Rossau Voodoo

March 21, 2010
Rossau Voodoo

It’s scary to think that there are only two weeks left before National Terrier – the most important show of the year for most terrier folk.

This will be the first show for my new boy, Rossau Voodoo – known to all his friends as Hynek. He is six months old tomorrow, and today I bathed and clipped him. I think he’s looking quite promising, so we shall see what happens when he gets into the show ring.

There are a lot of new puppies about, so he’ll have some strong competition.


March 18, 2010

Gloria Kvitko ShCM

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

What a Weekend!

February 15, 2010

BIS line-up, West Midland Terrier Society

It’s been a busy time in the show ring.

Last week Palma went to Pontefract, where she won BAVNSC in very good company, then went on to take first place in the Terrier Group. This weekend we have had two shows – both Terrier Societies. These are always the hardest to do well at as they always attract a quality entry.

First we went to West Midland Terrier Society, where Julie Moyes had drawn an entry of 14 – more than we see at some Championship Shows. There were some quality Cesky Terriers present, so I was very pleased when Palma took BOB. I then entered AV Veteran with Gloria, which she also won – this meant I had two dogs in the final line-up for BIS! Judge Ann Bradley short-listed Gloria, then placed her BIS3!

Next day it was off to the Sporting Terrier Association of Yorkshire. Again Palma took BOB, and again Gloria was BV – and again she was short-listed for BIS! We didn’t go any further this time – but still a lovely weekend for the Ridley gang.

Another Successful Day

November 9, 2009

Luther and Palma

Yesterday we went to the Sporting Terrier of Yorkshire Open Show. Like all terrier group shows there was a high quality entry. Our breed judge was Roger Cruden, and he gave BOB to Sally Brown’s Lastarean Dufek, Reserve BOB to Palma and BP to Luther. Gloria was shown in the Veteran Stakes, judged by David Guy, and took a very nice 2nd place behind Harry Horn’s Champion Sealyham. David also judged BIS and BPIS and Luther finished off a lovely day by winning BPIS4.

So that’s 5 shows  and 5 BP awards – and three group placings as well! Not a bad record for my special little boy!


October 13, 2009

Judging appointments are a bit like buses. I don’t have any for ages then three come along together. After judging Parson Russell Terriers in Finland and in the United States, it was up to Carlisle for the very first championship show held by the Northern Parson Russell Terrier Club.

To be asked to judge this inaugural show was a great honour, and the committee had really worked hard to make it a very special occasion. There were souvenir catalogues, special medallions for every winner, even cake and wine to toast the club. BIS went to Heythrop Tia and RBIS to Digaden Glamouruss who was also BP.




October 7, 2009


Montgomery! To terrier enthusiasts around the world the name is as iconic as Crufts or Westminster. Held in Pennsylvania, USA, this is one of the most elegant events in the canine calendar.

I was very privileged to judge Parson Russell Terriers at this year’s show and gave BOB to Ch Brillwood Dress Blues, bred by Linda Edwards, and co-owned by the breeder with Mary Strom Bernard.

Of course, the downside of judging one breed is that it is impossible to watch what is going on in other rings, so there was no chance to see the Cesky Terriers entered at the show. However I did see meet up with most of the dogs at Devon Show the day before, and BOB on both occasions went to Lynne Kuczynski Veazle with Windrush Hailee’s Comet, bred by Charlene Ewen.

Windrush Hailee's Comet

Windrush Hailee's Comet

It was good to meet up with the American Cesky Terrier folk. The breed can only be shown in Miscellaneous classes at AKC shows at present. It’s a long, hard road to full recognition – in the UK it took eleven years before the breed was moved from the Imported Register (our equivalent of miscellaneous) up to rare breed status – and looks like being at least as long again before we are granted challenge certificates, and thus the right to make breed champions.

Many British terrier enthusiasts make the pilgrimage over to Montgomery, and amongst those I saw this year was a very happy Sheila Stoddart whose Australian Terrier, Ch Millvalley Red Rufus can now add Am Ch to his titles. Congratulations to Sheila and to Rufus – probably the first Eng/Am Ch in the breed. Congratulations!


September 27, 2009
Rosettes - but which show?

Rosettes - but which show?

Luther went to another show yesterday.

He went well, and came home with three more rosettes to add to his growing collection. Most shows award colourful rosettes – it’s usually the only thing dog exhibitors do win (we’re certainly not in it for the money!)  And usually they have the name of the club and perhaps a society logo to make the award that little bit special.

It’s quite nice, at the end of the year, to go back and look at all the rosettes and remember the days out with friends – but maybe you will notice that there is something missing this time? Yes, that’s right – no society name! Just how cheapskate can you get?

This was billed as a special event – a 75th Anniversary Show. The entry fee was £2 more than most of our local shows, the venue – not one I’ve been to before – was dusty and dirty, and then to cap it all the rosettes were decidedly cheap and cheerful.

Never mind! The judge was knowledgeable; BOB and Group 4 went to Gill Harris’ Seska, who was looking lovely – David has certainly mastered the art of grooming a Cesky Terrier – and Luther went really well, and won Puppy Group 2 in addition to his BP and RBOB. There were some super pups in the group so I was very pleased with this group place.

At the present time, when everyone is counting the pennies, societies are having to look for ways to attract – and keep – exhibitors. Will I be going to shows run by this society again? No, I think not. Will I be going to any other shows run at this dreadful venue? No, definitely not!