JUST A WEEK after a little white dog took centre stage at Crufts, this time it was a rather larger white dog taking the plaudits in the big ring at the Irish Kennel Club Celtic Winners international championship show when Sean Burns piloted his, wife Sally, Mary and Val Coghlan’s Standard Poodle Ch Dinastii The Libertine Afterglow to best in show under Ann Cuthbert.
‘Bert’, 24 months old, is by ‘Ricky’, Multi Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre, BIS at Crufts in 2014, ex Sankersty Glitz N’Glamour and this win, his first all-breed BIS, sees him following in his illustrious dad’s famous footsteps. He had his first group win last year at Deise, was champion stakes winner at the October IKC international one under Poodle specialist June Wall, and was junior stakes winner at Banbridge. Earlier today he won his second CACIB.
Reserve BIS was Ross Delmar and Ewa Lunden’s Smooth Fox Terrier Int/Sw/Norw/Dan/Ir Ch Residensets Stand–In, four-year-old ‘Stanley’ BIS winner last year at Monkstown and RBIS at Combined National. Earlier in the day he had collected his crystal for topping the terrier group 3 on the Gain Pet Food/Irish Canine Press/Dog World Winners Leaderboard 2015.
BIS3 went to Jean, Paul and Kelly Lawless’ Groenendael Ch/UK Ch Revloch Figo, BIS last year at the IKC summer show and Bull Breeds and RBIS at IKC international day one. ‘Figo’ also collected his crystal after topping the Leaderboard
BIS4 was Ralph Dunne’s Clumber Spaniel Sh Ch Richley Royal Bond, ‘Eldridge’, who has two CCs, winning the breed over litter sister Sh Ch/UK Sh Ch Richley Ruff Diamond, CC winner last week at Crufts and the group 8 Leaderboard winner.
The show, generously sponsored by Gain Pet Food, attracted an entry of 1,520 dogs, enhanced by a further 159 dogs in the obedience and agility disciplines, competing for the Celtic Winner title for best dog and bitch, and the Celtic Junior Winner titles, both titles qualifying for Crufts 2017, plus the bonus of the international CACIB for the eligible winners.
The panel was made up of internationally qualified judges from Ireland, indeed Irish judges are much in demand throughout the world with Ann only just back home after a series of appointments in Australia.
Two days earlier, St Patrick’s Day had seen the IKC Expo, when the general public had flocked to the National Show Centre on a bright sunny day, but unfortunately the patron Saint had turned down the heating volume a tad giving us a rather chilly but thankfully dry day, especially welcome for the many breeds on show outdoors.
With an early start at 8.30am, it was a long day for the exhibitors competing for the plethora of titles on offer and the finale came rather late at 6.45pm, with Bert and Stanley taking centre stage before the still packed ringside.