A TOP dog show judge, famed for his work at Honley Show, has died.
Michael Boothroyd, of Farnley Tyas, died suddenly. He was 63.
Mr Boothroyd had been an integral part of the dog show world since he showed his first dog at the age of 11.
He has shown cocker spaniels and Cavalier King Charles spaniels.
But he was best known for his successes with labradors, of which he bred several Roydwood title holders down from his foundation bitch, show champion Tanya of Keithray.
Several winning cockers bore the same affix too.
He also handled winners in a variety of breeds throughout the groups at shows in Yorkshire and beyond.
Early in his career he was widely regarded as one of the most talented young all-rounders.
He was a Kennel Club judge both at home and overseas, and wrote breed notes for labradors in Dog World for more than 30 years.
During his career he was a judge at shows in countries including Sweden, Norway, the United States and Australia.
He lived all his life at Roydwood Kennels, Moor Lane, Farnley Tyas.
Mr Boothroyd was secretary of the dog section at Honley Show since 1998 during which time he built up the show to a record in 2005 of 599 entries.
A Honley Show Society spokesman said: "He will be sadly missed by his colleagues at Honley Show and by friends in all aspects of the dog show world."