The weather was extremely kind to us for the Club’s 2019 Championship show at our usual venue of the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh kindly sponsored by Royal Canin who donate food bags for all our winners.
An entry of 47 dogs and 64 bitches awaited judges Mark Wakeland (Dogs) and Trish Barr (Bitches).
In Dogs Mark found his CC winner in Shandy Bridges’ Kernow Troubadour JW, winning his 3rd and crowning CC that day. The Reserve CC was awarded to Julie Baldwin’s Ch Meadowpark First Class for Fortonpark. Best Puppy Dog was Shandy Bridges’ Kernow Easy Rider. Best Veteran Dog was Penny Cooke & Jim Stevens’ Tickbern Ridin’High.
In Bitches Trish found her CC winner in Shandy Bridges’ Kernow All My Loving, handled by Emma Akehurst, also winning her crowning CC on the day. The Reserve CC was awarded to Julie Baldwin’s Ch Fortonpark Sez I’m Classy. Best Puppy Bitch was Penny Cooke & Jim Stevens’ Penelope Du Roi Des Lacs (Imp France) at her first show in the UK. Best Veteran Bitch was Jayne & Terry Richards’ Ch Tickbern Naughty But Nice von Richenbern.
Someone will know, is this a record; for a dog & a bitch from the same kennel to be made up on the same day at the GB Club show?
Our judges agreed on Best in Show and this was awarded to Shandy’s Kernow Troubadour. Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex was awarded to the bitch Kernow All My Loving.
Our referee, Tony Granger was called upon to adjudicate for the Best Puppy in Show award, which he decided should be awarded to Shandy Bridges’ Kernow Easy Rider. Best Opposite Sex puppy, Reserve Best Puppy and Best Minor Puppy in Show was awarded to Penny Cooke & Jim Stevens’ Penelope Du Roi Des Lacs (Imp France).
Best Veteran in Show was awarded to Jayne & Terry Richards’ Ch Tickbern Naughty But Nice von Richenbern.
At lunchtime our Chair, Heather Head, officiated over the Junior handling classes where the Best Junior Handler was Sofia Ishaque, aged 10. Heather then went on to judge the new venture for us; the Club members’ Memorial Open Stakes, with prize money offered for 1st to 4th place. Shandy Bridges’ triumphed in this class too with Kernow Troubadour JW. A great day for Shandy. (Heather’s Judge’s Report can be found at the bottom of page).
These events were followed by the traditional celebration of current Champion with 6 champions, including 2 Irish Champions, parading in the main ring.
In the Obedience ring Sandra Gatward stewarded for our judge for the day, Dave Pierson. Our thanks to him for getting through the 15 entries in good time. This year we judged each class in turn with the “stays” at the end of each class, which seemed to lead to a much more efficient timetable. This allowed the points tally for the day and year to be made promptly and the relevant trophies and awards given out in the main ring just before Best in Show.
Best Working dog of the day and winner of the 2019 Grand Prix award, Best Overall Working Dog for the year at club events, was Sandra Hallam’s Arvella Sparkle at Oldberne.
The committee hope everyone enjoyed their day and extend their sincere thanks to those non committee folk who helped the show run smoothly especially Peter Thompson, Barbara Peter and David Robertson who are not on the committee but partners of people who are and give us invaluable assistance. Our stewards were Joe Smith, Sam Avery, Wendy & Michelle Smee and particular thanks are extended to Paul Gardner who stepped in at the last minute to take the photographs for this page, while Steve Green was at the far end of the building overseeing the Histio tests available to any Bernese on the day. 14 tests were carried out by Dr Rich Irvine and we hope to repeat this opportunity at future events.
A selection of photos of the day will be seen on this page but all the photos from the show are available, as usual, on our Smugmug Photo display site. Click on the link to view them all, you can either look at them in total or even better click on the play arrow to view a full screen slide show. This album contains over 100 photographs of the day and while you are there why not find your way to view albums of other club events over the last few years.
Judges Reports can be found after the results and photos so scroll down this page for the Dog Judge’s Report from Mark Wakeland Bitch Judge’s Report from Trish Barr the Lunchtime classes report from Heather Head (all available now).
1st & Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Show Bridges’ Kernow Easy Rider, 2nd Wilson’s Blumental Cadfael, 3rd King, Green and Dedman’s Parwizz vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella (imp Nld)
1st Hartley-Mair’s Meadowpark Talk About Class, 2nd Miles’ Jaybiem Modus Operandi, 3rd Watkins Monalou Paul Hollywood, Res Fairclough’s Monalou Galloping Gourmet, VHC Round’s Collansues Wildest Dreams
1st Hartley-Mair’s Carraigbern Lasting Impression for Meadowpark, 2nd Bridges’ Kernow Troublue, 3rd Flanagan’s Callansues Magical Spell, Res Round’s Collansues Wildest Dreams, VHC Butcher’s Athersbern Passchendaele at Jenzobern
1st Evans’ Harvestbank I’m a Believer, 2nd Whyte’s Kernow Loving Life
1st Rodriguez & Scutt’s Homer De Llobu Astur (Imp Esp), 2nd Evans’ Harvestbank I’m a Believer
1st Galen-Bisping’s Kernow Something Buzzy at Celticberrns, 2nd Butcher’s Arvella Mr Penny Pincher at Jenzobern, 3rd Rodriguez & Scutt’s Homer De Llobu Astur (Imp Esp)
1st King & Green’s Joseph vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella, 2nd Bridges’ Deerpark Traveling Man v Kernow (Imp USA), 3rd Miles’ Jaybiem Stan Innovation, Res Akehurst’s Jesterbrook Alpine Storm
1st Gurney’s Monalou Just Call Me Oleg, 2nd Fairclough’s Monalou Spirit of Discovery ShCM, 3rd Cooke & Stevens’ Tickbern Vagabond, Res Wort’s Bernfawr In Demand at Glorybern, VHC Watson’s Jesterbrook Alpine Glory at Stepdashar, HC Butcher’s Arvella Mr Penny Pincher at Jenzobern
1st & Best Dog & Best In Show Bridges’ Kernow Troubadour, 2nd Gurney’s Monalou Russian Ambassador, 3rd Baldwin’s Ch Tjofselinas Z Daimuz at Fortonpark (Imp Swe), Res Benson’s Ir Ch Bernervaley Yogie Bear, VHC Scott’s Welshbern One Vision at Schobern (ShCM, HC Vaychkus & Vaickus’ Flintas Kalnu Suo at Bernaroso ShCM (Imp Lt)
1st & Res Best Dog Ch Baldwin’s Meadowpark First Class for Fortonpark, 2nd Green’s Ch Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure for Arvella (Imp Can)
1st Cooke & Stevens’ Tickbern Ridin’ High, 2nd Ch Collansues Wildest Dreams
1st & Best Bitch Puppy & Reserve BPiS Cooke & Stevens’ Penelope Du Roi Des Lacs (Imp Fra), 2nd Rossall’s Stormberne Classical Storm, 3rd Morgan’s Judabern Lucky Lou, Res Copeland’s Matera’s Summerlin South
1st Rossall’s Stormberne Classical Storm, 2nd Riseborough’s Malindibeach Seranade at Moonbach, 3rd Small’s Malindibeach Boodles of Fun, Res Mrozowska’s Lawenda Przyniose Ci Szczescie FCI
1st Flanagan’s Collansues Lexi’s Pot of Gold, 2nd King & Green’s Olivia vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella (Imp Nld), 3rd Brown’s Collansues Lexi’s High Flyer of Delphinia, Res Vaychkus & Vaickus’ Beraroso Afina Pallada, VHC Fraser-Macnamar & Gabrhel’s Vicki Codeli Girls (Imp Czk), HC Cooke & Steven’s Tickbern What a Mischief
1st Baldwin’s Fortonpark Classic Design, 2nd Bridges’ Kernow Rock Legacy, 3rd Flaxman’s Nelstepbern Madamoiselle Res Fraser-Macnamar & Gabrihel’s Vicki Codeli Girls (Imp Czk)
1st Brown’s Collansues Lexi’s High Flyer of Delphinia, 2nd Flanagans Something Rosie, 3rd Riseborough’s Malindibeach Seranade at Moonbach
1st Flanagan’s Collansues Precious Rock, 2nd Small’s Malindibeach Faberge Fancy, 3rd Harris’ Meadowpark Dancin’ On My Own
1st Baldwin’s Fortonpark Designer Record, 2nd Miles’ Save Dallas Kiss for Jaybiem, 3rd Flaxman’s Glanzberg See The Sun
1st King & Bramble’s Shirdees Miss Congeniality, 2nd Hartley-Mair’s Meadowpark Special Blend, 3rd Weston’s Bernfawr Jonquill, Res Gurney’s Monalou Cara Mia, VHC Watson’s Staubach Quiana At Stepdashar
1st & Best Bitch & Reserve BiS Bridges’ Kernow All My Loving, 2nd Marsden & Robertson’s Trudaleaze Majik Potion, 3rd Morgan’s Welshbern Sweet Lady at Judabern, Res Peacocke’s Meadowpark Everlasting Love, VHC Watson’s Stepdashar Sommer Girl, HC Hartley-Mair’s Touch of Class
1st & Reserve Best Bitch Ch Baldwin’s Fortonpark Sez I’m Classy, 2nd Ch Miles’ Jaybiem My My My JW
1st & Best Veteran in Show Richard’s Tickbern Naughty But Nice von Richenbern, 2nd Gurney’s Ch Monalou Fanny Craddock, 3rd Flanagan’s Collansues Rosebud, Res Stelmach & Davis’ Chippis Diamond in the Sky
1st Sofia Ishaque (10 yrs)
2nd Camilla-Rose Vaychkus (6yrs)
3rd Michalina Kluge (9 yrs)
1st Bridges’ Kernow Troubadour, 2nd Bridges’ Kernow All My Loving, 3rd Green’s Ch Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure for Arvella (Imp Can)
1st Akehurst’s Jesterbrook Alpine Storm
1st Owen’s Bollinger Boo, 2nd Akehurst’s Jesterbrook Alpine Storm, 3rd Messih & Hill’s Chippis Diamonds Wish
1st Stelmach & Davis’ Chippis Diamond in the Sky, 2nd Owen’s Bollinger Boo, 3rd Messih & Hill’s Chippis Diamonds Wish
1st Hallam’s Arvella Sparkles at Oldberne, 2nd Small’s Malindibeach Faberge Fancy, 3rd Stelmach & Davis’ Chippis Diamond in the Sky, 4th Peters’ Ardenbridge Robey
1st Small’s Malindibeach Faberge Fancy, 2nd Brown’s Staubach Mjosa von der Wald of Delphinia, 3rd Owen’s Bollinger Boo
Also during lunchtime, whilst the judges are at lunch, the usual Champions Parade was held, today supported by 6 Champions. Each dog parades around the ring whilst a few details of their achievements are read out. We thank everyone for supporting this feature which always generates good interest around the ring.
It was a privilege and an honour to be invited to judge the BMDC of GB Championship Show, and I would like to express my gratitude to the committee and the exhibitors for their support. We were blessed with fine weather and as ever, the organisation and planning were top-notch. Thanks also to my stewards on the day who did a sterling job.
As ever, some exhibits were of a higher quality than others, but the good news is that that the absentee rate was very low, all the exhibits were presented in good condition, clean and tidy, and all temperaments were sound. There was not one shy or nervous dog all day. The handling in general was also very good, with only the odd hiccup with either an over-exuberant dog or inexperienced handler but nothing that prevented me from fully assessing the dog both by hands-on and observing movement.
Class 1 Minor Puppy Dog (0 Entries)
Class 2 Puppy Dog (3 Entries, 3 Present)
1st & Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Show Bridges’ Kernow Easy Rider. 11mth old dog, well built with good substance. Good head for age but yet to develop fully. Excellent conformation with good depth of chest, level topline and nicely rounded croup and correct tail carriage. Moved well with a surprisingly light and even gait given his size and age which is much to his credit. Pleased to award Best Dog Puppy and also see him awarded BPIS. 2nd Wilson’s Blumental Cadfael, Of lighter build than 1st, (they are similar age) but nevertheless sufficient bone and substance for age. Pleasing head with good tight, dark eye. Can sometimes lose his topline a little when stood, but otherwise makes for a good outline. Moved well, with a strong reach and energy, although at the moment a little wide in front. 3rd King, Green and Dedman’s Parwizz vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella (imp Nld) Another 11mth old dog. Good size and shape, if a little rump high at the moment – not untypical for his age. Good head and expression and well built. Moved a little erratically which detracted only slightly from an otherwise positive impression, and he’s clearly very proud of his tail which he likes to fly a tad too high!
Class 3 Junior Dog (9,9)
1st Hartley-Mair’s Meadowpark Talk About Class, 17mth old dog who made a strong showing today in a big class with depth of quality. He fits the shape of the Bernese template very well, with a strong head, good shoulders and depth of chest, straight back and well-rounded croup. Plenty of bone and substance and an overall impression of solidity and the ability to do the job he was bred for. Moved out with good drive and animation. Well-schooled and in tune with his handler. 2nd Miles’ Jaybiem Modus Operandi, Another 17mth old, and another quality exhibit in a close and tightly contested class. Good head and expression, excellent front, strong topline and good, well angulated hindquarters. Showed and handled well and moved out with aplomb. 3rd Watkins Monalou Paul Hollywood, 14mth old and of slightly lighter frame. Nevertheless, made a good showing with good conformation, and a steady and purposeful gait. Res Fairclough’s Monalou Galloping Gourmet, VHC Round’s Collansues Wildest Dreams
Class 4 Yearling Dog (5,5)
1st Hartley-Mair’s Carraigbern Lasting Impression for Meadowpark, 21mth old dog who looked good and showed well. Substantial and well-proportioned male with a good head, dark aye, correct stop and ear placement. Well defined front, level topline and strong, well angulated rear. Good movement which actually improved as the class progressed, I thought he looked a little ponderous at first, but once into his stride he has a rhythmical, driving stride which is deceptively efficient. Well-presented and in good condition. 2nd Bridges’ Kernow Troublue, 3rd Flanagan’s Callansues Magical Spell, Well bodied and developing well, although his head shape has yet to fully develop. He has a good profile, well angulated and moved well. Res Round’s Collansues Wildest Dreams, VHC Butcher’s Athersbern Passchendaele at Jenzobern
Class 5 Novice Dog (3,2)
1st Evans’ Harvestbank I’m a Believer, pleasing head with a good stop and dark eye, perhaps a tad loose in flews. Of generally sound conformation but lacking a little angulation at the rear. Moved out well with a puroposeful stride, which won him the class. 2nd Whyte’s Kernow Loving Life. A young dog (also showed in Junior class) who is quite exuberant – a bit of a handful for his handler at the moment but he went better in this class than the previous one. Still looks immature, but a good head and reach of neck, good forequarters but when moving runs a little too close at the back.
Class 6 Graduate Dog (2,2)
1st Rodriguez & Scutt’s Homer De Llobu Astur (Imp Esp), Looked good in profile with a well proportioned outline. Good broad head and kindly expression. Well boned with a strong forequarter and level topline, well angulated hindquarters. Moved reasonably well, but perhaps a little unwieldly and would like to see more drive. 2nd Evans’ Harvestbank I’m a Believer
Class 7 Post Graduate Dog (3,3)
1st Galen-Bisping’s Kernow Something Buzzy at Celticberrns, Compact but well built dog. Good head and expression and his slightly asymmetric facial markings do not detract from an otherwise pleasing head. Seemed to want to sit down whenever the judge approached (perhaps he has a little bit of Bernese mischievousness!) but I can forgive him that as he is generally well built with a good musculature which inevitably leads to a sound and strong movement. 2nd Butcher’s Arvella Mr Penny Pincher at Jenzobern, There’s a lot to like here – he has a good strong head, a level topline and standing presents a solid picture – although he tail is a fraction short. His movement let him down today, tendency to run wide in front and close at rear. 3rd Rodriguez & Scutt’s Homer De Llobu Astur (Imp Esp)
Class 8 Mid-Limit Dog (6,4)
1st King & Green’s Joseph vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella,pleasing hsape and sufficient substance, but not heavily boned, he nevertheless has a good head and expression. Well defined front and a level topline lead to a nicely constructed rear quarter. Moved out well with good extension and a strong gait. Well handled. 2nd Bridges’ Deerpark Traveling Man v Kernow (Imp USA), Substantial male with well defined front, strong shoulders and good depth of chest. Topline not quite as strong as 1st, but has powerful hindquarters with sufficient angulation. Moved soundly but would like to see a little more animation and drive 3rd Miles’ Jaybiem Stan Innovation, Good sized male of correct angles and proportions. Good head and expression, good reach of neck, strong topline and well angulated. Moved strongly but has an unusually low tail carriage which detracted from an otherwise positive picture. Res Akehurst’s Jesterbrook Alpine Storm.
Class 9 Limit Dog (7,7)
1st Gurney’s Monalou Just Call Me Oleg good sized sized male with good bone and substance,strong head with well defined stop, and good width. Nice tight, almond eye and good ear set. Well angulated front and rear and in good condition with strong well defined musculature. He held his Moved steadily with a strong even gait. 2nd Fairclough’s Monalou Spirit of Discovery ShCM, Slightly less substance than 1st, but nevertheless quite sufficient. He is well shaped, with a good head and makes for a pleasing silhouette with good neck, well defined front, good topline and well shaped rear. He moved well enough but would prefer a little more drive and animation – or put more simply, a bit of oomph! 3rd Cooke & Stevens’ Tickbern Vagabond, smaller dog overall, but good things do sometimes come in small packages. He is within standard and has a good shape and conformation. His forte is his movement which has a free flowing, even cadence. Res Wort’s Bernfawr In Demand at Glorybern, VHC Watson’s Jesterbrook Alpine Glory at Stepdashar, HC Butcher’s Arvella Mr Penny Pincher at Jenzobern
Class 10 Open Dog (9, 7)
1st Bridges’ Kernow Troubadour, substantial mature male who made a strong showing today. Good head with well-shaped muzzle, good dark almond eye. Reach of neck into strong level topline, well angled, and well-constructed rear quarters. He looks – and feels (he is well muscled) – utterly capable of doing the job he was bred for. He moved well with a steady but positive drive. Delighted to award Best Dog & Best In Show 2nd Gurney’s Monalou Russian Ambassador, substantial male who presented very well. Good square front with excellent substance, strong shoulders and well angulated front and rear. Moved strongly, but not quite with the same panache as the winner. 3rd Baldwin’s Ch Tjofselinas Z Daimuz at Fortonpark (Imp Swe), Another quality exhibit in a strong class. Good head, well angled forequarters, good depth of chest, level topline and well angulated hindquarters. Just lost out on movement today as he looked a fraction wide in front. Res Benson’s Ir Ch Bernervaley Yogie Bear, VHC Scott’s Welshbern One Vision at Schobern (ShCM, HC Vaychkus & Vaickus’ Flintas Kalnu Suo at Bernaroso ShCM (Imp Lt)
Class 11 Champion Dog (3,2)
1st Ch Baldwin’s Meadowpark First Class for Fortonpark, it’s (almost) a given that there will be quality exhibits in a champions class and this male is clearly worthy of his title. Well made, with a textbook profile. Well proportioned head, good reach of neck into level topline. Strong fore chest, spring of rib and loin. Well made rear quarters. Moved with assurance – an easy flowing gait giving the impression he could move like that all day. Delighted to see him awarded RCC and Reserve Best Dog.Reserve best dog 2nd Green’s Ch Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure for Arvella (Imp Can) Unsurprisingly, another quality dog deserving of his tile. Substantial and well muscled, he presents an excellent picture. His movement today was not his strongest attribute and against the winner he appeared a little cumbersome and laboured.
Veteran Dog (2,1)
It is always a particular pleasure to judge the veterans in our breed, and this class was no exception. Two dogs, both in good condition and belying their advancing years. It was a shame I didn’t have two 1st place red rosettes but the reality is someone had to come second, albeit by the very slimmest of margins. I do believe that the veterans in our breed are to be celebrated, particularly when still in such fine condition as these two. 1st Cooke & Stevens’ Tickbern Ridin’ High, shown in good condition and looking in fine fettle. He is clearly fit and healthy and belies his advancing years. Good head with good dentition, level top-line, well angled front and rear, good musculature and moved with a strong even gait. 2nd Ch Collansues Wildest Dreams. Substantial, well built male of size and substance. Lost out only on the tightest of margins as his movement – although still very good – was perhaps not quite as good as winner but I really was splitting hairs.
My thanks to Committee for the kind invitation, and it was a privilege to Judge their Championship show this year. The hardworking committee ran an excellent show, even the weather cooperated with lovely sunshine and my efficient stewards Sam Avery and Joe Smith kept the ring running smoothly all day. The majority of dogs were beautifully presented, clean and well groomed, a credit to their owners. The standard calls for a ratio of 9:10, slightly longer than square, but I found many bitches proportions too long.
MINOR PUPPY BITCH (4)
1st Cooke and Steven’s Penelope Du Roi Des Lacs. Gorgeous 7 month old attending her first show, lovely head, dark eye, very pretty, good length of neck, and a well proportioned body. Movement was very sound and steady with a lovely wagging tail. A very promising puppy. Best Puppy Bitch and Reserve Best Puppy in Show
2nd Rossall Stormberne Classical Storm. 7 months old, different type of head to 1st, slightly longer in the muzzle, dark eyes, good length of neck, more mature than 1st, well bodied with good bone, strong positive movement, and a happy temperament. Another promising puppy.
3rd Morgan Judabern Lucky Lou. 8 months old, pretty feminine head, well set ears, dark eyes. Well bodied, with good bone. Not the angulation of 1 and 2, and her movement was somewhat erratic.
PUPPY BITCH (4)
1st Rossall Stormberne Classical Storm (2nd in Minor Puppy)
2nd Riseborough Malindibeach Serenade at Moonbach. 10 months old, feminine head, dark eyes and sweet expression. Narrow throughout at the moment, and uncoordinated on the move, but plenty of time to come together. Shown in good condition.
3rd Small Malindibeach Boodles of Fun. Litter sister to 2nd, and very similar, plainer in the head, very slim and fit, in hard condition. Moved well, good temperament.
JUNIOR BITCH (12.4)
1ST Flanagan Collansues Lexi’s Pot of Gold. 17 months old, medium sized, substantial bitch, typical head and expression, with well set ears, moderate length of neck, well angulated front and rear, rounded rump, ample bone and neat cat feet. Movement was sound and positive.
2nd King & Green Olivia Vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella Imp (Nld) 15 months old, very typical head with dark eyes giving a soft expression. Well sprung ribs, level topline, good bone and neat feet. Good angulation front and rear, producing strong steady movement.
3rd Brown Collansues Lexi’s High Flyer of Delphinia. Litter sister to 1st, feminine head with dark expressive eyes, well bodied, with ample bone, shown in hard condition. Very sound movement, happy girl with a wagging tail.
YEARLING BITCH (6.2)
1st Baldwin Fortonpark Classic Design. 2 year old medium sized pretty bitch, good head with dark eyes, moderate length of neck into a well angulated front, shapely and well proportioned, ample bone and neat feet. Excellent hind angles and she moved very soundly keeping her topline. Shown in excellent coat and condition. A lovely young bitch – very promising.
2nd Bridges Kernow Rock Legacy. Lovely type, strong but feminine, gorgeous melting expression, well set ears, slightly stuffy in the neck which spoiled her outline. Good spring of rib, well boned. Moved freely and soundly with a firm topline.
3rd Flaxman Nelstephbern Madamoiselle. 21 months old, above medium sized. Out of coat today, plainer in the head with broad white markings. Good basic construction, well angulated front and rear. Movement was erratic but sound, she needs time to settle and fill her frame, and come together with her handler.
NOVICE BITCH (4.1)
1st Brown Collansues Lexi’s High Flyer of Delphinia. 3rd in Junior Bitch.
2nd Flanagan Collansues Something Rosie. 3 year old medium sized bitch, pretty head, moderate length of neck, strong bone, a longer caste bitch, she was losing her topline and flying her tail on the move, which spoiled her outline. Good coat and condition.
3rd Riseborough Malindibeach Serenade at Moonbach 2nd in Puppy Bitch
POST GRADUATE BITCH (5.2)
1st Flanagan Collansues Precious Rock. 3 years old, medium sized, an attractive bitch with kind expressive dark eyes. Well proportioned, correct angulation front and rear which showed in her free, easy movement. A lovely type, happy girl with a wagging tail.
2nd Small Malindibeach Faberge Fancy. 4 years old, smaller more slightly built bitch than 1st. Heavier in the muzzle, dark eyes, moderate length of neck, neat and compact body, with enough bone for her size. Good angulation front and rear, a sound tidy mover, shown in hard, fit condition.
3rd Harris Meadowpark Dancing on my Own. Medium sized, pretty, feminine girl, slightly round eyes, thin white blaze. Moderate bone and substance, long caste. Not so strong and positive in her hind movement. Shown in good condition with a gleaming black coat.
MID LIMIT BITCH (7.4)
1st Baldwin Fortonpark Designer Record. 4 years old medium size, feminine head with correct length of neck into well laid shoulder, deep brisket and well sprung ribs. Rounded rump, correct tail carriage. Side movement good but a bit wide coming towards.
2nd Miles Save Dallas Kiss for Jaybiem. Another sound and balanced bitch, feminine head with a soft expression, well bodied, good bone into neat feet, well carried tail, and she moved sound and true, not the overall condition of 1st.
3rd Flaxman Glanzberg See the Sun. Medium sized, she was completely out of coat today. Correct head, dark eyes, slightly longer caste, moderate bone and substance. Happy temperament and she moved well.
LIMIT BITCH (12.5)
1st King & Bramble Shirdees Miss Congeniality JW. Very impressive looking girl, top sized, strong but feminine, typical head, dark eyes, good length of neck, good spring of rib but slightly longer caste. Well boned straight front into neat feet, correct hind angulation. Shown in excellent condition with a gleaming black coat. Well handled, and she moved effortlessly around the ring.
2nd Hartley-Mair Meadowpark Special Blend. A smaller sized, neat looking bitch. Strong head and heavier in the muzzle than 1st. correct proportions giving a balanced silhouette. Shown in excellent coat and condition, moved soundly with purpose but a tad wide coming towards.
3rd Weston Bernfawr Jonquill. Medium sized strong purposeful bitch, still maintaining her femininity. Dark almond shape eyes, well set ears, medium length of neck, slightly longer proportions causing her to dip slightly behind the withers and loose her topline on the move. A sound and steady mover, a good honest type of bitch.
OPEN BITCH (11.2)
A really strong class of excellent bitches. The first three would all be worthy champions.
1st Bridges Kernow All My Loving. This bitch really caught my eye, she just oozes breed type, beautiful head with dark almond shape eyes and melting expression. She is strong but utterly feminine, excellent bone into tight feet, well sprung ribs, correct angulation front and rear. She moves very positively with good reach and drive, and correct tail carriage. Shown in lovely coat and condition, BCC and Reserve Best in show in agreement with my co-judge. Delighted she gained her title today, congratulations.
2nd Marsden & Robertson Trudaleaze Majik Potion. Another lovely mature bitch, plainer, and not as striking as 1st in head, dark almond shape eyes, moderate length of neck. She is well proportioned and balanced, giving an excellent outline when standing and on the move. A very happy, honest type of bitch with clean effortless movement.
3rd Morgan Welshbern Sweet Lady at Judabern. Very aptly named. Medium sized, typical bitch with nothing overdone, pretty feminine head, dark eyes, well set ears, soft expression. A shapely girl with correct proportions giving a balanced outline both standing and on the move. Free easy mover, shown in lovely coat and condition and well handled.
CHAMPION BITCH (2)
1st Baldwin CH Fortonpark Sez I’m Classy. Another living up to her name. Just 2 years old, medium size, beautifully proportioned with nothing overdone, excellent shape and outline. Feminine head, classic markings, dark eyes giving that lovely soft expression. Correct angulation front and rear, strong straight bone into neat feet. Movement was free and easy, maintaining a level topline, with correct tail carriage. Shown in immaculate coat and condition. RCC
2nd Miles CH Jaybiem My My MY JW. 3 years old, larger more substantial girl than 1st, excellent headpiece, dark almond eyes giving a typical expression. Standing she appears slightly stuffy in the neck. Well boned, and good spring of rib, rounded rump, correct tail carriage. Slightly down on her pasterns. Moved steady and soundly. A very honest type of bitch.
VETERAN BITCH (4)
1st Richards. CH Tickbern Naughty But Nice Von Richenbern. At 91/2 years old she really belies her age. A very pretty, alert, feminine bitch, and she still has a fabulous figure. Correct proportions that give her a lovely balanced outline both standing and on the move. She was shown in excellent condition, her coat was black and silky. Very clean and precise movement, she just flew around the ring. An absolute credit to her owners. Pleased my co-judge agreed with me to award her Best Veteran in Show.
2nd Gurney CH Monalou Fanny Craddock JW. 8 years old, another gorgeous girl, excellent breed type. Beautiful head, pretty with a soft melting expression. More substantial than 1st, strong bone, well bodied, rounded rump and a good tail set. Standing she looks a picture, but unfortunately she was reluctant to co-operate with her handler on the move.
3rd Flanagan Collansues Rosebud. 8 year old, medium sized bitch. Lovely feminine head, still looking alert. Moderate length of neck, well angulated front, excellent hind angulation. Carrying a few extra pounds now which spoilt her over all shape and outline. Moved out soundly and freely.
Trish Barr (Judge)
BMDC of GB Memorial Open Stakes ( 5/3)
1st: Bridges. Kernow Troubadour JW
A three year old dog of excellent type, more than suitable as the perfect draught dog. Not the most glamourous of dogs, but on examining him was found to have excellent conformation. Lots of substance without fat, strong bone, plenty of muscle and lovely typical shape. Strong, masculine head, good eye shape for benign expression, enough stop and desired tight lips to make a very pleasing appearance. Correct dentition. Would prefer a deeper pigment of tan, but perfectly adequate. Lovely sloping shoulder, enough neck, rounded rib and level top-line. Came into his own on the move, reaching out well in front and following through with drive. Moved at a steady pace, sound and agile. Loved his calm and friendly temperament. Delighted that this dog went on to win Best in Show and his Championship.
2nd Bridges. Kernow All my Loving
Imagine a very beautiful, feminine version of the winning dog. Another typical dog from the same kennel with all the attributes of the winner. Sweet, kind expression, almond eye, good stop and correct dentition. Good length of neck, long sloping shoulder into strong boned legs. Tight, cat-like feet. Deeper pigment of tan. Lovely rounded rib, plenty of body length for a bitch and correct proportions of 9/10. Excellent tail set and rounded rump, making a delightful picture in the stance. Moved out with strength and confidence. Only beaten on the tiniest of margins. What a day! This lovely bitch went on to win Reserve Best in Show and her Championship too! Many congratulations to both of the owners/handlers.
3rd Green. Ch Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure for Arvella ( Imp Can)
It is obvious that this dog really is “Pure Pleasure”, but not giving his best today. The weather was very hot and as he carries a full coat, found it difficult to move with the energy of the younger exhibits. Nevertheless a beautiful, typical Bernese with all the attributes of a Champion. Steady, calm temperament, excellent conformation, substance and type. Carrying a little extra weight. Sound movement, if rather laboured today. Well done.
Junior Handling Association
Class 6-11 years.
What a sweet class to judge. 3 young ladies, two of which had never shown a dog before, let alone a large breed. They all managed their dogs beautifully and were a credit to their breed and their parents. All three girls do need to listen to the judge’s instructions, but perhaps the responsibility of holding on to their charges was overwhelming. Excellent try all round though.
1st Sofia Ishaque aged 10.
Obviously the most experienced of the three girls, Sofia handled her dog very well and was able to show me the bite, without suffocating the dog with fingers up the nostrils! Had good command of her charge, made sure the legs were placed four square and that the dog was confident to be examined. Moved out in control and when asked to re-run so that she wasn’t placed between the judge and the dog, managed adequately. Well done.
2nd Camilla-Rose Vaychkus aged 6
What a little charmer! This very young lady worked so hard to keep in control of her charge when the dog was intent on trying to get back to Mum. Lovely dog, she managed very well for one so young, as she talked to her dog and did her best to move out together. Did a reasonable circuit of the ring and will learn the rules as she practises more. Very well done for your first effort. Keep going!
3rd Michalina Kluge aged 9
Another young lady, showing for the first time and dressed beautifully in a full Swiss outfit. Really looked the part and had a well-mannered dog to handle too. Must learn how to show the bite to avoid a struggle and a large sigh! I think nerves took over when moving, as she did not heed my instructions on a re-run to allow the judge to see the dog on the move at all sides.
A very good effort and all three girls will hopefully grow up to exhibit dogs as a great hobby.
Judge: Heather Head ( Millermead )
Obedience Judge’s Report by Dave Pierson
Thank you to the committee for inviting me to this special event, and an especially huge thank you to Sandra stewarding for me. I am informed that obedience is not a Bernese’s favourite pastime, but from what I saw, I am sure, for some of them, it could be.
Special Pre Beginner
Winner – Jesterbrock Alpine Storm
“Gibbs” walked the round consistently next to mum, with the occasional lag behind.
I believe with a bit more work on Gibb’s attention, progress to the next levels will be quite rapid. Well done to you both
Winner – Bollinger Boo
“Bolli” Neat heelwork rounds with a little bit of lagging and bit wide of Mum on the turns.
Recall, unfortunately there was something on the ground more interesting than galloping back to mum, with a bit of a crooked sit but lovely finish. Broke sit stay very early on losing heavy marks.
Second – Jesterbrock Alpine Storm
“Gibbs” a duplicate of his earlier round but unfortunately broke sit stay at 5 seconds. Would have been in running for 1st otherwise.
Third – Chippis Diamonds Wish
“Annie” it would appear this girl had decided it was her day off. But was steadfast in her sit and down stays.
Winner – Chippis Diamond in the Sky
“Lucy” what a nice clean round, consistently close and lovely sit. Recall was steady with clean present and finish. A lovely clean present and finish in retrieve. Clear stays.
Second – Bollinger Boo
“Bolli” a little bit of lagging and wides on lead, but came together nicely during off lead. Nice recall and retrieves, but could do with a bit more neatness on present. Very costly early break in his sit stay.
Third – Chippis Diamonds Wish
“Annie” got it nicely together for the heal on lead round, nice and close with a few wides. Bit of a slow starter on recall but presented and finished nicely. Clear Stay round.
Winner – Arvella Sparkles at Oldberne
“Fizz” What a super round with not much to mark, unfortunately broke the sit stay, but still a clear winner. Well done and good luck for the future.
Second – Malindibeach Faberge Fancy
“Faberge” Nice and consistent positioning both on and off lead could do with a bit more practice on the turns, perfect recall. Retrieve not far off. Clear stays
Third – Chippis Diamond in the Sky
“Lucy” Tried very hard for her mum, but I think the earlier rounds had taken its toll. Lovely recall and clear stays
Fourth – Ardenbridge Robey
“Badger” Worked his on lead better than off, Dad worked his socks off to keep Badger going but it was a hot day and I think he thought he had better things to do.
Winner – Malindibeach Faberge Fancy
“Faberge” Again a nice consistent round, a repeat of her earlier novice round.
Second – Staubach Njosa Von Der Wald off Delphinia
“Phinia” neat round both on and off lead, a few wides and bit of lagging costing marks. Nice recall but lost a bit for a crooked present, but made up for it in the retrieve. Clear stays.
Third – Bollinger Boo
“Bolly” a bit of lagging and wides on heelwork, on and off lead. Did not want to sit still in the recall and not quite getting it together in the retrieve, losing marks and costing second place. Clear stays