At Scottish breeds, the judge was Miss Muriel Bailey and her winners were: DCC Breeze’s Linum Cranberry Crush At Salena (IMP FIN); Res DCC The Late Mrs G Marshall’s Flanagan Show Stopper Glorfindel (IMP SVN); BCC The Late Mrs G Marshall’s But Beautiful of Morningsky (IMP DEU); Res BCC Evans’’ Kometa Rossi Bozena at Marodyme (IMP DEU). BOB was Cranberry Crush, Best Puppy McLean & Weir’s Knowlespring Jackpot at Rhoderns; Best Junior Shuttleworth’s Whicheeta Total Eclipse and Best Veteran Parker’s Glorfindel Deacon Brodie SHCM.
Judge Mr R C Kinsey shortlisted Jackpot in the Best Puppy in Show Group and also awarded Reserve Best Junior in Show to Total Eclipse. In the Veteran Stakes judge Mr J Richardson awarded 2nd Place to Kate Smith’s Lam-Baias Mad Max at Marrcrieff (IMP DNK) SHCM.
Other show news from Scotland: At West Lothian Canine Mr Mark Walshaw awarded BOB and Group 2 to Moira Barrass’ Gallondean Foreign Spirit SHCM and AV Terrier Veteran to her mother Ch Lavaux Spirit Of The Isle Of Gallondean SHCM won the AV Terrier Special Veteran. She topped this by winning Reserve Best Veteran in Show under judge Mrs Rachel Hambling. Other winners on the day were Rod McLean with Knowlespring Jackpot at Rhoderns and Lorna Duncan’s Verumamicus Ambrosia of Kyloran.
At East of Scotland Canine Club Mr Jim McGhie awarded BOB and the Group to Gallondean Foreign Spirit SHCM and Best Veteran to Gallondean Foreign Spirit SHCM. Foreign Spirit went on to more glory winning Best In Show under Mr Alan Small. Other winners on the day were Rod McLean & Jim Weir’s Knowlespring Jackpot at Rhoderns taking Best Puppy and Mari Hamilton with Bhatairnis Unish.
National Terrier saw Mrs Lynne Richardson (Talyot) awarding tickets for the first time in the breed and her winners were: DCC Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum SHCM; Res DCC Pringle’s Esgia The Exciseman; BCC Grainger’s Whicheeta Celtic Connection; Res BCC Large’s Parrima-arih Universe Of My Fantasy is Madaza (Imp). Celtic Connection was BOB and also Best Veteran whilst Best Puppy went to McLean & Weir’s Knowlespring Jackpot At Rhoderns. Interestingly both tickets were won by veterans.
Barnum’s win at National Terrier saw him bring his total of CCs to date to 29, all of which have been won under different judges.
Further success came in the Stakes classes when Verumamicus Aurora Of Brakemill JW owned by myself took first place in the Buddies Yearling Bitch Stakes under Mr Paul Wilkinson, thereby qualifying for the final at the historic Thrumpton Hall. Mr Wilkinson also awarded Cath Parker’s Glorfindel Deacon Brodie SHCM a VHC in the Veteran Stakes and Tweedsmuir Feebee Mine SHCM a reserve in the Members Open Stakes.
During the year at the various Terrier Group Shows, the Best in Show and Best Puppy in Show qualify for the of the Year finals held at National Terrier Each Year. This year the breed had one puppy and two adults qualified. Dr Ian Gabriel judged this year’s finals and our representatives certainly did the breed proud. The Puppy of the Year award went to myself with Verumamicus Aurora Of Brakemill JW, whilst in the Open Show Dog of the Year final Janet Woodhead’s Knowlespring Drummer Boy was placed 4th.
There was an article in the Saturday newspaper regarding Gatcombe Horse Trials. Several Skye Terriers attend this event each year with their owners. The report said that after 29 years, 2019 would be the last time this event would be held at Gatcombe, no information was given if the event was to move to another venue or not.
Entries have closed for the Skye Terrier Club Open Show on 20 April, at Lostock Parish Centre, Tempest Road, Bolton BL6 4EL. As always donations for the raffle or tombola would be most welcome. Hot and cold food will be available the day. The Annual General Meeting will be held after judging of the Open Show has been completed (but not before 1 pm) to which all members are welcome to attend.