CCs across the Irish Sea

Belfast never draws a huge number of Pembroke nowadays, a pity for those of us who used to enjoy travelling there in days when travelling was easier.

This time there were five sets of exhibitors, just two from Ireland and three from England. However it’s the quality that counts and there was no shortage of that - among the ten dogs present there were two UK champions, a CC-winning Irish champion, four other CC winners and a multiple RCC winner, so there were certainly no ‘cheap tickets’.

DCC was a fifth for Tracy and Kath Irving’s Ch Born To Be Your Salt Dog at Twinan (Hung/Rom/Greek G/Mac Ch Born To Be Your Spartacus at Pi Et Ra ex Int/Rom Ch Twinan Colour Me Red), with reserve to Alan and Sarah Matthews’ Ir Ch Towernaglen Buster Moon at Craigycor (oner CC, Ir Ch Craigycor Viva Las Vegas ex Ir Ch Towernaglen Red Spinel).

It was also a fifth CC for Nicki and Chris Blance, Bill Shelton and Steve Leyerly’s Ch Penliath Sent From Coventry (Am Ch Ninacorte Chicago Hope ex Coventry Dancing With The Stars for Penliath), who was BOB, and Nicki and Chris also took RCC and BP with Penliath Bill Me Later (one CC, Am/NZ Ch Coventry Esquire ex Ch Penliath Femme Fatale). She went on to take her second puppy group, judge Dianna Spavin; luckily this time it was the last day of the show so no return journey was needed for the final.

The announcements of the Crufts judges are now quite advanced and our judge for 2023 is Barry Coulson. Barry and Sue’s Woodhenge kennel has of course been one of the most consistently successful for the past three decades.

The Journal gives notification of the League show judge for 2021 - awarding CC for the first time in the UK will be Gayle Garvin of the Garvin’s kennel, a long-time breed specialist judge from the US. Darlington ’21 has Karen Hewitt of the Cardhew Cardigans.

The League is still looking for a suitable hotel venue in the Midlands for the ’21 show - those we have contacted so far haven’t worked out for one reason or another so any more bright ideas are welcome!

Jo Millar tells us that the East Anglian Sub-Section is holding a pre-Christmas gathering on Sunday December 8 at the Elveden Estate Courtyard, Elveden Farms, London Road, Elveden, Thetford IP24 3TQ from 10.30am.

You can join in a one-mile nature walk with your dogs, or explore the Courtyard setting.

Jo has provisionally booked a table in The Courtyard Restaurant Marquee. There is a non-refundable deposit of £10 and these must be paid by Friday November 1. Make cheques payable to Welsh Corgi League East Anglian Sub-Section by October 25 and send to Beverley Blake. Further details from Jo.

Hilary and Ray Wyer had a good day at Romsey open show taking BOB and G2 with Creslow Melody Maker at Cottivy and PG3 with Cottivy Cappuccino.

Sorry to read that Babs and Wally Aylott had lost their lovely tri Pemcader Belroyd Zoe at Barwal at the age of nearly 16. By Ch/NZ Ch Salvenik Super Chance ex Belroyd Orange Feather, she was from the famous litter which also included Chs Zeus and Zinnia and Am Ch Zodiac. She was a consistent winner and through her sons Barwal Brace Beau and Barwal Buccaneer Boy at Pemland she is granddam of Ch Oregonian Raise An Eyebrow and Ch Cordach Georgy Girl among others.

As promised here’s a quick look at the background to some of the main winners at the PWCCA National with particular reference to any UK connections.

The BOB, Ch Coventry Good Vibrations is by a dog bred in Argentina, Ch Alenclaud Tony Ash (Ch Alenclaud Cosentino ex Alenclaud Hera, both of whom are by US-bred Ch Heronsway Silver Lining ex daughters of Ch Heronsway Time After Time, and so line bred to the Australian import Ch Aberlee Storm Force).

‘Dottie’ is out of the big winner Ch Coventry Swinging On A Star, who is by Ch Woodbine Flash Alibi (brother of our imports Aladar and Alyssum) who is also the sire of Coventry’s previous National winner Just A Little Crush.

Swinging On A Star’s dam is Ch Coventry Spellbound, a daughter of Ch Ninacorte Chicago Hope (sire also of the recent. three-champion Penliath AI litter). His dam Ch Woodhenge Sun Maiden is the nearest British-bred Pem in the pedigree.

Three times BOS at the National, Ch Linincorgi’s Livin’ On A Prayer is by Ch Rosewood Brigantine (brother to Teresa Maddox’s import Set Sail) and so has a British grandsire in Ch Twinan Another Chance for Salvenik (brother to Custom Made). Brigantine’s dam is Ch Rosewood Breeze’n By who has New Zealand, UK, Canadian and US grandparents.

‘Zachary’ is out of National BOB Ch Linincorgi Northwynd Everlasting, herself by a National BOB Ch Stonecroft Second Sight (grandsire also of Breeze’n By). Her dam Ch Linincorgi’s Partly Sunny is by Ch Sandyshire’s Sunny Delight.

Select dog Ch Nebriowa Johnnie Walker is also by a Rosewood dog, Ch Sea Quest, who is by the Brigantine son Ch Martindale Black Bart ex Brigantine’s sister Ch Rosewood Seashell.

Johnnie is out of Nebriowa Georgianna (Ch Nebriowa Saddleshoes ex Ch Nebriowa Victoria). Saddleshoes is a grandson of Ch Pemcader Belroyd Zodiac while Victoria is by Ch Pembury House Be Still My Heart out of Ch Nebriowa Veronica (also granddam of Saddleshoes and herself a granddaughter of Ch Belroyd Dovekie).

Select bitch was former National winner Ch Aubrey’s Moon River who is by the very influential Ch Heartsong Brynlea Pavarotti (Ch Sandfox Medaglia D’Oro ex Ch Brynlea Mona Lisa). Medaglia is a grandson of Ch Maplecreek Montgomery who came to the UK, and Mona Lisa a granddaughter of Ch Pentalar Star Struck of Revelmere.

‘Rebecca’ is out of Ch Aubrey’s From This Moment, by Ch Hum’nbird Jack Sparrow (by yet another Rosewood dog) ex Ch Auberys Forever N For Always, by NZ-bred Ch Dwynella Take A Chance (by Ch Salvenik Super Chance) ex a daughter of Ch Elfwich Leprechaun at Craigycor who also came to the Matthews in the UK.

SIMON PARSONS

The Welsh Corgi League