I was sorry not to be able to get to the Pennine and Yorkshire show but hope that our American judge Betsey Orman (Bramblyhedge) had an enjoyable day. I know how much she was looking forward to her first CC appointment in the UK. Thanks to Tracy Irving and` Linda Roberts for sending the news almost as it happened!
It certainly proved to be an exciting show with a bit of breed history resulting from the dog results, then more following the bitch results!
BOB and BIS went to Kevin Dover and Lars Saether’s bobtail Ch Pemcader Thunderball. This was his 58th CC which is a new record for the breed. All have come from different judges except for two (one at Crufts) from Anne Macdonald.
He is by Ch Pemcader Belroyd Zeus (Ch/NZ Ch Salvenik Super Chance ex Belroyd Orange Feather) ex the bobtail Pemcader Black Glamour (by Norwegian-bred bobtail Ch/Int/Norw/Sw Ch Siggen’s Doffen ex New Zealand-bred NZ Ch Dwynella All That Jazz), one of three UK champions bred this way. His elder sister is Ch P Bobbi Sox and his younger sister Ch P I Love Lucy, and there are several other winners and winner-producers at home and abroad from the same combination.
I’m sure all the kennels which feature in the background must be proud but must give a special mention to the Belroyds of Allan Taylor and the late Idris Jones whose 50 years of breeding feature prominently on the sire’s side. Also a mention to those at home and abroad who played their part in preserving the bobtail trait.
Born in April 2013, ‘Magnus’ took his first CC at Manchester 2015 from Graham Hill, completing his title under Annette Green and Karen Gilliland. He won one further CC that year, 17 in 2016, and 21 in 2017. He was top Pem both systems and top pastoral ’16 and ’17, and Dog World top Pem ’15.
At Manchester 2018 Magnus broke the male CC record with his 43rd, judge Ron James, and won 11 CCs in total that year, ending up top Pem again. Five more CCs have come in 2019.
He took BIS at Birmingham National ’15, twice RBIS all breeds, BIS at a group show, has 13 group wins and 21 other group places.
He was BOB at Crufts in 2017 (Mary Davies), ’18 (Sarah Taylor, going on to G2) and ’19 (Anne Macdonald). He won the League show in 2016 (Frank Kane), ’17 (Gerald King) and ’18 (Amanda Rees) and topped the ’18 EuroCorgi (Vicki Sandage).
He has sired one UK champion, Whitebarn Sea Shell, plus CC winners Meitza Erik The King and Woodhenge Storm Princess.
The previous CC record holder, and still leading bitch, was Ch Penliath Shooting Star, who succeeded Ch Olantigh Black Diamond, Ch Blands Solomon of Bardrigg, Ch Evancoyd Personality Girl, Ch Caswell Duskie Knight, Ch/Ir Ch Zephyr of Brome (all those also BIS winners), Ch Knowland Clipper, Ch Rozavel Red Dragon, Ch Lyrica Lita (briefly joint record holder with Dragon and Clarion), Ch Clarion of Cwmrhairdr and Ch Shan Fach.
Magnus descends from all the above except Shooting Star.
Back to the show itself and Betsey’s BCC winner and BPIS was Nicki and Chris Blance’s Penliath Bill Me Later. This was her third but as she was just a day under ten months old she will have to win another CC once she is a year old before claiming her title.
She is only the fourth Pembroke puppy to win three CCs as a puppy and the first for some 40 years.
The first was Pat Curties’ dog Ch Lees Symphony in the early 1950s, followed closely by Eve Forsyth-Forrest’s bitch Ch Helarian Periwinkle. In those days there was no rule regarding age so they both became champions with their third CC.
The new rule came into effect in the early ‘70s and until now the breed has had only one ‘babychamp’ as dogs who won three CCs as a puppy but couldn’t yet become champions inevitably came to be known. This was Beryle Thompson’s Ch Evancoyd Mr Wonderful at the end of that decade. He quickly took his qualifying CC as a junior.
All three of these appear in Bill Me Later’s pedigree - I had to do quite a bit of delving to find a line back to Periwinkle but she is there behind the Ashbartons on the dam’s line. I will do some more research to work out which of these four was the youngest to gain their third CC.
‘Hazel’ is from an AI litter by Am/NZ Ch Coventry Esquire ex Ch Penliath Femme Fatale.
After all this excitement we mustn’t forget the other winners. RDCC and BV went to Mary Davies’ ten-year-old tri Ch/Rus/Ukr Ch Ermyn Snow Knight (Ch/Am Ch Rosewood Set Sail to Salvenik ex Wharrytons Pansy Potter at Ermyn).
In bitches the reserve was Amanda Rees’ Ch/Aus Ch Jopearl First Noelle at Breconmohr for Stadwen (Aus Ch Hum’nbird Rock Your Socks ex Aus Ch Jopearl A Little Night Music), and another Australian import was BPD, Kevin, Lars and Allan Taylor’s Anwyl Tell Me When (Aus Ch Anwyl Leaving On A Fast Train ex Aus Ch Anwyl Tell It Like It Is).