The League's Principal Shows

A brief show history and Championship roll of honour

Compiled by Simon Parsons

The Welsh Corgi League’s first show was an open event held at Tattersall’s, Knightsbridge, London on April 28, 1939. It was believed to be the first open or championship show ever held which was confined to Corgis.

Judge of the 25 classes was Sid Bowler of the famous Bowhit kennel in Pembrokeshire. There were 55 exhibitors and 275 entries – note that is entries, not dogs; most would have been entered in several classes as was the practice in those days.

Best in show was Flaming Lad David and best opposite sex Rozavel Wild Rose.

Obedience classes were judged by Margaret Osborne and Wild Rose was among the winners.

Then came the second world war… but the League did hold one more open show, on May 22, 1940. Pat Curties judged and her BIS was the great Ch Rozavel Red Dragon, now eight years old, with Crawleycrow Bisto runner-up.

Once peace arrived, the League wasted no time in holding a show, and an open show in London was run by the Southern Section in November 1945. Mr Bowler was again the judge and BIS from 113 dogs was the puppy, Crawleycrow Token, with Bud of Bentra best opposite.

Since then the sections have regularly run open shows while the League itself holds a championship show each year. For many years these were held alternately in North and South of England but nowadays a Midlands venue, convenient to all, is used.

Championship shows resumed in 1946 but conditions did not allow for all-breeds events, so the four sets of CCs available to Pembrokes were all awarded at breed club events, three run by the League and one by the Welsh Corgi Club.

The first was judged by Charles Lister-Kaye in London in June, with a total entry of 382 from 122 Pembrokes. The Cardigan Welsh Corgis Association held its show the same day with the same judge.

Dog CC was Formakin Orangeman; bitch CC and BIS Faireyhaze Clever Vixen. Reserves were Teekay Pendragon and Annette of Bucklow.

The next show was run in Wales by the WCC, while the League held an event at Stockport in October, judged by Barbara Douglas-Redding, which drew 123 dogs.

Here, Formakin Orangeman became the first post-war champion from the first three shows, and Rozavel Pax won the bitch CC and BIS. Broom of Ballybentra and Lees Coronet were the reserves.

The League’s third show of the year was again in London, judged by Jessie Fitzwilliams. Total entry was 338 from 138 dogs. The show was unique in League history as who should visit, and stay for two hours, but those great Pembroke lovers Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) and her daughters Princesses Elizabeth (now the Queen) and Margaret.

Dog CC went to Broom of Ballybentra, bitch CC and BOB to Teekay Foxfire. Reserves were Ch Formakin Orangeman and Lees Coronet.

Although all-breed championship shows resumed in 1947, the League was still allowed to hold two shows. Principal winners at these, and in subsequent years, are shown below.

*denotes best in show.

OUR HISTORICAL

Roll of Honour

silhouette of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

1996

(Normanton) Margaret Cole and Henry Franks, BIS judge Arthur Bridge 149

Dog CC *Ch Cordach Tribune
RDCC Pemland High Command

Bitch CC Ch Belroyd Cornflower
RBCC Woodhenge Drummanor Well To Do

BP Pemcader Tribesman

1995

(Burford) Bob Wood and Margo Parsons, BIS judge Pat Curties 173

Dog CC Ch Belroyd Blackcap
RDCC Bulcorig Northern Dancer

Bitch CC *Ch Cordach Victorian Secret
RBCC Perrymist Forever Amber

BP Pemland Lady Of Night

1994

(Normanton) Simon Parsons and Dorothy Winter, BIS judge Wally Winter 167

Dog CC *Shavals Fire Cracker
RDCC Lynfarne Dynasty of Belroyd

Bitch CC Ch Cordach Victorian Secret
RBCC Belroyd Apple Blossom

BP Perrymist Forever Amber

1993

(Ryton-on-Dunsmore) Peggy Kessler and Anne Bowes, BIS judge Ken Butler 250

Dog CC *Ch Bannalyne Royal Edition of Rivona
RDCC Ch Llyswen Beak Every Rule

Bitch CC Perrymist Lady In Red
RBCC Fortune’s Indian Summer

BP Cordach Tribune

1992

(Swindon) Sarah Taylor and Beryl Ellis, BIS judge Beryle Thompson 193

Dog CC Bimwich Minty Bullet of Goldreef
RDCC Adurlands Devoted Diplomat

Bitch CC *Ch Mimmon La Belle Royalle
RBCC Patchesfarm Pomander of Powdermill

BP Kilvewood Joy To The World

1991

(Normanton) Liz Cartledge and Mary Magness, BIS judge Jessie Fitzwilliams 198

Dog CC Ch Belroyd The Red Grouse
RDCC Woodhenge Star Voyager

Bitch CC *Blands Mystique of Perrymist
RBCC Karenhurst Curlew

BP Headholme Kaspar

1990

(Swindon) Shirley Hickman and Brian Drake, referee Laurie Needham 202

Dog CC *Bannalyne Royal Edition of Rivona
RDCC Powdermill Pure Magic

Bitch CC Patchesfarm Possum at Powdermill
RBCC Woodhenge Sundancer

BP Powdermill Pure Magic

1989

(Normanton) Peggy Gamble and Phyl Biles 155

Dog CC *Ch Ermyn Sugar Loaf of Lees
RDCC Ch Super Trouper of Drumbuie

Bitch CC Ch Bymil Black Nymph
RBCC Willinda Campsie Dutchess

BP Powdermill Pure Gold

1988

(Golden jubilee show, Stoneleigh) Betty Peachey and Mary Winsone, BIS judge Dickie Albin 364

Dog CC *Ch Luther of Wey
RDCC Karenhurst Nut Crunch

Bitch CC Ch Belroyd Pipit
RBCC Pendogett Prelude

BP Blands My Girl Lollipop

1987

(Kidlington) Noelle Kevill and Peter Hopwood 195

Dog CC *Ch Belroyd Nut Cracker
RDCC Ch Luther of Wey

Bitch CC Ch Marklynne Maid Marion
RBCC Black Pearl of Olantigh

BP Bymil Fruit Salad

1986

(Outwood) Maureen Johnston and Allan Taylor 203

Dog CC *Ormareon Oddfellow of Ashbarton
RDCC Ch Pemland Magnus

Bitch CC Marklynne Maid Marion
RBCC Ch Bymil Black Nymph

BP Cinonnie Carina

1985

(Kidlington) Mae Moore and Margaret Cole 199

Dog CC Ch Kilvewood Over The Moon
RDCC Double Trouble at Pinewalk

Bitch CC *Kiss Me Kate of Foxydale
RBCC Kaytop Flying Feather

BP Ormareon Oddfellow of Ashbarton

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