The Reserve Best in Show winner was equally eye catching and this was the Newfoundland Ch Merrybear D'Artagnan shown expertly by breeder Paddy Galvin. Both exhibits were presented and shown to a very high standard as were all the group winners. Unfortunately the Toy Group was not represented since the winner had had to return to Spain. Sue Hewart Chambers had the enviable task of making the decisions and she had a super line of six dogs. She also chose the Best Veteran in Show winner - the very first time SKC have held this competition and winning this was the Pharaoh Hound Lyncris Dizzy Miss Lizzy of Kurriera Sh CM completing a super day for the breed which had already been represented in the Hound group with a third place. Runner up BVIS was the Samoyed Ch Nikara Diamond Dancer JW.
Scottish Kennel Club has established itself as an indoor show with a settled layout now and the benefits were obvious this weekend. Weather was mixed and on Saturday an absolute downpour hit the showground. Being indoors meant that it it did not affect breed judging although I think the Obedience judging may have been disrupted. Obedience and Agility were given new areas this time and had a positive feed back.
Obedience was done in the Sand Arena for the first time which has worked out well. The Caravan space had been enlarged and was still fully booked - no wonder because it is less than a minute from caravan to halls for some people but some must take about three minutes to get to hall from back of caravan site! Trade stand area which is set between the two halls was also full and it looked as if many of the stands did good business.
I spoke to convenor Irene Mcmanus, Show Manager Stuart Payne and Secretary Beth Harrison to get some detail on entries and judges. The entries were up by just under 100 and several first time breed judges were officiating. As a Representative show all breeds with CC are scheduled. However this year the SKC also added for the first time, classes for Jack Russells, Canadian Eskimo Dogs, Turkish Kangols and Great Swiss Mountain Dogs.
This weekend one of the judges felt rather unwell after he had completed his Kerry Blue judging but thanks to the paramedics on the showground he was checked out and allowed to drive home where he has made a full recovery.
On the Friday and Saturday the Groups were called early in the hope that people would arrive to the collecting area but it took several calls to get all the exhibitors there! Let's focus on the Groups now and overall a rather international feel to the groups. Exhibitors had travelled from Russia, Japan, Italy, Spain to show and many winners were imports from around the world. First group Friday was Toys where the winner was the Yorkshire Terrier Rus Mini Shop, Sharman Li. Sergio Amien from Spain handles him for Russian owner Mrs Smirnova. The dog lives with him in Spain but this was his second visit to the UK and his second CC win having taking the first at a Club Show. Runner up was the Havanese, Sheila Walker's Ch Happyfriends What a Guy (Imp). A breed only recently gaining CC status this winner has 5 now and was the Breed record holder before CC status heading the breed at Crufts in 2012 and 2013. Shown today by Sheila's granddaughter, Hayley McCallum.
Third place fell to the Bichon Frise Pamplona The Real McCoy taking a second CC from Junior. Bred and shown by Michael Coad this youngster won his first CC at Birmingham National, took the group and finally BIS. What a start to a career! He was BPIS at both the Breed club Shows last year and Top Puppy with 3 RCC. Michael did the double today with the BCC and this was the start of a successful weekend for him as will be seen later in this report! Susanne Pirrie and Julie McEvoy won fourth in this group with their Affenpinscher Hamlock In From the Cold via Riogaioch JW and cleaned up in the breed taking both CC and Best Puppy.
Mark James judged the Utility Group and winner of today's Utility Group was the Miniature Poodle, Melanie Harwood's homebred Ch Minaret's Best Kept Secret. Today was lucky number seven CC with seven BOB and this was his third group win including Crufts this year where he went Reserve Best in Show. Reserve in group to Isherwood, Howard, Rawley and Summers' Toy Poodle Afterglow Foxtrot Oscar. This was BPIS at Manchester, won the RCC and BP at Crufts and bred by Mike Gadsby. Incidentally the BOB Standard Poodle was also an Afterglow.
Third place went to the Shar Pei, Ch Ashowai Taste of Diamonds Jw ShCM., bred and owned by Andy and Heather Morris and a regular in this group with 22 CC, 17 BOB, a previous group and lots of place wins. Fourth spot to German Spitz Klein Ch Longdales Dilemma. This was her first group place but she has had a great run taking 4 CC in four shows and doing the double four times with two of her kennel mates. All bred by Gary Francis and Dale Pearce.
Moving on to Saturday and Gundogs were judged by David Bell. There were several full Champions among the winners and he cut the group eventually to end up with the Golden Retriever as his winner. This was Frank, Bette and Emma Archibald's Ir Sh Ch Abinvale Levanto taking his second CC today. A big winner in Ireland with seven group wins so far. His runner up choice was Dee Milligan Bott and Jeremy Bott's Irish Setter Sh. Ch. Thendara Commitment JW winning a fourth CC and all with BOB and previously runner up in this group at Southern Counties.
Third place was awarded to Morris, Bryant and Nelson's American Cocker Am Ch Silhouette Troubling Nasailleen with Mycalleys (Imp USA). This one became a UK champion today. It is already a group winner and twice runner up. Champion Stakes winner at Driffield, BIS winner at the Cocker Club of GB plus BIS at the Combined Canine Club in Eire in 2017. Sharon Pinkerton took the final place with her undocked Dutch Import Sh Ch Esme Dragon From Rhona's Home and Bareve who has five CC including Crufts where she also won Group three.
Hounds completed Saturday judging and Stuart Milner found his winner in the Standard Smooth Dachshund Cwmdarhian San Andreas owned by Rhiann Williams and Chris Moes and handled today by Michael Coad. This was his first CC win. Runner up was the newly crowned Whippet Jothryn Byorne to Love JW bred and owned by John and Kathryn Jones and this was a first BOB. Third place to Christine Dawson's Pharaoh Hound Ch Kurriera Orlando at Lyncris who gained a 16th CC today and finally Rebecca Ellrich claimed fourth place with her basset Ch Malrich I Gotta Feeling winning a sixth CC today and has previously been shortlisted in the group
Sunday groups started with the Working where Sue Pollock-Yule chose the Newfoundland Ch Merrybear D'Artagnan handled by breeder Paddy Galvin for owners the Chapmans. A super record for this dog with 12 CC and 12 BOB, Three times a group winner and several other places as well as Club Show BIS wins. Runner up was the Bouvier des Flandres Ch Liskport Lord of the Rings (ai) owned by Fiona Lambert and shown by Michael Craig. This was Top Working last year and fourth top in all breeds in 2015. This was a 23rd CC and from 13 group wins he has gone on to take 4 Best in Show awards. Third place to the Tibetan Mastiff who is only 14 months old and already 2 CC wins. Also a double win for the Lowes this weekend. This is a second BOB and the last one took Legenda Tibeta Tschovik right through to win the Working Group. The Alaskan Malamute was fourth and yet another of the raft of new Champions this weekend. This was bred by owner Tina Dolan from her first ever litter so is her first ever CC winner and the youngest JW winner in the breed.
Moving on quickly we had the Pastoral Group with David Weller in charge and his winner was Kevin Dover handling the homebred Pembroke corgi Ch Pemcader Thunderball (ndt). What a tally of wins. 29 CC, with 27 BOB. Top pastoral last year, 5 groups and multiple other places. Won BIS twice in succession at the Welsh Corgi League, several other Club BIS wins and currently Top Winner in the breed. Melanie Spavin was thrilled with her day winning the BCC and BOB with her Australian Shepherd Dancing on the Ceiling Del Whymper Delle G Jorgesse who was runner up in this group after being made up in the breed ring. This is the first Champion sired by her Austin Powers. Back to Cardigan Corgis for third place and another very well known one in Peter Clifton's Ch Joseter Mr Blobby. Most of his 38 CC also came with BOB, four group wins and 17 other placings. 4 times BIS at Club Shows. 4 times in succession BOB at Crufts. Not content with that he did the double making up the daughter! Lucy Mottram came in fourth with her Polish Lowland Sheepdog Ch Mybeards Hero, winner of 9 CC and several group places.
Terrier group was last and undertaken by Tom Mather. His winner was Hall and Ellis' Ch Brackenfell Bok to Bach JW the rather smart Border Terrier who has won 33 CC, several groups and two RBIS. He is a Club Show BIS winner and took the breed record recently which had stood for about 25 years. Runner up was Ron Ramsey's Kerry Blue Ch Torum's Cairo Fred. 9 CC wins and four times placed in the group so far. Ron also did the double winning the BCC with a bitch who goes back to his famous Champion Torum's Scarf Michael. This was her first show and she has only been in from the USA for three weeks. Third spot was Sue Browne- Cole's Wire Fox Terrier Travella The Super Trooper - only at its third show and winning a first CC to add to the RCC already gained. Final place in the final group of the weekend went to the Dandie Dinmont - Beverley Deacon's Gr. Ch Am Ch Pennywise on the Road Again (Imp USA) and today she added on her UK title with a third CC win.
The Smooth Coat Chihuahua Saintremi Flocon at Boatandales was made up. Elsie Moyes and Gail Hunter made up their Crested Bryelis Rupert the Bear. Kirsty Miller and Evan Ryan made up their King Charles Amantra Regius of Feorlig Sh CM making this the third champion from the same litter. Incidentally they also won BCC in Papillons. A new Dalmatian Champion -Millbelle Lithium JW - for Jenny Wright. Sonia Davies made up her French Bulldog Rowendale Teacake and the Bown's made up their Shih Tzu Matsonic Chasing Storms to Bishbow JW. A really special third CC for Nigel Egginton with his Spanish Water Dog Multi Ch. Curioso De La Ribera Del Genil Del Valentisimo which gave this 12 year old his title. Editha Newton made up her eighth Show Champion Hungarian Vizsla Nevedith Rugo Tsarina JW. In whippets she has had 43 champions I believe! An Afghan Hound from Italy added to its titles by winning its UK crown today. Jones and Gregg's BFDB Hibeck Pain au Chocolat avec Ratthembray was also made up. Whippets gained two new Champions this weekend because the BCC winner - Ger Ch Victoria Backham of Gentle Mind also won her all important third CC. The journey from Northern Ireland was certainly worthwhile for Felicity Thomson and her greyhound Ir. Ch Nl Ch Isla at Barnesmore ad Jonores Jun Ch. Winning that special third CC. This is a winner in Ireland and was Runner Up hound of the Year and Runner Up top Showdog in Ireland last year. Philip Jackson made up his Finnish Lapphund Tilkkuturkin Hallantuoma to Elbereth JW. A bittersweet winner in Hungarian Puli for John Ritchie making up Hollibell Undressed to Kill at Rockisland and a first ever Champion for Ellen Wheeler owner of the OES Zottels Bette Midler' Shirley Davies went home with another Bedlington Champion Honeymist Blue Bols. The SCWT Flaxela Weaver of Dreams owned by Pamela Clarke joined the ranks of champions as did Liz Stanway's SBT Mosstrooper Making Mischief at Waystaff JW(Imp). Mike and Joanne Vickers made up their WFT Eskwyre Steel Magnolias. Jane Baker gained another Champion in Parsons with Pacolito Protolythic taking Bob and finished her day winning the double. Now I will have missed a few but the KC need to have lots of Certificates to hand in the next couple of weeks! Not a Champion but instead a first ever CC win for young Leanne Challands with her Italian Spinone and the same for Tamsin Blyton in Boxers. Double CC wins for some exhibitors and David Guy did just this with his Griffons both from the Jet's Kennels and BOB to David's male. A Sharlarna double in Japanese Chin. A double for the Richardson's in Lowchen's and also for the Benatone Maltese. Two CC in one day for Arlene Clure and Jenny Killilea and their Akita Ch Redwitch Will I Am winning at SKC and the Club show held straight after. A Chandlimore double in St Bernards and Tan also won BOB in Pyreneans. Louise
Patterson did the double in Swedish Vallhunds as did Joan Percy in Cairns. A double again for Ron Punter in Lakelands and in Australian Terriers a double for Silhill kennels. I will take a breath and mention that 6 breed shows were held over weekend, obviously a trend which is becoming more popular especially in those breeds with smaller entries. These days any move which encourages more entries and saves money to exhibitors and Clubs is to be considered. The Akita Club of Scotland held their Championship Show and the others were Open Shows. Lhasa Apso Club of Scotland, Basset Hound Club of Scotland, Border Collie Club of Scotland, Airedle Club and the Northern Belgian Shepherd Club. Many of the General Championship Shows are hosting Club shows over the coming months throughout the UK. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next couple of years.
A busy weekend overall but interesting and enjoyable. Well done to the Committee, including new member Margrette Mulholland and all the fabulous helpers and stewards for their hard work. I hope you all enjoyed your traditional Chip Shop Tea!