….the half way Leaders in the various breed competitions have been reported on so lets look at the people who caused them to be there and the reasons for doing it; yep, how are the critiques for the year doing?
It’s actually been quite a good year up to yet with only 3 Glen of Imaal Terrier critiques missing. These are Nick Hammond from Crufts, Johan Juslin from Southern Counties and Per Iverson from Blackpool and all of them are FCI not Kennel Club. When FCI people judge here they agree to do it “our way” so has anybody seen the critiques? If any of the gentlemen judged FCI style and wrote personal critiques given over immediately to the exhibitor do accept the mistake in including you but until anything different is heard it is basically a name and shame exercise. When exhibitors pay a lot of money to enter, particularly Crufts, it’s downright rude not to put finger to keyboard at all.
Crufts begins this week! Terrier Day is Thursday March 7th and judge Nick Hammond will be running his eye over 36 Glen of Imaal Terriers, some from overseas. Glens will be judged in Hall 1, Ring 2, after Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers so will not be judged until the afternoon. Even though breed judging only happens on Day 1 there will be Glens in the Terrier area of Discover Dogs for all four days
The EFG will be hosting their usual “bring and share” lunch for all Glen enthusiasts. It doesn’t matter if you don’t own a Glen-just be enthusiastic about them. Jean Rogers is co-ordinating so do contact her firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
It’s been known for a while that there are 36 Glen of Imaal Terriers entered for Nick Hammond on Thursday 7th March. The alteration to judging times has recently been published and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have had their start time pushed back. As Glens will be folllowing Wheatens it obviously means ours will as well!
Postal entries close today for Crufts but you have until the 14th January for online entries. Glen of Imaal Terriers will be judged by Nick Hammond and are on Thursday 7th March
Crufts 2013 schedule is available. Terrier day is Thursday 7th March and Glen of Imaal Terriers are to be judged by Nick Hammond and will be second in Ring 2 in Hall 1. If you are downloading the schedule just be aware that it is a huge document of 144 pages, Glen classes etc. are on page 57.
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.
An interesting Glen of Imaal Terrier appointment for Crufts 2013. Nick Hammond will be the third Irishman to officiate at Crufts since Glens got tickets and the third one appointed that isn’t on the Glen of Imaal Association judging list. The Kennel Club, on one hand, is absolutely Breed Club based but on the other hand just doesn’t bother with what Clubs want. If the Association Judging List is considered rubbish why don’t the KC just say so? If they approve of it why do they ignore it?
Nick has awarded Glen CCs before at Belfast 2009 and they went to the Abberann siblings of Conan and Ennya. Maybe it was missed but there isn’t any recollection of seeing a critique and under KC rules that is a must. Tony Killykeen-Doyle never did one either but all praise to Harry O’Donoghue as his Crufts critique came out pretty quickly. We are still missing seeing one Irishman’s critique as Nick White still hasn’t been seen in print 3 months after National Terrier…c’mon Nick, it’s wanted!
It’s back to the Kennel Club again. Their own rules say a critique must be produced and seen by exhibitors but they show a remarkable inclination to re-appoint judges that apparently ignore them.
At Belfast Championship Show Glen of Imaal Terrier judge Nick Hammond awarded the Dog CC to Homer (Multi Ch Abberann Conan) and the Bitch CC to Ir Ch Abberann Diva and so giving her a UK title to add to her Irish one. Diva (Jeonty Tinker Boy Murphy at Brockland/Lady in Blue) is seven years old so is the oldest crowned Champion to date. Her other two Challenge Certificates came from Tony Killykeen-Doyle and Frances Kaye.
Mr Nick Hammond has withdrawn from all his East of England judging appointments. As soon as a replacement is found it will be announced who is judging Glen of Imaal Terriers