Pastoral Day at Leeds Ch show which is held in the grounds of Harewood House was the Friday, this year we were also holding our Open show in conjunction with Leeds. Earlier in the week we had the two days of extreme heat, but such is the summer in England that by the Friday the temperature had dropped to about 14degrees and in the afternoon there was rain on and off, sometimes quite heavy, but I think everyone preferred that to the heat. The show scheduled the breed for many years with out CCs but at that time it ran over Saturday Sunday and the Monday, and when the Pastoral Day was the Monday there were very few entries so they took the breed off. Then when South Wales moved its dates to October, Leeds took over their days and the show ran from the Friday to the Sunday, and in 2019 it became one of the ten All Breed Shows giving CCs to all breeds that have them, and our set was moved from E of E. Last year we had a change of judge at the last minute due to the judge’s illness, but no such problem this year with Mike Vines as our judge. He and his wife Celia have had Buhunds for many years until just over a year ago when they said good bye to Celia’s Ch Ailort Highlander At Parvodene JW Sh.CM, he had been a great ambassador for the breed, being placed in groups at Ch shows and making group and BIS placings at open shows almost his own and then BVIS later in his life. Mike gives CCs in 10 breeds across 3 groups and judges the Pastoral Group and Obedience in which he has been interested in for very many years, becoming club manager and head trainer at the Stonehouse Dog Training club after leaving the army where he was a Military Police Dog Handler.
We were fourth in the ring after GSD’s and Finnish Lapphunds both breeds were judge by Celia then Polish Lowland Sheep Dogs judged by Mike. We went in at 2.45pm and Mike found his BOB and DCC his second in Jenny Shorer-Wheeler’s Koromandel Tusen Takk(ai)(Muchly). He also has a RCC and is by Multi Ch Trollheimen JR Made For Cascilius x Sturtmoor’s Ffacination with Koromandel. RDCC Konner Owens Leggatts Night Fever (Kuma)bred by Sue Crocker he is by Sturtmoor Floki x Leggatts Voulez Vous this was his first show, so great achievement to gain his stud book number and he must have a promising show career in front of him. He was also BPIB and was handled by Millie Lambert- Dovey. Jenny had another day to remember as she did the double with her Ch Maidofcopper For Koromandel JW (Imp Fin) (Pikka)taking her 12th CC, she also has 12RCCs and is by Nor Ch Gnipagrottans Qu x Fin Ch /Nor Ch Cipacan Milla Magia, she was also BVIB.RBCC her 11th Maddy Norman’s Ch Arnscroft Delilah At Veekay (Lottie) she is by Ch/Ir Ch Arnscroft Di To Be A Sailor (Sirius) x Ch Arnscroft Di Or Comply, she also 7CCs.BBP Kirsty & Alex Irvine and Callum Gillies Blackcombe Bodi With Tapui (Imp Aus)(Bodi)she was also shortlisted in a large puppy stakes under Geoff Corish. She was bred by Roberta Crouch and is by Kyon’s Urban Legend (Imp Can) x Nor/Aust/Int Ch Rennedal’s Brynhild Skjoldmoy (Imp Nor). Now you can see she is truly an international puppy she was born in Australia by a Canadian dog out of a Norwegian Bitch, following in the paw steps of several other Buhunds in the country who have multinational parentage.
It was really great that once again we could have a representative in the main group the puppy group and veteran group, they may not have been placed but they were there.
Once the Ch show was over it was time for the club show which as you will have realised was going to be rather late, when the club goes with a partner show it has to go with the show organisation. I mentioned earlier that last year we had a change of judge at the last minute and though the Ch show was fine the Leeds jink struck again for the club show, as the Caroline Rees Amical (Caroline Friend Rees) tested positive for Covid on the day before, I did the same thing but not being able to show your dog is one thing but not to be able to judge at a Breed Club show that you have been looking forward to is something else, she said she was absolutely gutted, she was also going on holiday the day after the show . I know we will all want to wish her a speedy recover.
The allrounder Howard Ogden (Beauview)stepped in to judge, he is known worldwide for his Griffon Bruxellois and has judged all over Europe and in Russia and gives CCs in 70 breeds across all groups, he last judged the breed in 2019 and will be giving his first set of CCs in them in 2024.
Sarah Stonton’s Ch Arnscroft In Di Ana Jack RL1 ExL2ex who is on a winning roll was not entered in the Ch show as Michael had already given him a CC, there is no rule that says you cannot go under a judge twice,but many exhibitors choose only to go under a judge twice if they are judging the club Ch show or Crufts.
Sarah was therefore thrilled when Howard Ogden awarded Jack BIS, she said having shown Buhunds for 25years she had never achieved either RBOS or BOS never mind BIS at a club show before.
RBIS BOS BVIS Pikka. RBVIS Lillian & Michael Rumsey’s Ch Arnscroft Di Na May (Anja)BPIS Bodi RBPIS Kuma.
Being a club show there are also ‘Best Of’ in the classes with the dogs & bitches going head-to-head.
Best Yearling Kirsty Alex & Callum’s Tapui Let’s Blaze
Best Post Graduate Michael Patrick and Leigh Ashman’s Tapiu Starla (Freya)
Best Limit Jenny’s Sturmoor’s Ffascination with Koromandel (Fable)
Best Vintage Veteran. Sarah Stonton’s Trelowen Loxy AW(S)lex 3
Best Special Working. Jack
Best Black. Lisa & Alex Strong’s Leggatts Dancing Queen With Draccus (Eris)
Best Bred By. Muchly he was also RBD
Best Not Bred By. Lottie she was also RBB.
Congratulations to everyone I hope you enjoyed the show.
I am sure you all know that the Commonwealth Games are coming to Birmingham from the 28th July to 8th August ,and that the Queens’s Baton has been carried by a relay of runners across the country. You know I always like to write about things Buhund owners do, and I am thrilled to say that the day after Leeds, Penny Glibbery was part of the relay team when the Baton Relay came to her home town of Rugeley, where she carried it representing Severn Water for whom she works. She and her husband Tom own Indy aka Rikarlo Grant, he is a great ambassador for the breed as he accompanies them on most of their outside activities and was in a number of the photos showing the enjoyable day everyone had.
Stay safe everyone .
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