It’s another stormy old day in Chihuahua Town and Crufts is fast approaching. I’m sure preparations are afoot in your homes; grooming, outfits, planning, the list is endless. I know many have concerns about the coronavirus and I have seen numerous posts online about it, but the Kennel Club are closely following advice from the World Health Organisation. Common sense over personal hygiene seems to be the name of the game.
Last weekend was the Chihuahua Club of South Wales champ show. A massive well done must be said to the committee who, at the last minute, pulled off the mammoth task of finding a new venue. The free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day was much appreciated and the buffet put on was brilliant. It’s not often exhibitors are able to enjoy such treatment and it really made people feel valued. Both judges gifted some lovely trophies to the principle winners and there were gifts for the class winners too. A lovely touch.
Longs were judged by Beverley Sutton who found her DCC and BOB in Ben Joiner and Michelle Byrne’s Jotolemar Dangerous Times with Dacatelo, RDCC was Linda Cater’s Tyssul Awel Y Mor in Pixels JW, BPD and RBPIB was Ruby James’ Tinasjoy A Gift for Ruby, RBD Donami Samuel Button (unsure of owner), BVD James Sangster’s Tidos Christmas Gift, BCC and RBOB was Hunter’s Jotolemar Best of Time, out of an absolutely huge Limit class, RBCC was Sangster’s Kirlasidh Taste of Honey from the open class, BPB and BPIB Robson’s Rushwarden’s Black Elegance with Tidos and BVB and BVIB Lyn Ison’s Lynpix Clear as Crystal. I understand this was the third and crowning CC for both the DCC and BCC!
Smooths were judged by Sue Lee who found her DCC and BOB in Diane Fothergill’s Diamonchi Mister Moon JW ShCM, also his third and crowning CC, RDCC and RBOB was Parisland Pans Little Man (unsure of owner), BPD and RBPIB Julia and David Milton’s The Golden Boy De Casa Del Hermitano, BVD and BVIB Nikitos Nuthernuidea, BCC was Fairburn’s Tidos Mission Insanity, RBCC Yveanjelic Best China for Mitimnu, BPB and BPIB Steve Rooney’s Copymear Costa Blanca with Yorone and RBVIB Davis’ Minniemagics Lily Jo at Chibull.
Best in show was judged by Bethan Evans who awarded BIS to Mister Moon, RBIS Dangerous Times, BPIS Costa Blanca, RBPIS Black Elegance, BVIS Clear as Crystal and RBVIS Nuthernuidea.
News from the open shows:
22 February was Sutton Coldfield with both coats judged by Neil Wallace. In the Longs, BOB was my own Ellochi Crazy Nights for Pappersley JW, RBOB Amanda Green’s Ellochi A Million Dreams and BPIB Kacey-Leigh Green’s Parisland Its All About Me Ellochi. In the Smooths, BOB was Sandra Stangoe’s Spindlepoint Noel Coward at Stanghurst, RBOB Fliss Murray’s Davixity Nijinsky and BPIB Steve Rooney’s Copymear Costa Blanca with Yorone, who also went PG4 under group judge Ellen Loynd.
At Caernafon Leana Evans’ Ritagold Ice Warrior at Lemaritz ShCM went BOB and G1 under judge Miss J Morton Shaw (smooth). The same owners Lemaritz Liberty Bell went RBOB and Lemaritz Soul Survivor ShCM went BOB and G4 (long).
At Newark Wendy Smith’s Moltobello Pride and Joy of Hulawawas was RBOB in smooths and in the longs Mr W Alfred’s Ismirelle’s Lady in Red at Teamor was BOB and Shirley Alfred’s Teamor Worth Fighting For was RBOB under judge Hazel Senior.
At Cattrine Vivian Silverstein’s Silverchi Ooooeeee was BOB under judge Lauren Parker. At Cheltenham Fliss Murray’s Davixity Nijinsky was BOB and G2 under breed judge Hannah Turner and group judge George Farmer. Ninja also then qualified for the South Clay Top Dog which takes place on Easter Sunday. At the same show, Kacey-Leigh Green’s Parisland Its All About Me Ellochi went BPIB. At Billingham and Synthonia Breeze Newberry’s Ismirelle’s The Mad Hatter at Hermosoangel was BOB.
It has been confirmed this week that I will be taking over as the new Breed Education Coordinator (BEC) after Sue Lee decided to step down. Many thanks to Sue for all her hard work to date. To that end, I have started to get to grips with the role and am receiving the updates from the Kennel Club in relation to the requirements of the JCF. This morning I have received information that following a review by the Independent Review Group, judges looking to progress to giving CC’s must now have judged a minimum of 200 Chihuahuas (any combination of coats) if using the current approval process, or 100 if pursuing the JCF route.
Just a reminder of the judging start times for next Thursday – Longs have an early start time of 8.30am in ring 27 and Smooths have a late start time of 10am in ring 28. Safe travels to you all and enjoy your day! I know some find Crufts cumbersome, but I still love the atmosphere, win or lose. It’s one of the times in the year that my sister always comes home for, so it’s a precious opportunity to spend time with her – we are very close and she lives nearly 200 miles away so I greatly value my time with her at Crufts.
Good luck this weekend and don’t forget to let me have your news and results.