Papillon exhibitors had a weekend of Scottish showing firstly SKC at the Royal Highland Showground and then the following day a breed show at the Papillon Butterfly Dog of Scotland both awarding Challenge Certificates.
SKC now is entirely inside, gone are the days we all braved the wind and rain in the tents. So everyone for the Paps enjoyed being dry and cosy in the Highland Hall although outside there was a biting wind. A good array of trade stands in the adjacent hall, when time allowed you could browse at your leisure.
The Paps had a good size ring with plenty of room to move about; grooming areas and benching were both well located to the ring. It was nice to see so many Scottish faces that perhaps we don’t see regularly at the more Southern shows. There was a pleasant atmosphere and everyone was having a good day chatting and socialising. It was lovely to see Ruth Johnston at the show, she hasn’t been too well lately and is awaiting an operation. We send her big hugs and wish her a speedy recovery.
The well respected and experienced Mr Tom Mather (Barklots) was judging our breed and arrived looking smart and ready for the day ahead. He had received a good entry for the show and the day went smoothly along as you would expect of someone of this calibre. Mr Mather always has a calming, unflustered manner when judging and went over the dogs expertly on the table giving everyone a chance to show their four paws to their maximum ability.
The principal winners of the day were as follows; Irene & Glenn Robb’s DCC / BOB CH Gleniren Shootin Starmaker Sunshoo we were of course thrilled to bits but the day continued getting better as Travis went TGP1 under the Toy Specialist judge Mrs Julie Sparrow (Casarow). What an exciting day for the Paps as a breed. The BCC went to a delighted Mrs Estelle Kirk with Ablazzer Wild At Heart and the RCC’s for the dogs RDCC Catriona Nolan with Abbeyton Here We Go Again for Loerburn and the RBCC Carol Lees Lafford Kandy Floss with Caroline Lee-Slater handling. BP to Mary and Ted Whitehill’s Amicae Daydreamer, their granddaughter Holly was handling and we were so pleased for her. Congratulations to all the class and principal winners on the day.
The following day many Pap folk were at Lanark for the PBDC of Scotland. This is a lovely venue and is shared with the Pom exhibitors. There are excellent parking arrangements with hard standing so ideal for the motor homes and caravans. The refreshment facilities are excellent with plenty of variety. Elaine Davidson the clubs secretary brings news that the Benevolent Stall was present as always and was boasting some new products with a limited supply of Nancy Pinke T-shirts and some gorgeous brooches and pendants produced by a local artist. On the stand were many interesting books, mugs, cards etc. Ian Raper the photographer was also there providing a service to both the Papillon Club and the Pomeranian Club. The club also had a successful visit from the field officer.
Toy Specialist Mrs Carolyn Roe (Sunshoo) was judging at this show and a good entry had been received. The principal winners were DCC/ BIS Karen Smith’s Papplewick Penhaligon At Adinaken, BCC Holly Bradfords Rozamie Je Ne Sais Quoi, RDCC Julie Clint’s CH Papplewick Preacher Man JW, RBCC Cathy Urquhart’s Ringlands Summer Sunshine In Blackpark, BPIS Mary & Ted Whitehill’s Jansanleis He’s a Belter and last but not least BV John Turner’s Ch Bodebi Rhythm Is A Dancer.
Queenie Bruce (Tijuana) took on the task of putting the juniors through their paces. Winner of the 6-11yrs was nine year old Rebekah Hewitt and for the 12-16yrs class it was Callum Thornton who went on to be Best Junior.
Karen Diprose enjoyed a lovely open show at Coventry & District Kennel Ass’ 90th Anniversary Show where her Powdermill Look Here at Lilacrose went on to take a TGP2 under Caroline Odd.
The Kennel Club have announces changes to the qualifications for Crufts, their announcement reads as follows.The Kennel Club has announced that breeds which have challenge certificate status will also be able to qualify for Crufts 2016 through class placings at shows where they are scheduled without CCs on offer.
Previously, only the best of breed and best puppy from these classes qualified, but now this has been extended to first, second, and third in puppy, junior, post graduate and open. The proviso is that there are more than three breed classes on offer, or more than five in the case of Stud Book band E breeds. In other respects the qualification remains the same as for this year’s show; full details can be found at www.crufts.org.uk/content/dog-exhibitors/qualification-for-crufts-2016/.
Closing date for Crufts postal entries will be Monday, January 4 2016, but those entering online will be able to do so until Monday, January 18. Any dog which qualifies for Crufts 2016 after January 4, 2016 may only be entered online.
There will be a Papillon entry of 90 for Three Counties where the judge will be Veronica Hourihane. Toy day is on Sat, 6th June at Malvern Showground
Lyndsey Pembertons funeral is on June 1st at 11.20am at Chester Crematorium, Blaken Avenue, Chester CH 1 5BB and refreshments afterwards at Mollington Banastre Hotel, Parkgate Road, Mollington CH1 6NG. Floral tributes to W. Williams & Son, 342 Chester Road, Little Sutton, Chester CH66 1NL
Next report will be from Bath. Fingers crossed for good weather, I have put in an order for the sunshine. It is a fantastic show and what a joy it is to walk on the even Bowling Green grass; the dogs always look at their best. Take care travelling, the traffic may be at a premium as it is a Bank holiday Weekend, so the motorways may become a stationary car park, we live in hope!