2017 Championship Show

Championship Show Report

Saturday 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017

The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Nr Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ

Before any proceedings were commenced a minute’s silence was held in memory of, and to show respect for, Brenda Griffiths who died this summer. Brenda with her Forgeman affix made a massive contribution to the breed in this country and the club during the developmental years for both and her loss was felt across the Bernese community. (If you missed the news item and Brenda’s obituary on this web site you can revisit it via this link)


After this solemn, respectful moment the Show went ahead, more or less, as planned but we have to start the report with an apology to the Limited Obedience Show Competitors.

On arrival on Friday afternoon to set up we were told that we could not have all 3 permanent rings, as we have had every time we have attended this venue but suddenly only two were available. After a frantic call to the KC we were unable to resolve this and so the Obedience competition was consigned to an improvised ring a little detached from the show and with grass that was longer than ideal. We thank our Obedience judge and exhibitors for their tolerance of this situation which we could not anticipate and will be taking up further with the KC.

As usual we were able to hold the show outside all day and the weather gradually warmed up during the day, finishing in bright sunshine and long Autumn shadows. As with all club events your committee work hard to make things happen in the right way and at the right time but as usual there were a few helpers with invaluable contributions we have to acknowledge. David Robertson did his usual sterling job with the raffle and we have to give a big thank you to Lin Nelson who did a fantastic job manning our kitchen all day. We were on the verge of not being able to have a kitchen so Lin’s help really was invaluable.

We also have to thank everyone who donated prizes to our raffle especially Mrs Thomason the donator of these three giant sized characters, at least two of them were enjoying the show!

A special mention goes to Violet Slade who donated the lovely Bernese decorated ladies jacket which we auctioned for the health fund during the lunch break.

Finally we have to thank all the exhibitors and spectators for supporting our show and adding to the day.


In the CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW Heather Head (Bitches) and Carole Hartley-Mair (Dogs) with occasional help from Referee Sandra Gatward awarded the following main awards

Best in Show, was the dog CC winner Jackie Green’s Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure for Arvella (imp Can), handled by Di Atherton.

Reserve Best in Show was the Res Dog CC winner Penny Cooke and Jim Stevens’ Tickbern Ridin’ High.

Best Opposite Sex was Bitch CC winner Joanne Sutton’s Ch Bernsteph Remember Me  JW ShCM.

Res Bitch CC winner was Julie Morgan’s Welshbern Sweet Lady at Judabern

Best Puppy in Show was Jackie Weston’s 9 month old homebred bitch Bernfawr Jonqill

Reserve Best Puppy in Show & Best Minor Puppy was Steve, Jeanette and Emily Green’s Mattias vom Durrbachler Wald at Waldershelf (imp Nld) at his first show at 6 months and 2 days old.

Best Veteran in Show was Garry Griffiths’, Violet Slade and Mandy Orme’s 7 year old Jaybiem Vou Doo at Potterspride



Judge Julia Bosworth had 29 entries to assess over the 5 classes.

After completion of all the classes an overall Obedience Dog of the Day is declared and awarded our silver Working Trophy and this year it was, again, congratulations to Sue Maddox with Lily who is certainly on a roll.



Following the Obedience Competition results they are added into the mix of results from other club events from 2017 and the Overall Top Working Dog of the year was awarded. These points are gained in Working Cart, Agility and Obedience and the Working Day sections of the two Garden Parties and the Limited Show Obedience at this Champ show.

This year, for the first time, special club prize cards for the top three were provided courtesy of sponsorship from Belle Owen.

  1. Sue Maddox with Lily with 20pts
  2. Belle Owen with Bolli was 2nd with 16pts
  3. Geoff Stelmach with Gina was 3rd with 14pts.

Big Congratulations to all these, and everyone else who took part in our working competitions through the year keeping the working roots of our breed alive.



During the lunch break our usual Junior Handling classes took place with the winners qualifying for the JHA semi finals.

Our judge was Lianne Marsden (Trudaleaze) and the results were

Class 25 JH 6 – 11 years old (2 entries, 2 present)
  1. Sophia Ishaque
  2. Kathryn Bickley
Class 26 JH 12 – 16 years old (1,1)
  1. Anna Bickley

Overall Best Junior Handler was then judged and awarded to Sophia Ishaque

Following the Junior Handling, whilst the judges were still away at lunch,  the Champions Parade occupied the Main Ring with 6 Champions coming in to be celebrated.

More reporting, full results of Obedience and ‘Show’, judge’s reports when available and many photographs of the day will appear here in the coming days so please keep returning to view the updates.