LAST WEEKEND was a very busy one for Buhunds and their owners. It started with National Working and Pastoral Breeds Golden Anniversary Ch show. Their first show was an open one held on 14th on August 1968 at Sunbury on Thames. The first Ch show was held at the Overstone Solarium in Northampton in 1972 and the Norwegian Buhund was one of the dogs short listed for BIS. The usual venue for the show is now the Three Counties Show Ground at Malvern. Our judge was Kevin Young who gives CCs in 20 Pastoral Breeds and 9 in the Working Group, he last judged the Breed at Driffield in 2015 and previous to that at the club Ch show in 2011. Brenda Bethell kindly told me that she and husband Tony left the house in the drizzle and she was worried that judging might be indoors, where the concrete floor is very unforgiving. She said as there were 138 Bearded Collies to be judged before the Buhunds, some exhibitors enjoyed a little longer in bed and by the time they arrived judging in all rings was well under outside! Most stayed near the ring although the wind was an issue with moulting Buhund hair floating around! There was one short shower but the picnic was held outside, which I have on good authority was delicious. The sun came out just before the breed went into the ring about 3pm; Kevin had kindly agreed to judge the breed before taking his well earned break. BOB & DCC his 2nd CC Dawne Deeley’s Am Gr /Can Gr Ch Kyon’s Bold Norseman(Idar) by Nor/Can Ch Vaulartun’s Tomba Kimura x Can Ch K Freidige Tora, handled by Jenny Shorer -Wheeler with whom he is living while visiting the UK, he was later shortlisted in the Group under Liz Cartledge .RDCC Stuart Garvie’s Rhialis Apollo this was his 6th RCC he also has 2CCc he is by Ch/Am Ch Visions Dino of Trollheimen(Imp US)Casper x Ch Ailort Just Jinks. BVD& BVIB winning money Celia Vines Ch Ailort Highlander At Parvodene by Ch Olpenden Malachy At Parvodene x Ch Fullani Farek At Ailort he has 14CCs & 17RCCs
BCC her 1st Paul Glaholm’s Sturtmoor’s Dream Maker At Gazenorth(Louisa) by Ch Svartkonge Av Sturtmoor (Imp Nor) x Ch Bernegarden’s Reve Enka Av Sturtmoor (Imp Nor)she also has 5RCCs.RBCC & BP Millie Lambert’s Sturtmoor Eezee Luvva this was her first RBCC but her 4th BPIB where CCs are on offer making her Top Puppy at the moment .She was also third in the puppy bitch stakes under Geoff Duffield and shortlisted in the puppy group under Mr Kinsey.She is by Ch Arnscroft Di Na Mo Farrah of Kormandel(Mo) x Louisa .BVB Jacqui & Michael Cobb and Nancy Kent’s Ch Trelowen Veryan to Knytshall .She is on a roll having been BVIB at E of E and Windsor she is by Ch Knytshall Ferdig x Int/Ir Ch Trelowen Yn Tek to Benzara she has 6CCs &5 RCCs. Mo was not in the breed as Kevin had given him a CC previously. He however was piloted round the Junior Handling ring by his young co owner Isaac .Last year for the first time the Junior handling semi finals were moved from Richmond where all the groups were together,to their group shows the finals are at Discover Dogs in October . He did not qualify but Jenny told me he was the only boy in both of the 6-11yr old classes(Pastotral & Working) and certainly acquitted himself very well, looking very smart with a blue waistcoat a light blue shirt and black trousers. Later in the day the pair were 4th in the Good Citizen Stakes under Meg Purnell Carpenter winning £10 and a lovely rosette .It was long day for the family leaving home at 4am and not arriving home till 11pm.
The following day was also a busy one, Brenda Bethell sent me the following:-“I began showing less than five years ago and my ring craft training was at Newport (Gwent) CS. They include a Buhund class every year at their Open Show and this year 2 classes,so yes the Bethell Bu clan arrived in style at the Pontypool Leisure Centre. Under Ken Jessup Minforst Galadriel (Ella) the bald one won the graduate class-Tony showed Lux Ch Int Ch Arnscroft Glad Di Ola At Minforst(Freya) and I showed Zodiac’s Featuring Fredrik At Taevas Of Minforst(Imp US)(Freddy) in the open class. Freddy was BOB and the to my great delight was PG4”Thanks Brenda
Neil Hood also had success at Kingston Canine Society Gold Cup show held at the South of England Show Ground at Ardingly where under Alyson King his, Paul Glaholm and Sophie Wildig’s Sturtmoor Eeza Geeza At Buhcafrey was BPIB &RBOB and PG4 he is litter brother of Eezee .He was BOB & BPIB at Bath & Southern Counties.
Last week I finished with the sad news that Maddy Norman had to say good bye to Oscar, I asked her if she would like to send me an Obituary for him:-
“Trelowen Govyn of Marambu (Oscar) 17.09.200-11.07.2017 .He arrived into our lives in November 2000 after a wait for a year on Sue Sercombe’s puppy list .We had never had a puppy before so this was all new. We wanted him to be a companion to our rescue crossbreed. In Spring 2001 I had a call from Sue who suggested that I should try showing him, so we duly trundled along to Southern Counties where Gail was judging .I had never been in a show ring before so Jackie Cobb explained to me what I needed to do, after that first show Gail took me under her wing! Unfortunately for Oscar his showing career was rather restricted by meeting Kirsty Gillies Tapui Tane in the same class at every show, soon Tane reached the heady heights that we could never achieve. Oscar was reluctant to keep his ears up but that did not stop him from going to Crufts for 15 consecutive years. Not keeping his ears up did not stop him either from being used as a Stud dog by Sue. I was about to give up on showing him until at an open show in Cambridge,when he suddenly decided where his ears should be ,after that day he won numerous firsts at shows although never a CC. He was always a credit to the breed only once being aggressive and that was to a Rottweiler when his daughter Inga (Tokyn Keeva of Marambu) was coming into season and his protective instinct kicked in. Our highest accolade was at Windsor in 2009 when he and Inga won the brace under Geoff Luscott .Our swan song was at Crufts 2016 when Callum Gillies (who was younger than Oscar and never had a chance to show Tane) trotted him around the ring, a fitting end to his show career. Over these last years, age took its toll, but fortunately he wasn’t ill. The body at 16yrs 9months decided that it was time to sleep and now our lovely boy is sleeping peacefully”.
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