Channel Islands Dog of the Year 2004 under judge Mr Robin Searle was Lisa Goodall’s Wire Haired Dachshund, Gayteckels Seaexpectation with Renlott with Reserve Jean Thoume’s
Miniature Poodle Idadoun Black’n’ Dreamy.
Jersey was the host for the Channel Islands Dog of the Year 2004 Competition at the Royal Showground, Trinity writes Ro Cox. A circular ring surrounded by white posts and rails provided an attractive setting, with an impressive display of the rosettes and trophies to be awarded setting the scene for this special show.
Mr Robin Searle was the judge on this occasion and first in the ring were the puppies for their semi-finals, two to be chosen from each group to go forward to the final. From the Utility Group was the Shih Tzu, Harropine Wild Satin at Forepaws owned by Sarah Cooper and the Tibetan Spaniel, Mulltye Kit belonging to Bob and June Shorto. In the Gundog Group the finalists were the English Pointer, Hurwyn Eskimo Jack, owned by Gerard Clavel and Sue Grundy’s, Labrador Retriever, Lagrange Elegant Lady. From the Working Group the Doberman, Ourouse Alfie Moon with Ribans owned by Colette Allo-Allen was put through along with Alison Battrick’s Great Dane, Sarawen Black Queen of Jancerie.
The Pastoral finalists were Annabel Le Page’s Welsh Pembrokeshire Corgi, Elessar Latest Rumour about Thelepees handled by Elisha Wilson and the Alsatian, Penwartha Apache Arrow owned by Barabara and Bobby Lawrence, handled by Kevin Cochrane. It was the Pomeranian, Thelbern Bold as Brass owned by Julian Schofield that went through from the Toy Group and in the Terrier Group it was Mary MacEachern’s Border Terrier, Kenmilltri Sidney and the West Highland White Terrier, Newtonglen Bo Peep at McKalay owned by Anna Pinto. The last puppy finalist was the Whippet, Erri Autumn Leaves belonging to Fiona Officer from the Hound Group.
Next came the semi-finals for Channel Island Dog of the Year. In the Utility Group it was the Shih Tzu, Harropine New York City Boy at Zafonic owned by Sarah Cooper and Jean Thoume’s Miniature Poodle, Idadoun Black’n’ Dreamy that went through. The American Cocker Spaniel, Fielgar Tansation owned by Debbie Houghton and Enid Le Gresley and the Cocker Spaniel, Kyna Charlie Brown at Derrindee belonging to Derryn de Carteret were put forward from the Gundog Group.
In the Working Group the finalists were Colette Allo-Allen’s Doberman, Neartic Over the Rainbow with Ribans and Sally and Brian Rousseau’s Boxer, Norwatch Sunhawk Khan Can at Dimkas. The Alsatian, Chakonas Hawaiian Dream owned by David and Carol Turner and Valery Johnson’s Shetland Sheepdog, Mohnesse Dream Lace at Valdug went through from the Pastoral Group; Whilst in the Toy Group it was the two Pekingese, Ksarina Designers Dream and his son, Ksarina Designers Star Vision both belonging to Pat Dale and Pat Michel.
In the Terrier Group, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Belstaff Renard Rouge owned by Mark Fletcher and Angela Seedhouse and the West Highland White Terrier, Newtonglen Bo Peep at McKalay owned by Anna Pinto were the finalist. The last finalists came from Hound Group and were and Stuart and Pamela Mottershaw’s Afghan Hound, Barjoni Secret Desire for Elangeni, handled by Marie-Claire Hannigan and Lisa Goodall’s Wire Haired Dachshund, Gayteckels Seaexpectation with Renlott handled by Adrian Marett.
Then came the finals. The oldies were first, a Veteran being a dog over 7 years of age. All the finalists had gained top honours and had been awarded Best Veteran in Show during 2004. The winner was, the 8 year old, American Cocker Spaniel, Fielgar Tansation owned by a delighted Debbie Houghton and Enid Le Gresley and the Reserve went to Stuart and Pamela Mottershaw’s Afghan Hound, Kazaba Annika at Elangeni, handled by Marie-Claire Hannigan.
The Finals of the Brace came next. All these pairs of dogs had won Best Brace in Show last Year and Best Brace went to Colette Allo-Allen’s Rough Collies, a brother and sister pair, Samhaven Vouge and Samhaven Toast Of The Isles; and in the Reserve place was Jean Thoume’s Miniature Poodles, Idadoun Black’n’ Dreamy and Jenetiere Enchantress, handled by Jack Thoume.
The tension was mounting as the Puppy Finalists came into the ring. Channel Islands Puppy of the Year 2004 went to the Alsatian, Penwartha Apache Arrow owned by Barbara and Bobby Lawrence and handled by Kevin Cochrane and the Reserve went to English Pointer, Hurwyn Eskimo Jack, owned by Gerard Clavel.
Finally it was the time to find out the Channel Islands Dog of the Year 2004. In came the dogs and Mr Robin Searle moved them all again before deciding on Lisa Goodall’s Wire Haired Dachshund, Gayteckels Seaexpectation, with Renlott bred by the Late Diana Abbott and handled by Adrian Marett. Reserve Channel Islands Dog of the Year 2004 went to the Miniature Poodle, Idadoun Black’n’ Dreamy belonging to Jean Thoume.
A very enjoyable afternoon was rounded off with a Gala Dinner in the evening with an impressive raffle and auction that raised over £400 and the trophies and certificates were presented to the winners by Mrs Sue Searle.