Friday, 25 September 2009

Darlington Champ Show

Darlington Championship show was held at Newby Hall last weekend. Exhibitors must have been so glad that the weather was much kinder this year, the sun shone and the ground was dry - so different from last year's sea of mud!

I don't think that many club members made the journey south and the main successes came from the gundog group.

Katie's Lara was placed 2nd in her Puppy Bitch class. It seems to be a case of 'always the bridesmaid' for Lara as she's had a few such places at this year's champ shows. Fingers crossed for a 1st at the next one!

Lara at Darlington (poor Katie goes headless again)

For one club member, this Darlington was definitely one not to be forgotten. Elizabeth was chuffed to bits when Asher was 2nd in Limit Dog class and then went on to take the RCC! The excitement didn't end there, however, because Bronni then won her Open Bitch class and took the CC and also Best of Breed! This was Bronni's second ticket so keep your fingers crossed that she goes on to get that all important third.

Congratulations Elizabeth and Katie - keeping the HPR flag flying!

Bronni and Asher

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Companion show at Nethybridge

Don't forget the show at Nethybridge this Saturday.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009


On Saturday 5th December the club will be holding a Hands On seminar, which will be followed by Conformation and Movement on Sunday 6th December. Eleanor Bothwell will be the assessor.

The venue is St Thomas's Hall in Keith and both days will be a 9am for 9.30am start. Coffee and tea will be provided and the cost is £12 per day.

Priority will be given to club members but, if there are any spare places, it will be opened up to non-members.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen -

Monday, 14 September 2009

Lochaber Open show

On Sunday, Lochaber and District CA held their annual open show at the usual venue of The Nevis Centre at Fort William. The show was brought forward a few weeks this year, which meant that there wasn't the same show of autumn colours but the journey there was still a very scenic one. The weather was good over on the west coast with plenty of sunshine but the summit of Ben Nevis remained hidden by a stubborn cloud .

There were less club members at the show than in previous years but there are still some good results to report.

June's Benson is still on a roll, he won his class then took the group and followed it up by going Reserve Best In Show! Also in the working group, Joanne's Walter took Best NSC and then G2.

Only one hound result, Ria helped Erica out by handling Charlotte who went on to BOB.

In the pastoral group Jenny's Sadie was BOB and Linda and Vic's Gino won his class and BOB.

The only utility win I know of was Linda and Ron's Denzil, who won his class and BOB.

In toys Elizabeth and George's Giovanni was Best NSC and G2 and puppy Lola was Best Toy Puppy. One of Les and Rita's poms took BOB and a group place but I'm not sure which one at the moment - if anyone knows, please tell me. Ria's Jasper was BOB.

In the terriers, Daveena's Kia (?) was BOB and Karen's Ceilidh beat Fergus to take BOB and then G4.

Congratulations to all!

Some of the winners......






Pastoral group being judged

Terrier group judging

Terrier group 1st - 4th

Working group judging

Hound group judging

Best in Show line-up

Best In Show - the cocker
Reserve Best In Show - Benson
(Bad photo but they didn't hang around to pose!)

Posing pals

One more from Roseisle

Thanks to Fran for this photo of the fancy dress class at Roseisle.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

A sunny Roseisle show

After the non-stop pouring rain of Thursday and subsequent flooding in the Moray area, it was a relief to have the sun shining on our companion show at Roseisle on Sunday. There was a great turn out, the kitchen and raffle did a good trade and a clear profit of £560 was made for our nominated charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Thanks to our judges, Karen Elmquist, Joanne Newsome and Fran Murtaugh. Thanks also to all the committee members, helpers and everyone who donated food and raffle prizes - it wouldn't have been possible without you!

It was almost a clean sweep of the top awards for club members with Heather's Sasha taking Best In Show, Morag's Logie was Reserve Best In Show and Les and Rita's Gus (handled by Caitlin) taking Best Puppy. Jennifer's Riley won a very large gundog class and Donna's River was 1st in the working class.

The obedience classes were well supported and again the club had some good results. The first class was won by Ria with Jasper and the top class by Jenny with Brint.

Glenn won the junior handling class and Ria came second.

Well done to everyone!

One competitor makes the most of the sunshine

The judge hard at work in the novelty ring

Gus winning the puppy class

Logie wins the junior class

River - 1st in working

Sasha takes 1st in the hound class

1st - 4th in the veteran class

Glenn wins the junior handling class

(R-L) 1st - 4th Triers obedience

(L-R) 1st - 6th Highers obedience

(L-R) 1st - 6th Fliers obedience

BIS line-up, part 1

BIS line-up, part 2



Friday, 4 September 2009

Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show

SKC held their second champ show of the year at Ingliston last weekend. Despite fairly heavy rainfall on the Friday, conditions were pretty good and the two day show did not become a mud-fest. It was windy though. Does anyone remember a time when it wasn't windy at Ingliston?!

There were quite a number of wins and Crufts qualifying places for club members, which I've picked up from Fosse Data. If I've not spotted your dog then please let me know. I have no photos from the day and would welcome any that you may have taken.

Working - Elaine had a good day with the mastiffs, winning PD, PB (and Best Puppy), PGB (and RBCC). Sorry, I don't know the dogs by name but will find out who was who. June's Benson also won his Yearling class. Sian's Bertie will be Crufts bound next year after his 2nd in PD.

Gundogs - Sue's Finlay was 2nd in PGD, Katie's Lara was 3rd in both PB and JB, Jennifer's Wallace was 3rd in PGD. There was at least one win and some qualifying places in the cocker classes but I am waiting for names, watch this space.

Pastoral - Linda and Vic's Gino was 1st in PGD, Katrina's Marty was at his first show and will be heading to Crufts as he took 3rd in MPD, Leo also took a 3rd in Yearling.

Utility - Morag's Logie won his class, Best Dog and then Best Import Register. Although unable to compete in the group, they got to do a lap of honour in the ring before judging started.

Toys - Jill's Suki won her JB class. Sue's Rosa won her PGB class. Elizabeth and George's Lily (?) was 2nd in NSC Open but Lola went one better by winning her class then Best NSC and Best Puppy. Caitlin handled Gus to take a 1st in his class. Ria's Jasper was on fine form, after taking 2nd in his PG class he was whisked off to the YKC working/pastoral/utility/toy stakes class, which he won! Ria and Jasper also had further success in theYKC and JHA classes with a 2nd and a 3rd, these qualify them for Crufts and Richmond I think but, as there were a number of handling classes, I have to admit to being a bit confused - it was all good news anyway!

Terriers - Daveena's Rowan won her class and then took RBB. Her sister Poppy, handled by Caitlin, took 1st in the YKC terrier/gundog/hound.

Hound - Elizabeth's Bunty was 3rd in PGB. Erica and Doug's Charlotte was 2nd in PGB and Willow was 3rd in OB.

Congratulations to all!

Thanks to Sian for the photo below. Lizzie the horse looks less than impressed by Bertie's news that he's off to Crufts next year!