'Stan' is Simply Stunning
At the popular Friskies/BETA Dog World Pup of the Year
2000 final held last week at the Whitbread Brewery Porter Tun Room,
Mrs Lovaine Coxons Miniature Smoothhaired Dachshund dog Ch DArisca
Simply Stunning was judged top of the pups by Crufts BIS judge elect
Mrs Ann Arch. He qualified at Southern Counties under Frank Kane out
of an entry of 272. His breeder, Mrs Lovaine Coxon, also won the coveted
special breeders trophy for consistency over the years.
A wonderful start to our canine year, this time was exceptionally
so for me!
Having had the pleasure to attend as a spectator for many years, it
was a great honour to be invited to judge the first event of the new
Spoilt for choice is a well-used expression, but that
really summed it up. All of the 31 eligible contestants paraded, making
a final cut far from easy. So many of the smaller breeds carried that
little extra finish and maturity, resulting in some more precise actions,
and though I intended to pull in five, we ended up with seven for
the final run off!
The Lowchen Reeberrich the Happening; Tibetan Terrier Araki Goodtime
Redcoat; Min S/H Dachshund Ch DArisca Simply Stunning; Pekingese
Ch Yakee A Dangerous Liaison; Rough Collie Corydon Primadonna; Min
Schnauzer Beaulea Hes a Cracker; Norwich Terrier Ragas Name
Following a smart circuit from each exhibit, the big rosette went
to the Min S/H Dachshund, whose name we were told is Stanley. Superb
conformation, and most excellent condition. Quarters and keel to envy,
hard body condition, super topline and gleaming jacket, he took it
all in his stride, and just stood out. How wonderful, at the end of
the days proceedings, to witness a further presentation to the
owner/breeder, on a decision taken prior to the competition as to
the person who has contributed so much to the dog scene. The facial
expression of her shock and surprise is something to remember!
A worthy runner-up was the Tibetan Terrier, to whom I have awarded
a Best Puppy in Breed on the day he won the Puppy Stakes at
his first attempt! Coming on well towards maturity and now needing
that extra body firmness that age should surely bring. Well constructed
and of pleasing overall balance, presented in excellent jacket. Moved
and showed so well. A really animated little showman.
My thanks to the sporting participants for their gracious acceptance
of the final awards, and to the other Ann for keeping
the ring running so smoothly, and to Dog World and Friskies for starting
the year off on such a high note.
Many of her friends missed Ann Podmore, who has mothered
this competition for so long, and sent her good wishes.
Day, Another Dog
BETA / Dog World 'Pup of the Year' final 2000
by Liz Stannard
IT a sign of getting older or just having a busy life when you start
saying where has the time gone. Where has 2000 gone when here we are
again at the Porter Tun Room at Whitbread Brewery for the final of
the Pup of the Year. This is the start of the canine year and an event
everyone looks forward to. Although I must agree with some that it
is very difficult to get into the City of London for a 10.00 a.m.
start. Certainly this year it was nearly impossible by train if you
had any distance to travel, and a number of people came the day before
and took in Harrods sale and the theatre, you dont need
three guesses to know that I was one of those.
According to Paul Butler the Managing Director of Friskies UK it will
be the 30th Anniversary next year. Friskies Beta have only been sponsoring
it for a few years before that it was Spillers and way back in the
mists of time the Daily Express ran it initially. At the start of
the year Manchester was the first show to schedule a heat and through
the year nearly 11,000 pups have taken part and so to end up as one
of the 31 finalists took some doing. To qualify two dogs as did Ralph
and Sue Holmes with two Siberian Huskies was even better.
There were only two English champions this year which I think is less
than usual and some of the dogs looked a bit overawed. All the 31
turned up and before the competition started the winner of last years
final the Pekingese Ch. Yakee Swing o the Kilt took a lap of
honour before being presented with a portrait. Bernard Hall was doing
the commentary and even he had slight problems with some of the hard
to pronounce names as all of the dogs came into the ring.
Ann Arch who is this years best in show judge at Crufts was
introduced and looked very bright in a red patterned outfit. She quickly
got to work as the dogs came into the ring three at a time. Anne Bliss
was the Chief Steward and she made sure everyone was in the right
place at the right time with a few words to calm those down who had
not been before their nerves went down the lead to the dogs.
The breeds represented all of the seven groups and some breeds had
more than one representative, 2 Siberians, 2 Rough Collies, 2 Norfolk
Terriers, 2 Tibetan Terriers, 2 Pekingese, 2 Samoyeds and 3 Kerry
Blues. The oldest was the Bearded Collie Gillaber Drummond who qualified
at Scottish Breeds. The youngest the Lhasa Apso Kandykone Kountonme
at Pantulf the Darlington winner.
Ann Arch wasted no time giving everyone chance to do a large triangle
and those that fluffed it got a second chance and then all the dogs
came back into the ring filling all the sides and giving the audience
a chance to give them a second look and perhaps altering some of the
decisions that had been made on the programmes.
One last look from the judge and out came the short list of seven
and the others left the ring to the audiences applause, some
of them to go onto further wins and others perhaps to take early retirement.
The final seven were lined up ready for final walk across the ring
which would make the decision as to who was to be Pup of the Year.
The photographers and TV crew were ready as the ringside applauded
their own particular favourite. Was it to be the Norwich Terrier Ragus
Name Your Poison handled by his owner Lesley Crawley, he ended last
year on the CC and BOB at LKA. The Miniature Schnauzer Beaulea Hes
A Cracker owned by Michael Craig but shown by Carolyn, who we will
perhaps see more of now she is a lady of leisure. The Rough Collie
Corydon Primadonna qualified at National Working and Pastoral, the
Secretary of which is judging here. The Pekingese Ch. Yakee A Dangerous
Liaison owned of course by last years winners Bert Easdon and
Phillip Martin who finished last year on a high by winning BIS at
LKA his second in the year. The other champion here, the Miniature
S/H Dachshund Ch. DArisca Simply Stunning owned and bred by
Lovaine Coxon who qualified at Southern Counties. Lovaine is also
a previous winner of this final in 1993. The Tibetan Terrier Araki
Goodtime Redcoat bred by Ken Sinclair and owned by a quartet of himself,
Howard Ogden, Nick Grosvenor and Neil Smith. Another top winner in
his breed. The Lowchen Reeberrich The Happening owned by John Richardson
and Allen Taylor is another puppy who was also a Junior Stakes qualifier.
The judge gave the one last look and then very decisively extended
her hand to Lovaine Coxon and the Min. Dachshund, Stanley with reserve
to the multi-owned Tibetan Terrier. Into the centre of the ring and
presentations from Paul Butler, Richard Watson, Beta Marketing Manager
and Jane Watson Beta Brand Manager to both the winners. Little Stanley
wore his Beta medal around his neck for all the photographers and
was then whisked away for interviews and more photos while the rest
of us adjourned for pre lunch drinks while the ring was whisked away
and the room was turned into a dining room for 200 people.
The lunch as usual was excellent and at the coffee stage we welcomed
Paul Butler telling us how long he had been coming to this prestigious
event and how proud Friskies were to be sponsoring it. Dr Ruth Barbour
gave the reply for the guests and told a joke about politicians, perhaps
she has another career in after dinner speaking. Ferelith Somerfield
thanked everyone for coming especially with the problem the country
had been having with the weather and the trains. She replied to the
people who had been moaning abut the final being in London, early
in the year and early in the day and quite rightly said that it had
got to be early in the year as before we knew it the first heat would
be taking place at Manchester. After thanking Ann Arch she called
on Diana Spavin to present the Ch. Dialynne Gamble trophy to the runner
up. Patricia Sutton presented the winner with her beautiful trophy
and then it was the turn of the presentation of the Tom Horner Award
of Excellence given to someone who has proved themselves a benefit
to the world of dogs either through breeding or showing or generally
putting something back in. This is chosen well before the event by
a small group and what a surprise it must have been to them and to
the winner when it was announced as winning owner Lovaine Coxon. She
moved into Mini Smooths in 1980 after being in Standards and has produced
some good winners along the way including a previous winner of this
event. She must have been quite overcome as she accepted her second
trophy of the day and briefly thanked everyone.
As everyone packed up ready for their journeys home I wondered how
many would be here next year and how many would be saying where
did 2001 go?
Full Report in January 12th 2001 Issue of Our Dogs
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