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Great Danes - week 26Updated : 22/06/2017

AS ALWAYS the Springwood Park venue for Border Union looked stunning, was well planned out and we were allocated a super-sized enclosed ring for appointed judge Cath Gilbert (Hazedan) to assess her entry of 60 exhibits making 68 entries. The weather was glorious, if not just a tad too warm for a dog show, with a gentle breez...

Great Danes - week 25Updated : 15/06/2017

SATURDAY was working day at Three Counties held at the Malvern Showground, where Peter Jolley (Rubio) was appointed. His entry was 58 exhibits making 59 entries, broken down with 24 dogs giving 25 entries (three exhibits absent on the day) and 34 bitches making the same entries (eight absent). Peter elected to judge the bree...

Great Danes - week 24Updated : 08/06/2017

IT WAS a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and an acceptable breeze for Southern Counties which was held at the Newbury Showground, Thatcham. Breed enthusiast Jenny Wiltshire (Ladymere), with her second CC appointment, had drawn an entry of 61 exhibits making 70 entries, 27 dogs, 34 bitches with four dog and nine bitch e...

Great Danes - week 23Updated : 01/06/2017

BATH WAS held over the bank holiday weekend and Danes were scheduled for the Sunday. What a transformation the Three Shires field venue has undergone over the past few years and the society is now reaping its just rewards.      Secretary Ben Ford and his team were awarded the Pawscars Championship Show o...

Great Danes - week 22Updated : 26/05/2017

SKC HELD its show, as always, at the Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh and this show had Patricia Battersby (Internos) appointed. The working group was on Sunday and Patsy had attracted an entry of 64 exhibits making 71 entries (14 absent on the day) and judging was underway at 9am.      DCC went to t...

Great Danes - week 21Updated : 19/05/2017

Over the weekend both Laurence Morgan-Evans (Vanmore) and I travelled to Finland as we had been invited to judge the Finnish GDC’s speciality show held at Lahti, one hour north of Helsinki. Look out for the report in the Overseas section in a future issue.      The latest edition of the Kennel Club...

Great Danes - week 20Updated : 12/05/2017

ON SATURDAY it was over to the Staffordshire County Showground where the National was hosting the working group for its four-day show.      Our most experienced breed judge Jean Lanning (Clausentum) was appointed and she had attracted a higher than average, for recent times, entry of 80 exhibits making 8...

Great Danes - week 19Updated : 04/05/2017

THE DANES were scheduled for Friday at WELKS where breed judge Inez Cooke (Tantallon) was appointed. Inez had attracted a weekday entry of 68 exhibits making 74 entries (14 absent) and began at 9am.      Fortunately, whilst cold, the morning was dry and so we were able to be judged outside in a ring, whi...

Great Danes - week 18Updated : 27/04/2017

Great Danes A RECENT article, featured in DOG WORLD about a month ago, was written by fellow Boxer columnist Tim Hutchings, and touched upon the selection criteria for appointing judges at Crufts.      So much food for thought and naturally got me looking through the records for our own breed, so I went...

Great Danes - week 17Updated : 24/04/2017

IT WAS over to the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells where the W/PBA of Wales had appointed long-term breed enthusiast Colin Richardson (Taylot) as our judge. A satisfying, above average for this society, entry with 69 exhibits making 78 entries (16 absent) awaited for a 9.30am start. The Dane ring, 20, was located at t...

Great Danes - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

THE SCOTTISH GDC held its championship show at the Lanark Agricultural Centre on Saturday where breed judges Mandy Bithell (Bourntwyn) and Judy Thurlby (Justinian) were appointed. The venue is easily accessible, offers great parking facilities and the centre is light and airy. As has been the case for the past couple of year...

Great Danes - week 15Updated : 06/04/2017

THE SOUTH Western GDC held its championship show at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston-super-Mare, where two breed enthusiasts were appointed. It was a beautiful spring like morning, which made the journey very pleasant and upon arrival the sports centre was, adorned with silhouette Dane ring supports, which enhanced the loo...

Great Danes - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

ON SATURDAY it was over to The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh for the Great Dane Breeders and Owners Association open show and The Great Dane Club’s limited show, another successful ‘back-to-back’ event for these two clubs. It was a beautiful spring morning and fortunately the venues car park was not too ...

Great Danes - week 13Updated : 23/03/2017

THERE were a number of worthy breed successes last weekend at open shows, which is very rewarding. At Woolwich and Bexley Jill Cranfield’s owner bred fawn male, Zeafther’s Heart Breaker (Ch Kantalar My Simple Heart ex Dutch Ch Z Total Minded) won BNSC working and ultimately G1 under Mrs H Watkins (Nineglens). Mis...

Great Danes - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

THIS YEAR, for the Great Dane, Cruft’s began on Wednesday. As I am confident most will be aware I was nominated for the Breed Note Writer of the Year award at The Pawscars, celebrating the best of the British dog scene. The Pawscars, brainchild of the Crufts 2013 BIS handler Gavin Robertson and Dog World’s MD Stu...

Great Danes - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

THE NORTHERN GDC held its championship show at Sutton Leisure Centre, St Helens where there were two long standing breed judges appointed with Janet Brooker (Beizjan) dogs and Jeanette Park (Rayjen) bitches. The weather left a lot to be desired on the journey to the venue with torrential rain and even a snow flurry greeting ...

Great Danes - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

IT IS HAS been well documented that the only Great Dane to ever achieve the coveted title of BIS at Crufts (Olympia, Kensington), was the fawn male Ch Elch Edler of Ouborough (Kalandus of O ex Ch Raet of O) who achieved this back on Feb 7, 1953. Owned by ‘Mr Great Dane’, Bill Siggers, who piloted him to this titl...

Great Danes - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

IT IS TIME to review the forthcoming shows and start with activity in April. Kicking off is the SWGDC’s championship show held at the Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston-Super-Mare where we have two breed judges appointed. Our breed health officer Maria McGuinness (Dinahtron) is looking after the males and this will be ...

Great Danes - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

OVER AT Madison Square Garden Centre, New York for the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show had the Great Dane judging on day two. The breed had Joyce Vanek (Evergreen, Colorado) appointed and she awarded BOB to the extremely popular fawn male Gr Chp Ch Gracyn Lost Creek The Descendant of Elan (Am Ch Elan’s Command D...

Great Danes - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

THE M&WEGDC held its annual Colour Format show on Sunday at the Connexion, Coventry where David Simpson (Renescent) was appointed to judge the fawn and brindles, Mick Gordon (Rustibee Boxers, French Bulldogs) to judge the blue, harlequin, black and mantle and leading Collie specialist and all-rounder Geoff Duffield (Ange...

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