Over the period of Crufts we were all very busy. Gloria and Palma were strutting their stuff to good effect in the show ring, whilst Gloria also made her first venture into Junior Handling. The two girls were joined by Tomaš and Erik for a stint on Discover Dogs, whilst I also handled my favourite Irish Terrier, May Williamson’s Ch Montelle MiLady, in the finals of the Breeders’ Stakes. In between all this I did several stints on Crufts FM, which is the radio station that covers the NEC over the Crufts period.
Whilst Erik was taking it easy, the rest of the gang were hard at work on Discover Dogs, meeting and greeting the public.
Palma and Gloria are old hands, but it was a first time for Tomaš. He soon got into the swing of things and learned to pose for every camera that came into sight!
Photo by RBT
It’s a week since Crufts Dog Show started, and only now have I found the time to update the blog!
We were there all four days. On Thursday Hynek had his first taste of the party that is Crufts, and how he loved it! He spent the morning on Discover Dogs and made lots of new friends. Before going home he visited the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, and enjoyed champagne and chips and a cuddle from Babs Harding.
Friday was Terrier Day which meant a long wait until we finally got into the ring at 3.30pm. We had a lovely day, with Gloria winning Veteran Bitch and Best Veteran, and Palma taking first place in Post Graduate Bitch and Reserve Best Bitch. Third place in that very strong class went to Gloria’s daughter, Ridley Oslava, whilst 11 year old Ridley Javor was third in Veteran Dog.
On Saturday and Sunday we were back at Crufts on Discover Dogs. The Ridley gang love doing their stint on the breed stand and this year they were joined by their good friend Erik.
Photo by Gabi Hajnova
When Betty did our ringcraft class proud and became a champion at Crufts, we had a great celebration. Not much work was done that week, as we all toasted her success.
Now we have even more to celebrate and we shall have to forget the ‘Ugly Betty’ nickname for ever, as Graham and Ch Witchstone Centre Fold not only took BOB at Birmingham National – but also won the Toy Group too.
Congratulations to you both – we are so proud of you!
Crufts is over and was a fabulous event in spite of the pessimists who predicted gloom and disaster. In fact it was the most relaxed and positive event for years – with two of my favourite dogs going BIS and RBIS.
So why am I now spitting tintacks about the KC? A seemingly unimportant little announcement posted on the KC website has reduced me to a gibbering wreck yet again. The KC will no longer recognise FCI International Champion titles. The only reason for this seems to be that the FCI has announced that it is no longer necessary for a dog to hold a British champion title in order to claim the International award. Talk about petulance! The KC are throwing all their toys out of the pram with, once again, absolutely no thought for the exhibitors.
Whilst it is annoying and frustrating for those who show CC breeds (Ch/Belg/Dutch Ch Jeonty Wannabe Buster needs just one more CACIB from a third country to claim the International title – is it worth the time and expense of travelling to Europe to try and achieve that when the KC will refuse to record it ?) for those of us with Rare Breeds (ie those that are not awarded CCs) this decision is like a great big slap in the face.
No matter the quality of an individual dog a Rare Breed, such as the Cesky Terrier, cannot become a champion under the KC system. Yet several dogs being shown in the UK have won CACIBs/CACs in Europe – Collin, Dufek, Gloria, Captain – and Nina before she went to Canada. Gloria was BIS at the Czech Club show, with an entry of 72, Dufek has twice won a CAC at the same show whilst Collin won one of her CACIBs at the World Show in Dortmund. Going over to Europe gave our breed the chance of earning a champion title . Whilst we can still earn the title we cannot use it. Thanks KC!
Just a further thought. If the KC have a problem with the validity of the International Champion title, why do they continue to appoint FCI qualified judges for our breed at Crufts? We do have, as per KC regulations, a judging list with clearly stated criteria. Out of the nine times the Cesky Terrier has been classified at Crufts four of our judges have been approved by the FCI, but are not on our judging list.
Last night was ringcraft night and great celebrations as ‘Ugly Betty’ is now Ch Witchstone Centrefold. English Toy Terrier Betty (who is anything but ugly!) and her owner, Graham Newton, have been regulars since Hemswell Ringcraft started just over a year ago.
We are only a very small group, but this is the third champion we have celebrated in that short time and in 2008 also had a couple of JW winners as well as the Top Dogs (DW points) in both Miniature Pinschers and Cesky Terriers and Top Brood bitches in Cesky Terriers and Affenpinschers.
I’m sure that a lot of our success is down to the fact that we place a lot of emphasis on socialisation and learning in a very relaxed way. Our puppies have fun, and so they show well – oh, and they are pretty good examples of their breeds as well!