Daniel Roberts’ Longhaired Dachshund Breed Notes 27//7/17

Leeds certainly is a special place for me, as most of you know it’s a city I visit frequently through my work & one that fascinates me, a place that I’m very comfortable with & love. Leeds championship dog show has always been a firm favorite too & although I was entered this year I was disappointed not to finally attend. The venue of Harewood House is beautiful & has an air of English history in all its surroundings. Over the many years, we have seen few changes to the tried & tested layout of the show & certainly experienced all forms of weather elements from torrential rain, thick mud to the most glorious sunshine.
This year on hound day, although dry, the sun failed to shine. Helen Caple (Morsefield Min Wires & Beagles) was awarding CCs in Longs for the first time which is hard to believe. From an entry of 32 dogs on the day, Helen awarded The DCC & BOB to Zara Boyle’s Ch Zarcrest Hugo Boss who also made the final cut in The Hound Group under Mike Gadsby (Afterglow). Emily Mitchell was awarded The RDCC from Veteran with Ch Bronia Lotario JW & was also Best Veteran In Breed. BCC (her third) was Ken & Sandra Paskins’ Abydachs Summer Dream at Kindeace Sh.CM, this I believe is Ken & Sandra’s first Champion, many congratulations. RBCC was Cindy Dare’s Darsoms Zeunice, Cindy was also awarded BPP with Swansford Lionellador Darsoms.
Jane Maxwell (Bardrestan Wires & Spinoni) judged Min Longs without CCs & had 27 dogs to judge on the day. BB & BOB was Billy & Barbara Mee’s Barlaine’s Golden Delight with Ken & Sandra Paskins taking BD with Dinkidax Sandrayana At Kindeace.  Christine Woodall’s Ch Half a Century At Rarewood was RBD with Billy & Adam Rowell’s Emmajesk Masquerade taking RBB & BP. Kim Drady’s Larkhund Russian Kween was BV in breed.
Lloyd Cross (Loggeta Longs & Min smooth’s) tells me about an exciting judging appointment that he has the honour of being invited to judge at. Next April, Lloyd will be officiating at The 12th Australian National Dachshund Specialty Championship Show in Sydney. Previous UK judges that have been given this amazing appointment include Rex Voaden (Beerrycourt Min Smooths), John Perry (Sierry Min Longs), Lovaine Coxon (D’Arisca Min Smooths), Betty Munt (Pipersvale Min Smooths), Rachel Barney (Verami Min Wires) & Gerry McFaul (Dachsville Longs). Back in 1991, Hazel Fielding (Delphik Min Longs) had the honour of judging the very first Australian National & awarded Best In Show to Eric Soti’s Long Ch Lohengrin Flame who was by the UK import of Avril Varley’s Ch Swansford Mancini Of Murrumbidgee. Without doubt, this will be an appointment of a lifetime & I’m sure Lloyd is not only delighted with this lovely invitation, but seriously looking forward to it. Having had the opportunity to judge in Australia twice (in Newcastle at The Novocastrian DC & then in Melbourne at The DC of Victoria) I can honestly say that hospitality, friendship & lovely Dachshunds give you fond lifetime memories; very exciting!
The Long Haired DC & The Dachshund Club jointly held a Breed Specific & Judging Competence Seminar on 23rd July at Calf Heath Village Hall near Wolverhampton. Both Secretaries Annette Latham-Jackson & Lynda Billinghurst were on hand to welcome over 60 guests in the morning to attend a talk on the history of the breed & a detailed presentation on the breed standard that was given by Ruth Lockett-Walters (Ralines Min Longs & Smooths). This was followed by a detailed presentation from Jeff Horswell (Drakesleat Min Wires & KC committee member) on the new judging framework that will come into force from 2020. The presentation was thankfully simple & gave everyone an insight on how the seven levels of progression will work for those who would like to take the journey. All this will be done online through the KC’sAcademyy website & will keep each individual’s records up to date & guide you through each step. How fortunate we all were to have a chance to listen & ask Jeff questions both during & after his presentation. No one likes change, but I for one came away a lot more happier & confident that something positive is taking place with our judges’ education & selection process, an area that’s been overdue for some time. After a delicious lunch with some scrummy desserts, a handful of candidates stayed to do the J.C.F. level 2 written examination paper & 12 candidates attended the Dachshund A2 assessment. The venue at Calf Heath is certainly ideal for educational events like this & I’m sure will be used for more events like this in the future.
The Longhaired DC are once again holding their open show at Calf Heath on Sunday 15th October where all sizes & coats will be classified. Claire Kennedy (Denkena Min Longs) will be judging all the miniatures with Duncan McCalmont (Silvae Wires) judging all the standards. Nora Price (Samlane Min Wires & Min Smooths) will be awarding Best In Show.  Drop Annette a line if you would like a schedule on 01981 551191.
While many of us were attending Leeds & the Education Day, Helen Geeson was away into Europe on her travels once again with her Mother’s Long Ch Abydachs Giving Off Sparks. This time, at the Golden Trophy Dog Show in Liege, Belgium which was held over two days. On day one, Lexi was awarded the CAC/CAC & BOB under Mr Marian Draganescu (Romania) & went onto Group Two & on the second day Lexi repeated her previous day’s win in the breed, this time under Mr Adam Ostrowski (Poland), once again going onto Group Two. The wins over the weekend now mean Lexi not only carries her UK title but now has her Belgian & International title to add to her name. What a great achievement & many congratulations to all at Abydachs, you must be super proud!
It’s hard to believe that we are now in the last week of July; where has the first half of 2017 gone? I will be at the Northern Long Haired Breeders Association on Sunday, so be sure to come & say hello & bring your news.
Daniel Roberts
01785 664461
07765 348964
daniel@swansford.co.uk
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