More breed landmarks at Midland Counties


So sorry to hear of the death of Jean Needham.

Laurie and Jean worked so hard for the Corgi breeds in various capacities and for many years bred the Bekonpenn Pembrokes and subsequently Cardis. He edited the newsletter and wrote breed notes for Dog World, always loyally supported by Jean. Our sympathy goes to her family. I believe there will be a memorial service on November 18 at Amberley Church, near Stroud.

There was understandably a higher than usual proportion of absentees at Midland Counties thanks to the torrential rain which produced some nasty puddles on the approaches to Stafford Showground.

Rod Oldham (Towmena Chows) was our judge and with the CCs going to the same pair as at the Pennine and Yorkshire we had some more landmarks in breed history.

DCC and BOB went to Kevin Dover and Lars Saether’s Ch Pemcader Thunderball, his 59th so confirming the CC record he attained the previous week and giving him the record (58) for CCs won under different judges.

He went on to second place in a very competitive group under Albert Wight. He has long had a friendly rivalry with the equally consistent Samoyed who was third this time and this year the pastoral competitors have all been up against the Australian Shepherd who here went on to BIS.

BCC and BP was Chris and Nicki Blance’s Penliath Bill Me Later (Am/NZ Ch Coventry Esquire ex Ch Penliath Femme Fatale) at just ten months old who becomes only the second Pem and first bitch to take four CCs while still a puppy. I’ll give more details of the breed’s puppy champions or ‘babychamps’ in a future set of notes.

Tracy and Kath Irving took both reserves with Twinan Life’s A Blast (one CC) and Twinan Shake The Tree, her first green card. Both are by Twinan Dip Yer Butty, ex Ch Creslow Classified at Twinan and Twinan Just The Ticket respectively.

Although BV isn’t listed in the official results, a rosette was offered and it went to Carole Turner’s tri Cottonfields Black Eye’d Pea (Ir/Rus/Est Ch Craigycor Elfwish Mib ex Brynlluan Midnight Glow over Cottonfields).

Dzhimis Olwen Footprint Of Russia was second in the PB stakes under Michael Forte and the Balletcors second in the breeders competition judged by Paul Wilkinson.

Unusually, I cannot find that the results of the Lakeshore specialties have been posted, but I think I have the main winners based on their owners’ own posts. Perhaps it’s a good time to say how much it is appreciated around the world if the marked catalogue pages can be put on Show-Pem or similar sites.

First day judge was Terry Hansen (Pinemeade) and BOB was Nancy and Mike Oehlhof’s dog GChB Springmill A Blast From The Past (GCh Springmill Sweet Talkin Guy ex GCh Springmill Dec Th’ Halls) and BOS Alyssa and Kara Janiszak’s Ch Sterling Shine The Light (GCh Lionhart’s All About Harry ex GCh Sundance Grace Kelly).

The UK’s Teresa Maddox (Salvenik) was in charge on the second day and this time Blast From The Past was BOS, top spot going to the bitch who won the National at the same venue a month earlier, GCh Coventry Good Vibrations (Ch Alenclaud Tony Ash ex GChB Coventry Swinging On A Star), owned by Bill Shelton, Steve Leyerly, Beckie Williams and Deborah Salow.

Meanwhile Margaret Broughton (Becassmic) was judging the speciality in Tasmania. BIS went to Nicole Newett’s Ch Newpry Audrey Jean (Ch Brookehaven Trade Secret ex Ch Dygae Norma Jean) and RBIS to Lisa McGinn’s Ch Pricewey Casonova (Sup Ch Aberlee Take It To The Limit ex Pricewey Flaming Red Lady).

Thought it might be interesting to look more closely at the pedigree of the new CC record holder.

Thunderball’s sire is Ch Pemcader Belroyd Zeus (one of a good litter which also included Ch Zinnia, Am Ch Zodiac and other winners). He continued the tradition of famous Belroyd stud dogs, as sire of 12 UK champions.

His sire was Ch/NZ Ch Salvenik Super Chance, who went to New Zealand after a successful puppy career, then returned home later to gain his UK title. He proved an influential sire at home (three UK Chs) and Down Under.

Super Chance was by another influential sire Ch Super Guy of Pemland (five UK Chs), indeed this is part of one of the dominant sire lines of recent times through Ch Pemland Magnus, Ch Lees Mastermind, Ch Penmoel Such Fun of Rivona and Ch Penmoel Minstrel, making Thunderball an eighth generation male champion in direct line.

Super Chance’s dam was Kilvewood Ode To Joy at Salvenik, an influential brood as she produced two other UK champions and several overseas in a previous litter by a different male.

Zeus’s dam Belroyd Orange Feather was by CC winner Belroyd Money Spinner (sire of a UK Ch), who was a son of Ch Belroyd The Red Grouse (12 UK Chs), himself by Ch Belroyd Nut Cracker (15 UK Chs) and closely bred on Ch Belroyd Jacana (dam of four UK Chs).

Orange Feather’s dam Belroyd Ice Dancer was by Tweedbanks Portland Bill (a Magnus son who sired three UK Chs) ex Ch Bulcorig Natalma of Belroyd (one of three champions bred the same way, sired by Grouse).

Going on to the dam’s side, the bobtail Pemcader Black Glamour (dam of three UK Chs and other winners, all by Zeus) is sister to Ch Pemcader Tooty Fruity. She is of cosmopolitan breeding, her sire being Norwegian-bred Int/UK/Norw/Sw Siggen’s Doffen who spent some time at Pemcader and became the first undocked bobtail UK champion of recent times.

He is by Int/Am/Norw/Sw/Fin Ch Siggen’s Yassir, whose sire, UK-bred Est/Ltu Ch Craigycor Rum Punch is from an AI litter by the famous American sire Am Ch Tallyrand No Greater Love.

The bobtail line comes through Yassir’s dam Norw Ch Siggen’s Roxy Music (by UK-bred Norw Ch Pemland Moonlight ex Sw/Norw Ch Siggen’s Lickety Split who goes back to the UK exports from Malsis, Kaytop and Jofren who were used to establish the bobtail lines in Norway).

Doffen’s dam is an American bitch Int/Sw/Est Ch Otreks Northern Star whose sire and grandsire were both bred in the Pentalar kennel in Wales.

Thunderball’s paternal grandmother is the New Zealand import NZ Ch Dwynella All That Jazz. Her sire was NZ/Aus/Am Ch Dwynella Royale Footman, a son of Super Chance who is thus the closest dog to appear on both sides of what is generally a rather open pedigree. Her dam Dwynella Gold Jazz was linebred to Aus Ch Vlandyn Silver Phantom (by the Nut Cracker son Ch Blaizewood Crackerjack of Kilvewood).

The tail female line goes back through several generations of bitches from Australia’s Aberlee kennel and then via Noelaven, Jadeglo, Jonval, Merton, Dewr, Noddfa and Aurglyn back to Evening Primrose Belinda who was exported from the UK in the early ‘50s. Then back through Knowland, Fitzdown, Bentra, Teekay tp Rozavel Puffin (Taffy of Towy ex Becky), one of the foundations of the Teekay kennel.

As I say, a rather open pedigree but after a few generations the dominant influences are Ch Belroyd Nut Cracker and Ch Pemland Magnus. They were son and grandson respectively of Pemland Royal Command, and he was linebred on Ch Hildenmanor Crown Prince, and I think those who remember those dogs will recognise that you can still see their impact in so many successful Pems around the world.

SIMON PARSONS

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