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Breed Notes - 14 Oct 2013
The club show is over for another year and the committee worked hard to make it another success. On the Saturday we had the show with breed specialist Mr Michael Kunze from Germany judging and he found his BIS in the bitch Pines Ankhet at Quinebois owned by Helen & Nick Boisseau with reserve BIS, best opposite sex going to her son Quincebois Salleron owned by Neil & Tanja Connor. The weather was dry and sunny and was at our usual venue in Shropshire to make it as a central location as possible for the membership of the club. It still had many members from down south and up north travelling many hours. A full list of results can be found on the clubs website. The obedience on the Saturday was being judged by our own Maggie Spencer who is no stranger to the obedience world and her three classes were well attended, it was nice to watch the hovies doing the obedience as they love to work. Pre-beginners was won by Quincebois Salleron who was our RBIS, Beginners was won by Driftingsky Dusk owned by Ellen & Thomas Gutjahr and Novice was won by Tyehelva super summer of driftingsky owned by Liz & Lynn. I was judging the three special award classes and found my winners in Zwartbos Sandown owned by Linda Blackwell in Novice, with Zwartbos Carisbrooke owned by Julie Condron winning Post Graduate and the open winner being Pines Anket at Quincebois . Many congratulations to all.
On the Saturday night we went along to Nescliffe village hall where Bettina, Gill and Ann along with some others had organised a get together with a Quizz and a chicken casserole supper where we could all mix and chat along with laptops showing the good old days in shows of the past, crufts, working and pastoral breeds and club shows etc, seeing all the oldies who are no longer with us, they were all great dogs. I had brought a cake to celebrate my Caileag getting her IHF CH title with Ann Travis giving a speech about her success. It was a lovely friendly atmosphere and something we must do again. The Sunday was our Breed Seminar and Judging assessment with a detailed talk on the breed standard by Michael Kunze with pictures of dogs and common faults that judges and breeders need to watch out for. The seminar was well attended with six candidates taking the judging examination after lunch. The Judging panel consisted of Ans Shellenkens Van Vught from the Netherlands who is also our clubs Patron and Michael Kunze from Germany and our own John Sharpe from the UK. It was a long day and the dogs and handlers were brilliant and the examiners certainly put us through our paces. It was over ten years ago since the club last did a judging seminar. Julie condron put together a wonderful booklet on the interpretation of the standard with corresponding pictures to help us trainees, which we got after the seminar had finished to take home with us. A tiring weekend all round but the committee must be congratulated for all their hard work and what turned out to be a wonderful weekend.
Craig hosie
This article was posted on: 16-Oct-13