12 Sep 2021 Autumn Garden Party
1971 – 2021
Sunday September 5th
Autumn Garden Party 2021
‘Build it and they will come’ is a phrase that might sum this Garden Party up. We decided to go ahead and planned for this week-end when COVID restrictions were still significantly restricting society and it was still something of a gamble to arrange it. However I think we can safely say that the gamble paid off! This had to be our largest Garden Party ever at Priors Marston Sports and Social Club following on from the largest Open show we have had in years the day before and the largest evening event we have ever had at the Garden Party on the night in-between. Our first events for almost 2 years certainly demonstrated our club members and others are ready to get going again, …. and also strongly emphasised that most of your committee are two years older!
A massive thank you to everyone who came and supported our event and contributed to such a successful day.
What an intense and busy week-end it turned into and keeping things going in the unpredicted heat on Sunday was extremely hard work at times and there are some very, very appreciated people who stepped in to help to prevent us being overwhelmed and the event would have been very different without them. Many of the committee and their associates worked hard in the kitchen all day and we have to give special mention to Simon Gould who spontaneously gave up almost his whole day to cook burgers and sausage for the large numbers we had to cope with.
For those who have asked about her, the lady who collapsed on Sunday afternoon and needed the ambulance is recovering well and big thanks to the people who stepped forward to help, especially Katie, a nurse, and partner Ben who stayed for over two hours to assist.
Thank yous, reports, results and more photos will appear here in the days and weeks to come as they become available and as we are able to post them, so please keep coming back to this page as it builds.
With thanks to those responsible, to give a little flavour of the event here is a link to a You Tube video of the event including drone footage which was taken well into the afternoon when many people had left.
For a look at lots of great photos of this event and the previous evening’s ‘Pre Garden Party, Party’, please look at the Autumn GP gallery on our Smugmug pages Please note there are still many more photos to be added to this gallery so keep revisiting our site. Please be aware you can click on the ‘play arrow’ in the options near the bottom right of the top picture on the page to generate a slide show of all the images or just click on any photo to be able to scroll through them all at your own pace.
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Results and Reports
One important and often under mentioned aspect of the Garden Parties is the Character Testing and the KC Good Citizens Assessment that takes place and is provided as a service to Members. The former is a recommended good practice for breeding dogs by the Club’s Code of Ethics and the latter is a long established part of the Kennel Club’s drive for well behaved dog’s and responsible owners. Places sometimes have to be limited due to demand so it is essential to book in advance and priority is given to Bernese but other breeds can sometimes be accommodated. Both events are assessed on the day by qualified independent assessors who give up their day to assess our breed and, as always, we are grateful to Jude Brendon and Gill Culliford for fulfilling these roles today.
Seeing as these are the first results available they can have a well deserved first billing for a change!
There are three grades given, Excellent, Pass and Fail. Anyone with a (very rare) fail should think seriously about breeding with such a dog if that was being considered.
Chippis Diamonds Wish – Ms Lesley Messih & Mr Brian Hill
Cullumbern Milano JW – Karen Bird
Kernow Blue Saphire – Mary Houghton & Sheila Hartwell
Kernow Loving Pledge – Emma Akehurst
Tamarabern Tia Mkira Abjess – Jackie Best
Trudaleaze He’s Fab You Lous – Michelle & Owen Copeland
Waldershelf Magic Mabel – Dr Rich Irvine & Mr Paul Forrester
Waldershelf Can’t Ignora – Mr S Mrs J & Miss E V Green
Waldershelf Much Love Martha – Mr S Mrs J & Miss E V Green
Bernaroso Born to be Queen – Olgan Vaychkus
Khaleesi Z Deikowej Doliny – Kristiana Milune
Kennel Club Good Citizens Testing
Two levels were offered today, Bronze and the next level of Silver, and dogs simply either pass or fail at each level.
Nora – Waldershelf Can’t Ignora – Steve, Jeanette & Emily Green
Barnaby – Trudaleaze Hes Fabulous You Lous – Michelle Copeland
Merryn – Bruce Hellingsworth
Mia – Belle Owen
May – Owen Copeland
Onyx – Chris Heap
Teddy (BMD Cross) – C. Munnerley
Honey – Millermead Welsh Honey (W. Cardigan Corgi) – Heather Head
Barnaby – Trudaleaze Hes Fab You Lous – Michelle Copeland
Nora – Waldershelf Can’t Ignora – Steve Jeanette & Emily Green
Find out more about the KC Good Citizens scheme here
Some dogs did not give registered names and sometimes the owner’s names are those bringing them through the test and will not necessarily exactly match the recorded owners. All are Bernese Mountain Dogs unless otherwise stated.
The Main Ring
The Main Ring with the variety of events held in it is, in many ways, the focal point of the Garden Party. This event saw the Main Ring under the new stewardship of Fiona Hallam assisted by Paul Edwards on camera duties. Lianne somehow found time to help them out as well and together things ran quite smoothly considering the amount of people present. Many people commented on what a great job Fiona did on the microphone and there certainly seemed to be a friendly and happy positive vibe coming from the very busy ring all day. Well Done Fi.
We are very grateful to Paul who was conscripted at a late stage to help with photography and did a brilliant job. You can see or link to his photos from this page to see for yourself and more photos will appear.
Main Ring Judge Jayne Adams seemed to be having a good time in there but kept up the fun levels for everyone, especially in the cuddles class where things were beginning to go a bit too far at times! Jayne set the tone for the day when she asked for it to be announced that the judge likes gin, I’m not sure if she realised we would broadcast it and I daren’t ask if anyone gave her any gin!
Scroll down this page or more results from the Main Ring.
Every Garden Party has working events in the form of Agility, Obedience and of course Carting. Points are awarded for places in these competitions and these are collated to give a Best Overall Working Dog of the Day. This year several levels of the tie break procedure had to be used to award Top Dog to Shadow owned by a delighted Debbie Morgan who just shaded Sandras Hallam’s Fizz into a very close 2nd place.
More Photos, Results and reports will appear on this page when they become available.
Each Garden Party hosts a full set of Working Cart classes organised by the Working Cart Group managed by Di Crawshaw and Chris Handley. Beginners are welcome to come and learn about the course and try their dogs in a cart subject subject to the first draft procedure. Handled correctly most Bernese take to this very easily and prove to be natural carters and once assessed as up to an appropriate level are awarded their First Draft accompanied by a good bag supplied by the club. This event saw ten new carters given their First Draft award although some had gone home on Sunday afternoon when the awards were given out.
Happy First Draft receivers with their ‘newly competent’ carting dogs
If you have a Bernese and are interested in carting why not come and make contact at the next Garden Party and give your dog a go, equipment is provided and you will enjoy working with your dog doing what he or she was meant to do. From completing First Draft many dogs move quickly and smoothly onto the first level of the Beginners course and enjoy it so much they are soon asking the question, “Where can I get a cart?”.
Tobi – 7 years – Sheila Cantrell
Tess – 7 years – Margaret Bailey
Bollinger – 8 years – Belle Owen
Hugo – 7 years – Robert Yarker
Phina – 7 years – Keith Brown
Norman – 8 years – Chris Handley
Florence – 7 years- Debbie Morgan
The Working Cart classes were judged by Andy Smith, except for his own scored round judged by Di Crawshaw
Beginners Working Carts
1st Paddy Rebecca King 125 points
2nd Bond Chris Handley 122 points
3rd Libby Rebecca King 121 points
4th Mia Belle Owen 120 points
5th Lola Chris Handley 119 points
Barnaby & Michelle Copeland were not placed but they did gain a pass on their first cart course having done 1st draft this weekend. Two other first drafts also did very well.
1st Rosie Elaine Spalding 166 points
2nd Ted Rebecca King 163 points
3rd Shadow Debbie Morgan 160 points
4th Fizz Sandra Hallam 159 points
5th Bramble Andy Smith 156 points
Advanced Carting Course
1st Torin Di Crawshaw 215 points
Medals Advanced Working Carts
1st Phina Keith Brown 244 points
2nd Norman Chris Handley 236 points
3rd Florence Debbie Morgan 212 points
We were very grateful to the ever reliable Babs Munson for stepping in as a late replacement for our original judge. As usual guided practice and training was available throughout the morning with the competitions being held in the afternoon. This is Babs’ report.
Well hello again everyone and thank you to all of you who came over to try your paws at agility. As usual the weather was kind to us but that did mean that it got very hot midday for the dogs to safely run, which is one reason we had a lunch break, the other was that I was hungry.
It is always wonderful to see the wide range of abilities from total novices to those that complete the course so effortlessly. Sometimes we (the Royal “we”) get one that is such a novice professional. What I mean by that is a youngster (6 months old) who seemed to naturally know what to do and wasn’t phased by anything she was asked to do. Lottie I look forward to seeing you again at another Garden Party because you are an absolute star.
I must say thank you to Lianne and the committee for allowing me to come and get my annual BMD “fix”, to my sister. Lesley, who did a sterling job with the paperwork and to James, who has grown into a wonderful kind, thoughtful young man who was an immense help in setting up the course and picking up poles.
Our final results were as follows:-
1st Sue Brown with Delta with a clear round in 35.46 secs
2nd Bruce Hellingsworth with Rayna 2 faults
3rd Sue Small with Delta with 4 faults.
1st Debbie Morgan with Shadow clear in 50.32 secs
2nd Elaine with Rosie clear in 56.01secs
3rd Izzy with Lottie clear in 1min 14.57 secs
4th Lesley with Ali with 2 faults
5th Bruce with Merryn with 4 faults
1st Tai with Mayba clear in 40.23 seconds
2nd Sarah McTighe with Anya 4 faults
3rd Sandra Hallam with Fizz 8 faults
I must also mention Tai, with Mayba, whose daughter was so keen to have a go and did a sterling job and listened to tips she was given. I do think this could be a pairing well worth watching at future events.
Thank you again to you all and I hope to see you all again in 2022
Judging obedience for us for the first time today was Loryn Oliver who said she really enjoyed the week-end she spent with us.
Have A Go:
1st Trio Keith Brown
2nd Lyra Debbie Buck
3rd Florence Debbie Morgan
4th Shadow Debbie Morgan
5th Barney Karen Wheeler
1st Glory Bruce Hellingsworth
2nd Boodles Sue Small
3rd Mia Belle Owen
4th Indy Sherry Round
5th Merryn Bruce Hellingsworth
1st Fizz Sandra Hallam
2nd Lilly Sue Maddox
3rd Burley Aileen Barnard
4th Georgie David Maddox
5th Phina Keith Brown
1st Delta Sue Brown
2nd Burley Aileen Barnard
3rd Lilly Sue Maddox
4th Gucci Sue Small
5th Georgie David Maddox
Main Ring Results
Judged by Jayne Adams
1st Teddy Tom Philpott-Clark
2nd Hercules Amir Boroumamd
3rd Brigg Pam Jones
4th Toblerone AJ Parker
5th Bernie David Stevens
1st Tia Jackie Best
2nd Boodles Steven Small
3rd Armarni Sue Small
4th Elsie Sarah McTighe
5th Ruby Judith Hardy
Dog With The Most Appealing Eyes
1st Quincey Bernhard Lindenau
2nd Buffy Camilla Rose Vaychkus
3rd Shelby Derek Jones
4th Monty Finlay & Jacob Jones
5th Nugget Sarah McTighe
1st Heidi Joe Beasley
2nd Bernie David Stebbings
3rd Inka Justin Davis
4th Armarni Sue Small
5th Boodles Steven Small
1st Peggy Sue Judy Harris
2nd Bobby Katie Jone
3rd Lottie Izzy Mitchell
4th Sven Ollie Wenn
5th Bear Beverley Harry
1st Ralfie Aimee Lobban
2nd Heidi Liz Beasley
3rd Bailey Bev West
4th Bailey Bev Harry
5th Sam Helen Easter
Dog Most Like It’s Owner
1st Teddi John Cantrell
2nd Monty Finlay Jones
3rd Lulu Ellie-Rose
4th Taya Karen Reeves
5th Bobby Katie Jones
Lots To Say 0r Best barker or noisiest dog or even the funniest!!
1st Noodle Sean Jones
2nd Bobby Katie Jones
3rd Nala Rosie Nichol
4th Alba Kirsty Broadbent
Junior Handler 6 – 11 years
1st Mayba Una Tsui
2nd Buffy Camilla Rose Vaychkus
3rd Penny Noah Fall
4th Belle Katie Jones
Junior Handler 12 – 16 years
1st Belle Oliver Jones
Best Bad hair Day – dog or human!
1st Monty Jacob Jones
2nd Penny Noah Fall
3rd Bobby Katie Jones
4th Buffy Camilla Rose Vaychkus
Best Brace or Trio – of Dogs
1st Brigg & Dessa Pam Jones
2nd Willow & Holly Barbara Mays
3rd Phoebe & PeggySue Malcolm Peter
4th Buffy & Flint Camilla Rose Vaychkus
5th Albert & Baloo Kirsty Broadbent
Best Party Trick
1st Hercules Amir Boroumamd
2nd Noodle Emily Young
3rd Holly Jane Barnard
Best 6 legs
1st Lulu Ellie-Rose
2nd Monty Finlay Jones
3rd Kalfi Lewis
4th Buffy Camilla Rose Vaychkus
5th Teddi Sheila Cantrell
1st PeggySue Barbara Peters
2nd Teddi Shiela Cantrell
3rd Buffy Camilla Rose Vaychkus
4th Freya Dani Andrews
5th Holly Barbara Mays
Decorated Carting classes
Our Judge with the unenviable task of judging the Decorated Cart Classes was Jean Hellingsworth. These classes are usually the most entertaining of the day as we marvel at the ingenuity and work of the carters with their Swiss costumes of interpretation or the given theme.
1st Norman & Lola with Chris Handley
2nd Florence & Shadow with Debbie Morgan
3rd Tess with Margaret Bailey
4th Lulu with Elaine Worrall & Ellie-Rose
5th Tobi with Sheila Cantrell
Fancy Dress – Superhero’s
1st Tobi Sheila Cantrell – Batman
2nd Norman Chris Handley – Iron Man
Best Carting Turnout
1st Tobi Shiela Cantrell
2nd Mia Belle Owen
3rd Hugo Robert Yarker
Our last to be mentioned set of events in the Main Ring are our Parades which are spread through the day’s programme. Our usual ones are Rescue, Veteran and Puppy but this year, due to the absence of any chance for our puppies to show off last year we added a Junior Parade for the class of 2020 to play catch up and get their chance in the limelight. The Veteran and Rescue Parades are particularly popular as the dog’s stories are told and we can publicly thank our Rescuers and appreciate our Golden Oldies. For the puppies, and to a lesser extent the Juniors this year, it is a chance to be the centre of attention and receive some valuable socialisation with attention from a stranger.
We thank everyone who brought their dogs into our Parades today and, in absolutely no particular order whatsoever, here are the names of the dogs that took place in our each one.
Rescue/Rehome Dog Line up
Berni, Mabyn, Roxy, Folly, Burley, Rosie, Cody, Otto, Ruby, Bella, Rhumbha, Shelby, Tessa, Bolly & Mia
Tango, Loki, Keeva, Norman, Riley, Dessa, Burley, Bolly, Lottie, Mako, Florence, Quincey, Tobi, Tiger, Tess, Phoebe, Phina, Mayba & Belle
Fraggle, Ronnie, Teddy, Ruby, Bear, Morse, Nellie, Doug, Teddy, Lottie, Ginny, Marti, PegguSue, Arthur, Gus, Monty, Edie, George, Hercules, Teddy & Jive
Pixie, Maverick, Rafferty, Barnaby, Floyd, Daisy, Sam, Bernie, Holly, Bobby, Baloo, Eddie, Bobby, Bailey, Luna, Nora, Penny, Bailey, Otto, Armarni, Phoebe, Fenn, Mabel, Monty & Cody,