Hope you all enjoyed Crufts and that not too many of you went home with a cold or other NEC bug.
Pem exhibitors came from all corners of the UK, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Ukraine, Lithuania, France, Norway and the Czech Republic, and visitors from as far afield as the US and Australia.
Great to see the amazing Joan Williamson as usual, who had flown over from Belfast that morning. Her own dog now is a Papillon so I’m sure she will have been pleased at the final result.
We missed Sarah Taylor, who is now home after a spell in hospital in London, and Bob and Moya Wood - our best wishes to them all.
We had a relatively leisurely start at 10am and the ever-stylish Anne Macdonald worked her way steadily through the entry finishing in good time. Thanks must also go to our gracious stewards Clair Chryssolor and Merriol Haselden.
Dog CC was a 55th, and second from Anne, for Kevin Dover and Lars Saether’s homebred Ch Pemcader Thunderball (Ch Pemcader Belroyd Zeus ex Pemcader Black Glamour) and he went on to his third consecutive Crufts BOB, having won last year under Sarah Taylor and in ’17 from Mary Davies.
I think the only other Pem to achieve this is Chris Blance’s Ch Penliath Shooting Star who won four Crufts CCs in all, three with BOB. These two are of course the CC record holders for their sex.
Once again ‘Magnus’ represented the breed well in the group and was shortlisted by Ron Oldham.
I think it must be the first time in the modern era that both Crufts CC have gone to bobtails, with the bitch CC won by Rus Ch Aethwy Anya, owned by Dmitry Prokopenko from Russia, bred by Andrew Khvatov and handled by Olga Shilova. She has made a few previous visits to UK shows including EuroCorgi, and is the second Russian bitch to win a Crufts CC, following Andvol Kolombina three years ago.
She is by the Italian-bred Am/Rus/Int Ch Dragonjoy Some Bunny For Love (Int/It Ch Dragonjoy Fall From A Star ex US-bred Am Ch Aubreys Forever And Always) ex US-bred Rus Ch Otreks Dancing Queen at Aethwy (Italian-bred Am Ch Corgilandia Last Hero ex Norwegian-bred Siggen’s Dinah). Dinah is sister to Ch Doffen who is Thunderball’s maternal grandsire.
RDCC was Alan and Sarah Matthews’ tri Ir Ch Craigycor Viva Las Vegas (Ch/Ir/Int Ch Craigycor Lightning Bolt ex Craigycor Betty Boop) while reserve in bitches was Teresa Maddox’s Salvenik Summer Rosebud (Redfordhill Magic Moments to Salvenik ex Ch Bertley Summer Rose with Salvenik). Teresa also won a class with her half-sister Salvenik Scarlet Rose.
Mary Davies had an exciting day at both ends of the age scale, taking BV (good to see this is now an official award at Crufts) with her ten-year-old tri Ch/Rus/Ukr Ch Ermyn Snow Knight (Ch/Am Ch Rosewood Set Sail to Salvenik ex Wharrytons Pansy Potter at Ermyn) and BP with his seven-month-old grandson Ermyn Snazzy Jazzy (Ch Nireno Luke Skywalker ex Ermyn Chasing Rainbows), who was handled in the challenge by Debbie Taylor.
BPB was another win for Alan and Sarah with their CC-winning Craigycor Frozen (by Aus Sup Ch Aberlee Take It To The Limit and again ex Betty Boop). BVB was Suzanna van Eeghen’s Balletcor Zebas Starlight (Startori Andreas ex Balletcor Gemini Summer Special) who also carries an agility warrant (B) title. Are there any other Pems who have achieved the latter? Certainly none that are also in the show ring.
Only other kennel to be involved with two class winners was Woodhenge who co-own one and bred another.
Once again Sue and John Harrison were manning the impressive breed stand for the Welsh Corgi League and once again the stand won the award for the pastoral group, something the League achieves with some regularity. They reported excellent business, especially from our Russian friends, but what wins the award is the quality of the information and advice given. Sue and John reported a huge amount of interest from those enquiring about the breed.
The same applies to the Discover Dogs stand organised as ever by the indefatigable Joy Whitehead. Joy has been having a worrying time with the illness of her husband Terry and we must all give her, her team, as well as Sue and John, an enormous vote of thanks.
Joy reports: “A very big thank you to all who helped at Discover Dogs Crufts this year. Due to Terry being so ill I really did depend on my volunteers this time. Bless you all.
“Thank you to Reg Allbones who helped set up the booth and take it down and who brought Meg and Buster on Friday; Toby Taylor who worked so hard for three days with his wonderful tricolours; Kevin and Karen Egan with Mungo and Edward who helped so much on Friday and Saturday, Donna and Jo Young with Monty and Theo on Saturday and Sunday.
“Lucy Badham-Thornhill helped out on Saturday with her super little girl and Pat Croot with ‘Teabag’ who came by train from Northampton to volunteer on Friday and Saturday. Jo and Darren Millar-Hayward with their two helped out on Friday after showing and David Jones with his tricolour boy also helped out after a good day in the ring. Not forgetting Mary Davies and Toby's wife Debbie who helped out on Thursday and Saturday.
“We were very busy and there is still so much interest in the breed! On behalf of the Welsh Corgi League, thank you all.” Thank you Joy.
In the event the only Corgis in the competitions which go with the show were Cardis. Ch Joseter Mr Blobby in the champion stakes final and the Liebehunds in the breeders’ competition represented the breed well.