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Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 17Updated : 20/04/2017

THE SECOND of the breed shows was of course the FCR of Scotland, which as I reported last week has reverted back to one judge.      Dawn Warrington found her BCC, her second, and BIS in Brian and Jane Jones’ Seaheart Anneliese from Benvellyn and RBCC and RBIS went to Annette Dyren’s Flatcharm...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 16Updated : 12/04/2017

BY THE time you read these notes the FRC of Scotland ch show will have taken place. There is an entry of 66 dogs and 78 bitches for Dawn Warrington on what will be her second appointment. The FRC of Scotland was founded back in 1985 and hosted its first championship show in 1991. The judge that day was my father Peter Johnso...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 15Updated : 06/04/2017

THE FCRS ch show held at Stoneleigh attracted an entry of around 300 for Phil and Sue Goodman. Sue was presiding in the dog ring while Phil did the bitches. Happily they were able to agree on their BOB, although I understand that the referee, Brian Izzard, was called in to decide BP.      DCC, his sixth,...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

THE FCRS recently held its AGM which was attended by 51 members. I think the days when over 100 members used to turn up and the meetings would go on until early evening are long gone. The position of field trial secretary had just the one nomination – David Savory, so he was automatically elected. The three committee m...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 13Updated : 23/03/2017

NOW THAT the excitement of Crufts is behind us we can look ahead to the rest of the show season which of course starts off with two breed shows in April. First the FCRS ch show held at Stoneleigh. For the first time in the history of the show we have a husband/wife team officiating. This of course is the chairman of the FCRS...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

SO CRUFTS is over for another year and once again our breed featured highly in the gundog group. DCC, his second in the UK, BOB and G2 was Ida Wiesner’s Multi Ch Altaflats Ain’t I’m A Dog from Norway. RDCC was Sw/Norw Ch Almanza Burberry Goodiebag, owned by Ragnhild Ulin from Sweden.    &nbs...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

THE FCRS AGM papers have now been circulated to all members. There is an error on the price of the pre-booked lunches. It should read £8.50 each and not £8.95. The lunches are only available to those people who pre-book them.      Along with eagerly awaiting the Crufts results I am sure that ...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 10Updated : 03/03/2017

SO, BY THE time these notes appear next week those of us competing at Crufts will be doing our final preparation. The answer to my question of last week about the last liver Flatcoat to win a CC at Crufts was of course Ch Paddiswood Burnt Lobelia, shown by Jill Saville. That was back in 1994.      Ray St...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

I HAVE received an email from Jane Jones who has asked me to inform you about a breed specific seminar run by the FCRS. Jane writes: “The Judges and Show Sub Committee is organising a breed specific seminar on July 8 at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh, Warks. The seminar will be aimed at those judges who are curre...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

LIZ BRANSCOMBE (Flatcoat Health Co-Ordinator) has asked me to bring to your attention that Jane Alexander will be offering patellar screening at the FCRS championship show to be held at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ on Sunday April 2. Appointments should be made in advance by contacting Liz ...

Retrievers, Flatcoated - week 7Updated : 08/02/2017

THE CRUFTS entry figures have now been published. There are 400 Flatcoats entered – 175 dogs and 225 bitches. Only Labradors and Golden Retrievers have a higher entry. I will be very interested to see what percentage of that entry comes in from overseas. This of course won’t be known until we see the catalogue. ...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

WONDERFUL news from Ray and Lyn Strudwick. At City of Cambridge open show their Burpham Million Love Songs gained the last point he needed for his JW in great style by winning not just BP and BOB but also PG3 under Lesley Trow.      Suzi Tagg is also enjoying a great run of success with her puppy bitch, ...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 5Updated : 27/01/2017

FLATCOATS were judged by Martyn Rees at Manchester. It turned out to be a memorable day for Allie Broome (known to her friends as Ali B) as she handled both the dog and bitch CC winners. DCC, his second, and BOB went to Mary and Ian Trotter’s Downstream Friar Tuck and RDCC went to Alex and Alison Laird’s Seaheart...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

SPECTACULAR news to start the notes off and that is that the breed has two new full champions. Thank you to Di Ewings for sending me a list of the Flatcoats who successfully gained their Show Working Gundog Certificate at the ECGRC qualifying day held recently. The two new champions are Viv Bowen’s Ch Candiliz Black Ad...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 3Updated : 12/01/2017

THE CHAMPIONSHIP shows of 2017 kicked off with Jane Jones (Benvellyn) officiating at Boston. DCC, his 15th, was Roy and Rosemary Douglas’ Sh Ch Greenbayhill Black Tuxedo with RDCC to Wendy Blain’s Rotherfield First Request.      BCC, her third, and BOB was Glynis Williams and Susan Goodwin...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

I HAVE very little to report on this week. No open show results have been forthcoming. Do remember the entries for Crufts online close on Jan 23 and this is one of the few shows that do not extend their entries!       We now have almost a complete list of judges for this year. They are as follows ...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 1Updated : 29/12/2016

BY THE time these notes reach you Boston will be taking place. Jane Jones (Benvellyn) has attracted a wonderful entry of 137 dogs making 166 entries. Hopefully this upward trend will continue throughout the year.      Not much in the way of open show news has come through although there are several ope...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 52Updated : 19/12/2016

SO THE dust has settled on 2016 and with very little to report on I thought I would provide a review of the new title holders for the year. A total of 11. First to be crowned was Kathryn Armstrong’s Almanza Final Impact. He gained his title at WELKS under Syliva Bunting having previously won CCs under Jacquie Ward (Bla...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 51Updated : 14/12/2016

Congratulations to Liz Branscombe, FCRS Health Co-Ordinator, who has been declared the Breed Health Co-Ordinator of the Year by the Kennel Club. This is a fantastic achievement for our breed and of course Liz and her team who work very hard on our behalf. Liz took over the role last year from Val Jones who of course took ove...

Retrievers, Flat-coated - week 50Updated : 08/12/2016

THE SOUTHERN FCRC held its open show with an entry of 75 dogs for the judge Sharon Henesey (Wrensmead). BD and BIS was Louise Jones’ Blacktoft American Smooth at Braemist and RBD and RBIS Michael and Maria Bell’s Rotherfield Black Illusion.      BB was Pam Lynott’s Avening Lovely Lad...

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