Going Around

Do disqualifications really benefit a breed? - 22/03/2017

IT IS ONE of life’s anomalies that some overseas breed Standards list disqualifications whereas others do not. Those which do usually centre around size or colour, and of course Standards vary from country to country...

Incredible double for Jason - 15/03/2017

Well, it’s all over for another year and those of us who were in Birmingham for a full week are exhausted! My good friend Lesley Chalmers arrived in Liverpool a few days ahead of Crufts and then we drove down together to the Regency Corus Hotel in...

Judges’ experience and qualifications - 14/03/2017

I HAD BEEN looking forward enormously to judging once again in Valladolid, Spain, not just because the officials of the all-breeds have over the years become good friends...

Gardening from a distance - 08/03/2017

I was shocked and saddened to read on Facebook of the passing of Dan Kiedrowski, one of the most fascinating men I have ever met. Dan was the original publisher of the much acclaimed Terrier Type magazine in the US...

Estonia continues to impress - 01/03/2017

EACH TIME I visit Estonia to judge I am impressed – with the organisation of the shows, the hospitality given to judges, the efficiency of the ring personnel and the high quality of the dogs in so many breeds.

Critique writing and assessing show potential - 22/02/2017

On a crisp Sunday morning I headed south for Weobley in Herefordshire where the beautifully-appointed village hall was the venue for an all-day seminar which the Hungarian Pumi Club UK had put on for its members.

When you can’t see the wood for the trees - 14/02/2017

One of the most fascinating aspects of Facebook is the old film footage that appears on the news feed from time to time and recently a Pathé news clip came up which covered Crufts in 1965.

Manchester line-up lifts the spirits - 08/02/2017

Having felt quite depressed in recent weeks about some aspects of the present-day dog world, the first championship show of the year lifted my spirits considerably...

The changing face of the purebred dog breeder - 31/01/2017

When dog shows first began the participants tended to be polarised from the social spectrum. There were the wealthy landowners, who could afford to pay for gamekeepers and numerous kennel staff and who kept primarily working gundogs and built...

AKC National Championship - 25/01/2017

The American Kennel Club’s National Championship show is spread over two days, the Saturday and Sunday, which rounds off a full week of dog shows held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Frenchies Galore and Chow Chow specialty - 17/01/2017

My Thursday assignment in Orlando for the Central Florida Kennel Club consisted of French Bulldogs, Longcoat Chihuahuas and Chinese Crested Dogs, all of them fielding large entries, particularly the French Bulldogs which were a real pleasure.

Sunny start to Orlando week - 11/01/2017

As I was unable to judge for the Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay on the Tuesday, as this would have taken me over the annual limit for overseas judges in the US, my first show in Orlando was for Brevard Kennel Club.

Snow comes to Springfield - 04/01/2017

The final day of the Holiday Classic Cluster was a chilly one and snow had been forecast for the remainder of the weekend, which did not thrill those of us who were leaving early on Monday for Orlando and hoping to get out of the local airport...

Pembroke bounces back in all Welsh final - 22/12/2016

This year the Eastern Dog Club shows were dedicated to past president and long-time member, Bulldog fancier and judge Bruce Smith who died in January. Also in the big ring a special Meritorious Service Award was made to Saturday’s BIS judge Peter...

Champlain Valley Rumbles! - 20/12/2016

My Friday at Champlain Valley was a busy day. I started with just two Norwich Terriers, both champion males where BOB went to the dog with the better bite though in many ways I preferred the other dog in size and outline.

From Florida to Massachussets - 14/12/2016

When planning my December American trip, in view of the fact that I was having to judge for four days in Massachusetts before the Orlando week I decided to fly into Orlando first, and spend a few days at the home of Irish Boxer lover Liesl...

Transatlantic comparisons - 07/12/2016

As I set off for my latest judging trip to the US it is interesting to reflect on the dog scenes here in the UK and on the other side of the Atlantic. The source of the quote ‘England and America are two countries separated by the same language’...

Champions at open shows - 30/11/2016

My attention was recently drawn to a Facebook posting which seemed to be castigating an exhibitor for showing a recently made-up champion, barely out of puppy, at a breed club open show and the comments seemed to indicate a great diversity of...

Cosmopolitan Jyväskylä goes live - 23/11/2016

Whoever said that lightning doesn’t strike twice was lying! Last year when I judged in Jyväskylä in Finland KLM didn’t load my hold bag in Birmingham and it was eventually delivered to my hotel in the small hours...

Strains and lines - 16/11/2016

The finals of the Eukanuba Champion Stakes and Eukanuba Dog World Pup of the Year has been covered in detail previously but it cannot go without mentioning the incredible double victory pulled off by Magic Mike...

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