Daniel Roberts’ Longhaired Dachshund Breed Notes 6/9/17

It certainly felt like a Summer’s day for Hounds at the City of Birmingham Championship show. Serena Parker (Serenaker Beagles) judged both our varieties without CCs on offer. From 12 Longs on the day BB & BOB was Daniel Roberts’ Swansford Gemmadora with Daniel’s Ch Swansford Warrador taking RBD. BD & BV was Janet Geeson’s Ch Abydachs Kicks Up A Storm handled by daughter Helen who also was second in The Veteran Stakes under Tom Mather (Barklots Toys). Helen also handled Janet’s Ch Abydachs Giving Off Sparks to RBB & Abydachs Kumala to BP. Best Junior was Michael Lewis’  Trixhund Opium who made the final cut in The Junior Group under Tom Isherwood (Vanitona Poodles).

From 25 Min Longs on the day BD & BOB was Roger & Sue Roberts’ Ralines Rob Roy To Denver with Peter Higgins’ Ralines Just Jewels taking RBD. BB,BJ & BP was Helen Geeson’s Abydachs Avada Kedavra who went onto get short listed in the Junior Group under Tom Isherwood & then won Hound Puppy Group Four under Mike Gadsby (Afterglow). Not content with that, she also won second in the owner/breeder/handler stakes under Robin Newhouse (Annacey Samoyed’s). RBB was Lisa Roylance’s Abbilis Immortality.

Helen Geeson certainly had a busy day as the Coventry Ladies Kennel Society were once again holding their handling finals where Helen gained a very creditable second under Shannon Roberts (Shanshal Chinese Crested). Plenty of prize money was won on the day by the Abydachs Team & I’m sure the dogs’ pocket money box certainly gained a few extra pennies, congratulations on such a busy but successful day!

Over Saturday & Sunday at Birmingham the Kennel Club held several drop-in sessions to help show officials & all members of the canine community understand the new Judges Competence Program. They were open forums with questions & answers about the seven levels of the new program & how it will work. I attended a session on Sunday that was well attended including many other officers & committee members from several Dachshund Societies. Our session lasted around two hours with Jeff Horswell & Katherine Symngs taking questions, feedback & taking us through the entire program. Certainly I attended as secretary of the Midland but also as a CC judge & I have to say that the information & session proved very useful for both capacities. Several breeds will be trialing the program in the coming months & I’m sure the KC will keep us updated with any developments or changes.

The latest Dachshund Breed Council e-news is out & contains details about their Health UK website that is receiving a face-lift. The site has been completely re-designed & is much easier to navigate around. It contains links to all Dachshund Health related material & all in one place, certainly worth a look. A reminder to all about the Mass Dachshund Walk which takes place at Caldicot Castle on 10th September with all the details you need & don’t forget the planned eye testing session at the Dachshund Club Championship Show in November. Lots of other updates & articles certainly make it yet another edition not to be missed.

Debbie Clarke had a great day with her Longs at the South Eastern Hound Club Premier Open Show. Tekalhaus Million To One was awarded Group Four & her daughter Tekalhaus Diamond Life who was attending her first show was Reserve Best Puppy In Show, both under Patricia Sutton (Rossut Beagles). Congratulations on such an exciting start to her show career.

At Darlington Championship show on Friday 15th September both our varieties have CCs on offer attracting 36 Longs & 70 Min Longs. For the first time the Northern Counties DA will be holding their Championship Show in partnership with Darlington & have CCs on offer for Min Longs. We have yet to know the NCDA entry but Darlington have certainly benefited with their non CC Dachshund entry, Smooths (have CCs at NCDA) have 23 without at Darlington, Min Smooth (have CCs at NCDA) have 53 without at Darlington, Wires don’t have CCs at either have attracted 24 at Darlington & Min Wires (have CCs at NCDA) have 16 without at Darlington. Good luck to both societies, I know only too well all the hard work involved in getting partnership shows to be successful.

At Belfast all the miniature varieties have CCs on offer & this year they will not be weighed. A slight increase in entries on previous years with Min Longs attracting 26 dogs. Longs without CCs have 6 dogs entered.

South Wales KA have extended their closing date online until next Monday (11th) & the Longhaired Club open show, Lanashire & Cheshire DA Championship show & Midland Counties CS are all due to close very soon.

Unfortunately, I won’t be at many shows over the next month so please keep your news & views coming!

Daniel Roberts


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