Remembering Bernard, and looking back at Crufts

The tributes to Bernard Hall, who died on Wednesday last week, which have already appeared on Facebook have given some indication of the affection, respect and admiration in which he was universally held.

As a journalist, committee man and especially as a commentator he was the best, and we were lucky that he was a Pembroke man.

He and Rosemary started with a Saffid bitch and were among the very few breeders in the south to use the famous Ch Blands Solomon of Bardrigg. This produced Berose Damian, a striking rich red dog who was used at stud by several southern breeders including the Queen. In later years Bernard and Rosemary owned a number of other Corgis and loved them dearly.

Bernard’s commentary skills were much in demand at Crufts and many other leading shows and canine events, including of course those for his favourite breed..

We all send our love and sympathy to Rosemary and family. He was a special man.

Lisa Franchi tells me that at eight months Saniaquinto High Society won BOB at Catrine open show and at eight months took G4. Meantime his brother Saniaquinto Fly By Magic at Jacqueilas was BOB and PG4 at Billingham under Peter Martin.

Sorry to hear that Tracy and Kath Irving have lost Ch Scottots Caileag Math by Twinan at the age of 12. She was bred by Grace Stewart by Ch Twinan Custom Made ex Craigycor Myffi at Scottots.

Her birth date in May 2017 was significant as this was just after the docking ban came into force. She was therefore one of the first full tailed Pems regularly to hit the ring in this country and with her cheerful nature she did much to get us used to what the future would hold.

In due course ‘Veggie’ ensured her place in the history books by becoming the first full tailed UK champion.

Her daughter Twinan Sweet Little Mystery was the dam of CC winner Twinan Dip Yer Butty and he in turn is the sire of the three current homebred Twinan CC winners. Our sympathy goes to Tracy, Kath and Steve.

In the US it was the turn of the Greater Houston club to hold a double specialty. Honours were equal and on the first day Tammy Johnston (Riverun) gave BOB to Dede Rodgers and Mary Greenwood’s GCh Greenwoods Sparkling Diamond (Ch Greenwoods Midnight Flyer ex Ch Sandfox Greenwoods Chances Are), fresh from her win the previous week under Kevin in California, with BOS to Dan Hartman and Debbie Royster’s tri GChS Lionhart’s All About Harry (GCh Martindale Black Bart ex GCh Lionhart’s Cameo Appearance).

The following day Sandra Wolfskill (Elfwish) made Harry BOB with Diamond BOS.

As a postscript to Westminster it was good to watch on the video our own Robert Simpson (Vangard) in the hound group with his Elkhound. Karen Mammano, who handled the popular Golden Retriever group winner, has piloted many Corgis down the years.

With Crufts little more than a week away it’s time for my customary look back at the Pembroke winners ten, 20 and so on years ago. Happy memories for many of us.

At Crufts 2010, second generation Pem enthusiast Peter Hop-wood (Jofren) was the judge. DCC was a second at Crufts for Ch/Ir Ch Whitepoint Dream Weaver at Craigycor, owned by Alan Matthews from Northern Ireland and bred in the Republic by Laura Campion. In the UK he was a group show BIS winner and has produced well for the kennel.

BOB went to Linda Roberts’ homebred Ch Cherastayne Snowbride. She had a long and successful Crufts career with two BOBs there and going on to make a habit of topping the veteran classes, taking her final RCC at Crufts at the age of nearly 14.

RCCs were Bronabay The Conqueror and Ch Perrymist Aurora.

Ten years earlier Sarah Taylor (Bymil/Oregonian) had the first of her two Crufts Pembroke appointments. Brian and Pam Drake won the DCC with Ch Blazerae Challenger at Warrenhouse, bred by John and Caroline Stewart. He had two champion sons.

BCC and BOB was Chris Blance’s Ch Penliath Shooting Star, the second of her four Crufts CCs and first of three consecutive BOB (going on to RBIS the following year). ‘Alice’ held the breed CC record until last year and is still the leading bitch. She was twice BIS at general championship shows.

RDCC was Ch Foxydale Shooting Star (a multiple Crufts CC winner) and the veteran Ch Shady Affair at Swanndale.

In 1990 the judge was Kay Rees, by then best known for the Conersk Miniature and Toy Poodles but who started as a youngster in Pems, while living in Wales, and had a Pem champion in the 1950s.

BOB went to Pat Curties’ tricolour Ch Ermyn Sugar Loaf of Lees, the first champion bred by Mary Davies and the last owned by Pat whose kennel was at the top of the breed for several decades with many Crufts wins. Liz Wild was the handler. He appears in quite a number of later pedigrees.

BCC was Bob and Moya Wood’s Ch Beaushae Christmas Joy of Mysweet, bred by the Bovingtons.

Ch Belroyd Nut Cracker, later a Crufts BOB and group winner and a great sire, was reserve along with his granddaughter Kilvewood Ice On Fire (later Ch).

Only a few all-rounders have judged the breed at Crufts and one was Joe Braddon in 1980 at Earls Court. He was one of the few people to be passed for all breeds and had previously been tremendously successful with the Ide gundogs and Pugs.

His appointment came as a bit of a surprise - the judge was supposed to be Beryle Thompson (Evancoyd) but her mother was suddenly taken ill and we arrived at the show to hear of the change. Joe had in fact judged just a few months before at Richmond, but his CC winners were different this time. Fortunately, Beryle did judge at Crufts some years later.

Joe’s DCC went to Barbara Lloyd’s Tolverne Tarquin of Kilvewood, aged just 13 months. He was bred by Miss Quant. This was his only top award and the first CC for the kennel; I think he subsequently went abroad but does appear in later Kilvewood pedigrees.

BOB was Vi Higgs’ homebred Ch Apollinaris Angel Clare, a great show/brood bitch with many CCs and top awards to her credit and dam of two champion sons by different sires. Vi’s small kennel of Pems and Cardis had a great Crufts record and it is sad that she never judged Pems there.

Reserves were Lynfarne Eyecatcher and Rowell Starling (later Ch), the latter a half sister to Clare, both by Ch Olantigh Christmas Gift.

Back to the era of Crufts at Olympia and with two judges for Pembrokes - in 1970 Ken Butler (Wey) did dogs and Dickie Albin (Hildenmanor) bitches. Ken and his wife Nan were one of a few pairs of spouses both to judge our breed at Crufts - I can think of Mary and Stuart Magness and Idris Jones and Allan Taylor. Any others?

DCC was a second of four consecutive Crufts wins for Leila Moore’s homebred Ch Kaytop Marshall; with his last one he topped the group in 1972. He was very nearly unbeaten in males in his select show career and proved a significant sire.

BCC and BOB was Beryle Thompson’s homebred Ch Evancoyd Personality Girl. These two also won the CCs two years later with the dog BOB that time. PG was the breed record holder for many years, the top winning bitch before Shooting Star and a BIS winner, and appears in pedigrees too.

RDCC was the young sable Lees Chico (like PG by Ch Caswell Duskie Knight), later a big winning champion, and RBCC Ch Byworth Foxash Juliana again by the same sire who was himself rather unlucky never to take a Crufts CC.

Two judges again in 1960, Patsy Hewan (Stormerbanks), who was to judge there again some years later, and Gladys ‘Grannie’ Adlam for bitches. She was best known as doyenne of Bull Terrier breeders but the Brendon kennel also housed Pems including a champion.

DCC and BOB was a first for Lady (Kathleen) Lloyd’s homebred Medloyd Makeway who became a champion later in the year. He is behind all Bulcorig pedigrees. BCC went to Jessie Kite’s Ch Eggerness Brown Sugar of St Mabyn, bred by Miss Peck, and reserves were Pennywise of Wey (a significant sire) and Ch Lees Firefairy.

The breed’s first lady, Thelma Gray (Rozavel), judged the 175 dogs entered in 1950 and put up two of the great champions of the day in Laurie Mortimer’s Ch Sonec of Rode (bred by Miss Ravenscroft) and Pat Curties’ homebred Ch Lees Coronet who was BOB. See what I mean about the Lees’ consistent Crufts success?

Both were top winners, Sonec a major sire and Coronet also in all today’s pedigrees.

Reserve dog was another ‘great’ in the puppy Knowland Clipper who soon became a champion, held the CC record for a few years and was another major influence, and reserve bitch Cranville Carolyn who again was quickly made up. She was entered in five classes as was the pattern in those days.

No show in 1940 for obvious reasons so we skip to 1930 at the Agricultural Hall when the two Corgi breeds were still one! DCC was a first for Nellie Bowler’s Bowhit Pepper who was made up at the next two shows (there were four sets of CCs that year and at the fourth there was a Cardigan-type judge). He was bred by Major Corbett and was the pre-eminent sire during the first few years of the breed’s history as a show dog.

Judge was David Rees and BCC and the silver cup for best Corgi went to Pepper’s puppy daughter Golden Girl, owned by Mrs F Munt and bred by D Evans ex the unregistered Hermitage Vick. She won the CC again a year later, became a champion and (when owned by Thelma Gray) produced a champion daughter. She was also the dam of ‘Dookie’ (Rozavel Golden Eagle), the royal family’s first Corgi so even if she doesn’t, as far as I know, appear in any later pedigrees she certainly did her bit for the breed.

RDCC went to the Pepper son Silverstead (who had been unplaced behind four bitches in the mixed graduate class!) and RBCC to Pepper’s litter sister Jinks.

Of the CC winners I’ve mentioned, I’m quite certain that Pepper, Sonec, Coronet, Makeway, Marshall and Personality Girl will be in the pedigree of whomever Andy Carter puts up next week, quite possibly also Tarquin, Angel Clare, Sugar Loaf, Challenger and/or Dream Weaver. We shall see!

SIMON PARSONS

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