Shows and Social Events | Autumn Garden Party 2019
3841
page-template-default,page,page-id-3841,page-child,parent-pageid-1691,,qode-theme-ver-10.1.1,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.0.1,vc_responsive

The Autumn Garden Party was held on Sunday September 1st with all the usual things in all the usual places but with a few new tweaks here and there and all at the usual venue of Priors Marston Sports Club near Southam near Daventry with the usual generous sponsorship from Happy Dogs plus new sponsors Naturavetal who had a busy stall. We hope everyone had the usual fantastic week-end.

Events were happening on Saturday as well to entertain those who make this a week-end event. If you stayed away because of the possible weather the number of sunburnt red faces around at the end of the day demonstrated that you missed  real treat of a day. There was a short period with a few drops of rain but we were ready for a break anyway so just stopped for 10 minutes and carried on in the bright sunshine which dried everything up really quickly.

Decorated Carts Movies theme Class – (l to r,) Willie Wonka and the Swiss Chocolate Factory, The Italian Job, Ghostbusters and Harry Potter.

If you didn’t attend make a note in your diary for next year’s Spring Garden Party week-end when we will have another brilliant Bernese week-end. Details will be posted on this web site and the club Facebook pages and sent to all members so make a note in your diary.

We cannot continue with any Garden Party report without first thanking some of the many non committee people who make it all possible and without whom it just wouldn’t be what it is, some committee members come with ‘attachments’ and completely invaluable were David, Peter and Andy who put in several full shifts in preparation and keeping the event going. Andy coming with his own ‘attachments’ and strimming and tidying all around the pavilion and grounds and mowing kept him busy. Cutting grass, cleaning toilets, organising parking, laying out the rings, setting up and clearing down equipment and closing gates, the event does not just happen by itself and these three have all our thanks. The people who turned up to judge or steward, giving up their time for our event are much appreciated too, sometimes from within the breed sometimes not, they all contribute to the success and the scale of the day. The committee members present, whether for several days cleaning and preparing or just on the day, work hard to put this event on but most of the biggest thank yous have to go to all the people who came with or without dogs and simply enjoyed their day out especially those who took part in the activities. You all helped to create the special Garden Party atmosphere, perhaps summed up in this photo….

Tim Williams and regular Garden Party supporter Stephen Biggins who ALWAYS enjoys his week-end at the Garden Party.

The RallyO was held over Saturday lunchtime with a good entry and much interest shown. Sue Brown gave every one the chance of a good individual practice session and then the competition was well attended with, I think it is fair to say, a good spread of abilities and preparation! The important thing is that everyone had a good time whether they were winners or not and the rain that decided to intrude did not affect the enjoyment of the event as most people had completed your competition round when it started.

Rallyo Participants on Saturday Afternoon

Saturday Evening was filled with the usual Pre Garden Party, Party attended by, it seemed more people than ever and correspondingly we had a bigger spread of entertainment than ever before. The food, was really well received and we have to thank Helen Thompson and her team for all the hard work and of course the food was accompanied by the quiz, this time shorter and more concise then before and with some free answers, (due to computer error!). Following this Emily Green and Fiona Hallam took over and organised a few brain stimulating games which varied the entertainment of the evening. The highlight of the evening though has to be Malcolm, aka Hank, Peter with his virtuoso guitar performance. His ‘turn’ was really well received and much appreciated by the packed arena. The evening carried on late into the night with everyone leaving when they wanted and everyone just carrying on with a relaxing night of chat and banter, a few drinks and music. A great chilled night, setting us up well for the next day.

PHOTOGRAPHS – PHOTOGRAPHS – PHOTOGRAPHS – PHOTOGRAPHS – PHOTOGRAPHS – PHOTOGRAPHS

PLEASE NOTE A selection of photos from the week-end’s events will appear on this report page but as always many more will be available  on the club’s Smugmug (photo displaying system) site. The number of photos will continue to grow in fits and starts for a while so please keep revisiting the Smugmug site. You can select the 2019 Autumn Garden Party and once opened you can scroll down or choose to click the standard ‘Play’ arrow somewhere near the top right hand of the page for a slide show of them all which you can flick through at your own speed using the arrows at the edges of the screen, much like a Facebook album. (there are currently about 275 photos with more to come).

Smugmug Gallery of 2019 Autumn Garden Party Photos

This Page

PLEASE NOTE: The amount of reporting and photo sorting and awaiting judge’s reports means that this page continues to develop and grow for several weeks after the event so please keep coming back for a fresh look. You can always bookmark it in your browser to assist fast access. If you notice any errors please report them to web@bernese.co.uk

Alongside all the mayhem in the main ring and pavilion over the week-end there is a Working Day running alongside where owners can try their hands at carting, agility and take part in the Obedience competition. Bernese are a working breed and can all be trained quite easily to be competent in any of the three disciplines available at the Garden Party so why not start with one activity and come and have a go at next year’s event. All Working Bernese have a great relationship with their owners and are well behaved, well balanced, happy dogs.

Carting, Agility and Obedience for all levels are available at every Garden Party and anyone’s Bernese can take part with just a little training and dogs and handlers enjoy taking part and enjoy a better relationship for it.

There are points awarded for placings in these competitions and the best from each is compiled to give a Best Working Dog of the Day which is awarded at each Garden Party. Today’s overall winner was Sandra Hallam’s Fiz. Sandra and Fiz are better known for Heelwork to Music but showed today that well trained dogs can turn their hands to anything.

Sandra Hallam and Fiz

2nd was Richard Hallam with Chelsey

3rd Belle Owen with Bolli

Decorated Cart Classes

These classes take place in the Main Ring for the delight of all the spectators and much joy and many smiles are generated. The first class reflects the Swiss working background of our breed and the owners pack alot of Swiss heritage into the decorations of the cart and their own costumes. The themed class has a different theme each time and today’s was ‘Movies’ which allows a fantastic display of imagination and creation and sheer hard work continuing the fact that this class never disappoints and is ALWAYS a, if not the, highlight of the day. Finally the ‘Turnout’ class is concerned primarily with the condition of the cart and harness, clean and polished being the order of the day.

Big thanks to everyone who took part in these classes and we never underestimate the amount of work and thought put in prior to the event.

This event’s judge with the impossible task was regular competitor Debbie Morgan. Here is her report.

Swiss Theme

As ever a lot of effort is put into these classes, making it very difficult to judge.

Swiss Themed Decorated Cart Class

1st Bolli with Belle Owen – Belle looked smart in her Swiss smock and the cart looked very good with its lovely red wheels, Swiss flags and flowers. I loved the theme of bringing the farmers lunch with everything being edible, although I’m not sure how many farmers include a bottle of Bollinger for their lunch! Bolli obviously enjoyed the occasion as he happily pulled his cart around the ring.

2nd Ted with Rebecca King – Becca was nicely turned out in Swiss dress, the cart looked lovely with churn, Swiss flags and flowers.  It was hard to choose between 1 & 2.  Ted also looked as though he was enjoying the occasion.

3rd Norman and Bond with Chris Handley – another splendid turn out, probably as good as 1 & 2, Chris looking good in Swiss dress, Norman and Bond working well together as a brace.  I especially liked the decorated milk churn.

4th Tobi with Sheila Cantrell – everything on this cart looked very shiny and new.  Sheila also in Swiss dress.

Joint 5th Inka with Carol Dunhill and Rosie with Elaine Spalding – Inka is coming on well with pulling this lovely little cart and if only Elaine had remembered her trousers!!!!

 

Movies

Again – thank you to these carters for the fantastic effort they put into this competition, they are all winners in my mind.

1st Tobi with Sheila Cantrill – the cart was a superb and very smart Hogwart’s Express, Sheila made a good Harry Potter and Tobi as fluffy with the 2 toy dogs to make the extra heads of this 3-headed dog.  Very well done.

2nd Norman with Chris Handley – Chris as usual was amazing, her costume certainly bore no resemblance to a duvet, but apparently that is what her Ghostbusters costume was made from; I suspect she was very hot in it.  Loved the hat.  Cart carrying the appropriate ghostbusting equipment. Again, very hard to choose between 1 & 2.

3rd Torin and Carrick with Di Crawshaw – another great turnout for The Italian Job, the cart as a mini, dogs draped in Italian flag or wearing boiler suit; was it really Di or had Michael Cain joined us??

4th Bolli with Belle Owen – Willy Wonka and the Swiss Chocolate Factory – with real uneaten (!) Swiss chocolates and Bolli as an umpa lumpa.

 

Best Turnout

1st Norman with Chris Handley – Chris looking very smart in her Swiss costume and Norman and his cart very well presented.

2nd Ted with Rebecca King – Becca’s cart looked pristine and shiny as did Ted, Becca in Swiss costume.

3rd Bolli with Belle Owen – another smart turnout, I just love the red wheels on this cart.

4th Lexi with Andy Smith – lovely cart and pristine Lexi, could have been the winner (despite Andy’s jeans!), shame Lexi didn’t like the sound system and was a bit reluctant to go round in the ring.

5th Tobi with Sheila Cantrell – lovely shiny cart, well- presented harness, dog and handler.

Working Cart Classes

Carting is a big part of our breed’s heritage and identity, other breeds do cart but no one does it in the same way we do with the amount and variety of carting creating unique visual images for our breed. The Working Cart course’s principle is to have a series of obstacles that represent problems that might be encountered with a cart in the real world such as uneven surface, gates, tight spots to manoeuvre through and the need to load and unload carried object. These are put together to make different levels of course depending on previous experience and achievement. Due to the limited opportunities to compete judging nowadays is usually split between different people thus enabling judges to take part in other classes to the ones they are judging. Today’s judges were Di Crawshaw and Andy Smith.

Virtually all Bernese can be happy and confident carters and the gateway into this activity is First Draft where beginners have help and guidance before completing a basic assessment pulling a cart and being awarded a certificate and First Draft goodie bag. This enables your dog to go on and tackle the Beginner’s working cart course and then progress through the increasing challenges working with their dog. So, if you’ve never tried it, why not give it a go at next year’s Garden Parties, you and your dog will benefit by developing together. There are always carts that can be borrowed for this including at least one made available by the club.

 

Three of this week-end’s successful First Drafts with their certificates and First Draft bags flanked by the joint Chairs of the Working Cart Group, Chris Handley and Di Crawshaw.

 

Beginners Class

1st Toby with Sheila Cantrell

2nd Lexi with Andy Smith

3rd Shadow with Debbie Morgan

4th Bramble with Andy Smith

5th Donal with Chris Handley

 

Intermediate Class 

1st Fiz with Sandra Hallam

2nd Tonin with Di Crawshaw

 

Advanced Class

1st Florence with Debbie Morgan

2nd Chelsey with Richard Hallam

 

Medals Advanced

1st Bollinger with Belle Owen

2nd Tolly with Bruce Hellingsworth

3rd Phina with Keith Brown

4th Lucy with Geoff Stelmach

5th Norman with Chris Handley

 

Other Carting Awards Given Out at the Autumn Garden Party

Agility

Whilst not expected to compete with the traditionally competitive dogs, Bernese are quite capable of a being trained to a decent standard of agility work and like all working activities the link you have to have with your dog massively enhances the relationship between dog and owner. Once you have a good relationship in one discipline then progress in all the others is usually quite quick and easy. this is why you see lots of dogs who appear in all three working disciplines available at the Garden Party.

We have to thank the entire Munson family for their help today judging and stewarding , it was certainly a family outing for them supporting Babs and little Pheobe maybe got a bit too involved!

BMD Beginners

1st Shadow with Debbie Morgan

2nd Chelsey with Richard Hallam

3rd Florence with Debbie Morgan

4th Annie with Lesley Messih

5th Phinia with Keith Brown

 

All Breeds

1st Rayna with Bruce Hellingsworth (Australian Shepherd)

2nd Delta with Sue Brown (Border Collie)

3rd Annie with Lesley Messih (Bernese)

4th Phoebe with Babs Munson (small human)

 

BMD Novice

1st Fiz with Sandra Hallam

2nd Paddington with Sherry Round (unfortunately Sherry had left before the presentations)

Further to the classes the Agility judge and her team nominated a ‘Dog of the Day’ for effort or improvement or in this case for really tackling the agility course with energy and enthusiasm as a Veteran. This award was given to Chelsey with Richard Hallam

Obedience

Bernese are a working breed and with the correct training can perform Obedience to a decent standard and this can be seen in these classes but there is also a ‘have a go’ aspect to Obedience at the Garden Party with ‘no pressure, just have a go and have fun‘ being the mantra. So, as with all the Working activities why not give it a go at next year’s events, there are lots of Obedience classes around the country and this could be a good way into the rest of the working events as it will encourage the essential link with your dog that will enable quick progress in all working disciplines.

We thank our judge, Julia Bodsworth, and her steward for giving up their day for us.

NB There are a few gaps in the name details passed on, please email any missing details to web@bernese.co.uk and we can update the results.

Have A Go

1st Chelsey with Richard Hallam

2nd Quincy with Bernhard Lindenau

3rd Jet with Izzy

4th Glory with Jean Hellingsworth

5th Shadow with Debbie Morgan

Triers

1st Bolli with Belle Owen

2nd Fiz with Sandra Hallam

3rd Boodles with Sue Small

4th Annie with Lesley Messih

5th Badger with Malcolm Peter

Future Stars

1st Bolli with Belle Owen

2nd Tolly with Bruce Hellingsworth

3rd Phina with Keith Brown

Open

1st Delta with Sue Brown

2nd Gucci with Sue Small

3rd Lucy with Carol Davis

Parades

Puppy Parade

Each Garden Party includes three parades celebrating different aspects of our breed, these are slotted into the busy Main Ring schedule throughout the day for spectators to enjoy. Somewhat down in numbers compared to its usual status today, the first of these was as usual the Puppy Parade looking to the future of the breed. Each puppy is looked over and cuddled by the Main Ring judge and we all get chance to applaud as they parade around. Good socialisation experience for each one and an early little practice environment for the show dogs.

The Rescue Parade

The next Parade is usually the most emotional as we celebrate Rescue Dogs. All rescued Bernese are eligible and a few tears are usually shed around the ring as their stories are read out as they walk around. Fortunately these particular stories all have happy endings as we can see before us. The Parade is also to appreciate the rescuers of our in need Bernese. No matter how it is organised, how much money is raised or what the needs of the dogs are without the kind and loving people willing to take a Rescue dog into their lives there would simply be no Rescue. So we hope our Rescuers can feel proud of themselves and them and their rescued dogs are boosted by the reception they all get at every Garden Party.

The last Parade of the day sees us celebrate the Golden Oldies of our breed. The breed does have its problems with longevity and health so it is great to celebrate the fact there are dogs that reach good ages and continue to enjoy their days out.

Golden Oldie Parade (some of the dogs are getting on a bit as well!)

Main Ring Fun Classes

Our judge this time was Donna Hughes who show goers may know through her dog Kaos who always has something to say! As well as giving up her day to oversee the Main Ring activities Donna also donated a whole set of impressive engraved glass awards to the winners of the classes. Each of these was individually designed for each class by Donna and I sure everyone who received them would like me to thank Donna for her generosity which the club really appreciates.

CBeautiful Boys

1ST THOMPSON WITH KATHRYN BICKLEY

Thompson has a lovely head with a masculine expression. Beautiful eyes that demand attention and a laid back character that cries out ‘Bernese’.

2ND LOKI WITH JUDITH HARDY

Nice big head with dark eye and lovely bright tan markings. Plush coat leaves you in no doubt of his masculinity. Definitely eye catching.

3RD PARKER WITH POPPY HABBISHOW

Again, lovely head on this one with nice eyes creating a kind, mellow expression.

4TH ROLO WITH ANDY HALLAM

5TH BADGER WITH MALCOLM PETERS

Gorjus Girls

Gorjus Girls Line Up

1ST RONNIE WITH ADELE CHESTER

So laid back I’m not sure she was even awake! She doesn’t need to grab attention, her eye contact is enough for you to know she is thoroughly gorgeous.

2ND GUCCI WITH SUE SMALL

Gucci had the softest coat of all the dogs shown today, in great condition. Her clean markings and gentle temperament really appealed to me.

3RD AURORA WITH SHARON WATSON

Aurora has a lovely shape and very feminine face. She was more interested in playing with her sister today but she still struck a chord with me.

4TH MIA WITH RICHARD FLAXMAN

5TH CASSIE WITH STEPHEN BIGGINS

Dog with the Most Appealing Eyes

Dog with the Most Appealing Eyes (l to r)

1ST QUINCY WITH BERNHARD LINDENAU

I don’t think I have ever seen a dog with eyes so dark as Quincy’s! Strange how despite having jet black eyes, at the same time they could be so bright and welcoming!

2ND ZIKO WITH DIEGO PRADA

In contrast to Quincy; Ziko’s eyes were bright amber, like looking into a bonfire or thick honey. I only managed to write one word to remind me of Ziko’s eyes, that was ‘captivating’ and this is still the only word I can think of. Absolutely stunning, and a very tricky decision between first and second.

3RD BELLE WITH KATIE JONES

And so to a special, heterochromia girl. On one side the truest deep, dark brown so desired in the breed, on the other a blue so clear that it almost gives you chills. Best of both perhaps?

4TH MADDIE WITH KIM FLAXMAN

5TH RALPH WITH MILLIE BOSWELL

Best Cuddle

1ST ZIKO WITH DIEGO PRADA

Clear winner in this class! Cuddled me on command with a big smile on his face! Testament to his owners for the preparation for this one.

2ND BOODLES WITH STEPHEN SMALL

Boodles went with a more understated attempt at a cuddle – we all know Bernese prefer the ‘lean’ to the full on cuddle and Boodle demonstrated the fully committed lean perfectly.

3RD WILLOW WITH BARBARA MAYS

Willow was not afraid to have a few cuddle/leans in her time to shine. They may have been short but she definitely made up with it by trying a few different angles.

4TH LUCY WITH CAROL DAVIES

5TH RHUMBHA WITH LIANNE MARSDEN

Waggiest Tail

Dog with the Waggiest Tail

1ST PADDY WITH LIZ DEDMAN

I know this class is all about the wag, but to say this boy wagged would be an understatement! He did have a possible unfair advantage in that his tail was easily the fluffiest so could not be missed, but despite its size his tail was absolutely the fastest! He topped this one off with a little dance, similar to an Irish jig – had to be the winner.

2ND RHUMBHA WITH LIANNE MARSDEN

Rhumbha fought hard for this one. I don’t know what she was thinking of but something clearly made her very happy! Crazy, happy girl that cannot help but make everyone smile.

3RD ROWEN WITH NORMA WHEELER

It would be fair to say Rowen wasn’t the most enthusiastic at the beginning of the class….it seems her tail wags were reserved for when most needed. Pulled it out of the bag though when I was deciding, gearing up the tail wagging at just the right time.

4TH BOODLES WITH SUE SMALL

5TH JET WITH IZZIE MITCHELL

Best Smile

Dog with the Best Smile

1ST AUGUSTUS WITH CATHERINE ATKINSON

Wow! This boys teeth are so pearly white and he didn’t need any encouragement to show them off. Stunning, infectious smile and such a happy face.

2ND SHANDI WITH KACI BURTON

Shandi went for the more subtle approach in this one. She has a gorgeous, feminine smile which, whilst perhaps not as eye-catching as others, still filled you with happiness

3RD HUEY WITH ABI HARDY

What a gorgeous head Huey has! He has a smile so wide that I could count his back teeth, there was no doubt this happy boy was lapping up all of the attention.

4TH PARKER WITH LAURA STOUT

5TH THOMPSON WITH KATHRYN BICKLEY

Dog most like its owner

Dog Most Like Its Owner (l to r)

1ST MILLIE WITH ELAINE WORRALL

A little bit of preparation involved in this exhibit with matching clothing, hat and glasses – thank you for making the effort! Millie looked adorable and was so relaxed in wearing the items that I think she quite enjoyed it!

2ND THOMPSON WITH KATHRYN BICKLEY

Slightly different to first, I think Thompson’s owners went for more of a ‘Men In Black’ theme with Thompson and Kathryn sporting their sunglasses. Thompson quickly nipped that idea in the bud but managed a photo opportunity for a treat – well played Thompson!

Lots to Say –Best Barker or noisiest dog!

This was the class I personally requested. Anyone who knows my boy Kaos knows he is generally pretty vocal whether in the ring or not (and whether appropriate or not!). I do hope this class continues in other years as I am sure there are more Bernese out there that have PLENTY to say!

1ST THOR WITH ANGELA RODRIGUEZ

Thor was very well prepared for this class and seemed to know he had it in the bag. Took a while to get started, but once started he definitely got his money’s worth of the barks! Way to go Thor – you tell ‘em!

2ND MAVIS AND PHILIP ENGLISH

Mavis went for a more unique approach. Anyone in earshot may have heard a questionable farm animal type noise but nevertheless, she was still the second noisiest dog in the ring. Either way, whether it is a ‘moo’ or a bark or something else – it’s a sound that makes everyone smile.

3RD THOMPSON WITH KATHRYN BICKLEY

Thompson wasn’t too sure what to do in this class but still tried to join in despite looking very confused at the other dogs.

Junior Handling 6-11 years

Easily the most difficult class of the day. I wish I had a first place for every single one of you because everyone answered questions about the dog and managed to follow my requests perfectly.

1ST LETTIE WITH SAMIA DIXON

Samia stood out in this class for her enthusiasm. In her words ‘if it involves running I can do it’. She listened carefully and did exactly what I asked of her, all the time with a huge smile on her face. It was obvious she was enjoying her time with Lettie which is really what showing is all about.

2ND BELLE WITH KATIE JONES

Katie deserves extra special acknowledgement for managing to handle with an injured arm. Katie always paid great attention to Belle at all times, and made sure Belle was happy and comfortable; exactly what a handler should primarily be focussed on.

3RD SHANDI WITH KACI BURTON

Shandi and Kaci had an undeniable bond which was great to see. Kaci listened intently to the instructions and Shandi happily followed along.

4TH ZURI WITH NALA DIXON

5TH DUKE AND NORAH VARKEY

 

Junior Handling 12-16 years

1ST THOMPSON WITH KATHRYN BICKLEY

Stood alone in this class but that was irrelevant. Kathrine listened carefully to my instructions and worked with Thompson to show him really well. Thompson had been in the ring a few times today, which meant he was becoming a little tired, but Kathryn did well to perk him up enough to move nicely.

Best Bad Hair Day – dog or human!

Bad Hair Day (r to l)

1ST CARRICK WITH DI CRAWSHAW

Two words…..PUPPY FLUFF! I didn’t expect to see any puppies in this class, I expected more of the older dogs looking a little dishevelled. Carrick took me by surprise and his puppy fluff is hands down the best type of bad hair day possible.

2ND MILLIE WITH ELAINE WORRELL

Again, a little effort was put in here which I am thankful for. Millie, a little less happy with her hairstyle but still not particularly bothered. Great fun to have matching hair, but personally perhaps you should sack the stylist 😉

3RD WILLOW WITH BARBARA MAYS

Very fluffy and frizzy but still a little too neat to be a ‘bad hair day’, very cute though!

4TH ZURI WITH SAMIA DIXON

Best Brace or Trio (of dogs!)

Best Brace or Trio of Dogs (r to l)

1ST NAPOLEON, NINA WITH BELLE WITH FIONA HALLAM

Nobody said the trio had to be synchronised! Fiona – how on earth did you manage so many well placed, co-ordinated Bernese positions within one class. Every time I looked over at the Hallam-clan there was a different set-up whilst remaining always even and very well behaved. Had to be first place!

2ND RHUMBHA, JETHRO, TANGO AND TYNZEL WITH LIANNE MARSDEN

Just a selection of the Riot Squad, but enough to cover all bases. Rhumbha brings the crazy, first to greet anyone with a good old crotch rub……Jethro the gentleman, waiting patiently for his time for a fuss. Tango is just gorgeous, with a little of fun thrown in but the highlight of this ‘double brace’ was Tynzel sneaking into the ring when nobody was watching. Who needs 3 Bernese when you can have 4?

3RD MADDIE AND MIA WITH KIM FLAXMAN

So very well behaved, reminded me of gorgeous furry bookends.

4TH LOTTIE AND TESS WITH STEPHEN BIGGINS AND TIM WILLIAMS

5TH LETTIE AND ZURI WITH SAMIA DIXON

Best Party Trick

Trickier than I anticipated to judge this one…

1ST LETTIE WITH SAMIA DIXON

Lettie started off a little confused in this class but soon remembered her training. What was exceptional about Lettie’s trick, a walk through the legs/figure 8 through the legs, was that it had been taught by Samia. Way to go Samia, keep up the training and I hope to see Lettie doing more tricks in the future!

2ND THOMPSON WITH KATHRYN BICKLEY

Again, a little confused and mistook ‘roll over’ with ‘play dead’ – a very easy mistake to make. Very enthusiastic and reminded me of my own boy at times….he knew Kathryn wanted him to do something, but resorted to guess the trick in an attempt to get the treat. Still, a lovely ‘play dead’ in the end (somewhat of a relief I must say since I was told that Thompson can ‘do dead’! thankfully he was just pretending!).

 

Best 6 legs

Best 6 Legs (r to l)

1ST TEDDI and SHEILA CANTRELL

Clear winner, assisted heavily by the pre-class preparations. Sheila, I don’t know how long it has been since you have shaved your legs but I think a wax might be due! Lovely tri markings though – I wasn’t too sure Teddi was as impressed.

2ND ZURI and NALA DIXON

Loved the idea with this one. Zuri had pink toes and Nala had pink sparkly wellies ! I am sure Zuri would have liked to be involved in the glitter too!

3RD BOBBY and KATIE JONES

Not entirely sure where we were going with this one, but Bobby had the cutest little feet in the ring today so the tiny feet won it!

4TH LETTIE and JENNA DIXON

 

Judge’s favourite

Thank you to whoever sent my boy into the ring for this one as ‘undercover’! Obviously I had to whisper to him that he will always be my favourite, but the awards needed to go to someone else…..

1ST TYNZEL WITH LIANNE MARSDEN

As mentioned previously, Tynzel invited herself into my ring in a previous class. She is the most gorgeous of older ladies, and I have no doubt she can wrap anyone around her paw! She can invite herself wherever she likes, whenever she likes – Tynzel you are were definitely my favourite and I hope you have many more years of getting your own way!

2ND MADDIE WITH KIM FLAXMAN

Maddie has a lovely clean, kind expression. The kind of expression and lovable character everyone wants and expects when they are looking for a Bernese.

3RD LIVVI WITH GRETA CATCHPOLE

So laid back she was practically asleep! I could see Livvi being so easy to live with, yet that constant companion we all love.

4TH RONNIE WITH ADELE CHESTER

5TH BOODLES WITH SUE SMALL

Character Assessment

Character Assessments by qualified independent assessors are always made available for members at the Garden Parties. Our club Code of Ethics recommends character assessment on breeding stock and character is traditionally the number 1 consideration in breeding stock. We want to preserve our breed’s temperament so it makes sense to ask breeders to do this. There are many reasons why having a good character assessment is a good idea for your dog so we hope to see these opportunities being taken up by more members in the future.

Our assessor for the day was Jude Brendon who regularly fullfils this role for us and we are always grateful for her expertise.

 

Graded Excellent

Kernow Rock Legacy – bitch (Dollar) – Mrs Shandy Bridges
Glanzberg See The Sun – bitch (Mia) – Mrs Kim Flaxman
Kyleburn Night Waitress – bitch (Shandi) – Mrs Sheryl Friend
Jesterbrook Alpine Joy at Enchambray – bitch (Lola)- Mrs Chris Handley
Enchambray Waterloo – dog (Bond) – Mr David Walton
Graded Pass
Szarhegyaljai Fifty Fifty – dog (Maximus) – Mr Owen Copeland

Good Citizens

Whilst not involved in any direct club recommendation in the way Character Assessment is, the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen dog scheme allows owners to get their dogs graded on a scale which includes behaviour and basic temperament, which says something about your dog. There are three levels and these are all available at the Garden Party and although, in line with KC regulations Silver and Gold have to be booked in advance, Bronze can be entered on the day. Details of these awards can be found on the KC web site and we hope more members take advantage of this opportunity.

Our assessor today was Gill Culliford who unfortunately was taken ill and had to leave early, we hope she made a swift recovery.

Bronze Pass

Napoleon vom Durrbachler Wald at Waldershelf (Rolo) – Fiona Hallam
Cullumbern Roman Legion (Parker) – Cullumbern Roman Legion -Laura Stout

Fun and Games

Sometime around the middle of the day we hold some games in the main ring which are usually very popular both inside and outside the ring. These are supposed to be a bit of fun and entertainment but it is clear that some people must have not fed their dogs for days in order to gain an edge in the Biscuit Catching!! The Musical Sitz is always a highlight of  the day although many stages have to be rerun because it is too close to call, where is VAR when you need it!

BEST BISCUIT CATCHER

Best Biscuit Catcher (r to l)

1ST PHOEBE AND KATE REDDY

2ND BOOTS (aka SHMOOTLE VAN TOOTLE) AND BEN PETERS

3RD ROLO AND ANDY HALLAM (Ed note: Yes Andy, we accept you were the highest placed Bernese!!)

4TH RONNIE AND ADELE CHESTER

5TH MADDIE AND KIM FLAXMAN

BISCUIT AND SPOON RACE

Biscuit & Spoon Race (r to l)

1ST THOMPSON AND KATHYRN BICKLEY

2ND MIA AND RICHARD FLAXMAN

3RD ZURI AND NALA DIXON

4TH BLUE AND KATE REDDY

MUSICAL SITZ

Musical Sitz (l to r)

1ST LETTIE AND JENNA DIXON

2ND BADGER WITH MALCOLM PETERS

3RD POPPY AND SAMIA DIXON

4TH GRACIE AND TIA ELLIS

5TH ZURI AND NALA DIXON