Bath Ch show is held on its own ground, Three Shires Field in the hills just above Bath. Over the years it has had its fair share of bad weather when Bath was the most appropriate name. This year however the ground was in perfect condition and apart from it being rather cold early on, once the sun came out it was quite hot and being in the countryside with the birds singing, you could not wish for a more ideal setting. The show is one of the ‘All Breed Shows’ which gives CCs to all the breeds that have them, so it now has to move its group days and runs over four days. The show also has a wide variety of trade stands including an ice cream van selling ice creams for dogs. We were first in the ring at 9am on the Saturday, so for those that did not live locally it was either an overnight stop or leaving home at silly o’clock, with Jenny, Isaac and Ollie leaving at 3.45am, we left at a little more civilized time of 5.30am.Our judge was Robin Newhouse who gives CCs in 3 Utility breeds, 10 Working and 23 Pastoral. He last judged the breed at our Ch show in the car park of Shirland Village Hall on 23rd October 2021, which was our first Ch show after shows started up again after the pandemic. Here he found his BOB and DCC his 8th in my and daughter Debbie’s Ch Rikarlo Gable JW L5ex,(Time) he also has 7RCCs and is by Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold at Knytshall x Ch Kimura’s Vera with Tapui (Imp Nor).Bath has been the most successful show for Time, he won his first CC there from minor puppy in 2019,there was no show in 2020,but in 2021 he won the RCC and was also BIS at our club Open Show that was held in conjunction with Bath that year, then last year he won his 6th CC also with BOB. Winning his 10th RDCC was Sarah Stonton’s Ch Arnscroft In Di Ana Jack RL1 L4ex he also has 13CCs, and is by Ch Arnscroft Di To Be A Sailor x Ch Arnscroft Di Or Comply. Showing the versatility of the breed on the following Monday which was the Bank Holiday, Jack and Sarah headed off to Stoneleigh for a Rally competition, where Jack had a qualifying score in L2, he is out of L1 having had 3Ex scores, he is also in L5 scent competitions, so a very versatile Buhund. BCC also her 8th was Maddy Norman’s Ch Arnscroft Ch Arnscroft Delilah at Veekay (Lottie), she also has 11RCCs and is Jack’s younger sister. RBCC Michael Patrick and Leigh Ashman’s). Itui Starla (Freya) she also has 2CCs and is Time’s younger sister .BV Sue Crocker’s Knytshall Noor Ul Ain she has 1CC and 2RCCS and is by Knytshall Diamond Ted x Ch Trollheimen Elske To Knytshall (Imp USA).It was a lovely day spent with friends and Kirsty Irvine brought a celebrations drink to toast her new Ch Blackcombe Bodil At Tapui (Imp) (Bodi).There were also successes in the stakes classes. Jenny Shorer-Wheeler’s Ch Koromandel Tusen Takk (ai)JW (Muchly)won the Working/Pastoral Good Citizen Dog Scheme D/B KC Good Citizen stakes under Stuart Plane winning £50, so making leaving home at silly o’clock worthwhile. Kirsty’s new Ch Bodi was third in the junior stakes under Murray Armstrong. Maddy’s Lottie was 5th in the Ch stakes under Mr J Thirwell. Last but certainly not least Jacque Cobb with Knytshall Eloise was 3rd in the Adult Handling in her age group under Mr M Elliott, and so qualified for the finals next year. To finish off the day Michael Patrick had success with his Siberian Husky Tom Bombadil of Poliarine Arktika at Coldasice coming 2nd in the Working Veteran Group under Stuart Plane. It was also good to catch up with friends, Jacqui Walmsley who was chief steward, Neil Hood who was stewarding and Millie Lambert -Dovey with her two Silken Windhounds Kai aka Pengybrook Endevor Fiasco and her lovely four month old puppy Kai aka Kushbudar Sela Nova @Sturtmoor.It was lovely that while we at Bath we learnt that the Buhund numbers in the UK had increased by six, five boys and a girl .
Having had such an early start Jenny had brought a tent so she and the boys they could stay overnight and go and see the Roman Bath the next day, but unfortunately the tickets were all sold so they went to see the fantastic Royal Crescent in Bath and spent some of Muchly’s winnings on Mini Golf and Ice creams.
We do not have a Ch show with CCs now till the end of June, so looking back over the past five shows with CCs we have had 4 different dogs winning the Big Green Cards and 4 Bitches, which shows that although we are a numerically small breed there is depth of quality.
The following Wednesday May 31st Reading and District Kennel Association Premier Open show was held in The Society Building on the Newbury showground, there were also outside rings where it said there was no wet weather cover, luckily it stayed dry as the AVNSC pastoral classes were outside, although Sue Crocker said it was rather chilly, her Leggatt’s Jive Talkin (Noodle)was 2nd. in Junior under Val Dyer.
It proved to be a very busy week for Buhunds and their owners, as Pastoral day at Southern Counties Ch show was the next day June 1st also held on the Newbury Showground, with Jenny travelling down south again. Sadly we no longer have breed classes, the show scheduled us for many years after we lost CCs there, but when the show came back after the pandemic due to falling entries we no longer had classes, so it was great to have two representatives in AVNSC, with Jenny’s Muchly taking BAVNSC and her Piika aka Ch Maidofcopper For Koromandel JW (Imp Fin)taking RBB and BVAVNSC, the judge was Dolores Montgomery who gives CCs in three Spitz breeds. Later in the day it was even more exciting when Piika won the Pastoral Veteran Group under Kari Jarvinen so definitely making the trip south again worthwhile. Piika has 15CCs and 12RCCs she is by Gnipagrottans Qu x Fin Ch Cipacan Milla Magia and gained her crown while still in Junior, last year she celebrated becoming a veteran by winning the Veteran group at Windsor. Jenny and Piika returned to Southern Counties for BVIS on the Sunday and although she did not gain an award, Piika showed her socks off and obviously enjoyed the outing and it was great to have a representative of the breed in the final of BVIS .
Stay safe everyone,
Margaret Deuchar firstname.lastname@example.org
Any 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