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Northern Ireland Show Dog of the Year 07


Queens Island Canine Club hosted the Northern Ireland Show Dog and Pup of the Year over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, 4th and 5th of January.

The venue for the second time, was the Trinity Community Initiatives Facilities hall in Lisburn, and sponsors for the third year in succession were Hill’s Pet Nutrition, joined this year by Show Dogs Ireland, who donated towards the prizes for the winners. On the Friday night the ‘Pup of the Year’ took place, with 51 Entered & 16 absent under judges Paul Martin, from Lurgan, and Tom Mather, who had travelled from England for the finals. Winning the top spot was the Dobermann Pinscher, Tuwos Emily, owned by Jean and Lee Clarke, but handled by young Josh Henderson, who bred her together with his father, Billy, and Hugh and Jewell Fleming. Runner up was the Border Terrier, Anne and Ian Higham’s Vandamere’s Fields of Gold into Comberdown, who has already clinched his Irish Championship title.

On the Saturday, 51 dogs entered with 16 absent competing for the title of N. I. Dog of the Year 2007, amongst them many of the previous year’s top winners both here and in the UK. Run on a points system, with each judge’s score tallied by scrutineer, Mrs Frances Beattie, finally a shortlist of 11 dogs was announced, and from these the judges eventually chose for the title Alan Matthews’ Pembroke Corgi bitch, Ch, Ir Ch, Int Ch Maplecreek Beach Bunny at Craigycor, with Willie and Amanda Dobbin’s Newfoundland, Ir Ch Fairweather’s Knockout with Brooklynbear, taking runner-up. After crystal was presented to the two winners, there was the usual photo shoot, and congratulations to all, and so ended the NI DOTY finals for another year.

Jackie Stubbs

Dobermann Pinscher, Tuwos Emily
Winning the top spot was the Dobermann Pinscher, Tuwos Emily
Pembroke Corgi bitch, Ch, Ir Ch, Int Ch Maplecreek Beach Bunny at Craigycor
Alan Matthews’ Pembroke Corgi bitch, Ch, Ir Ch, Int Ch Maplecreek Beach Bunny at Craigycor, with Willie and Amanda Dobbin’s Newfoundland, Ir Ch Fairweather’s Knockout with Brooklynbear, taking runner-up.
Border Terrier Vandamere’s Fields of Gold into Comberdown
Runner up was the Border Terrier, Anne and Ian Higham’s
Vandamere’s Fields of Gold into Comberdown