The New Year has brought a new injection of enthusiasm at Waterswarren. We are looking forward to being "out and about" a little more than the previous year and on the home front have some exciting plans.
The first outing of the year was to be Manchester Championship Show where breed specialist Wendy Willey (Speeton) drew a fabulous entry. We took along Charlie (W. Willy Wonka) and were thrilled when he came out in the top spot in the Post Graduate dog class. The biggest class of the day and in some very good company. This is his second PG win since moving up and we are extremely pleased with his results. The jump from Junior to PG can sometimes be a bit daunting. The sun was shining brightly all day long and we couldn't have wished for a nicer start to the showing year.
The Lancashire & Cheshire ESS Club held their open show at the end of the month and we travelled along to seek the opinion of breed specialist judge Jo Cunliffe (Fallenleaf). Charlie (W. Willy Wonka) started the day on fine form winning the GD. We were delighted when in the dog challenge he was declared Reserve Best Dog. On to the girls and our youngest Trinny (W. Worth A Tri) who now seems to appreciate it's far better to move on four feet rather than two gave us a respectable 3rd place in Yearling.
The day then continued to improve when Charlie was called in to challenge for Reserve Best In Show against the Best Bitch, he showed his little socks off the claim the title of Reserve Best In Show. This young lad continues to delight us both in and out the ring and we're hoping the future for him will be bright.
Into month two already, where does the time go!!!!
First "Stupid O'Clock" start of the year saw a trip to the Southern ESS Society Championship Show, the judge of the day being breed specialst John Palmer (Roandew). We were pleased with Charlie's (W. Willy Wonka) 2nd place in the Graduate Class. Even more of a thrill was the famous Banoffee Pie made by Chris Savell, the diet and good intentions went complately out of the window, as it remains completely irresistable.
The 22nd of March saw us making the road trip up to Bonnie Scotland and the ESS Club of Scotland Championship Show to seek the opinion of judge Mr Don Miller.
We had a great journey and arrived to a bright crisp spring morning in the beautiful Scottish hills.
Charlie was in the largest class of the day PG Dog and I was delighted when he took the top spot over some quality exhibits. The day then became a dream when in the dog challenge he was awarded the RDCC, this is a Waterswarren first as although we have had CC's in the past this marks our first ever reserve ticket. I cannot express how delighted I am with our Charlie Wonka he is a complete joy to live with and his personality is both amusing and entertaining. He never lets me down in the ring either always willing to please and rarely putting a foot wrong.
All in all a great albeit long day xxx
The 2nd of March and we took a quick trip up the road to the Midland ESS Open Show where the judge of the day was breed specialist Jackie Weyman (Spuffing). A great show where Charlie (W. Willy Wonka) headed a nice Graduate class adding another red rossette to his ever growing awards board, and a huge bag of biscuits which I'm sure he will share with his girls. I was extremely naughty at luchtime as I couldn't resist the Banoffee Pie made by Kay Woodward, it was absolutely fabulous so much so that I simply had to have a second helping.
Great news Charlie's (W. Willy Wonka) hip score results are back and we're pleased that he is close to the breed median score and below the breed average. His score under the BVA KC scheme is 5:5 making a total score of 10.
Well as I sit here feeling as though a train has run over me we look back on yesterday and the spectacular that is Crufts!!!!
We've broken another Waterswarren record by coming home cardless but I am more than happy with the performance both Charlie and Trinny gave in the ring. Charlie was in Post Graduate Dog and Trinny in Yearling Bitch both big classes and they both did me proud, regardless of the results. Trinny even managed all the way around with four feet firmly on the ground - whey hey!!!!!!
The day started well with Paul coming along for support and help with the physical endurance of actually getting in to the NEC and to the bench, a task I would not have managed alone, must improve my fitness for next year, or employ "help". On arriving at the benches we'd got an end bench - RESULT!!!!!!! Sadly the day then went downhill - hey ho, it's one show out of the year, we'll dust ourselves off and continue.
It was lovely to catch up with friends with many of our extended Waterswarren family coming along to offer support which is much appreciated. Trinny enjoyed attempting to steal the cuddly toys from passing children and we were overwhelmed with the compliments of both our fur kids.
Well done to all our friends who did well xx
A couple of show misses in April due to home and family committments - getting the dog v home balance can sometimes be a bit of a juggling act but we think we get the balance about right
Over the Easter weekend I travelled to Lancashire to Judge and had a lovely day I wish to thank the exhibitors who entered.
The 26th April saw the first trip of the season to Malvern for W.E.L.K.S. with the judge of the day being breed specialist Yvonne Billows (Robil). The weather was kind enough to let us get unpacked and in before spoiling but at least the majority of the dog classes were able to be judged outside, always a benefit. I was thrilled with Charlie who was placed 2nd in a large Post Graduate class in fine company.
Not a great deal of show news this month, however there is news of a different type. We have invested in a caravan!!!! Following a couple of successful trips we are now wondering why we didn't do this years ago. Anyone in a multiple dog household will appreciate how difficult it can be trying to get away on holiday, well we now have the perfect solution, they come along too. We have found a lovely site in the North Yorkshire Moors where all four Waterswarren four legs are welcome and they are enjoying all their new adventures. The beach is a firm favourite as always and Babs is certain she will eventually catch a sea gull.
We did travel to Stafford for the National Dog Show this month for the opinion of judge Penny Williams. We were pleased with Charlie's 2nd place in Post Graduate, he seems to be holding his own up with the big boys in this class.
I also had the pleasure of judging at a Companion Show over the Bank Holiday. I make no apologies for finding my BIS winner in......... you guessed it an ESS, she was lovely.
June started as May ended with me at the other side of the ring in the hot seat.
I was delighted to be invited to judge Cocker Spaniels and ESS Bitches at Ripon & District CS Open Show, delighted further by my entry in both breeds. Thank you to all the exhibitors for seeking my opinion and for the sporting manner in which my decisions were taken. Thanks also to my co-judge Beth Holt (Bethryn) who had the task of judging the ESS Dogs. Can you believe with no prior communication we both arrived wearning very similar jackets. We found our BOB in Ken & Wendy Willey's Melverly What Style and BPIB in Jo Cunliffe & Angela Chandler's Chanangel Falling Leaf. Extremely pleased to hear that BOB & BPIB in both breeds featured in the respective groups.
June also saw the Northern ESS Society Championship Show a speacial show as the society is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. We were so hoping that Babs would make her first apperance in Veteran at this show but sadly her coat is taking longer than anticipated to grow back following her surgery earlier in the year. We did however have a full turnout as we took her along NFC.
The judge of the day Per Iversen (Norway) awarded Charlie the Post Graduate class to which we were thrilled as there were some lovely dogs present. Trinny and Charlie then both took part in the Special Awards the society holds to give numbers to up and coming judges. We were delighted when Trinny was awarded VHC in the Post Graduate class under judge Sally Foster. Back to the show proper and Trinny (despite her lunatic antics) was placed 2nd in Post Graduate, meaning she is now qualified for Crufts 2015. Just to answer the question raised by many, no, I actually can't do anything with her, ha ha. She'll learn eventually. Millie also faired well gaining a good 3rd place in Limit. All in all a super day both in and out of the ring.
A road trip up North for Border Union and a very interesting trip it was. Wildlife was out in force and on our travels we encountered a baby fox cub, a young deer, countless magpies (we gave up on the rhyme after two for joy several times ha ha), numerous pigeons with a death wish, hundreds of sheep, my favourite woolly coooows, and even llamas, I was however most disappointed not to have rounded the trip off with a badger. We arrived at the show early and decided to set up camp on some spare benches as the ground (although in the rings was good) was a tad muddy. Charlie was up first in the biggest class of the day Post Graduate. Strong not only in numbers but in quality too. I was delighted with his second place, he's holding his own and at only two years old has plenty of time on his side for top honours to come. Millie then was to take to the ring in Limit bitch, I was thrilled when she was placed first. Judge today was breed specialist Wendy Walker (Dexbenella).
How much can you cram in to one day????? Well the 4th of July was certainly a fun filled day for Charlie Wonka and I.
Early start and Charlie and I travelled to Peterborough for the East of England Championship show where the judge in the hot seat was breed specialist Jane Eyeington awarding her first set of CC's in the breed, drawing a very good entry. Charlie was placed 2nd in Post Graduate, delighted that he continues to hold his own in one of the strongest (and largest) classes.
We then hurtled back up the A1 to unpack, re-pack and head of for a bit of R&R at the caravan. I think Charlie made it quite clear that given the option he'd much rather run free through the Ryedale countryside than around the show ring.
After a few weeks break from the show ring in favour of the caravan, we made the long trip to Three Counties Showground in Malvern for National Gundog Association, one of my favourite shows of the year. Casting her eye over the breed today was breed specialist Kay Woodward (Wadeson) who drew a magnificent entry of 114 dogs.
Charlie was in the biggest class of the day which was not only numerically strong but packed with some very nice exhibits. I was really pleased to be pulled out in second place behind only the eventual Dog CC winner.
On the home front it's all systems go in the garden with the addition of a pond and the planned arrival of artificial grass, no more pee stains for us, can't wait...............
With the garden almost finished and looking simply fabulous we made the epic journey down to Bournemouth Championship Show where Angela Mitchell was judging.
Only Charlie with me today and once again Post Graduate was a very numerically strong class. We were pleased to be placed second, again behind the eventual Dog CC winner who went on to be awarded BOB.
Wow!!!!!! September already where on earth is the time going???
Richmond Championship Show saw us make the long. long journey down south for the opinion of Tom Graham. Just Charlie entered today and he was placed 4th in Post Graduate.
The following weekend we decided to give Darlington a miss due to an extremely busy work load both at work and at home which had left me completely exhausted. The day prior friends and I took part in the Cancer Research, Race for Life, Pretty Muddy 5k at Clumber Park and I cannot thank my doggy friends enough for their support and donations to this fantastic cause.
We now look towards the end of the year and are looking forward to the final few shows before Christmas. We are also rather excited as plans are afoot at Waterswarren.................................watch this space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Autumn falls and sad but true it's my favourite season of the year. This year it is however tinged with sadness as it's the month that the caravan site closes - what are we going to do at weekends now?????
On the 5th we made the short journey to the beautiful Ripon Racecourse for the Northern ESS Society open show where the judge for the day was Jane Graham. Today marked a very special day as Reggie (Cepen Changin Places with Waterswarren) made his show comeback in the Veteran class, I can't thank his Mummy Lynsay enough for giving me the opportunity to show him again. He was foot perfect in the ring showing all the years of training (aka brainwashing) eventually paid off and went on to be awarded Best Veteran in Show. His son Charlie didn't let me down either with a nice 2nd in the PG class.
We now look to forward to the final couple of shows of the year, I also very much am looking forward to judging again next month, chipping away at those numbers as we go.
We do have plans afoot at Waterswarren too but not wishing to tempt fate my lips for the moment are sealed xx
Well we've finally had the news we've been waiting for and it's good. Both Trinny and Millie are in whelp with puppies expected at the end of the month. The proud father of Millie's baby (yes just the one) is our own Charlie Wonka, for Trinny we were delighted to have the opportunity to use a dog that is not only a fabulous example of the breed but also has qualities we hope will compliment Trinny producing lovely puppies, the sire is Sh Ch Mompesson Cavendish.
On the show front November was a quite month for us with only one outing. This being the Midland ESS Society Championship Show the judge for the day being breed specialist Frances Jackskson. Charlie was entered in Post Graduate, again the biggest class of the day with no less than 13 exhibits, I was thrilled and delighted when he took the top spot, this proved to be his last Post Graduate class as he had now "won out" so will have to go up in to Limit in the New Year. In the challenge he showed his little socks off and I couldn't have been happier with him, alas a piece of green card evaded us today, I'm sure his time will come. Today was a special days for us as Babs made her Veteran debut, I can hardly believe she is seven it seems only yesterday I collected her from Ann and will forever be in her debt for allowing me such a fabulous bitch to build our foundation upon. Babs did well for me, putting in a good (albeit slightly exhuberant) performance and I was pleased with her second place. I can see Princess Barbara and I having quite a bit of fun in her golden years.
I can't forget to mention the fabulous buffet lunch laid on by the Midland committee. It was scrumptious and congratulations must go to the catering team who did a stirling job.
I fell I must also mention how disappointed I was to be unable to fulfill my judging appointment at Guildford & District CS Open Show, I had a wonderful entry and it certainly wasn't a decision I took lightly. Following Millie's scan it became clear that only one (very large) puppy was viable and as I hadn't blood tested I could not be entirely sure that I hadn't made an error with the dates. This would account for the low number and unfortunately the possible due date fell on the day of my appointment. Anticipating problems, as happen frequently with singleton births I made the decision to withdraw from my appointment. I thank the exhibitors who have contacted me to show their support in this decision.
December already??!!?? Another year draws to a close and we look back on 2014 with fond memories.
Charlie Wonka has been our star of the year picking up a RCC and gaining his Stud Book Number also RBIS and the L&C ESS Open and numerous class wins, Trinny Tri also did us proud and qualified for Crufts 2015 despite only being shown a handful of times. It has been a year tinged with sadness however as Babs suffered a pyometra early in the year therefore had to undergo an emergency spey meaning no more Babs babies. I can only be thankful that she is now fully recovered and looking forward to her Veteran career and I have her beautiful daughter Millie who will be making a return to the ring following her maternity duties.
2014 also saw up embark on the caravan world and what a delight that has been. We've enjoyed many weekends away, walking on the beach and exploring new places. The dogs certainly know what their weekend choice would be and we're looking forward to more trips during the coming year.
No shows for us in December but busy, busy as puppies have arrived.
Trinny has done us so proud and she now is nursing four daughters and two sons all chunky babies and a mix of Liver & White and Liver, White & Tans as we expected. She initially was a bit of a clumsy mother but now a couple of weeks in she seems to have settled down and is doing a grand job.
As we expected Millie only had the one puppy a gorgeous daughter whom we have named Waterswarren Waterlily, Lily to her friends. I did consider the name WhitERwash as she is very very white, something that I can see past but am aware there are many that cannot.
We are very much looking forward to seeing how the babies develop and are quitely hopeful that there could be a little star in the making. It is however early days.
Details of both litters can be viewed on our "Current Litters" page, and there is the possibility some may be available to suitable homes. Should you wish to register and interest please in the first instance e-mail us.
Before I sign off for the year I wish to say thank you to all the judges who have thought highly of our dogs over the year and also to our fellow exhibitors for their support through the bad times and congratulations through the good times. Also massive thanks to those who continue to steer me in the right direction and offer their endless advice and encouragement, you know who you are xxx
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and we wish you every success for 2015 xxx