It is lovely not to have to worry about taking a coat and wet weather gear when you go to a show, but I would like a few degrees off these really high temperatures. Friday morning I set off to join Debbie at the East of England Show, which as well as the breed show there is a three days of agility & ‘Just Dogs Live,’ where there are various entertainments for the general public to watch and for their dogs to take part in. Friday was hot but it became even hotter over the weekend. There were paddling pools and sprays for dogs by all the agility rings, some dogs had a wonderful time in them, others were not so keen! I had taken Fizz with me as he was entered in the Obreedience Heat on the Saturday. The show had arranged for the heat to be held away from the main show and allowed us to take cars down near the ring, so the dogs could rest in them between exercises. We were able to park in the shade by the fence and with silver covers over the cars the dogs were kept lovely and cool; it was just the owners and handlers that were too hot! We did better than last time and were 7th gaining 3 points but it is still work in practice, it is lovely competition, everyone is so friendly and it is nice seeing the different breeds work. We were all finished by 1pm so went our separate ways, several back to their hotels to watch the football. I went back to the caravan; Debbie and Richard decided it was too hot to run the dogs in the afternoon, so went to the main show to visit the stands and friends who have Gundogs which was Saturday’s group. Certainly, most of the agility show seemed to have ended by 3pm can’t think why! although I think the heat also played a part. I was reading but knew when England scored by the cheering I could hear. In the evening Jacqui Cobb, Jacqui Walmsley, Lisa and husband Alex all came back to join Debbie partner Richard and myself for a Chinese takeaway outside the caravan garden, so we could eat it without help from the dogs!
Sunday was Pastoral day which again dawned hot; the breed was scheduled to start at 9am inside in the arena. When it was announced some people would have liked it to be outside as some dogs prefer being outside, but in the end I think everyone was happy with being inside, as the temperature was reasonable. Our judge was Shelly Franks who last judged the breed in 2015 at LKA and in the 80s had the Cresscombe Kennel of Buhunds, she was then Shelley Ticehurst & was in partnership with Hazel Lamb. This is the last year the show will have CCs for us, next year they move to Leeds, so whether they keep the breed on we will have to see. It was a day to remember for Sue Coe as her Trelowen Big Daddy (Pops) gained his crown and was also BOB. He was handled as usual by Sue Cale. His first CC was at LKA in 2016 under Celia Vines; his second was at the National last year under Peter Clifton. He is by Ch Trelowen Conar Tun x Trelowen Tonya. He also has four RCCs; I gave him his first back in 2014 when I judged the club Ch show so was thrilled to be there when he won his crown. His breeder who now lives in Northern Ireland was also ringside and was obviously delighted to see him made up. He is the third Buhund male to gain his title this year. RDCC his 5th Sarah Stonton’s Arnscroft In Di Ana Jack he is by Ch A Di To Be A Sailor x Ch A Di Or Comply he has one CC, won the week earlier at Windsor. BCC her 16th which she won from veteran, Sue & Laura Cale and Millie Lambert’s Ch/Ir Ch Arnscroft Kiss & Tell Di For Sturtmoor, she is by Nor /Int Ch Kimura Didrik x Nor /Int Ch K Frieda, she also and has 9RCCS and was BV .RBCC her 2nd Lesley & Liz Butterworth’s Koromandel Gild the Lily by Am/Can Gr Ch Kynon’s Bold Norseman x Ch MaidofCopper for Kormandel JW. Later Maddy Norman took her Arnscroft Delilah At Veekay who she co owns with Lynn Isaac, Gail Hussey and Di Stirling into the Junior Stakes where under Mrs Raye Parry she was shortlisted. In the BIS ring the YKC classes started even earlier and I am very happy to report that young Isaac Shorer-Wheeler was 2nd the YKC Stakes under Kevin Berry with his Ch Arnscroft Di Na Mo Farrah of Koromandel JW SHCM, who he co owns with his mother Jenny and Kirsty Irvine, he was also 3RD in the handling 6-11yrs under Marina Scott. In spite of the early start we were ready for the picnic at the benches.
Much further south Neil Hood kept the Buhund flag flying with his and Julian Collins Ch Arnscroft Di Nah Sawr US Rex ShCM(Dino),where at Poole Canine Club show held at the Canford Magna Garden Centre Wimbourne under Peter Matfin, Dino was BOB AVNSC, PG2 & BVIS many congratulations.
Margaret Deuchar firstname.lastname@example.org
The views expressed in Margaret’s Breed Notes are hers and hers alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Norwegian Buhund Club of the UK