Last weekend saw the biggest shows on the Irish Calendar being held in the National Show Centre in Cloghran. On Saturday we had the newer St Patrick’s Day International Show and on Sunday we had the Crufts Qualifying Show, the Celtic Winner’s International Show. The IKC Committee had their work cut out for them over the weekend, with the weather throwing various spanners in the works. Firstly, on Friday evening, the decision was made to cancel the agility for the weekend, due to the ground being waterlogged. Heavy rain in the days leading up to the shows meant that it was too dangerous for exhibitors and handlers to use the grass areas, and the very wise decision on health and safety grounds. This also meant that parking was restricted to the tarmac and concrete areas. Many exhibitors were initially concerned about the space available in the carpark; however the IKC had staff on hand to assist exhibitors with parking and to ensure that there was enough space for everyone. Although I was not entered for the Saturday show, I have heard many positive reports on the great organisation and hard work of the IKC committee to keep everything running smoothly. I was present on Sunday and can say that it was a thoroughly enjoyable day, with plenty of space for everyone, regardless of the fact that all rings had to be moved indoors, because of the state of the grounds outside. I would also like to commend the IKC committee on the excellent layout inside, with areas for grooming carefully marked out and also my fellow exhibitors, who all worked together to ensure that the day was an enjoyable day for all.
Although not there on Saturday, I am grateful for the Dog Show Entry Team for their great work in posting the results online in good time – it certainly makes my job much easier! The judge for the day was Mrs E Drennan from Ireland, and I can confirm that Best Puppy on the day was awarded to Michael and Delores Kane’s Christa’s Jumpy Clown Only You and Best Baby Puppy to Peter Summersgill’s Prince Timmy From Bohemica Land. Green Star Dog, CACIB and Best of Breed was awarded to Ashleigh Rutzel’s Kolmar’s Painted Masterpiece. Green Star Bitch and BOS was awarded to Michael and Delores Kane’s Telzaro Caramel in White Socks.
On Sunday, it was the Celtic Winners International Show (which is Ireland’s only Crufts Qualifying Show), and our judge on the day was Mr B Rajic from Slovakia. The puppies saw a repeat of the previous day’s results with Best Puppy being awarded to Michael and Delores Kane’s Christa’s Jumpy Clown Only You and Best Baby Puppy to Peter Summersgill’s Prince Timmy From Bohemica Land. Green Star Dog and Best of Breed was awarded to Andrea Akkad and Olive Carty’s Bailemos Poker Face. As Bailemos Poker Face also won the Junior Dog Class, this means that he was awarded the Celtic Junior Winner’s Title, as well as the Celtic Winner’s Title for 2018. These wins also qualify him for Crufts 2019. CACIB Dog was awarded to Olivia Carty-Parge and Daniel Parge’s Flordecuba Jacinto Jr Ch. Michael and Delores Kane’s Telzaro Caramel in White Socks won the Junior Class, therefore earning the Celtic Junior Winner’s Title for 2018 and qualifying her for Crufts 2019. Green Star Bitch, CACIB Bitch, BOS and the Celtic Winner’s Title 2018 was awarded to Andrea Akkad and Olive Carty’s Ir Ch Reine O’castamere by Labayamesa Ir & Ger Jr Ch Europajugendsieger ’16 Bundesjugendsieger ’16. Huge congratulations to everyone on their success over the weekend probably made even sweeter with Ireland’s great win in the Rugby! We have a weekend off here in Ireland, with the next big shows taking place over the Easter Weekend – the Combined Canine Club’s Easter Classic Weekend.
There wasn’t many results from Open Shows appearing on my time line this weekend, however I did see that Ms AE & Miss SE Stevenson’s boy, Sheneva’s Homeward Bound at Jeminai SHCM is continuing his run of success, having won RBIS North of England Toy Dog Society under Jenny Miller.
Finally, I am delighted to report that Valerie Knight and Jeremy Donaldson’s Crufts Coverage are now available on YouTube. I am sure I speak for all Havanese enthusiasts when I say that we are truly grateful for all your hard work, time and effort in putting these video’s together. To have these video’s to look back on, is wonderful and the will be viewed and enjoyed for many years to come.
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