Pastoral day at WELKS was Saturday 27th, no CCs this year, they have been moved to Bath which is now one of the new all breed shows. Thanks to the WELKS committee for keeping the breed scheduled, as I have said before the show scene would be very sparse without the non CC shows. Photos were posted on FB of the show all set up with the rings outside on the Thursday, in good weather it is a lovely show ground set in the Malvern Hills. It is often said what a difference a day makes, and this so often applies to the British weather. The weather over Easter was fantastic virtually country wide, with almost wall to wall sunshine, but as the following week progressed there was talk of storm ‘Hannah’ moving in on Friday night. I was travelling with daughter Debbie who is showing her partner’s Border Collie ‘Silver’ at the moment, she will be his future agility dog but can’t compete in agility till she is 18 months. She has already qualified for Crufts next year so not sure when she will be doing agility! I was taking Time now 7months it was his first Ch show. The numbers in collie classes means there are always CCs for breed and they often have a ring for the day, so the breed started at 9am.|It was therefore an early start, and it was not long before we realised the forecast was right, it was very windy. We travelled down the M40, where when on exposed parts of the road it was difficult not to be blown sideways. On arrival at the show ground we quickly found the marquee where the Buhunds, AVNSC and Import dogs were benched. This would have been very nice as the ring was at the end of the benches, and was grass compared with the cattle sheds where it is always concrete. However, the wind was so strong that the marquee was shaking and was very noisy, the dogs amazingly settled on their benches. Jacqui Walmsley who works on the ‘Our Dogs’ stand came and visited and said all the trade stands were strapped to their lorries, and those that weren’t had blown down, she felt we should be moved. She went and talked to the secretary about risk assessment, about the same time a fairly large marquee collapsed, no one was hurt as it was part of the preparation for a future event. It was then not long before a steward came and said we were to be evacuated, the secretary came and helped us move up to a marquee by the Severn Hall, it had the protection of the hall and was much sturdier, although still very noisy. Thanks to Jacqui who also helped us move and to Millie Lambert who turned up just as we were moving and gathered up all Debbie’s show gear as she was up the other end of the show ground showing Silver in the cattle sheds. Once settled I went back to the marquee to make sure nothing was left behind, only to find men in hard hats putting up barriers so that no one could go in and fixing it down to lorries. It was also announced that the trade stands had shut down and the area was virtually out of bounds, this was lifted later when the wind started to decrease slightly. They divided the BIS ring in the Severn Hall so that we had a ring; this was on carpet which was nice. We were scheduled not before 11am and finally went in about 1.30pm. Our judge was Char John who grew up with Alaskan Malamutes, her parents have been breeding and showing them with the ‘Cristakell’ affix for many years. Char now has her own affix ‘Chardicea’, she also owns a Buhund and previously made up a Buhund bitch. She found her BOB &BD in Sarah Stonton’s Ch Arnscroft In Di Ana Jack, he gained his crown last year, and is by Ch Arnscroft Di To Be A Sailor x Ch Arnscroft Di Or Comply. He was later shortlisted in the group under Celia Vines. RBD & BP my and daughter Debbie’s Rikarlo Gable he is by Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold At Knytshall x Kimura’s Vera with Tapui(Imp Nor) .BB Kerry & Fritz Frost & Karin Klouman’s Kyon’s Dronningen Av Frostisen(Imp Can)she is by Nor Ch Kimura’s Uno x Ch Kyons Nordic Princes she is just out of puppy having been BBP at Crufts.RBB Lesley & Liz Butterworth’s Koromandel Gild the Lily by Am/Can Gr Ch Kynon’s Bold Norseman x Ch MaidofCopper for Kormandel JW.BBP & Special Beginners Lisa & Alex Strong’s Leggatts Dancing Queen by Frostisen Winsome x Knytshall Noor Ul Ain.
Special Beginners is for owner, handler or exhibit not having won a CC or RCC or for those breeds not allocated CCs, Best Of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex at Champ shows. The best special beginners in each breed goes forward to the Special Beginners Group.
I finish with huge congratulations to Tom Glibbery who ran the Boston, Paris and London Marathons in aid of National Autistic Society. Part of the support team was wife Penny and Indy (Rikarlo Grant), while in London they went sightseeing, which Indy obviously enjoyed and I am sure more people have now met a Norwegian Buhund.
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