Richmond Dog Show Society held its first show under Kennel Club Rules in 1895, making it one of the oldest and best known dog shows in the UK. When I started showing some 27yrs ago the show was held on Ascot Racecourse. Then in 2004 the show moved to the grounds of Loseley Park near Guilford Surry, home of the More-Molyneux family. The move was due to a £185 million redevelopment of the racecourse from 2004 -2006.
With the show at Loseley Park it makes it a completely outside show under marquees. I was very pleased that this year the show had decided to go with the in/out rings with the benches behind them. There were two long marquees, with the many trade stands round the outside. In the past there have been issues with muddy conditions but not this year, apparently it rained a bit on the first day, but we had a dry and sometimes sunny but rather cold day.
Pastoral Day was Saturday and we were first in the ring at 9am, some exhibitors stayed overnight in the area and others had a very early start. Our judge was Addrienne Frost -Treadwell of the well know Frostisen Kennel of Buhunds, she now lives in Southern Ireland and this was her first time of giving CCs in the breed. She found her DCC & BOB in Neil Hood & Julian Collins Ch Arnscroft Di Nah Sawr Us Rex (Dino), by Ch /Ir Ch Arnscroft Kimura x Ch/Ir Ch Arnscroft Di-Nahs-Mite, he was also BV. This was his 8th CC and the third this year, he also has 6 RCCs. RDCC his 4th Anne Smith’s Ch Arnscroft Never Say Di by Ch/Am Ch Visions Dino of Trolleimen(Imp USA) x Arnscroft Di Sing On Ice, he also has 7CCs. BP My and daughter Debbie’s Rikarlo Gable by Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold At Knytshall x Kimura Vera with Tapui (Imp Nor) he has 1C, and this was his last puppy class as he will be a year by the time you read this. BCC & BVB making the trip from Northern Ireland very worthwhile Jacqui Sercombe’s Ir Ch Tokyn Sequoia by Ch Trelowen Conar Tun x Tokyn Maple, this CC gave Sequoia her UK title, many congratulations, she also has 2 RCCS. RBCC her 2nd Maddy Norman, Gail Hussey and Lynn Isaac’s Ch Arnscroft Delilah at Veekay by Ch & Ir Ch Arnscroft Di To Be A Sailor Ir Jr Ch x Ch Arnscroft Di & Comply. BSB Lisa and Alex Strong’s Leggatts Dancing Queen at Draccus (Eris )by Frostisen Winsome x Knytshall Noor Ul Ain. BBP Jacqui, Michael Cobb and Nancy Kent’s Knytshall Eloise by Blakk Extacy Van Koekie’s Ranch (Imp NLD) x Ch Trollheimen Elske to Knytshall (Imp USA). It is a testament to how well the breed lasts that both the CC winners came from veteran. Judging over, most did some shopping with so many trade stands, there was something for everyone. The picnic was also set up so people could dip in when they wanted.
There were three groups and as so often happens the Pastoral Group was last, and having been the first breed in at at 9am it was a long wait. The puppy, veteran and Special beginner groups were all prejudged in rings next to each other, we moved down to benches near these rings, so we could watch and also see the BIS ring. The pre judged groups just went into the BIS ring for a shortlist to be called out and then the four places to be awarded. The BOB judge was Toni Jackson, the well known breeder of Finnish Lapphunds with the Elbereth affix, she also judged the Special Beginner Group. The system seemed to work very well. It was great to have a Buhund representing the Breed in every group, although there was no joy in the BOB or Puppy group, but Dino was shortlisted in the Veteran Group under judge Moray Armstrong. The last group of the day going in at 6.30pm was the Special Beginners. The judges gave the list of their winners to the announcer who called them out when the boards were in place; imagine our cheer of delight when Eris was called out in first place. I am sure Lisa flew home.
The next day it was a complete change of scene for the dogs when Lisa, Sarah Stonton, Lillian and Michael Rumsey & friends had a Buhund Brumble round Paxton Pits Nature Reserve at St Neots.
Much further north and another change of activity, at the Newton Heath Rally Competition, Bev Hall’s Ailort Just The Ticket or Jay to his friends scored an Excellent in both Level 5 and 6 with a 2nd place in level 5 and 3rd in level 6, many congratulations.
A few judges for next year 9th Jan, Boston at the Exhibition Hall on the E of E showground Sue Bird, no CCs but please enter if you can, as we would like to keep the classes on. Manchester Jane Lilley. Crufts Kerry Frost.
Birmingham National, Chris Chapman. SKC Jeff Horswell. Windsor Millie Lambert.
Margaret Deuchar email@example.com
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