The judge was Derek Smith, from the UK, who has judged at dog shows in Barbados twice before this visit. In 2009 when he was last here his comment on that critique was that he had 109 dogs to go over.

March 15th, 2015, he had about 60 dogs in the ring, not counting the variety classes, to judge. There are only a few pix. of the dogs on show and these were supplied through Tramaine Worrell.

I would have thought that this show could have attracted a lot more entries as it might have piggybacked on Westminster Dog Show in the USA in February and Crufts Dog Show in the UK in March.

There were no entries in the Toy Group and there was just one breed shown in the Hound Group, Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Derek Smith’s major winners were:
A Boxer for Best in Show (also Best Locally Bred in Show)
A Rhodesian Ridgeback, Reserve Best in Show
A French Bulldog for Best Puppy in Show
A Rottweiler for Best Locally Bred Puppy in Show

Derek Smith is approved by The Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the following breeds shown here on March 15th: Border Collie, Japanese Shibu Inu, Boxer, Bullmastiff, and Dobermann.

He is also approved to judge the Pastoral, Utility and Working Group and Best in Show in the UK. He was the Best in Show judge, Crufts, 2014.

When he was here last he put up for Best in Show, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Reserve was a German Shepherd Dog, and Best Puppy in Show and also Best Locally Bred Puppy in Show was a Bouvier Des Flandres.

Below is his March 15, 2015 critique:

TERRIER GROUP

Bull Terrier – Dog
Limit – 1st – Messrs. L. & C. Mark’s BLUEPOINT IMPERIAL BLACK, Imp. – Quality Tricolour male in lovely condition, good head with super downface, good neck and he is well constructed and a decent mover. Must learn to show his ears better. Won Terrier Group 1st, CC & BOB.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Dog
Puppy – 1st – Mr. W.A. Welch & Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR’S BREAKING POINT – This is a very smart Brindle puppy, only a baby but full of promise, lovely head with good mouth, super outline, body and hindquarters. He is sound and in lovely condition, won Group two and Best Puppy in Group, CC & BOB.

GUNDOG GROUP

Retrievers (Golden) – Dogs
Puppy – 1st – Mrs. L. Husband’s HOLDERS SAPPHIRE SKY – Eleven months old with a pleasing head on good neck and has a decent outline, good front and hindquarters, goes a little close behind. Won Best Puppy in Breed and Best Puppy in Group.
Limit – 1st – Mr. J.S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA, Imp. – Has some quality in head and a lovely neck and outline, shown in good condition and a very good mover if a little proud of his tail. Won RCC.
Open – 1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. FENWOOD LOUIS VUITTON OF THATCHER C.D. – Imp. – Rising six years so very mature, has a super temperament, has a pleasing head and good expression, very good in outline with a good coat, good hindquarters and tail, sound on the move. Just got a little bored. Won CC.

Retrievers (Golden) – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Mrs. A. Barnett’s THATCHERS RIVER DANCE – Nice puppy typical in head and eye, balanced in outline, decent mover.
2nd – Mrs. J. Fields’ HOLDERS RUBY FIRE – Liked her head on good neck, typical in outline, starting to coat, quite good behind but her front is not her fortune.
Open – 1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARK HEAVENS GIFT TO THATCHER, Imp. – Good one, so very feminine, lovely head and kind dark eyes, good neck and topline, very well made with super movement. Won CC & BOB. Just faded a little in the Group.
2nd – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. AMIRENE MIDSUMMER DREAM OF THATCHER – 6 years old with a pleasing head and very good colour, carrying too much weight, which made her roll in movement, but she is sound and shapely. Won RCC & RBOB.

Retrievers (Labrador) – Dog
Novice – 1st – Mrs. A. Elliot’s MARANATHA BAILEY – This yellow dog is full of quality, lovely head and dark eyes, super body and ribbing, lovely legs and feet, lovely neck and outline, strong, powerful mover, just a touch proud of his tail. Won CC, RBOB & Reserve in Group. Well done, liked this lad a lot.

Retrievers (Labrador) – Bitches
Novice – 1st – Mr. E. Maynard’s PITNEZE PRINCESS LEA, Imp. – Quality Black with a lovely head and darkest of eyes, super neck, front, legs and feet, so well balanced in outline with a super body and tail and shown in gleaming condition, excellent movement. Won her CC, BOB & Group 1st. Just tired a little when it came to Best in Show
Limit – 1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s THEBERTON TITMOUSE OF ZINZARA – Lovely Black shown in super condition, very pleasing in head but would prefer slightly darker eyes, good body and outline with super tail and she is a very sound mover. Can just lose her topline a touch at times. Won RCC.
Open – 1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON, Imp. – Lovely type black again, shown in lovely condition, liked her head and eye very much, lovely bone and feet and a very good mover, just a touch long in body and can lose her topline at times.
Retrievers (Flat Coated) – Dog
Limit – 1st – Miss A. Corbin’s CANDIDACASA WATERLOO, Imp. – Lovely type with a pleasing head and lovely eyes, good neck and balanced in outline, shown in gleaming condition, good rear movement, could be just a little stronger in front. Won CC & BOB.

Retrievers (Flat Coated) – Bitch
Open – 1st – Miss A. Corbin’s SH.H. Paradise Cash and Prizes C.D. – Head is just too fine and eyes could be darker, coat colour could be better and moves wide in front and close behind. RBOB.

Irish Setter – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D., Imp. – Very elegant yet substantial dog with a lovely head and beautiful eyes, well made and has the typical “Irish” outline. Not in his best coat and condition today and did’nt move as I’m sure he can. CC & BOB.
HOUND GROUP

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Dogs
Open – 1st – Mr. O. Holder & Master K. Holder’s CH. CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD – Lovely head, dark eyes and super pigment on this dog, reachy neck and lovely outline. So well constructed which shows in his sound athletic movement. He was shown in gleaming condition and so well handled, has good ridge and crowns and looked the part at all times. Won CC, BOB, Hound Group & Reserve Best in Show. Well done.
2nd – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (AI) CDX – Rising 6 years and a little heavy now, pleasing head and pigment, super ridge and crowns, very well bodied, not quite the scope over the hindquarters, but he is still a good mover. RCC.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CELTIC RIVER FIZZ C.D. – Lovely bitch, very sound and athletic mover and of beautiful type, has a lot of quality, good ridge and crowns and shown in lovely conditions. Close decision between her and the winning dog. Won CC, RBOB and Reserve Hound Group.

UTILITY GROUP

Utility group judgiong

Handlers lined up for Utility Group judging in Barbados

The breeds in the above line up are the French Bulldog, the Japanese Shiba Inu and the Miniature Schnauzer. Also in the line up was the Akita but unfortunately I have no photo of it to share here.

Akitas – Dog
Limit – 1st – Mr. D.P. De B. Boyce’s DONKEMRE THOR – Well built very dark dog with lovely bone and feet, well balanced in outline, good neck and topline. Just a little over-done in head but lovely dark eyes, moves a touch wide coming towards. Won CC & BOB.

Akitas – Bitch
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mr. F.C.A. Blackman’s SHIREOAKS ROYAL REIGN – Very attractive nearly all white baby, pretty head with lovely dark eyes, super neck and outline, well coated and good temperament, must firm up in hind movement. RBOB.

French Bulldogs – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP, Imp – Quality Brindle of lovely size, beautiful head, eyes and mouth, super correct topline, shown in beautiful condition and he is a very good mover, handler must learn to get him to show and move much better as he is capable of great things. Won CC, BOB & Reserve in Utility Group.

French Bulldogs – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK WOWING THE CROWDS, Imp. – Adorable rich dark Brindle of considerable quality, lovely head with darkest of eyes, good neck and outline with lovely legs and feet, shown in pristine condition. This is the one I would have taken home. Handler must teach her to move and show much better. Won CC, RBOB, Utility Puppy Group and Best Puppy in Show.
Open – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK DORADA, Imp. – This quality fawn is very typy in head and eye, she has a lovely shape and is very sound moving, could have slightly better hindquarters. Shown in lovely condition, looked quite unhappy today and did’nt perform as I’m sure she can. RCC.

Japanese Shiba Inu – Dogs

Shiba Inu at a dog show with its handler

Shiba Inu and Andy Taylor

Junior – 1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA NO ONE GREATER – Really loved this super quality Black and Tan. He has a lovely head and ears with darkest of eyes, lovely neck and topline, well balanced in every way and has super legs and feet, shown in beautiful coat and condition. He was well handled to win CC, BOB & Utility Group 1st.
Open – 1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI THE ONE N’ ONLY AT MASSIMA – This light red is a pleasing size and has good structure. Head is of good type if just a touch fine for a male. Feet could be tighter, good outline and he is sound if just a touch close behind. Won RCC & RBOB.

MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC – Has a touch of class in head, eye and ears. Very pleasing to go over with lovely body and ribbing. Moves well behind but a little wide in front, coat texture particulary leg hair could be harsher. Won CC & BOB.

MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS – BITCH
Puppy – 1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK STIR IT UP – Quality puppy with a lovely head and darkest of eyes, just a touch long in loin, otherwise a lot to like. Lovely body and limbs, just refused to co-operate with handler at all either moving or showing. RBOB.

WORKING GROUP

dogs at a dog show in Barbados

Working Group dogs at a dog show in Barbados

Just a few of the working group breed dogs, either relaxed or getting ready for UK judge Derek Smith as he did move them individually as well as a group Left to right, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bullmastiff and Dobernmann.

It was nice to see the Working Group line up with two breeds we do not normally see: The Border Collie (Barbados has no Pastoral group so these dogs would be included in the Working Group) and the Giant Schnauzer.

Border Collie – Dog
Puppy – 1st – Ms. S. Blandford’s PEPPERBOX ZIRCONIA, Imp. – Head a little fine but has lovely dark eyes, balanced in outline with good length of leg and tight feet. Good neck and lovely coat and condition, needs to tighten in movement and not to be so proud of is tail. BOB.

Bouvier Des Flandres – Bitch
Junior – 1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CHEPAM VALENTINA AT CALLIOPE, Imp. – Very good one, lovely head and dark eye, super well ribbed body, sound, fluid mover shown in lovely coat and condition. Won CC & BOB.

Bullmastiffs – Dog
Limit – 1st – Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYCEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE, Imp. – Real stallion of a dog, lovely head and mouth, strong bone and feet, lovely body and topline, shown in hard, fit condition, really motors round the ring, sound and with tremendous reach and drive. Touch long in loin and a little proud of his tail but very impressive. Won CC, BOB & Reserve in Working Group.

Bullmastiffs – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – Lovely headed bitch with dark eyes and good mouth, good neck, front and feet, good body and hindquarters, but moves close behind, not in top condition. Won CC & RBOB.

Dobermanns – Dog
Novice – 1st – Mr. M. Forde’s SADDLEBACK’S ACCUS UNO – Nice head and eye on this B/T, good front and feet, shown in lovely condition, decent mover, handler can help him more. Won CC & BOB.

Dobermanns – Bitch
Novice – 1st – Mr. M. Forde’s SADDLEBACK’S APRIL RAIN – Nice type of head but needs a darker eye and little more neck. Lovely condition and a decent mover with good feet. Won CC & RBOB.

Giant Schnauzer – Dog
Novice – 1st – Mr. T. Bynoe’s BELLGARD GETTO AMOROSO – This Black is lovely for type with a super head and lovely dark eyes, strong neck, lovely front and feet and super body with big ribs and very good hindquarters and good coat, needs to gain a little confidence, moves a touch narrow in rear and a little wide in front. Won CC & BOB.

Rottweilers – Dogs
Minor Puppy – 1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK MATCHO – Nice dog shown in lovely condition, typical in head and eye, lovely neck, front and feet, lovely body, coat and condition, sound with good quarters. Won RCC.
2nd – Mr. L. Lavine’s GUNIS BLUE FILOU – Very much a baby. Has super bone and feet, nice head and eye, needs to come up on leg a little and is a touch throaty, nice move though.
Puppy – 1st – Mr. R.T.J. Lavine’s WAR MACHINE – Strong, powerful head with good mouth, like a darker eye, good bone and feet, well bodied, decent mover. Handling could be better.
Junior – 1st – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA STAND AND DELIVER – Very pleasing in most departments. Good head and mouth, lovely neck and front, good body and ribbing, good mover.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK IGOR – Pleasing in head, lovely neck, excellent condition, very good mover. Would not be handled properly.
Maiden – 1st – Mr. N. McClean’s KENT RIDGE SUZUKI’S DRIVER – Very masculine and has a lovely head and strong bone and is very typical, well made and a powerful mover who was shown hard and fit. Could co-operate with his handler better. Won CC & BOB.
Novice – 1st – Mr. P. Waterman’s DERSIEGER DATZ ODIN AT BRANDY WINE – Shown much too fat. Low on front legs, decent head and hindquarters and has flat feet, drops his topline on the move.
Open – 1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – Very nice type of dog with a poor handler, pleasing in head and eye, good condition, moves wide in font and elbows out.

Rottweilers – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK KENDRA – Really liked this one, lovely head and super eye, long neck, strong topline, very well balanced with a lovely body and sound, powerful movement, in lovely condition and so well shown. RCC.
2nd – Mr. T. Worrell’s AMAY’S CARISMA AT TROPIC – Very striking markings on this baby. Lovely head, super body and condition with good hindquarters, moves close behind though.
3rd – Mr. K.A. Mason’s AMAY’S CALYPSO – Head a little fine and mouth a little off, good neck, lovely body, decent mover, poor handling.
Junior – 1st – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA SHADES OF PINK – Lovely bitch of correct type, short backed with good legs and big ribs, lovely head and dark eyes, shown in gleaming condition and a good mover. Won CC & RBOB.
Maiden – 1st – Mr. R. Bascombe’s KENTRIDGE MISS MAYWEATHER – Nice type of head, but would prefer a darker eye. Touch long in couplings but keeps a good topline.
Open – 1st – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – Pleasing in head but would prefer a shade darker eye, very well made with good neck and lovely body. She is sound but poor handling held her back on the move.

German Shepherd Dogs – Bitch
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mrs. B. Kaufman’s TORSSON HAUS AVA – This very dark Black and Tan is very raw and has a lot to do, very nice for type but would like more of her althrough. She is a pretty shape, a decent mover and was in lovely condition. Won BOB and Best Puppy in Breed.

Boxers – Dogs
Open – 1st – Miss J. Wilson’s SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO – Lovely head and eye with a super mouth, excellent neck and such a square, clean cut outline, very well conditioned and with a fine coat which was beautifully presented, lovely legs and feet, good ribs going well back, firm topline and a bang on set on of tail, on the move he came alive and drove round the ring with soundness and verve, looked as smart as paint. Won CC, BOB, Working Group & Best in Show. Best L/B Dog in Show. Very worthy winner today.
2nd – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTONS WISH ME LUCK C.D. – Touch of class about this tall elegant Red and White, found his head a little too fine but has a super mouth, good neck and well made with good bone and feet. Shown in gleaming condition. Just moves that bit close behind. RCC.

Boxers – Bitches
Junior – 1st – Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s COBBLERS ROCK CHINA BELL – Plainish deep Red shown with a little too much weight, nice type of head if a touch fine, mouth just a bit too undershot. She is short and tall and a good mover once she got going.
Novice – 1st – Miss S. Foster’s SUNDIAL SUN GODDESS ARINNA – Super coloured deer Red, lovely head and mouth, shown in super condition. Good neck, square well ribbed body, uses herself well on the move. RCC.
Limit – 1st – Mrs. L. Carrillo’s SUNDIAL’S PACHA MAMA – Lovely deer Red with pleasing head and darkest of eyes, very good mouth too, well conditioned and so well balanced in outline, good mover but could have a little more sparkle.
Open – 1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH – Plainish marked deep deer Red, liked her head and good mouth but felt her expression could be more typical, only minimal though. She is tall and short with a good front and feet and shown in hard, fit, gleaming condition. Lovely body, good ribs, just like stronger hindquarters. But she is sound on the move. Won CC & RBOB.
2nd – Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN – Very flashy Red and White, shown in good condition but much too fat. Such a shame as she is a nice bitch, would not respond to handler, so movement hard to assess.

VARIETY CLASSES:

Brood Bitch: Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY (Rottweiler)

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Margaret on February 10th, 2015

gROWTHPATES

The above has been floating around the dog communities on Facebook. I do not know where it originated but the subject of exercise in puppies and young dogs and growth plates is an interesting and important topic.

I have always been told by top overseas breeders that the best exercise for puppies and young dogs should be running around in the garden and playing at home. Yet there are people who believe that they are doing their puppies a lot of good by taking them for long walks on hard surfaces, introducing them to jumping and other physical activities. Damage,through exercise, to a puppy and/or young dog can be done to the growth plates which are not yet sealed.

For a sport like agility, it makes sense to introduce the puppy to obstacles like a low A-frame, low walk way, open weave poles and tunnels and to avoid letting the puppy do agility jumping. It is okay to have the jumps so low that it can walk over them to be introduced to the word “jump” or “over”.

For large dogs, one should be even more cautious. I think the above diagram is helpful in pointing out the areas of concern and the length of time involved for the growth plates to seal. Damage done to the growth plates may be difficult to heal and repair so it is better to be safe and cautious than sorry later on.

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Crate accepted by airlines for shipping dogs

Crate accepted by airlines for shipping dogs

Effective January 1, 2015, is the new legislation for the importation of dogs (and cats) into Barbados.

This legislation I am sure will be much appreciated by persons looking to import/travel with dogs to this island.

Some of the local news headlines  are saying that we can now import dogs from all over the world! We could for years  import dogs from all over the world but the difference is that the animal is no longer required to have a Pet Passport and have to go to a country like the United Kingdom which is supposed to be rabies free before coming to Barbados. The animal can fly direct to Barbados once it meets the health requirements under the new legislation.

The former legislation was disheartening for people from areas like North America, Canada, who were looking to come to Barbados with their family, maybe on a work contract and/or a prolonged vacation, as they would have had to pay the expense and be parted with their pet who would have had to go, for example, to the United Kingdom and a quarantine kennel  before coming to Barbados.  Now, once the health regulations are met, their pet can arrive with them without the stress of a separation period in another country.

Barbados also has a kennel club for the registration of pedigree dogs. However, dogs entering the island do not have to register with The Barbados Kennel Club. If the owners wish to compete in The B’dos. Kennel Club’s All Breeds Championship Dog Shows the dogs would need to be registered and also if the dogs are used for breeding purposes, the dogs would need to be registered for their pedigree purposes.

Dogs in Barbados are required, under our laws, to be licensed and the licence fee can be paid at the Barbados Government’s Animal Control Centre, Black Rock, St. Michael. The licence fee can be paid annually or for several years at a time.

This new importation legislation will also make us more island friendly towards persons with seeing/guide dogs as these persons need to  travel with their dogs.

Barbados is a rabies free island so we have to ensure that dogs entering are rabies free and hence they have to be inoculated against rabies.

Here is the link to the new legislation for further information.

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Margaret on December 25th, 2014
Dogs in Barbados with red heliconias in Barbados at Xmas time

Happy Xmas 2014 & Healthy, Happy New Year Greetings for 2015

The dogs in the above photo are Chepam Valentina at Calliope (Isabella) at 11 months old and her closest playmate here, the Tibetan Terrier Ch. Araki Miss Conduct at Calliope C.D. (Tibby). Isabella plays with the other Bouviers here but loves the Tibetan Terrier, maybe because they were the same size when she arrived in Barbados!

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Geoff Corish was on his first judging assignment to Barbados. In the ring he had about 50 dogs to go over and critique. This judge is approved by The Kennel Club, UK, to award Challenge Certificates in the UK to the Akita, French Bulldog, and the Miniature Schnauzer which were at our show. He is also approved by The Kennel Club, UK to judge the Utility, Terrier and Best in Show. He is a much travelled judge, judging all over the globe and is also scheduled to judge at the prestigious World Dog Show next year.

When any of these judges come to Barbados, they can award Challenge Certificates to any breed of dog they judge and likewise, they can withhold the Challenge Certificate.

He is reknown as a handler and I believe he has handled Champions in each of the seven groups in the UK. I can remember watching him handling a Giant Schnauzer in the Working Group at Crufts and I have also seen him with a Kerry Blue Terrier.

Geoff Corish’s main winners were:  French Bulldog (Utility Group) Best in Show

Boxer (Working Group) Reserve Best in Show and Best Locally Bred in Show

Bouvier Des Flandres (Working Group) Best Puppy in Show

Golden Retriever (Gundog Group) Best Locally Bred Puppy in Show

 

Here is his critique of the dogs:

TERRIER GROUP
Bull Terrier – Dog
Junior – 1st – Messrs. L. & C. Mark’s BLUEPOINT IMPERIAL BLACK, Imp. – Tricolour male. Nice size. Good bone. Very good neck and shoulders. Topline could be slightly more level. Strong head with good fill in. Excellent foreface. Good straight front. CC, BOB and Best in Group.

TOY GROUP
Yorkshire Terrier
Limit – 1st – Mr. E. & Mrs. F. Drake’s DANIEL- FIZZ Z UDOLI LIBERKU AT SHILOH – Imp. – Very nice for size. I really liked his head & expression. Good mouth, nice small ears. Excellent front. Nice fine bone. Very good topline. He was in good coat and his colour was very good too. CC, BOB & Best in Group.

GUNDOG GROUP
Retrievers (Golden) – Dogs
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mrs. L. Husband’s HOLDERS SAPPHIRE SKY – Well grown young dog. OK for size. Good bone. Good reach of neck and flows into a good topline. He is well ribbed. His movement was a little difficult to assess as he was slightly favouring one rear leg. But I am sure only temporarily. Should have a nice future. RCC & Best L/B Puppy in Show.
Novice – 1st – Mr. J.S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA, Imp. – A really good type. I like his overall balance. He is straight in front and with good feet. Very good topline, to be critical just carries his tail a little high. His head is his good point. Dark eyes and well balanced. CC.

Retrievers (Golden) – Bitches
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mrs. A. Barnett’s THATCHERS RIVER DANCE – Obviously just a baby but so much to like. She has the most lovely head and expression. Excellent front. Good reach of neck, excellent topline. Must have a good future.
2nd – Mrs. J. Fields’ HOLDERS RUBY FIRE – Also a baby but little more immature to 1. Not as straight in front as the winner, but is similar in many ways. She has good bone and excellent feet. Just needs a little more time to come together and settle.
Limit – 1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARK HEAVENS GIFT TO THATCHER, Imp. – Nice bitch. Full of quality. A really good moving bitch. Excellent hindquarters which she uses on the move with a good driving action. Lovely head and that typical soft Golden expression. CC, BOB & Best in Group.

Open – 1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. AMIRENE MIDSUMMER DREAM OF THATCHER C.D. – 5 year old bitch. She has overall balance. Nicest of heads. Dark eye and nice soft expression. She has a good front and good bone & feet. She moves ok but was carrying a little too much weight which made her roll a little on the move. RCC & RBOB.

Retrievers (Labrador) – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Mr. E. Maynard’s PITNEZE PRINCESS LEA, Imp. – Black bitch who I was very taken with. She has so much quality. Very happy with herself in the ring. She is balanced. Excellent coat and tail. Sound both ways. Must have a great future. RCC & BOB.
Limit – 1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s THEBERTON TITMOUSE OF ZINZARA – Black bitch and very feminine. She is a good mover both ways and also in profile. She has good bone and tight feet. Good neck though shoulder could be a little more laid back. Handled very well.
Open – 1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON, Imp. – Black bitch. Ok for size. Good reach of neck. Excellent shoulders. Good front . Excellent firm topline. Well ribbed. Strong in loin. Tail could just be a little better carried. CC & BOB

Irish Setter – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D., Imp. – This Irish has the most lovely head and expression. Good reach of neck. Quite tall but well balanced. Excellent topline and carries his tail in the right place. He was in full coat and super body condition. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.

HOUND GROUP
Dachshunds (Min.L/H) – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mrs. G. Wilson’s CUPCAKE CANDY AT WILSONBY, Imp. – Brindle bitch of a nice size. Long level topline. Good front with good bone. Nice head with sweetest of expressions. Was very sound on the move. CC & BOB.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Dogs
Open – 1st – Mr. O. Holder & Master K. Holder’s CH. CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD –Very well balanced male. Good in head balance. Excellent front and good feet. Excellent topline. Sound coming and going and also impresses in profile movement. Well handled. CC, RBOB & Reserve in Group.
2nd – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER RADIUM – Slightly taller than winner and not going as well in profile moving. Again I like his head and expression. He also has good bone but feet not quite as good as winner. Firm in topline and carries his tail well. RCC.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CELTIC RIVER FIZZ C.D. – I really liked this bitch. Feminine but with right amount of strength too. Lovely head. Strong muzzle. She is very sound both ways. Excellent topline and well handled. CC, BOB & Best in Group.

UTILITY GROUP
Akitas – Dogs
Limit – 1st – Mr. D.P. De B. Boyce’s DONKEMRE THOR – Brindle/White and all male. Moves so well in profile with true driving action. Very strong in head and well set ears. Good reach of neck. Excellent topline. Just tends to swing his front when he comes back to me. RCC.
Open – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. R.O. Alleyne’s HALF BLOOD PRINCE – This dog has a super head and expression. Correct forward placed ears. Not yet in full coat. Good reach of neck. Excellent topline. Tail could be a little tighter. CC & RBOB.

Akitas – Bitch
Junior – 1st – Mr. G. & Mrs. S. Spencer & Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA’S PRIDE N JOY AT BARIMAS – 17 months old red/white bitch I liked very much. As yet needs a bit more maturity but all the basics are there and she should have a good career. I liked her head, very typical. Standing her front is good, but swings it a little on the move. But in profile has a good driving action. Well handled. CC & BOB.

Bulldog – Bitch
Novice – 1st – Mr. M. Cottrell’s BRITISH GLADIATOR BONASERA, Imp. – All white bitch. Ok for size. A little too long in body and topline is too exaggerated. She has good bone. Her eyes are clean. Excellent mouth. Moves ok behind but today seems a little lame in front. BOB.

French Bulldogs – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP, Imp – Brindle male. Super head and expression. Nice dark eye. Good pigment. He is sound. Correct topline for the breed. Good hindquarters. Well handled. CC, BOB, Best in Group and BEST IN SHOW.

French Bulldogs – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK WOWING THE CROWDS, Imp. – Dark brindle with most lovely head and expression. Well placed ears. Excellent mouth. Correct muzzle and with dark eyes. Straight front. Good neck and shoulder 7 months and needs to develop in rib but that will come with age. Should do well in the future. CC & RBOB.
OPEN – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK DORADA, Imp. – Fawn and very feminine. Very good front and feet. Dark nails, not always seen. She has a good neck and shoulder.
She is short coupled and with a nice roach. Her head is balanced and with nice ear placement. RCC.

Japanese Shiba Inu – Dog
Junior – 1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA NO ONE GREATER – Tricolour dog of a good type. Free moving. Good topline. Good reach of neck. Front could be a little straighter both standing and moving. In full coat and excellent condition. CC & RBOB.

JAPANESE SHIBA INU – Bitch
Junior – 1st – Mr. G. & Mrs. S. Spencer & Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA PROMISCUOUS GIRL AT BARIMAS – Really good moving bitch. Excellent straight front. Feet could be a little tighter. I like her head and expression. Nicely placed ears. Good topline and moves out really well in profile. Well handled. CC & BOB.

MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC – Very nice male with good overall balance. Short coupled. His head is long. Clean skull. Good front. His coat is a good hard texture with good leg furnishings. He moves well in profile but a little close behind. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.

WORKING GROUP
Bouvier Des Flandres – Bitch
Puppy – 1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CHEPAM VALENTINA AT CALLIOPE, Imp. – A very sound moving young bitch of 10 months. Coat as yet a bit woolly but that will improve with age. Her head is really nice and of right proportions. Nice and square in outline. CC, BOB, Reserve in Group & Best Puppy in Show.

Bullmastiffs – Dogs
Limit – 1st – Mr. A. Moore’s FORTESQUE ARLINGTON – Brindle dog of a good size. He was a little unsettled on the day and could have settled a bit more moving. His head was well balanced and strong. Mouth was a little too undershot. He has a good front. Excellent topline and was in super body condition. RCC.
Open – 1st – Messrs. O. Holder & R. Straker’s CH. TREONE DARK SULTAN – Dark brindle dog. Very masculine head and well balanced. Dark eye. Good pigment. Good front and feet. Well ribbed. Sound coming and going. Could carry a little more body weight to his advantage. CC & RBOB.

Bullmastiffs – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – Fawn bitch and lots to like about her. Super outline. Good neck and shoulders. Good topline. Strong in loin. Good hindquarters. Straight front. With balanced head but just a little too undershot. CC & BOB.

Rottweilers – Dogs
Puppy – 1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK IGOR – Well grown puppy of 11 months. Well boned. Excellent body shape. Good front. Very good head and mouth. Good topline. Would just like him a touch shorter. CC & BOB.
2nd – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA STAND AND DELIVER – 10 months old and not as mature as 1and similar in many ways. He is sound. Good front. Excellent bone. Good topline. Very good head but again could be a touch shorter coupled.
3rd – Mr. G. & Mrs. S. Spencer’s BARINDI UNSTOPPABLE – Very much the baby of the group and very raw at this stage. I liked a lot about him. He was shorter coupled than 1 and 2 but he lacked the rib and body weight of the winner and it was this that held him back. I would be very interested to see him in another 12 months.
Open – 1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – Very good type. Good reach of neck. Firm in topline. Good front. Well ribbed. Very good hindquarters. Standing he presents a good picture but today his movement let him down both ways and gave the impression he didn’t want to be here. RCC & RBOB.

Rottweilers – Bitches
Minor Puppy – 1st Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK KENDRA – 7 months old young bitch and moves and shows so well. In super condition. She has good bone. Good reach of neck. Excellent topline. Her head is well balanced and strong in the fore face.
Puppy – 1st – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA SHADES OF PINK – A really promising puppy. Needs to settle a bit in movement. But I liked her outline. Strong in loin. Well ribbed. Super body condition. I liked her head and expression. Good mouth. CC
2nd – Mr. R. Bascombe’s KENTRIDGE MISS MAYWEATHER – This bitch is quite immature at the moment and needs to fill out a bit more. She is a good mover. Her front is good as she is behind. Her head is balanced though I would like a bit more strength in muzzle and not as good in expression as 1.RCC
Junior – 1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD BEA’S A BURNING – Ok for size. Her head is good and has a good bite. Straight in front. Good reach of neck. But today she didn’t settle on the move and she was not in good coat condition.
Limit – 1st – Mr. A. Maynard’s ELTHOR DARK QUINKA – 2 ½ year old and didn’t seem too happy today. She is a good size. Ok in head and expression. Excellent mouth. Good front and feet. Good topline but tends to fall away too steeply in croup. In very good condition.
Open – 1st – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – Ok for size and overall balance. Good reach of neck. Excellent topline. Well ribbed. Short in loin. Good hindquarters. Sound going away but not quite so good coming towards me.
2nd – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE – Taller bitch than 1 and also longer in body. I preferred her head and expression. She has a good reach of neck. Excellent topline and thought she was my winner. However on the move she did not move so well and let herself down. What a pity!

German Shepherd Dogs – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. L. Harris’ SKYE COCO – Young bitch of 10 months and of a finer type. Today she was in poor body condition and needs a lot more body weight. This shows in the movement. When she bodies up I am sure she can look so much better. RBOB.
Open – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. L. Harris’ CH. MONIFA BRANDI – Bitch of 4 years and like previous class winner is very narrow all through and needs more rib and better condition. On the move she didn’t move well at all and was all over the place and gave her handler a tough time. BOB.

Boxers – Dogs
Junior – 1st – Miss J. Wilson’s SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO – Red/White dog and very stylish on the move too. Right amount of neck. Excellent front. I liked his head rise of skull and muzzle too. Looks very good. I would just like a slightly better topline. CC, BOB, Best in Group, Reserve Best in Show and Best L/B Dog in Show.
Open – 1st – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTON WISH ME LUCK C.D. – Red/White 6 years old chap and a little heavy in condition. Good neck and shoulders. Well balanced head. Good mouth nice and broad. Good bone. Just moved a bit close behind today. RCC.

Boxers – Bitches
Junior – 1st – Ms. B. Hoyos’ RUBY SCARLET – Red/White youngster of 7months. Needs to mature a bit more. She is so feminine in head and expression. Excellent pigment. Sound when she settled to moving.
Novice – 1st – Mrs. L. Carrillo’s SUNDIAL’S PACHA MAMA – Red/White well made bitch in profile moves ok, but up and down she tends to pull her front. She is a nice size. She is well balanced. Short coupled and presents a good outline. For me she lacks a bit of quality in her head.
Open – 1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH – Rich red bitch. Nicely made with good neck into good shoulders. Firm in topline. She is sound coming and going and in super condition. Lack of white on her head gives the impression of being plain but on examination she is not. CC.
2nd – Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN – Red/White and out to give her handler a hard time. Clown springs to mind! She is a nice shape when she stands. Good neck and shoulder. But was silly on the move and never settled. It did give the audience some entertainment! RCC.

BROOD BITCH: Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN.
Well what a great brood this bitch has been as today her son was BOB and daughter was shown in Novice and I am told there are others! I suppose you could call her ‘The goose that laid the golden eggs.”

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The judge, Tom Mather, was on his first assignment to Barbados. In the UK, he is approved by The Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates to the French Bulldog breed on show here. Two of the other breeds which he is approved to award Challenge Certificates to in the UK and which were recently entered in our shows, the Miniature Schnauzer and Yorkshire Terrier were unfortunately absent from this show. He is also approved by The Kennel Club to judge the Toy, and Utility Group and Best in Show at Championship level.

Our shows, I believe could be compared to “open shows” in the UK where judges get the opportunity to put their hands on lots of different breeds and it must be an interesting opportunity for them. Some of these judges could be on the breed lists, as having an interest in certain breeds, and learning more about them to go on and then judge them at Championship shows.

I talked with him, after he had finished judging in the ring and found him very friendly and pleasant.

This show had under 60 entries, 12 of which were puppies.

His main winners were:

Irish Setter from the Gundog Group for Best in Show
Shiba Inu from the Utility Group for Reserve Best in Show
Bouvier Des Flandres from the Working Group for Best Puppy in Show
Labrador Retriever from the Gundog Group for Best Locally Bred in Show
German Shepherd from the Working Group for Best Locally Bred Puppy in Show

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In the above pix. the best of breed puppy winners in the Working Group are lined up for judging.

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In the above pix. the best of breed winners of the Terrier, Gundog, Hound, Utility and Working Groups are stacked for the judge.

Below is his critique of the dogs he judged on October 5th, 2014.

The photos below are used with permission from my friend Franz Phillips who arrived at the show in the afternoon. I have been friendly with Franz for a very long time and I remember when he used to compete in the Working Group and did well with a locally bred Rottweiler “Dusty”.

Bull Terrier

TERRIER GROUP
Bull Terrier – Dog
Puppy – 1st – Messrs. L. & C. Mark’s BLUEPOINT IMPERIAL BLACK, Imp. – Only one exhibit but he provided a really good start to the day. A tricolour puppy of some quality. Strong and muscular with a lovely, well filled head of good length. Good dentition. Strong neck of good length. Excellent forehand with good strong bone and decent feet. Good spring of rib but a tad too long in loin for perfection. Strong well muscled hindquarters. Moved out well with a free, easy stride with some drive from the rear. CC, Best Terrier and RBPIS.

GUNDOG GROUP
Retrievers (Golden) – Dogs
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mrs. L. Husband’s HOLDERS SAPPHIRE SKY, – Well balanced with good bone and a very attractive head and expression. Good forehand with well laid shoulders and plenty of forechest. Deep well sprung ribs and strong short loin. Moved well both ways and shown in good form. Res. CC. Best L/B, Best Gundog Puppy.
2nd – Mrs. D. Marshall’s THATCHERS DANCE WITH WOLVES – Another youngster with a pleasing head, kind expression, good pigmentation. Not quite the strength of forehand of the winner but well bodied with good spring of rib and level topline. With a little more practice he will make a good showman.
3rd – Mr. M. Armstrong’s HOLDERS IMPERIAL TOPAZ – Less finished than the two above him but with a pleasing masculine head and kind expression. Shown in good coat and condition. His hind action lets him down and his rear pasterns could be a shade shorter.

Maiden – 1st – Mr. J.S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA, Imp. – A very good moving sound and typical dog, handsome head with good pigmentation, bite just acceptable, good forehand with decent bone. Good depth and length of rib. Tending to be a little proud of his tail on the move. Shown in first class condition.

Open – 1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. FENWOOD LOUIS VUITTON OF THATCHER C.D., Imp. – Soundly made all through and very pleasing for both balance and type. Lovely typical temperament with a soft expression. Good forehand, well boned with decent well padded compact feet. Very good tail set and carriage. His movement was sound and true. CC & RBOB.

Retrievers (Golden) – Bitches
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mrs. A. Barnett’s THATCHERS RIVER DANCE – Just 6 months old and still very raw and babyish. Feminine head with dark well pigmented eye and kind expression. Could be a little stronger in bone, well ribbed with good topline and tailset. Hind action could be stronger but pleasing in profile.

Maiden – 1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARK HEAVENS GIFT TO THATCHER, Imp. – Well balanced and soundly made with good deep ribs and strong short loin. Pleasing head with gentle expression, dark eye and good pigment. Bite just acceptable. Moves out really well in profile but in the challenge the winner just had a shade more drive from the rear. Reserve CC.

Limit – 1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s NANCY DE RIA VELA AT THATCHER, Imp. – Feminine with a lovely head and expression. Very typical both in make and shape and temperament. Good forehand with compact, well padded feet. Strong well ribbed body. Very easy fluid profile action and true both coming and going. CC & BOB.

Retrievers (Labrador) – Dog
I was impressed by the overall quality of the exhibits in this breed.
Junior – 1st – Mr. E. Maynard’s ALLENIE’S WAIT AND WONDER, Imp. – Handsome and very typical with good breadth of skull, kind eye, clean strong neck, well laid shoulders and good bone, legs and compact well padded feet. Strong well ribbed body with good breadth of loin. Free moving with a hard, double coat and good tail. CC.

Retrievers (Labrador) – Bitches
Puppy – 1st – Mr. E. Maynard’s PITNEZE PRINCESS LEA, Imp. – A very good moving bitch of pleasing type and balance. Excellent coat and tail. Kind expression, good depth of chest, well sprung ribs and short coupled. Reserve CC.

Junior – 1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s THEBERTON TITMOUSE OF ZINZARA – Very typical head and expression. Good forehand, pleasing bone and feet. Well ribbed and short coupled. Very good coat and broad otter tail. Very pleasing profile action covering a fair amount of ground. Best Locally Bred in Show.

Open – 1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON, Imp. – A top quality black bitch, very well balanced with decent length of leg and looks capable of a day’s work. Excellent head and kind expression. Good depth and breadth of chest with well sprung barrel ribs and short loin. Good coat and tail. She has a powerful, easy action and is true both coming and going. CC, BOB and Group 2.
2nd – Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE FANTINE OF THEBERTON, Imp. –
Yellow with a feminine, gentle expression, well laid shoulders, good spring of rib. Good topline and tailset. She couldn’t match the very positive hind action of the winner and her underline makes her look a little matronly.

Retrievers (Flat Coated) – Dog
Limit – 1st – Miss A. Corbin’s CANDIDACASA WATERLOO, Imp. – Very typical head and expression, large black nose. Good neck and shoulders, pleasing forehand with depth of chest, strong straight legs and well padded feet. Well ribbed and short coupled. Moved out well with an easy positive stride. CC & BOB.

Retrievers (Flat Coated) – Bitch
Open – 1st – Miss A. Corbin’s SH.CH. PARADISE CASH AND PRIZES – Feminine and with a lovely head and expression. Good depth and breadth of chest, well ribbed up and with good topline and tailset. Very good profile action, just a tad wide in front when coming back to me. CC.

Irish Setter at a dog show

Irish Setter goes Best in Show

Irish Setter – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D., Imp. – BIS . Bred in the UK by the late Pat Rhodes I can’t help but think she would be very proud of him. He has a lovely noble head with a kind expression. Strong nicely arched neck, well laid shoulders. Well boned. Deep chest and good ribs which extend well back. In excellent form and muscular condition although perhaps not the fullest of coat. However he has nothing to hide and standing in the sunlight with his gleaming rich copper coat I thought he was rather special.

HOUND GROUP
Dachshunds (Min.L/H) – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mrs. G. Wilson’s CUPCAKE CANDY AT WILSONBY, Imp. – Unexaggerated and well proportioned, good length of head and strong jaw. Well laid shoulder, good bone, decent forechest, well ribbed with strong short loin. Moved soundly both ways but just a little lethargic in the heat. CC.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. O. Holder & Master K. Holder’s CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD –
Strong and athletic with clearly defined ridge and crowns. Flattish fairly broad skull with dark expressive eyes, good depth of chest, strong muscular loin. In excellent coat and condition. Moved out well with an easy fluid stride which was true both coming and going. CC, BOB and Group 1.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CELTIC RIVER FIZZ C.D. – Beautifully balanced and very typical, good head, strong forehand, deep chest and well ribbed back. Good ridge. Strong well angulated hindquarters. Sound and true on the move although not quite the freedom of the winner. CC and Group 2.

UTILITY GROUP
Akitas – Dog
Open – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. R.O. Alleyne’s HALF BLOOD PRINCE – Very typical in outline with a good skull, well placed fairly small ear. Moderately well laid shoulder, nicely arched neck. Good tailset and carriage. Good hind action, a little wide in front when coming back to me. Could be heavier boned. Shows well and in good coat. CC.

French Bulldogs – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK DORADA, Imp. – A lovely quality bitch of good size and balance. Excellent head properties with adequate width of skull, good ear set and nicely finished muzzle with good cushioning. Straight, strong front legs. Cobby with decent cut up and slight rise over the loin. Very good hind action. CC, BOB and Group 2.

Japanese Shiba Inu – Dogs
Junior – 1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA NO ONE GREATER – Black and tan. Good head with small, well placed ears and dark almond eye. Excellent forehand with some forechest and deep brisket. High set, well carried tail. Moved soundly with a light easy action. RCC.

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Open – 1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI THE ONE N’ ONLY AT MASSIMA, Imp. Lovely headed dog with very good ear placement and well placed eyes which contribute to his overall oriental expression. Soundly made all through with a good topline and high set tail. Moderate hindquarters with good muscle tone. Sound and true on the move with a light action. Good coat and he shows to best advantage. CC, BOB & Reserve BIS.

WORKING GROUP
Bouvier Des Flandres – Bitch

Chepam Valentina going Best Puppy in Show in Barbados, October, 2014

Bouvier Des Flandres goes Best Puppy in Show, 2014

Puppy – 1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CHEPAM VALENTINA AT CALLIOPE, Imp. – An exciting puppy of some quality and very good type. Well balanced head with neat ears, flat skull and strong jaw. Solidly built with good bone, short backed with good depth of chest, decent topline and broad rump. Dense coat and moved soundly with some drive from the rear. Lovely steady calm temperament. CC, BOB and BPIS.

Bullmastiffs – Dogs
Open – 1st – Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE, Imp. – A handsome red/fawn dog, very typical with a good skull and blunt muzzle. Broad deep chest. Good straight forelegs and strong pasterns just gave him the edge. Good bone. Well ribbed with a good topline. Moved well with a powerful easy action. CC & BOB.
2nd – Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s HOTHERSALL’S SAMSON – Brindle of good quality and type, pleasing head – broad and deep. Very well balanced with moderately angulated hindquarters. Not quite the powerful hind action of the winner. Reserve CC & RBOB.

Bullmastiffs – Bitches
Novice – 1st – Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s FORTESQUE ALBERTA – Quite typical with a decent head and good expression. Good forehand with adequate bone and broad, deep chest. Well bodied but her undercarriage spoils her outline somewhat. Could be a little more powerful on the move.

Limit – 1st – Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s ZAHARA BULLS KATNISS AT NEXGEN – Soundly made with a decent head, good breadth of chest, well laid shoulder. Well balanced and very typical in outline. Could be more powerful on the move. Reserve Best Bitch.

Open – 1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – Typical in outline, well balanced with a good sized skull, blunt muzzle and pleasing expression. Fairly short back with strong loin and good topline. Front movement ok but very close behind and not much power. Best Bitch.
2nd – Mr. B. Lowe’s FOUL BAY LADY ANN – Good sized skull and blunt muzzle but rather plainer in head than the winner and couldn’t quite match her firm topline. Well ribbed. Hind action could be stronger.

Rottweiler and German Shepherd at an October, 2014, dog show

Winners of the Working Group in October, 2014

Rottweilers – Dogs
Puppy – 1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK IGOR – Presents a very typical pleasing outline, good breadth of skull, alert kindly expression. Good forehand with adequate bone, still needs to develop in body but this will come with maturity, a good prospect. Shown in excellent condition.

Junior – 1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK HECTOR – A good quality youngster with a pleasing head, good breadth of skull and strong jaw with big white teeth. Good forehand, not overdone in any way with firm topline and good tailset. Well marked good coat. Moves well both ways. Reserve CC.

Novice – 1st – Mr. P. Waterman’s KEMROROCKS KABUL – Strong and masculine but head could have a little more breadth of skull. Good forehand and bone, well ribbed but could be firmer in topline. Moved well.

Open – 1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – Very pleasing in profile as he is well balanced, strong masculine head, good pigment and strong jaw. Very good forehand with good bone. Strong well ribbed body and this maturity of body just gave him the edge in the challenge. Excellent topline and tailset. Very good profile action, perhaps just a tad untidy in front when coming back to me. CC, BOB and Group 1.

Rottweilers – Bitches
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA SHADES OF PINK – Smart with a good skull and pleasing expression, well laid shoulders, good breadth and depth of chest, well ribbed with very good topline. Moved out well.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK KENDRA – Slightly plainer in head and not the breadth of skull of the winner, strong powerful neck, well laid shoulders, strong short well ribbed body with good topline. Movement ok.

Puppy – 1st – Mr. R. Bascombe’s KENTRIDGE MISS MAYWEATHER – Rather old fashioned plainer head, eye could be darker. Strong nicely arched neck, good forehand, well ribbed with good topline and tailset. Strong powerful hind action. Would benefit from more ring practice.

Junior – 1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD BEA’S A BURNING – Another who benefit from more ring pratice but she is not unappealing for both type and quality. Good skull, decent forehand with good bone. Well ribbed and firm strong topline. Sound on the move and should do well with maturity. Reserve CC.

Limit – 1st – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – Attractive typical head and expression. Good forehand, well ribbed but must not carry any more weight. Very good hind action with plenty of drive from the rear.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK BENETA – Plainer in head and would benefit from more ring practice. Well bodied with good spring of rib and firm topline. Moved out well with some drive.

Open – 1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE – Pleasing head with good breadth of skull and calm expression. Good depth and breadth of chest, well bodied with firm topline and good tailset. Moved out well with an easy powerful action and looks very good in profile. CC & RBOB.

German Shepherd Dogs – Bitches
Minor Puppy – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. L. Harris’ SKYE COCO – A feminine, shapely youngster of good type and excellent temperament. Good head with a keen, lively expression, flat well laid shoulders. Adequate depth of chest, good body proportions. When relaxed has a very good topline and her side gait is impressive. Reserve CC and Best Locally Bred Puppy in Show.

Open – 1st – Mr. & Mrs. L. Harris’ CH. MONIFA BRANDI – Mid size, feminine bitch of very good type and style. Shown in excellent coat and muscular condition. Good head, well pigmented, very good forehand with good bone and firm pasterns. Good body with strong loin and good croup. Very good profile action with adequate reach and her calm steady temperament impressed me. CC, BOB and Group 2.

Boxers – Dogs
Junior – 1st – Miss J. Wilson’s SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO – Red and white and very handsome! High stationed and athletic with a most pleasing head, clean skull, well padded muzzle with well turned up chin. Strong clean neck with well laid shoulders and adequate depth of chest. Square in outline, short backed with a slightly sloping topline. Strong and powerful on the move, he looked a real stallion in the breed judging but decided he had enough in the group which was a real shame. CC & BOB.

Open – 1st – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTON WISH ME LUCK C.D. – A smart dog of good type and style. Absolutely typical in outline with a slightly plainer (but correct) head than his younger kennel mate. Deep chest and well ribbed with a good topline. Very good profile action. Reserve CC.

Boxers – Bitches
Junior – 1st – Mrs. L. Carrillo’s SUNDIAL’S PACHA MAMA – Very good skull, well pigmented forward facing eye and good muzzle. Clean neck and shoulders, deep chest and well ribbed back with a good topline and tailset. Sound on the move. Litter sister to the Dog CC and doesn’t quite have his style but won the bitch CC quite easily.

Open – 1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH – A soundly made and good moving bitch with a pleasing profile, deep chest, short backed with a good topline and tailset. Reserve CC.
2nd – Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN – Dam of the CC winners and what a good brood she has proved to be. Although her rather matronly figure went against here in the breed class she has more than proved her worth. Very typical and with quite flashy makings. Pleasing head, good forehand and well ribbed with a good topline. Sound on the move and a lovely temperament.

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Dog training classes for the CD (Novice) Obedience title had a large record number of participants for the September, 2014 class at Waterford.

Some of the dog breeds there were German Shepherd, Boxer, mixed breeds, rescues, Bouvier Des Flandres, Golden Retriever, and Labrador Retriever.

In earlier days, a CD class might only have attracted 3 or 4 persons and dogs! And someone wishing to go to formal classes for the CD, Novice title, could have been put on hold until there were more people interested. And, yes, some trials might have had just 3 or 4 dogs!

This class started on September 7, 2014, with 15 registered people/dogs, 14 of whom turned up and the 15th I know is overseas.  I am expecting that the trials could have as many as 20 people as some of the members from The B’dos. Working Dogs Association have been working with their dogs towards attending these trials, so I am hoping to see additional breeds like Rottweiler, Dobernmann, American Bulldog and Pit Bull and others come out.

From what I know of the participants’ training backgrounds, they have attended the Basic Obedience Dog Training Class with The B’dos.Dog Training Club or have been trained at home by an experienced trainer/member of The B’dos. Dog Training Club or for some of the working breeds which could attend three classes and sit trials, they would be coming from The B’dos. Working Dogs’ Association.

I have found that the most challenging part of moving from basic training to the Novice is the off leash exercises, especially the heel off leash.

The B’dos. Working Dogs’ Association is working towards Schutzhund titles and that training takes a lot of work and preparation as it includes obedience, tracking and also protection exercises. And not all dogs will have the drive to compete in the protection area.  That will involve a lot of time and training and of course, for Barbados, it would be great for some of the local dogs here to achieve the Schutzhund titles. The judges would have to come from overseas.

It would be great, if these two clubs can share information and be friendly as the major dog trainers in Barbados who enjoy working for titles are members of these clubs. The B’dos. Dog Training Club is the only place doing agility, and The B’dos. Working Dog Association is the only formal club, that I am aware of, preparing for Schutzhund.

To gain an obedience title is not necessarily a time consuming exercise.  If you are an experienced trainer and you have your own good dog to work with, it can be a breeze to pass and I think it could be just ten minutes a day, 5 days a week, in training time at home.

Of course, there should be bragging rights when a title is put on a dog and people should be proud of their achievement, especially if they have trained their own dog from scratch, maybe doing a Basic Obedience class with The Barbados Dog Training Club or The Barbados Working Dogs’ Association.

It is beautiful to watch well trained dogs in obedience competitions. And what does a title mean? I saw a recent summing up of this on a site which went something like this:  It means that when the dog is gone, its name and its handler’s name remain in training records. It means that a dog would work and a handler/trainer could train and that there was a bond between the two. It is a mark of respect and caring.

At the end of these current classes, the CDX trials will also take place with 2 Belgium Malinois possibly being at the trials, and at the Utility level, possibly a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Papillion. Sarah Hamilton is the instructor for the CD class.

Again, there are no formal classes for the CDX and the Utility classes but there is so much information on the internet.

This current CD class is so large it will have to be staggered time wise. It does, however, have several very experienced dog trainers on it. And there are puppies, over 6 months of age working for the title!

Dog training in Barbados is definitely moving forward, and this is objective thinking.  The numbers of people taking the opportunity to bring out their dogs and have fun and train for titles show it. And competition is great as this area is, of course, more objective than conformation dog shows.

And the current B’dos. Dog Training Club’s basic obedience class at Waterford, I understand is full of puppies and very keen handlers.  And that looks good for the future of puppy/dog training in Barbados.

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I believe it was a record number of participants in the Waterford’s B’dos. Dog Training Club’s ring on Wednesday, July 23rd, all trying for CD legs and the CD title which is achieved after three legs of the CD trials are passed under different judges. Eleven people entered, and ten turned up. The entries ranged from German Shepherd Dog puppies, a Dachshund, mixed breeds, Labrador, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Boxer and my Bouvier Des Flandres puppy, Isabella, who just qualified for entry as she is only six months old and came straight from the Basic Obedience Saturday morning class. She attended only 4 Saturday evening classes with the formal Barbados Dog Training Club’s CD class training.

A requirement for entering the CD trials is that the dog/puppy must attend at least 3 classes and must also be six months old to sit trials.

At CDX level were two Belgium Malinois and at the Utility level were a Papillion and a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

So a wide variety of breeds and very keen handlers/trainers.

The island’s top trainers were there working for titles: Linda Pearson with a German Shepherd puppy, Echo, from working lines, and Adrian Ward with his Belgium Malinois, Hydro.

It is good to see that these top dog trainers (and I base this rating on practical results and the fact that both of these two trainers can show, besides training dogs in simple basic obedience, that they can train dogs in protection and bite sports and prove with their own dogs and other dogs that they can train beyond the basic obedience and CD title).

Linda Pearson can also judge competitive obedience to the highest level we have in Barbados.

Of course, overseas training and training exposure with top overseas trainers is important. Both Adrian and Linda fit this requirement.

When you look at achievements in the world of dog trainers and those writing books, articles, on dog training, the authors I most respect have all kinds of titles with their own dogs. It certainly makes them more credible.

For a lot of us, competing for obedience training titles, is just a hobby. But for others who are working and getting paid for training other people’s dogs, it is a plus in their marketing to be able to show what they have achieved in the practical world of dog training in Barbados.

From what I am hearing, quite a few people are getting into private basic dog training and that market will be shared, I suspect, by an increasing number of people. These people are also doing online courses and I believe will also try to gain titles with their own dogs.

Two people achieved the CD title from the trials on July 23rd, Sarah Hamilton with Rhodesian Ridgeback Fizz, and Jenni Wilson with the Dachshund Casey.

Others achieved various CD legs.

The higher level participants going for the open and utility titles, I believe will work harder for the next trials.

And Isabella, at six months, did very well. We will also work harder. We passed the heel on leash and figure 8, stand for examination, heel off leash, recall, long sit but on the long three minute down, and I was told that we needed just 2 more seconds, Izzy had enough and she got up. It was a long evening for a young puppy but we will be back in September. I was very pleased with her as she is very young. She loves toys and treats. She is usually corrected by a “No” and does not get the treat or the toy unless she performs the exercise properly. I am a believer in balanced training. She gets lots of rewards and she is a very happy, eager puppy to work with.

Jean Ray was the judge for the CD trials and Jennifer Fields was the steward.

I left the trials after the CD judging as I have a Bouvier at home with a pancreatitis problem which needs a lot of time in specially prepared foods to get past her problems so I am not sure of the other stewards but will update this post when I find out.

Judge for utility was Linda Pearson, Sarah Hamilton was the open (CDX) judge.

From what I am hearing, the trials next time could have a lot more participants working for the CD title and possibly additional breeds like a Rottie, Pit Bull, American Bulldog, and Dobbie.

I enjoy being on a class which Linda Pearson and Adrian Ward attend. I am friendly with both of them and Linda, in particular, gives a lot of time back to help those of us competing in obedience training.

For dogs in Barbados to get obedience titles they have to attend and pass the trials through The Barbados Dog Training Club as it is affiliated to the main dog body, The B’dos. Kennel Club, in Barbados.

I understand Sarah Hamilton will be the trainer for the CD class in September. She has trained one of her own Rhodesian Ridgebacks up to the Utility level and she is working to achieve that title.

At the open and utility levels, there are no formal training classes in Barbados. Excellent YouTube and online learning is available and all kinds of literature. Linda Pearson will help other trainers at that level, and I believe Adrian Ward, although he himself is at the CDX (open) level, would be able to help.

Congratulations to all who passed CD legs and achieved the titles on July 23, 2014.

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UK visitors at RSPCA Barbados

Toys for cats, and collars, all kinds, for dogs were given to the RSPCA by UK visitors

I am seeing so many kind people trying to help the RSPCA, some with donations of food, some giving their time to help walk and care the dogs there.

Belinda Castle and her husband Jim, arrived in Barbados for one of their repeat vacations to the island. They follow the RSPCA through its Facebook page and brought in 2 large bags of gifts for that organisation’s dog and cat population.

In the below photo, with Belinda and Jim is Dale, from the RSPCA, and some of the many children I noticed were there helping with the dogs. It is summer time and vacation time for children in Barbados and those children are probably animal lovers who enjoy helping take care of the dogs, under the supervision of RSPCA personnel.

UK visitors with gifts for RSPCA

Belinda and Jim Castle with their gifts for RSPCA


In yesterday’s issue of the newspaper, Sunday Sun, there were 8 ads advertising puppies/dogs for sale. Two of these ads were for pedigree Rottweiler puppies, the other ads were for mainly Bully mixes like Neapolitan x Great Dane, American Bull dog x with Pit Bull, Red Bordeaux Mastiff x Mixed. These breeds can have large litters of puppies and can also grow to be medium to large size dogs. I hope homes will be found for all the puppies/dogs being advertised and their fate is not similar to the cases I have been reading about recently, a lot of dogs seem to be getting abandoned for various reasons and the RSPCA does rescue and try to find homes for the dogs given up by their owners for various reasons as well as being abandoned.

I met Belinda and Jim years ago as she contacted me through this blog so when she told me on this trip that she had items to give the RSPCA, I collected both of them from their hotel and took them to the RSPCA where they happily made their donation.

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Isabella with her little awards

Bouvier Des Flandres puppy shows an excellent result

Chepam Valentina (Isabella) came first in class in the Saturday morning, June 21st, trials with The Barbados Dog Training Club’s Beginner Obedience Course. This course is just a basic one and the dogs on it are kept on leash for the trials.

I understand a Labrador came first in the Thursday class trials.

Izzy will be 6 months old on July 2nd so this is a great start as she is still a very young puppy.

The exercises are broken down into: heel on leash with the figure 8 and halts and turns and different speeds, the stand for examination, the recall, the long sit and the long down.
Because there were so many participants on the class, I think close to 30, the class was broken into an evening class and a Saturday morning class. We did the Saturday morning class.
Her score was 195.5/200. She got a little trophy and lots of hugs.
I plan to go on to the advanced obedience and also put her on a beginner’s (she is the beginner, not me) agility class in September. Only very low jumps but she can enjoy the tunnels and other obstacles.

Talking to other participants on the dog/puppy training class, everyone seemed pleased with the results they had achieved from attending the classes.

I was pleased to see The Barbados Dog Training Club award a little trophy to the most improved dog on the classes. It was a Rottie puppy who was full of energy and his handler Mark must have been very pleased with what they achieved. I hope Mark continues to work with this Rottie.

Doing a basic obedience class can help with a lot of behaviour issues, jumping on people (tell the dog sit), being difficult at the vet, (tell the dog stand and stay), taking the dog for a walk (the heel command) and obviously going on to a more advanced course will strengthen the bond as it will have the off leash exercises, especially the recall, heel and stay exercises.

With the trials at the end of the course, participants got the opportunity to test how they and their puppy/dog have progressed with the training. To me, this is positive, as they can then see, at the end of the classes what they should still continue to work on.

The participants I talked with all seemed happy and pleased with their progress and that is important. The B’dos. Dog Training Club gets a lot of repeat clients and referrals from its clients for these group training obedience classes. Positive results in dog and puppy obedience training are important.

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