Photo by William Moores
BEST IN show at the recent Guernsey Kennel Club Championship show Mr P Walker’s Skye Terrier bitch Finnsky Future, Reserve BIS Mrs R Cox’s Irish Setter dog Tiroen Taylormade; pictured with Guernsey KC President Mrs C Bligh, judge Mr Des Hodgkinson, and Mr Nigel Cox.
The Guernsey Kennel Cub held its final Open Show of the Year with Mr Des Hodgkinson in the Sporting Ring and Ms Alison King in the Non-Sporting Ring. All Group winners and Best Puppy in show and Reserve Best Puppy in show qualified for Crufts at this wonderfully run show, which pleasingly a number of Jersey competitors made it over to support.
The Terriers were first into the Sporting Group with Group 1 going to Peter Walker’s Skye Terrier, Finnsky Future; Group 2 was Adrian, Russell and Christine Marett’s Cesky Terrier, Lastarean Kral of Zidout; Anna Pinto’s West Highland White Terrier, Newtonglen Suzie at Mckalay was Group 3 and Mark Fletcher and Angie Seedhouse’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Granitangel Red Giant was Group 4 and Best Yearling in Group. Best Puppy in Group was Karen Burnard’s Australian Terrier, Jenina J Budloe and Reserve Best Puppy in Group was Jamie Laffoley and Steven Edwards Scottish Terrier, Yeloffal Rough Trade. Best Junior was Christianne Creber and Kevin Cochrane’s Manchester Terrier, Amyandas Knight Fever and Adrian Marett’s Cesky Terrier, Pajanticks Zidane won Best Veteran in Group.
The Hound Group was won by Lisa Goodall’s Standard Wire Haired Dachshund, Gayteckels Seaexpectation at Renlott; Jennifer Collas’ Whippet, Nevedith Veefa Verve was Group 2 and Best Veteran in Group; Marjorie Child Thomas’s Smooth Haired Dachshund, Albir Petit Fleur and Sarah Woodhouse’s Beagle, Timamso Maestro at Birybarn was Group 4. Lesley Pearson’s Finnish Spitz, Sukunimi Tyko was Best Puppy in Group. The Beagle, Timamso Amour at Birybarn owned by Sarah and Ryan Woodhouse was Best Junior and Yearling in Group. Best Novice in Group was Ian and Pat Barker’s Finnish Spitz Sukunimi Rusty. Best Brace were the Beagles belonging to Sarah and Ryan Woodhouse.
Winning his third Gundog Group in Guernsey this year was Ro and Nigel’s Irish Setter, Tiroen Taylormade with Peter Walker’s American Cocker Spaniel, Boduf Falah with Khalwalk getting Group 2. Group 3 went to Christianne Creber’s Weimaraner, Oakmoreton Ptarmigan with the young Cocker Spaniel, Shenmore Spruce at Derrindee belonging to Derryn De Carteret. Best Puppy in Group was Alison Battrick’s Labrador Retriever, Jancerie Buttercup with Mrs Y Wilkinson’s Cocker Spaniel Sweetways Shooting Star getting Reserve Best Puppy in Group. Best Veteran went to Debbie Houghton and Enid Le Gresley’s American Cocker Spaniel, Fielgar Tansation with Best Brace going to Lynn Ozanne’s Cocker Spaniels
In the Non Sporting Ring the Utility Group was in first. Due to a technicality Peter Walker’s Lhasa Apaso, was disqualified from his awards as he was entered in a wrong class, so the Group was won by Idadoun Black n' Dreamy, Jean Thoume’s Miniature Poodle who was also Best Veteran in Group with Natalie De La Cour’s Shih Tzu, Santosha Red Raver getting Group 2 and Pat Gaved’s Chow Chow, Zigtar Fair’N’Square at Traversains going Group 3. Best Puppy in Group went to Jean Girard’s Shih Tzu, Forepaws Gift of Gold. Best Brace went to Jean Thoume’s Miniature Poodles.
The Toy Group was in next with Pat Dale and Pat Michel’s Pekingese Ksarina Designers Star Vision taking the honours and Yvonne Windsor’s Yorkshire Terrier, Davonne’s Destiny going Group 2; Trevor and Pearl Bayliss’ Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Whyteplace Touch Of Heaven for Lassiby was Group 3 and Shelly Bennett’s Pomeranian, Thelbern Monsieur Le Blanc was Group 4 and Best Puppy in Group; Reserve Best Puppy in Group went to Collette Mahy’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Hartfordream Don Giovanni. Yvonne Windsor’s Yorkshire Terrier, Davonne’s Golden Illusion was Best Junior and Novice in Group and her Davonne’s Stylish Impact was Best Novice in Group.
Top honours in the Working Group went to Margaret Baye’s Boxer, Docrema Millionaire with Georgina Bennett’s Rottweiler, Hassavant Oralia was Group 2. Group 3 went to Alison Battrick’s Great Dane, Sarawen Black Queen of Jancerie and the Dobermann, Siboveld’s Alecium Guard belonging to Martyn Torode was Group 4. Best Puppy in Group was Margaret Baye’s Boxer, Docrema Mystic Meg and Georgina Bennett’s Rottweiler, Hassavant Charleton was Reserve Best Puppy in Group. Margaret Bayes was also successful in the Brace with her Boxers.
The Shetland Sheepdog, Sundark Salice owned by Caroline Le Poidevin was Group 1 in the Pastoral Group with Bobby and Barbara Lawrence’s German Shepherd Dog, Penwartha Apache Arrow was Group 2. The Bearded Collie, Moonhill Earl Grey belonging to Sarah Girard was Group 3 and Dianne Taylor and Freda Le Page’s Border Collie, Westirene Bonny Belle was Group 4. Best Puppy in Group was Nancy and Kirsty Armitage’s Shetland Sheepdog, Rainway Oceanwave. Best Yearling and Novice in Group was Rachel Martel’s Bearded Collie, Geliland Sea Chariot. Dianne Taylor and Freda Le Page’s Border Collie, Mobella Sweet Bracken was Best Veteran in Group.
Bobby and Barbara Lawrence were Best Brace in Group with their German Shepherd Dogs.
During the lunch break, Mrs Joanne Mauger judged both Junior Handling classes, from which the first three finalists from each age group qualify for the Semi-Finals to be held at Richmond 2007. Results were:
In the 6 – 11 Years class, 1st - Aimee Le Maitre handling a Sheltie; 2nd - Bobbie Burnard handling an Australian Terrier; 3rd - Stephanie Le Noury handling a Miniature L/H Dachshund; 4th - Luke Le Poidevin handling a Labrador and 5th - Hanna Young handling a Pomeranian
In the 12 – 16 Years class, 1st - Ryan Woodhouse handling a Beagle and 2nd - Elisha Wilson handling a Miniature Poodle. The overall winner was Ryan Woodhouse and Runner Up was Aimee Le Maitre.
The Annual Trophies were also awarded. The Junior Handler of the Year was Elisha Wilson and she received the Guernsey Can Trophy presented by Best in Show Judge Mr Hodgkinson and The Most Improved Handler of the Year was Ryan Woodhouse and he was presented with The Clair Blondel Memorial Trophy which was presented by Mrs Carol Turner, her mother.
The rings were then joined for the end of show judging and as Guernsey Kennel Club do things in reverse order; Mr Des Hodgkinson came into the ring and awarded Best Veteran in Show to Debbie Houghton and Enid Le Gresley’s American Cocker, Fielgar Tansation with Reserve Best Veteran in Show to Idadoun Black n' Dreamy, Jean Thoume’s Miniature Poodle; Best Brace in Show went to Bobby and Barbara Lawrence with their German Shepherd Dogs.
Then it came to the turn of the Puppies and Best Puppy In Show went to Nancy and Kirsty Armitage’s Shetland Sheepdog, Rainway Oceanwave with Reserve Best Puppy In Show being Karen Burnard’s Australian Terrier, Jenina J Budloe.
Finally, in came the Group winners and Best In Show was awarded to Peter Walker’s Skye Terrier, Finnsky Future, with Reserve Best In Show going to Ro and Nigel Cox’s Irish Setter, Tiroen Taylormade.
This enjoyable day came to a close with a lively and successful dinner in the evening.