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TJ is Channel Islands Dog of the Year 2005!

Channel Islands Dog of the Year 2005 under judge Dennis Coxall, Ro and Nigel Cox’s
Irish Setter Tiroen Taylormade with Reserve Georgina Bennett’s Rottweiler Hassavant Oralia

A TWO year old Irish Setter named TJ made his owner’s birthday complete when he was awarded Channel Islands Dog of the Year at the prestigious competition hosted this year by Jersey.

Mr Dennis Coxall was the judge for this year’s event - for which dogs have had to qualify during last year at shows held either in Jersey or Guernsey - and the venue was the Royal Showground, Trinity.

A circular ring surrounded by white posts and rails with an impressive display of the rosettes and trophies to be awarded set the scene for this special show.

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 Pastoral Group, the Samoyed, Novaskaya Moonlite Spirit owned by Louise Skittrall and the Border Collie, Tonkory Gin-Fizz at Shalamar belonging to Carol Pearce went through.

In the Utility Group the finalists were Louise Morgan’s Tibetan Terrier, Araki Vice Versa and Sarah Cooper’s Lhasa Apso, Khalwalk Read My Lips. From the Gundog Group, the English Springer Spaniel, Trimere True Style at Lyntonridge owned by Lynn Ozanne was put through along with Christianne Creber's Weimaraner, Oakmoreton Ptarmigan.

The Terrier Group finalists were Mark Fletcher and Angela Seedhouse’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier Granitangel Red Giant and Anna Pinto’s West Highland White Terrier, Newtonglen Suzie at McKalay. It was the Dobermann, Ourouse Alfie Moon with Ribans owned by Collette Allen and the Giant Schnauzer, Foxwood Hugo Boss belonging to Caroline Facey that went through from the Working Group and finally the last puppy finalists came from the Toy Group with Thelma Alsford’s Pomeranian, Thelbern Mary Poppins and Fiona Officer’s Bichon Frise, Honeyvale Neige Emiette making it through.

Next it was the semi-finals for Channel Island Dog of the Year. In the Pastoral Group it was the Alsatian, Penwartha Apache Arrow belonging to Bobby and Barbara Lawrence and Collette Allen’s Rough Collie, Samhaven Toast of the Isles at Ribans that went through. The Tibetan Terrier, Araki Vice Versa owned by Louise Morgan made it through again from the Utility Group along with Audrey Sutherland-Bolton’s Lhasa Apso, Ch Petwalk Piece de Resistance for Khalila.

In the Gundog Group it was Ro and Nigel’s Cox’s Irish Setter, Tiroen Taylormade and Debbie Houghton and Enid Le Gresley’s American Cocker Spaniel, Fielgar Majestic Quest that made the final; whilst in the Terrier Group it was the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Granitangel Hagler’s Pride owned by Mark Fletcher and Angela Seedhouse and Anna Pinto’s West Highland White Terrier, Newtonglen Bo Peep at McKalay that went through.

The Hound Group finalists were Sarah Woodhouse’s Beagle, Timamso Maestro and Lisa Goodall’s Wire Haired Dachshund, Gayteckles Seaexpectation at Renlott. The Boxer, Docrema Millionaire; owned by Margaret Bayes and the Rottweiler, Hassavant Oralia belonging to Georgina Bennett were qualifiers from the Working Group and the last finalists came from the Toy Group and it was the turn of Pat Dale and Pat Michel’s Pekingese, Ksarina Designer’s Dream and Thelma Alsford’s Pomeranian, Ch. Bowlou Penny Archade by Thelbern to take the honours.

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 2005. The winner of Veteran of the Year was the thirteen year old Papillon, Blackpark Junior owned by a delighted Pauline Morgan and Louise Morgan and the Reserve went to Stuart and Pamela Mottershaw’s twelve year old Afghan Hound, Kazaba Annika at Elangeni.

The Finals of the Brace came next. All these pairs of dogs had won Best Brace in Show last year and it was Bobby and Barbara Lawrence’s Alsatians, Penwartha Apache Arrow and Penwartha Silver Shadow handled by Kevin Cochrane were awarded Best Brace of the Year and in the Reserve place was Jean Thoume’s Miniature Poodles, Idadoun Black ‘n’ Dreamy and Jenetiere Enchantress handled by Kirsty Armitage

The tension was mounting as the Puppy Finalists came into the ring. The Judge made a cut of four and from that he chose Channel Islands Puppy of the Year 2005 to be the English Springer Spaniel, Trimere True Style at Lyntonridge owned by Lyn Ozanne and the Reserve Puppy of the Year went to Thelma Alsford’s Pomeranian Thelbern Mary Poppins.

Finally it was the time to find out the Channel Islands Dog of the Year 2005. In came the dogs and Mr Dennis Coxall moved them all again before selecting seven to go over again and finally deciding on Ro and Nigel Cox’s Irish Setter, Tiroen Taylormade as Channel Islands Dog of the Year 2005 and the Reserve Channel Islands Dog of the Year went to the Rottweiler, Hassavant Oralia owned by Georgina Bennett.

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.