Another crazy, hectic & highly enjoyable Crufts is over for another year. The morning of Friday 9th March thankfully gave us all a dry day for entering & exiting the NEC in Birmingham & with no sign of the dreaded white stuff that we had experienced in the 10 days leading up to the world’s greatest dog show, we all managed from near & far to attend without any major hassle.
This is always the ideal opportunity to meet up with friends from near & far, especially from around the globe. It should also be a time to enjoy seeing the cream of each breed compete for top awards & as always you expect competition to be tough. Who would have thought the eventual Reserve Best In Show Winner would have very close Dachshund connections?
Jill Peak (Bayard Beagles & wife of the late Trevor Peak who had the Arvornary Smooth Dachshunds) had the honour of selecting the final winners on Sunday night, awarding the runner-up spot to Heather Bennett’s Pointer Sh Ch Kanix Chilli who was handled by Mother Joanne Blackburn-Bennett (Shardagang Dachshunds & daughter of Ellen Blackburn ((Stargang)) & Daughter In Law of John Bennett ((Shardaroba)). Bred by Sigurd & Kari Wilberg (Kanix Dachshunds) it leaves no doubt that the final of Crufts 2018 had a connection we should all be proud of & many congratulations to all involved on such a lifelong memorable result.
Lesley McNaughton (Cedavoch Longs & Smooths) attracted 86 Longs which were judged third in the ring following Finnish Spitz & Elkhounds. This made it a long day with judging not finishing before 5pm which certainly was no fault of our judge who had been informed that she was commencing judging much later than anticipated due to the two previous breeds in the ring running over. DCC & BOB from veteran was Emily Mitchell’s Ch Bronia Lotario JW who also made the final cut in a fabulous Hound Group under Albert Wight. Daniel Roberts had a day to remember winning the BCC (her third) with Swansford Gemmadora & the RDCC with Ch Swansford Warrador. The RBCC & BP was awarded to Lloyd Cross’s Glasvey Double Trouble For Loggeta. Not long now until Lloyd flies out to Australia to judge the National Dachshund Specialty in Sydney where I’m sure he will have an amazing time & will without doubt fill us all in on his return. Swansford Gemmadora’s title not only makes the second Swansford Champion this year but makes a magical 60th English Champion for the kennel, an achievement that Margaret Swann would be absolutely delighted with I’m sure & certainly gave a tear or two to someone’s eye!
As usual, the Discover Dogs Arena was packed to capacity on all four days & Ian Smith co-ordinated a truly fabulous job on behalf of the Midland DC where all the booths not only looked very smart & brightly decorated but contained the right information for the public to see & take away with them. Many thanks from everyone to all the two & four legged volunteers over the four days who deliver one of the most important services to the public in our canine calender. Just before we close on Crufts, next year Hounds fall on a Saturday & your 2019 breed judges are Gerry McFaul (Dachville Longs) for longs & Sue Roberts (Denver Min longs & Min Smooths) for Min Longs; it’s less than 12 months away now!
You should all now be well aware that the postponed Southern DA Championship Show that was cancelled on Saturday 3rd March has now been scheduled to take place on Saturday 24th March. All the details for the original show stand, entries in age classes etc. the venue is the same, the Montem Leisure Centre in Slough SL1 2QG. Unfortunately, the change of date means Sue Holt has had to withdraw from her Long appointment where she has attracted a very good entry & would have been her first time judging this variety . Sallyann Elkington (Sutina Min Wires) will replace Sue on the day to judge Longs with all the other judges being able to fulfill their appointments.
Ruth Lockett-Walters tells me that Ralines Royal Rebel of Sweetwell, owned by Allison Cronje in South Africa attended his fifth championship show & completed his South African title taking BOB too. Bred by Ruth & daughter Helen, he is by Barlaines Black Prince out of Ch Ralines Popping Kandi. Many congratulations.
A very special weekend too as Len Hammond (Glenmorris Min Longs) reaches his 90th Birthday. I speak to Len every week & keep him updated on the Dachshund world. Although not in the best of health, Len is always keen to get the news & pass on his opinions. I’m sure that Len would love to hear from any of you, either a phone call or card would certainly be well received.