The weather elements have varied around the UK over the past few days. Indeed, a serious amount of snow in Scotland & the north to high winds causing falling trees & damage to property from the Midlands to the far South. Never one to miss out, we ourselves were casualties of the strong winds with several fence panels down & an exercise paddock that looks like a maze of branches & leaves. Earlier in the week I was working in Leeds & the views of the Pennines on the way home covered in snow certainly was quite beautiful, the added bonus of traveling by train is that you can sit back & enjoy.
A quick visit to Manchester all breeds championship show proved enjoyable catching up with so many friends after the seasonal festivities. Next year, Manchester becomes one of the chosen few to stage a representative show with CCs on offer for all eligible breeds. How lovely it will be to once again have a set of CCs on offer for both our varieties in January. I’m sure the committee & show management team already have plans on how it will be held, but sitting with many watching the judging of the many non-CC breeds, the question kept arising on how they will accommodate all breeds at Bingley Hall in January. The KC has certainly got faith in the chosen ones to stage such events & I’m sure all the societies will go above & beyond to stage their events.
John Thirwell (Ferndel Gundogs) judged both our varieties without CCs. From 6 Longs judged on the day BD & BOB was Fran Mitchell’s Ch Bronia True Legacy with Sue Burke & Rosie Manston’s Wardax Indian Summer Bonavoir taking RBD. BB & BP was Mrs Cole’s Andromeda Galaxy.
From 34 Min Longs judged on the day, John awarded BD & BOB to Roy Wood’s Ch Wildstar Wrobinson JW with Sue & Roger Roberts’ Ch Ralines Rob Roy To Denver taking RDB. BB was Mags Oxley’s Pearl Our Pride And Joy Dinkidax. Suzanne Metcalfe handled her Mother’s Metadale Ariadne to RBB & Metadale Brunnhilde to BP. As I write these notes, the Hound Group has not been judged where Tommy Johnston will be judging. Hopefully next week I will be able to report some exciting Hound Group win for one of our varieties!
Secretary of the Dachshund Club Lady Lynda Billinghurst sends a reminder that entries for the club open show at the Sports Connexion in Coventry closes by post on 30th January & online 6th February. As usual, the club’s AGM will be held before the show & all members are welcome to attend. All details are on the club’s website. The same day at the same venue Sutton Coldfield are holding their all breeds open show with classes for all miniature varieties scheduled. Details for this show are on Fosse Data.
I see Elaine & Claire Kennedy’s Min Long Ch Denkena Loganberry JW now has his Show Certificate Of Merit confirmed by the KC. Many congratulations, certainly not that easy for a Min Long living in the wilds of Scotland! Barbara Horn’s evergreen Long Africandawns Night Willow won Veteran Of The Year at Alfreton & District Canine Society under Jennifer Taylor. In Ireland, Gerry McFaul’s Long Ir Ch Shardaroba’s Fashion Flow at Dachville was awarded Runner Up Northern Ireland show dog of the year 2017 all breeds, a great weekend for Longs, well done!
Lloyd Cross (Logetta Longs) & Simon Parsons are judging in Australia in April as previously mentioned. Both are keen to support the shows which they are judging at with UK club specials. Lloyd is willing to take any donations from clubs with him to help support the National events being hosted by the DC of New South Wales. Lloyd will be at The DC of Wales or you can contact him on 01945 582958 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help support these great events in Oz. It certainly would be great if we could send Lloyd & Simon with some lovely UK goodies for our friends down under.
Roy Wood (Wildstar) tells me that I’ve mis-counted a CC in the final tally for Top Min Long Bitch 2017. In fact, with four CCs Roy’s Ch Wildstar Wynnona is Top Bitch & Linda Brown’s Ch Mystera Once Upon A Dream Garbosa is runner-up with three CCs. 2017 was certainly a great year for Roy with Wrobinson Top Min Long, his litter sister top Bitch & Roy Top Breeder, congratulations once again.