Well when I set out this morning little did I know what the day had in store for me. Yoday we went off to Leeds Champ Show, quite local really, Our judge was Miss Teresa Dunsdon (Seaspring) and her first time awarding CC's in our Breed. Not our best day for results, Ralph was 2nd Graduate Dog and Arthur was 4th in Open Dog. The weather was glorious, but as it turned out just to damn hot for the pooches, Jacob came along as he always does, and i took all the right precautions in ensuring the "Boys" were kept as cool as possible, but Jacob became to hot and was ill. I really can't tell you how awful I felt, I was so glad the show Vet was there, thank you to everyone who helped with jacob and put up with my tears, Jacob is fine now, and we made it home in one piece, other than that a lovely day, great compamy, loads of laughs and lovely to catch up with friends,
Today we went off to Malvern to National gundog Association Champ Show, again the weather is glorious, our judge today was Breed Specialist Mrs Kay Woodward (Wadeson), Ralph was in first and was 2nd in Graduate Dog, then Arthur won a 3rd in Open Dog, I must say a HUGE WELL DONE to Ray Smith and "Buzz" who went on to be BPIS !!!! what a fab day for you. Lots of laughs, great company, and as usual lovely to catch up with people. the journey home was one better forgotten, as the traffic on the M6 was horrendous, but home safe, ready for the next one.
The picture to the right is of "Ralph" (Melverly Desert Strike over Acregate. JW. ShCM.)
Thank you to Kay Woodward for this lovely picture. Taken at Leeds Champ Show 2014.
So today we went to Bolton Canine Society Open Show, local for us. An afternoon show so no rushing in the morning, just Ralph entered in Open, really pleased with Ralph as he won his class and then went on to get BOB under judge Anne Le Maitre (Vannelmead). Thank you to the judge for her super comments about Ralph.
where does the time fly, can you believe Ralph is TWO today!!! so a fun day at home with Ralph's friend round for a get together, totally mad ~I know, but he does live life to the full.
Sunday morning and off we go to another Open Show, this time it's Preston & District Canine Society, the weather is poo!!! Our Judge today is Ms G Simmons, Ralph was in PG and won his class, we then went on to get RBOB, big smiles all round again, a huge thank you to the judge for the smashing comments she made about Ralph, didn't hang around back home feet up and a snooze I think.
What a day!! were do I start?? set of at 5.15am to meet Kath at the services to go to WKC Champ Show, arrived to kath looking at me funny, yep I had a flat tyre and didnt even realise. So between us (but mostly Kath) we managed to change the tyre, and an hour later than planned we set off, if I'm honest I really couldnt be bothered . we arrived just in time, and manged to get sorted. Our judge for the day was Mr S Hollings (Gunalt), who was awarding CC's for the first time in our lovely breed. Ralph was in first in Post Grad dog, a big jump from his yearling class, but didnt put a foot wrong, and was placed VHC.
Next Arthur went in to Open Dog, by this time again if I am honest I was just glad to be there, but OMG!! to my surprise and delight Arthur won his class. So back in for the dog challenge, and another OMG!!! Arthur wins his 5th CC, I can't describe the feeling, amazing, chuffed to bits, proud, happy, tearful, yes all of that and more. We then had to wait to challenge for BOB, the Bitch CC winner was stunning, but again all of the above and more Arthur was awarded BOB!!!!! What can I say, proud, stunned, amazed, Arthur didnt put a paw wrong all day, what a star, my once in a life dog. all though we didnt do anything in the group the comments from the ring side were just the icing on the cake, a huge thank you to everyone.
So this morning we are going up the country to Scotland,to SKC Champ Show, the weather isn't great but I do love Scotland, both boys did me proud today, our judge is Breed Specialist Mrs Edith Rose (Roseannoch). Ralph was in first in PG Dog and was a very respectable 3rd, Arthur was in OD and was a lovely 2nd behind the RDCC winner. As always great laughs, and bril company, the journey home was a bit long and tiring but we made it.
The last Bank holiday before christmas, and we are off to wales, Flint & Deeside Canine Society Open Show, our judge today is Evan Ryan (Cavalli), just Ralph entered and we won our class, ot much else going on so we hot footed it back home for a sleep,
Not so far today, only a couple of hours down the road, we are off to City Of Birmingham Champ Show, the judge today is Mrs Pat Guy. Ralph was in first and won his Graduate dog class, Arthur then won Open dog, thanks to Kath holt for handling Arthur in the challenge, as always the boys gave their all. thanks to Kath Holt for the great company, loads of laughs and keeping me organised.
another long journey today, it's Richmond champ show, had some company today for the journey, thanks Ray Smith. Our judge today is Tom Graham (Nyrilam), Ralph was 3rd in a super PG dog Class and Arthur was 3rd in Open dog, the weather was fab, as was the company and the laughs, the journey home was horrendous, road works, accidents you name we got it, but hey ho we made it home, all be it nearly 3 hours later than we should have.
A friday show, and yes I did say never again, but this one is sort off local, today we are off to Driffield champ show, no CC's on offer for our breed, the judge today is Mr Neil Woods, just Ralph entered today, Arthur is having a well earned rest, Ralph was in PG dog and what a good boy he was he won his class, must say had a great time, good company, laughs and some shopping in as well. Home now for a lazy evening.
Off to Stafford & District Open Show, just Ralph entered, no ESS classes so we are in the AVNSC Gundog PG class, Ralph was 2nd, and also well behaved, I think he is getting the hang of this showing lark, we then waited till the end of the show to compete in the JW qualifying heat for the semi's, a huge class, so chuffed to say that Ralph was one of five pulled out, so off to the semi's we go!!!!! a long day but worth it.
Sunday morning and we are off to another open show, this time it's Pollard Canine society, our judge today is Di Eastwood, quite a good entry for Ess, Ralph was in open and won his class, he was then declared RBOB, behind our friend Kath holt and Young Monty, who then went on the get Gundog group1. well done. A strange day, but good to catch up with Sue Long and Lyn Gregory.