Plenty of news this week, not sure where to start!
It was bright and sunny as we arrived at the Kennel Club Building for the League show, and continued so for a lot of the day. A warm welcome from Val Pickford greeted us all as we entered; it was toasty warm inside and the new floor paint was appreciated. Thanks must go to those who had set up the ring the previous afternoon.
Secretary Margaret Hoggarth was kept busy all day; chairman Mary Davies was our judge this year and sadly vice-chairman Joy Whitehead has been in the wars and was unable to be there. Our best wishes go to Joy who has not had an easy time of it the past few months. She is normally in charge of the cups so thanks again to all who made sure they were present and looked after them.
Sue and John Harrison had an impressive array of merchandise on the club stand and Carrie Thomas was displaying even more photos than usual for us to vote on for next year’s calendar pages. Gavin Parrish was looking after the bottle stall with the help of young Keyon whose keenness to help through the day was much appreciated. Our usual stewards couldn’t come this year so thanks to Kevin Dover and his assistants who kept the ring in order.
Once again Barry Coulson’s company Bradec (Andover) had sponsored wine and nibbles during the lunch break which was very much appreciated.
Sp pleased to see Sarah Taylor absolutely determined to be present and exhibiting after her recent spell in hospital. Nice to see an age range of more than 90 years among the spectators, from young Dewi Cross up to Pat and Joan (Teresa’s and Hilary’s mums) keeping an eye on us all. Di Johnson often attends this show and sums up the dogs with her expert eye, and also present this year from other breeds was Andy Scourfield.
We had two overseas visitors this time, Elisabeth Camboni from France and Yvonne Gouweleeuw-van Mierlo from the Netherlands; both went home with a first prize.
Mary Davies (Ermyn) has now enjoyed the two plum appointments within two years, having last judged Crufts in 2017.
This time her dog CC was a first for Amanda Rees’ Stadwen Lancelot (Cordach Gatland ex Ch Stadwen Honey Bunn), so this kennel now has four Pems in the ring with either one or two CCs.
He went on to BIS, the third time the team has won this award (the others with their first champion, his great-great-granddam Ch S Flower Of May and more recently with Ch S Florence) and they have also won two more CCs at this show, with his grandsire Ch S Spartacus and Florence’s sister Ch S Flora).
Reserve in dogs, ending up RBIS, was Sarah Taylor and Diana King’s Ch Oregonian Snow Tiger (Ch Nireno Luke Skywalker ex Oregonian Snow Queen).
In bitches the CC, her eighth, went to Barry and Sue Coulson’s Ch Woodhenge Star Xtravaganza (Ch/Ir Ch Craigycor Lightning Bolt ex Ch Woodhenge Star Maiden). She also won the CC here last year under Amanda Rees. The other bitches to take two consecutive CCs at the League are Ch Teekay Foxfire (1946/47), Ch Lees Coronet (1949/50, and three in all at this show), Ch Solitaire from Shiel (1951/52), Ch Copshaw Cariad (1958/59), Ch Marklynne Maid Marion (1985/86) and Ch Cordach Victorian Secret (1994/95).
Ch Apollinaris Anastasia, Ch Blands Mystique of Perrymist, Ch Ermyn Winged Love and Ch/Ir/Int Ch Maplecreek Beach Bunny at Craigycor also won twice but not consecutively.
Reserve was Tracy and Kath Irving’s Twinan Tight Squeeze (two CCs, Twinan Dip Yer Butty ex Debsanna’s Promises Twinan).
BP, winning the coveted Golden Gate plate, was Wynne and Delith Davies’ bitch Craigycor Top Model at Ceranda (also by Lightning Bolt, ex Craigycor Ceranda Gower Glory), handled by daughter Cerys, with BPD to Sue Harrison’s bobtail tri Haresfoot Danny Boy (Towernaglen Red Dragon with Ceranda ex Haresfoot Zena).
Lorraine Weedall and Nicola Bogue took BV with their tri dog Ch Bronabay Troopin The Colour (Ch Highworth Northern Lights over Pendrell ex Ch Bronabay Cherish The Moment), with BVB to Lol and John Boulton’s Ch Jonloran Sweet Juliet (Jonloran King Of Clubs ex Chance That at Jonloran).
We had added to the classification bred by exhibitor and not bred by exhibitor classes, to encourage people to enter more in the higher classes - for example if you have two who have won there way out of all classes bar open, now you don’t have to put them both in the same class. Whether it made any difference to the entry I don’t know. I think most of us would prefer this to the champion classes which one is now allowed to schedule - to my mind there is something not quite right about indicating which dogs have titles.
In the lunch break we had special award classes judged by Julia Alexander (Coquetmoss/Locheil Border Collies and now Pembrokes). Her winners were Twinan Shake The Tree, Salvenik Summer Rosebud and Ryslip Thriller. I wish more would enter these classes which can give extra practice to the younger dogs and experience to future judges.
Julia also judged the junior handlers and winner from the three present was Eleanor Thomas.
The latest League handbook is now out, with full results from the 2018 shows, the usual portrait galleries and advertisements, plus a feature on the great Blands kennel of the late Peggy Gamble, one of our cleverest breeders and also a pioneer of breeding for bobtails.
Thanks to Ray Barwick for sending me a copy of another recent handbook, covering Australia and New Zealand, again with results, pedigrees and ads, and including Cardigans too. Interesting to see what an influence the use of artificial insemination has had Down Under in both breeds. A few British kennels have tried this method, with some interesting results including the recent Penliath litter of three CC winners and the puppy CC winner from Craigycor, but not to the same extent as elsewhere.
A couple of days later the Twinan team was at the North West CA charity open show where Shake The Tree was BPIS and G2 under Frank Borg (breed judge Edwin Micallef and puppy group judge Stephen Young) with their Cardi taking PG2.
Sad to hear that they have recently lost their smart, pretty American import Ch Wakefield Red Oak Darlin Dilemma Lily at Twinan (Am Ch Wakefield Andrew Webber ex Wakefield Tiger Lily) at the age of 12. She was bred by Peggy Kessler, Sally Wynn and Pam Dent and many of us were especially pleased that Peggy had a UK champion to her name as she had so many years’ connection with the British show scene, importing several dogs who became influential in the states including Ch/Am Ch Lynfarne Poldark.
As well as gaining her title, ‘Deli’ was a ch show group winner in the UK. Through her daughters Int/Rom Ch Twinan Colour Me Red and Twinan Just The Ticket she is grandmother of Ch Born To Be Your Salt Dog at Twinan and the winning puppy Shake The Tree.
Another sad loss is Elisabeth Camboni and Katell Malagré’s Int/Fr/Lux/Bel Ch Annwn’s Wynona, bred in Norway 11 years ago by Anne Indergaard by US-bred Int/Nord/Lat Ch Trengate Mardi Gras ex Australian-bred Norw/Sw Ch Aberlee Annie’s Song.
I can recall falling for this all quality girl, then very immature and somewhat unruly, when I judged at Crufts, and she went on to a successful career as a showgirl and brood. Among her progeny are the siblings Ch/Ir/It Ch Georges Clooney for Dragonjoy des Contamines and Int/Fr/Lux Ch Gwyneth Paltrow des C, and through them she is behind, among others, Ir Chs Craigycor Dynamo and Viva Las Vegas, C Frozen, multi titled Je Suis Kylie Minogue des Contamines, Oye-Dragoon-Willow des C at Woodhenge and Gwyneth’s Aberlee progeny, one of whom won his class on Saturday.
Meanwhile we have a major bit of breed history to report - for the first time a Pembroke has won the FCI World Show!
This honour goes to Korean Ch Realline Final Boss, owned and bred by Jongoh Kim from South Korea, and from the live streaming direct from Shanghai I can confirm he gave a great performance in the big ring to take top spot under Augusto Benedicto ‘Dinky’ Santos III from the Philippines who I am told is himself a Pem enthusiast.
‘Newman’ has many super wins in the Far East including a BIS under Sigurd Wilberg, and has also made several visits to the US, taking RWD at the National last year under Andy Carter.
Although, for obvious reasons, the entry numbers at this World Show were not comparable with when it is held in Europe, Pembrokes were among the more numerous breeds with 49 dogs. Snippets of video I have seen suggest that the standard is high - certainly photos on social media have suggested in recent years that there are some top class Pems in various Far Eastern countries. Breed judge at the WDS was Gopi Krishnan and group judge Denis Kuzelj.
And this was not the only excitement for the breed as there were five other shows held over the four days and another Pembroke was among the BIS winners! This was Int Ch Numina Kicking The Show, a top winner in China. He is I think owned by Ling Wong and handled by Kay Yu. His BIS win came under Carla Molinari and on the same day he also won a BIS4.
I believe a couple of Pembroke youngsters also did well in the big rings but accurate details are not easy to come by.
I will look at the breeding of the two BIS winners in my next notes - have run out of energy!
Finally, a reminder that the League’s Scottish section open show is this year in conjunction with Border Union where we have CCs.