Apologies for the lack of breed notes last week – with Crufts on the horizon it was a very busy week of packing, sorting out the van, bathing dogs that were not coming and trying not to forget anything! We travelled over to the UK on the Saturday before Toy Day and I am pleased to report all went very seamlessly. We learned from a few years ago and avoided the dreaded M6 in its entirety and took the back roads to Tamworth, where we stayed. The hotel we stayed in was very nice and thankfully we weren’t affected by the snow the next morning. As the Pekingese were on ahead of us Sunday morning, we didn’t have to be rushing over to the NEC. There seemed to be quite a lot of absentees in the Pekingese, which meant that the breed judging and photographs were over by 11.30.
Our judge was Mrs Raye Parry, and she had an entry of 86 Havanese, 39 dogs and 47 bitches. Sadly, there were not the high numbers of visitors from the continent to Crufts this year. I suspect Brexit cost some entries. We did welcome Mrs Geipel from Germany with two of her Havanese.
The main winners of on the day were as follows:
Dog CC & BOB Pandaprints Believe in Magic JW, owned by his breeder, Miss H McCallum-Sealy
Bitch CC & BOS Starleisha Heavens Secret ShCM owned by her breeders, Mr D & Mrs S Lane
Best Veteran Newtownwood Two Ta Tango ShCM, owned by Miss S Moore
Best Puppy Tiggafield Jack Flash, owned by Mrs R A Harris
Res Dog CC Am Gr CH/Port/Swed Ch Arbens Epic Swag of Los Perritors, owned by Mrs J, Mrs V & Mrs K Connolly, Dowty & Loveless
Res Bitch CC Flordecuba Amarillo Star, owned by Mrs O & Mr D Carty Parge & Parge
All in all, I can say that for the most part, it was a very relaxed atmosphere around the ringside, with a great sense of camaraderie from most exhibitors. I have noticed this the past few times that I have attended UK shows, and hope it will continue. It is clear that the majority of those exhibiting Havanese are passionate about the breed and care about its future. Of course there will always be a small minority in any breed that care solely about winning, but I am so pleased to say that our breed is in pretty good hands in the UK. It was great to catch up with friends, old and new. Thank you to the UK exhibitors for being so friendly and welcoming.
Good luck to everyone in the year ahead, I will not be attending UK Toydog myself, but wish those that have entered the very best of luck. I am sure that the numbers will be released shortly.
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