Story has had a super start to his show career, and thoroughly enjoyed himself at the same time. His first open show was Llandudno, where under Harry Nelson he won Best of Breed, Best Puppy in Breed, Puppy Group 2 as well as being shortlisted to the final six of a large adult gundog group.
His first championship show was Midland Counties, where he won a lovely Minor Puppy Dog class under Tom Graham.
First show aged 6 months, BOB, BPIB, PG2 and shortlisted to final six of the adult group. Photo: H Nelson
Six months, with rosettes from Llandudno
We had a super day out at Merioneth open show on 23 August, such a beautiful location. Story came along to socialise and made lots of new friends. Kefir was an absolute star and showed so well to win Best of Breed and the Gundog Group under Dianne Rourke-Knights, who said she was stunning and had made her long journey worthwhile!
Kefir wins the Gundog Group at Merioneth
We have an exciting new addition at Lanokk, Zoldmali Story has joined us from Hungary, and what a super young man he is. We feel very fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to have him by his breeder Zsofi Miczek. A lovely chunky puppy, Story has a gorgeous head and expression to die for. He is so friendly and laid back and settled in with the other dogs in no time at all. He has French parentage, his sire is Lascard De La Lande De Bourberouge and his dam is Henna Du Domaine Saint Hubert. Photos below taken at 15 weeks on his first full day with us.
I had a busy couple of days showing Kefir on the first weekend in May. At The National on the Friday, she won her fourth consecutive championship show Post Graduate class of the year under Richard Stafford JP. The following day at Anglesey under Colin Woodward, Kefir went Best NSC Gundog then went on to win another Gundog Group. We were given some fabulous rosettes and a lovely group winner’s embroidered towel. So proud of this young lady!
Kefir, Gundog Group winner, Anglesey, May 2017
A very enjoyable and rather long day at Crufts on 11 March saw Kefir, aged 17 months, winning a Post Graduate Bitch class of nine. So proud of how she behaved and performed in front of a large audience, especially as we were in the ring so late. Also delighted that Ann Moss’s Ewtor Nobody Does It Better (Jimmy), sired by our Ostor, was awarded Best Puppy in Breed. This is the second year running that Ostor has sired the BPIB, last year it went to Lanokk Violeska, bred by us. Thanks to our judge this year, breed specialist, Peter Harper.
Receiving our 1st place rosette
Well done Kefir!
Two shows in a week for 17-month-old Kefir and two more great wins. At Yorkshire Gundog on 26 January, she won Best of Breed under Ian Halbert and went on to take 3rd Best in Show from a quality full group under Christine Rayner. Then on 4 March at our local Society open show at Caernarfon, she went Best of Breed and won the Gundog Group under Bridgette Bodle.
Rosettes from Yorkshire Gundog
In the Best in Show line up at Caernarfon. Photo: Bodrhonyn
Kefir has been awarded the Kennel Club Junior Warrant, aged 16 months, which makes her only the second HWV to have both the Junior Warrant and the Show Certificate of Merit.
At Manchester on 22 January, the first championship show of the year for us, Kefir won 1st place in both the Junior and Post Graduate bitch classes, then went on to be awarded Reserve Best Bitch under our judge, Jean Byrne.
Kefir at Manchester with her awards
Kefir kicked off 2017 in super style at Goyt Valley Gundog on 8 January. In the morning winning Best of Breed under Lindsay Belcher, then later in the day taking Reserve Best in Show from a quality, full group under Marion Waddell. At just 15 months still, another fabulous achievement.
Best of Breed in the morning …..
….. Reserve Best in Show in the afternoon. Photo: Colette Perkins
Absolutely delighted that Kefir has been awarded the Kennel Club Show Certificate of Merit. At 14 months she is the youngest HWV to have achieved this, following on from a Group 3, a Group 2, 2 x Group 1 and a Best in Show from just seven shows. A wonderful achievement and a great end to the year.