WELKS saw Dianna Spavin attract an entry of 55 dogs with 8 absent on the day and picked Karen McLellan & Sarah Dunlop’s Ch Habiba Reign On has her BCC and BOB, handled by Robert Dunlop, who also took the DCC with his and Stuart Payne’s Ch Habiba Illuminati. RDCC went to Carol Snell’s Yustin Z Jasne At Moretania and RBCC and BPIB to Lynn Swain’s Mikang Gingerbread Latte. Best Special beginner was Dianne Boden’s Lunacrest Among the Shooting Stars (Imp FIN) – well done to all winners, I gather even though judging was inside it was still a bit nippy for the breed.
Open show news is again a bit thin on the ground but some good success nonetheless with a double show in Scotland seeing Evelyn Frame take BOB and Group 4 at Falkirk DCS under Adele Summers and then BOB at LKA of Scotland with Elfallons Little Dragon under Mr P Mowbray. Finally at Morecambe & Heysham Carol Ousbey’s Birchvolgyi Indigo Malvern was BOB under Lynne Webster – well done to you all!
The Kennel Club’s Judges Competency Framework continues to evolve and both breed clubs have jointly aligned upon and appointed our Breed Education Co Ordinator in Margaret Kempster. This is a large administrative role that will organise and co ordinate the judges training program for levels 1-3 judges and the breed appreciation days. The first step will be for the breed clubs to agree upon mentors who will crucial in working with up and coming judges and indeed shaping the future of the breed, so most certainly a very important role indeed. I will endeavour to keep you up to date with key aspects of the JCF and developments within our breed to facilitate the change towards this new system but feel free to ask any questions that I can attempt to clarify here for you.
Entry figures are in for SKC where we see another drop on last year, this time 21% as Julie Hancock attracts 38 dogs to assess on the day. Last week I asked why you all felt that entries were dropping and if you intended on entering more or less shows than last year and why and want to thank all those who sent me feedback. In general it seemed that most people who shared their thoughts with me were planning on doing less shows this year than last year with just one about the same. Reasons cited for this decision fell into three main headings – cost was one with people feeling with entries, fuel, some needing to take time off work etc it was just too expensive to enter just for a lovely day out with friends. Secondly, Judges was the most emotive reason with many deciding not to enter where they felt they would not have a fair chance, but also cited was not entering if they felt the judge lacked knowledge or was deemed to have a specific preference ie. for Hairless over powderpuffs etc. Finally the other reason cited for entering at less shows was a general lack of enthusiasm for the hobby right now – again this was for various reasons that are probably too personal to people to share here but interesting nonetheless that it was a common theme. All I will say is whatever your reasons for planning on entering less shows, just make certain they are Your reasons. Thanks to the internet it is easy for one to look up a judges prior results and critiques and often this will help see what they liked or disliked in preference to help you make your own mind up as to whether to enter or not. Try not to listen to gossip – whether its someone saying person x is on “ a promise” or even the alarming rise of person x telling people that is exactly what they are in for, just ignore these tactics and make up your own mind based on your own viewpoint and research. Either way its far better to just have hope, faith and belief in your hearts and your dogs than get involved in the things that are making our hobby less enjoyable. Although personally I will be doing less shows this year than last my main reason is financial so I am having to be more choosy where I go – would I do more if I were able – yes I would and the reason why is I will never remember the day I made my first champion up. If I could have had a pound for every person who told me not to go and who was getting what I would have had at least another show entry in funds, but I believed I had as much as a chance as anyone and along I went and thankful I did as was a day I will never forget and as they say you have to be in it to win it! At the end of the day I do believe hardwork and honesty pays off and every one of us who pursue the right path have the best chance of reaching our goals and if not, well it’s a great time spent with friends two and four legged either way so just enjoy the ride!
Good luck wherever you are showing and remember to enjoy yourselves!