Profiling our second-generation Crufts judge

It was a double show day for Northern exhibitors with the Pennine and Yorkshire WCA and League Northern Section open shows at the same venue at Cabus. Thanks to Tracy Irving for results. Lynda Parrish (Dangavlyns) judged at the Pennine and BOB was Sue Harrison’s bobtail tri Haresfoot Zebedee (Ch Nireno Luke Skywalker ex Haresfoot Venus) while BOS, BV and RBOB was Lol Boulton’s tri Ch Jonloran Sweet Juliet (Jonloran King Of Clubs ex Elessar Chance That with Jonloran). These went on to BIS and RBIS under Lynda’s husband Gavin. The League’s judge was Mark Cocozza (Freecloud Afghans etc) and his BIS was Dave and Jaine Asbridge’s tri bitch Chililabomwe Flaming Katie (Ch/Am Ch Rosewood Set Sail to Salvenik ex Chililabomwe Titania), and they also won RBIS and BV with Ch Chililabomwe Snowdrop (another daughter of Titania, by Ch Salvenik Star Made). BD was also a veteran, Babs and Wally Aylott’s Barwal Brave Beau (Foxfire Red Ruffian of Pemland ex Pemcader Belroyd Zoe of Barwal). At Crufts Anne Macdonald has drawn an entry of 114 Pems, 54 dogs and 60 bitches. Cardis with Karen Hewitt ware gradually catching us up with 92 this time. Pems are on Friday March 8 in hall 4, ring 18. Cardis are in ring 17 – these are our usual spots. I asked Anne for some details of her time in dogs and of her Corgi connections. She says: “My interest in dogs and dog shows began as a schoolgirl as my mother Elsie Montgomerie was a successful breeder and exhibitor of the Maldwyn Pembroke Welsh Corgis. A great deal of my experience was gained in the early years when attending local shows as a teenager. “Our first Corgi, bred by Cooper and Robertson and half Teekay breeding, was born in 1954. Starmyre Ginger Pop was a delightful character and did well at the open shows. “Mum’s most memorable winner was Ch Copshaw Cariad who took the bitch CC record in 1963. She was an outstanding bitch from puppyhood to veteran and won her final 16th CC at eight years old. I had no input into the selection of the stud dogs she used but whelped all the litters when living at home. “I began exhibiting in the late ‘50s with a bitch from Cariad’s first litter and won my first championship show first with her at Ayr in 1958. I also competed with some success in obedience competition. I awarded my first CCs in the breed at Leeds in 1981. “In 1970 I started breeding and exhibiting Salukis under the Mabrooka kennel name and won over 100 CCs and owned/bred 13 champions in this breed. My most successful was Ch Mabrooka Jayid who won the hound group at Crufts in 2002, won four BIS at ceneral ch shows and was top hound 2003. “I also owned the current bitch CC record holder Ch Saklawi Bishah of Mabrooka who went RBIS at Windsor 1989 and Richmond 1990. I bred my final litter in 1999 and retired from exhibiting in 2007. “I began judging in 1964. Nowadays I judge the hound group and BIS at general ch shows. I judged the hound group at Crufts in 2009 and am approved for all breeds with CCs in the UK hound group in addition to two pastoral, two utility and one toy and I've judged extensively overseas at ch level. I am the judge elect for BIS Crufts 2020. “I am president and a past convenor (chairman) of the Scottish Kennel Club, and was until recent retirement a Board member of the Kennel Club, vice-chairman of Crufts and chairman of the KC Judges Sub-Committee. I am chairman and a founder committee member of the Hound Association of Scotland and a member of the KC election panel.” Thank you Anne – hope you have a wonderful day both this year and next. This could not be a more appropriate year for Anne to judge the breed, for it is 60 years since her mother won BOB at Crufts with Cariad and 40 years since Elsie judged the breed there. Can remember that one, the show was at Earls Court for the first time and it was my first time reporting for Dog World. As always the judge was the height of elegance! Thanks to Andrew Brace for this photo of Elsie with Cariad (right), winning under Fred Dempster. On the left is Patsy Hewan with her famous male Ch Stormerbanks Sabreflash. These two were both multiple CC winners at the end of the 1950s and on quite a few occasions won the dog and bitch CCs at the same show. They weren’t closely related but look remarkably similar in head and expression.

Ch Stormerbanks Sabreflash and Ch Copshaw Cariad

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