This is the last year that Keesies have classes with no CC’s at Paignton, as we have been re-allocated tickets for 2019 (our judge will be Rick Clasby). Hopefully the group days will also start to rotate as yet again Utility day was Tuesday which has to affect entries as not everyone is down there on holiday!! Keesies were second in the ring as our judge, Vanessa Williams Wegmann had an entry of 80+ Smooth Chihuahuas to do first and she had drawn an entry of 20 keesies with 6 absentees; three from each open class.
Best Dog and Best Veteran was Sue & Alan Hill’s Plymkees Cool Dude ShCM (Ch Valindale Fixed Assets for Byquy x Pommary Talluahal Lo at Plymkees) with Reserve Best Dog going to Sue Lindsay’s Mezanda Merry Starshower (Nor Ch Dungens Nice Guy x Mezanda Mai Starshine)
Best Bitch with Best of Best of Breed was Vikki Marshall’s Torrikees Made In Heaven at Devonia (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Ch Torrikees Victoria’s Secret) and Reserve Best Bitch with Best Puppy was Vikki’s Winklestar Serendipity with Devonia (Winklestar Draco x Winklestar Mimosa)
Judging was over by lunch time, which enabled those who had done so, to enter the stakes classes without juggling timings with breed judging as so often happens at Ch shows. Sue Lindsay & Disney (Mezanda Merry Starshower) then got a third place in the Arthur Westlake Memorial Open Stakes from Judge Martin Sanders; whilst Simone Lush and her young Ednaaron Moonlight also got a third place in the Royal Canin Puppy Stakes under Judge Patsy Hollings. Both Sue & Simone won Royal Canin product vouchers.
Up at the other end of the country at Upperward of Lanarkshire Canine Society under Judge Hilary Norbury (Tibret), Tom and Caroline Gate’s Lacetrom Shuna won Best of Breed and the Utility group. Ziva’s mum Kimi, Lacetrom Cruivie ShCM then went on to win Veteran Utility Group; both girls being handled by daughter Michelle Wright.
We are now in the middle of the show season, often being spoilt for choice some weekends as to what type of show to attend; be it one of the many canine disciplines, agricultural shows or one of the other attractions put on during the holiday time. This weekend it was my local agricultural show which was heaving with visitors brought out by the glorious weather we’re having; but the farmers were struggling to keep their livestock cool as shade is at a premium on top of the Pennines!!
There was also an agility show held on one of my favourite outdoor venues, Bilsthorpe Miners Welfare Sports Ground. It has loads of space for parking, caravans, rings and exercise areas, all with a fabulous level surface. Short soft (but brown) grass makes running a pleasure, especially in bare feet as a lot of people discovered this weekend! The dogs enjoy it too; Olympia won three second places and Tooin showed far more enthusiasm than accuracy, so the least said the better!! Large paddling pools were provided around the rings for the dogs to cool off and my young Tenat kept everyone entertained with his ‘aqua-batics’.
Andy and Jean Fitches along with Dawn Gregory are over in Holland for the World Show, but are also taking advantage of the other shows which are held in conjunction. With five shows in a week, they certainly are intrepid exhibitors!!
This weekend was the Brabant Cup, where the Judge was Ronie Doedijns (who also awards CC’s in the UK) Andy and Jean’s Samoykees Gypsy Girls Moon won the Bitch CAC and then went Best of Breed. This was Tammy’s 3rd Junior CAC so she is now a Dutch Junior Champion. The Reserve CAC and CACIB went to Dawn’s Ch Amikirs Fabulicious Time who had won the Champion class and the Reserve CACIB went to Tammy’s mum Laskia, Nl Ch Samoykees Exclusive Moon who was 2nd in the Ch class.
The following day it was the Meierijshow (judge A Landarte) where Tammy won another CAC and was Reserve Best of Breed & BOS, Fabby won the RCAC and CACIB and Barbie (Venway Believe in Magic at Samoykees) got the RCACIB.
In case you are wondering about the above results, under FCI rules a dog has to be 27 months or older to win a CAC and/or the CACIB and become a full champion. So if the BOB is a Junior, then the CACIB is automatically awarded to the Reserve CAC, with the Reserve CACIB going to the next Excellent in the line-up. Only dogs who have been graded excellent are eligible to challenge for any of the awards.