Last weekend saw Carlow Championship Show taking place in Ireland. I wasn’t in attendance myself, as I was travelling to the UK, however it looked to be quite a cold and damp day in Carlow. Thankfully this should be the last outdoor show on the Irish calendar for this year. The judge was Stephanie Minogue from Ireland and it was her first time awarding Green Stars in the breed. Seven Havanese were present on the day, three of which were baby puppies. It’s lovely to see some more youngsters out in the ring. From her entry, Ms Minogue selected A Rutzel’s Am Ch Kolmar’s Painted Masterpiece as her Green Star Dog and BOB Winner. Green Star Bitch was awarded to Michael and Dolores Kane’s Christa’s Jumpy Clown Only You. Best Baby Puppy in Breed was awarded to Ms V & Mrs J Dowty & Connolly’s Los Perritos Lisbet Taylor of Clynymona.
In the UK, Darlington Championship Show took place at Ripon Racecourse. Darlington is always a favourite show of mine, as it’s the only show on the calendar where tickets are on offer for both Toys and Gundogs on the same day. So it’s become somewhat of an annual trip for my father and I. This year, our judge was the 2018 Crufts BIS judge, Jill Peak. From her entry of 53, Ms Peak selected Dr A Akkad & Mrs O Carty’s Ir Ch, Ger Ch, Int Ch Foxy Lady by Labayamesa Jr Ch CW 16 as her Bitch CC and Best of Breed winner. She also went on to be placed 4th in the Toy Group under Liz Stannard. The Dog CC was awarded to Mrs & Miss S Jefford’s Lekkerbisken’s Entertainer For Wizzizz (Imp). Reserve Dog CC was awarded to Mr, Mrs B & O Carty & Mrs Carty-Parge’s Ir Ch Int Ch Xtreme Funny Xamaro Pedoro An Ch 16 and Reserve Bitch CC was awarded to Mrs S Smith’s Tiggafield Isn’t She Lovely. Best Puppy was awarded to Mrs S Smith’s El Perrito Master Showman and Best Veteran to Ms A E & Miss S Stevenson’s Sheneva’s Homeward Bound at Jeminai Sh. CM. It was a very exciting day around the Havanese ring, as both CC winners received their third and final CC’s required for the UK Titles. This means that Lekkerbisken’s Entertainer For Wizzizz (Imp) is the fourth dog champion and Ir Ch, Ger Ch, Int Ch Foxy Lady by Labayamesa Jr Ch CW 16 is the third bitch champion in the breed! Well done to all who were in the cards, I must say that it was a truly wonderful day with a fantastic atmosphere around the ring. It was lovely to see exhibitors clapping and congratulating each other on their wins.
Great news for Cheri Richardson-Berry and her young girl, Little Evie, who passed her foundation course over the weekend! Big congratulations!
There is a welcome break this weekend in Ireland, with no championship shows on the calendar. In the UK, Driffield takes place on Sunday. Havanese are second in ring 16 after 25 Italian Greyhounds. The judge is Mr C A Toynton, who will have 32 havanese making up an entry of 39.
Good luck to all showing over the weekend. I shall be enjoying my time off (which won’t really be time off as I have maintenance washes and lots of hairy paws to trim over the weekend).
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