Internship programme, Cleator Moor's Ruby has been in the show dog business for 11 years, starting at the age of six.

Her history in the field began when her family bought a former show dog from Wales.

Whitehaven News: Ruby James saw great success at the Crufts Dog ShowRuby James saw great success at the Crufts Dog Show (Image: Ruby James)

Speaking of her journey, Ruby said: "We had a look into it and decided to have a go and the rest is history.

"We compete all year round, mostly on weekends, at various events throughout the country but you are always aiming to get to Crufts."

Despite her extensive experience, she admitted to still experiencing pre-show jitters.

She said: "You must keep calm or the dogs might worry and get nervous and then you both won't compete to the best of your ability."

A highlight for Ruby was Ollie, a dog who she has been training since January, who attended his first Crufts this year.

She said: "The first time he ever went to a show he won and qualified for Crufts so it was a great moment being able to showcase him.

“Getting a second in his first ever Crufts show was just amazing, especially after only a couple of weeks training.

“Because of how well we are doing, all of our current competition dogs are qualified for life now for Crufts and the ultimate dream is to win Crufts’ Best in Show or making up a UK champion."