23 February 2018

Isn’t it great when your day starts off with the post delivering a pleasant surprise, Katriona Milroy was just one of those people with a broad smile from ear to ear. The organisers of the East Anglian Supermatch had confirmed that her Farleysbane Frilly Filly From Farthinghall had qualified for this event. The Supermatch will be held on Sat, 24th Feb at the Burgess Hall, St Ivo Centre, St Ives, Cambs, commencing at 3.30pm with the puppies, followed by the adults. So, if you are a Papillon lover and live near by, pop down for a couple of hours and support Phyllis and Katriona. I am sure you will have fun.

The South of England Papillon Club held it’s annual Open Show and on this occasion the judges for the day were breed specialist Steve Maskell (Kaskell) taking the helm and Jon Caton (Henrix) taking care of the Specials classes and Junior Handling. There is usually a lovely friendly atmosphere at the SOE shows and I am sure this day excelled in all quarters. The principal winners of the show were as follows. BIS/BD Caroline Lee Slater’s Rozamie Monsiuer Philippe, RBIS/BOS/BB Pat Munn’s Ringlands Treasure Sunshine, Res BB Sophie Langdon’s Shadowknight Ebony Rose Skyvana. BPIS/BPD Dee Olof’s Tarnock Rumour n Riddles with RBPIS /BPB from the Minor PB class Pat Munn’s Daisy May at Ringlands. BVIS was the bitch Kirsty Wells & Amanda Brown’s Ch Metamorphic Delivered and BVD Sue Stanbury’s Stanbury’s Inixia Delightful Dan, BPHIS Sparke’s Pinkmead Twistin Time, BPHB Sue Morrell’s Temelora Adele.

Jon Caton found his Best Junior Handler on the day to be Isabella Cox. Congratulations to all the winners and I hope both judges and exhibitors had a fabulous day.

A few Open Show reports for everyone and the Pap flag seems to have been flying high, well done everyone. At Ilfracombe & DCS the judge for both the breed and group was Rosemary Alexander (Treveth) with Nicola Spancer (Bannonbrig) having the honour of awarding the BIS. Here Sue Stanbury had a brilliant day taking BPIB/ TPGP1 and then an exciting BPIS with her youngster Inixia Ever Ready Eddie. Sue took home a lovely stash of prizes including the rosettes, £10.00 cash, Royal Canin Vouchers and the amazing Dartington Crystal Vase for winning the Toy Puppy Group and the Dartington Crystal Bowl for winning BPIS. Now that’s what I call a good day! For the adults; BOB went to Dee Olof’s Rozamie Ricardo and RBOB was Susie and Margaret Orchard’s Ringlands Yoko’s Solo at Panspayon.

Lynn George Evans has been having a rewarding time. At Maghull & Merseyside her youngster Jorgealin Indian Magic was BOB and BP under breed judge Mr S Harrison. Then carrying on the winning ways under Mr David Shields finished off the day with a TGP4 and TPGP4. At Huddersfield under breed specialist Valarie Lockhart Jorgealin Moon Shine JW went BOB and TGP4. This little one is owned jointly with Jackie Green. Then at Ashton-under-LyneO’Brien with Jorgealin Mandalay went BOB under Robert Niven-Lewis.

Rosemarie Hobson took BOB at St Helens with Grinsdales Gigalo at Rosenjon on his fourth birthday, celebrating with a piece of carrot cake. That’s Rosemarie not the four paws!

Portsmouth & Southsea Open Show with Mrs E Warrington judging the breed and TGP. Jo Davidson-Poston’s Ch/Ir/NI/Int Ch Spinillons Rebel Rowser JW shCM took BOB / TGP1. BP went to Pat and Brian Cox’s Denemore Juniper Berrie at Tricianbri.

A couple of judge changes for your diary. So, pen at the ready. At Bath Geoffrey Davies is being replaced by Tim Ball and at Three Counties breed specialist Jennifer Edson is being replaced by another breed specialist Sue Morrell (Temelora).

Next week we will talk in length about the activities for Crufts 2018. A special time each year and it doesn’t seem two minutes since we all attended Crufts 2017.

I will also bring news of the Our dogs and their sponsors for the Top Awards of 2017 including Top Toy, Top Papillon,
Top Breeder, Top Stud, Top Brood and lastly Top Puppy. It is always an exciting time for the individual of each section to pick up their rosettes at Crufts.

In the’ poorly’ corner, news that Sue Deamer after badly breaking her leg has been allowed home after spending more than twelve days in hospital. Take it easy Sue and one step at a time, sorry for the pun but I know it will make you smile through the pain. We are all thinking of you.

Enjoy your shows everyone and next week should have news of the results from the Papillon Butterfly Dog Club of Scotland’s Open Show. The judge is Kirsty Wells.

IRENE ROBB