Yorkshire Collie Club held their May open sow on Saturday 26th May at their usual venue at Thorpe Willoughby. The judge for the day was Sonia Saxby and she found her best of breed in the 5 year old sable dog, Alanita Jazz Tastic (Ch Erjon Ebony Joker x Danfrebek Amazing Grace for Alanita) . There is a rather heart-warming story behind this win. His breeder, Anita Fox, last year spotted him being advertised on Gumtree. After some to-ing and fro-ing, she managed to get him back home, rather underweight and in need of tlc. He soon found his home for life with Steph Moore, who now owns him in partnership with Anita. Now he is in full condition, Steph has been lightly showing him, so this win was very special to all concerned.
Anita’s day didn’t end there as she also won Best Bitch with Danfrebek Platinum Dust avec Alanita (Ch Beldones Black Illusion x Brilyn Platinum Blue with Danfrebek) and Best Veteran Bitch with Danfrebek Amazing Grace for Alanita (Danfrebek Double Take JW x Lynmead Yours Truly to Danfrebek), also co-owned by Steph. Best Veteran in Breed went to Maxine Mellish’s Demelewis Catch My Drift (Ch Corydon Once in a Blue Moon x Demelewis Mooncatcher).
Best Puppy was won by Lynda Boyle’s 7 month dog, Barrenclough Heart of Gold (Ch Jopium Stole my Heart at Lingwell x Barrenclough Golden Jade) and he also took Best Puppy in Show under Edith Pryor. The rest of the In Show awards went to the smooths judges by Rod Slater with Best in Show going to Ann French’s Breckamore Blossom and Reserve Best in Show and Best Veteran in Show going to Kirsty Russell’s Foxearth Fashion Guru for Koczkodan.
The next day was Bath, and it certainly lived up to its name! No sooner had I arrived, at around 8am, and started walking to the tent and the rain started. It did stop in time for the start of judging at 9, but soon after limit dog went in, started again. And did it start! Torrential rain accompanied with some very loud thunder. This persisted for the rest of dog judging and the challenge, but then dried up enough for the rest of judging to be held in the open again.
To the awards, and a very French theme was flowing through the main awards. The judge for the day was Tracey Goodwin, Saheltra, and she found her dog CC in John and Margeret Congdon’s Jugband Blues Du Clos De Sea-wind via Aaronwell, (Dazzle Blue Legend De La Chapelle Aux Arbres x Eclipse Totale Du Clos De Sea-wind). This is Jive’s 2nd. RDCC went to Marina McLaughlin’s Moondance De Cabrenysset for Brihow (Eros Blue Du Chemin Des Randonnees x French Kiss De La Chapelle Aux Arbres), also known as Bertie, and this is his first big card.
In bitches, a 7th CC was awarded to Hannah and Simon Walder’s Ch Heart of Gold De Cabrenysset for Hanvale (Fr Ch Famous Hero of Moon River x Darling Gold De Cabrenysset) and she also took Best of Breed. Reserve to her was Sally Humprey’s Brilyn’s Guilty Pleasure is Shasam.
Best Puppy was determined between the tri litter mates belonging to Louise, Margo and Gary Walker; Norska De Remember Our Love for Starlenga (BPD) and Nelinka De Remember Our Love for Starlenga (BPB) (Fatal Bazooka De Remember Our Love x Leeloo Dark De Remember Our Love) with the nod going to the Arya, the BPB. Later on she was awarded PG2 under Mrs S Garner. This is now the 3rd puppy group placing this year with placings at the last 3 general championship shows.
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