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December 16th - LKA show at the NEC. Luke and Lottie entered and they enjoyed their first ride on a bus between the carparks and the exhibition halls. This was Luke's final show in Junior and again he won his class - he has never been beaten in any breed class since his first appearance in the show ring back in April. This is quite an acheivement - in total he has won 19 championship show and 4 open show first prizes, gaining Best puppy in Show awards along the way and being named as MESS " Pup of the Year 2012".
Luke winning his final Junior class at LKAAs usual, many thanks to Nick Darley for another great photo. After winning her way out of Post Graduate this was Lottie's first appearance in Limit and she did very well to gain 2nd place in a strong class. Let's hope she can continue to make her presence felt in 2013.
December 2nd - returned home from our cruise this morning - landed at Heathrow at 6.00am. When we left Barbados yesterday evening the temperature was 32c, it was -3c in London this morning! By the time we arrived home at Nottingham it was lunch time and as I didn't feel too jet lagged and the NESS show was only a few stops up the M1 from me I decided to go and meet up with my very kind " dogsitters" and collect my animals. I arrived just in time to see Nigel win the limit bitch class with Amber and soon learnt that Lynne had won junior bitch with Scarlet and that Stella had won 2 classes with Luke giving him his final point for his Junior Warrant.
November 14th - off to the sun again with a 2 week cruise to Costa Rica, Panama canal and 8 or 9 Caribbean islands. A great holiday for me but work for David. By chance Barbara and Graham Jolley were also on this cruise with a couple of their close friends and so they were around to help me celebrate my birthday onboard. Amazingly there was another lady on board who also used to show English Setters many years ago - she won a CC with a homebred setter and used to travel to shows with Fran Grimsdell in the 1980s . Her name was Pat Jordan and her affix was Patrisetta and as soon as she introduced herself I could remember seeing her around the shows.
Don't we all "scrub up" well!
November 3rd - Setter & Pointer championship show held at Coventry. Luke won junior dog but only 2 in the class so that elusive Junior warrant point is still required. Scarlet was placed second in junior bitch with litter sister Lacie 3rd. Star of the day was Amber who won her limit class and then the bitch CC - her second. Fingers crossed that all important third CC is not too far away.
October 27th - Yolande Falise made the long drive over from Belgium with Paige ( Wansleydale for Vanquish) to exhibit at Midland Counties show at Stafford. Unfortunately Paige developed a "dead tail" and despite having pain killers it was still causing her pain at the show. She was placed 4th in her limit class - dissaponting as a 3rd place would have qualified her for Crufts which is what Yolande was hoping for. Luke won both of his classes and I only just made it in time to the GSP ring to show Lottie. She won post graduate and has now won out of that class and will have to go in Limit from now on. Had a lovely evening catching up on the overseas gossip with Yoland and polishing off a few pizzas and drinks!. Didn't envy her the long drive home the next day.
September 21st - Terrible weather today for the drive to Wetherby racecourse for Driffield show. All judging was inside the marquees as the rain continued, so far from ideal showing conditions. A third for Logan - this was his last limit class as his previous wins now mean that at future shows he has to compete in the open class; first in Good Citizens class for his son Sonny, second for Scarlet in Junior- she is totally out of coat and looking very immature, and another class win for Lottie in post-gradaute GSP.
September 18th - can't believe it, the BVA HD results arrived in the post this morning -less than 3 weeks since the xrays were taken. Such a relief to see that all 4 scores are good. GSPs Lottie and Karla have 3:3 & 4:3 respectively, Luke has 3:7 and Scarlet 5:6. So glad that that is out of the way! This is the first time my dogs have been xrayed/scored using the new digital system instead of conventional x ray films. The xray is captured as a digital image and sent to the BVA for assessment on a computer disc - after scoring the discs were then sent to me along with the BVA certificates. This is going to make storage so much easier - no more big xrays to keep and also much more convenient for us owners to view our dogs hips as no xray viewer is required. Gone are the days of holding the xray up to the window or a bright light - just load the disc onto your computer.
September 16th - Travelled up to Darlington show with Paula and her viszla, Vale. Second today for Logan in limit and also a second in open for the Watkin's litter brother Rooney (Rowanberry). Vale was second in Viszla post graduate and Lottie won her post graduate GSP class so all in all a good day.
September 10th - We never got round to getting any tickets for the Olympics and spent many hours watching all sorts of sport on the TV. David is keen on the cycling and today it was like the Olympics coming to us - we had the Tour of Britain cycle race coming right past the house
September 9th - A long journey to Richmond show with Irish Setter friends Nigel and David. Quite a full car because we also had 5 dogs with us! Disappointing today as Logan went lame in the ring and so was withdrawn from his class but better luck with Scarlet as she won the junior class. Star of the day was definitely Karla who won a large limit class - it has taken her a long time to be happy at the shows but here she was very relaxed and on top form.
Sept 2nd - Birmingham show at Stonleigh and another sucessful day. First prize for Logan in limit, 3rd in open for litter brother Rowanberry, 2nd in limit bitch for Amber and a quick dash to the GSP ring for Lottie to win 1st in the post graduate class.
August 29th - Mango and Lychee are 4months old today and are now beginning to look like young cats instead of kittens.This is a rare moment when both are still at the same time!
Hip scoring day today - Lottie, Karla, Luke and Scarlet are all off to the vets for their xrays. Fingers crosses that that the results will be good!
August 19th - a few days away in Northumberland and time for long walks on the beaches and in the dunes
Luke and Scarlet having their own Olympic sprint through the dunes at Low Newton
August 4th - National Gundog championship show at Malvern. This was Scarlet's last appearance as a puppy as she is 12mths old today and she finished her puppy career off in fine style by winning her puppy bitch class and then went on to win best puppy in breed. She now has 5 Best Puppy in Breed at championship shows resulting in her overtaking Luke as leader in the "Our Dogs" Top Puppy competition. Karla also did well for us winning a 4th in a strong limit class.
No such luck for Amber or Logan - Logan probably has other things on his mind as he is going to be a daddy again soon!. He has recently mated 3 bitches - the first of which has been scanned for 7 puppies. Please contact Barbara for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org)
August 1st - A visit to Bakewell show with neighbour Jane and her Border Terrier, Ronnie. I haven't been to this show for many years but it was a great day out and Jane and I enjoyed ourselves sampling lots of cheese and other goodies. Despite the poor weather and muddy conditions Scarlet managed to stay clean and won the puppy class and also reserve Best of Breed.
July 28th - Off to Leeds show with friend Jennifer and her whippet, Pepper. Good day for Scarlet who won best English setter puppy - her 4th such award so she now shares the top puppy spot with her kennel mate Luke. Amber decided she wouldn't stand still but still managed a 3rd in a strong limit class. No prize card for Pepper today but their classes are huge - much as they were in English Setters some years back.
July 24th - Mango keeps taking over the dog bed in the kitchen so Havoc moved to the sofa in the conservatory - to be followed by 2 kittens. It all seems to be working out OK and the dogs are getting used to having the cats around. Havoc has even resigned herself to sharing the sofa with them in the evenings.
July 20th - well, the kittens have finally arrived. David has decided on the names - Mango for the red male and Lychee for his lilac sister. They are very confident but we are still going to introduce them to the dogs very slowly and under close supervision - especially the GSPs. They have decided that the dog cage is by far the best toy around! Suprisingingly they still use it as a climbing frame even when we put a dog in it.
July 4th - yet another cute youngster. A baby female barn owl, approx 6weeks old, in the fields near our house - she had just been ringed by our local conservation group who are monitoring the barn owl population in Nottinghamshire.Time for a quick photo then back into the nestbox with her 2 brothers to wait for the next feed to arrive from Mum.
Continuing on the cute theme here is a pic of out latest grandaughter - Lola all dressed up and ready to go home from hospital. She was born last week near Sydney, Australia and Clare, Justin and baby are all doing well.
July 2nd - A second visit to see the kittens. They have certainly grown and are now very active! Only a few weeks now before we collect our two. Unfortunately most of the the photos came out dark and blurred but believe me they were very cute!
July 1st - English Setter Association open show at Chieveley and so another long drive for me - this time alone. This was Luke's last show as a puppy and he finished his puppy career in style by winning his classes, taking Best Puppy in Show and also the Reserve best dog award. During his first 6 months in the showring he has won 12 championship show firsts which include: Best Puppy in Breed at Birmingham National and shortlisted in the Gundog Puppy Group Best Puppy in Breed at Bath and placed 3rd in the Puppy Group Best Puppy in Show at English Setter Society of WalesBest Puppy Dog at English Setter Association Best Puppy Dog at Windsor Best Puppy in Show at Midland English Setter open show.
In fact he has never been beaten in any class,only losing out for the Best Puppy award twice - one of which was to Scarlet at Windsor! Lets hope he can continue his winning ways in the Junior classes this Autumn.
Thanks to Tereza and ESA for the photos
June 29th - Off to Windsor Championship show with quite a car full of dogs and people. A very successful day with Luke winning Puppy and Junior dog, Scarlet winning puppy bitch and litter sister Lacie gaining second. Logan was 4th in limit and litter brother Rooney was 2nd in open. Scarlet topped off the day by winning best puppy in breed and then the Petplan puppy bitch stakes.
Thanks to Nick, Teresa and Graham for the photos.
June 22nd - 24th. Spent all Friday afternoon getting Scarlet and Luke ready for Blackpool Championship show tomorrow only to hear that due to the terrible weather it has been cancelled. Wished someone had told me earlier! At least Scarlet is ready for Derby County show on Sunday ( if I can keep her clean and dry for 2 days) She did stay resonably clean and we made it to the show where she won Best English Setter puppy.
June 16th - Up to Northumberland today with friend Jennifer and her Jenaul whippets. We are having a few days staying in our Railway Station close to the coast and including a trip to the Border Union show. The weather on show day was absolutely awful - raining most of the time and the walkways around the showground were just a sea of mud. Suprisingly the rings were OK. Gave up trying to keep the setters clean as everyone's dogs were in the same state. Nevertheless a very succesful day as Sonny won his class, Logan won limit dog and the reserve dog CC, Scarlet won her class and the best puppy award and Amber was awarded the reserve bitch CC! Jennifers whippet's were also in the cards so all in all a good day - the only downside is that I couldn't make it in time to get to the GSP ring to show Lottie. Always a potential problem when showing 2 breeds. Stopped off on the way back to the Station at Bamburgh beach to give the dogs a good run and the opportunity to wash off the mud as they played in the sea.
|Logan winning his class||Logan and Sonny (with Barbara handling) after challenging for Best Dog|
|Much better weather for the next few days and we even managed a bit of sunbathing!|
|Amber enjoying a cuddle with Flo the whippet looking on||Amber sunbathing in peace !|
|Lots of time for long walks on the lovely Northumberland beaches|
|Whippets Flo & Pepper with Lottie||Waiting for Jennifer to throw the ball|
|Scarlet gets it!||No way my dogs can keep up with the whippets at full speed|
|June 14th - our first visit to see the kittens and make our choices. They are 6 weeks old now and looking so cute. We have decided on one of the lilac females and the red male. Still a while until they can come home with as as pedigree kittens stay with their mother until they have completed their full course of vaccinations at 13 weeks.|
|June 8th - horrible weather for 3 Counties show at Malvern making it very difficult to keep Scarlet and Amber clean. Amber was 3rd in limit but Scarlet was our star of the day winning Best English Setter puppy and getting shortlisted in the strong Gundog Puppy group.
|June 6th - a day out at Staffordshire Agricultural Show with neighbour Jane and her Border Terrier Ronnie who won his class. No English Setter puppy class today so Scarlet was in Junior and although she didn't win this class she was still eligible to compete for Best Gundog Puppy later in the day and was awarded Puppy Group 4. Thanks to Jane's friend Alex for the lovely photo.
End of May - at last, Karla has learnt to swim! After many months of hesitant attempts she has now gained confidence and is swimming strongly to retreive. I think the hot weather helped - not so sure she will be as willing when the water is cold.
May 26th - back from the north east in time to get the dogs ready for Bath championship show. A really hot and sunny day. Star of the day was Luke who won best English Setter puppy and then third place in the Gundog puppy group. Amber was feeling the heat and wasn't on best form but still managed a 4th in limit, Sonny was 2nd in Graduate and Lottie won her Post Graduate GSP class.
May 21st - travelled up to Northumberland yesterday evening as soon as I was back from MESS show. This is the first time Luke and Scarlet have been to the coast and it was all very exciting for them! On the whole all of the dogs behaved very well and we were so lucky to have fabulous weather for the 5 days we were there.
the beach is full of seaweed but, of course, Luke and Scarlet both want the same piece!
May 20th - Midland English Setter open show. Too cold for judging outdoors so all inside at Baginton village hall. A very succesful day with Luke winning Best Puppy in Show and his half brother Bramstorm Walk the Line (another son of Sh Ch Wansleydale Cloudberry at Bramstorm) winning Best in Show - well done Stella and Austin. Scarlet won reserve best puppy in show and Barbara handled Sonny to first place in the yearling class!
BIS line up. Luke - far left, Austin - centre. Many thanks to MESS for the photos.
May 16th - sunny and dry so a lovely day to enjoy a walk in our local woods with some of the dogs. It's bluebell time again and the woods are so pretty at this time of year.
We have both missed having a cat around the place and on a recent visit to Bob & Lyn Sketchley's David was very taken with their Burmese who were so friendly. So, I decided to order him one for his birthday. Somehow one has turned into 2!. They won't be with us for some time yet as pedigree kittens are not allowed to go to their new homes until they are over 12weeks. Not sure yet what colours we are having but I am sure they will all be lovely.
Mum and 2 week old lilac female kitten
May 10th - off to the National Dog Show at Stafford. At last a relatively sunny day so managed to keep the setters clean and dry on the way into the show. Good start to the day with Luke winning both of his classes - the judge liked him so much he was one of only 3 males to be seriously considered for Best Dog even though he is only 10mths old. Sonny was first in his class, Lacie had 2 seconds and Amber was placed 3rd in limit. To finish off the day Luke was awarded best English Setter puppy and was then shortlisted in the Gundog puppy group.
May 1st - a visit from stepdaughter Rachel and her 3 little ones - twins Evie and Jess are celebrating their 4th birthday this week and younger sister Tilly was 2 last January. The girls always made a huge fuss of Domino the cat whom we lost earlier this year and so we needed a "substitute". Karla was called into service and spent the afternoon being decorated with necklaces and stickers!
Karla with Jess and Tilly
Finished April with an extremely cold, wet day at WELKS show held at the 3 Cos. showground, Malvern. No classes here for English Setters so it was just Karla today. She hates showing indoors and as the weather was so appalling all breeds were exhibited inside in the cattle sheds. It was noisy, over crowed and damp and although she wasn't enjoying her day out she did get a 4th place in a really strong limit class - one place higher than her 5th place at the recent German Shorthaired Pointer Association championship show.
April 22nd - English Setter Society championship show at Stonleigh . A good example of the vagaries of dog show judging - bitch CC at Crufts for Amber only 6 weeks ago but barely a glance from the bitch judge today! First time that I can remember when Amber hasn't come home with at least a card. Scarlet didn't fare much better but Nigel did win minor puppy bitch class with litter sister Lacie.
Pleased to say we had better luck with the dog judge - Luke won both of his classes and also Best Puppy Dog Thanks to Nick, Ann and Eddie for the photos.
|Luke beginning assessed by judge||Luke winning the class||Luke after winning Best Puppy Dog|
|April 18th and I was judging pointers, gundog varieties and Best in Show at Windsor Gundog's premier open show. It was a long drive down to the venue, Kempton Park racecourse, and the weather was terrible and traffic very heavy. Judging was outdoors, albeit under a canopy, but it was still cold and wet for the dogs. Needless to say the pointers, along with the other short coated breeds really felt the chill and this certainly affected some dogs performances and consequently their placings. There were some really good dogs present and some very promising puppies. I awarded Best in Show to an impressive weimaraner - Show Champion Sharnphilly Awesome. Despite the cold he put up a fine performance and outmoved all other exhibits today. Best Puppy in Show was a real baby English Springer spaniel, Peasblossom Jester. He was only just over 6months old but such a showman and seemed totally unaware that it was cold and wet!.|
|Mid April and off to Newmarket for the KC training day for pointing dogs. Only 4 in my group and we were fortunate to have Peter O'Driscoll as our group's trainer. We all had a great day and although the game was somewhat elusive it gave the dogs the opportunity for some serious hunting.
W. King of Hearts at Bramstorm & W. Loganberry at Jolymore winning BPIS & Reserve BIS at ESSW
A very, very sad start to April as the time had come to say goodbye to Faith, Sh Ch Wansleydale Blackbird.
Faith after winning her 2nd CC at Driffield, October 2000
Faith had her 14th birthday at the beginning of the year and although she developed a minor heart complaint in her later years she was fit and happy throughout her life. She was a prolific winner for us and appealed to most judges - not heavily campaigned she won 15CC, 12 Best of Breeds and 7 res CCs, group 2 at Manchester in 2001 and shorlisted in the group at Crufts 2002. It was dissapointing that we only managed one litter from her - when mated for a second time she developed a womb infection and had to be spayed. However, from her litter came our Sh Ch Wansleydale Blackberry who not only excelled in the showring but was also one of the breeds top top brood bitches producing, to date from 2 litters, 5 show champions with a further 3 offspring who are CC OR res CC winners. Faith's other well known daughter, Wansleydale Songbird at Bramstorm, was unlucky not to gain her title and finished her show career with 1CC & 11 res CCs.
Faith and grand daughters Sh Ch W. Cloudberry at Bramstorm & W. Mulberry taken summer 2011A very special lady who will always be remembered not only for her show successes but also for her super temperament - she epitomizes for me all that is require in an English Setter.
A hectic day at Crufts - English Setters were in Hall 1 at the NEC and the GSPs were as far away as possible in Hall 4. The day started off well with a second in Veteran for Ingrid Young and Wansleydale Waterloo to Ingella.
Lewi is almost 10 and Ingrid has said she will retire him this year but he looks so well and is as extrovert as ever on the move that I am sure he has a few more Crufts appearances still to come. Next in the ring was Sonny who also won second prize in his first class - yearling dog. It was then a mad dash to get across to Hall 4 for Lottie's class leaving Barbara to handle Sonny to his first place in the Good Citizens class.
Bitch CC winner Crufts 2012 Moorbrook Golden Girl at Wansleydale with reserve CC winner Sh Ch Mariglen Francesca Fenston and judge - Keith Smith
Came home from the holiday on 7th Feb and this time there was still lots of snow around on my return. Coming home to temperatures of -10c when it was 32c in Borneo certainly makes your eyes water!
Home just in time to start the battle with Scarlet to get her bathed and trimmed for her debut show appearance at Leicester Gundog Society's open show on the 11th of Feb. She behaved reasonably well considering she is only just over 6 months old and has had very little ring training - I was delighted when she won the puppy class. By this time she was getting tired and it was very cold so I decided not to wait to compete for best puppy in show.
Sister Lacie also began her show career this month and certainly started with a bang - Best Puppy in Show at Mid Western Gundog show along with a 2nd place the following day at Midland English Setter Society's championship show. Congratulations to Nigel and Jane - I can see Scarlet will have some stiff competition!.
Sonny maturing nicely and winning his class at MESS.
Highlight of the month show wise has to be Sonny ( Wansleydale Tribute to Jolymore) winning the reserve CC from the Junior class at Midland Counties show.
Well done Sonny!
Due to our garden revamp we were kept mostly at home. Haze was getting fed up with her puppy, who we had decided to call Luke, and so Havoc took over the babysitting duty amid the builders rubble. I continued to look for orange spots appearing on Inca's puppies, but to no avail - both are blue and look like 2 peas in a pod!.
Should look good when it's finished.
A quiet month show wise. However Sonny won 2nd Junior at Paignton ( and his sire Loganberry wonnning Open dog )and 1st Junior at National Gundog.Karla won reserve in Junior and 2nd in Novice. The month finished on a high with Lottie winning the final points for her Junior Warrant at Leicester open show.
Lottie after winning her JW
As you can see I did change his vetbed to blue!
Karla on point
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