Show Report by Christine Marett
Channel Islands Dog of the Year
Channel Islands Dog of the Year competition takes place during February & includes finals in breed, agility & obedience. To qualify for the breed competition pups & adults have to win a group at the 10 Jersey & Guernsey shows that are held annually. To qualify for the Veteran & Brace finals you need to have won Best Veteran or Best Brace in Show. The obedience & agility finals have different criteria, for obedience a 1st place is an automatic qualifier & then places down to reserve collect points, for the agility & jumping it is a 1st – 6th placing with a clear round.
For this year’s competition the day dawned crisp & sunny & the breed competition was the first to take place under judge Ben Reynolds Frost. The puppy semi final was the first to be judged & two pups from each group were selected to go through to the final. The following pups were selected to go through: Sue Handleigh’s Rottweiler, Hakkihause Lleonard, Ann & John Banyard’s Dobermann, Mark & Margaret Evans Golden Retriever, Maradgold Diamond Geezer, Ginny Heaume’s Clumber Spaniel, Suelynda Diamonds R’Forever at Francfief, Carla Mackay’s Chinese Crested, New In Town of Angel’s Legacy for Tarabish, Julian Schofield’s Pomeranian, Spanapoms Russian Gold at Rudoli, Sarah Cooper’s Shih Tzu, Forepaws Style in Motion, N. De La Cour’s Shih Tzu, Cavateena Whispering Sands, Val Dowding’s Polish Lowland, Mybeards Hattie, Collette Allen’s Shetland Sheepdog, Milesend Black Ink for Ribans, Peter Walker’s Whippet, Crosscop For Your Love of Petwalk & Fiona Officer’s Whippet, Eeri Secret Love.
The adult semi final followed the pups & the following dogs were sent through: Jane Le Claire’s Great Dane, Dainoak Absolutely Lovely, Helen Lest & Ian Hutchinson’s Leonberger, Lionscourt Fortissimo Dejerri, Pam Smith & Lynne Ozanne’s Cocker Spaniel, Lyntonwold L’Amore Il Signor, Nigel & Ro Cox’s English Springer Spaniel, NL CH Petranella Jersey Boy at Tiroen, Hayley Bisson’s Chihuahua, Jsy Ch Brogansian Tom Ford Beaulamey, Pat Dale & Pat Michel’s Pekingese, Pekehuis Sorceror at Ksarina, Kyle McLaughlin’s Lhasa Apso, Jalus Quintessence, Mr & Mrs Simmonds Tibetan Terrier, Kybo Mister Milan at Kaladash, Christine Marett’s Cesky Terrier, Gayteckels Bak In The Abbott, Anna Pinto’s Scottish Terrier, Jsy Ch Brueik Bright And Bubbly at Mackalay, Rachel Martel’s Bearded Collier, Jupiter De Chester avec Majikcharms, Gwen Davies’ Border Collie, Foxbarton Kings Noble, Fiona Officer & Stuart Mottershaw’s Afghan Hound, Schumakayas A Perfect Match for Elangeni & Peter Walker’s Whippert, Jsy Ch Pipijay Spirit in the Sky for Petwalk.
Excitement now beginning to mount & with the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Stephen Dalton now in attendance it was time for the Brace final. The winners of this were Mr & Mrs Kucza’s Irish Terriers, Amberville Fortune Cookie & Int Ch Brazan Amber Pageant with Miss N. De La Cour’s Shih Tzu’s, Santosha Only After Eight & Cavateena Whispering Sands in Reserve. The Vteran final was next & the top spot went to Peter Walker’s Whippet, Jsy Ch Pipijay Spirit in the Sky for Petwalk with Christine Marett’s Cesky Terrier, Lastareran Grace And Favour for Gayteckels in reserve.
The annual handling points results were announced next & the winners were under 16 yrs, Sophie Leary with Kaitlin Simmonds in Reserve, 17 – 24yrs Jade Perez with Robyn Boschat in Reserve & 25 yrs plus, Christine Marett with Ro Cox in Reserve.
The puppy finalists returned to the ring & after short listing Julian Schofield’s Pomeranian, Spanapoms Russian Gold at Rudoli was finally crowned Channel Islands Pup of the Year with Sue Handleigh’s Rottweiler, Hakkihouse Leonard in the reserve spot. Next it was the turn of the adult finalists to return to the ring & after short listing one from each group Nigel & Ro Cox’s English Springer Spaniel, NL CH Petranella Jersey Bopy at Tiroen was declared Channel Island Dog of the Year with Hayley Bisson’s Chihuahua, Jsy Ch Brogansian Tom Ford Beaulamey taking the reserve.
The obedience finals took to the ring for the afternoon with judge Marcel Guibout. There were 5 obedience classes in total, Beginner, Novice, A, B & C. Each dog had to complete a series of tests ranging from heel work, send aways, stays, retrieves etc. The successful dogs in the Beginner were Lucy a Labrador owned by Cherry Dewey with Christine Shepherd’s Labrador, Carmiably Indian Summer in the reserve spot. In the Novice Class the winner was Mick De La Haye’s Border Collie, Canen Mo & the reserve was Sandra Collin’s Border Collie, Foxbarton Sable Prince. Class A was also won by Mick De La Haye & Canen Mo with Pat Hitchon & Karen Seward’s Border Collie, Patois Phizz in reserve. Top spot in Class B went to Heather Speller’s Border Collie, Coires Stormy Weather with Jonathan Bennett, GSD, Jasandor Runestone Tahro in reserve. In the top class, Class C the winner was Rose Harris’ Border Collie, Coriecollies Just for Two with Sandra Collins’ Border Collie, Jackscrofter Black Bob in reserve.
Meanwhile at a second venue the agility & jumping finals were taking place with judge Louise Eden. Each dog entered took part in two rounds of agility & jumping & their scores then combined to get an overall total. The large agility was won by Andre Rees’ Border Collie, Tonkory Xaminer with Georgia De La Cour’s German Short Haired Pointer, Hurricane Hero Zero to Zoom in reserve. In the medium agility the winner was Megan Burn’s Poodle cross, Relish in Pickle while reserve went to Jo Beldon’s Working Cocker, Kitkat Kizzie. Sally Rees took both the top spot & reserve in the small agility with her Schnauzer Crosses, Mayhem Mojo & Tizwas.
In the large jumping competition top spot was taken by Andre Rees & Tonkory Xaminer with reserve going to Jack Masterman’s Border Collie, Canen Alfie. In the medium class the winner was Megan Burns & Relish in Pickle with reserve going to Sally Rees’ Pyranean Sheepdog, Rambauds Urepel & in the small jumping it was another win for Sally Rees & Mayhem Mojo with Marcia Le Claire’s Spitz, Twinkle Paws in the reserve spot.
After all the excitement of the day it was off to the Ambassadeur Hotel for the Gala Dinner. A new competition has been introduced this year for the top dogs in each group. Each winner received a special rosette & a painting. The winners were from the Utility Group Peter Walker’s Lhasa Apso, Urshi-Djana Stara Basta for Petwalk, the Working Group, Margaret Bayes’ Boxer, Docrema Don Giovanni, the Toy Group, Sarah Cooper’s Papillon, Ch Omegaville Make Me a Petitchien, the Terrier Group, Alexa Dodds’ Wire Fox Terrier, Skerli Union Jack, the Pastoral Group, Bobby Lawrence’s GSD, Jsy Ch Surfstone Hot Salsa, the Gundog Group, Nigel & Ro Cox’s English Springer Spaniel, NL CH Petranella Jersey Boy at Tiroen & in the Hound Group, Peter Walker’s Whippet, Jsy Ch Pipijay Spirit in the Sky for Petwalk.
“One of the most memorable shows I have attended. Hospitable, welcoming and superbly run show. Plus a glittering evening to follow as a guest of the Jersey Kennel Club. Who could have asked for more?”
Many thanks. ‘Sharkey’
The Kennel Club of Jersey- Obedience Dog of the Year
This is a competition of the top 6 dogs for 2017, which have won at least one class, or dogs who have accumulated the most points in each class.
I’d like to thank the Committee of The Kennel Club of Jersey for the invitation to judge the top Channel Islands show. I am very honored. Thanks to my ring stewards, Jonathan Bennett and Karen Seward, my scribe, my daughter Karen and Helen Jones on the scoreboard. They were first class!
Now to the results:
1st Ms Cherry Dewey with Lucy. Well done but still a lot of work to do.
Reserve Ms Christine Shepherd with Florrie (Carmiable Indian Summer) Unlucky on stays. Well done.
1st Mr Mick De La Haye and Tuska (Tuska Canen Mo)Well done Mick, a nice round.
Reserve Mrs Sandra Collins and Teal (Foxbarton Sable Prince) Just a couple of points behind Mick. Two top dogs in this class.
1st Mr Mick De La Haye and Tuska (Tuska Canen Mo) Well done for winning both. Two good wins.
Reserve Mrs Pat Hitchon and Phizz ( Patois Phizz) Pipped for 1st place but well done.
1st Mrs Heather Speller and Storm (Corres Storm Weather) You and Storm put it all together today. Well done!
Reserve Mr Jonathan Bennett and Tahro (Jasandor Runestone Tahro) I’ve seen the dog work a lot. Maybe 1st place on another day. But well done.
1st Mrs Rosemary Harris and Jodie (Corriecollies Just For Two) Well done for winning the top, most difficult class.
Reserve Mrs Sandra Collins and Bob (Jackscrofter Black Bob) On another day, you could have won. Just a few mistakes by the handler, but well done!
Judge Marcel Guibout
Agility Report :- Judge -Mrs Louise Eden
It was a pleasure to be invited to judge the CIDOTY agility finals. As a local competitor myself, I hoped that I would have a good understanding of the level of competition we could expect, and so set courses that I felt were testing, but perfectly achievable. Entry numbers were lower than I anticipated, which was a shame, but I’m hoping that with renewed enthusiasm shown by the KC for this event, it may prove encouraging to those who wish to try and qualify next year.
The new format meant there was a last chance opportunity for qualify for the finals by entering an extra class held in the morning. This was a great idea as it meant young dogs who might not have been able to qualify last season were able to come along and take part, with the potential to qualify for the finals. I’m so pleased that this is exactly what happened for Sally Rees and Tizzy. Tizzy only started competing at the start of this year, so had no opportunity to qualify. They did a lovely run in the mornings bonus class, winning it and qualifying outright for the final in the afternoon. This was a fantastic achievement for Sally and Tizzy, and I was extremely pleased that they had this chance. I do hope the KC continue with this format going forward, as it does add to the depth of competition in the afternoon when younger dogs, or dogs who were not competing the previous season at qualifying shows, are able to try and take that last minute chance.
Moving on to the afternoons finals, they certainly proved interesting! There were some stunning runs from everyone, with beautiful fast clears, and some “if only” runs that had me wanting to shout from the middle of the ring in excitement (and occasionally frustration!!) The courses could be handled multiple ways, and I was pleased to see some beautiful decision making during course walking, and lovely handling choices executed so well whilst running. There were also some very unlucky handlers who had perfect runs in one of either round, only to pick up faults in their second run. This was a great shame, but I hope those handlers can see the potential that they and their dogs have. Sometimes luck just isn’t on your side when you need to string two perfect runs together to take the main prize!
André Rees didn’t fall into that category though as he put together four lovely runs with his border collie Riley, who is getting older now, and did well to beat of much of the younger competition by being so consistent. These results meant Riley won both the overall agility and jumping dog of the year titles, which is a considerable achievement for them. Riley is a multi talented dog who takes part in obedience and breed showing too, so it was lovely to see him shining in agility. The reserve agility certificate went to Georgia De La Cour with Hero . I’m sure Georgia won’t mind me saying that Hero didn’t have the best start in life, and Georgia has worked exceptionally hard to reach this level of performance with her. Their first agility run was simply stunning, but Hero’s fear of unusual things resurfaced in the second run when a photographer sat in the ring (how dare he!) and Hero found this a bit much. I’m very confident that Georgia will continue to work to overcome Hero’s confidence problems and that we will see them back at this event next year, running more solidly than ever. Hero has a great agility future ahead of her. The reserve jumping dog of the year was taken by young handler Jack Masterman with his dog Alfie. Whilst he may be young, Jack has been involved with agility for a long time, and this really showed as he navigated the fast and challenging courses. Well done Jack!
Moving on to the mediums, again we had a handler doing the double, with Megan Burns winning both the jumping and agility titles with her dog Pickle. The reserves were once again two different dogs, with the jumping going to Jo Beldon with her spaniel Kizzy. Kizzy has only just come back from what could have been a serious injury that threatened to halt her agility career entirely, so it was particularly pleasing to see her able to come back and run so well with Jo, and it was evident that they thoroughly enjoyed their time in the ring together. In the agility Sally Rees and Tag took reserve, demonstrating Tag may be getting on in years now but still has all the skills to get around the more modern courses!
Finally moving down to small, and once again Sally Rees carried the flag, doing the double again and taking both titles! Quite an achievement for the Rees family! What is even more impressive is that Sally took reserve in the agility title with her young dog Tizzy, who had only qualified that morning for the final. A great example of why that new format is so effective. I have no doubt that Tizzy will go on to achieve much more with Sally. The reserve jumping certificate went to Marcia Le Claire