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Ballyphelan Bran Beag

THE Irish Wolfhound Ballyphelan Bran Beag (Strider) died on Monday 18th November. He was well known and admired throughout the world of dogs and very well thought of by most championship show judges, not just for his success but also for his personality; few dogs want to please so much, or came alive in the big ring, as he did.

He was bred by Pam & John Sumner out of a bitch sired by my Ainsea Rifleman (10 RCCs), put to the Sumner's Ballyphelan Celtic Charm, who won two CCs.but like Rifleman never quite made it, but together they produced Ch. B. Tarlach Dubh and Ch. B Tiger Lily, Lily was mated to Ch. Bokra George Caredig (George was a prolific Stud Dog top sire in the breed for numerous years) together they produced Strider's litter.

His achievements include, his first win as a puppy on his second outing awarded a RCC one of the youngest champions in the breed at only 19 months, at three straight shows, Top Irish Wolfhound three times, Runner up to the Breed Record Holder, with 37 CCs and 25 RCCs BIS Windsor 1998, two Breed Club BIS, Breed Club CC and RCCs. Group wins and always placed, never ignored, Champion Stakes finalist on three occasions, BOB and a Group win on his first outing as a veteran at Midland Counties 2000.

He never managed to win even a CC at Crufts, but was proud that his son The Diplomat did. He sadly was not a profuse stud dog, but his few offspring are quality, himself one of a litter of four champions, he produced with Ch. Ainsea Dusty Sim, a litter of two UK champions, one Norwegian and one French Champion, who have all gone on the produce champion offspring. He also has some quality children who have done well in the ring and have gone on produce quality stock. He has some eight month old children in Holland.

His company and great personality will be missed more than anything else. A truly "GREAT DOG".

Jean & Dave Malley