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British Connection, Dogs in Review June 2011


Continued from Part 1

The outdoor all-breeds championship show season starts with the West of England Ladies Kennel Society, and as you sat under the glorious setting of the Malvern Hills you could have imagined yourself at a show somewhere in the States. Not only was the Best in Show winner an American dog, but so was the runner-up, as well as another of the Group winners, and a fourth of the final seven had strong American connections.

Britain’s only “all-breed” judge, Zena Thorn-Andrews of the above-mentioned Drakesleat kennel, selected not only BIS, but all the Group winners at this show, situated just a few miles from her home. Her winner was the Irish Terrier Am. Ch. Fleet St Fenway Fan, bred by R. C. Carusi, Shari Boyd-Carusi and Stan Wojdewodski, and sired by Am. Int. Ger. Ch. Kells Tulsa Twister ex Am. Ch. Fleet St Firebird.

As a youngster this dog had been seen by British Irish Terrier enthusiast Tony Barker, who was looking for a potential stud dog and obtained an interest in him. He was then shown in the US by R.C., building up an exciting record including 18 BIS, over 100 Group wins, several specialties and BIS 2nd and 3rd at Montgomery County. Fan came to Britain earlier this year, where he is co-owned by Tony with Brazilian fancier Victor Malzoni, Jr., who has already won a BIS this year with the Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Travella Starlord.

Handled by John Averis of the Saredon kennel, Fan won the Res. CC at his UK debut at National Terrier, and then the CC and BOB at WELKS, going on to the top spot. Tony Barker, who has been involved with champions in several Terrier breeds, comes from a well-known “doggy” family; his mother was a famous breeder of Boston Terriers, his parents bred the top-winning Whippet Ch. Nutshell of Nevedith, and his aunt had champions in various breeds including a BIS-winning Bull Terrier!

Reserve BIS was the American Cocker Spaniel Sh. Ch. & Am. Ch. Silverhall Shangri-La (Am. Ch. Coldry’s Sweet Seduction ex Am. Ch. Juniper’s Jaywalk), who has won nine CCs since arriving in the UK last year, two Groups and four other Group places. The third American finalist was the young Bouvier des Flandres I’m Special Inessence Movado at Kanix (Am. Ch. I’m Special Every Move I Make ex Am. Ch. Praxtar’s Jenni), who has a previous CC and Group 2nd.

The Dutch-bred Cardigan Corgi Group winner Slo. Ch. Floatin’ Helen Heilin is not only by US-bred Ch. Dragonpatch Big Papa Foster, but is co-owned and handled by American ex-pat photographer Lisa Croft-Elliott. Helen is only the second Cardigan to win a UK championship show group — the breed certainly seems to be overtaking its Pembroke cousins in the big ring.

Zena’s other three Group winners were the Bichon Frisé Ch. Pamplona Bring Me Sunshine, who has won all the Toy Groups so far this year, giving him an early lead in the Top Dog table; the Basset Hound Ch. Ribbleriver Show Me Off at Sedonia; and the brown Toy Poodle Stuane Burnt Oak, whose owners are much better known for their Scotties and Griffons. The entry was 9,067, 181 down from last year.

The Terrier Group looks to be a competitive one this year, with three of the five all-breeds shows having been won by dogs from this Group. At the Birmingham Dog Show Society’s “National” show, the choice of all-rounder Derek Smith, best known for his successes with the Clickam Rough Collies, was the Australian Terrier Int. Nord. Ch. Jaskarin Peperoncino.

If you were reading this column four years ago, you would recall me mentioning how cooperation between British and Scandinavian breeders of Aussies, incorporating American and Australian lines into their stock, had dramatically improved the breed in Europe. In the UK this culminated in the first ever BIS win for an Aussie by Ch. Silhill Red Rock at Sherex, owned by Paul Eardley and bred by Sue McCourt. He was by Paul’s Finnish import ex Ch. Millvalley Styled In Red for Silhill, who combined Australian, British and American dogs.

After producing this litter, which also contained two more champions, Styled In Red was sent to Scandinavia, shared between the Jaskarin kennel in Sweden and Bluepeppers in Scandinavia. Jaskarin bred her next litter, which produced five champions, including Peperoncino, who went to Finland where he is co-owned by Marjo Ahola (Bluepeppers) and Eija Hyvönen. He won very well throughout Scandinavia, including a BIS in Norway.
Paul and Sue admired Peperoncino a great deal and eventually his owners agreed for him to spend a while in the UK. He came out at Crufts where he was BOB; he won his second CC at National Terrier where he was Res. BIS, then went to WELKS where he was BOB (no CCs on offer) and second to the Irish Terrier in the Group.

At Birmingham Peperoncino became a UK champion, turned the tables on the Irish in the Group, and then became the second ever Aussie to take BIS — both out of the same dam, though born in different countries, and sired by half-brothers. Yet another example of international cooperation, with the immediate pedigree containing UK, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, German, American and Australian dogs!

Runner-up BIS was the Basset mentioned above, Show Me Off, who won two Groups in a week, good going for his owners’ first champion. The Doberman, Ozzy Osbourne, won another Group; the other finalists were first-timers: Flat-Coated Retriever UK & Ir. Ch. Clandrift Dark Legend (his title indicates he has proven field ability, too), Tervuren Ch. Cairbar That Special Touch; new champion Italian Greyhound Artemis Kaaliya; and Miniature Poodle Ch. Michandy Great Expectation by Navarre.

The entry figure at this show, one of only four that can offer CCs in all eligible breeds, was 10,636 dogs, more than 600 down from last year.


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