07 October 2022 Breed Notes

Bournemouth Championship Show on the last day at Pikes Farm, Poole is a show where many exhibitors have their caravans or motor homes down south from the previous show at Paignton. This is a popular holiday destination on the show calendar with exhibitors then travelling up to WKC after Bournemouth. For those travelling down and up in one day it makes it an extremely long day not only for the two legs but also the four paws. The little one that we were taking doesn’t sleep in the car so it is important that we tried to get her rested before and during the showing day.
Road closures didn’t help on the journey home with motorways closed giving long diversions.
Carrying on weather wise from Paignton the UK was still enjoying sunny, hot weather really at times too extreme. An exhibitor’s first concern is always the dogs and this weather is not the most perfect environment for them to show in. Bournemouth has plenty of undercover areas so most folk headed straight for these areas. The in/ out ring was of a good size, so everyone settled down for the day ahead.
For this show the Papillon judge was to be the well known and very well respected all rounder Mr Frank Kane. Many of course will have seen and heard Mr Kane giving the coverage in the BIS ring at Crufts. The judge arrived on time looking immaculate and ready for the day ahead. He went over the dogs thoroughly on the table always making them at ease. He took time viewing every aspect both on the table and on the move giving everyone a chance to put on the best performance possible. Mr Kanes principal winners were as follows: Irene and Glenn Robb’s were thrilled that that their little one Gleniren Daddy’s Starmaker took Best Puppy In Breed , BCC and BOB. The day didn’t end there for Selena with an exciting Toy Group 4 and a Toy Puppy Group 1 under Mr Mervyn Evans. What a little trouper she was as the groups were literally back to back and then BIS with judge David Cavill following straight afterwards. By which time I think she was running on air alone as remember she had been up since 2.30am. Glenn and I were super proud of this little girl.
Best Veteran was a very pleased Aidan Foynes with Lafay Petite Etoile JW.
DCC Kirsty and Evan Ryan and Kathleen Roosen’s Ch U Knock Me Off My Feet Daydream Believers with Feorlig (imp Bel).
RDCC Sue Morrell’s Tricianbri Harry Beau For Temelora, RBCC Caroline Lee Slater and Christine Kewley’s Magic Sunrise Natalia (IMP LVA).
Well done to everyone who not only had a principal award but for those that achieved a placement card.

From Bournemouth folk made their way to Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show at Builth. A twisty journey for caravans and motor homes if travelling from Bournemouth and I believe many went straight from Paignton and then travelled to and fro. WKCA is a very popular venue for staying on site; many exhibitors enjoy the surrounding scenery and visiting the nearby villages.
As always the committee had worked hard making sure everything was tick-a-t-boo and as always they came up trumps.
For this show it was a first time challenge certificate judging appointment for Evan Ryan

It was a sad day as Mr Ryan was the replacement judge for the sudden passing of Jan Roosens of the de Costalina Kennel. I know how much Jan was looking forward to giving Challenge Certificates in the UK so for me it was the saddest of days.
I personally was extremely disappointed and disheartened that thought was not given or deemed not necessary that a minutes silence was held before judging commenced.
Glenn and I did so at the start of the day even though we were over at the Pomeranian ring, which was a million miles away from the Pap ring. However thanks to Gary Thompson with Papillon Live we were able to keep up to date with what was going on. Gary you are a life saving for so many who are at home and abroad and for that we are truly grateful. Jan I know you were there in spirit watching down as both Glenn and I felt your presence. Paulette Jan’s wife and I am sure Kathleen would have been so proud of you.

The principal winners on the day were as follows. A fabulous day for Sue Morrell with her Phalene youngster Athene Vom Schwabenhof For Temelora NAF (Imp Deu) taking the BCC/ BOB and BPIB. We are so pleased for you Sue.
DCC was Angela Challenger’s Skyvana Devil In Disguise With Lyveden, a first cc so a special moment indeed and also very special for the breeder Sophie Langdon. Best Veteran with Melangel Highland Vogue At Jhanakia was Jane Thompson and Sandra Austin. RDCC Sue Stanbury’s Inixia Made By Design and RBCC The Rev’d Kirsty Wells and Amanda Brown’s at Metamorphic Vista JW. Congratulations to everyone.

To finish off a couple of Open Shows to report. At North Devon Agricultural Open Show the breed and group judge was Gillian Taylor and she found her Best of Breed to be Anne Borg’s handled by Sue Stanbury Elendil Crusader who also went on to a fabulous Toy Group1 . Sue also took Reserve Best of Breed with Inixia Made By Design.
At the Durham County Show Irene Buckley-Waters had a lovely day winning BOB with Jorgelin Moondust at Sempefidelis after her being out of the ring for two years. What a great return back to the shows for this little one. She was also shortlisted in the Toy Group. Irene’s other dog had a good result too taking a first in Junior with Sempefidelis Fantastique who is a son of the BOB winner.
Janice Bannister judged the breed.
Well done to you all for flying the Papillon flag the highest of high.

Take care everyone on the roads travelling to the shows and look after those four paws.