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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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.
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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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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On Saturday, April 26th, The B’dos. Dog Training Club held trials for the CD (Novice), the CDX (Open) and the UD (Utility) at the Waterford grounds.
Training at these levels goes beyond the simple commands like come, sit, down, stay that some trainers in Barbados do as all the above trials have off leash exercises. At the highest training level, all exercises are off leash. And training will be directional with hand signals.
If you are a trainer promoting yourself, it would be nice to see you achieve levels beyond the basic obedience with your own dog(s). Dog training is a very practical discipline. I would always like to see a trainer demonstrate with their own dog(s) and also show what they have achieved on a practical basis. Maybe some people can talk clients into letting them train their dogs without demonstrating any training skills. Knowledge and skills, especially in practical areas, are 2 different things!
There seems to be several people around doing training at the basic level.
I agree with people bringing their dogs/puppies out to socialise and do basic group training and at the end of classes, the dogs/puppies, once their handlers have done the homework should demonstrate basic obedience.
When a dog attends obedience trials and passes, with off leash work, it is a big credit to the dog’s owner and handler and the trainer.
Some people might like these achievements but other people might only need the dog to stand and stay, walk properly on a leash etc.and therefore do basic training. But with basic training, it should still be reliable.
I am hearing of people who paid for training from one trainer and then had to go elsewhere to retrain the same puppy/dog as the first set of training was not effective.
This is not good news as word will spread about inefficient puppy/dog training and I think people need to look at results as dog training is a practical area.
At the CDX level, I was in the ring as a steward helping Sarah Hamilton who was the judge,
One person passed the final leg, Linda Pearson, who is a dog trainer, with her working lines German Shepherd Dog, Elfi, and so they have now achieved the CDX title. Below is a pix. of her and Elfi. Elfi is a very young German Shepherd dog. Beautiful to watch them with off leash heeling.
Linda Pearson judged the CD trials, and Jenny Fields was the steward in the ring.
CD legs were achieved by Sarah Hamilton with a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Fizz, and Brenda Kraumann with a mixed/rescue, Olivia.
Susan Blandford passed the final leg and achieved the CD title with her German Shepherd dog, from working lines, Phantom
The Utility was also judged by Linda Pearson and I remained in the ring, as steward, to help her.
None of the dogs passed at this level. But one dog was very close to passing and I think it will pass at the next trial once its owner continues to work with it.
Being in the ring with the judges and seeing the actual scoring taking place is very beneficial to those of us who are interested in judging competitive obedience.
Basic obedience is necessary for all dog sports, agility, working dog activities like schutzhund and to achieve obedience at a high level the dog(s) must be reliable and obey commands off leash.
Congratulations to those who passed and to the others, work harder at training the dog.
I stopped going to classes at Waterford with the Tibetan Terrier for several weeks before the Bouvier Des Flandres puppy arrived. There was a Barbados Kennel Club dog show shortly before her arrival. Everyone who has a young, not fully inoculated against parvo puppy needs to be cautious.
The Tibetan is now putting in some work for the CDX title. Below she is seen doing a drop on the recall. One way to teach this, is to have a target/marker where you want the dog to drop, and the mat will get smaller and then removed but the dog should by then understand where she is to drop.
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A new Bouvier Des Flandres puppy joined my pack here in early April. She was just 12 weeks old and she has settled in fine. House trained very easily.
This puppy loves toys and food and is going to be very easy to train.
The B’dos. Dog Training Club’s basic obedience group class is an introduction to obedience training of dogs. It is 9 classes and has the most reasonable dog training rate around. This particular class, which started on April 24, I believe will have approximately 30 dogs (a large number of which are puppies).
At the end of the class, the dogs should do reliable sits, down, stand with stays, walk properly on a leash, know commands like come, and stay. and be introduced to the recall exercise. I think The B’dos. Dog Training club gets excellent results and people are pleased with the training results so it gets a lot of word of mouth recommendations and repeat customers. It is also an excellent way to socialise puppies/dogs.
As this April class is so large, (I believe approximately 30 dogs were supposed to be attending) it is being divided into 2 groups. Each group will have a trainer and an assistant trainer so that the dogs get lots of individual attention. Lovely variety of dogs, pedigree and non pedigree, all shapes and sizes, old and young and from the first class we attended, I saw an extremely keen group of handlers with the dogs.
I am seeing lots of puppies, the pedigree ones like the Rottweiler, and Rhodesian Ridgeback, and all kind of mixes, the Mastiff mixes, Great Dane the Jack Russell and some cuties which I think were “rescue dogs”.
Jennifer Fields is doing the training and is being assisted by Jenni Wilson.
Isabella already knows simple commands like sit and down and come. She gets rewards (small treats) and she has learnt the word “no” for things I do not want her to play with. It was only her second evening out as she is 16 weeks old and just had her third inoculation against parvo virus.
Isabella does not need to go to any class for basic obedience as I could easily train her at home on my own but I enjoy bringing her out to socialise her where she will be in contact with a lot of other dogs and people in a friendly environment. It is very important to socialise puppies and this training will be ideal for that.
She loves to retrieve a ball and will bring other toys to have them thrown. I am encouraging this as I plan to do further training with her and the retrieve is a good exercise.
She loves to play with the Tibetan Terrier and sometimes my other Bouviers play with her.
She was not accustomed to travelling in a vehicle so barked a bit but has quickly settled down and I expect she will greatly enjoy the training class and love the interaction with the other dogs. She will probably be the youngest on the class but not the smallest as she already weighs 24 lbs!
I think it is great that so many people are bringing their dogs, and especially puppies out for training, especially in group classes to socialise them.
Some of these puppies/dogs I suspect will go on to further training, some may end up in the show ring where training is a key to success but regardless, I think the handlers and the puppies/dogs will enjoy their time out with The Barbados Dog Training Club and their owners will be pleased that basic commands are followed. It is, of course, important for the owners to continue to reinforce and develop their puppies/dogs but these classes are an excellent start.
And the puppies/dogs certainly enjoy their opportuntiy to make new puppy/dog human friends and have a fun time training as well.And training a new puppy is always fun, especially when you are in a group of friendly handlers who also have puppies. The B’dos. Dog Training Club does get most of the group dog/puppy training in Barbados and it does get good results.
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This show was judged by Keith Nathan of the UK. This was a first assignment for this judge in Barbados.
I did not attend the show and neither did my friendly photographer friends, so I have no pix. of the show.
I like the idea of new judges coming to Barbados instead of the UK ones who have been here on several occasions and may feel inclined to award their “old” friends and who might look at the person holding the leash instead of the dog at the end. This happens all over the world and most exhibitors get to know and understand the politics of dog showing. And we do lose respect for these judges that do not appear to judge at the bottom of the leash and also do not write proper critiques.
I did not know all of the dogs on show, but I would know most of them and from what I read from the judge’s critique, he did a very decent job of judging and also provided a very decent critique. Of course, what is also important is how the dog moves on the day of the show and also the presentation of the dog.
In the UK, Keith Nathan has been approved by The Kennel Club, to judge and award Challenge Certificates to the following breeds which were on show in Barbados on March 16th, 2014: German Shepherd Dogs, Akita, French Bulldog, Shiba Inus, Miniature Schnauzers, Boxers, Dobermanns and Rottweilers and to judge the Working and Utility Groups and also Best in Show.
Below is his critique:
Yorkshire Terrier – Dog
Open – 1st Mr. S. & Mrs. F. Drakes’ DANIEL-FIZZ UDOLI LIBERKU AT SHILOH, Imp. – He is very good size and very handsome in head with a beautiful eye and correct ears. Well constructed through out with an excellent top line and tail, good colour and sound front and back, but would like handler to move him a bit quicker. CC, BOB & Best in Group.
Retrievers (Golden) – Dog
Open – 1st Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. FENWOOD LOUIS VUITTON OF THATCHER, Imp. -
Attractive head, but could be more masculine. He has a lovely eye, excellent front angulation, well placed shoulder and just right amount of fore chest, correct in topline and well set tail, good rear angulation, initionally he was stylish on the move but he became lame in the rear regrettably. RBOB.
Retrievers (Golden) – Bitch
Puppy – 1st Mrs. R. Ray’s NANCY DE RIA VELA AT THATCHER, Imp. – CC & BOB, lovely size and balance, super colour, very pretty in head with such a sweet kind expression. Well placed shoulder with good upper arm, excellent rib and topline and well angulated rear with well set tail, stylish on the move. CC, BOB & Best Puppy in Group.
Retrievers (Labrador) – Dog
Minor Puppy – 1st Mr. E. Maynard’s ALLENIE’S WAIT AND WONDER, Imp. – yellow, 7 months, real picture, so balanced, scored in head, eye and ear placement, super neck with correct topline and well set otter tail. Really good for size and proportion, correctly angled front and rear with fore chest, good rib & rear angulation, very sound & stylish on the move & in great coat and condition. CC, Best Puppy in Breed & RBOB.
Retrievers (Labrador) – Bitches
Puppy – 1st Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s THEBERTON TITMOUSE OF ZINZARA, – black, she’s a lovely size and balance, and won this class on her very lovely typical head and eye and expression, correct fore chest and well angled front with good bone. I suspect she would benefit from some down hill exercise to strengthen her front. Correct rib and tail, nicely angled rear and stylish on the move. RCC, Best L/B in Breed & Best L/B Puppy in Group.
2nd – Mrs. R. Coghlan’s THEBERTON TURTLE DOVE AT TREVENA, 7 yellow, 10 months very lovely and just lost out to her sister today in head development, she has very similar virtues and will be hard to split once her head has caught up with her sister, correct in front and rear angles with good rib and well set tail, good coat for age, same comment about exercise is applicable.
3rd – Mr. D. Cadogan’s MARANATHA CHLOE, yellow, 9 months, and very much the baby of the class, and was giving much away to the older more developed puppies, she has a lovely dark eye and kind expression, well placed ear and good neck, she needs to learn her trade, and settle on the move but she is a very promising puppy.
Open – 1st Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE FANTINE OF THEBERTON, Imp. – yellow with the most beautiful head, excellent eye shape & expression, is correct for size and proportion, beautifully made throughout which can be seen in her sound movement with reach and drive, good bone and tight pastern and good feet, in good coat & well muscled through out. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
2nd – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON, Imp. – 9 black, super pretty head with fantastic eye and expression, grand neck and outline, again well angulated front and rear with well set tail, just a little disappointing on the move, good coat and texture.
Retriever (Flat Coated) – Dog
Junior – 1st Miss A. Corbin’s CANDIDACASA WATERLOO, Imp. – Loved his temperament, good for size and balance, just a little fine all through from head to tail, well angulated front and rear, quite stylish on the move, CC & BOB.
Irish Setter – Dog
Open – 1st Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D., Imp. – Picture standing and delightful to watch on the move, loved his size and super balance, so typical, fabulous masculine head with outstanding eye, well defined occiput, great neck excellent front and rear angles. Good bone and feet, super coat, luxuriant deep colour, very impressive dog. CC, BOB & Best in Group.
Dachshunds (Min-L/H) – Bitches
Novice- 1st Mrs. G. Wilson’s Cupcake Candy At Wilsonby, Imp. – dapple, correct conical head, ears just touching temples, well shaped dark eye and good keel, correct shaped rib and exactly the right amount of clearance, dead level, in top line, strong rear & well set tail of correct length very sound front and rear. Lovely bitch. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
Limit – 1st Mrs. G. Wilson’s DARAMYDONS SPICE GIRL AT WILSONBY, Imp. – dapple, very pretty head with grand eye, well made front & rear with good rib & keel, she has a nice rump with a well set tail, however she was not keen on being handled on the table, which was a great shame, but she is sound on the move. RBOB
Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Dogs
Open – 1st Mr. O. & Master K. Holder’s CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD, CC, BOB, Best in Group, Best L/B & Best in Show and 2nd Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER RADIUM, RCC. Both dogs were so similar in virtues, both had beautiful masculine, clean & elegant heads, with well shaped dark eyes, both had excellent size and balance, correct front & rear angulation, deep ribs, and both were well muscled throughout, and both look eminently capable of doing a days work, both dogs were totally sound but the winner was outstanding in his movement for his freedom and wonderful reach and drive.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Bitches
Open – 1st Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CELTIC RIVER FIZZ, – she is outstanding for type and quality, grand size and beautifully balanced, fantastic colour, with a good ridge, she is strong but feminine in head, with a lovely eye colour. Excellent front & rear angulation, well developed in rib, strong body and well muscled all through and you can see this in her effortless reach & drive, so precise coming & going. CC & RBOB.
Akitas – Dog
Limit – 1st Mr. & Mrs. R.O. Alleyne’s HALF BLOOD PRINCE, – brindle & white with attractive markings, balanced with a good neck and top line, well set and carried tail, correct moderate angulation and a good masculine wedge shaped head and correct ears, strong bone and good feet, however just not sound enough on the move today. RBOB.
Akitas – Bitch
Puppy – 1st Mr. G. & Mrs. S. Spencer & Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA’S PRIDE N JOY AT BARIMAS, – Grey and white exciting puppy, just 9 months and so much to like about her, good for size and balance, impressive out line, she has an excellent typical feminine head, already showing cheek development, correct ears moderate front and rear angulation, great feet, rib and topline, well set tail moved with precision and so sound and stylish. CC, Best L/B & BOB.
French Bulldog – Dog
Open – 1st Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP, Imp. – Brindle, correct and typical all over, right for size and shape, masculine head, well placed bat ears, correctly shaped eye, grand width in the muzzle, straight and well angulated front, scored in rib and correct top line for the breed. Well angulated and totally correct in rear, sound and stylish on the move. CC & RBOB.
French Bulldog – Bitch
Open – 1st Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK DORADA, Imp. – Fawn, she is just a picture, absolutely right for size and substance, so typical of the breed, super topline and strong deep rib, grand width in front with strong bone and neat feet, excellent feminine head with bat ears correctly placed, correct eye shape and colour, grand width of jaw, sound and so stylish on the move, really impressive bitch CC, BOB, Best in Group & Reserve Best in Show.
Japanese Shiba Inu – Dogs
Minor Puppy – 1st Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA YOU CAN’T DENY IT, – only 6 months, good for size and nicely compact, correct rib & depth, well shaped head, cheeks just starting to show, well placed ears and dark well shaped almond eye, moderate angles front and rear, sound on the move.
Puppy – 1st Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA NO ONE GREATER, – very stylish black & tan of good size & substance, well proportioned head with lovely shaped eye and expression, good moderate angles front & rear, and well set on correct tail. Sound both ways coat just starting to show harsh texture. RCC.
Open – 1st Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI THE ONE N’ONLY AT MASSIMA, Imp. – just absolutely spot on for size, excellent neck and top line, correct for rib depth and length of leg, he has the most beautiful typical masculine head, with super expression from his lovely dark well shaped almond eyes. Correct ears, moderate front and rear angles, good deep red coat with harsh texture, sound and so stylish on the move, a lovely dog. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
Japanese Shiba Inu – Bitches
Minor Puppy – 1st Mr. G. & Mrs. S. Spencer & Mrs. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA PROMISCUOUS GIRL AT BARIMAS, – impressive in out line, well marked red of good colour, feminine head with a well placed dark eye of good shape and expression, super ears, correct front and rear conformation, with a grand rib and top line, correct tail, very stylish, a lovely puppy. CC, RBOB & Best Puppy in Breed & Best L/B Puppy in Show
Open – 1st Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI IT TAKES TWO AT MASSIMA, Imp. – good size attractive bitch, bit too deep in rib therefore bit short on leg to be balanced, glorious head, eye and expression. Sound mover.
Miniature Schnauzers – Dog
Junior – 1st Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC, – lovely in outline with good neck & top line, correct masculine head with well placed neat V ears, grand eye and expression, well placed front, excellent rib & well made rear, his coat texture is good but furnishing a bit soft, but good pepper & salt colour. CC, Best L/B & BOB.
Miniature Schnauzers – Bitches
Puppy – 1st Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK WHO’S THAT GIRL, – black & silver, 11 months, lovely bitch, pretty head with well shaped dark eye & correct ears, well laid shoulder, strong rib & good tail set, well angulated rear, nicely sound. CC, RBOB & Best Puppy in Breed.
2nd Miss P. Williams’ JAMROCK CORDON BLEU, – litter sister to above, with similar outline again black & silver, sound in front & rear with level topline and good tail.
Bullmastiffs – Dogs
Junior – 1st Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYCEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE, Imp. – 17 months, eyecatching dog of correct size and substance, strongly built, excellent square skull and correct muzzle, grand eye and expression, strong neck, excellent front and rear conformation, fantastic reach & drive, sound with great freedom of movement. CC, BOB & Best in Group.
Novice – 1st Mr. H. King’s KING BOWSER THE BRAVE, – good for size and balance, not quite the strength of head I would like, bit over padded in muzzle, adequate front and rear, strong rib and quite sound.
Limit – 1st Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s HOTHERSALL’S SAMSON, – dark brindle, good for size and substance, nicely compact, correct masculine head, dark eye, well angulated but needs to tighten in front, good strong rib, well bodied, with good tail set, moved with great freedom
Open – 1st Messrs. O. Holder & R. Straker’s CH. TREONE DARK SULTAN, – sound & stylish brindle, just there on size but well balanced. Attractive masculine head with super eye and expression. Excellent front & rear angles with strong rib and very well bodied. RCC, RBOB & Best L/B.
Bullmastiffs – Bitches
Junior – 1st Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s FORTESQUE ALBERTA, – very pretty & feminine with a lovely eye, correct in muzzle, good strong neck, beautifully angled front & rear with correct depth & strength of rib, good tail set & length, lovely freemoving. RCC.
Limit – 1st Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE, – good strong head, well shaped dark eye, good in ear, strong neck, correct rib & top line, well laid shoulder, strong bone with correct rear angulation, very stylish & sound on the move. CC & BOB
2nd Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s ZAHARA BULLS KATNISS AT NEXGEN, – attractive head with well shaped eye, strong neck, bit upright in shoulder but with good bone, low set tail spoils her topline, bit unsteady in rear today.
Dobermanns – Bitches
Puppy – 1st Mr. M. Forde’s SADDLEBACK’S APRIL RAIN, – lengthy but very fine head, and a well shaped eye, rather open in front angulation and a bit forward placed, good rib & topline, well angled rear, but unsteady on move, needs time. Best Puppy & L/B Puppy, RBOB.
2nd – Mr. M. Forde’s SADDLEBACK’S ATLANI STORM, – litter sister to above, and has all the same virtues and faults, very fine lengthy head, open shoulder angle, needs a lot of time and more training.
MAIDEN – 1st Mr. M. Forde’s FLANDERS CHANCE, – classic for size and outline, lengthy feminine head with beautiful eye, well angulated front & rear, good bone & tight feet, just a little unsettled on the move today. Best L/B & BOB.
Rottweilers – Dogs
Minor Puppy – 1st Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK HEX, – handsome masculine head, grand size & balance for 6 months, outstanding on the move with great reach & drive, totally sound and free moving. Correct neck rib and bone, feet with good pencilling, correct angulation both front & rear.
Puppy – 1st Dr. W.L. Welch’s RENO VOM HAUS EDELSTEIN, Imp. – very mature 11 months, looking very nearly finished, strong masculine head with correct eye and good front & rear angulation as demonstrated by his wonderful outstanding movement, he is well made through out, strongly bodied & well muscled all through. Pleasure to judge. CC, BOB & Best Puppy in Show.
Limit – 1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE, – handsome good size strongly built, correct in skull with lovely eye & expression, strong rib & body, adequate front & rear angulation, very stylish on the move with sound rear but bit unsteady in front today.
Open – 1st Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK UNO, – Strongly made handsome dog with correct skull and well shaped kind eye, deep strong rib, truly well laid shoulder with forechest, well angulated rear, just looses his topline on the move, nevertheless he is very sound and typical of his breed. RCC.
Rottweilers – Bitches
Minor Puppy – 1st Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK HOLLY, – such a pretty bitch, a little overawed by the show and the torrential rain today but she is just lovely with a beautiful typical head & outline, fabulous expression, well made throughout and correctly angulated with very precise fluid movement with reach & drive. Best L/B Puppy.
Puppy – 1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD BEA’S A BURNING, – 11 months, good for size & substance, strong but feminine head with correctly shaped dark eye, sound front & rear with great reach & drive from her correct conformation, strong bone good feet & level topline complete a lovely picture. A very promising puppy.
Junior – 1st Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK BENETA, – in extremely hard condition so well muscled, correct for size compact but not too short, very attractive head , eye and expression, super bone & feet, good length and strength of neck, deep well shaped rib, excellent rear angulation, thrilling to watch as she is so sound fluid and free on the move. RCC.
Novice – 1st Mr. S. Howell’s KEMROROCKS KESTREL, – scored in skull, beautiful eye shape and colour, just loosing out a very little in strength of muzzle, strong neck, good bone & feet with pencilling, well shaped deep strong rib, very firm over the loin, and correct rear angulation, a picture on the move, so sound with great reach & drive.
Limit – 1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE, – Glorious head, eye & expression, well placed ears, loved her size and proportions, so typical in outline, grad neck & topline, textbook front & rear angulation, just right for bone with good feet, deep in rib, hard bodied & well muscled, she is outstandingin her movement with great power, reach & drive, a joy to watch, so sound & true. CC, Best L/B & RBOB.
Open – 1st Mr. S. Howell’s CH. ELTHOR DARK JASMIN, – very attractive in head & with a lovely temperament, scored in eye & expression, well angulated front & rear with deep rib and level topline, she is sound & extremely stylish on the move.
German Shepherd Dogs – Dog
Limit – 1st Mr. R.L.A. Weekes’ THOMORA PADDOCK, – gold/black with an attractive head with well placed ears & good eye, slab sided, & too fine all through, narrow in front, open angulation, movement lacks fluidity and roaches in back. RBOB.
German Shepherd Dogs – Bitch
Maiden – 1st Mr. R.L.A. Weekes’ SHOTAAN PATSY, – very pretty with a lovely typical head, well placed ears, she is well put together with good front angulation and forechest, she would not settle on the move and it was just impossible to assess her movement today. Such a pity.
BOB & Best L/B.
Boxers – Dogs
Puppy – 1st Miss J. Wilson’s SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO, – red/ white 11 months, loved his size and compactness, has correct typical skull, good muzzle & jaw, lengthy neck super forechest well angulated in front, good depth & spring of rib, grand rear end, sound & very fluid on the move, so well bodied. RCC.
Open – 1st Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTONS WISH ME LUCK C.D., – Red with very clean lines, grand neck, loved his size & balance, handsome head, good skull & muzzle, great dark eye, correctly angled front with forechest, strong bone, neat feet, great rear end, excellent reach & drive & so precise both ways. Real quality dog. CC, BOB & Best L/B.
Boxers – Bitches
Puppy – 1st Miss S. Foster’s SUNDIAL SUN GODDESS ARINNA, – 11 months red/white quite flashy, and such a beautiful baby, loved her eye and expression, grand ears which she uses well, so well put together, sound & precise, effortless with great reach & drive, such a promising puppy. Best Puppy.
Limit – 1st Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN, – red/white very stylish with good neck & topline. Super head, well shaped dark eye, quite well angulated in front with strong rib, enough rear angulation which she used to her advantage as she has great reach & drive and is very typical & stylish on the move. RCC.
Open – 1st Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH, – Red, beautifully balanced of good size & substance, scored in skull, eye & expression, lengthy neck, well angulated and placed front just enough rear angulation that she used well, good depth of rib and strong topline, so sound both ways, lovely bitch. CC & RBOB.
1st Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. THATCHERS STORM IN A TEACUP C.D. – Goldie, 8 years old, fell for her exquisite head and expression, so well animated, she is still sound both ways with a grand neck, topline, front and rear angles, deep rib and well bodied, such a lovely bitch.
Best L/B in Breed.
2nd Mrs. J. Fields’ THATCHERS STORM CLOUD, – Goldie dog of 8 years who is handsome & very dignified, he is a good size and with required bone & substance. Well proportioned all through, with a wonderful eye & expression, correct front & rear angulation
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It is early 2014.
This is a tough economy, with a lot of people losing jobs especially from the Government departments in Barbados and this may be responsible for the people who rescue dogs on the island being very busy. It is always kinder if a person can no longer afford to keep and care for their dog(s) to contact a rescue organisation and ask for help in rehoming than to just dump the dog somewhere away from its home to fend for itself.
The rescue groups, coming from the ARC, the HOPE and RSPCA, the Facebook group Lost and Found Pets, do a great job in helping dogs lost and found and also dogs abandoned in Barbados. I am impressed at the postings done on Facebook by the RSPCA pertaining to finding homes for dogs. Vets also help by allowing rehoming information to be posted on their notice boards.
I am seeing new trainers coming into the dog training pet market. I do not know much about them but they may have practical training backgrounds and experience. To me, to do simple exercises such as sit, down, stand, stay and come, once these trainers demonstrate with their own dogs, and the dogs’ owners are present, this is acceptable. There is also so much information a person can benefit from about dog training and dog behavioural issues through the internet.
The Government department, Animal Control Centre, held an open day on January 21 which was a public holiday. There were a number of speakers, some of them breeders like Sarah Hamilton of Crownridge Rhodesian Ridgebacks and I understand the open day was well supported by the dog community. The open day finished with Adrian Ward of The Barbados Working Dog Association giving a demonstration. Adrian is one of the 2 trainers I am aware of on the island who have received overseas training and who have a lot of experience in training the “working dog” types and can work in the field of protection training of dogs. The other trainer who likes to work with the working dog types is Linda Pearson who particularly likes German Shepherds from working lines and she received training from a top USA trainer, Michael Ellis, last year. I understand that the Animal Control Centre is planning more of these open type days. I was invited by them to attend but had another commitment. I would hope, as I see they are reaching out to the dog community, to attend on another occasion.
It seems popular now in some homes that used to have pedigree dogs now to have a rescue dog and/or a mixed breed. and I have been told by several owners that these mixed breeds and rescue dogs are healthier than pedigree dogs. I have never seen any studies done to prove this and I would imagine that a lot of the “rescue” dogs have behavioural issues, such as being fearful and nervous because of their up bringing. I think that some people feel very good when they rescue a dog/puppy as opposed to buying a puppy from a pedigree breeder. Of course, some breeds of pedigree dogs, are more prone to health problems than others.
Agility, obedience and other dog training is going on in the island as usual. Looking overseas, I believe this is the first year that mixed breed dogs will be allowed at Westminster Dog Show, USA. Crufts, UK, for years, has allowed them. They compete and participate in agility and obedience and other activities.
The Barbados Kennel Club is regarded as a “closed” society by the dog community. This organisation has been seeing a drop in entries for their all breed championship dogs’ shows and a drop in spectator attendance and I do expect the number to drop even further in 2014 unless this organisation operates differently.
The Barbados Kennel Club created an award scheme for the Dog of The Year, and the Best Locally Bred Dog of the Year in Barbados. This was an excellent idea and it was based on points achieved from participating in their dog shows. The idea is good and I agree that it is difficult for everyone to agree on how the points systems work. In 2012, the winning dogs were owned by Andy Taylor, Shiba Inu (imported) and Adrian Maynard, Rottweiler, (locally bred) The Barbados Kennel Club’s website, as of today’s date, still has up the information for the dogs of the year 2011. The Barbados Kennel Club have updated and posted results of dog shows in 2012 and 2013 and schedules for afterwards so the website has been updated but this area ignored.
We are, of course, in 2014. How soon will they update their website when dogs belonging to their own committee have won these awards? From the feedback I have had, there appears to be little interest and concern now in the results of 2012.
Although I like and have respect for the mixed breeds/rescue dogs, I have pedigree Bouvier Des Flandres and one Tibetan Terrier. I do love those breeds and I do enjoy watching the pedigree dogs and the excellent handling at Westminster and Crufts.
I plan to participate in a lot of agility and competitive obedience training in 2014. Once my dogs are made up as Champions, I am one of the ones who will possibly attend fewer Barbados Kennel Club All Breeds Championship Dog Shows.
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This show was judged by UK judge Frank Kane. I was delighted to see Frank Kane again as I had showed Bouvier Des Flandres dogs to him at his previous judging assignment here. Frank Kane with two of my Bouvier Des Flandres
He is an extremely knowledgeable and a top UK judge. I regard him as a judge who is also friendly and polite to exhibitors and is also a judge who tries to help exhibitors by passing on his knowledge of dogs.
He did meet with exhibitors and interested persons after the show where he used, as models, some of the local dogs which came with their owners to the discussion and video presentation he gave on the structure and movement of dogs. Judges when they go over dogs with their hands can usually predict the dogs’ movement, based on the structure of the dogs and this point was reinforced by his presentation.
Frank Kane is approved to judge and award Challenge Certificates to over 100 different breeds in the UK. He is approved to judge all of the groups shown in Barbados such as the Toy, Terrier, Gundog, Hound, Utility, and Working and, of course, Best in Show. Just a few of our breeds in the show ring, that he is not yet approved to award Challenge Certificates to in the UK, but he is approved to judge their groups. Fewer than 60 dogs in the ring for him to critique, along with a few entries in the variety classes.
Of course, a judge judges the dog on the day of the show but it is interesting to look back at some of the critiques done by different judges of the same dogs.
We are missing the lovely pix. taken by my friend Franz Phillips, and also Alex Phillips, who were at the show but did not take any pix. and I also missed Tramaine Worrell and his camera. The group pix. I took but with a small camera as I had the Tibetan Terrier with me who had return to the ring for group judging. Hence, no pix. of the Utility winners.
Below is Frank Kane’s critique of the dogs he judged in Barbados on November 17, 2013.
Scottish Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Parris’ CH. MILLINGFORD HOLLYBERRY -3 years old, bitch of good type and substance with a good head and dentition. A little long for perfect balance and topline could be helped by better trimming. Sound movement. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Open – Dog
1st – Mr. I. Watson’s CH. COBBYBULL MR. DEXTER – 3 years old, fawn dog in hard muscular condition and he is a good mover. Has plenty of breed type. Unfortunately his dentition is not quite perfect but his other qualities warranted his placing and CC & Group.
Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. J.S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA – 7 months, with good bone and feet and well balanced. Very slack in topline at the moment which is to be expected and needs time to develop in head. Sound moving and I hope time and maturity will help him.
Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s NANCY DE RIA VELA AT THATCHER – 7 months, with lovely breed type. Well constructed and moves well as a result. Excellent ribcage. Head of good type but needs a little more time to develop. – At this age I would hope she will grow on a little on the leg – but I thought her most promising. CC & BOB & Best Puppy in Gundog Group.
Junior – Bitch
1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARKS HEAVENS GIFT TO THATCHER – 12 months, very good breed type and she moves well. Has a good topline, feminine head with good pigmentation and lovely eyes and expression. Just a little long in body for perfect balance but she has time to balance up as she matures. RCC & RBOB.
Novice – Bitch
1st – Mr. J.S. Corbin’s HOTHERSALLS PEACHES ’N CREAM – 5 year old with excellent substance and very good forehand assembly with excellent shoulder and upper arm. Her head is a little narrow and unfortunately her rear is weak with hocks turning in and this slows her movement. In excellent condition and very good temperament. Best L/B.
Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Prof. & Mrs. T. Hassell’s THEBERTON THUNDERBIRD – 6 months, black of good type. Has a quality head with lovely expression. Sound moving on good legs and feet. Needs to settle in topline. Needs time for coat now. Has type and quality. RCC.
Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE CENTAURUS OF ZINZARA C.D. – 6 years, yellow with a lot of breed attributes. Good head and excellent tail. Not in full coat. Good rear action. CC.
Minor Puppy – Bitches
1st – Mrs. R. Coghlan’s THEBERTON TURTLE DOVE AT TREVENA – 7 months, yellow, compact, well ribbed and with good bone and good tail. Feminine head which needs time to develop. Excellent expression. Needs time to firm up in topline but scored in compactness and has excellent rear movement. Best L/B, Best Puppy in Breed and Best L/B Puppy in Group.
2nd – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s THEBERTON TITMOUSE OF ZINZARA – black, litter sister, a little rangier but more forward in head than the winner. Good coat. Like her sister needs to firm up in topline.
Limit – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON – 2 years, black, full of breed attributes in head, coat and tail. Has excellent bone and feet and is sound on the move with excellent forward reach. Just a little long for perfect balance and could be a touch more feminine in head but scores heavily in breed type. CC & BOB.
Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock & Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE FANTINE OF THEBERTON – 2 years, yellow, full of type and sound moving. Excellent feminine head and expression. A little heavy in body and this makes her look a little short on the leg. Good coat. RCC & RBOB.
Retriever (Flat Coated)
Open – Bitch
1st – Miss A. Corbin’s PARADISE CASH AND PRIZES – 3 years, black of excellent breed type. Clean feminine head but her eyes are a shade light. Excellent front action, good ribbing and has excellent stride. Full of breed type. Best L/B. CC & BOB. Reserve in Group.
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D. – 3 years, lovely quality all through and shown in excellent condition. Has a racy outline and deep body and lovely quality to the head. Carries himself well and goes with excellent stride. CC, Gundog Group & RBIS.
Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. & Mrs. P. Gilkes’ CH. KINOLA’S CALYSTA – 5 year old, very houndy and has excellent profile stride and holds a firm topline with excellent tail carriage. Feminine head which needs a little more stop. Eye could be a little darker. Full of breed type. Best L/B, CC & BOB, Reserve in Group.
Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER RADIUM – 19 months, tall lanky dog in excellent condition. Moves well. Needs time to finish in chest now but he is still young. Clean, masculine head and good eye. Very good temperament. CC & RBOB.
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (AI) CDX – 4 years old, strong masculine dog which I liked very much for his masculine head, strong body and deep chest. Unfortunately very tucked up in his rear and falling off severely at the croup which affects his topline. This lost him the CC – RCC.
Junior – Bitches
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CELTIC RIVER FIZZ – 17 months, beautiful bitch for size and type. In hard muscular condition. Excellent head and eye. Good chest for her age. Full of breed type. Excellent ridge and coat. Good topline and correct croup and tail carriage. Full of quality.CC, BOB, Group and Best L/B in Show.
2nd – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER SOL DROP – litter sister, a touch rangier and not as firm nor finished in body or topline. Good ridge and coat, clean feminine head. Not as firm in feet. RCC.
Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. D.P. De B. Boyce’s DONKEMRE THOR – 9 months, very typical in head and ears, coat and tail. Can fill out a little in body and tighten in movement yet but he has time for that. Good bone and feet. Appealed for size and type but needs time. RCC, RBOB & Best Puppy & L/B Puppy in Group.
Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. R.G. & Mrs. D. Alleyne’s HALF BLOOD PRINCE – 2 years, at the lower end of the size scale but he is full of type and moves well. Good head proportions and correct ears. Good coat and tail. His eyes are a little too light. Needs a little more body weight but he has a lot to like. CC & BOB. Best L/B.
1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA’S RALPH LAUREN – 2 years, not in best coat and this shows in his topline where he could be firmer and more level. Lovely head and expression from dark eyes. Good tail. His movement at both ends could be better.
Novice – Bitch
1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA VERA WANG – 2 year old bitch of good type with excellent tail and very good head and expression. Not in her best coat and her front action could be better. Holds a good topline. CC.
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP – 2 years, brindle, full of breed type and sound moving. Good head and eyes with good ears. CC & RBOB.
Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK DORADA – 6 months, fawn, beautiful bitch all through with correct slight roach over loin and so correct in topline. Beautiful head, eye and ears and excellent movement. CC, BOB, Group & BIS – a bitch of great type and quality.
Japanese Shiba Inu
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI THE ONE N’ONLY AT MASSIMA – 3 year old in excellent coat and full of breed type. Excellent head, eye and ears and lovely expression. Correct body proportions and good tail. Front action could be a little clearer but liked him a lot. CC & BOB. Reserve in Group.
Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. A. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC – 12 months, lovely size and breed type with good colour and excellent head, eye and ears. Needs to finish a little in chest and this shows in front action, but he is young and full of quality and type. CC & BOB. Best L/B.
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK PRETTY SMART GUY AT JAMROCK – 6 years, pepper and salt with excellent coat texture, good head, eye and ears. Needs more depth to chest. Sound movement but his topline could be firmer. RCC.
Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK WHO’S THAT GIRL – 6 months, very promising in body shape and head piece and her coat is of good hard texture. Clean outline and holds it well on the move. RCC & Best Puppy & L/B Puppy.
2nd – Miss P. Williams’ JAMROCK CORDON BLEU – litter sister, very similar in type, size and coat. Not as firm in topline as the winner.
Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK HALLMARK AT JAMROCK – 3 years, beautifully bodied bitch with excellent forechest. Good movement and excellent coat texture. Good head but ears could be tidier. CC & RBOB.
Tibetan Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CH. ARAKI MISS CONDUCT AT CALLIOPE C.D. – Black/white of almost 3 years. Very good breed type, squarely built but I would like a little more length of leg for perfect balance. Very good head. Good flat feet – essential for the breed. Excellent coat and topline. Good rear action. Front action could be tighter. CC & BOB.
Bullmastiffs - Puppy – Dog
1st –Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE – 11 months clear fawn with correct black mask. Square skull and good eye. Good bone. A little slack in topline and feet. Sound mover. RCC & Best Puppy.
Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s – HOTHERSALLS’ SAMSON – 15 months of correct size and balance with good head proportions. His topline falls off a little, severely over the croup and his rear action could be better. Good chest and ribcage.
Open – Dog
1st – Messrs. O. Holder & R. Straker’s CH. TREONE DARK SULTAN – 3 years, brindle, very good head and breed type but he needs more body on him and this shows in his topline. Sound moving. Has good type and this won him CC & RBOB.
Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. B. Bascombe’s ZAHARA BULLS KATNISS AT NEXGEN – 17 months, won on her head and bone, but her topline and movement could be better. RCC. 2nd – Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s FORTESQUE ALBERTA – was better in topline and movement but her muzzle is narrow and lacks strength in the underjaw at the moment. If she develops there – and she still has time for this – she can do better.
1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – 23 months, clear, bright fawn, lovely proportions and a good head, although her skull could be flatter. Good topline. Her rear movement is too narrow but I liked her type a lot. CC, BOB & Best L/B.
Dogue De Bordeaux
Limit – Dog
1t – Mr. K. McClean’s RICHELLE’S FIRE STORM – He has a good type and is the correct size for the breed but he needs more confidence in the showring to go higher. Head is of good shape and his eyes are excellent. I hope he will have more training and exercise to tighten his movement and increase his confidence and improve his carriage. BOB.
Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s RENO VOM HAUS EDELSTEIN – 7 months, in excellent condition with very good coat and colours. Good head type which needs time to strengthen. Excellent bone and feet and sound movement. Full of promise.
Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s KEMROROCKS KNOX – 12 months, excellent size and proportions with very good coat and colour. He needs time to fill out in body and rib. Falls away too severely over the croup and this affects his rear movement. Good skull. Eyes could be darker.
Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – 2 years. Very smart dog in firm condition and going well, excellent topline and good stride. Scored in eye colour and rear action to win this class. Clean, masculine head and excellent type. CC, BOB & Group Winner. Best L/B.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK UNO – 2 years, good size and proportions but a little heavy in body today which showed in his topline. Good skull. Eyes could be darker. RCC.
Open – Dog
1st – Mr. A. Maynard’s CH. ASHTORIA OLD BRIGAND – 2 years, good size and proportions but his topline and movement could be better. Strong head with a little too much wrinkle. Good eye. Strong bone and feet.
Puppy – Bitch
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK BENETA – 10 months, very typical, in excellent condition. Good proportions and movement. Feminine, clean dry head which needs a little more time to finish. Good topline. Excellent bone and feet. RCC & Best Puppy and Best L/B Puppy in Show.
Limit – Bitch
1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE – 26 months, great moving bitch with excellent front and good head. Good chest and ribbing. Could have a little more confidence but she went with a good topline. CC .
2nd – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – 3 years, of good size and proportions. Sound mover but not the topline or head of the winner. Good legs and feet.
Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s ELTHOR DARK NESTA AT KEMROROCKS – 3 years, excellent size and proportions. Good coat. Could be a little firmer in front action and topline.
German Shepherd Dog
Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. L. & Mrs. L. Harris’ CH. MONIFA BRANDI – 3 year old black/gold of excellent type and wonderful front extention and assembly. Needs to fill out a little in ribs and body. Excellent smooth topline. Feminine head which would be enhanced with darker eyes. Great style and reach on the move. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Miss J. Wilson’s SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO – 7 months, red/white, very smart dog in excellent condition. Good head with good stop, foreface and rise skull and good eyes. Good forehand. I would prefer a little more rear angulation. Carries himself well and scores in head and clearness of outline. CC & RBOB. Best Puppy & L/B Puppy.
Open – Dog
1st – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTONS WISH ME LUCK C.D. – 5 years, strong, masculine dog, just a little heavy over the shoulders detracting from his outline. Sound with good bone and feet. A little plain in the foreface. Good skull. RCC.
Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. L. Carrillo’s SUNDIAL’S PACHA MAMA – 7 months, red, stylish mover, head shows promise, just needing to develop a little more chin. Scored in bone, croup and movement here. RCC.
2nd – Mrs. S. Foster’s SUNDIAL SUN GODDESS ARINNA – litter sister who needs to develop more strength in muzzle and develop in stop. Good eyes. Falls off a little too much in croup.
1st – Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN – 2 years, excellent bodied red/white bitch with very good outline and good head. Flies her ears a little. I would prefer just a little more bone. Sound stylish mover when settled. CC & BOB.
Open – Bitch
1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N’ PEACH – 3 years, red, well boned with good ribcage. Sound rear. In excellent condition. Needs more rise of skull to finish head. Good eye. Just falls off a little at croup which detracts from topline.
Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. THATCHERS STORM IN A TEACUP C.D. – 8 year old Golden Retriever who is still a very good mover, full of quality, excellent dentition. Feminine head.
Mrs. B. Foster’s RUGBY MULAN – Boxer – all have type and style and quite even.
Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK PRETTY SMART GUY AT JAMROCK – Miniature Schnauzer who has produced his excellent coat texture in his puppies. All are of good size and breed type.
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Let’s be objective. The numbers say it, only 46 dogs in the show ring at The Barbados Kennel Club’s All Breeds Championship dog show in October, 2013. Excluding the variety class and that only had one entry!
At one time these shows could show case over 120 dogs. I believe this is the lowest I have seen the numbers drop to.
And look at the group breakdown: 1 breed in the Toy Group (2 entries by same owner) 1 breed in the Terrier Group (1 entry only) The Hound Group only had 2 breeds, the Beagle (1 only entry) and the Rhodesian Ridgeback. For the Utility, for the group run off, there were only Miniature Schnauzers, (same owners) Akita (1 entry} and the French Bulldogs (same owners). Imagine the once popular Akita which had its own breed club at one time only had 1 total Akita entry in the whole show. The Gundog group had 3 breeds, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever and an Irish Setter. I don’t know the number of spectators at the show but from what I saw in the morning, it was similar to the number of exhibits, very low.
Records show that, at one time, these shows could have as many as nine breeds alone in the Working Group line up, which has always been a popular group in Barbados and also the largest group. The show under the judge Meg Purnell Carpenter had only 4 breeds in the show ring in the once powerful working group: the BullMastiff, the Rottweiler, the German Shepherd and the Boxer. (only 2 Boxers were at the show and 3 German Shepherd Dogs.)
From what I know, the other 5 working group breeds still exist on the island, some of these breeds have very young dogs and others older but could still compete if their owners wished to participate in The Barbados Kennel Club’s Championship All Breeds dog shows.
There is, I am told, at least one recent new breed to the island and also some puppies, another breed, that were imported fairly recently and their breed has been in the island before but I don’t recall if in the show ring. I am not sure if these owners even bother to register their dogs with The Barbados Kennel Club.
The judge who came in from the UK as judge for the October show was Meg Purnell-Carpenter. From what I see, this judge is approved in her own country to award Challenge Certificates to the below breeds which were at our show: Akita, German Shepherd Dog, Boxer and Rottweiler and she is approved in the UK by The Kennel Club UK to judge the Working Group and Best in Show.
This judge has been here before and the records show her putting up, with one exception, the same breeds, as her major winners, 17 years ago! German Shepherd, Boxer, Rhodesian Ridgeback and she substituted the Irish Setter for a Golden Retriever this time.
These lovely pix. were taken by my friend Franz Phillips who spent a lot of time taking and editing them and always allows me to post them on this blog. This blog post also has some lovely pix. taken by Alex Phillips, Franz’s grandson.
Thanks, Franz and Alex.
Best in show was a locally bred Rhodesian Ridgeback and Reserve Best in Show was a locally bred German Shepherd dog.
Below is her critique of the dogs who showed under her:
Scottish Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Parris’s CH. MILLINGFORD HOLLYBERRY – 3yrs, smart, well presented with a good outline, sound movement. I would like to see her carrying less weight and a harsher coat.
CC, BOB and Group winner
Yorkshire Terrier – Maiden – Dog
1st – Mr. S. & Mrs. F. Drakes’ DANIEL-FIZZ Z UDOLI LIBERKU AT SHILOH – 2yrs, good expression, moved extremely well, would have preferred a better coat but it was wet so not showing it off to advantage. CC, BOB and Group winner.
Yorkshire Terrier – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. & Mrs. F. Drakes’ SHILOH FAITH’S HOPE – 9mths., very immature and unsure, when she moved and settled was sound. I would prefer a better head and expression, feet need attention. Reserve BOB, Best Puppy and Puppy Group winner
Retriever (Golden) – Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. S. Corbin’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DE RIA VELA – 6 mths. Still very immature as he should be at this age, loose but extremely sound, good angulation all through, slightly undershot at present but feel this will correct as his head and jaw matures. Very promising. Res. CC. Best Puppy dog.
Retriever (Golden) – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. FENWOOD LOUIS VUITTON OF THATCHER – 3 yrs. Good head and expression, good construction just a little short in upper arm, well muscled movement, sound just a little wide coming towards me. CC, RBOB.
Retriever (Golden) – Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. J. Ray’s NANCY DE RIA VELA AT THATCHER – 6 mths. Feminine head and expression, good construction all through, would just like to see a little more body length, very sound on the move. Res. CC.
Retriever (Golden) – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s ANGELUSPARKS HEAVEN’S GIFT TO THATCHER – 11 mths. Feminine head and expression, lovely outline, extremely well balanced, good construction, well conditioned and very sound. A youngster of great promise. CC. BOB, Best Puppy in breed and Best Puppy in the Gundog group.
Retriever (Golden) – Novice – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Corbin’s HOTHERSALL PEACHES ‘N CREAM – 5 years, shown in good hard condition, would like a more feminine head and expression. Hind movement needs improving. Best L/B in group.
Retriever (Labrador) – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE CENTAURUS OF ZINZARA C.D. – 6 yrs, lovely dog, well constructed and balanced, good head and expression, good firm topline, very sound hind movement, unfortunately was lame on his front leg so had to withhold on the CC when sound would be well worthy of top honours.
Retriever (Labrador ) – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON – 2yrs 6 months, lovely feminine head and expression, good clean outline, well constructed, extremely well balanced in all ways, good topline which she held on the move, in superb coat and condition very sound. CC, BOB & Gundog group winner.
Retriever (Labrador) – Open – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.H. Leacock & Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s LINTHWAITE FANTINE OF THEBERTON – 2yrs 6mths. A quality bitch good outline, very balanced ,well constructed and extremely sound, good head and expression. I just preferred the head and expression of the CC winner. Res. CC & Res. BOB.
Irish Setter – Open – Dog
1st – Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D. – 3yrs 6 mths. Lovely outline in super coat, good head and expression, very balanced, shown in excellent order, well constructed, sound on the move. CC & BOB.
Beagle – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. & Mrs. P. Gilkes’ CH. KINOLA’S CALISTA – 5yrs.6 mths. Very smart, extremely balanced body. Would prefer a little more definition on the head, very sound moving. CC & BOB.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER RADIUM – 15mths. Very promising youngster in superb order throughout, good head and expression correct construction, well muscled, lovely outline, very sound on the move. CC & RBOB.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. O. & Master K. Holder’s CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD – 2yrs 6 mths. Another well made dog, good head and expression, correct angulation, sound moving. Would just like to see him in harder condition.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Open – Dog
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (AI) CDX – 4yrs. Good head and expression, shown in good hard condition, sound on the move, well constructed although I would like to see a better hindquarter. Res. CC.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CELTIC RIVER FIZZ – 16 months lovely bitch full of quality with
correct feminine head and expression, super front and rear angulation, excellent topline, absolutely sound on the move, well muscled and conditioned. I was pleased to award her the Bitch CC. BOB. Hound group, also Best in Show which she so deserved. I was interested to note that the dog CC winner and this bitch are litter mates. Best locally bred Exhibit in Show.
2nd – Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER SOLO DROP – Another full of quality, litter sister to winner this bitch has the same construction and balance, just lacking the firm top line of winner. RCC.
Akita – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. & Mrs. R.O. Alleyne’s HALF BLOOD PRINCE – 2yrs 5mths. I am sorry to say this is a very poor specimen of the breed. It had a poor and untypical head, lacked bone and substance. He had no muscle Tone whatsoever.His movement was incorrect. Having said all that, he had a clean coat and an excellent tail set, most of all he is a wonderful pet. BOB
French Bulldog- Open – Dog
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s CH. JAFRAK PASSING SHIP – 3yrs good head and expression just a tad long, otherwise well constructed and balanced, good on the move, feet need some attention. CC & RBOB.
French Bulldog – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK DORADA – 15 mths, very feminine, excellent head and expression, well bodied in good order throughout, sound moving. CC, BOB & also Utility group winner.
Miniature Schnauzer – Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s JAMROCK NATURAL MYSTIC – 11 mths. Very smart youngster, good head and expression, excellent coat, well constructed moved, well shown in extremely good order. Very promising future. CC, BOB & Utility Puppy group winner, also Best Puppy & Best L/B Puppy in Show.
Miniature Schnauzer – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK’S HALLMARK AT JAMROCK – 3yrs.6mths Good body proportions, side gait sound, moving wide behind, coat good, would like to see a little better head expression. CC & Res.BOB.
Tibetan Terrier – Open – Bitch
1st – Miss M. Ashby’s CH. ARAKI MISS CONDUCT AT CALLIOPE C.D. – 2yrs.6mths. In good coat and condition, I would like to see a more balanced outline. She is a little short in the leg, her hind movement was good, front movement poor, her nails require attention. BOB.
Bullmastiff – Puppy – Dog
1st – Mr. B. Lowe’s ROYCEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE – 10 months, lacking a little in confidence which he seemed to gain as the day progressed, a promising puppy who is very sound moving, he has the promise of a good head, just needs to mature. Best Puppy and Best Working Group Puppy.
Bullmastiff – Junior – Dog
1st – Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s HOTHERSALL’S SAMSON – 13mths. Mature head, good front and shoulder placement, holds his topline on the move, powerful hindquarters, very sound. CC & BOB.
Bullmastiff – Open – Dog
1st-– Messrs. O. Holder & R. Straker’s CH. TREONE DARK SULTAN – 3yrs.Good head and expression with clean body outline, sound moving, would like to see a firmer backline with more body weight and condition. Res.CC. & RBOB.
2nd-– Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn’s CH. BRAEAARON AT ARDHUB TO HOTHERSALL – 6 yrs. Large head with a good expression, although very sound extremely overweight which made it difficult to assess him properly.
Bullmastiff – Puppy – Bitch
1st – Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s FORTESQUE ALBERTA – 11 mths. I would like to see a stronger head she was of good construction and sound on the move but really does need to mature. Best L/B puppy in breed.
Bullmastiff – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. B.A. Bascome’s ZAHARA BULL KATNISS AT NEXGEN – 15 mths. Would like to see a little more development in head, good forequarters, hindquarters weak, steep croup, poor hind movement.
Bullmastiff – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – 21 mths. Fair outline, sound moving, lacks muscle, weight and condition.
Rottweiler – Minor Puppy – Dog
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK COCHISE – 8 mths. Very immature, expressive head, good shoulders and hind angulation, a little long at present, very sound., good coat. Best Puppy in breed.
Rottweiler – Puppy – Dog
1st – Miss P. Ramsay & Mr. K. Streek’s FORTESQUE BALLY – 10 mths. Head good all though would like a slightly smaller eye, well shaped body, he needs ring training as I really could not assess his movement as he was moving so erractically.
Rottweiler – Limit – Dog
1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE – 2yrs.2mths.Smart dog good head and expression, well laid shoulder, level top line, well constructed, strong hindquarters, sound moving. Res.CC & Res. BOB.
Rottweiler – Open – Dog
1st – Mr. A. Maynard’s CH. ASHTORIA OLD BRIGAND – 2yrs 6mths.All male, strong head good expression,
well angulated throughout, very strong hindquarters, with plenty of power, sound moving. CC & BOB.
2nd – Dr. W.L. Welch’s CH. JUFFTHER DREAM LOVER – 5 yrs. Not quite the head of winner, would prefer
him a little shorter, other than that a good quality dog who is well constructed, in good order and sound.
Rottweiler – Minor Puppy – Bitch
1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK BENETA – 8mths, lovely outline head feminine and still developing good angulation with a lovely outline sound moving
Rottweiler – Limit – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s ELTHOR DARK NESTA – 3yrs.4mths. Good head and expression, well balanced body proportions with good angulation, moved soundly, in good order throughout. CC.
2nd – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE – 26mths. Good head with correct front shoulder placement, would like a little more angulation in hindquarters, movement a little loose. Res. CC.
3rd – Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY – 2yrs. Not as good in head as first two, reasonable balance, loose in movement.
Rottweiler – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. S. Howell’s CH. ELTHOR DARK JASMINE – 4yrs. Head good, reasonable construction,lacks condition and muscle and movement needs tightening.
German Shepherd Dog – Junior – Bitch
1st – Mr. P. Williams’ BRIVAL MEDUSA – 12mths. Reasonable head and expression, incorrect front angulation, extremely loose hocks. I could not assess her movement properly as she needs ring training.
German Shepherd Dog – Maiden – Bitch
1st – Mr. R.L.A. Weekes’ SHOTAAN PHENIX – 18mths. Very feminine extremely balanced and sound she and her handler need a little more confidence. Res.CC & Res. BOB..
German Shepherd Dog – Open – Bitch
1st – Mr. L. & Mrs. L. Harris’ CH. MONIFA BRANDI – A quality bitch of excellent type, lovely head and expression, correct angulation, balanced and sound when she settled, in excellent order.
CC & BOB. I was pleased to award her the Working Group and Reserve Best in Show.
Boxer – Open – Dog
1st – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTONS WISH ME LUCK C.D. – 5 yrs. Shown in good hard condition, good head and expression, to be critical would like to see a little more angulation all over, sound on the move. CC.
Boxer – Open – Bitch
1st – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’s PRETTY N PEACH – 3yrs. Good head and expression well balanced with good angulation, sound movement, well presented, CC, BOB & second in Working Group.
Stud Dog – Variety Class
Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s CH. BRAEAARON WALLACE AT ARDHUB TO HOTHERSALL Well balanced and all together.
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