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Breed Notes - 1 Jul 2012
Some show results to catch up with this week and starting off with Dundee Canine club open show where our judge Mr Roy Baker ( Sylbecq ) had an entry of nine dogs in two classes with four absentees, finding his BOB in Heather McManus’s black/ gold bitch Fasskoleys Ailsacraig. I went along to this show as it is a favourite of mine with a lovely country park to let the dogs run in after judging and with several activities that would also suit the children means everyone is catered for, so I planned our journey after reading the schedule and with twenty nine classes in front before hovies were due in the ring and ten of these classes being for rottweilers I thought that arriving around lunchtime would give me plenty of time. We had a lovely run to the show weather was reasonable and on arriving at the venue when parking the car on the hill looking down on the show , I seen that rotties were still in the ring, pleased with myself that my planning was or what I thought was good , got the dogs out of the car and went down to find that hovies had just finished being judged and that rotties had been moved to another ring. So I ended up being one of the absentees. The judge was very interested in the breed and had asked me about a judging seminar for hovies and I believe there is one planned for next year so contact the club secretary, liz whitmore for further info. It is great when a judge takes serious interest in our breed and we need more judges like Roy.

Our next show which followed on was Border Union, with the Annvad kennel taking the top awards in the bitches, with best bitch and BOB going to our Annvad Daimys Princess for Hosarvar and her half sister Annvad Carefree Princess taking reserve, both girls being blonde. The dog wins were a repeat of what we saw at SKC with Gill Stocktons homebred black boy Berkenbos Chinook going best dog and reserve and best puppy going to another black Zwartbos Brighstone of Driftingsky owned by Liz and Lynn. Our Judge being the well respected John Sharpe from the Pines Kennel. As we all know part of our summer regailia now includes wellies and water proofs, as I don’t think I have been to a show this year that has not rained. Rare breeds were well presesented at this show with Ann Travis from the Annvad kennel taking Best Puppy and Reserve Best Bitch with her black, Annvad Lady Farica and Gill Stockton taking reserve Best Dog with Chinook the judge in rare breeds being Annete Oliver ( Dairylane ). So well done to all concerned.

Val Shone phoned with news from Windsor Championship show where she took her girls under Mr Frank Kane in the AVNSC classes, with her young homebred black puppy Zwartbos Chale getting a well respected second in her puppy class and also getting forth in a stakes class under Peter Jolly. Vals imported B/G, Ursine v.d. Romerweide of Zwartbos also gained a second place in limit and Sue Sculley got a VHC in limit with her lovely B/G bitch Pines Meditation, open bitch was represented by Julia Christopherson’s lovely B/G Pines Chanel gaining second and Lucy Campbell getting a second with Pines Monet a handsome B/G in limit dog. These any variety classes were well supported by the hovie brigade so well done, and it may be worth while for the club to ask for its own set of classes if the support continues. This year I decided to goto Malvern , home of the Working and Pastoral breeds CH show, in the past I have entered but never manged to get to it and this year I thought that it was going to be the same as on the Thursday I was sitting in the car at traffic lights when someone ran into the back of me, the car was damaged and I knew that I would not be able to drive it on a long journey, with it being a holiday weekend in Glasgow the courtesy car and garage would not be able to take my car into Tuesday, cutting a long story short I managed to source a car so I could go down. Along journey of between seven and eight hours resulted in my girl Annvad Daimys Princess for Hosarvar going BOB under breed specialist Gill Stockton of the Berkenbos affix and to top that she was shortlisted in the group under Mr D Smith . After he had picked his winners from the shortlist I was then asked to join the winners in the line up as I was best Rare breed working and it was nice to join the top dogs in doing a lap around the big ring. After BIS, BPIS was awarded I was asked to go back in to the ring and challenge for Best Rare breed in show competing against the lovely pastoral rare breed winner a Pyrenean sheepdog who took the top spot. I was on a high, as it was great for a hovie to be short listed and given this publicity, lots of photos were taken so pictures should be in next weeks dog papers. The journey seemed to be worth it, and this was a nice way to include rare breeds in the groups and give them that bit extra to compete for. The other placings at this show was best dog going to Val Shones handsome B/G, Minches Jet of Zwartbos with reserve and best puppy going to Julie Condrons beautiful black boy Zwartbos Carisbroke and the reserve bitch going to Liz and Lynn’s beautiful B/G girl Driftingsky Mist. In Rare breed puppy, Liz and Lynn also took a third place with their black boy Zwartbos Brighstone of Driftingsky with Val Shone also being placed with litter sister Zwartbos Chale who I believe took reserve best bitch in rare breeds. I mentioned in my last set of notes about a six month old B/G puppy looking for a home as this was through no fault of his own, I am glad to report that he has now found a loving home and thanks to all who showed interest in him. Any views or news please let me know.

Craig hosie
This article was posted on: 16-Jul-12