Friday was Pastoral day at the Welsh Kennel Club Ch show which is one of the All-Breeds Ch shows, and is held on the Royal Welsh showground at Builth Wells. It is also one of the shows that has Agility and Obedience competitions including Championship Agility and Championship Obedience classes. This was the first show since 2019 as in 20/21 the ground was a covid testing and vaccination site, and due to ongoing covid restrictions the show was allowed to run over 4days this year.
The Welsh Kennel Club was originally formed in 1896 with the Prince of Wales Albert Edward as President. The club ceased to exist during the 1914-18 war, and it was not until November 1967 that a few Kennel Club members who lived in Wales decided to revive the club, they formed a committee and opened discussions with the Kennel Club. Early in 1968 an AGM was held and David Samuel was elected as secretary, and in September of that year at a General meeting of the Kennel Club the Welsh Kennel Club was recognised.
The Royal Welsh showground is owned by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society which was formed in 1904 and covers 150acres.The Society runs the Royal Welsh 4-day Agricultural show in July with numerous livestock competitions and rural activity demonstrations. Like most agricultural shows there is a main arena and when I first started showing at WKC some many years ago, the rings were usually on the main arena but then with a succession of wet summers, the livestock competitions held during the agricultural show damaged the surface of the main arena, so the rings were held under cover in an area used for the sheep pens during the agricultural show, with the benches in the cattle sheds. This year the benches were still in the cattle sheds, but the whole of the main arena was covered in a marquee. There were also rings in some of the halls but the Buhunds were in Ring 7 one of the first rings under the marquee. Jenny kindly sent a short video so those of us that were not there could see the layout. Happily, the extreme heat had gone and it was a dry day with a slight breeze so nice dog showing weather, although it had rained the night before so not ideal for the many exhibitors who were camping! The breed was after 74 Bearded Collies and went in about lunch time.
Our judge was Paul Lawless who with his wife Jean (who was the Pastoral Group Judge at WKC) live in County Kildare in Eire, their main breeds are Belgian Shepherds and Schipperkes. They have judged all over the world including many specialities, and judge all breeds in FCI groups 1,2 and 5 which includes Buhunds.
Jenny Shorer -Wheeler had what she described as a dream day winning the dog and bitch CCs for the third time this year. Her Ch Maidofcopper For Koromande JW (Imp Fin) (Pikka) by Nor Ch Gnipagrottans Qu x Fin /Nor Ch Cipacan Milla Magia won her 13th CC was BOB & BV she also has 12RCCS. Jenny said she first came to the show 20years ago and had always dreamed of running round the BIS ring, which at WKC is a fantastic size so you can really move a dog and it is also inside so on a flat covered surface. Jenny was able to do it twice in the BOB group and in the Veteran group. Jenny’s Koromandel Tusen (ai)(Muchly) by Multi Ch Trollheimen JR Made for Cascilius x Sturtmoor’s Ffacination with Koromandel won his third CC so gaining his crown. All his wins have been from Junior, his first was at SKC under Sue Bird when he was also BOB, his second at Leeds also with BOB under Mike Vines. Jenny was especially thrilled as Muchly is her first homebred Champion that she has made up herself. She has bred four that have been owned and made up by their owners, and has owned two other breed Champions bred by other people but Muchly is that special homebred Ch. RDCC his 2nd Sue Sercombe’s Trelowen Forest Gump making the long trip from Northern Ireland worthwhile, he is by Ch/Ir Ch Trelowen Conar Tun x Ch Trelowen Dizzy Rascal. Gump was handled by Sue’s daughter Jacqui. He is an Irish Junior Ch meaning under FCI rules, he has won five junior classes at Ch shows and was graded excellent in each class. The RBCC was another great result for Sue Crocker with Leggatts Jive Talkin (Noodle), she is 7months old and this was only her fourth show, she was BP at her first two shows then at Bournemouth she was BB (no CCs) now here she gained her Stud Book number, she was handled to her RBCC by Jasmine Freeborn. It has been a great litter for Sue as Noodle’s litter brother Konner Owens Leggatts Night Fever (Kuma) was BP, he already has a stud book number which he gained by being RDCC at Leeds where he was also BP. They are by Sturtmoor Floki x Leggatts Voulez Vous.
There was no luck in the groups but it was great to have a representative in all three.
On Sunday 21st Sarah Stonton took Loxy aka Trelowen Andrea to a Level 4 Scent trial at Solihull, which despite a very difficult journey there which does not help handler or dog to be calm, Loxy qualified so many congratulations.
Stay safe everyone.
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