22nd July -Jeanette, back home in Cornwall, wins Reserve in the Gundog Group with Jos at Totnes show.
21st July - Northern English setter Society championship show at StaffordHad a busy day yesterday getting my 3 dogs ready for the show but also a 4th -Jeanette came up from Cornwall with Jos (Wansleydale Goldsmith ) to save her having such a lot of travel on show day. Jos looked a picture after his bath and it was worth the journey for Jeanette as they won the Post Graduate dog class.
Best in Show line up Northern English Setter 2018 - l/r Best Veteran, BIS (best dog), RBIS (best bitch) and Best Puppy- photo NESSBrendan and Robin have another good day in Ireland, this time winning the Green Star & Best of Breed at Sligo.
Int Ch Wansleydale Woodpecker at Berrywood20th July - pleased to see the BVA results of Dash's hip scoring on the Kennel club data base this evening - 4:3 (total 7) so delighted with that.
15th July -Southern English Setter Society's open show at Chieveley. Another long hot day but again very much a garden party atmosphere around the ring. Dash got us off to a good start by winning the Junior and Special Yearling dog classes.During the lunch break the special stakes classes were held, with a different judge officiating - Dash won the Junior Stakes and Margo the Open stakes - we even won some prize money!The main show then recommenced with the bitch classes - Yvonne with Rosie (W. Magic Rose) won her 2 classes, Margo was 1st in Post Graduate and Stella with Peaches (W. Faerie Queen with Bramstorm) took the Open class. To end a lovely day Rosie finished as Best Puppy in Show, Peaches was Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show and Dash was Reserve Best Dog in Show - too bright and sunny for good photos but thanks to SESS for these.
Zieb with Bonnie (Pl Ch W. Orszak Gold) and one of his young Irish Setters
14th July - overseas winners again today! Congratulations, Brendan and Robin win the Green Star at the Irish Ladies Kennel Association championship show and in Poland Kinga and Jude win Best of Breed and Reserve Best Junior in Show at Nowy Targ CAC show.
10th July - Dukeries Gundog show at Newark. Gave this show a miss after such a busy weekend but Rosie and Rupert kept the Wansleydale flag flying! Linda with Wansleydale Dorian Gray wins his final point for his Junior Warrant award at only 13 months - well done Rupert.And Stuart & Yvonne's Rosie (Wansleydale Magic Rose) wins Best English Setter puppy and then Reserve Best Puppy in Show! Congratulations to you all.
8th July - English Setter Association open show - A busy day as apart from showing I also have committee duties. A very hot day today but the setting for the show had a garden party atmosphere and the Association was also running a "funshow" for other breeds and non pedigree dogs at the same time. First and second prizes for both Dash and Stuart & Yvonne's Rosie, but topping the bill today was Whisper ( Wetherby Whisper to Wansleydale) who won Best in Show)
Best in Show line up, English Setter Association 2018
7th July - a busy show day both here and overseas. In Poland Kinga wins Best Junior and Best of Breed at Bedzin CAC show with Jude and in Ireland Brendan wins another Green Star & Best of Breed with Robin, today at Bray championship show.
1st July - A long hot day today down at Windsor championship show. A 1st prize in Puppy for Louise with Rosie (W. Amaretto), a 2nd with Alice in Post Graduate and a 3rd for Whipser in Open. But taking the star prize today was Stella with Peaches (Wansleydale Faerie Queen with Bramstorm) winning 1st in Open and the bitch CC. This is Peaches first CC - she already has 2 reserve CCs.
30th June - Kilkenny show in Ireland and congratulations to Brendan with Robin, Int Ch Wansleydale Woodpecker at Berrywood, on winning the Green Star and Best of Breed.
International Champion Wansleydale Woodpecker at Berrywood
28th June - busy day trimming my own dogs and others, including Arras who hasn't been shown recently. He has really matured over the last year and is now in lovely coat and hopefully Nigel will have him back in the show ring this summer.
24th June - close to home today for a change at Derbyshire County Show. A lovely venue at Locko Park - it was a really hot day and luckily English Setters were first to be judged at 9.00am.Disappointingly Dash was the only one in his class but Margo had some competition, won her class and then Best of Breed. Today was also the day for the English Setter Association AGM so I had to leave the show immediately after judging to travel to Stafford so missed the opportunity to compete in the Gundog Group.
23rd June - Blackpool championship show - not entered today as spent the week on holiday in Northumberland. A lovely day for Linda with Rupert who won both of his classes and is now well on the way to acheiving his Junior Warrant. Lynne with W. Frazer was 3rd in Post Graduate dog and the 2 litter sisters, W. Frangelico for Mirkwood and W. Chartreuse for Hathermere, were 2nd and 3rd in the Puppy bitch class. Well done all. In the south of the country Louise with tricolour Rosie ( Wansleydale Amaretto) wins Best Puppy and then Gundog Puppy Group 3 at Clacton Open show. Louise is a newcomer to showing and Rosie is her first show dog. To gain experience Louise and Rosie have also been to match meetings winning best puppy and reserve best in match and also a lovely Best Puppy in Show at a local companion show. That's a great way to learn!
Rosie, Wansleydale Amaretto at 10 mths old - what a pretty girl.
17th June - Something of a first for the breed today - 2 championship shows on the same day and at the same venue, the lovely showground at Kelso in the Scottish Borders. The first show in the morning was Border Union Agricultural Society - judging got off to a good start with a win in Junior dog for Linda and Rupert (W.Dorian Gray). Next in the ring was Yvonne with Rosie (W.Magic Rose) who won Puppy bitch.
Challenge for best bitch - thanks to Tereza for handling Alice as I was busy with ScarletThe English Setter Society of Scotland's championship followed on - needless to say this show had different judges to the morning show. Second placings in their classes at this show for Rupert, Rosie and Alice but the star for the second time today was Scarlet who finished up as Best in Show. I don't tend to show my dogs very often once they have acheived their titles, which Scarlet did in 2015, and so it is well over 2 years since she was last in the show ring. She certainly hadn't forgotten what to do and what an achievement to win 2 Best of Breeds on the same day. Certainly a little bit of breed history there! It was such lovely weather Stuart, Yvonne and I decided to stay in Northumberland after the show for a few days to let the dogs enjoy the beach and the sea.
10th June - Three Counties championship show at Malvern. Well, 7 Wansleydales there and all in the cards today. First places for our Dash and also Molly (Golby's W.Cointreau at Shadymore) Second places for Sonny (Jolley's W.Tribute to Jolymore), Rosie (Wales's W.Magic Rose) and our Margo, 3rd prize for Jos (Butler's W. Goldsmith) and a forth for Frazer (Sketchley's W. Frazer). Well done all!
9th June - another succesful day for the Wansleydales in Poland. Again 2 shows in one day for them - the championship show for Hunting Breeds and then later in the day the Pointing Dogs club show. At both shows Robin and Jude win their Junior classes with Robin taking Best Junior award and Best Dog at the first show. Bonnie wins Best Bitch at the second show. Keep up the good work!
3rd June - Not so close to home today; Alice and I are off to Chieveley with Stuart, Yvonne and Rosie for Southern Counties Championship show. Well, what a day! It's Rupert's birthday today so this is his last puppy class and he celebrates in style by winning Best Puppy Dog. Continuing her winning streak from yesterday Rosie wins Best Puppy Bitch and then beats Rupert to the Best Puppy in Breed award. But the undisputed star today is Alice - she not only wins her Post Graduate class but then goes on to be awarded the CC! What a lovely start to her show career in this new partnership - Diane and I were delighted!
2nd June - Melton Mowbray show. Dash has a second today in the puppy class - beaten by Yvonne with Rosie (Wansleydale Magic Rose). It was a good day for Rosie as she then went on to win the Gundog Puppy Group - what a girl!
Yvonne with Rosie - Wansleydale Magic Rose
30th May - Staffordshire Agricultural show and a Best Puppy and Reserve Best of Breed for Linda and Rupert today.
29th May - Boston Premier show at Newark. Best Puppy, Best of Breed and a lovely Gundog Puppy Group 2 award for Dash.
28th May - today we are very happy to welcome home Alice (Wansleydale Yellow Ribbon). Alice is one of Scarlet's daughters and left us to join Sharon and Diane, the Ravensett/ Bridgella partnership, when she was 14 mths old. As Sharon is now planning to move to Spain it was decided the best thing for Alice was for her to return to us. Alice will live here at Wansleydale and is to be owned in partnership with Diane (Bridgella). Diane and I are anticipating a succesful show career for Alice - picking up from her very successful puppy wins.
27th May - A better day today for Linda and Rupert, Best Puppy and Gundog Puppy Group 3 at North Riding Gundog show. Across at Shropshire Gundog show Andrea wins not only Best Puppy with Wansleydale Chartreuse at Hathermere but also Reserve Best of Breed.
26th May - Judging GSPs at Bath championship show today. A really enjoyable day with some lovely dogs on show.
19th May- Both Rosie's doing well at the shows this weekend. Yvonne with Wansleydale Magic Rose win Best Puppy at Loughborough open show and Louise with Wansleydale Amaretto are Best Puppy and also a lovely Gundog Puppy Group 2 at Wickford Basildon.
13th May - in Poland it is the Lodz CACIB show with English judge Patsy Hollings judging. A great day for the Wansleydales - Bonnie best bitch and Best of Breed, Robin best male at only 9mths old and also Junior Best of Breed and sister Jude 2nd in her class. This win gives Robin the first points for his Junior championship.
12th May - off on holidays (well a holiday for me, David is working). Up to the Highlands of Scotland, taking GSPs Lottie and Karla with us. Means we are missing this weeks shows - Birmingham National & Scottish Kennel Club championships and Midland English Setter open show.Linda and Rupert have been doing some travelling - rewarded with a 2nd at Birmingham, 1st & 2nd at SKC and several class wins plus Reserve Best Puppy in Show at Midland English.
May 7th - Northwest Canine Society - Best Puppy today for Ruth and Jeff with Rachel (W.Frangelico at Mirkwood) beating Rupert and Linda into second place. It really is a battle of Wansleydale puppies at the moment! Nice that they are all doing their fair share of winning.
May 5th - Northern English Setter Society decided this year to hold both of their annual open shows on the same day. Same venue but different judges for the morning and afternoon shows. It was a lovely hot day and we all sat around the ring enjoying the sunshine and the lovely cakes this society always produce!"Wansleydales" had a very successful day with all being placed in their classes. In the morning Dash finished as best Puppy in Show and Molly won the same award in the afternoon show.
29th April - well across in Poland it's another Best Puppy in Show for one of Margo and Arras's puppies at only 8 months old.
This time it is Wansleydale Maraschino, Robin, taking the top award at the Opole International championship show (multi breed)- many congratulations to Dorota and Kinga. His litter sister, Wansleydale Strega, is hopefully making her show debut in Poland in a few weeks time.
22nd April - one of the major shows in the year for English Setters, The English Setter Association breed championship. A busy time for me as I am both exhibitor and working committee member today. Exciting time as 2 of Margo's puppies make their championship debut today - in fact with Stuart & Yvonne's puppy Rosie (from Bella & Charlie's litter last year) we have 3 "Wansleydale" puppies in the Minor Puppy bitch class which was the first class of the day. Well, a brilliant start to what turned out to be a very successful day! A lovely class of 8 puppy bitches between 6 and 9 months of age - winning the class was Amanda and Roger's Wansleydale Cointreau for Shadymore (Molly), litter sister Rosie (Wansleydale Amaretto) was 5th for Louise who is a newcomer to this showing lark, and 4th to Yvonne with a very wriggly W. Magic Rose (another Rosie - can see this may get a bit confusing!)
Best in Show line up for ESA 2018 with judges and society officersThanks to Chris Bird/ESA for some of the photos.
15th April - no shows for me this weekend but Linda and Rupert continued their winning ways, this time it was Best Puppy in Show at Bridlington!
Linda with Rupert ( Wansleydale Dorian Gray) winning Best Puppy in Show
8th April - English Setter Society of Wales championship show. A new venue for this show - sports hall with the most awful lighting so consequently all photos are poor. Star of the day for us was Lizzy who won Best Bitch and then Reserve Best in Show.
Best in Show line up - English Setter Society of Wales 2018 ( photos - ESSW)A return to the showring today for Margo ( Wansleydale Margarita). Margo has only been to 3 shows before and her last appearance was in June 2016 so quite a day for her. Pleased to say she showed really well and won her class.
7th April - more news from overseas. Show debut for another " Robin" - this time Wansleydale Maraschino, a tri dog puppy from Margo's litter last summer who now lives with Dorota in Poland.Congratulations - a lovely start to his show career as he takes Best Puppy in breed.
Wansleydale Maraschino at his first show.
3rd April - taking advantage of a sunny morning to enjoy a walk in Wollaton Park with Dash and Lizzy. Took the opportunity to have a show practice with Dash as he still gets very tense at the shows and spoils his outline. Much more relaxed here in the park today and consequently looking much better.
1st April - great news from the Carty family over in Ireland; at an International show yesterday Robin was Best of Breed and this win earns him the title of International Show Champion. Many congratulations to you all - hopefully he will add the title of UK Show Champion over the next year or two.
International Champion Wansleydale Woodpecker of Berrywood.We are delighted that Robin becomes the 3rd Wansleydale bred dog to date to gain this International champion title.
31st July - another open show at Newark. We are not entered today but puppy was won by Jeff & Ruth Robert's " Rachel" (Wansleydale Frangelico at Mirkwood) with Linda Lawson's boy "Rupert" (Wansleydale Dorian Gray) coming second. Well done all!
17th March - another outing for Dash, this time winning best English Setter Puppy at Nottingham Sherwood Foresters show at Newark. Too cold to wait for the Gundog Puppy Group!
11th March - Crufts Dog Show at the NEC. An early start with judging at 8.30am. First in the ring was Dash who won his class and also the Best Puppy Dog award. Ingrid with Acer and Lynne with Frazer won second and third places in the Post Graduate dog class but sadly Charlie in Open failed to catch the judge's eye today (perhaps he should have gone to Specsavers!). The only Wansleydale bred bitch at Crufts today was Bonnie - all the way over from Poland with owner Zbie. She looked really well and was second in Special yearling so that made the long journey worth while.
4th March - last show in Poland before Bonnie makes the long journey to the UK for Crufts. So looking forward to seeing her again - the last time was when we waved her off to her new home back in August 2016.
Wansleydale Orszak Gold - Bonnie, winning CACIB (best bitch) at Gniezno International Show
28th February - we have snow! The dogs are really enjoying it especially Dash as it's his first encounter.
24th February - Lovely win for Dash today at Newark & District Open Show, Best English Setter puppy and also Gundog Puppy Group 3.
Dash, at 8 months, all ready for the show
17th February - in the last few weeks two more " Wansleydale " babies have made their show debuts. A very brave Jeff and Ruth Roberts took their puppy, Rachel (Wansleydale Frangelico at Mirkwood) to Huddersfield open show when she was just 6 months old on the day. Pups are such a handful at this age but apparently she took it all in her stride and came 3rd out of a class of 8 of gundog puppies. What a lovely start to her show career. No current photos of her but a couple of her as a younger puppy. Linda Lawson has also ventured out with her boy, Rupert - Wansleydale Dorian Gray (litter brother to Dash) but disappointingly he was the only one enterd in his puppy class. Still, Linda says he enjoyed his day out and behaved very well in the show ring.
4th February - Midland English Setter Society (MESS) championship show at Stoneleigh. This is the first of the breed club championship shows in 2018 and always one of my favourite shows. Well, another succesful day for Wansleydale bred dogs! First in the ring was Dash who won both of his classes and then later in the day was awarded Reserve Best Puppy in Show. Next to be shown was Jeanette Butler's Wansleydale Goldsmith (Jos) who won 1st in Undergraduate, followed soon after by Ingrid and Wansleydale Ace of Hearts over Ingella winning the Post Graduate dog class. Across in the bitch ring Lizzy won the Open Bitch class, the Bitch CC and finished the day Reserve Best in Show!
MESS 2018 Best in Show line up (left to right - Best Veteran, Best Bitch -RBIS, Best Dog -BIS and Best Puppy in Show) with judges Aleks Greenhalgh and Keith Young
Across in Poland Zieb wins the CACIB and Best of Breed with Bonnie ( Wansleydale Orszak Gold) at Bydgoszcz championship show.
21st January - first show for Dash, Manchester Championship show, and what a great start. He not only wins his Minor Puppy Dog class but then beats the Puppy Dog class winner to take the Best Puppy Dog award. He was very well behaved considering he has only been to two ring training classes and even settled happily in his crate on the bench.
5th January - super start to the New Year, Stella and Peaches (Wansleydale Fairie Queen at Bramstorm) win Best of Breed at Boston.
Introducing the latest member of our show team - Wansleydale Quicksilver. Dash as he is known at home is the son of Sh Ch Wansleydale Scarlet from her litter last summer sired by Sh Ch Richecca Shades of Grey. He has his show debut later in January so now it's time for some show trimming and training.
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