BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
(Held under Kennel Club Limited Rules & Show Regulations)
at Chepstow Leisure Centre, Chepstow, NP16 5LR
on SUNDAY 25th MARCH 2018
DOGS: Jennifer Murray (Priestbeck)
BITCHES: Debra Roberts (Cwrtafon)
REFEREE: Jan Rees (Typica)
Postal: Monday 5th MARCH 2018 (Postmark)
Online entries: Tuesday 13th March 2018 (up to midnight)
You can now enter online
All entries and fees to the Assisstant Secretary
Mrs. S. Evans, 22 Twyn Carn Road, Pontywaun, Crosskeys, Gwent NP11 7DU
Tel: 01495 271966 (Mobile 07810 457223)
CAR PARK ** REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE ** NO ADMISSION CHARGE** EXPERIENCE A TRUE WELSH WELCOME**
Show Opens 9.30 a.m. • Judging commences 10.30 a.m.
Show closes half an hour after all judging has been completed
FIND CHEPSTOW LEISURE CENTRE
Note: If using Sat Nav the postcode given on the schedule points to the middle of Chepstow - so please use NP16 5LX
Map ref: ST 52797 94428
Coming from a gamekeeping family there were always dogs in my life whilst growing up, so it was inevitable that one day my life would involve them. My parents both worked so owning a dog was not an option but when we married I was given a poodle. He fitted into our lifestyle at the time but in the early 70s my husband came home one day with an Irish Setter, Cilla, and that was the start of my love of this breed.
In 1985 , when our family had grown-up and Cilla had left us, we decided to buy an Irish to show. I took the puppy to a local ring craft club and met Moray Armstrong and Frank Whyte. Frank was training four Welshie puppies that he had bred and I was totally smitten by them.
I carried on showing four more Irish with moderate success but was always interested in whatever Frank brought to ringcraft. In 1996 I went with a friend to look at one of Frank’s litters which he had rescued and came home with Mystery Lad from Priestbeck. He did well in the show ring but when he was three he decided that showing was not for him and we retired him.
With a house full of veteran Irish, I had nothing to show for three years. I still kept in touch with the show people as I ran the local ringcraft club and was a committee member of Border Counties Gundog Club working my way up to President. I followed Ch. Steelriver Rysa’s successes with interest as she was out of a litter sister to my Mystery Lad and decided in 2004 to have a puppy by her. Sh. Ch. Slapestones Twister over Priestbeck was this puppy and we had lots of fun with him especially Crufts 2008 when he won dog CC and BOB.
Since then I have shown three more Welshies, two of which have both won several RCC’s and BIS at open shows.
I have been judging at open show level since 1998 and awarded my first CC’s in 2015. I am very honoured to have been invited by WSSCSW to judge this show and look forward to this appointment very much.
Within ‘dogdom’, to be asked to judge a Championship by your own breed club is one of the highest honours one can receive. I have now been asked to judge the Championship Show twice in my judging career, firstly dogs and now bitches, and am again thankful.
My involvement with WSSCSW goes back to 1983 when Steve and I knocked on Len & Kath Morgan's door looking for a puppy. We also knocked on the doors of Mansel and Avril Young and Dick & Peggy Edwards (Labradors) looking for puppy. It could have been so very diferent.
I was blessed many years later when Len and Kath told me that they had decided to honour me with partnership into the Cwrtafon Kennel.
Since joining the Committee of the WSSCSW I have served as a Committee member, Treasurer (two terms), assistant Secretary and Vice Chairman. At this year’s AGM I was elected to serve as the Clubs President. A post that Kath held until her sudden and untimely death nearly two years ago. Bigshoes for me to fill indeed.
I feel blessed that during my time I have had the privilege to visit many of the great kennels of our yesteryear. Most prominent for me was to visit the home of Tregwillym Kennels. Many visits have been to Cliff and Mary Payne’s home and have wondered in awe what Cliff was going to bring out of his kennels.
My mind also goes back to our Tregwillym Days, where show, working and pet owners would travel for hours to spend time on ‘hallowed turf’. We were in the company of royalty after all. Everyone hanging on Cliff and Mary’s every word.
I remember the first time that I entered a Championship Show (WELKS). Cliff was in the ring with Sh Ch Tregwillym Royal Mint. My charge was sat down. Cliff looked at me, looked at the dog, looked at me again and sternly said ‘you paid £10 to come in this class, get it of it’s a***’. I was told, and have never let a dog sit in the ring again. The other thing that comes to mind was Len’s BBQ. Something, not for the faint hearted and a story that I cannot put to print.
After Len’s death, Kath and I fancied a change as it wasn’t the same not being with Len. So we had a total change, moved groups to Utility and decided on a breed with no hand stripping. That’s when we approached the Longsdale Kennel for a puppy and two years ago Mario entered our life. Then Marcus and now Luna.
So to today. I hope that the exhibitors have an enjoyable day, hopefully the sun will shine and the daffodils are in bloom. Whether there’s a win or not, remember you will all take the best dogs home.
Diolch yn fawr
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY OUT
Even if you are not showing your dog why not come along to support the competitors. There's refreshments available in the leisure centre's cafe.
It's a great opportunity to meet up with club members and see a multitude of Welsh Springers in one place - and learn all about them.
As we are located in Chepstow it's a great setting-off place to go and explore the beautiful Wye Valley - there's the famous Chepstow Castle and the wonderful Tintern Abbey is just 5 miles away.
Why not arrange a dog walk with friends and family and drop in to see us at lunchtime or later on to see the awards of the day's winners.
There's always a warm welcome at our shows and it's the ideal place if you want to learn more about the breed - we look forward to seeing you there.