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Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 14Updated : 04/04/2017

I WOULD like to wish Michele Di Dio a speedy recovery from her recent ‘new’ knee operation. I’m hoping to see her and Phredi back in action very soon in the Obreedience and breed arenas.      The new Obreedience team for this year is Diane and Vito, Pat and Nico, Sofia and Knott, Sara a...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

WHAT A truly fabulous and memorable Crufts it was for our club and its members seeing our little hounds represented in four arenas. Representing the Welsh Rally team Sofia Gilljam and Knott put up a superb performance which not only saw them as part of the winning team but gaining an individual fourth overall. Our breed clas...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

THIS YEAR our breed judge at Crufts is Mark Cocozza. We have a super of entry of 24. As well as our breed classes the Cirnechi are represented in the Obreedience competition starting at 4.30pm in the main obedience arena in hall 5 on Thursday and also in the breeders competition on Saturday when the Hadranensis kennel will b...

Cirnecchi dell’Etna - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

I HAVE been asked to let you know of a super day for all hounds and their humans being run by the Afghan Hound Association. Now in its fourth year this well received spotlight on hounds day is an informal day to ask whether our hounds are ‘fit for function’ with emphasis on the word FIT, whatever the function. &...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

SUNDAY saw the Cirneco dell Etna Club run a most successful and enjoyable breed seminar at Bagington in Warwickshire. Baginton is the site of an old oak tree which is often called the Baginton oak. It is about 300-350 years old and is thought to be one of the oldest trees in Warwickshire. The nearby public house called The O...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 5Updated : 27/01/2017

WELL, ITS official, the Cirneco dell Etna Obreedience team has qualified for the final at Crufts. We will be competing against nine other teams ranging from the stalwarts of the Obedience world the Border Collies and GSDs to breeds not generally associated with it like us. Thank you to the rest of the team Diane Clark, Pat L...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

AFTER the excitement of reporting on Boston and our seminar last week I completely forgot to mention Stourbridge. Thank you to the committee for scheduling classes for us at this lovely show which was held the day after Boxing Day in Worcester. Our judge Keith Pursglove drew a good entry of eight, sadly there were a few miss...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 3Updated : 11/01/2017

HAPPY new year to all the club members and readers of these notes.       First I would like to remind everyone that subscriptions are due. In order to pay existing members can go to the website, download the membership form and simply press the button for it to be received by the club treasurer. A...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 52Updated : 20/12/2016

AS 2016 DRAWS to a close I hope that you have all enjoyed a really wonderful Christmas time.      I feel that we cannot ignore the two momentous history changing events that have taken place within the space of the last six months, first Brexit and the election of Donald J Trump in the US. What the fut...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 51Updated : 15/12/2016

A REALLY big thank you to the hound clubs that have recently scheduled classes for us.      In the north Ben Reynolds-Frost judged at the South Yorkshire open show where Diane Clark had a super day and reports that Hadranensis Vanni di Deavanni took BOB and in the east on the same day Danny Cullen was ...

Cirenechi dell’Etna - week 48Updated : 24/11/2016

SORRY for the absence of notes the last few weeks – there has been little to report! However this week I would like to congratulate Debs Moughton and Tommy (Kinabulas Troika at Dekris) on graduating from puppy class. He looked so smart receiving his rosette in his yellow bowtie.      Last week Te...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 45Updated : 03/11/2016

WE SAW the anniversary of our first opportunity to compete at a championship show in our own breed classes. Thank you to the committee for scheduling classes for us again this year. In a repeat of last year’s result our judge, Åge Gjetnes, awarded BOB to Michele Farleigh’s Hadranensis Violetta via Kinabula....

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 44Updated : 27/10/2016

LAST WEEKEND saw yet another successful Discover Dogs at the ExCel Centre in London and a rare trip into London for me, or ‘The Smoke’ as London was referred to by the villagers in the small Essex village in which I grew up – air pollution in London regularly gave rise to what they called peas soup fogs. On...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 43Updated : 24/10/2016

WOW, WHAT a summer. Thankfully, while still reeling from the shock of Brexit and all its ramifications good or bad, Team GB diverted our minds with their wonderful successes at the Rio Olympics – their fantastic achievements along with Andy Murray’s earlier triumph at Wimbledon brings summer to a close with somet...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 40Updated : 30/09/2016

REGRETTABLY we were unable to field a team for the recent Obreedience heat held by the Lagotta Club in Daventry last weekend, but as I had entered the Rally competition Teddy and I decided to go. It was a beautiful late summers morning and luckily as the show was outside. A field with two portaloos and a burger van, it remin...

Cirnecchi dell’Etna - week 38Updated : 16/09/2016

FIRST, congratulations to one of our non-breed showing competitors Sofis Gilljiam who with her Cirneco Knott gained first place at not just Rally level 1 but 2 and 3 in August. Rally is a canine sport which has recently started to become increasingly popular, it is derived from the heelwork elements of competitive obedience....

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 35Updated : 24/08/2016

IT WOULD seem that summer is truly here at last – clear blue skies and uninterrupted sunshine. There is little in life I find more glorious than walking and riding with my dogs across the stubble fields at this time of year, watching the buzzards soaring high on the thermals and the clouds of dust rising from the combi...

Cirnechi dell’Etna - week 33Updated : 12/08/2016

IT WAS a glorious day of sunshine and we saw yet another milestone for the breed here in the UK – the very first breed open show held in conjunction with the Houndshow in Stafford. A very big thank you to Paul Singleton and his committee for their invitation, help and support.      Anna Albrigo r...

Cirnecchi dell’Etna - week 31Updated : 29/07/2016

IT HAS been a couple of weeks since I last reported to you and in that time we have had two championship shows. The first being East of England in somewhat inclement weather where our judge was Gavin Robertson. BB and BOB went to Michele Farleigh’s Kinabula Rafaella. RBB was Sadie Thomas’ Sambuca Vera. BD also we...

Cirnecchi Dell’Etna - week 28Updated : 07/07/2016

LAST WEEK saw the championship show at Windsor in Berkshire one of my favourite shows. The backdrop to the show is the Royal Castle. The original timber clad Castle was built between the years of 1070 and 1086 by William the Conqueror on the edge of an Anglo Saxon hunting ground. I think I know which activity our hounds woul...

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