Well, I started with good intentions as I’d written up these notes in extra quick time – and then completely forgot to upload them onto the website. I’ve always said I could be lethal with a memory – but hey ho, better late than never!!
Three shows (2 with CC’s) held over a long weekend; SKC’s double show being a potential very long day – and with Utility days on a week/work day, there was always going to run the risk of low entries. Friday for SKC and with Tuesday for Border Union meaning either a weekend holiday up in the borders or two lengthy trips – plus a few days holiday meant it was just not possible for many exhibitors. Plus I suspect that an (accurate) awful weather forecast led to some deciding to stay at home and save money, hence the absentees.
SKC’s Utility day was Friday; Keesies were 3rd in the ring after 13 Schipperkes (with an 8.30am start) and 34 Shiba Inus for SKC’s May Ch show judge David Cavill (who last judged at Bath in 2016) He had drawn an entry of 27 dogs with 8 absentees, with no entries in Puppy or Special Beginners Dog. Judging started at 11.35am and was done by 1.00pm.
Dog CC (his first big green card) went to the winner of Junior, Mel Harris’ Amikirs Lover Boy for Watchkees (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious) RDCC winner of Open David Peck’s Kwajongen He’s A Dandy Byquy (Ch Wund-R Y Workin For A Livin at Szaryk (IMP USA) x Ch Byquy Pebbles at Kwajongen) handled by David Matthews who also handled Best Puppy, Matthews & Lee’s Winklestar Aurora at Valindale (Vivids Majestic Prince of Winklestar (IMP USA) x Winklestar Serendipity)
It was another firstt big green card with BOB Wendy McKean’s Kichigai It Takes Two (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Kichigai Lilac Wine) from Limit. The RBCC went to the winner of Open, Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Can Am Ch Cedarhills-Shamrock Foreign Exchange at Keez (Imp Can) (Ikon’s Cha Ching x Cedarhills Shamrock Sabrina)
A few more breeds later in the same ring and it was the turn of Sarah Hattrell who was judged the October show without CC’s and just three mixed sex classes and she had an entry of 20 dogs with 7 absentees.
Best Dog with Best of Breed from Open was David Peck’s Kwajongen He’s A Dandy Byquy and the Reserve Best Dog went to Mel Harris’s TJ, Kichigai Boy Is Back In Town for Watchkees winner of Post Graduate. Best Bitch went to second in Open, Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious, whilst Reserve Best Bitch went to David Peck’s Byquy Starmaker, second in Post Graduate handled by David Matthews who also won Best Puppy with his (& his sister Tracy Lee’s) Winklestar Aurora at Valindale
Tuesday was the turn of Border Union where Michelle Wright (Lacetrom) was awarding CC’s for the 1st time. She had drawn an entry of 19 dogs with 4 absentees and Keesies were first in the ring with a 9.00am start. With no entries in Puppy and Junior Dog and Post Graduate Bitch, there were only 15 dogs present & it was all over just gone 10.00am.
DCC with Best of Breed was Natasha Hickson’s Ch Kichigai’s Only The Lonley (Bert von Ricara (imp Den) x Kichigai Special Edition)and it was another RDCC for David Peck’s Kwajongen He’s A Dandy Byquy handled by David Matthews, who again got Best Puppy with young Rita (Winklestar Aurora at Valindale).
Winning her second CC was David Peck’s Byquy Starmaker (Ch Winklestar Hadar x Byquy Walkin Boots), handled by David Matthews with the RBCC going to Cheri & Trevor Rogers’ Can Am Ch Cedarhills-Shamrock Foreign Exchange at Keez (Imp Can) (Ikon’s Cha Ching x Cedarhills Shamrock Sabrina)
After a hectic past four weekends with 8 Championship shows and seven sets of CC’s, apart from the Keeshond Club’s open show in a couple of weeks, that’s it now until December when it’s BUBA followed by LKA. I think most people’s wallets could do with the holiday!