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
Two consecutive days of showing brought some great results for 12-month-old Kefir. We travelled up north to Driffield championship show on 30 September, where under judge Lesley Trow she won Junior Bitch and went on to be awarded Reserve Best Bitch. Later that day, under judge Pam Blay, Kefir was placed 2nd out of 19 in the AV Gundog Yearling Bitch Stakes.
The following day we were at Pwllheli open show, where Kefir went Best of Breed under Anne Burns and Group 2 under Jean Byrne. Absolutely delighted that four judges over two days thought so highly of our young girl, who was an absolute pleasure to show.
Kefir with her rosettes from Pwllheli
Kefir was on top form on a long, sunny day out at Merioneth Agricultural Society open show on 24 August. Under judge Lesley Armstrong-Rodgers she was awarded Best of Breed, Best Puppy in Breed, Group 3 and Puppy Group 1. Delighted with her and also the comments she received.
Kefir after a fabulous day out at Merioneth
Two Lanokk youngsters have been enjoying success this summer at gundog working tests. Congratulations to Holly Hirst and her Lanokk Jakob who was 1st in Puppy at the Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer GWT. A great achievement as Holly has never worked a dog prior to owning Jakob, but recognised his potential and has put a huge amount of work into getting him to this level. Jakob is from Ostor and Huncut’s second litter.
Big well done also to Hayley Beardshall handling our jointly owned Lanokk Dorottya to 1st in Novice at the GLP GWT. This followed on from 3rd in Novice at the prestigious Chatsworth GWT, where Hayley and Dori were also awarded The Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate on dummies. Dori is from Ostor and Huncut’s first litter. Beauty and brains, Dori has also just been awarded The Kennel Club Show Certificate of Merit. Well done all, we are very proud of you!
Holly and Jakob
Dori and her awards from Chatsworth
We made a very worthwhile journey down to Windsor Championship show on 1 July, with Kefir taking 1st in Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy Bitch and Best Puppy in Breed. Delighted with that result from a good entry of puppies, and under breed specialist, Rachel Thompson. Csinos showed beautifully too, taking 2nd in Limit Bitch. Both girls were so well behaved staying away in a hotel for two nights, so proud of them!
Kefir, 9 months, Best Puppy in Breed, Windsor Championship show. Photo: Tim Branney
Csinos, left, and Kefir, enjoying a hotel stay
We had a really good day at Shropshire Gundog on 22 May, with Csinos winning Best of Breed, and Kefir winning Best Puppy in Breed, under Roger Perkins. Later in the day, under Best in Show judge Jennifer Millard, Csinos was shortlisted for Best in Show from a strong group, but our star once again was Kefir, at just turned eight months being awarded Puppy Group 3.
Kefir, Best Puppy in Breed and Puppy Group 3, and Csinos, Best of Breed and shortlisted
Kefir, Puppy Group 3, with judge, Jennifer Millard