The Keeshond Club held their first open show of the year at the weekend; it started with the Special Award classes which were judged first by Ed Forsey who had drawn an entry of 14 dogs with 4 absentees.
Winner of Special Yearling Dog or Bitch was Rachel Tew’s Torrikees Purple Rein (handled by mum Val), Special Limit Dog or Bitch was won by Val’s Art Pride Bomb Explosive Beauty (Imp Rus) and Special Open Dog or Bitch was won by Joan Miles (& daughter Sarah’s) Ch Neradmik Kiss Chase With Lekkerbek.
The Open show started just before 11.00am and the judge was John Moate who had drawn an entry of 36 dogs; with 10 absentees it was over by 2.30pm which gave everyone plenty of time to do battle with the local road works and closures in the daylight.
Best Dog and Best in Show from the Puppy Dog class was Rachel’s Torrikees Purple Rein (Quasars Brilliant Light Van Het Earlskamp Serenaubach (Imp Bel) X Ch Torrikees Lust For Life) handled by Val, with Reserve Best Dog going to the winner of Limit, Vikki Marshall’s Arabesque At Devonia (Imp Rus) (Rus Ch Naidjel Iz Mirashela X Rus Ch Felicita Iz Mirashela)
Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show was Dawn Gregory’s Amikirs Lovealicious (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Ch Amikirs Bubblelicious) from Junior and Reserve Best Bitch was David Matthews and Tracy Lee’s Winklestar Aurora at Valindale (Vivids Majestic Prince of Winklestar (IMP USA) x Winklestar Serendipity) handled by David.
Best Veteran in Show was Mel Harris & Toby (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees)
After BIS and RBIS were declared, David with Winklestar Aurora at Valindale challenged for and was given Best Puppy in Show.
The following unequivocal KC rule (printed in every schedule) states.
Best Puppy in Show: Where a Best Puppy in Show competition is scheduled the Best Puppy in Show is a puppy which has competed and is unbeaten by any other puppy exhibited at the same show. A puppy is a dog of six and not exceeding twelve calendar months of age on the first day of the Show. Where the Best in Show is a puppy it should automatically be awarded Best Puppy in Show. Where the Reserve Best in Show is a puppy which has only been beaten by an adult dog it should also automatically be Best Puppy in Show. Consequently, selection of Best Puppy in Show must follow the selection of Best in Show.
The incident has been reported to the Kennel Club for them to give the final word in the matter.
The NORDIC show is being held on 27th November, this is a Supported Entry Show (with 7 classes) by the Keeshond Club and the judge is Karen Bugg. The weekend after is Burton-on-Trent KA held on 5th December – judge Richard Lemon. Details for both shows can be found on Fosse Data
And last but not least, Andy Fitches is still waiting for all your promised contributions to the winter edition of Walkee Talkees; he would be grateful if you can send them to him ASAP please.