Quick visit to California

The Breed Appreciation Day scheduled for March 2 has been postponed, hopefully to later in the year. If you might be interested in such an event, contact Cerys Davies on gelli2@btinternet.com. Best wishes to Sarah Taylor who is undergoing a spell in hospital so will have to miss Crufts this year. At Crufts, Pem judging now starts at 10am (ring 18), Cardis are at 9.30 am in ring 17. Thanks to Carole Turner for news from the West of England CA open show judged by Marion Hodgson (Ddalrus Belgian Shepherds). BOB went to Karen Newton’s tri Ch Corland Solitaire (Nebriowa Skidaddle ex Pemcader Picture Puzzle) with reserve to Lynne Creech’s Zydahayes Sir Bruce (Ch Corrogs Young Whistler ex Zydahayes Jitterbug). Hilary and Ray Wyer took BP and RBB with Creslow Melody Maker at Cottivy (Can Ch Curig FaerieTale JupiterRising ex Creslow Dawn To Dusk), while RBD went to Babs and Wally Aylott’s Barwal Blazin Desert (Ermyn Forrester at Brisam ex Brisam Subaru) and BV to Anne Petitpierre’s tri Ch Brynlluan Wind Runner to Kulla (Kulla Kanwar ex Ellhar Good Time Girl at Brynlluan). Carole says that the AGM held before the show was well attended and throughout the day several people commented on the good atmosphere. Meanwhile it was another busy weekend for the Irving team. At National Working and Pastoral open show Twinan Tight Squeeze was BOB under Caroline Rees and G2 from Darren Clarke, while Twinan Shake The Tree took RBOB and BP, going on to P3 under Pete Simmons. The following day it was closer to home at Ashton Under Lyne where Carol Marsden gave BOB and BP to the same pair, Tight Squeeze winning the group and Shake The Tree PG2. The Southern California club, like many others nowadays, held a double specialty. There was a good entry but more absentees than usual thanks to the rain and storms the West Coast has been experiencing, though thankfully the show days were OK. First day judge was Betsey Orman (Bramblyhedge) who is very much looking forward to her first CC appointment in the UK later this year. BOB was 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, while BOS was her litter brother Ch Coventry Wouldn’t It Be Nice, owned by Ken and Suzanne Swanson with Bill and Beckie. The following day Simon Parsons (Deavitte/Oregonian) was judging and I also chose Good Vibrations as BOB. My BOS was a black headed tricolour puppy, Graceland Cattal’s Phantom Dancer at Caamora (Ch Caamora Gandy Dancer RN HSAS ex Ch Graceland Rock Candy at Calloway), owned by Pat Seifert and Carol Gentry. It was good to meet up after many years with the sweepstakes judge Carol Swinney. A talented artist, she has been involved in Pems all her life. Her mother Elaine Erganbright had her first Pembroke in 1953 and started the Larklain kennel two years later. She was a prolific breeder for several decades and imported or owned a number of dogs from the UK including Ch Red Envoy of Brome, Ch Bekonpenn Count Doronicum, Convista Envoy of Gairlands and in later years several from Vennwoods including Ch Magnum. These can be found in the background of many current pedigrees. Since her mother’s death Carol has carried on the Larklains on a smaller scale and tells me that they have now accounted for no fewer than 257 champions, plus many with performance titles. As usual at American specialties there were also obedience and rally classes both days – there seems to be much more enthusiasm for ‘performance’ events in the US than at home, not just in Corgis but in many breeds as I found when looking through the winners at Westminster. Perhaps allowing dogs to carry letters after their name even for relatively straightforward working qualifications is a big encouragement. Moving into Cardigan territory I was so sorry to hear of the death of Phil Bitter-van Sliedregt, breeder of the famous Floatin’ Cardis in the Netherlands. As well as importing and breeding some superb Cardis, she did so much for the welfare of the breed in the Netherlands. SIMON PARSONS

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