Most Championship shows go back many years, Crufts itself started in 1891, but Boston & District Canine Society show was only given Championship show status 13 yrs ago. The society held its first limited show in 1949 followed in 1952 with an open show; however, it was not until 37yrs later in 1989 that a second one was held. Then thirteen years ago the KC awarded the Society Championship status, the first Ch show was held at Newark & Notts show ground and was mainly for breeds that had CCs at all Ch shows to give them another set. There were 16 breeds, 8 of which had CCs, there were also AVNSC classes for each group. In 2011 the show moved to the Exhibition Hall on the E of E show ground, more breeds were added, and we were thrilled that Buhunds was one of them. At that time Manchester did not schedule the breed, so it gave the breed a show between LKA and Crufts. In 2014 the show was extended to 4 days to accommodate even more breeds. It is also a qualifier for Crufts now that the Crufts entry has been extended. The show is very well organised with the name of the breed on a board at the end of the benching, this is so helpful when you have a numerically small breed. If you read my breed notes regularly you will know that one of my pet hates is searching for numbers, I have spent hours doing this over the years. The benches are also numbered and their details are sent out with the show information. There were no Buhund classes in 2018 due to falling entries but they were scheduled again last year, and this year we had an entry of 11 dogs which was great. We were in the BIS hall with our ring in front of our benches and the BIS ring at the side of us! so a very good position. We were second in the ring after 7 Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. Our judge was Mrs Sue Bird who is on our B list and gives CCs in 5 Pastoral Breeds and judged the Pastoral Group at Boston last year. She found her BB & BOB in Jenny Shorer Wheeler’s Ch MaidofCopper for Kormandel (Imp Fin)(Piika)by Nor Ch Gnipagrottensqu x Swe/Fin Ch Cipacan Mila Magia.RBB Anne Smith, my and daughter Debbie’s Kimura’s Tyra at Arnscroft (Imp Nor) by Kimura Basil x Nor Ch Kimura’s Leonora.BD My and Debbie’s Rikarlo Gable (Time) by Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold At Knytshall (Jamie) x Kimura’s Vera With Tapui (Imp Nor). RBD my and Debbie’s Ch/Bel Ch Tonylynn’s Charles LafitteAW (P) RL2EX) by Ch Olpenden Malachy at Parvodene x Fullani Feema Avec Tonylynn. BP Jenny’s, Ollie Wheeler & Dawn Deeley’s Sturtmoor Ffascination with Kormandel (Fable) by Jamie x Sturtmoor Eezee Luvva. Judging over there was some time for shopping before it was back to the benches for the picnic. Then it was time for the stakes classes, the first one was the KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme Stakes, this is always a very popular class as the first prize is £50 down to £5 for VHC, the judge was Tim Ball who judged the breed last year. There was great excitement ring side when Sarah Stonton’s Ch Arnscroft In Di Ana Jack was called out first, he is by Ch Arnscroft Di To Be A Sailor x Ch Arnscroft Di Or Comply, and was joint top dog last year, then to our joy Pikka was third. Later in the day Fable was shortlisted in the puppy group under Mark Ord, so a very good day for the breed.
After the show Jenny said she was so pleased that Piika had won her 6th BOB at a Ch show, particularly as the BD Time and the BP Fable are her grandchildren by her son Jamie, she also has a Canadian Ch daughter owned by Dawne Deeley. Lesley and Ann Butterwoth have another daughter Kormandel Gild The Lily who also has a CC. Piika is also Jenny’s running partner having run 600 miles with her last year, she is not yet quite 5yrs old.
Another Buhund that runs with his owner Tom Glibbery is Rikarlo Grant (Indy), but now Indy has also become a Pets As Therapy Dog and has just made his first visit with Penny, to a local care home and put a smile on the faces of the residents and staff alike.
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.