Last year Manchester was the first of the new all breeds Ch shows, giving CCs to all breeds that have them for a 3yr trial period. This year they were celebrating the fact that they were founded in 1861. It is of course the last show where you can qualify for Crufts, as the entries close the Monday after the show. I had not been to the show since it was held at the GMex in the centre of Manchester. There the building was originally Manchester’s Central Railway Station and was the Northern terminus from St Pancras, becoming a Grade 11 listed building in 1963. Parking was very difficult, you had to be there very early to be able to use the underground car park which was a maze of tunnels, originally used for storage and sidings for trains, otherwise you had to use local car parks. When we lost CCs there they also stopped scheduling the breed as they were so short of space. The show moved to Stafford when the GMex was upgraded to host some of the Commonwealth Games. There was more room at Stafford but it was not till 2016 that we had classes back without CCs.
Pastoral Day was the Friday, after several days of wind and rain Friday was meant to be a better day. We were third in the ring after 15 Hungarian Pulis 15 Ibizan Hounds and 15 Greyhounds. Our trip to the show is nearly all motorway M1 & M6, so I planned to be there by 9am, as we all know only too well that there are often hold ups on the Motorways. It started to rain as we set off and by the time we on the M1 just a few miles down the road it was torrential, it of course was dark and with all the heavy lorries causing a lot of spray to say it was very unpleasant is an understatement, by the time we arrived at the M6 it was getting light and the rain had eased off ,although we did have another really heavy rain shower we arrived at Stafford in the dry. It was not long however before the torrential rain started again. We were all sitting around chatting when Margaret Garvie came in with her dogs, saying she had left her husband to park the Motorhome as they had shut the showground to any more traffic, as they had run out of parking because as many of you know the parking at Stafford is mostly on grass, and a good percentage of this had become unusable. The vehicles were being sent down the road to another part of the showground, not the start to a show day you want.
Our judge was Jane Lilley who gives CCs in 46 Breeds across all the groups, although most are in the Toy and Utility Groups. She was giving her second set of CCs in the breed, the first being at City of Birmingham in 2017. She found her BOB & DCC his 6th he also has 10 RCCS in Nancy Kent and Jacqui and Michael Cobb’s Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold At Knytshall(Jamie),he is by Can/Uk Ch Kyon’s Bold Norseman x Ch Maidofcopper for Koromandel (Imp Fin)JW.RDCC his 3rd he also has 2 CCs my and daughter Debbie’s Rikarlo Gable(Time) he is by Jamie x Kimura’s Vera With Tapui (Imp Nor).BVD & BV my and Debbie’s Ch/Bel Ch Tonylynn’s Charles LafitteAW(P) RL2EX)(Fizz)he has 3CCs & 3RCCs and is by by Ch Olpenden Malachy at Parvodene x Fullani Feema Avec Tonylynn.BCC her 4th she also has 2RCCs Maddy Norman and Gail Hussey’s Ch Arnscroft Delilah at Veekay by Ch & Ir Ch Arnscroft Di To Be A Sailor Ir Jr Ch x Ch Arnscroft Di & Comply.RCC her 11th Margaret Garvie’s Ch Rhialis Psyche ShCM she also has 19 CCS,and is by Ch /Am Ch Visions Dino of Trollheimen(Imp USA)(Casper ) x Ch Ailort Just Jinks. BP Millie Lambert’s Sturtmoor’s Free’n Eezee by Jamie x Sturtmoor Eezee Luvva. This was her second such award at a Ch show, and earlier in the day she had been shortlisted in a very well filled Hound and Pastoral Puppy Bitch Stakes class under Simon Luxmoore. BVB Lillian and Michael Rumsey’s Ch Arnscroft Di Nah May by Casper x Arnscroft Di Sing On Ice, she has 6CCs and 7 RCCs. What was particular nice was that all the Green cards the BP & BV all had different affix’s which must be good for the breed, and while waiting for Time’s card to be signed the judge said to me how impressed she was with the quality of all the dogs. Judging over it was back to the benches for the picnic.
Showing the versatility of the breed the next day Sarah Stonton had a very enjoyable day at agility with her Trelowen Andrea and Ch Arnscroft In Di Ana Jack. Sue Crocker took Knytshall Noor Ul Ain to do a Barn Hunt which she thoroughly enjoyed, this is just starting in the UK but is very popular in the US, and I took Fizz and Time to a fun scent day, and Fizz managed to win a timed competition, searching for 5 hidden scents with Time having a special award.
I was very sad to see that Ken Bowden has died at the great age of 93. When I first came into the breed he was a very popular judge and gave CCs in the breed, he apparently also wrote for Our Dogs for 50 yrs which is a quite fantastic record.
Margaret Deuchar http://margaretdeuchar@gmail .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.