Richmond, Midland, Adelaide and Garden State

WELSH CORGIS, PEMBROKE

NEWS FROM A UK PERSPECTIVE

Watching the Richmond groups on video, I was so pleased to see Hilary and Ray Wyer’s Cottivy Skyfall (Ir Ch Chawton Dream Maker ex Cottivy Maggie May) take the G3 spot under Margaret Wildman. Hilary and Ray, plus of course Hilary’s mum who was cheering from ringside, are such loyal supporters of the breed at every show they can get to so it was great to see them rewarded in the big ring.

The no CC classes were judged by Gordon Haran (Magregor German Shorthaired Pointers etc) and Hilary and Ray also took BB with Skyfall’s sister Cottivy Twelfth Night.

Thanks to the others who supported the classes, Lorraine Weedall and Nicola Bogue who won BP and RBD with Bronabay Illuminations (Ch Bronabay Cannonball ex Bronabay True Coliurs) and Gill Legerton whose Ermyn Flickering Flame at Solaw (Ch/Rus/Ukr Ch Ermyn Snow Knight ex Janjinks Wild Honey at Ermyn) was BV and RBB.

If you will forgive a personal note from half a century ago, Richmond 1968, then held (like Crufts and LKA) at London’s Olympia, was the first championship show my mother and I ever attended. The judge was the ever-popular all-rounder Bill Siggers who had judged an exemption show in Surrey earlier in the year and given our first homebred dog a first prize. ‘You must come along to Richmond,” he said, so we did, getting the tube from Wimbledon. Needless to say, we didn’t win anything in the tough competition of the day but meeting the serious exhibitors and seeing the big winners inspired us to carry on.

If I remember right the CC winners that day were Ch Cherryhome Clipper and Falaise Suellen, the latter handled by Margaret Cole who now lives in South Africa where she recently celebrated her 80th birthday.

I don’t have the catalogue to hand but it wouldn’t surprise me if Gill Legerton was showing at Richmond back then – I recall her campaigning her Jolly Roger of Camcounty at that period.

So as you can imagine Richmond this year was rather poignant for me and frankly I couldn’t bring myself to go on Corgi day with just four classes of Pems, one with no entries. First we lost the CCs for the breed, and then we have had the ever-decreasing classification which doesn’t exactly encourage people to enter for what can be a rather expensive day out… so let’s hope that in years to come the show can re-establish a good relationship with the breed.

Thew Midland WCC open show was judged by Allyson King (Allyking Briards and Old English Sheepdogs). BOB was Tracy and Kath Irving’s Twinan Life’s A Blast (Twinan Dip Yer Butty ex Ch Creslow Classified at Twinan) who went on to BIS under Martin Sanders (Castellcoch Dachshunds and Whippets). A good day for them as BP was RBB was Twinan Tight Squeeze (by the same dog ex Debsanna’s Promises Twinan).

Karen Newton’s tri Corland Solitaire (Nebriowa Skidaddle ex Pemcader Picture Puzzle) was BB and Sue Harrison’s Haresfoot Tea Rose (Ch Highworth Northern Lights over Pendrell ex Haresfoot Pollyanna) BV while Sue also took RBD with her grandson, the tri bobtail Haresfoot Zebedee (Ch Nireno Luke Skywalker ex Haresfoot Venus). Thanks to Joy Whitehead for results.

There used to be a whole bevy of junior warrant winners each year in the breed. Today they are as rare as hens’ teeth, so it’s good to be able to report one for Teresa Maddox’s Salvenik Summer Rosebud (Redfordhill Magic Moments to Salvenik ex Ch Bertley Summer Rose with Salvenik).

So sorry to hear of the death at nearly 14 years of Lisa and Maria Franchi’s tri boy Ch Blazerae High Flyer at Saniaquinto.

Bred by John and Caroline Stewart by Ch Blazerae Challenger at Warrenhouse ex Warrenhouse Wishing for Blazerae), he must have travelled many thousands of miles with his owners during his show campaign, eventually becoming a very popular champion and going on to lots of exciting veteran successes. You could see the special bond between him and Lisa in the ring and he was definitely her special dog.

Our sympathy also goes to Chris and Nicki Blance on the loss of Penliath Legs Eleven at 11 years. She was one of the members of their AI litter by Am Ch Renefield Sport Coat ex Ch/Int Ch Penliath Fatal Attraction, and was the dam of P Soul Man.

Sue Hewart-Chambers (Sunhaze Pyreneans and Dachshunds) is awarding CCs for the first time in the breed and W/P Breeds of Wales 2019. Karen Gilliland (Castleavery Vallhunds) will do City of Birmingham and Tom Johnston (Feldkirk Flatcoats, Ridgebacks etc) Darlington.

England’s Ros Gardiner (Elmsmere) was the judge at the South Australian specialty in Adelaide and Joan and Bob Hutton did the double, taking another specialty BIS with Sup Ch Bojojamile Bit Of A Cracker (Ch/NZ Ch Dwynella Made By Design ex Ch Bojojamile Beam Of Sunshine) and BCC and RBOB with his seven-month old cousin Bojojamile Burgundy Rose (Sup Ch Bojojamile Bean Serious ex Bojojamile Beam Of Sunlight). Needless to say Ros really enjoyed her time Down Under.

In the US the Garden State specialty was judged by Cindy Savioli (Aubrey). BOB was Mari Carroll’s GChB Brogan Bright Light (GChB Heritage Brogan Light The Lamp ex GCh Brogan Tralee) and BOS Carol Braunstein and Virginia Gilman’s GChG Nchanted Concerto (GCh Sandfox Cadenza ex Ch Nchanted Silk Teddy).

Continuing with our Standard comparison, the UK version has this to say about Pembroke hindquarters:

“Strong and flexible, well angulated stifle. Legs short. Ample bone carried right down to feet. Hocks straight when viewed from behind.“

In the US, they want: “Ample bone, strong and flexible, moderately angulated at stifle and hock. Exaggerated angulation is as faulty as too little. Thighs should be well muscled. Hocks short, parallel, and when viewed from the side are perpendicular to the ground. Barrel hocks or cowhocks are most objectionable. Slipped or double-jointed hocks are very faulty.”

As ever the British version concentrates on the ideal, the American one also includes common departures from that ideal.

The big difference here is that we are supposed to look for a ‘well’ angulated stifle whereas the Americans seek ‘moderate’ angulation here.

This seems rather strange as in practice, of course, we are all after the same thing here. Must admit I feel the Brits are more realistic as Pems surely have more angulation at the stifle (and indeed in front, too) than the majority of breeds, and ‘moderate’ angulation to my mind means something else altogether.

Of course (as the Americans point out) we certainly don’t want exaggeration here, but I for one would certainly think of a Pembroke as a ‘well’ rather than ‘moderately’ angulated breed – what do you think?

SIMON PARSONS

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