Littermate double and a new champion

WELSH CORGIS, PEMBROKE

NEWS FROM A UK PERSPECTIVE

Scottish all-rounder Albert Wight (Sharval Shetland Sheepdogs) was our judge at the Scottish Kennel Club and it was an exciting littermate double for the team of Chris and Nicki Blance, Bill Shelton and Steve Leyerly.

Bitch CC, her second, and BOB went to Penliath Sent From Coventry (who was shortlisted in the group by Keith Nathan) and DCC made up Penliath Spanner In The Worx. He took his first as a puppy under Alan Matthews at the Welsh Corgi Club ’17 and his second last year at W/P Breeds of Scotland from Cerys Davies.

He is the second champion from the litter, bred by Chris and Nicki, following Ch Penliath Sent To Coventry. I looked in detail at the pedigree when she was made up; briefly, they are sired by artificial insemination by Am Ch Ninacorte Chicago Hope (born 1995) ex his great-great-granddaughter, the US import Coventry Dancing With The Stars for Penliath.

Chicago Hope was a brother to the well known sire in the UK Ch/Am Ch NInacorte Star Caster at Woodhenge, by Am Ch Renefield Sportscaster ex UK-bred Ch Woodhenge Sun Maiden.

Dancing With The Stars is also sired via AI, by the British dog Ch Penliath Flash Dancer (a son of Star Caster and brother of Shooting Star) ex Am GCh Coventry Allure of Wyndstar, who is by Am Ch Woodbine Alibi (brother of Aladar and Alyssum) ex Am GCh Coventry Vanity Fair who is by the Chicago Hope son Am Ch/Aus Sup Ch Coventry Quest.

RDCC was Kim Warner’s Sxottish-bred tri Meitza Erik The King (one CC, Ch Pemcader Thbunderball ex Meitza Goldust) and RBCC Barry and Sue Coulson’s bobtail Woodhenge Storm Princess (one CC, also by Thunderball ex Woodhenge Moon Maiden).

Sadly there wasn’t a BP award as no puppies were present. BV was Gill Legerton’s Ermyn Flickering Flame at Solaw (Ch/Rus/Ukr Ch Ermyn Snow Knight ex Janjinks Wild Honey at Ermyn) and best beginner, Kay Hogg’s Woodhenge Starlite Mist at Keltybrae (Ch Doublereddragon at Woodhenge ex Elessar Love To Boogie).

Erik, who I see has started to participate in obedience, was third in the Good Citizen stakes under Meg Purnell-Carpenter, while Katie Read was second in her Junior Handling Association class under Frances Krall and first in YKC handling judged by Steve Hall who also gave a first to Erin Logie.

Meanwhile the Coventry team was also having good day back home at the Golden Gate specialty judged by Andy Carter (Saddle Lane) who was last year’s notional BOB judge and will be doing Crufts next March.

BOB was GChS Coventry Good Vibrations (Ch Alenclaud Tony Ash ex GChB Coventry Swinging On A Star), owned by Bill and Steve with Beckie Williams and Deborah Salow. BOS was Terry Hansen and Shannon Stone’s Ch Pinemeade Dragon Stone (GCh Martindale Black Bart ex Ch Pinemeade Dragon Joy).

Tracy and Kath Irving’s Twinan Shake The Tree was BP, BOB and PG1 at Pollard under John Purnell, going on to RBPIS from Barrie Croft.

Kennel Club registrations for January-March amount to 163 compared with 139 for the same period last year. There are 31 litters registered, just eight carrying affixes regularly seen in the show ring. One litter was bred by an Assured Breeder. There were four emergency caesars and one elective caesar. One litter was conceived by AI by an American dog.

There were four imports, one from Poland to Creslow, one from Lithuania and two Irish KC registered. Exports went to Singapore, Greece, Norway, Russia, Australia and Italy.

The Russian national specialty was judged by Marilyn Van Vleit (Aurora) for dogs and Patty Gailey (Triad) for bitches, both from the US.

BOB was the young bitch Mistycor Nightingale Love Song (Merthyr Wanda Do The Haka ex Mistycor Challenge Of Superiority) and BOS the tri dog Ch Style Life Unicum (Ch Shamquin Fox-Knight ex Ch Style Life Alpine Rose). The bitch is a granddaughter of Ch Creslow Handle With Care and the dog a grandson of Ch Ermyn Snow Knight.

Best adult bitch was the trip Mistycor Chasing Perlee (Ch Hazelmere Bound For Glory ex Mistycor She Is My Love).

Sad to hear of the death of Aus/NZ/Am Ch Aberlee Phantom Sequence at the great age of 16. He was bred by Gloria Woodward in Australia by the famous Ch Vlandyn Silver Phantom ex Ch Antudor Sequins and later joined Dianne Connolly’s Llandian kennel in the US. I can vividly recall Dianne coming into the open class at the Columbia River specialty with this fabulous headed glamour boy, and I had no hesitation in taking him through to BOB that day. I think he was also an all-breed BIS winner.

‘Keiffer’ made a big impact as a stud dog both Down Under and in the US, where he sired among many others national specialty winner Ch Llandians Champagne On Ice and national BOS Ch Riverside Get Over It. His lines eventually made their way to the UK where his descendants include the recent Pemcader champions (among them Thunderball), Ch Georges Clooney and quite a few others currently doing well.

A couple of snippets from the recent League show. Not only has Ch Woodhenge Star Xtravaganza won two CCs at this event, she was also BPIS there a few years ago.

A fascinating piece of history was told me by one of the spectators there, Mercia Castel. In 1950 her father, William Trumper, ordered a Pembroke puppy, purely as a pet, from the famous Stormerbanks kennel of Patsy Hewan. They had met through the military, he was in the Royal Artillery and Patsy served in the Territorial Army. In due course a bitch pup arrived in a box on the train, having cost eight guineas.

A little while later the family took the pup to see Patsy who was amazed at how much she had improved, and was now very much a show prospect. She offered to show her for them, and Stormerbanks Aureola soon gained her title.

Sadly Mr Trumper died young not long afterwards, but his wife kept Aureola for the rest of her life, in spite of having various big offers for her from the States.

Through her son S Supersabre, she was the grandmother of the famous Ch S Sabreflash, and he in turn was grandsire of the influential Ch S Invader, so I was able to tell Mercia that Aureola was ancestor of every Pembroke at the show.

Straying into Cardigan territory, congratulations to Peter Clifton who flew off to the US with Crufts BOB winner Ch Joseter Frazer Nash and won winners dog and best of winners at the CWCCA national specialty under Jon Breckinridge-Mitchell (formerly Kimes, Pluperfect).

There was a quite enormous entry for the whole show, proving that Cardis are anything but ‘vulnerable’ when considered on a global basis. Not quite sure why the Cardi national should draw so many more dogs than the Pembroke event when held at the same reasonably central venue (the wonderful Purina show centre); perhaps it could be that the Cardis don’t have so many regional specialties as the Pems, or possibly more of them live in that part of the country. The American Kennel Club live streamed the entire Cardi show which was great to see; there PWCCA shows are also live streamed but at a price.

SIMON PARSONS

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