The Special Celebration Centenary Championship Show - Saturday 24th June 2006
BIS was Magri's Dwilencia Dream Lover
The West Highland White Terrier Club & The WHWT Club of England should be equally proud to have jointly and so successfully hosted this most historic of events.
The earlier April Centenary Year Championship Show held at Ryton on Dunsmore, was always going to be a hard act to follow, but exhibitors and visitors to Barony College for this phase two 2006 Anniversary Year event were in no way to be disappointed. It was evident that on arrival at the venue, once again a huge amount of thought and preparation had been brought into play in order to try to portray the importance and the significance that this year holds for those who are, and always will be, the most keen of WHWT enthusiasts.
The individual show organisers, and the officers & committee members of both clubs are to be highly commended for staging a very memorable occasion that will remain in the minds of those in attendance, plus give others that follow, and those that were not able to be present, a good indication of how it was for the start of the second 100 years in the world of WH History.
There was a very nice atmosphere in the hall whilst judging was taking place, the setting of which was super, with WH photographs presented for display by Rob Hill & Mike Wilson, each era showing pedigrees along side significant achievement, and altogether coupled with the sound of the Scottish Piper, and much friendly banter that was extended through to the end of the day. It was nice to have Robin Malcolm's presence at the show, being the Gr. Gr. Grandson of Col.
Malcolm of Poltalloch, he travelled from his home in Argyll to make a presentation of the Specials at the end of the day, and also to undertake the task of the Celebratory Cutting of the Anniversary Cake, donated by Della McCall. Amongst the overseas visitors to the event, were two guests from Canada, Gaye Meagley and Barbara Wagner, both ladies are the Gr. Gr. Grand Daughters of Provost Colin Young, who bred, CH Morven, the first WHWT Champion, and they presented the Best Dog Trophy.
One must remember the generosity of firms & individuals who presented the many specials & donations listed in the show catalogue. Thanks to the Main Sponsors, James Wellbeloved, for kindly providing an assortment of their much valued food products, for each class and for the principle show winners. A first for both clubs was the participation of the two show judges, Miss Sheila Cleland, Dogs, and Mr Douglas Berry, Bitches, who jointly chose each of the principle show winners after a combined discussion.
BIS was Magri's Dwilencia Dream Lover at Rozamie, Res BIS was Crockett's Havasu Hoi Poloi, Best Puppy was Purchon's Lindenka Delta and Best Veteran was Mealing's Reifrandies First Clansman.
The party atmosphere at the show was extended into the evening social, a good number of those present had very sportingly presented themselves for the superb buffet style feast, in all manner of fancy dress costumes, and all were greeted with a lovely heather buttonhole at their table place setting. Later fun and laughter was in much evidence as individuals let their hair down at the Ceilidh , where they were treated to a free raffle prize draw, and also able to join hands and take part in traditional Scottish Dancing (in some cases we have to comment “Lessons”).
It must be remembered that Jane Kabel & Ida Bouhuis worked very hard indeed throughout the whole day to provide a photographic record of the event, and we must not forget that Mr & Mrs Rylander of Sweden must have also retained a very long period of undivided concentration, in order to produce, and to kindly offer a professional Video or DVD of the day, that will be available for purchase. The total involvement of the day's proceedings were such that a good many of those who were privileged to be present on a day that will not be able to be repeated, unfortunately neglected to sign the Historical Visitors Book, ourselves included.
Congratulations to everyone for contributing to a wonderful day for all to remember, some of those fancy dress outfits will provide visions & laughter for a long, long time.
Res BIS was Crockett's Havasu Hoi Poloi
Best Puppy was Purchon's Lindenka Delta
Reserve BPIS Mrs J Carlin & Miss J Gillott's Lynnsto Laska at Lizandycris
Robin Malcolm cutting the cake
History of the breed
The first decade of the twentieth century saw many momentous events. The death of Queen Victoria in 1901, Britain losing a war in South Africa 1902, the introduction of pensions in 1909 but all of these pale into insignificance when compared to the events of 1906.
For in that year, The West Highland White Terrier was recognised as a separate breed by the Kennel Club. It was given the name we now know so well rather than the variety of names under which it had previously been exhibited such as White Scottish Terrier, or Poltalloch Terrier. In the same year, two breed clubs were added to the KC register to promote the interests of the breed.
These two original clubs have managed to thrive during the ensuing century and current members are reaping the benefits which the breed enjoys as both a successful show dog and popular family pet.
The major events of the centenary celebrations will be two championship shows.
The West Highland White Terrier Club of England (founded in 1906) held its solo celebration at The Sports Connexion nr. Coventry on April 15th. On June 24th they joined forces with its sister club, The West Highland White Terrier Club (founded in 1905) to hold a joint club show in Dumfries.
The West Highland White Terrier Club of England has been fortunate enough to have many dedicated members and officers who have ensured the well being of the breed through many adverse times, not least, the two periods of hostility, 1914-18 and 1939-45.
Many names associated with the breed and or the club, could, and should be mentioned here however as space is limited, it is necessary to select just two people whose contribution stands out as having been really important to the progress of the breed during its first century.
Mrs .C.J. (May) Pacey and her famous Wolvey affix certainly merits a mention.
She became involved with the breed in 1910 and between that date and her death in 1963, she made up 54 champions who carried the Wolvey affix, owned 5 other champions and had 14 dogs who won one or two CC's but failed to make the upper house. She held every office in the club and was its President at the time of her death. This was a post she had held for more than 30 years. She was an international all round judge.
The other name which cannot be ignored is that of Provost Colin Young J.P. MBE who was the owner breeder of the first champion of the breed, Ch. Morven. He was also the breeder of the first bitch champion, Ch.Cromar Snowflake, owned by The Countess of Aberdeen.
Between 1907 and 1914 he bred a total of 6 champions plus others with one or two CC's. His dogs collected 41 Challenge Certificates during these seven years.
Colin Young was the first Provost of Fort William, a post roughly akin to that of a Mayor in an English town. He attended the inaugural meeting of The West Highland White Terrier Club in 1905 and was Vice President until 1908 when he became President, a post which he held until his death in 1927.
Mention of Morven, the breeds first champion leads us into an examination of the canine stars of the century.
There have been 800 champions of the breed.
The breed record holder, Champion Olac Moonpilot was the winner of 48 CC's.
Bred and shown by Derek and Joan Tattersall, he won the Terrier Group 18 times and was BIS at General Championship Shows on 10 occasions including Crufts 1990.
He was the second Supreme Champion for the breed, the first being Ch.Dianthus Buttons who took the title in 1976 for his owners Mesdames Newstead and Taylor. Buttons was handled by Geoff Corish.
The bitch record holder with 18 CC's is Ch.Hemishor Highland Fling of Rotella, owned by Roger Wright, the judge of the April centenary show.
The top sire for the breed is Mrs. Thomson's Ch.Ashgate Sinclair who has sired 19 UK champions. There is a tie for the top producing bitch between Mrs.Pacey's Ch. Wolvey Peach and Miss Cook's Ch. Famecheck Lucky Mascot, both having produced 5 champion offspring.
Some of these records produced during the first century will be very difficult to beat but no doubt the future stalwarts of the breed will try as they take their beloved West Highlands into their second century.