The Kennel Club of Jersey held its first championship show of the year last Saturday. Champ shows in Jersey are defined by season (this was the Winter one) and members open shows are defined by the month ie January, writes John Jackson.
For a Winter show nobody could complain about the weather as it was a beautiful sunny if not cool day. No matter what the weather though, this club has one of the best venues imaginable in the Royal Jersey Showground. The spacious hall is wall to wall carpeted and a good expanse of grassland outside means the only major decision needed is ‘are we in or are we out?’ At this time of year the decision is ‘we are in’ because - albeit sunny - a full day sat around outside, even in Jersey, could have a cooling effect
The judges were Simon Parsons (BIS, Hounds, Working & Pastoral), Mark Boswell (Gundogs & Terrier) and Paul Gay (Toys & Utility). Obviously champions are created at championship shows and at a Jersey champ show CCs are only awarded to Group winners so it's no mean feat to become a Jersey Champion.
Two new champions (subject to confirmation) emerged at this show, the Weimaraner Oakmoreton Ptarmigan owned by Miss C Creber and Peter Walker's Kerry Blue Terrier Naughty But Nice at Kopykats by virtue of winning third CCs as Group Winners. Other Group winners were Australian Shepherd Ch, Am Ch & Jsy Ch Harmonyhillsatinfunnyciderman at Chakona owned by David & Carol Turner, Julian Schofield's Pomeranian Thelbern Step in Time with Rudoli, Marie Claire Hannigan & Nicki Dean's Afghan Hound Jangels Just a Gigolo at Jahera, Mrs N Watkins' Toy Poodle Montana Hott Stuff and Sue Warn's Siberian Husky Jsy Ch Lapatka Spirit Wolf.
The Australian Shepherd went Best in Show with the Pomeranian going Reserve Best in Show.
Best Puppy in Show was Peter Walker's Lhasa Apso Petwalk Boyzone by Request and Reserve Best in Puppy in Show was Rosemary Evans' Labrador Retriever Taleem Truly Scrumptious
Best Veteran in Show was Pat Dale & Pat Michel's Pekingese Jsy Ch Ksarina Designers Dream Pd'H and Best Brace was Mrs J & Miss L McFarlane's Japanese Chins.
As always the whole thing was rounded off with an after show dinner. This time is was at the Boat House in Saint Aubins.
What a way to run a dog show.
More on this show coming soon
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