A weekend for the girls in Johannesburg
by Jacqueline Mackenzie
first Johannesburg back-to-back championship shows of the year were held on
the weekend of March 31 to April 1, when Transvaal Midlands Kennel Club and
Witwatersrand Kennel Club doubled up to hold their shows at the Barnard Stadium
at Kempton Park, east of the city.
Sponsored by Pedigree, these shows are very popular with exhibitors, giving them the chance to win two sets of CCs on a single weekend. A team of foreign judges, mostly from Australia, made the long trip to South Africa to officiate, along with several local judges.
It turned out to be a great weekend for the girls with the top awards at both shows being won by bitches.
On Saturday it was the turn of Transvaal Midlands Kennel Club where Maurice Le Cussan from Australia judged Best In Show. The Gundog group was won by the buff American Cocker bitch SA Ch Quasars Ringside Gossip owned by Misses Brookes & Archuleta and bred in the USA by Miss Archuleta. Australian judge Nina Beiberitzs choice for the Herding group was the locally bred Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Darrolls SA Ch Castle Douglas Mossdale of Highleigh.
South African judge Percy Green awarded the Hound group to the Whippet bitch, Kellys SA Ch Cottoncove High Society, locally bred from UK import SA Ch Barnesmore Soldier Blue of Glenbervie.
Canadian judge Richard Paquette awarded first place in the Terrier group to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier SA Ch Vangershire Redvers Buller, while the South African owner-bred Pekingese SA Ch Riebeeland Born Tovy was the choice of Australian judge John Thompson for the Toy group.
Completing the line up were the Bulldog, van der Merwes Ch Mervander Galloon, which won the Utility Group under Wendy Paquette, and the Dobermann von Oettingens Ch Hysand Viceroy, the choice of Belgian judge Liliane De Ridder for the Working group.
After putting the seven dogs through their paces, Mr Le Cussan awarded the top spot to the American Cocker bitch - well worth the long trip from Cape Town for her owner - with the Whippet bitch in reserve.
Best Puppy in Show was the Toy group representative, the Pekingese Riebeeland Double Trouble, owner bred by Mrs Stroebel. Transvaal Midlands also hosted a special event for veterans. This is always a popular competition allowing exhibitors to bring out their golden oldies. This year the winner of Best Veteran In Show was the eight year old male South African bred Rottweiler Ch Von Sophias Serge, owned and bred by Mrs Langen, and handled by Sue Carter.
The show ended with a dinner and disco which was held in a large marquee on the show grounds.
Sunday saw the turn of Witwatersrand Kennel Club, with a few exhibitors clearly showing the signs of the previous evenings festivities.
Winner of the Gundog group was Musto's Cocker Spaniel Ole Original. (Photo by Michele Colborne)
Casting her eye over the seven finalists for best in show was Hassie Assenmacher-Feyel,
originally from Germany, but now resident in South Africa. The winner of the
Gundog group, judged by John Thompson, was Mustos Cocker Spaniel Ole Original,
whose dam, SA Ch Kendalwood Designer Model of Ole, was imported from the UK
Kendalwood Kennels of Rodney and Sally Wyatt.
The weekend was a successful one for Dian Darroll as South African judge Pat de Coning chose another of her Pembroke Welsh Corgis to head the Herding group. Home bred SA Ch Highleigh Whatchamacallit, bred from a New Zealand imported sire, took the top spot.
Nina Beiberitzs choice for top Hound was the whippet bitch Navada Fire Dancer of Cottoncove, owned by Mr Kelly, who also owns the previous days Hound group winner. Fire Dancer was bred from UK Ch Flarepath Eridon and UK import Dumbriton Dancing Home To Nevada. Top Toy went to the South African bred Pomeranian bitch, Maartens Ch Monilene Parucha under judge Wendy Paquette.
The Utility group, judged by Liliane de Ridder, was won by Carol Immelmans homebred Dalmatian bitch SA Ch Dallmalli Just Tickety-Boo, while the Terrier group winner was Zuhlsdorffs locally bred Smooth Fox Terrier Ch Reddy Teddy.
Top spot in the Working group, judged by Mrs Assenmacher-Feyel was the Dobermann bitch SA Ch Trustdore Lady Illde Neeve, owned by JC Pieters.
Mrs Assenmacher-Feyel gave the final nod to the Dobermann, with the Dalmatian in reserve.
Best Puppy In Show was the Pekingese Riebeeland Double Trouble, making it a double for owner Mrs Stroebel