A new champion bobtail


It was good to regain CCs at WELKS after many years - it always used to be one of the breed’s most popular general championship shows at the start of the outdoor show season, and I for one could never understand why we lost CCs there rather than at some other shows which never drew comparable entries.

As it happened pastoral day was the one when the Malvern area experienced the force of Storm Hannah. I watched with trepidation some of the videos from the showground but gather the worst of the winds didn’t last too long so I hope all was well for the Pembroke contingent who were second in the ring.

Our judge was Jeff Luscott (Jalus Belgian Shepherds, Great Danes. Lhasas and Russells) and BOB went to the first new champion of the year, Ena Ellwood’s homebred tricolour bobtail boy Ellhar Maksimos.

His first CC came at East of England 2014 under Babs Aylott, his second at Darlington last year from Ronnie Irving.

Now six years old, he is by Ch Salvenik Set To Star (Ch/Am Ch Rosewood Set Sail to Salvenik ex Salvenik Star Performer, a daughter of Ch Twinan Custom Made and sister of Ch Salvenik Star Made).

His dam is Ellhar Encantada - our sympathy to Ena as she lost her recently. I’ll give her breeding in some detail as it includes some interesting rarely seen lines - she was by Ellhar Will O ‘The Wisp (Ellhars Prince ex Ellhars Infatuation) ex Stairvale Eternal Spring into Ellhar (Stairvale Dyson ex Stairvale Black Opel).

Prince was by Pencdrell Blade Runner (Ch Belroyd The Red Grouse ex Ch Shady Affair at Swanndale) ex Troutop Silver Lady of Ellfar (by Ch Forestop Royal Salute). Infatuation was by CC winner Fitzdown Guy Fawkes of Pemland (by Ch Super Guy of Pemland) ex Ellhars Fascination (by Blands Nut Crumble).

Dyson was by Blazerae Mr Softy of Philjanco (by Ch Blands Patent Applied For) ex Ellhar’s Jackpot (by Ellhars Gallant), while Black Opel was by Blands Simply Simon (Vaquera of Pemwell ex Ch Blands Starlight Express) ex Ellhars Keepsake (by Gallant ex Silver Lady, so a sister of Ena’s first champion E Knight Errant). The female line traces back through Ryslip and Stormerbanks to Patsy Hewan’s big winning bitch Ch Stormerbanks Mame.

The bobtail gene comes down through Simply Simon, one of Peggy Gamble’s early bobs produced when she mated her beautiful Starlight Express to Vaquera who was a son of her and Cliff and Marion Whitwell’s original bob bitch Stormerbanks Bobs. You can read all about Peggy’s efforts to establish the bobtails in the next WCL handbook which should be out in the next few weeks. I’m sure she would be pleased at how her initiative has contributed to the bobs of today, especially this one who is Yorkshire born and bred.

One person for whom the day proved anything but stormy was Hannah Fawcett. Not only did she take CC, BOB and a group place with her Border Collie but she and her mother Pat won the Pembroke BCC, her second, with Whitebarn Sea Shell. She is by Ch Pemcader Thunderball ex Whitebarn Tabitha Twitchit, who is a daughter of Set To Star and double granddaughter of Set Sail.

The team of Chris and Nicki Blance, Bill Shelton and Steve Leyerly did the RCC double, taking yet another reserve in dogs with Penliath Spanner In The Worx (two CCs, Am Ch Ninacorte Chicago Hope ex Coventry Dancing With The Stars for Penliath) and making a nice UK debut for the new import bitch Coventry Foreign Affair with Penliath (a combination of the two kennels’ lines, being by Am Ch Coventry Beach Boy ex Ch Penliath Done N’Dusted).

BP was Tracy and Kath Irving’s Twinan Shake The Tree (Twinan Dip Yer Butty ex Twinan Just The Ticket) and the best beginner award went to Mrs Dickenson’s Llwynog Royal Romance (Merthyr Wanda-Win The Toss for Ryslip ex Llwynog Lady Zara) - nice to see this affix back in the ring.

Shake The Tree won the puppy bitch stakes and Ermyn Snazzy Jazzy was second in the puppy dog stakes under Tan Nagrecha while Ch/Rus/Ukr Ch Ermyn Snow Knight took second in the veteran stakes under Joe Smith. An American-bred visitor from Holland, Dutch Ch Fortin’s Black And Gold Tiger, was fifth in the champion stakes under Joe. Unfortunately this show doesn’t schedule either puppy or veteran groups.

Don’t forget it’s the League’s ch show at the Kennel Club Building on Saturday; would be great to see visitors from other breeds!

As usual Carrie Thomas will be displaying the photographs she has been sent as possibilities for the League’s 2020 calendar, for us all to vote on. She can accept them in the next few days by email on carriethomasacors@gmail.com, or you can bring them on the day. Please bear in mind they should be in landscape format (not portrait) to fit the shape of the pages. Carrie says she has had some beautiful photos so far from all parts of the world.

Meanwhile her husband Matthew has successfully completed the London Marathon in aid of Diabetes UK. If anyone would like to contribute to the excellent sponsorship he has already received, just see Carrie.

A reminder of the fun day out at Sandringham visitor centre in aid of Norfolk Hospice on June 23. Jo (Millar) Hayward has details and hopes for as many Corgis as possible.

The Kennel Club Journal contains the announcement of Twinan Tight Squeeze’s junior warrant. Since then the latest new points system for the JW has come into effect and it will be interesting to see if it encourages Pembroke entries at open shows in particular and results in more JW winners each year in the breed.

In the good old days when the JW system was a simple one of three points for a ch show first and one point for an open show (or no CC ch show) first, we used to have a large number of JW winning Pems each year. Many of the ch shows scheduled maiden and novice classes and we all would enter our young hopefuls in two, three or four classes per show. The lure of prize money helped! And there were far more open shows with good entries for the breed, and usually tough competition. In recent years, however, we have been lucky to get two or three JW winners a year.

It’s boring to keep harping on about how things were so let’s hope competition in the younger classes one day gets back to what we used to see.

Fran Fricker (Kerman Cardigans) is judging at Manchester 2020, Caroie Froggatt (Gerefa) is awarding CCs for the first time at Midland Counties ’20. Amanda Jefferson (Karisoke) is doing Three Counties ’21 and Val Watson (Norecliffe) South Wales ’21.

SIMON PARSONS

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