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Channel Islands Dog of the Year
Held at the Royal Showground, Jersey, 21st February 2004

Adult of the Year, the Newfoundland Ch. Merrybear Ungarro,
with the Tibetan Terrier Araki Ever Reddy as runner up

This wonderful venue for this prestige event is to be admired for several reasons. An excellent outdoor area that is used for summer shows, with its lovely green lawns, and ample parking around the rings. indoors the large hall, closely carpeted in blue, was enhanced by the jersey Kennel Club’s own white fencing and Trophy stand. The huge ring allowed all competitors to get moving, and to be assessed from all angles.

The handlers got the very best from their charges, who were all presented in super clean condition. The actual competition was divided into Puppy, Adult, Veteran and Brace. In order to reduce the numbers down to a reasonable final line up, there were semi-finals in both Puppy and Adult, by way of Groups.

puppies: Terrier Standing alone Rockstaff Kaos At Granitangel, was very sound, and a most outgoing temperament. Moved with energy and great enthusiasm. This young S.B.T shows promise. Hound The two, going to the final, were the Whippet Barnesmore Let It Be For Elangeni. Pleased for type and balance, good head and leathers, exceptionally well placed shoulder, strong rear. Nice jacket quality. A real little showgirl. The Toy Poodle Montana Leading Lady At Meantmore. Lovely construction, and so well presented and handled. Nice head carriage, gd jacket. Others were the white Min Poodle Jenetiere Made For Style and the Chow Chow Zigtar Fair ‘N’Square at Tracersains. Working One competitor, the very raw, but extremely promising Boxer Docrema Millionaire. Well balance overall, and head of very good proportions. Nice neck. clean front, nice brisket. Good angulation. Needs a lot more time, as his is only just over a year old. Toys The Pomeranian Bowlou Penny Arcade By Thelbern. Hard to find sufficient complimentary words to sum up this exciting youngster!

Very compact, excellent construction and feet. Lovely head and expression. Super pigmentation, exc coat, moved with great drive and precision. Another who was so pleasing, was the Peke, Ksarina Designers Star Vision. Lovely shallow head, good eye and strong jaw.

Good body and rear, tail well set. Super jacket, moved easily and well. Pastoral Two Shelties. The sable Mohnesee Dream Lace At Valdug, and the shaded sable Ribans Chestnut And Cream. Well coated and such free movers to cover the ground, with pleasing profile and good tail carriages.

ADULTS: Terriers The S.B.T. Flystaff Midnight Boy. Of good muscle and substance, keen expression, well ribbed, good mover. The Cesky, Pajantick Zidane. Well presented and handled. Nice head, neck and forehand, firm body, very strong quarters to move sound and true. Others were the three Ceskys Gayteckels Highflyer, Malsville Lincoln Ridley, and Ridley Javor. Hounds: The gold Afghan Aust. NZ. Ch. Moti Mahal Star Of Jhanzi (Imp). Of good size and balance, nice head, neck, well placed shoulder, good topline, croup pleasing with nice tail set. Good rear. Moved well with the called for bounce. The Std W/H Dachs Gayteckels Seaexpectation. In excellent order, and so sound. Nice head and expression. Good forehand and keel, well ribbed. Strong rear. Moved soundly with strong loin. Nice jacket quality.

Others - Jacosta Black In A Flash to Elangeni. Afghan, and the Whippet, B.Let It Be For E. Gundogs The largest competition Group, with 7 of the 8 qualifiers competing. Going forward were the Clumber Blynblay Its Only Mee. Nice size and balance. good bone and body, strong well muscled quarters. In good jacket. Nice strong action. The Am Cocker, Fielgar Tansation. Strong and very nicely balanced. Nice head, neck and shoulder. Good firm loin. Very strong rear. Nice quality jacket. Smart sound mover. Others were the Labrador Jancerie Hufflepuff.

Black Cocker, Lochranza Nostalgia at Lyntonridge, Irish Setter Starchelle Billy Ocean At Vicart. Labrador Tapeatom Tia, and Blue roan Cocker Terriles Tessare. Utility The Tibetan Terrier Araki Ever Reddy. How Dr Greig would surely have approved of this extremely typy bitch! Super all through. Well balanced and constructed. Very pleasing jacket quality, super mover, - words aren’t enough to express my admiration! Lhasa Apso Shamisha Foreign Affair. In huge jacket but still so pleasing underneath. Nice head, good eye, nice neck and body.

Well set tail. Strong quarters. Nice action. Also, the Shih Tzu Harropine New York City Boy At Zafonic, and Toy Poodle Montana Loi terin With Intent At Meantmore. Working Siberian Lapataka Misty Charmer. Nice head with exc pigmentation. Good forehand, firm body with strong loin. Good quarters. Pleasing jacket texture. Nice strong action. Newfoundland, Ch. Merrybear Ungarro. Now superbly mature. Pleasing head, good neck and shoulder, bone and feet. Strong body, well muscled quarters. Good jacket. Moved soundly and with great ease to cover the ground well. Also the Newfoundland Ch.Merrybear Thumper. Toys The Peke Ksarina Designers Dream. Such nice type, good head and eye, nice body, good front. Well coated. Excellent pigment. Nice mover. The Pom B.Penny Arcade By T. Also the CKCS Whyteplace Touch Of Heaven For Lassiby. Pastoral Alone, the Pem Corgi, Langmar Bright Star Amongst Thelepees. Pleasing head and expression, good body, forehand and feet. Well muscled rear. Nice jacket. Easy mover.

The selected exhibits from the two semi-final competitions then came in together, and from these I selected as Puppy of 2003 The Pomeranian Bowlou Penny Arcade By Thelbern, with the Mini L/H Dachs Willowheath Tattered Reams de Thelepees as Runner up. Adult of 2003 The Newfoundland Ch. Merrybear Ungarro, with the Tibetan Terrier Araki Ever Reddy as runner up. Veteran of 2003 brought three competitors with the winner emerging as the 101/2 yr old Afghan Kazaba Annika at Elangeni. In such excellent form, and moving with great style. Runner up was the Siberian L.Misty Charmer. Also competing was the Whippet Ir.Ch.Barnesmore Sister Moon. Brace of the Year Winners were the S.B.T’s Granitangel April Fool and G. Red Dwarf. So well matched for make and shape and moving out well in unison.

Runners up. The Cockers Lochranza Nostalgia At Lyntonridge and Asquannes Glacier At Lyntonridge. Also competing were Di Abbott’s pair of Ceskys Gayteckels Highflyer and Gadabout With Gayteckels.

The well supported event was not the end of the day, for later on a really good number attended the Dinner and Presentations at a local hotel. Having been busy earlier on, it was a pleasing opportunity to congratulate the Club, its hard working organisers, and the many supporters who gave me a super day. The food was good, the raffle so well supported with a huge number of quality prizes, and it seemed that all had a good time, far as I made my way to bed, some were still chatting away at past midnight! Thank you Jersey, and your President Brian Cummins and Secretary Stephen Edwards.

Ann Arch

The Veteran of the Year line-up, in first place the 101/2 yr old Afghan Kazaba Annika at Elangeni, with reserve to the Siberian Husky L. Misty Charmer