Interesting!

Belfast Championship Show saw Multi Ch Abberann Conan take a repeat CC from judge Alan Small, Best of Breed and for the second year running Group 4. Well done to Homer but as the Group Judge (and the appointed Crufts 2013 judge) Nick Hammond had already awarded him the CC at Belfast 2009 Glen people did think there quite possibly would be, at least, a shortlisting for the Glen of Imaal Terrier. The Bitch CC went to Winnie Wanna Make Music By Jeonty with the two Reserves to Abberann Torcan and Ch Abberann Ennya. Winni getting the CC means there are now three bitches waiting that elusive third and they couldn’t be more different animals; young Winni at not yet 18 months, Muffin (Jeonty Maybee Daysee)  coming up to three and a half and Tierney (Brockland Belle Bregorrey) not far short of Veteran. Interesting few shows ahead!

Not often news from Canada but Toronto had an Irish Breeds Show and Sean Delmar was over to judge. Best of Breed was Ch Finnabair Rocket’s Red Glare. If you look at the BOB special award that Sean is holding it’s the aforementioned Homer.

Westminster entry

As Crufts closes the Westminster entry becomes known. Anybody attending the big American Kennel Club Show can expect to see seven Glen of Imaal Terriers. They will be:-

Ch Rainbow Springs Dermot RE NJP,       

Ch Daulton’s Hunter Green,                       

Ch Daulton’s Maeve Of Cill Dara,             

Ch Finnabair Roisin O Tipperary,              

Ch Finnabair Rocket’s Red Glare,            

Ch Rainbow Springs Kylee of Cnoc

Ch Coleraine’s Mandalay Royalty

For the pedigree buffs it is an interesting selection of dogs. Dermot and Kylee are half brother and sister via their dam and Kylee is also half sister to Mandalay Royalty via the sire. Maeve and Hunter’s Green are also half-siblings via their sire and Roisin and Rocket’s Red Glare are brother and sister but a year apart.

Change of Judge

Mr Ellis Hulme has withdrawn from judging Glen of Imaal Terriers at Crufts 2011 and the replacement judge is Mr Harry O’Donoghue. Harry is the maestro of the world famous Blackdale Fox Terrier kennels and a judge of most breeds. He first judged Glens in the UK in the late 80s at Welsh Kennel Club. He has judged three times in the United States and at the prestigious Montgomery Show gave the nod for Best of Breed to Finnabair Rockets Red Glare. He has awarded Challenge Certificates once previously in Glens, at the “Special” Irish Native Breeds Show in Dublin 2009, and Best of Breed there was Abberann Conan