What a day for the Soletrader Kennels, when Ch. Soletrader Magic Mike won yet another CC, bringing his total to 23. This win today gave him his 22nd group.
Not content with that, Soletrader did the double taking the BCC with their puppy owned by Sara and children Oliver and Erin. And by the way, this was a fourth CC with this 8 month old puppy. Erin completed her day winning the Junior Handling Semi finals. Mike has 9 All Breed Best in Show wins making him the current Top Dog. Reserve Best in Show went to Dr Sarah Helps with her homebred Scottish Deerhound Beardswood Quintessence taking his title from Veteran.
Third in this group was the Pharaoh Hound from Norway. Simon Hansen bred Multi Ch Bazinga A Storm of Swords who won his first UK CC at Windsor. He is off to the USA now but hopes to be back in UK later this year. Fourth place was a very special win since this was a first ever Champion for Fiona and Reay Mackay.
Best in show judge Marie Bryce Smith also shortlisted the Afghan hound, Basset, Standard Long, Standard Wire, Mini Wire, Norwegian Elkhound, Saluki and Whippet. Some snippets from the day for you. This was Riggs the Afghan’s last appearance in the UK and Wayne was quite emotional saying he is so grateful to the Afghan Community for their welcome and friendliness. He leaves the country as Top Afghan and second top hound. Since his first appearance at Crufts he has won 9 CC been placed in the group several times and won BIS at a Club show. He is moving on to Europe before returning home to Australia later in the year.
A really special day at a show is when you make up your dog however when you make up your 150th UK Champion that is indeed cause to celebrate. Zena Thorn Andrews did just that on Saturday when she made up Drakesleat Too Gud To Be True. Only 13 months old and with over 100 overseas Champions this record must be virtually unassailable. Over 900 CC wins as well for the Drakesleat Kennels. Champion Club had a few new members as well with the Basenji Embeau Sun Seeker owned by Rusty Grayson and Jayne Rowland joining. Not only did it win it’s third it followed that up with the CC at the Club show.
Michael and Helen Williams were delighted to make up their Import Saluki Al Zubeyda Lena at Kasaque (Imp) JW. Double A couple of double wins i spotted were in Bassets where Phil Freer and Marita Rodgers won both Cc taking BOB with the male Ch/It Ch Switherland Smart Image and in Bloodhounds Sue Shaw Browne did a super double with littermates with the BOB to Kingsheart Middleman Speaking to Secretary Paul Singleton he mentioned that the entry was down on last year. This was probably due to the change of date and, I must admit, it did feel strange to be off to Hound show this early.
However the show was its usual quiet success. Everything organised and running smoothly. A couple of overseas judges for breeds. This is a committee of Hound People and in recent years has encouraged younger members to join. A win here is considered very prestigious and for some is more special than Crufts.
Also they make use of Social Media to advise of any problems changes or information for exhibitors. This year prior to the show they warned that a zero tolerance attitude to dogs in cars would be adopted. They asked exhibitors to make good arrangements for dogs even when cars and vans were being unloaded.
This was due to the exceptional heat expected on the show day and it worked. This year the Club also played host to several breed Club Shows Including the Midland Dachs. Basenji. Midland Basset, Cirneco d’ell Etna, Borzoi and Norwegian Elkhound. These are all well catered for using the same rings so it is very easy for exhibitors at both shows.
Once again an example of good organisation for the convenience of exhibitors. Nowadays when entries are slowing for many shows this Committee is to be commended for a forward thinking approach. However by the close of the show on Saturday i think all that would be on their mind was a long glass of something cool and feet up!