Both our varieties fared very well at last weekend’s Dachshund Of The Year hosted by the Dachshund Club at Kegworth. As usual, the top two winning dogs & bitches from each variety from the previous year are invited to compete, with the top winning veterans & puppies also having their chance to win a top overall award. The suspense over the ‘mystery’ judge for the final is always helped by it being a very closely guarded secret & to my knowledge has never in all the years been leaked or found out; full marks to keeping tight-lipped as this does add to the fun of this event.
This year’s surprise judge was finally announced minutes before the competition began where Marita Rodgers was introduced to all. Well known for her Montravia Poodles & Afghan Hounds, Marita has also piloted many other breeds to some notable wins & genuinely has an interest in Dachshunds having owned & bred Min Wires for some time now. Judged in a knockout style where two dogs in each competition are drawn to challenge each other & finally the winner & runner-up are declared.
The day started with last year’s Top Puppies, Roy Wood’s Min Long Ch Wildstar Wrobinson was finally declared Puppy Of The year with Cindy Dare’s Long Swansford Lionellador Darsoms Runner-Up. Onto the veterans where Emily Mitchell’s evergreen Long Ch Bronia Lotario was awarded Veteran Of The Year with Kim & Duncan McCalmont’s Wire Ch Silvae Mystic Runner-Up. After a scrummy buffet lunch, the main competition commenced for the title of DOTY. From a galaxy of Dachshund stars, Joanne Blackburn-Bennett’s Min Smooth Ch Stargang Cherry Berry was declared the overall winner with Morris & Judith Armstrong’s Smooth Ch Lauralee Nicholas Nickleby taking runner-up. Congratulations to all who qualified, it looks & sounds like everyone had a most enjoyable social day with friends.
The following day, at the Northern Long Haired Breeders Association club open show in Warrington, Mel Chapman (Melminds Longs) & Trevor Hayward judged the six varieties with some good breed entries & Carol Daykin (Barratini Min Wires) judged Best In Show awarding Fay Hutchings’ Wire Tendrow I Am The one For Collidach the top award with the Morris’s Min Wire Pennywave Top Totti JW AhCM Reserve Best in Show. For Best Puppy In Show Carol awarded the Hutton Family’s Long Abbilis Theoden By Dachalune the top spot with Gary Carroll & Michael Paget’s Min Smooth Marvale In Cahoots Reserve Best Puppy In Show. The Huttons certainly had a good day, as their Long Ch River Rumpus Through Dachalune ShCM was declared Best Veteran In Show. As usual, I hear the homemade food was delicious & hospitality second to none.
At the City Of Cambridge open show Tony Johnson & Lloyd Cross’ Long Africandawns Night Lement was Group Four under Ross Gilbert (Affietar Afghan Hounds)
This weekend sees the Dachshund Club Of Wales hold its last ever Championship Show in February, as from next year it will be held in partnership with the Welsh Kennel Club All Breeds Championship Show in August at Builth Wells. Sunday’s individual entry breakdown is 32 Longs, 39 Min Longs, 51 Wires, 30 Min Wires, 14 Smooths, 37 Min Smooths. This will be the first time this year where both our varieties have CCs on offer together. I’m sure Secretary Judith Armstrong & her hard-working committee will have an ample supply of Welsh Cakes & give us all a lovely Welsh welcome to the Valleys.
There is still time to enter the DC open show & the Southern DA championship show. In fact, it’s worth checking the usual online sites as especially this time of year it can be easy to miss entering a show. February is finally with us & it’s now starting to feel like a glimmer of Spring is on the way with nights getting lighter for just a little longer & garden bulbs starting to make an appearance. Don’t forget to drop me a line with any news please. Phone, email, text. All forms of communication are accepted!