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.
What a dream day I had at Southport & Birkdale Kennel Association on 26 November with Kefir, this young lady never ceases to amaze me. After winning Best of Breed under Alex Friar, Kefir went on to win the gundog group then Best in Show from an entry of about 450 dogs under Gera Toeters-Riethoff from the Netherlands. So proud of her at just 14 months old, I believe the youngest HWV to have achieved such a win.
Kefir, Best in Show. Photo: Robert Cross, Knotdog Photography
Kefir, G1 and Best in Show, Southport & Birkdale
Huge congratulations to Lanokk Aurelia (Ruby) owned by Bill and Sharon Newman who, trained and handled by Bill, attained a Diploma 1 in the Schweisshund Tracking Test Level 2 on 6 November. Ruby, an Ostor X Huncut daughter, is now the only dog in the country other than Bavarian Mountain Hounds, to have achieved this!
Ruby in action
I had a lovely day out at Rhyl Canine Society on 6 November with Kefir. Still only 13 months she was awarded Best NSC Gundog then Group 1 under Jane Graham – delighted with those results and the lovely comments she received.
Kefir, Best NSC Gundog and Group 1, Rhyl, November 2016
I had a fantastic day at Midland Counties championship show on 29 October with youngsters Kefir and Csinos under judge Valerie Foss. At her first show since July, Csinos showed so well for me and was placed 2nd in Limit Bitch, but my star once again was Kefir, winning Junior Bitch and then going on to be awarded the Reserve Bitch CC at just 13 months old. With this she earns her Kennel Club Stud Book number and lifetime Crufts qualification. Very proud of them both and how well behaved they were!
Rachel with Kefir, left, and Csinos after a successful day’s showing
At Gundog Society of Wales championship show on 12 October, Kefir won the Junior Dog/Bitch class then went on to be awarded Reserve Best Bitch under judge Colin Woodward, less than two weeks after her RBB at Driffield.
Kefir, Reserve Best Bitch, GSOW championship show. Photo: Hayley Beardshall