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Hovawarts - week 26Updated : 21/06/2017

BORDER Union was really well attended – 16 Hovawarts were there, the biggest number apart from Crufts this year, for our own Craig Hosie’s judgement. Julie’s Gunner (Zwartbos Carisbroke) was BOB with his sister Ellen and Thomas Gutjahr’s Z Arreton was BB.      After Bath a couple ...

Hovawarts - week 24Updated : 07/06/2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Maggie Spencer on winning ‘B’ with her Dollar (Hightimbers Dollar). It is amazingly difficult to achieve this sort of result when you bear in mind that you have to beat up to 60 dogs on the day, most of them being working Collies of one sort or another, and at that level, the slightest error is...

Hovawarts - week 22Updated : 25/05/2017

IT SEEMS absolutely appropriate that Julie Condron’s lovely black dog Zwartbos Carisbroke (Gunner) should have raised the amazing sum of £270 for The Stroke Association by allowing himself to be stroked for three hours when Julie took him to work the other day. Evidently he found it no hardship, although Julie wa...

Hovawarts - week 21Updated : 17/05/2017

I HAVE been reading and trying to get to grips with the immense changes that the Kennel Club is proposing to judges’ education, qualification and appointments. The emphasis is very much on training and examinations, a far cry from the ‘old boy’ network that has prevailed in the past, and such apparent impar...

Hovawarts - week 20Updated : 11/05/2017

LAST SATURDAY was the Birmingham National at Stafford, with Ben Reynolds-Frost centre-ring. We had a good entry of 16, but Julie kept Gunner at home because one of her other dogs was in the last stages of kennel cough, and we left a bald Poppy and newly castrated Dublin at home (more of that later!), making 13 for him to con...

Hovawarts - week 17Updated : 19/04/2017

THE BB at Crufts, Gina Challoner’s Isalynn v Elderens’ Hof, represented the breed at the annual Contest of Champions event at the beginning of the month. This competition is for the top dogs in each breed, and limited to 64, so it is a real achievement to be in it. It is a glittering occasion with three internati...

Hovawarts - week 16Updated : 12/04/2017

THE CLUB AGM was held at Costock Village Hall, Loughborough. It was better attended than usual, with about 15 or so folk there. Items were swiftly dealt with, and only one change in the committee with Susie Theyer leaving and Gina Challoner being welcomed on to the committee.      One of the topics discu...

Hovawarts - week 13Updated : 22/03/2017

WELL, CRUFTS is over for another year, and you will have by now seen the results, I’m sure. It was amazing being able to compare the official placings with those hastily written at the ringside as soon as we got home. We were fortunate enough to get in just in time to see Brumbear doing his stuff in the big ring on the...

Hovawarts - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

ALL OF a sudden, things are hotting up, at least in the sense of activities starting or about to start. We had Crufts last weekend, in case you hadn’t noticed. We were third in the ring, again, behind 50 Tibetan Mastiffs and what will be a very excited 40 Great Swiss Mountain Dogs, getting individual classification for...

Hovawarts - week 9Updated : 22/02/2017

CLUB SECRETARY Liz has had a visit from John Stanbridge and Simon Smalley, sculptors of renown, with the cast for the new Hovawart model, which will take the form of a male and female, sitting and lying down respectively. When we spoke afterwards, she was enthusiastic about the project and I understand that we may get it lau...

Hovawarts - week 7Updated : 08/02/2017

THIS COMING Saturday, it is the National W/PB open show at the Sports Connexion at Coventry, with our own Gina Challoner centre ring. It was to have been not-so-little Kibble’s launch into Hovawart society, but we have decided not to risk bringing home any infections to our five-week-old puppies – they are just t...

Hovawarts - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

MY APOLOGIES for the shortage of notes. I was all set to write last week’s instalment when the new computer threw a wobbly. The main topic was to have been the Manchester results, which are now well known, but certainly worth repeating. Under Tom Mather, BOB (and welcome back!) was Julie Condron’s Zwartbos Caribr...

Hovawarts - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

FIRST, may I say happy new year to everyone, and apologise for the lack of notes recently. I blame my son-in-law, largely, because he was responsible for giving us a new computer for Christmas, and although he and his family were staying here for a couple of weeks, somehow the full course of lessons needed to get competent w...

Hovawarts - week 51Updated : 14/12/2016

I STILL find it mesmerising to be able to access the show results so quickly nowadays. John and I were just thinking on Saturday about LKA, and lo and behold, a visit to the Dogbiz website told us what had transpired only moments before. I am happy to report further success for chairman Gill Stockton and Annvad Lady Hazel (L...

Hovawarts - week 47Updated : 16/11/2016

FIRSTLY, many congratulations to Ellen and Thomas Gutjahr and their lovely blonde girl Bella (Zwartbos Arreton) on their achievement being placed G4 at the W/PB of Scotland championship show under Margaret Wildman, having gone BOB under Keith Nathan, who made Mark Tyreman’s Teddy (Fasskoleys Mathan) BD.   ...

Hovawarts - week 45Updated : 03/11/2016

MAGGIE and Lloyd came on Sunday to collect their puppy, little Cello, and not before time, as the puppies were 13 weeks old that day. Of course this is not what would normally happen, eight weeks is quite old enough, but with Maggie’s illness and Lloyd’s severed thumb, it was the earliest they could manage. Early...

Hovawarts - week 43Updated : 19/10/2016

AFTER her recent health problems, it was really good to see Maggie looking well when she and Paula visited us at the weekend. She is having one of Acorn’s puppies, and was keen to see how her little Cello was doing. She said that one of the sustaining thoughts during her hospital stay was the prospect of having a DJ gr...

Hovawarts - week 42Updated : 13/10/2016

AS PROMISED last week, part two of the club show review. Elinor Anderson, well known in the breed having had three Hovawarts herself, judged the obedience classes. As Maggie was unable to attend, Janet took on the roles of ring steward and scorer, and speaking to Elinor afterwards, I understand she did a marvellous job. As t...

Hovawarts - week 41Updated : 05/10/2016

SUNDAY dawned gloriously sunny for the club show. Chairman Gill said she had specially ordered the weather for the day, and even though it is October, it was necessary to keep an eye out for hot dogs in cars.      Sadly our designated show manager, our friend and current Lady Mayoress of Blackpool, Joa...

Hovawarts - week 40Updated : 28/09/2016

I HAVE just come off the phone from speaking with Maggie, and I’m sorry to say that she won’t be able to go to the club show on Sunday, as she is still feeling too weak. She is about to embark on a six-week programme of rehabilitation following her heart attack, but the raging infection she had has subsided under...

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