Thursday, 31 July 2008

Leeds Championship show

I don't think many club members made the long trip down to Leeds but I do have news of some wins.

This show must be Elizabeth's favourite as it has certainly proved lucky for Bronni, last year she went BOB and this year she took the RCC.

Karen's Ceilidh took Reserve Best Bitch and Daveena's Rowan won her class and also Best Puppy in Breed. Rowan and her sister Poppy seem to be taking it in turns to win!

Congratulations to you all!

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Highland Canine Association Open Show

There were no wet whippets at Dingwall this year because the weather stayed warm and dry for Saturday's show. It was actually a little too warm, especially in the hall, but we are not complaining......Turriff and Keith shows are fast approaching and we haven't forgotten the wet and mud that affected them last year! (See previous posts).

Entries seemed a little down at the show and quite a few of our usual crowd weren't there, perhaps Leeds champ show had an effect on numbers. However, there are still plenty of wins to report. Photos follow but I didn't get all the groups as I was in a ring elsewhere for some of them.

Liz and her family of whippets had a wonderful day, Aggie and Erin won their classes and Poppy took best hound puppy and then Reserve Best Pup in Show! Bunty had to make do with a 2nd but she was obviously just letting her sister have a turn this time. Well done on getting two RBPIS in a matter of weeks!

Still with the hounds, Erica and Dougie's Charlotte was BOB and G3 and Bob's Luka continued his winning streak by taking 1st in AVNSC graduate, beating his brother and sister.

Morag's Arran was definitely on top form as he won his class, BOB and then the group (he's had many group places but this was his first time in the BIS line-up) but to top it off......he also took best pastoral veteran. Good going Arran (and lots of sprinting round rings for Morag).

Katrina's Leo carried on his run of success in the puppy classes by taking best pastoral pup. Linda and Vic's Gino won his class and Best Opposite Sex.

In gundogs Elizabeth had a clean sweep when Asher won his class and Bronni also won hers plus BOB and G3. Jennifer had two dogs in for the group, Wallace and Riley both took BOB although Riley had to work a little harder for his (!) and he also went on to take G4.

The club had another representative in the Best Veteran line-up, Linda's Nesa won her open class and also the toy veteran (the judge was very impressed with her full complement of pearly whites).

Still with toys - Jill's Chico was BOB and took the group, Les and Rita's Magic was Best NSC and G2. Sue's Pansy won her class but was beaten for BOB by Rosa, who then went G4, and Desmond took Best Opposite Sex.

It was Ria's Jasper's first show and he behaved impeccably. He took 2nd in the toy minor puppy class and then helped Ria to a 2nd in the junior handling class.

A big well done to everyone!!

I seem to have nothing to report from the terrier, working or utility groups but, if I've missed something, please let me know.

See you all at Turriff.

Monday, 28 July 2008

Jasper - 2nd AV toy puppy

Ria - 2nd in junior handling

Deep in discussion

The winning whippets!
Bunty - 2nd hound junior, Aggie - 1st whippet novice,
Poppy - Best hound puppy and RBPIS, Erin - 1st whippet graduate.

Luka - 1st AV hound NSC graduate

Charlotte - BOB and G3

Honey, Luka and Thistle - a family affair.

Bronni - BOB and Group 3

Riley - BOB and Group 4

Gundog group being judged, the pointer won it and later went BIS

Pansy - 1st papillon post graduate

Nesa - 1st papillon open and Best toy veteran

Desmond - Best Opposite Sex

Chico - BOB and Group 1

Magic - Best NSC and Group 2

Rosa - BOB and Group 4

Gino - Best Opposite Sex

Arran - BOB, G1 and Best Pastoral veteran

Pastoral group 1st - 4th

Best in Show line-up

Leo and Poppy in for Best Puppy

Reserve Best Puppy in Show is awarded

Best Puppy and Reserve Best Puppy

Best Veteran line-up. It went to the saluki.

Lochaber Open Obedience show

Jenny and Colin went down and competed at Lochaber & District Canine Society's two day open obedience show, which was held in the very scenic setting of Spean Bridge community playing fields on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July.

Many competitors camp overnight and the society holds a ceilidh on the Saturday night, which is, by all accounts, a great evening. No doubt there are a few sore heads around the rings the following day (ask Jenny about last year). Jenny says that it is a very well run and enjoyable show.

It was certainly a weekend to remember for both Jenny and Colin as Brint and Beauly were placed both days. Beauly was 7th in Saturday's Pre-Beginners and 5th in Sunday's. Brint put in a great round in Saturday's Beginners and was placed 2nd, he also did very well in Sunday's Beginners and would have been 2nd again if it hadn't been for a slight mistake in his recall, he had to settle for 6th instead.

Congratulations to you both!
Beginners line-up, Saturday. Brint 2nd

Pre-Beginners line-up, Saturday. Beauly 7th

Brint and Beauly with their awards on Saturday

Beginners line-up, Sunday. Brint 6th

Pre-Beginners line-up, Sunday. Beauly 5th

Sunday, 27 July 2008


Nicky is the only member that I know of who travelled down to Kirkcaldy for Fife Kennel Association's open show last weekend.

Gabbi and Alfie did her proud by winning their respective classes and then Alfie took Best of Breed and 2nd in the group. Well done!
Gabbi and Alfie on the relaxed mode

Good Citizen test night

Belated news of the Bronze, Silver and Gold test night, which was held in the hall on Tuesday 15th July. Everyone had obviously been working very hard because the pass rate was impressive - so a big well done to all those who made it!

Thanks to Alison for once again being our examiner, especially as she has to come all the way over from Peterhead. Thanks also to Jenny for taking the photos.

Bronze and Silver appear below. Congratulations also to our Gold achievers - Roseanne and Freya, June and Barney, David and Casper - you'll be captured for posterity soon!

See you all at the next level in August.


Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Wot - no dogs?

Here we are, 1,040 miles into our whistle-stop tour of Britain - The Long Way Round (abridged version).

The weather has been great so far and, in general, the joints are taking the strain......the odd numb bum is to be expected of course.

It's been fun but somewhat strange not to have dogs with us. We'll have to get them a side-car for next year.
Dog hair free zone

Friday, 11 July 2008

We'll be back

The blog will be quiet for the next week as I'll be away on holiday but you can still send in anything of interest and it will appear once normal service resumes.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Surprise visitor

It's been some time since Jan left us to go to Foreign Parts (well, England......but it is a long way) so it was a nice surprise to see her walk through the door on Tuesday night. She was in the area and decided to join us for the evening. Dennis took part in the top class and showed us that he hasn't forgotten how to do flashy heelwork. Hetty, the latest addition to the family, proved to be just as lively as we'd been told - she and Dennis make a great pair!

Lovely to see you Jan, come back soon.

Definitely got your hands full, Jan!

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Another from Dundee

Here's a photo of Moira's Dandy who did so well at his first ever show. He won the toy minor puppy class at Dundee open show.

Looking good Dandy!

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Keep watching

Although the club is taking a break for a few weeks there are still shows going on and there will (hopefully) be news and photos to post - so keep looking in to see what's been happening.

Good luck to all those taking their Good Citizen tests next week. We'll look forward to posting photos of all those who pass.........and there's sure to be many!

More from Bon Accord

A few more results from Bon Accord that were missed earlier.

Karen's Ceilidh was Best of Breed, Daveena's Inka was Best NSC and Caitlin was 2nd in the Junior Handling 12-16 year class.

Well done!

ACTS open obedience show

This last weekend has been a good one for Spey Valley as I have more wins to report, this time from Aberdeen Canine Training Society's two day open obedience show at Hazlehead park in Aberdeen. Downpours have often featured in previous years but the show and its organisers were luckier this time. Classes are always big at these shows, competition is stiff and therefore places are not easily come by.

Gladys had an unforgettable weekend when she and Niki managed to win the Pre-Beginners class on both days! Quite apart from this fantastic achievement, she was also placed 9th with Danny in the Beginners class on Saturday, 5th with him in Pre-Beginners on Sunday and a 5th with Niki in Sunday's Beginners. Very well done! You're probably still floating Gladys.

Jenny and Colin were also competing with Brint and Beauly, both teams had great rounds and were sitting high up in the places until things fell apart a bit in the stay ring! Better luck next time guys. However, Colin and Beauly kept it together in Sunday's Beginners and managed a worthy 4th place.

Well done you three!
Pre- Beginners, Saturday
Niki 1st, Danny 2nd

Gladys with plenty to beam about

Colin and Beauly - your turn next time!

Pre-Beginners, Sunday
Niki 1st, Danny 5th

Beginners, Sunday

Beauly 4th, Niki 5th

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Bon Accord Kennel Association

Bon Accord show was held yesterday at Seaton Park in Aberdeen. Although a nice venue, there is no wet weather provision and all eyes were on the forecast in the days running up to the show. Earlier in the week it was not looking good........wellies, umbrellas and soggy dogs looked to be on the cards! But no, in the end we were lucky and it stayed dry, if not particularly sunny. Next July this show will be held at Thainstone with a mix of indoor and outdoor rings.

I remembered my camera this time and managed to catch some of the groups but not all - more cameras required! If anyone else has photos that they would like to send in, please do. Remember you can left click on the photos to see them full size.

Although no club members were represented in the Best in Show line-up, we did have two in for Best Puppy in Show. Karen's Poppy had won the terrier puppy class then took Puppy Group 1 and Liz's whippet pup, Bunty, won her puppy class, Puppy Group 1 and Reserve Best Puppy in Show. Congratulations!

It was Bob's birthday and he celebrated in style, especially after Luka was declared Best of Breed! Hopefully he doesn't have a bad head today (Bob, not Luka!)

Spey Valley was well represented in the gundog group. Elizabeth had a great day (see also toys) as Asher had won his class, Bronni also won hers and took Best of Breed. Jennifer's Riley was Best of Breed along with Marianne's Glenn and Sue's Finlay. Lynne's Luigi was Best NSC and her Pomona won the Rare Breeds class. Sue's Jana was BPIB and Puppy Group 4 (thanks to Lesley for handling her so ably in the breed class when it clashed with the papillon classes).

In the toy group, Elizabeth had more success when Malibu went Best of Breed. Linda's Mollie was also Best of Breed and G4. Gill's Chico won the toy puppy class and Les and Rita's Magic won her open class.

Morag's Arran was Best of Breed and G4 in the pastoral group and Linda and Vic's Gino won his class.

Well done to all the winners!
Pastoral group in progress

Pastoral group 1st - 4th

Bob celebrated his '29th' birthday at the show..........

.........and it turned out to be his lucky day when Luka took Best of Breed!

Many happy returns Bob!

Luka tries to keep Bob on a straight line!

Hound group being judged

Hound puppy class

Gundog group part 1

Gundog group part 2

Jana - Gundog puppy group 4