Monday, 31 August 2009

Where to look for rosettes

Many of you will have seen, and quite possibly won, some of Nicky's impressive home-made rosettes as she has provided them for a number of our events.

To give you a taster of what is on offer at our show on Sunday at Roseisle visit her new blog here. Make sure you're there on the day to be in with a chance of winning one!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Ringcraft rota for this session

16th February...................Jenny and Elizabeth
23rd February.....................Karen and Katie
2nd March............................June and Mark
9th March.............................Claire and Mary
16th March.........................Karen and Joanne
23rd March...........................Nicky and Joan
30th March.........................Daveena and Helen

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

A win for Asher

The Welsh Kennel Club Championship show was held 21st - 23rd August away down south in Builth Wells.

The only result that I could see for a club member was first place in Limit Dog for Elizabeth's Asher, which means he now has his Stud Book number.

Well done Asher!

Monday, 24 August 2009

Back to school

Don't forget that classes start again tomorrow night.

No doubt everyone and everydog is keen and raring to go after the summer break! See you there.

A thank you

June would like to thank everyone for all their encouragement over the past few months and for all the cards and comments received after Benson succeeded in getting his Junior Warrant.

Shows will be so much more relaxing now that the pressure is off, June!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Our annual Companion Show

Our annual show, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, will be taking place on Sunday 6th September at the usual venue of Roseisle Village hall - so make sure you keep your diary free that day!

As in previous years, there are 9 pedigree, 11 novelty and 3 obedience classes and judging will take place in three rings. Why not spruce up your pins and give them an airing in the 'best six legs' class? The popular 'fancy dress' class will give you the chance to get creative, the more imaginative the costume, the better. The obedience classes will suit complete beginners, as well as more advanced competitors, so don't be afraid to have a bash. Lovely rosettes are on offer for 1st to 6th place in all the classes.

Refreshments, home-bakes and those all-important pies will be available in the hall. A raffle will be held and you'll also have the chance to win a bottle of whisky in our playing card lotto.

The show is open to everyone, dogs do not need to be Kennel Club registered but must be over 6 months of age. There's something for everyone in the classes so come along for a great day out with your dog and support a very worthy cause!

Click on the entry form below for all the information.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

News from the Deep South

Katrina was away on holiday in the south of England recently, a bit of a working holiday as she was also dog and house-sitting for a friend.

While she was down there, she managed to take in Paignton and Bournemouth Champ shows - the only club member that I know of who did so.

At Paignton, Leo won his Yearling Dog class and Cosmo was in a qualifying position with 3rd in Limit Dog. Star took 5th place in a large Limit Bitch class.

Leo kept the Glenfound flag flying at Bournemouth by being placed 2nd in Yearling Dog.

Well done Katrina and gang!

Scotiabear Talk Of The Town at Rathmil JW

Benson after his BIS win at Highland and just before gaining his JW

Monday, 10 August 2009

Keith Companion Show

Sunday's companion show at Keith saw yet another Best In Show for a Spey Valley member, the third one that weekend. This time it was Elizabeth's Asher who took the top honour and not far behind, with Reserve Best In Show, was Morag's Logie.

There was a new layout for the show this year and the dogs were much more a part of the whole show than in previous years. This seems to have helped the entry enormously and the classes were well filled. No doubt the good weather helped there too.

It was a good show all round for Spey Valley. Erica and Doug's Charlotte won the hound class, Karen's Poppy the terrier, Donna's River the working, Elizabeth's Malibu the toy, Jenny's Sadie the pastoral and Sue's Louis was Best Veteran. It was a clean sweep in the Junior Handling with Ria winning the 6-11 year class and Caitlin the 12-16 year and Best Overall Junior.

Congratulations everyone!

Thanks to Sian for the photos of River and Charlotte.

Some of the entrants

Wonder what these two were discussing?

A couple of the Junior Handlers

Dog shows can be SO tiring!

Looks like this basset feels the same way!

Best Crossbreed

Malibu - Best toy

Poppy - Best terrier

Sadie - Best pastoral

River - Best working

Charlotte - Best hound

BIS line-up, part 1

BIS line-up, part 2

Asher, BIS and Logie, RBIS


Lap of honour

Tayside and Lochee

Carnoustie Leisure Centre was the venue for this Open show on Saturday. It's located right on the seafront and can often be damp and chilly but the sun shone for most of the day and meant that some groups were judged outside in the near(ish!) tennis courts.

There weren't many club members at the show but I do have a few wins to mention.

Katie's Lara continued her run of success by taking Puppy Group 1.

Erica and Doug's Willow won her class, BOB and Group 4.

Liz's Erin won her class and BOB.

Sue's Desmond also won his class and Louis was Best Toy Veteran.

Well done all!

Finlay comes out on top

At the companion show at Moy on Saturday, Sue's Finlay kept the Spey Valley flag flying when he won the gundog class and then went on to take Best In Show. Well done Finlay!

Thanks to Sue for sending in the photo.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Let's hear it for Benson!

We can all relax now and uncross everything because Benson won his classes and Best of Breed at a show in Lanark yesterday, which gave him enough points for his Junior Warrant plus one to spare! Not only that but he won the group and also another Best In Show!!

For those who may not know, a dog gains its Junior Warrant by collecting points for wins at Open and Championship shows between the ages of 6 and 18 months. 25 points are required in total, a win at Ch level gives 3 and Open 1. It's a major achievement to be able to add the coveted 'JW' after your dog's name and involves hundreds of miles of travelling in order to take in as many shows as possible in the space of that year. Living as far north as we do makes it even harder. As far as I am aware, Benson is the first dog belonging to a Spey Valley member to take such an award.

Huge congratulations to June and Benson!

Of course we can't forget Andy, whose unwavering support has played a huge part in Benson's stellar show career. We all know how much he enjoys dog shows!

Denzil struts his stuff

At the companion show at Turriff on Monday, Linda and Ron's Denzil was in fine form and he was declared Best Puppy in Show. Well done!

Friday, 7 August 2009


There was no mud to contend with this year at Turriff, although there were a couple of very heavy showers in the afternoon but, in the main, it was warm and sunny.

It was to be a very good day for Spey Valley with five of the seven contenders for Best in Show being club members.

There was a lot going on at once and I'm sure to have missed wins so please let me know of yours and send in any photos you may have.

Congratulations to all the winners!


Morag's Logie takes Best Import Register

Karen decided to take Ceilidh just for a day out and was delighted when she won her NSC class and then went on to win the group.

Ceilidh - Best AVNSC, G1

Group judging

Group 1st - 4th

Katie's Lara had a terrific (Turrific?) day. She beat a Sh Ch to take BOB and followed it up by winning a good sized group and also the puppy group!

I think Sue's Finlay may also have been in the group after taking BOB.

Elizabeth's Bronni won her class.

Lara - BOB, G1, PG1

Katie looking chuffed to bits with Lara's group win.

Roseanne's Toby won his class and BOB.

Jenny's Sadie also took BOB.

Toby - BOB

Sadie - BOB

Group judging

Joanne's Danes had a good day, Nana won her class, Walter won his, then took BOB and also the group.

June's Benson won his class and then BOB and G3. He now only needs one point to achieve his JW and he has just two more shows in which to get it. Good luck Benson!

Walter - BOB, G1

Jill's Chico was BOB then went on to win the group, for the second year in a row. He went one better this year though, by being declared Reserve Best In Show. Well done Chico!
Jill also had success with the cavaliers, Jamie won his class and BOB and I think Barry may also have won his class.

Ria's Jasper is on a winning streak, he won his class, BOB and then G2.

Sue's Desmond won his class, as did Linda's TJ who then went on to take BOB and G4

I don't think Jill's Tony won his class at Turriff but we're catching up with him after his BOB win at Dundee and his minor puppy win at Highland last week.

Jamie - BOB

Chico, with other things on his mind, BOB, G1 & RBIS

Group judging

G1 and G2

Bob's Luka beat brother Bo to Best of Breed and then went on to G3. This must be his lucky show too because he won the group last year.

Erica and Doug's Charlotte was another who won her class and BOB.

Group judging

Group 1st - 4th

Ria had to put up with a shower of rain during her JH 6 -11 year class but she took it in her stride and came away with a very soggy red rosette.

Caitlin was handling Gus, it was his first show and he gave her a very hard time, but he seemed to enjoy himself!

Gus doing a dance

One of the few moments he stood still!

Ria competing for Best JH

Take them round please........

L - R, BIS, RBIS and Best Opposite Sex

The BIS judge gets up close and personal with some Dane slobber.

The clouds built up just after BIS and then came a torrential downpour halfway through Best Veteran. Sue's Louis was in the ring at the time and was in danger of looking like a drowned rat. Everyone ran for cover except poor, dedicated, steward Isobel, who was busy saving all the paperwork and ended up sheltering under the table until rescue arrived in the shape of an umbrella. Click on the photo to see just how much rain there was.