Joyce McFarlane placed ‘estranged’ daughter Sandra Boyer’s Choya Alfie Boe first in limit dog. He was handled by Mrs Boyer and is co-owned by Mr P Boyer.
And it has subsequently become known that Mrs McFarlane may have breached Kennel Club regulations, as three dogs listed in the catalogues as owned jointly by her with her other daughter, Linda McFarlane, were shown and placed at Crufts.
They were the Lowchens Glendykes Naughty By Nature and Sharlarna Eagle Eye at Glendyke who were third in puppy dog and second in junior dog, and the Greyhound Mistweave Mr Daydreamer, reserve in post graduate dog.
Mrs McFarlane told DOG WORLD that Linda had been given permission by the KC to show the dogs.
“It’s going through the KC,” she said. “I have no further comment to make.”
Discussing her win under her mother, daughter Sandra Boyer said she had left the family home when she was 16, more than 30 years ago. Ever since then she has had an extremely fractured relationship with her family and in particular with her mother, she said.
She had discovered that her mother was judging Chins at Crufts while at LKA championship show and approached her to ask if it would be acceptable to enter under her. She said her mother’s reply was: “There are no issues at all – I judge the dog on the day.”
Mrs Boyer went on to say that in all the years her mother had judged she had never entered under her.
“We don't carry the same affix, we’ve never bred from each other’s dogs, handled for each other or even looked after the other’s dogs,” she said. “I entered as it was cheaper than going to the show with my husband just to spectate.”
Showing under a family member is not against KC rules although it is frowned upon by many exhibitors.
Mrs Boyer claims she contacted the KC before she entered to ensure her entry would be accepted and to confirm that she would not be breaking any rules or regulations.
“I cleared it with the KC. I called up and they said as long as my mother had never handled the dog, hadn’t bred it and that I didn't live with my mum then I was more than entitled to show.”
Despite not breaking any rules Mrs Boyer said she was the subject of threats and online bullying before the show. On the day she said she had never been more nervous than at any time during her 30 years of showing, and described herself as ‘shaking like a leaf’ outside the ring.
However, once on the green carpet she said Alfie Boe ‘showed like a dream’, and although she had gone to the show with no expectation his performance had been ‘exceptional’.
“He was absolutely amazing although I was still shocked to be placed first,” she said. “Afterwards everyone told me how lovely he was and several people told me I deserved to be placed first in the class.
“I had to work harder under my mother because of the relationship we have. I had to make sure the dog was in tip-top condition.”
The dog beat 17 other dogs in the class and the overall entry for the judge was 145.