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9th March CRUFTS 2012
Well where has the year gone? - can't bellieve it's 12 months since Holly was here last year winning the Reserve Bitch ticket from Junior. Shecome a long way in 12 months - now a Champion and is now in Limit in which will be her first and last Limit class at Crufts. Kay Woodward (Wadeson) was our judge and pulled a lovely entry of 182 dogs. Holly was in a class of 15 and after giving a lovley perfrormance was placed first. She was again in the challenge and again moved like the little star she is but didn't go any further. Delighted for Ray who took the CC & Reserve CC with his girls and also congratulations to Bob and Frances for the Res Dog CC and Seamus for his Best of Breed and then Group 3 - fabulous result.
Southern ESS Club Ch Show
It was a bit on an early start to get down to Chalfont St Giles for the Southern this weekend so we set off and arrived in good time to see the start. Another lovely reason for attending this show was that we were advised that Holly had been awarded the Runner Up ESS Bitch for 2011 which was a lovely surprise and when I went to collect her award (as usual, she bounced all over the place!!) I had a lump in my throat at being awarded this very prestigious award .
Holly was in Limit in a class of 20 - with a couple of absentees - and after our judge Stephanie Rickards of the Wongan affix all the way from Australia put us through our paces - she pulled Holly out 1st, which was a lovely placing in very good company.
Up for the challenge and was over the moon at being awarded the Reserve Bitch CC. Congratulations to Ray and Sublimity for the Bitch CC and subsequently BIS. A lovely day with a really smashing atmosphere and laughs with friends - so although the drive back up the M6/M1 etc was long and when we eventually got home at about 10.30pm - we had yet another surprise to see that Holly's certificate for her Champion status had dropped onto the doormat.....so it's now really official she's a fully fledged Show Champion!
January 29th - Lancs & Cheshire ESS Club Open Show
One of our more local shows today and one I particularly enjoy - there always seems to be a nice friendly atmosphere and always scrummy food on offer - and today was no exception. Our judge was Clive Davies (Sundelea) and he awarded Holly 1st in Limit then went on to Reserve Best Bitch In Show.
Thanks to Helen and her hard working committee for yet another cracking show
22nd January - Manchester Ch Show
Yvonne Billows of the Robil affix was our judge today and Holly was in Limit in a class of 10. We were delighted when she won her class but then it just got better and better. Holly won her 3rd CC and then challenged for the Best of Breed against her dad James (Sh Ch Trimere Thriller owned by Anne Corbett).
It was always my dream for Holly to be in this stuation and be in the challenge against her dad - but not only that - but to beat him for Best of Breed .......and Guess what ? She did - there was a huge cheer round the ring when the judge uttered the words "my Best of Breed goes to the bitch!" ....Needless to say there were a few tears of joy!
Then on to a new experience for me - into the big ring for the Gundog Group judged by Mike Gadesby (Afterglow) who pulled out his shortlist of 9 of which we were one. So out of an initial entry of 2,500 gundogs, Holly got down to the last 9 - what a fabulous day and one I will always remember .
Thanks to everyone for their very kind words and support in getting Holly to this point - it's been a fast and exciting ride so far - and when we looked back at Holly's achievements ......she has been made up into a UK Show champion in just 7 months with her 1st CC under Roly Cross at Southern Counties in June. her 2nd from Jock Mackay in October and her 3rd yesterday from Yvonne Billows - wow.
Stuff dreams are made of !
Res Bitch CC with judge Stephanie Rickards - Wongan (Aust)
also pictured Sh Ch MelverleySublimity BCC & BIS
Lancs & Cheshire Reserve Best Bitch with Judge Clive Davies
CRUFTS 2012 - !st Limit Bitch