Busy Weekend!

Glen of Imaal Terrier people were certainly out and about over the Whitsun Weekend. A cluster of shows at Hamilton Ohio saw two Best of Breeds awarded to Ch. Cill Dara’s Fergus of Daulton with one going to Ch Liberty’s Darren of Daulton.

In the UK Bath Championship Show had Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad adding to his Best of Breed total with the Reserve Dog, Johnny Be Good at Romainville getting the Reserve CC. (Bath is one of those “One CC” shows). Best Bitch was Romainville Inki.

Finland also had a couple of shows with a new Champion being made up in the form of Gleann Rylee the Reveller-BOS here was Abberann Fagan. The other Finnish event had Ch Gleann Ode taking Best of Breed with Beechvalley Golden Boy Opposite. THE news is that the Glen Breeder’s Group (Gleann) was pulled in BIS 2!

At the EFG FUNDay

There will be a Companion Show and Eyetesting (have you booked yet?) but also there will be an examiner for the Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizen Test. It isn’t a too hard standard of obedience to reach with your dog, Glen of Imaal Terriers have taken it so any breed can, and gives an incredible level of satisfaction being given a certificate! Have a look what is required and then why not let Jean know (jean@e-f-g.co.uk ) you’ll be having a go?

Around and about over the weekend

Finland had a double CACIB in Helsinki. 22 Glen of Imaal Terriers were entered on the Saturday for Ann Ingram and Best of Breed went to Taramont Iubdan with Gleann Ode being awarded Best Bitch. Aberann Fagan won another CAC

On the second day Best of Breed was awarded to Gleann Octave and Best Opposite to Gleann Una Noonan

Over in America Coleraine Mandalay Royalty took a Group 2 to follow on from a Group 4 of last week, this takes Curry to an incredible 23 Group placings

Scottish Kennel Club

SKC Championship Show begins today but yesterday the event began with the final of Scottish Junior Handler of the Year. Youngsters qualified for the event all through 2010 and the “Triumphant One” was Caitlin Forbes who shares her home with a couple of Glen of Imaal Terriers. Many congratulations indeed!!

Terrier Day is today at Ingliston and two people have said their mobiles are fully charged to ring the results from ringside so by late lunch/early afternoon results should be HERE…and they are

Under judge Allan Stephenson BOB (DCC) was awarded to Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad with the Bitch CC going to Jeonty Maybee Daysee, her first after 4 Res CCs. The two Reserves were Johnny Be Good at Romainville & Ch Jeonty HasACeilidh at Karensbrae

From the Kennel Club!!

Chairmanship of the Kennel Club

19-May-11

It has now been my privilege to hold the office of Chairman of the Kennel Club for nine years. For some time I have privately been considering how long to continue in the post, and in March of this year I finally took the decision to relinquish the position.  As a consequence of this I now wish to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as Chairman on June 7, which is the date on which the General Committee is due to elect its Chairman and Vice Chairman. I will also, in due course, retire as a Trustee of the Kennel Club and therefore as a Member of the General Committee. I will of course retain my Membership of the Club and will be happy, on an ad hoc basis, to help the Club in any way that it feels that I can be of assistance.

The Kennel Club has been through a difficult period over the last few years but I feel that it is now in a strong position to move forward under different leadership. When I took over as Chairman I said that I would ‘not continue in the post for ever’ and that it would be time for me to go when a fresh eye and new leadership would be beneficial.  I believe that time has now arrived and that it is therefore appropriate to move on and for me simply to return to the occasional judging appointment and to enjoying showing our dogs.

The Kennel Club’s position on Health and Welfare has never been stronger with the Kennel Club Dog Health Group up and running, the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust in full swing and the Accredited Breeder Scheme working well; the on-line Registration, Transfer and Petlog systems are operating successfully and the Kennel Club website contains a wealth of helpful information for breeders and for prospective and current dog owners; the Club’s financial position was strong enough last year to have a healthy surplus even after donating a total of nearly £800K to the KC Charitable Trust and to the KC Educational Trust for the benefit of dogs and dog people; this year’s budget also looks sound; we now have the Kennel Club Educational Trust’s Building at Stoneleigh being extensively used by the world of dogs; Crufts and Discover Dogs have been an agreed success and are likely to continue as such;  though the economic climate is not good and registrations are slightly down in the first part of this year, the demand for pedigree dogs continues apace; shows are bound to suffer from fuel and travel costs in the medium term, but hopefully the longer term future of most of the societies is still very sound.

Finally, and probably most importantly, I believe that the range of skills and the abilities of both the General Committee and the Staff of the Kennel Club have never been stronger and more diverse and that the Club, under that leadership, will have a very sound future ahead of it.  I would particularly like to thank both the Committee and the Staff for the very strong support they have provided to me over the last nine years.  Without that support, I would undoubtedly have decided to bring my tenure to an end several years earlier!

I wish the Club every possible success for the future.

Ronnie Irving