Manchester was the first General Championship Show of 2018 where the breed has tickets and our judge, Becky Johnson, was awarding them for the first time in WSSs.
Her DCC and eventual BOB was Jane Graham’s Sh Ch Taimere’s Twister Round Nyliram Jw Sh.Cm with the RDCC going to Catriona Clarke’s Ferndel High Fidelity With Tigerrock.
Sh Ch Nl Ch Bushwacker Gregory’s Girl At Highclare, co-owned by Jenna Cocking, Pete Barnaby & Gill Tully, was her choice for the BCC with daughter Highclare Made Of Honour At Eiriandylis owned by Linda Tyler & Noreen Shiels being awarded her first green & white card in the RBCC.
BP was another for Andrew Morgan & David Schofield’s Cwsscwn Deja Vous, later winning Puppy Gp 4 under Colin Mackay.
It was a contest between 2 Bushwackers for BV – Jenna Cocking & Pete Barnaby’s B. Thriller having won BVD and Julie Frost’s Bushwacker Hot Gossip who was eventually awarded BV.
Two WSS were in the cards & money in the stakes classes: Gill Johnstone’s Glenbrows Valentino For Gilpeta was 3rd in the Puppy Stakes under Tim Ball winning £10 whilst Mandy Thomas’
Bowdonia Anastasia JW won £25 with a 2nd in the Good Citizen Dog Scheme under Patsy Hollings .
I understand that it snowed for much of the day resulting in several cars needing to be pulled out at the end of the day luckily a tractor was on hand but there were also numerous posts about the helpfulness of other exhibitors pulling cars out of the mud and snow with their own cars. Well done.
On a completely different theme Kerry Dunbar entered The Grooming Show, held over 2 days at a rather ‘posh’ hotel in Coventry. This was her second time at the event, this year she had 3 ‘models’ Buddy a Cockerpoo, Dave her WSS and James her poodle.
Day 1 involved the crossbreed class and she was delighted when the judge complimented her on her trimming of Buddy saying that it was a massive transformation. The only criticism being that she would have done better if she had given him a Wheaten Terrier head! As Kerry says he isn’t hers but belongs to a client so she didn’t want to do anything too outrageous and to my mind why would you want to make a Cockerpoo look like a Wheaten anyway?
Dave (Redfrith Betty Boop) the WSS was her entry in the Gundog class with James (Sleepybrook Double Oh Seven At Redfrith) the poodle in the Open class
James was in a class of 90, all of whom were prejudged with trimming starting at 1pm and judging at 3pm although the 4 judges were still judging at 5.30pm! A seriously long day for all.
Kerry wasn’t placed but was pleased that she had got him finished in the two hour and she says that it was a fantastic experience.