good to be back at Dundalk
MONTHS ago, if anyone at Dundalk & District Canine Club's 53rd All Breed
Championship show had suggested that this club's event in 2001 would be
the first Championship event of the year held under IKC rules, they would
probably have been rushed straight to the Central Mental Hostipal in Dublin
writes Paul Scanlon
could we have imagined the consequences of the scurge of foot and mouth
disease to the agricultal sector and livestock population in the UK and
thankfully we in Ireland were spared the widespread culling witnessed
across the water. Ironically the one area in the Republic of Ireland which
was hit the hardest due to one case of foot and mouth disease was the
Cooley Perinsula in Co.Louth not far from Dundalk. After seven months
of non activity on the Ch. show scene, it seemed somewhat fitting that
the Dundalk Club should lead the way in bringing the canine calendar back
to some level of normality. With most of the major Ch. events of the year
lost to the enforced cancellation in the national intereset it was a major
talking point amongst exhibitors and fanciers that our rank and file could
be weakened somewhat as many would discover that there is life outside
dog shows. Indeed it has to be said that a fall away in exhibitors numbers
must still be a worry for societies and the I.K.C.
if the number of entries at Dundalk is anything to go by then the future
may not be as bleak as first feared. The entry of 1,282 was up on last
year and it must be remembered that this number was devoid of any cross
water UK exhibits who were not permitted to exhibit at the show. Irish
exhibitors seemed on this occasion to give the Dundalk club full respect
for being the leaders of the pack in seeking to ensure that their event
took place, and Harry O'Donaghue and his committee were rewarded with
a keen mark of approval from the exhibitors.
by Paul Scanlon Having examined all the group winners, Kay Creamer chose
the Pastoral Group winner Joyce & Des Manton's OES, Allmark Goes Ballistic
with the Westie Ann Taggort's Ch. Cooley Broken Promise, handled by Sinead,
after talking to some of the breed judges, they seemed to feel that the
absentee rate was higher than normal but I would suspect that this in
itself wouldn't have been a surprise to any of us who had begun to revel
in regular Saturday morning lie-ons. Exhibitors had found different ways
of filling their weekends and for some the motivaton just wasn't there
to click back in to the showing mode.
arrival at the show, it didn't seem in any way different from previous
years' events, although I did feel that there was a larger then usual
presence of the Civil Defence volunteers helping to keep the car parking
organised. Whether this was just coincidence or not, I'm not sure. Walking
from the outer car park onto the showground proper it immediately struck
me what we had been missing for the previous seven months. Faces we hadn't
seen for such a long time all seemed happy to be back on the show trail.
It took quite a while to get to where we were going as it seemed so important
to stop and say hello to those you met going across the showground. It
struck me then, that as others had said to me while the shows were off,
it's the people we missed as much as the shows themselves.
by Paul Scanlon Adrain Collins was back on home soil to judge some Hound
He's pictured here with his Afghan BOB Appleby, Minchin and Edwards' Ch
Valkor Xotic which went on to group 3.
always with Dundalk the showground was well laid out on the green carpet-like
grass of Cluskey Park at Dromiskin, the home of the local St Joseph's
Gaelic Football Club. Each ring covering the judges table and area, Dundalk
being one of the first Ch. shows to use them, and a good sized ring for
breed judging is the norm here. I always feel that Harry O'Donoghue brings
back invaluable experience and ideas from his travels officiating throughout
the world and tries to put them into practice at Dundalk show, forever
looking to improve the event and its running.
Drum was manning the Secretary's office which has the ideal view, upstairs
in the club house overlooking the showground. The same view of the showground
is also available in the bar next door which did an extremely brisk trade
throughout the day with a lot of exhibitors catching up on the going on.
by Paul Scanlon - Amanda Payne handled her and husband Jim's Boxer bitch
Berwtnfa Honey to the B at Willow to top the Working group under Mrs C
Barton from the USA. Barri and Maud Orr's Rottweiler Cicero Frankie was
weather, thankfully wasn't too severe for the dogs, as in previous days
if the show had been scheduled it would've been uncomfortable for most.
Creamer, the very well known Gundog specialist and owner of the Cretoka
Cockers was the Best in Show judge and she also ran the rule over the
stakes classes and the junior handlers. Mrs Creamer kicked of the day's
judging with the Junior Handling Association classes where her winners
were James Hammond (10-12 yrs), Hayley Knowles (13-14 yrs) and Samantha
Knowles (15-17 yrs).
by Paul Scanlon - Denis Dowdall's Utility group winner was Lousie Garton's
Kasara Truly Scrumptious with Sarah Simpson's Lhasa Apso Ch Tasarnia Midas
Touch, group 2.
the Puppy Stakes, from a very respectable entry of 43 dogs, Kay chose
another star in the making for Fances Toman, Ardenlee Desert Fox at Manto,
the Pembroke Corgi who will have hard act to follow in his kennelmate
Ch. Manto Leading Edge. In bitches, Ger and Larua Cox from Limerick will
be at the Shelbourne Hotel again as their Bull Terrier Coxgal Pale Shasow
took the top spot from 43 entries.
group started to get under way around half past two and Ger Morris from
Wales had an impressive group with some of the top winning terriers around
at the moment to choose from, hitting the high spots again was Ann Taggarts
Westie Ch. Cooley Broken Promise, the Pup of the Year 1999 winner, handled
on this occasion by Sinead Taggart. She has four Res CC's to her credit
and was Res BIS at Munster Canine last year. In Group 2 spot was Colin
and Jane Pratts Border Terrier Ch & GB. Ch Conundrum Vagabond with Terrijay
who I believe has moved to Ireland with his owners.
by Paul Scanlon - Ben Allen gave the Toy group to Sandra Rainey's Maltese
for Khanthan with Robert and Heather Lamont's CKCS Moorfield's Le Tombeau
Hogarty's Cairn Ch. Cadagio Talk Of The Town was pulled in third while
the Staff Bull Terrier Miller's Mourne Cyclone was Group 4.
Mr & Mrs Krohane from the US being unable to fulfil their appointment
and giving short notice to the show promoters, Joe and Nan Kirk stepped
in to take up the relevent breeds while Amy Nugart from Northern Ireland
took on the Pastoral Group judging.
Nugents choice for Group 1 was Des and Joyce Manton's OES, Allmarks Goes
Ballistic With Scallywag who went Res BIS at last year's Cloghran Ch.
Show under Mary Searson. 'Bomber' had also picked up some groups placings
throughout last year and is a son of the big winning Int Ch Allmark Ralph
Lauren. He is another who was a Pup of the Year qualifier in 1999. Group
2 was the Puppy Dog Stakes winner Frances Toman's Ardenlee Desert Fox
3 was another new resident exhibitor in John and Valerie Geddes Rough
Collie GB, Ch, Ingledene Penny Lover while the Bearded Collie, Fowler's
Carlindale Star Struck was Group 4.
Allen was centre stage in the Toy Group and it was a large group for him
to chose from Ben's choice for top spot was Sandra Rainey's American import
Maltese Angels Vision For Khanthan.
Lamont handled his and wife Heather's CKCS, Moorfields Le Tombeau to Group
2 with Marion Sloan's Papillon Sunshoo Ima Starlet, a daughter of the
Crufts BOB winning Phalene Ch & GB. Ch Sunshoo Ima Movie Premiere, taking
Group 3. Sean Carroll and James Newman's latest Pomeranian star Belliver
Sunstorm took fourth spot. He had recently taken the Res. CC at Blackpool
under Les Humpries and was also handled on that occasion by James.
in the Gundog Group ring Ann Ingram of the famous Tirkane Kennels was
putting the BOBs through their paces and in the end it was a win for the
GSP, Colm McLaughlin's Sh. Ch. Inishglora Ghillie, who I remember winning
the Puppy Stakes at Bray Ch Show a couple of Years ago under Tom Creamer.
Chris Laverty handled his Cocker Spaniel Laveris Belle Of The Ball to
Group 2 and Cathy Loughlins Erinade Jackpot, the Irish Setter in third.
In group 4, Emer Mooney handled her Irish Water Spaniel Maestro Of Currabell.
by Paul Scanlon - Gundog group winner at Dundalk under Ann Ingram was
GSP Sh Ch Inishglora Ghillie, with Chris Laverty's Cocker Laveris Belle
of the Ball in second.
Utility Group saw Denis Dowdall making Louise Garton's day by awarding
her Dalmatian Kasara Truly Scrumptious the top spot. A daughter of the
Casey family's group winning girl Ch. Clonmaggaden Princess, she had only
recently taken the Res CC at the North of England Dalmatian Club and was
Res BIS at the Airedale Limited show at Cloghron in January.
group 2, it was Sarah Simpson's Lhasa Apso Ch Tasarnia Midas Touch who
had been sent through to the group by June Wall. He had previously taken
the group and Res. BIS under Frances Hickey at Hibernian Ch Show last
group 3 it was Frank Barry's Miniature Schnauzer Barzer Celtic Storm,
handled by myself. He had earlier beaten his litter sister Barzer Magic
Moment for BOB. Their sire CH & GB Ch Clarkmars Freddie Starr was group
2 at Crufts.
4 was another exhibitor travelling from Co. Clare, Michael Clancy's Tibetan
Spaniel Ch Milbethan Toddie.
Martin judged the Hound Group and making his title on the day as well
as Group 1 was Mr & Mrs Messenger's Irish Wolfhound Uella Adventurer.
Clyde piloted her Basset Dereheath Keegan At Gettistown into second spot
having come through breed competition under specialist Denis Dowdall.
Appleby, John 'The Monk' Minchin and Jayne Edwards Afghan Ch Valkor Xotic,
handled by Lyn was sent through by Adrian Collins, back adjudicating on
home-soil. This bitch has previously taken a group in Cork and today it
was a group 3 award. In fouth it was Gerry McFaul's Dachshund Ch & GB
Ch Glasvey Lilac.
C Barton from the US judged the working group and here it was a very popular
win for Ber Jim & Amanda Payne's Boxer bitch Berwynfa Honey To The Bat
Willow. Handled here by Amanda, it must have been very pleasing for this
popular couple to follow on from their great win at Crufts where another
of their charges Ch. Cutadash At Berwynfa took the bitch CC. Jim was missing
today away with another of his hobbies, raising money for charity.
group 2 spot it was Barri and Maud Orr's Rottweiler Cicero Frankie who's
sire is the big winning Ch & GB Ch Rottessors Dollarmite At Tikaram also
owned by the Orr's.
Taggart took another group placement when her Dobermann Supeta's Positively
Perfect For Cooley was Mrs Barton's group at Drogheda last September.
The Murrays Siberian Husky Ch. Cadohis Irish Mist was group 4.
was good to see Cecil Williamson at the show as I believe he hadn't been
too well of late but he was looking back to himself and in good form.
Great also to see Brian Carroll there with his wife Maureen normally to
be seen with Keeshonds and Samoyeds in tow.
was looking well after a recent health scare and I'm sure everyone would
join with me in wishing him the best of health.
Murray, who we would be more accustomed to seeing with his Beagle's and
PBGV's had his latest acquistion out on its first excursion. The standard
Schnauzer Novahawk American Beauty was best A.V. Utility N/C for him.
then the scene was set for the first Championship Show Best in Show winner
to be chosen by Mrs Kay Creamer. Having examined all the group wiinners,
Kay chose the Pastoral Group winner Joyce & Des Manton OES, Allmark Goes
Ballistic With Scallywag with the Westie Ann Taggorts Ch. Cooley Broken
Promise, handled by Sinead, the Reserve. In 1994 Joyce & Des had another
big win at Dundalk, when their last O.E.S the late Dazzle took the top
by Paul Scanlon - Sindead Taggart handled her mother Ann's Westie, Ch
Cooley Broken Promise to win the Terrier group under Ger Morris, with
Pratt's Border Terrier Ir Ch/Ch Conundrum Vagabond with Terrijay in group
remainder of the year in the showring will be very interesting to see
just how much our hobby has been effected by foot and mouth. Already talk
is of how much the year's events and competitions such as Top Dogs and
Pup of The Year can be worked out. While it seems PotY will take a dog
and bitch qualifier from each all breed Ch Show for the remainder of the
year and the aim is to run the event as normal in early 2002, most of
the other titles, such as Dog of the Year and Top of competitions will
be viewed as being of less importance and less prestigious to those in
the sport, due to the year that is in it. Hopefully the courage shown
by the Dundalk committee will help others who might seek to re-schedule
their shows before the end of the year. Whether they do or not, we all
must take our hats off to Dundalk's organisers firstly for showing leadership
by running their event and secondly for giving us a really good event
to kick off the year's proceedings again. We all played our part in keeping
foot and mouth out of Ireland, now let's play our part in getting our
sport back to normality before it gets too late. And lets hope the playing
field might become a little more level and our UK friends and exhibitors
be permitted to support our events as soon as possible.