Tuesday, 21 December 2010

We passed!

Thanks to a short-lived gap in the wintry weather, the Good Citizen tests were able to go ahead last week. Everybody must have been training hard because the pass rate was very impressive. Well done to all those who passed. To those who so narrowly missed out, keep practising, you're sure to make it next time.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all when classes resume on January 25th.




Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Test night tonight

Thanks to the thaw, the Good Citizen tests will go ahead this evening.

Bronze will start at 7pm, Silver and Gold are unlikely to be before 8pm.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Christmas party cancelled

Due to the continuing snow and bad state of many roads, including those around the hall, tomorrow's Christmas party has been cancelled.

Hopefully there will be some improvement before next week's test night. We'll keep you posted.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Classes cancelled this week

Regrettably, due to the bad weather, classes have been cancelled for this week.

Next week, weather permitting, we will be holding our Christmas party. Everyone is welcome, there will be party games, food and a fancy dress competition.

The following week, 14th, will be the Good Citizen test night. Don't forget your brush, poop scoops and make sure your dog is wearing an identity disc showing your name and address.

Classes will resume on January 25th.

Dundee Limited Show

Arbroath Community Hall was the venue for this show on November 20th - before the Big Snow caused havoc with many peoples' travel plans.

Linda and Ron's Hugo had a very good day when he went BOB and also Group 2.

Well done Hugo!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Catrine CC and LKA of Scotland

Catrine Canine Club Open show was held at Lanark on Saturday 20 November. The Agricultural Centre is a good venue with heaps of parking but space was scarce beside the three rings in the hall. At least all the bodies made the temperature rise as it was a pretty cold day!

Only a few club members made the journey there, Dundee Limited show was on the same day, so not many results. Sue's Elwood won his graduate class and Ria won her JH class, which came with £5 prize money and a selection box - well worth it!

The following day, LKA of Scotland Open show was held in the Central Hall, Ingliston. This venue certainly doesn't lack space but it does lack heating! Space heaters were used but a lot of the heat must have escaped through the gaps in the walls . . . make sure you wear your thermals if you're attending a winter show there!

Again, not many club members present but a few wins to report. Katie's Lara won her post grad class and then went on to take BOB. Sue's Jana also won her class and BOB and Desmond won his graduate class. Erica and Niamh were over at the hound ring, which must have been the coldest part of the hall and whippets certainly needed their jackets! No wins for them but Niamh's Mia did take 3rd in a very large junior class.

Well done to everyone, hope you've all thawed out .

Lara wins her class . . .

. . . then takes on the open class winner for BOB

Ria handling Jana in the group

Benson's on his way to the finals

Benson competed in the Kennel Gazette's Junior Warrant semi-finals, which were held all the way down in Earl's Court at Discover Dogs, and he was one of ten who made it through to the finals to be held at Crufts in March.

June was unable to handle Benson because she fell and broke her shoulder a couple of weeks before the event but breeder and co-owner Davie stepped in and obviously did a great job.

Huge congratulations June, good luck for the final and we wish you a speedy recovery!

Benson with handler Davie and judges Meg Purnell Carpenter and Lee Cox

Some wins for the Chins

A slightly late result for the North of Scotland Toydog show at Arbroath a couple of weeks ago. Jill's Tiger and Chico both won their respective classes with Tiger taking BOB and also G3.

Cracker is over in Ireland and took his first Green Star and BOB at Cloghran All Breeds Champ show on 13 November.


Sunday, 14 November 2010

More from Working and Pastoral Breeds

More results from last weekend. Katrina was another who went to Working and Pastoral Breeds of Scotland, Marty won his Special Yearling class and Leo was 2nd in Limit. The following day they were at the Scottish Border Collie club's champ show and both dogs won their respective classes.

Well done Katrina, Leo and Marty on a very successful weekend!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Match night for Banff, Moray & Nairn CC

This Monday, 15th, there will be a match for all BMNCC members at Spynie Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

Working and Pastoral Breeds of Scotland

Elaine's Zeta took the BCC and also Best of Breed at Working and Pastoral Breeds of Scotland champ show last weekend. Milo was 1st in his class and also took the RCC.


Saturday, 6 November 2010

Obedience match

Our match last Sunday went very well, with good sized classes and some lovely rounds of obedience. Well done to all the winners and, in particular, Loretta deserves a pat on the back for all her hard work with Sasha, resulting in her winning the first class. Sasha has been quite a challenge for Loretta but she has come on in leaps and bounds.

Thanks to our judge Martin and steward Lesley. Thanks also to everyone who took part and to all who helped make the day a success.

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Banff, Moray & Nairn CC, October 2010

It was a lovely, bright autumn day for BMNCC's open show at Lossiemouth Community Centre on Saturday, one of the last shows of the year for many.

June's Benson had yet another great result at this show, he went Best of Breed, took the Working group and then went on to Best In Show. I think this will be his 13th such award!

Also in a top position, Les and Rita's Magic was Best Toy NSC, Group 1 and then Best Opposite Sex.

Erica and Doug's Noodle also went right to the top with Reserve Best Puppy In Show. Not only that but she won her beagle Junior class and also Best of Breed. She really has got off to a flying start with her first two shows.

Plenty of other results below:

Ria won the 12-16 year Junior Handling class, Caitlin was 2nd

Ria competing against the winner of the 6-11year JH class for Best Junior Handler, which she won

Kathy's Sula won Best Terrier NSC and the group

Terrier group 1st - 4th
Jock and Ann's Rosie (?) took BOB and G2

Les and Rita's Magic, Best Toy NSC, Best Opposite Sex In Show

Toy group 1st-3rd
Sue's Elwood won his Junior class and the AV toy puppy class, Desmond also won his class.
Jill's Tiger won his NSC class

Pastoral group being judged

Pastoral group 1st - 4th
Linda and Vic's Gino was BOB and G3
Katrina's Leo was BOB as was Jenny's Sadie

Ailsa's Chatter was Best Utility Puppy
Morag's Logie won the Import Register class

Erica and Doug's Noodle wins her class and BOB

Twiglet also won her class

Hound group part 1

Hound group part 2

Hound group 1st-4th
Joan's Bo was 1st in his NSC class

Joanne's Lana - BOB

Sue's Logan - BOB

Fran's Diesel - BOB

Gundog group part 1

Gundog group part 2

Gundog group 1st - 4th
Ian Duncan's GSP went on to RBIS
Lesley's Summer was BOB and G3

BIS line up

Chatter and Noodle in the BPIS line up

BIS is awarded

BOS is awarded

Benson - BIS

BPIS - Jayne Robertson's pug

Noodle - RBPIS

Well done to all the winners, let me know if I've missed any.

Midland Counties

I don't think many club members were at Midland Counties last weekend but Elaine did make the trip and Zeta came back with another RCC to add to her collection.


Top title two years in a row for Benson

For the second year running Benson was declared the Northern Newfoundland Club's Open Show Dog Of The Year. He was also Top Winning Black, Champ shows and Open shows.

Congratulations June and Benson!

A great start for Noodle

Erica and Doug's Noodle had her first appearance in the show ring at Kirkintilloch & Lenzie Open show in Wishaw on Sunday 24th October. She took the beagle classes by storm when she won her Junior class and then Best of Breed! Here's hoping it's the start of a very successful show career.

Well done Noodle, Erica and Doug!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

KC Good Citizen Scheme course

Lesley, Jenny and Fran went down to Forfar last Saturday for a Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme examiner assessment course.

It was a busy day, with a seminar in the morning followed by two quite involved tests, but all three came away with certificates, which means that they are now approved to act as examiners for the Bronze Good Citizen award.

Well done on passing!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Latest ringcraft rota

24th January................................Sue and Morven

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Please be at the class for 6.30pm to help set up and, if you are unable to take the class, please try and arrange to swap with someone.

Club donations

Spey Valley DTC is not run for profit and we do support a variety of charities. This year the club has given the following donations:

£500 to PDSA

£100 to Keith Grammar School

£250 to Mrs Murray's Home for Cats and Dogs

£100 to Keith Sports Trust

£500 to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

£250 to DAWGS

£250 to Willows Animal Sanctuary

Obedience match

We will be holding an obedience match in the hall on Sunday 31st October. The judge will be Martin Clayton of Aberdeen, judging starts at 12 noon and entries will be taken from 11.30am.

There are three classes which will cater for all abilities so don't be afraid to come and have a go. Rosettes will be awarded in each class. Refreshments will be available.

Everyone welcome!

Catching up

A few results from some recent shows.

At South Wales Kennel Association Champ show Liz's Bunty was 3rd in her Post Grad Bitch class.

The Gundog Society of Wales Champ show was held on 13th October, Sue's Reeves won his Puppy Dog class and sister Kirby was 3rd in hers.

At Tay Valley Gundog open show, Carnoustie on October 9th, Elizabeth's Asher won his class, Katie's Lara was 1st in Post Grad and Leia 1st in Open, Lara went on to take BOB and was also shortlisted for Best In Show.

On the same day another group open show was held, Scottish Toydog, at Bonnybridge. Sue's Elwood won his Puppy class.

Yet another group open show, this time Scottish Utility Breeds, which was held at Bo'ness on October 16th. Morag's Logie headed a line up of Eurasiers in the Import class and Gigha was placed 4th.

Well done to everyone!

Logie and Gigha

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Late Belfast result

Jill's Chico has returned home from his stay in Ireland. Not only did he become an Irish Champion but he finished off his stay by winning his class and taking Best of Breed at Belfast.

Well done Chico!

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Weimaraner Club of Scotland Open Obedience Show

The Cochrane Hall, Alva, hosts a number of shows and last Sunday it was the turn of the Weimaraner Club of Scotland's Open Obedience show.

The hall sits in a park with the Ochil hills as a stunning backdrop. You'd never guess from the photo above just what a mudbath dogs and handlers had to contend with in the rings! Many dogs found the conditions hard to cope with, especially when it came to having to sit or lie down in puddles!

Jenny's Brint took the wet in his stride and took 2nd place in Beginners, just a quarter of a point behind the winner...so close yet again to winning out of Beginners. Margaret and Ellie were at their first open show and they also coped with all the mud and were placed a worthy 5th in Pre-Beginners. Well done to you both!

Thanks for the photos Margaret.

Pre-Beginners line-up
(Click on the photos to see just how muddy it was!)

Beginners line-up

Northern Newfoundland Club Open Show

Benson added another Best In Show to his collection last weekend at the Northern Newfoundland Club's show in St Helens.

Congratulations June and Benson!

Benson - BIS
Also pictured is his uncle who had won Best Landseer In Show

Driffield Championship Show 2010

Driffield Champ show was held at Wetherby Racecourse last week, 30 Sept - 3 Oct. Conditions were not great and I think at least three of the four days were hit with rain, certainly Sunday had heavy rain for most of the day, which made for puddles in the rings, despite being in marquees, and plenty of mud everywhere. There were problems leaving the venue with some having to wait over two hours to get out!

Just a few results to report, I don't think many club members were there.

Liz's Poppy was 1st in Post Grad Bitch and sister Bunty was 3rd in Limit Bitch.

Sue's pup (still don't know his name) won his Puppy Dog class and was Best Puppy, Katie's Lara won her Yearling Bitch class.

Katrina's Marty was 2nd in Yearling Dog and Leo was 2nd in Limit Dog.

Well done everyone!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Nethybridge Companion Show

Strathspey Canine Club held their annual Companion show at Nethybridge on Saturday 25 September.

Heather won the hound/terrier class with Sasha (?), Linda and Ron's Esmee won the toy/utility class and Freda was Best Puppy in Show. Well done!

Esmee and Freda

Colin, Lisa and Margaret were also at the show, entered in the obedience classes.

Margaret and Ellie won the Intermediate class, Lisa and Max won the Advanced class with Colin and Beauly coming a close second. Well done everyone!

Margaret & Ellie

Colin & Beauly

Max with his prizes

The teams in action...

Everyone reports that it was a lovely show, well worth attending, especially for the meringues!

Thanks to Linda, Colin and Lisa for the photos