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Breed Notes - 14 May 2013
We only just made the start of judging at the National last Saturday. We had allowed ourselves the luxury of stopping for breakfast, and were only just pulling up in the Car Park at Stafford County Showground when we heard the announcement that the judging of Hovawarts would commence in Ring 19 in 15 minutes. Thanks mainly to John Blackwell, who held our dogs, we scrambled around and got the girls groomed and our ring numbers found very quickly.
The BoB was Jenny and Charlie Barnett’s Hightimbers Sixpence – a first for these exhibitors. Jenny was anxious about appearing in the big group ring, but when it was all over she admitted that it wasn’t that bad, and after quite a long day her young boy was quite tired, which may have helped. I’m sure we will see them both in the group ring again very soon, although I do think the males do take a long time to mature and really look their best at four or five years.
BB was our Acorn, and the only puppy there was our Pines Trott (Flag), so we have her qualified for Crufts for next year. It will be good to keep her at home for a while – she looks like a set of spare parts at the moment. We are hoping that another six or so months may make a difference.
Gill Stockton, although not showing, popped over to watch proceedings, and to pick up a model to take to Hester in Belgium, where Gill will be showing Chalkie (Berkenbos Chinook) at the Club Show. Another British Hovawart on its travels is Freya (Pines Ankhet), going to the Czech Show with Helen and Nick Boisseau. I will let you know how they both got on as soon as there is any news.
Talking of waiting for news, Liz and Lynn will have everything crossed for the next few weeks, following Liz’s visit to Mick Murphy’s establishment in Eire with Mist (Driftingsky Mist), where hopefully a litter was started with the help of Alfie (Glenbower Jans Cuban), Mick’s big blond boy. Mick is always meticulous with his organisation of matings, and I understand that the blood tests meant that Liz had a bit of work re-scheduling to do in order to maximise Mist’s chances. I remember John had a similar experience with Orchid, but if Liz and Lynn are half as pleased with the results as we are with our Acorn, all the sacrifices will be worthwhile.

Elaine Betts
This article was posted on: 08-May-13