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April 2018:

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.

Robin with Dorota - Best Group Puppy

And - on to Best Puppy in Show, Opole International, Poland

With proud owners Dorota and Kinga

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!)

Amanda with Molly

Wansleydale Cointreau for Shadymore (Molly at 8 months)

Louise with litter sister Rosie

Across the hall in the dog ring it was Dash's turn next - he won his Puppy Dog class, followed soon after by Linda with litter brother Rupert (Wansleydale Dorian Gray) who was entered in 3 classes and had a 1st, 2nd and 4th placing today.

Wansleydale Quicksilver - Dash

Litter brother Rupert - Wansleydale Dorian Gray

Graduate dog was won by Jeanette with Wansleydale Goldsmith (Jos), Ingrid with W. Ace of Hearts over Ingella (Acer) was 3rd in post Graduate & 2nd in the Open Stakes class, Lynne with Wansleydale Frazer was 3rd in Mid Limit and Barbara with Sonny (W.Tribute to Jolymore) was VHC in the Veteran class.

Jeanette and Jos

Ingrid with Acer

Then it was back to the bitch ring. Alice (W. Yellow Ribbon) is staying with us at the moment while her owner is on holiday and today was the first time in the showring for her for almost 18mths. She certainly hadn't forgotten what to do and came away with 1st prize in the Post Graduate bitch class.

Final class was Open Bitch - a 3rd place for Lizzy today.

Wansleydale Yellow Ribbon (Alice)

Older sister Lizzy ( Sh Ch W.Queen Bee JW)

Well it is often Lizzy who is our " star of the day" but at this show that honour goes to baby Molly who finished the day by beating Dash to the prestigious Best Puppy in Show award. What a start to her show career!

So all " Wansleydales" were in the cards today - sorry, didn't manage to get photos of everyone but many congratulations to you all.

Best in Show line up for ESA 2018 with judges and society officers

Thanks 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.

Sh Ch Wansleydale Queen Bee JW - Lizzy

Wansleydale Margarita - Margo

Dash won both of his classes but was beaten for the Best Puppy Dog award by his litter brother Rupert- this was the first major show for Linda and Rupert and what a great start for them finishing the day by winning Reserve Best Puppy in Show. Another puppy making her show debut was Stuart and Yvonne's Wansleydale Magic Rose (Rosie). Didn't win her class today but showed really well and certainly seemed to be enjoying her day out.

Rosie's dad, Sh Ch Wansleydale King's Magic was third in his class and Barbara with Sonny (Wansleydale Tribute to Jolymore) was 3rd in the Veteran class. Really can't believe that Sonny is 7 years old already.

Sadly Acer (Wansleydale Ace of Hearts over Ingella) was not feeling well today but still managed a 3rd place in a strong Post Graduate class, the biggest class of the day.

Wansleydale Quicksilver - Dash, winning his class

Wansleydale Dorian gray - Rupert, Reserve Best Puppy in Show

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.

March 2018:

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.

Wansleydale Quicksilver (Dash)

Wansleydale Ace of Hearts over Ingella (Acer)

Wansleydale Frazer (Frazer)


Ingrid with Acer

Lynne with Frazer

Sh Ch Wansleydale King's Magic JW - Charlie

Charlie "floating" over the Crufts green carpet - only 1 foot on the floor out of our 6!

Wansleydale Orszak Gold with owner Zbie at Crufts 2018

And - waiting to make their show debuts in Poland later this year - Wansleydale Maraschino and Wansleydale Strega, 7 months old.

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

February 2018:

28th February - we have snow! The dogs are really enjoying it especially Dash as it's his first encounter.

Dash wondering where his mum and sister have disappered to

Lizzy and Dash enjoying the snow in Bulwell Park - Scarlet still missing!

Meanwhile at home Mango and Lychee have no intention of leaving their radiator hammock!

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.

Wansleydale Frangelico (Rachel) 8wks

Rachel at 4.5mths

Wansleydale Dorian Gray (Rupert) 7wks

Rupert, 8mths at his first show

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!

Dash winning his class and later Reserve Best Puppy in Show
(judge's photo, Aleks Greenhalgh)

Jos - photo taken last Autumn

Acer, a successful start for him in the Post Graduate classes

Our lovely Lizzy- Sh Ch Wansleydale Queen Bee JW
Best Bitch & 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.

January 2018:

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.

Dash in the ring at Manchester

Relaxing in his crate

Also in the cards today were Ingrid with Acer, Lynne with Frazer and Stella with Peaches so a good day for all.

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.

Dash at 7 mths practising his show stand

Lovely tricolour markings