Photo by John D Jackson
Winner of the Rabart Superpup 2005 was the Russian Black Terrier Robroyd Evdokim owned by Miss Julie Hassall, representing the Russian Black Terrier Club, seen here with the judge Mrs Pam Mottershaw of Jersey (right) and secretary Christine Cooper
A great honour and privilege to judge this prestigious event, organised by Peter Broadbent and his team from Pudsey & District Ringcraft Club and held at Blackburn Hall, Rothwell, West Yorkshire.
Congratulations are due to all Committee members involved in the smooth running of the proceedings and excellent organisation, where such a pleasant atmosphere prevailed.
I had been really looking forward to the event and was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening, with a lovely entry of quality puppies.
The evening began with a delicious buffet supper, after which the Match commenced. Over 30 breed clubs and canine societies throughout the region had sent forward representatives, every one of which was still under 12 months of age on the night.
The ‘pairs’ system meant that this number reduced to 15 and from these I shortlisted seven puppies for further consideration and to make my final choice as the ‘SuperPup’.
From this very pleasing line-up of excellent quality puppies, I chose the Black Russian Terrier ‘Robroyd Evdokim’, owned by J. Hassall and sent through by the Breed Club.
At 10 months, this handsome youngster is absolutley outstanding for his age with little to fault. He is close to the Standard, in all departments, with superb head, eye and expression. Ideal body and bone, exceptionally well developed overall and presented in immaculate coat and condition.
Full of confidence, a real showman, with very true movement both ends, gaiting and in total harmony with handler.
Expert handling, to show his many attributes to advantage, gave him the edge over strong competition, but with his breed character and sparkling form, he could not be denied top honours. Must have a bright future, I shall follow his career with great interest.
Another with a very promising career ahead is my runner-up the quality Bearded Collie bitch ‘Camberwick Top of the City’, owned by H & C Platts and sent forward by Huddersfield & District Canine Association.
At 8 months, she is a delightful puppy, who appealed greatly in all departments. Nicely constructed overall, with good development for such a baby. Happy and confident showgirl, full of breed character, with superbly presented coat completing the picture.
Puppies short-listed were the Basset Hound ‘Kortebin Elf Lord’, owned by C & P Wells, the Italian Spinone ‘Riccini Del Piero’, owned by N. Peden, Matfin’s Samoyed Vandreem Imperial Sofaya with Ashlantie’, the Whippet ‘Rowangarth Northern Light’, owned by J Addison, the Clumber Spaniel ‘Antonine Lady Penelope at Eilandon’.
The ‘Plate’ winner was the GSD ‘Lornaville Motivator of Shaquile’, owned by G Kingswood and S Gallacher and sent through by South Yorks Alsatian Association.
This unique event was brought to a close with the presentation of trophies, prizes and rosettes and photo session with John Jackson.
My sincere thanks to all the exhibitors for the sporting way in which my decisions were accepted. A truly memorable evening.