Veteran stars of 2018

The Twinan team started off 2019 as they ended the old year, this time with another successful day at Boston where the non-CC entry was judged by Keith Baldwin (Nightstorm Belgian Shepherds, Danes and Schipperkes). Tracy and Kath Irving took BOB with Ch Born To Be Your Salt Dog at Twinan (Hung/Rom/Greek/Mac Ch Born To Be Your Spartacus di Pi Et Ra ex Int/Rom Ch Twinan Colour Me Red) and BP with Twinan Shake The Tree (Twinan Dip Yer Butty ex Twinan Just The Ticket) who went on to PG2 under Keith Pursglove. RBD was Gill Legerton’s tri Ermyn Time To Dream for Solaw (Rus Ch Pemvale Midnight Flyer over Ermyn ex Ch Vuedor Black Pearl of Ermyn). In bitches it was a good day for the Whitebarns with Hannah and Patricia Fawcett’s Whitebarn Sea Shell (one CC, Ch Pemcader Thunderball ex Whitebarn Tabitha Twitchit) taking BB over her younger sister, Margaret and Ian Hoggarth’s tri Whitebarn Moonbeam, who was granddaughter Katy’s charge in the YKC handling where she won second. Twinan Tight Squeeze was fourth in the junior stakes under Richard Kinsey while Balletcor won the breeder stakes judged by Colin Ashmore. Last section of my review of 2018 concerns the veterans. Not all the shows declare an official best veteran award, which seems a pity. The outstanding winner here was Mary Davies’ homebred tri boy Ch/Rus/Ukr Ch Ermyn Snow Knight (Ch/Am Ch Rosewood Set Sail to Salvenik ex Wharrytons Pansy Potter at Ermyn) who won ten BV awards as well as three CCs during the year. He was also third in the veteran group three times. On two BVs we had Sue Harrison’s homebred bitch Haresfoot Tea Rose (Ch Highworth Northern Lights over Pendrell ex Haresfoot Pollyanna) and Lorraine Weedall and Nicola Bogue’s homebred tri dog Ch Bronabay Troopin The Colour (also by Northern Lights, ex Ch Bronabay Cherish The Moment). Single BV winners were Mary Davies’ tri bitch Ch Vuedor Black Pearl of Ermyn, bred by Joy Williams by Snow Knight ex Vuedor Carless Whisper. She also added to her CC tally; Joy Whitehead’s dog Tudoroyal Christmas Fun, bred by June Canning by Ch Corgold Harry Potter ex Wharrytons Moonfly at Tudoroyal; Kay Hogg’s bitch Cristaluna’s Apache Spirit of Keltybrae, bred by Jo Borman by Ch Salvenik Star Made ex Ellhar Gemini Dawn into Cristaluna; Carole Turner’s homebred tri bitch Cottonfields Black Eye’d Pea (Ir/Rus/Est Ch Craigycor Elfwish Mib ex Brynlluan Midnight Glow over Cottonfields); Gill Legerton’s bitch Ermyn Flickering Flame at Solaw, bred by Mary Davies by Snow Knight ex Janjinks Wild Honey at Ermyn; Lisa and Maria Franchi’s dog Whitebarn Samuel Whiskers at Saniaquinto, bred by Margaret and Ian Hoggarth by Set Sail ex Oakcap Sassy Sophia at Whitebarn; Babs and Wally Aylott’s homebred tri bitch Barwal Belle (Foxfire Red Ruffian at Pemland ex Pemcader Belroyd Zoe of Barwal); and Linda Roberts’ bitch Ch Cherastayne Snowbride (Ch Brynelli Double Exposure ex Cherastayne Altesse Royale). The latter retired, aged 14, from her remarkable career after her win at the League; she also won the RCC at Crufts which is one of the shows without an officially recorded BV. I must also mention a younger dog who successfully represented the breed in the big rings more than once; that is Kim Warner’s tri Meitza Erik The King who had a first and second in beginners groups and second at one of the few shows to hold a junior group. Absolute final reminder about advertisements and portrait gallery entries in the League handbook; Ruth Turner can still accept them up to this weekend. Meanwhile Kevin Egan has produced a lovely souvenir of the two-day EuroCorgi event in July. I have attached it to the version of these notes on my personal Facebook page. Thanks Kevin. SIMON PARSONS

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