THE WELSH KENNEL CLUB
Judge: Mr Roger Thomas
BEST of BREED: CH MARCHDENS MARK MY WORDS
DCC: CH MARCHDENS MARK MY WORDS
RDCC: BRICKIN POT OF PICKLE
BCC: MARCHDENS LOOK TO THE SKY FOR BLAKENS
RBCC: WATERCROFT PICK OF THE POPS
BP & PG1: KINSRIDGE WITTY BANTER
BV: UMBRAGE LONGTON AT MEGALEX
The Welsh Kennel Club championship show is held at Builth Wells, a permanent show ground, for the third week running on a Saturday 19th August. Norfolks are now housed in large airy building, so variable weather is not a problem. Judging the breed this year was Mr Roger Thomas (Squirreldene) who used to breed Norfolks in the 1980s with his wife Madeleine. There were no dogs missing from an entry of 14 dogs; amongst bitches there were 4 absentees from the entry of 22 bitches in the catalogue, making a total 34 different dogs – two were in two classes.
He gave Jackie Phillips a day to remember, first handling Best of Breed CH MARCHDENS MARK MY WORDS to his 5th CC and 3rd BoB of this year. Owned by her niece, Denise Horne, he is sired by Moortop Marks Delivery (Blakens Sugar Candy Dips out of Moortop Again No Choice). His dam is Lady Miss Cheif (Jaeva Gorden Bennet – Kinsridge Mischief Maker).
It was a reversal of form from last week at Bournemouth, as Jill Stevenson’s BRICKIN POT OF PICKLE won the Reserve CC, his second such award. He is by Ch Watercroft In A Pickle out of Brickin Wild Ivy.
Jackie’s second success was from another bitch bred by Denise Horne, in MARCHDENS LOOK TO THE SKY FOR BLAKENS. This was her first such award from only her 4th show; she is just 2 years old, a black & tan, by Jackie’s Ch Blakens Pay Back (Ch Kinsridge Cash Back – Blakens Party Girl); she is out of Margaret Horne’s bitch Pie In The Sky, who was sired by Tegwani Tarot Reader (Ch Belleville Premonition – Love On The Run at Jaeva) out of Golden Breeze (Ch Krisma Crossfire – Louby Loo, one of Jackie’s first bitches).
Ruth Gee’s WATERCROFT PICK OF THE POPS won her second RCC, she has 2 CCs already to her name. She is in fact a half sister to the CC winner, as she also is by Ch Blakens Pay Back but out of Ch Watercroft Top Of The Pops, she is registered as red wheaten in colour.
The little Norfolk who really made headlines was the Best Puppy Winner, Diane Jenkins’ KINSRIDGE WITTY BANTER. Home bred, he is by Kinsridge Quo Vadis (Nord/Swe Ch Kinsridge Quids In – Kinsridge Kerfuffle), his dam is Ch Kinsridge Gung Ho (Ch Kinsridge Top Gun – Foxhouse Funky Foxtrots to Kinsridge). Ch Kinsridge Gung Ho herself is also the dam of Ch Kinsridge Back Chat, and Kinsridge Hey Ho, and like her half sister last year, Kinsridge Witty Banter went on to win the Puppy Group under Judge Mr D Smith, and had to return to Wales on the last day. He had also been Puppy Group 2 at East of England. The journey home afterwards was very long and tiring amongst all the holiday traffic in pouring rain.