For once Utility day at Blackpool didn’t draw the short straw, as despite gloomy forecasts the weather stayed fine and there was no mud even though it had chucked it down almost non-stop the day before. Cloudy with intermittent warm sunshine made for almost ideal showing weather; the nice short grass (with no wet clippings strewn everywhere) made it so much better and kept the dogs clean and dry. The showground was spaciously set out and everyone was able to ‘park themselves’ outside next to the large rings; just as well really as the empty marquees provided were quite a distance away, tucked behind the trade stands.
Our judge was Melanie Reed Peck (Byquy) (whose last Keesie appointment was at WELKS in 2016) Keesies were first in the ring with a 9.00am start and Melanie had drawn an entry of 22 dogs with just 2 absentees. There were no entries again in Puppy, Junior or Yearling Dog and most classes just had two dogs present. It was all over by 11.00am which gave exhibitors time to try & beat the rush hour traffic going home.
Winning the DCC with Best Veteran from the Veteran class was George and Sharon Rose’s Ch Rossvale Master Of Destiny for Esorkees (Ch Neradmik Handsome Hero x Rossvale Scarlett’s Secret) with the RDCC going to the winner of Open, Joan Miles and Sarah Dean’s Ch Neradmik Family Affair With Lekkerbek (Ch Am Ch Kemonts Skyline’s Game Boy x Ch Lady Godiva’s Guilty Pleasures with Neradmik) Sharon and Ben went on to get a fourth place in the Veteran Group from David Iley.
The BCC with Best of Breed went to Jean Sharp Bale’s Ch Neradmik Berry’s Swan Song (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Miss Hollyberry) from Limit and the RBCC to the winner of Open, Tom & Caroline Gate’s Ch Lacetrom Shuna ShCM (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Lacetrom Cruivie) handled as usual by Michelle Wright. Best Puppy went to Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious)
Could all judges who are on the NoEKC’s C and B judging list please send an updated CV to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of September – even though you might not have done any judging in the past 18 months!
Pat King (Kingkeesy) hasn’t been enjoying the best of health recently; but is now out of hospital and recuperating in Althorpe Nursing Home, 3 Main St, Althorpe, Scunthorpe DN17 3HJ for the next few weeks. I’m sure a note or card from some of her old friends would cheer her up.