21st December - Sh Ch Wansleydale Royal Flush JW. After a short illness and with a very heavy heart we had to say goodbye to Flint today, soon after his 11th birthday. Winner of 7 CCs and 3 reserve CCs, he was well known in the show ring gaining his title at Crufts 2008 whilst he was still only 2 years old. As with most of the Wansleydale champions he was infrequently shown after gaining his title but continued to make his presence felt even in his occasional appearences in the Veteran classes from which he won the reserve CC and Best Veteran in Show at the Setter & Pointer Club's championship show in 2013 and to our delight the reserve CC at Crufts in 2014! As well as his success in the show ring he certainly made his mark as a stud dog. From 13 litters he produced 5 show champions and several others who won CCs or reserve CCs. A prepotent stud - he consistently produced low hip scoring offspring. From his 64 puppies 21 were x-rayed and all came back with scores under a total of 15. He should have been used more! Thankfully we do have some semen stored so with luck there will be some more of his pups in the future.
11th November - last big show of the year - LKA at the NEC. I'm driving Ingrid so that she can have a drink (or two) to celebrate her " significant" birthday today. Great day for her with a first prize for Acer in Junior dog.
In fact a good day altogether with Lizzy coming 3rd in her class, Star 2nd in Open bitch and Charlie, once again, bringing home the reserve best dog award. Lovely to see Lizzy's puppy, Jazz ( Wansleydale Solitary Bee among Alolafrana) winning the puppy bitch classes for her owner Beccy.
4th December - Northern English Setter Society championship show held at Elsecar near Sheffield. Lizzy entered but did not go as she is just finishing in season which left me plenty of time to concentrate on showing Charlie as Yvonne still has shoulder problems and can't manage him very well at present. Not an easy dog to show - think I may land up with shoulder problems too after wrestling with him! Still, it was worth it as he won the limit dog class and then went on to be awarded the reserve dog CC.
Ingrid's 2 youngsters, Acer and Silva were both 2nd in their classes and Loganberry was 3rd in Veteran.
27th November - Southern English Setter Society championship show. Stella, co- owner of Luke was judging the bitches at the show today so I was unable to enter. I took this opportunity to have a day out at the show just to spectate and with no dogs to show had the time to take a few photos.
Following on from his succesful Open Show debut 2 weeks ago, Jeanette had Jos (W. Goldsmith) here today for his first championship show. What a star - he behaved really well and won not only his class but also Best Puppy Dog in Show. Crufts qualified at his first attempt!
22nd November - just back from holiday and a chance to have a cuddle with Luke's latest puppies - a litter of 7 week old Severnsett puppy bitches.
10th November - flight to Lisbon very early this morning to join David who is already aboard the cruise ship for our trip around the coast of Morrocco, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde. So no shows for a few weeks for me - hopefully some sunshine instead. However, during my absence I missed out on seeing the lovely Star gain her 3rd CC at the Gundog Breeds of Scotland Association's championship show. She will now have the title of Show Champion Wansleydale Star Queen of Glanmaurangi - many congratualtions to owners Angela, Kerry and Tereza.
Congratulations also to the McKiernan's young tri colour dog, Richecca Breaking Dawn over Bushbane on gaining his title today. Both of these lovely youngsters are sired by Luke - the first of his offspring to become champions. Hopefully there will be more to follow in the next year or so.
5th November - Setter and Pointer championship show. Another show at Stafford - one of my favourite venues because it is not too far away! Another first today for Lizzy in Post Graduate with mum Scarlet winning the Open class and then the Reserve CC. This was the first championship show today for 2 of the new Wansleydale puppies - Lizzy's daughter W. Solitary Bee among Alolofrana (Jazz - owned by Beccy Danks- Kemish) was second in her puppy classes with Whisper's daughter W. Gold Charm for Brysett (Annie - owned by Margo & Barry Saville) coming 4th. A lovely start to their show careers. Another one of Whisper's pups having a really super first show was Jeanette Butler's Wansleydale Goldsmith (Jos) who was Best Puppy in Breed at Torquay Open show and then went on to win 4th place in the Gundog Group.
29th October - Midland Counties championship show at Stafford.
Lizzy's return to the showring today - her first time out after winning the reserve CC at Crufts in March and then taking a break on maternity duty. She was very happy to be back and made her presence felt by winning a very good Post Graduate class. Her litter sister W. Star Queen at Glenamurangi was 4th in open and her younger siblings, the littermates W. Ace of Hearts over Ingella, W Silver Ribbon over Ingella and W.Yellow Ribbon for Ravensett were all in the cards today in their junior classes.
9th October - poor Margo injured her foot when out in the woods this morning. She fractured a nail on her hind foot deep down in the nail bed and there was no way of removing it without surgery. Here she is just home from the vets and feeling very sorry for herself!
her pink "girly" buster hood matches the flowers!
7th October - a few weeks ago Bella and Margo underwent the x ray screening required for the BVA hip dysplacia scheme. Sharon also brought Alice along and we are delighted with the results that arrived today - all 3 of these young bitches have excellent results with scores that are below the current breed average. Always a relief to get good results!
3rd October - a trip to Pride Park Veterinary Centre in Derby to have Lizzy and Whisper hearing tested. These were the final 2 of my adult setters to be tested. Ingrid brought Acer along and thankfully all of them were very well behaved and kept still long enough for the test to be completed. Pleased to say that all 3 passed.
2nd October - lovely news from Zieb in Poland; Bonnie has started her show career with a bang; Best Minor Puppy in Show!
19th September - I love to get photos of dogs I have bred and we have so many sent to us - thank you all, it's great to see them and much appreciated. Received these from Poland to show that Bonnie is settling in well with her great, great uncle Johny ( Int.Ch Wansleydale Orszak Prince) and that Johny, who is now 10 years old, is as handsome as ever.
18th September - opposite end of the country today for Darlington championship show, held this year at Rippon racecourse.Acer was in the early classes - just over 12mths old now he has to compete in Junior and although he showed really well today he looked very immature against the much older dogs and so he and Ingrid had to settle for 3rd prize. Bella was next in the ring and won both of her classes - thrilled to say that these wins gave her the final points needed for the Junior Warrant award. But, as last week, the highlight today was Scarlet who again was awarded the bitch CC. As we were " up north" we took the opportunity to continue on to Northumberland for a few days. Had a great time on the beaches with dogs - I suspect that they much prefer this to the showring.
11th September - well after poor results for us over the last couple of weeks at WKC & Birmingham shows I am pleased to say we had a great day today at Richmond championship show. Scarlet was awarded Best Bitch and then Best of Breed, with her daughter Star taking the reserve Best Bitch award. What a shame we didn't get a photo. Bella didn't let the side down either - winning the junior bitch class and second in Yearling. Happily across in Ireland Ch Wansleydale Woodpecker at Berrywood continues his run of success with Best of Breed and shortlisted in the group at his last 2 shows. I have lost count of the number of Green Star awards Robin has received so far! Well done Robin - we hope to see you competing over here soon.
22nd August - very sad news to report; the lovely BB ( Sh Ch Wansleydale Blackberry JW ) has died. BB was just over 14 years old and always a favourite of mine. Such a great show girl - she won Best Puppy in Show at the MESS championship in 2003 on her first show outing at only a few days over 6months old and went on to win 7 CCs and 4 res CCs despite breaking her leg in 2005!. She also excelled as a brood bitch - she is the joint breed record holder for the number of champion offspring produced. See my entry from the 6th March for photos of her lovely puppies.
18th August - well, after just saying what a delinquent Jazz was turning into she managed to jump up when I was bending down to collect her empty food bowl and blacked my eye! Beccy from the Alolfrana kennel had asked about having her a while ago and coincidently another request came from Beccy today - so with a sore eye and aching head I decided Jazz could join them in Wales. I wish all at Alolfrana the best of luck with her!
9th August - so pleased to hear today that Bonnie has arrived safe and well in Poland and is now settling in to her new home. That leaves one puppy still with us!. This is the blue puppy from Lizzy (W. Queen Bee) and is the puppy I did think of running on for myself but common sense prevailed as I really already have more than enough dogs. However by the time I came to this decision all people on my " puppy list" had found puppies elsewhere so we decided to just keep her to be a companion for Bonnie until she travelled to Poland. However now she has turned into a right delinquent so she will stay with us a little longer until she learns some manners and we can assess her show potential. She never really had a pet name so now that we have made the decision for her to stay this is essential. So, following on from the theme used for many of our dogs we decided to call her after a sports personality. The decision was made to name her after the first female "Team GB" Olympian to win a medal in this year's Olympics so we would like to introduce " Jazz" - named after silver medal winning swimmer Jazz Carlin
8th August - Well, Bonnie will be well on her way to Poland - always sad to see them go off to their new homes particularly when they have been with me for 15 weeks. We wish her and her new owners good luck for the future - hopefully she will be as successful in the show ring as the last pup they had from me 10 years ago . He of course was Johny - International & UK Show Champion Wansleydale Orszak Prince
7th August - National Gundog Association championship show at Malvern. A full car today as we head for the show - Bella & Scarlet with me and Ingrid with Acer and litter sister, Silva. Also with us was little Bonnie ( Wansleydale Orszak Gold) who was travelling on later in the day with Zbigniew to the Orszaku Chrobrego kennels - her new home in Poland. Such a long journey for a 15 week old puppy. A good start to the day with Acer winning Best Puppy dog. In the puppy bitch class his sisters, Alice and Silva, won first and second places with Alice going on to win Best Puppy in Breed and later in the day she was shortlisted for Best Puppy in Show. Alice (W. Yellow Ribbon) has only recently joined the Ravensett/ Bridgella team and this win followed on from her succesful debut a few weeks ago at SESS for her new owners. It was lovely to see her again and she looked very happy and well.
3rd August - Bakewell show today and as we are in the Peak District we are meeting friends from Manchester for lunch at a lovely country pub with wonderful views over the Derbyshire Dales. A successful day for Bella winning Reserve Best of Breed.
28th July - up in Northumberland for a few days. The dogs love the deserted beaches and I eventually managed to get Whisper to swim in the sea with Scarlet. Lizzy however would still only paddle!
25th July - the dogs enjoying their walk in Clumber Park much better than the dog show at Leeds yesterday. They can always remember where the water troughs are located and make a beeline for them to cool off!
24th July - Leeds championship show held in the grounds of Harewood House. Well after a run of good results it was down to earth with a bang today as none of the seven" Wansleydales" at this show managed to impress the judge sufficiently to win a first prize - except Acer, but he was the only one in the class!. That's dog showing!
18th July - trip to the vets today for Pet Passport and rabies jabs for Bonnie who is off to Poland soon to join the Orszaku Chrobrego kennel (where her "uncle" Johny - Sh Ch & Int Ch Wansleydale Orszak Prince lives). Later in the day it was much more exciting - off to the park for their first "off lead" experience!
17th July - Southern English Setter Society's open show. Summer has really arrived - a heat wave down at Chievely. Excellent day for Bella who won three 1sts and then was awarded Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show. Sh Ch Wansleydale Loganberry at Jolymore ( Logan) and W. Tribute to Jolymore ( Sonny) were also in the cards today. The lovely Alice ( Wansleydale Yellow Ribbon) has now joined Di Bridgwater and Sharon Littlechild - this was her first show today with her new owners and we were delighted she won the puppy bitch class. No photos of her in the ring as she was looking out for me and it was making her unsettled.
10th July - East of England Championship show at Peterborough. Only second place for Bella today but other " Wansleydales" did very well for their owners. Ingrid had a great day winning BPD with Acer and BPB with Silva - Silva getting the Best Puppy in Breed award and looking good in the Gundog Group ring later in the day. Charlie won his Post Graduate class, and 2 more of Luke's offspring won their classes including a wonderful first reserve CC for the Martin's young junior dog, Quensha Cast No Shadow Over Sunhouse. Highlight of the day was Silva's older sister, Star winning her 2nd CC and also Best of Breed. Well done to you all.
9th July - across in Ireland Robin gains Best of Breed at his last 2 shows for the Carty family.
1st July - Windsor championship show, a beautiful setting opposite the castle. Managed to combine today's show with a family get together so had David at the show to take some photos for me. Bella managed to wag her tail so vigorously when I was taking her off her bench that she split her tail and had to be shown with the end bleeding - very sore for her. However, she still won both of her classes.
19th June - a trip up to Northumberland and a visit to Kelso for the Border Union championship show.
Our star today was Alice taking Best Puppy in breed and then also shortlisted in the Gundog Puppy group. Bella was also a first place winner and litter mates Charlie and Star were reserve in their classes.
Enjoyed a few days after the show taking the dogs for long walks along the beach.
11th June - Some of Whisper's pups are off to their new homes this weekend after Zybszek had made his choice of which puppy bitch will be going to live with him in Poland.
9th June - off to 3 counties show today at Malvern. First championship show for Margo and she won her class - although I must say there were only 2 entered but still, first is definitely better than second place! She was also placed third in the Junior Gundog stakes class and won me £10 so a good day for her. However it was the older "Wansleydales" who really stole the limelight today. Three of the top four awards were given to Sh Ch W. King of Hearts at Bramstorm JW (Luke) progeny Best bitch, her first CC, was awarded to Star (W.Star Queen at Glenmorangie) with litter brother Charlie (W.King's Magic JW) winning the reserve best dog award.
Keeping it in the family, also winning his first CC today as well as Best of Breed was Luke's son, Richecca Breaking Dawn over Bushbane.
21st May - enjoying a few days up at our railway home and fitting in a trip to Edinburgh for the SKC championship show.A great day for Scarlet as she won the CC and Best of Breed.
15th May - Midland English Setter Society open show and today sees Bella return to the showring - her last show was November. Alice and litter sister Silva won first and second in the Minor Puppy class, and Bella won Junior, Novice and also the Junior Stakes ( winning me £10!)
5th May - I was not entered at Birmingham National championship show but very pleased to see that Ingrid won the Minor Puppy bitch class with Silva and Tereza,Kery & Angela won Post Graduate bitch with Star.
1st May - Northern English Setter Society open show - this was only the second attended for both Margo and Alice. A second place today for baby Alice but 1st in the junior class for Margo and also 1st in the Junior Stakes. Margo then went on to win Reserve Best Bitch in Show so a very good day out!
24th April - long journey today to Dumfries for the English Setter Society of Scotland championship show. Luckily for me Stuart was doing the driving - quite a trip as at one point we were travelling through a snowstorm!
First outing today for Alice ( Wansleydale Yellow Ribbon ) and she took it all in her stride. What a start to her show career - Best Puppy in Show!
ESSS Best in Show line up - from left, best dog, best bitch, best puppy - Alice, best veteran
Alice winning Best Puppy in Show at her first show - only 7 months oldBig brother Charlie was second in his class for Stuart & Yvonne and Alice's mum Scarlet made her first appearace back in the show ring since having her litter last summer. Quite a successful family day out as Scarlet won the open class and then the reserve CC!.
22nd April - WELKS championship show, Star (Wansleydale Star Queen of Glenmaurangi) flying the flag today. Well done Angela,Kerry & Tereza on your reserve best bitch award. Congratulations also to Brendan & Irish Champion Wansleydale Woodpecker as he marks his return to the Irish show ring with Best of Breed at Banbridge Championship show.
17th April - English Setter Association championship show. Disappointed I could not be there but a good day for Ingrid with a 1st for Acer and a 2nd place for Silva - both qualifying for Crufts 2017 on their first attempt.
Acer and IngridAlso in the cards was Lynne Sketchley's Wansleydale Frazer with a 1st and 2 reserves and a reserve for Yvonne with Charlie in Post Graduate. Special congratulations go to the Kelly's with their "King of Heart's " daughter - Richecca Midnight Melody JW. This young bitch won the reserve CC today making her the 5th of Luke's offspring to win a major award before they are even 2 years old.
16th April - Now it is Whisper who decides to whelp early and scupper my plans to go to the ESA championship show tomorrow. Thankfully Whisper has an easy whelping and has 5 pups through the night - 1 dog puppy and 5 bitches.
14th April - only downside to our Disney trip was that we caught a flu bug while over there and can't seem to get rid of it.So instead of feeling relaxed and ready for our bitches to whelp we feel tired and ill! Lizzy takes no heed of this and decides to whelp early. Unfortunately not all goes well and she has to have a C section and although she had been scanned for 4 pups she has reabsorbed 3 and there is only 1 to deliver. Pleased to say that Lizzie is doing fine and so far so good with her little bitch puppy.
22nd March - off on holiday with the family. Guess where!
The Disney fireworks - always a spectacular end to the day
21st March - 6 weeks ago Arras's second litter was born. Just heard today from owner/breeder Louise that she has had 2 cancellations for dog puppies and so is now back to finding suitable " forever homes " for them
The pups are almost 6 weeks old now and so will be ready to go to their new homes in the next fews weeks. They are a lovely litter as the pictures below show - well bred and well reared. I am not sure which of the 3 is already spoken for but as you can see they are like 3 peas in a pod!All bitches in this litter are already reserved.
20th March - sad news today as we heard from Stuart & Yvonne that they had to have their old boy, Sam ( Sh Ch Wansleydale Magic Star JW) pts.
19th March - another good day out for Ingrid and Acer . Best Puppy and 2nd in the Gundog Puppy Group at Nottingham Sherwood Foresters open show.
Acer - almost 7 months olds
11th March - very early start to the NEC for Crufts. This really is becoming a lucky show for us as yet again we came home with one of the major awards for our breed. Last year Scarlet was best English Setter bitch at Crufts 2015 - this year it was the turn of her young daughter, Lizzy, who was placed first in a huge class of 30 and then went on to win the reserve best bitch award.Lizzy's litter brother and sister also did well - Charlie winning a strong Post Graduate class for Yvonne & Nicola, and Star coming 3rd in the same class as Lizzy
6th March - Mother's Day and so today I have included some photos of the oldest Wansleydale and the youngest!
3rd March - news from the Cartys in Ireland about Robin ( Irish Champion Wansleydale Woodpecker at Berrywood) After his amazing puppy/junior career, Robin has had a break from the show ring to allow him time to mature and grow coat. Olivia has sent these photos - Robin is certainly looking well now and should be back in the ring this summer. Watch this space!
1st March - joined Barbara and Graham Jolley on their trip up to Rotherham to see the latest litter sired by their dark blue boy, Logan ( Sh Ch W. Loganberry at Jolymore ShCM ) It's a lovely litter of 4 blue pups all with good confirmation, chunky bone and lovely heads. All spoken for and off to their new homes soon - it's a shame none of them are destined for the show ring.
27th February - great news today from Ingrid that Acer ( Wansleydale Ace of Hearts over Ingella) made a very successful start to his show career - just a few days over 6 months old. There were no breed classes scheduled at today's show so Acer was in the Any Variety Gundog puppy class which he won and then he went on to win the Gundog Puppy Group. What a show debut!
23rd February - Our other youngster, Alice ( Wansleydale Yellow Ribbon) is almost 6months old and in need of a trim. Not an easy task unaided so I paid a visit to Ingrid who has the litter brother and sister. Between us we succeeded in trimming all 3; I managed not to catch the pups with the scissors but unfortunately Ingrid was not as lucky! Ingrid then tried to take some photos (I think literally dozens) while I struggled to hold the pups still - mainly unsuccessfully I might add!
20/21st February - Arrived home from the Caribbean mid February and realised that Margo's ( Wansleydale Margarita) first show was only a few days away. Margo is 10 months old now and what with trips away, Scarlet's last litter and Christmas I have had little spare time to do much show training with her. Luckily for me there was a Limit show run by Yew Tree Canine Society, our local ringcraft club, on the Saturday before her first Open show at Newark on the Sunday. She showed really well and won Best Gundog Puppy and finished up with the Reserve Best Puppy in Show award!
The judge at this show was the well known Gundog specialist Mrs Arrowsmith ( who incidentally is the 2106 Gundog Group judge at Crufts) and she posted a lovley critique - "English Setter Junior ( 6 entered) - 1st Taylorís Wansleydale Margrita, lovely baby, so well put together for a youngster. Correct in all departments. Lovely head, eye & expression, clean neck, good front & on sound feet. Sound angles fore & after, well ribbed up, strong in loin & croup, the best on the move in this class. Best Puppy "
25th January - set sail today for the Caribbean. Terrible weather conditions due to storms Gertrude and Henry. Huge sea swells and severe gale force winds delayed our journey and subsequently reduced our time in the Caribbean sunshine.
We had some nice trips out when we did finally arrive. On Dominica I swam up through the freezing cold waters of the Titou Gorge which was featured in one of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, David was lucky enough to see in the wild some of the extremely rare parrots in St Vincent, and in Trinidad we had time to spend the morning joining in the Carnival and the afternoon viewing the stunning Scarlet Ibis's in the Caroni mangroves.
17th January - first show of the year for me, Manchester championship show. A great start to 2016 with Lizzy winning her Graduate class and litter brother Charlie winning Graduate dog.
Happy New Year from all at Wansleydale We started the year off with a lovely long walk in Clumber Park and then later in the week went off to Northumberland for a few days. So nice to have walks along the coast and although the dogs come back from each walk wet after playing in the sea they are at least clean!
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