Hound of the Year
On Saturday 19th January, Tyne, Wear & Tees Hound Association held their Hound of the Year competition, writes Denise Tyerman. This is held annually, and is now in its fourth year. It was the brainchild of the late secretary, Vince Tyerman, who would have been proud to see its success.
The judge, whose identity was a secret until the evening of the event, was the well-known hound group judge Mrs Olive Simpson. Unfortunately she and her companion, Mrs Jean Severn, had been enjoying the journey so much that they missed the exit from the motorway. However like the cavalry they arrived just in time.
Over forty hounds awaited Mrs Simpsons attention. Looking very elegant in black chiffon, she went about her task efficiently.
The puppies were first in the ring. the eventual winner was Danny Cullens Basenji, Akmar Amenhotep. Reserve to him, all the way from London, was Mike Wedges Long Haired Dachshund Dolan Cupids Arrow.
Next was my favourite class, veteran. This was taken by Vivien Staggs Ch Toscanelli Allegretto, who appreciated his sausage much more than the cheque he won.
It was then time for exhibitors and guests to sample the buffet for which Tyne, Wear & Tees is now famous. This year, hot beef sandwiches were on the menu. The guests did them justice.
Finally, it was time for Best Hound. This went to Liz Cudlips Basset Hound Hardivane Ghostbuster, reserve was Anna Haugstads Elkhound, Ardenspoir Skogley.
Talking to Mrs Simpson later, she said that shed had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and had felt the quality was extremely high.