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Breed Notes - 12 Jul 2011
Time is running out for pictures to be submitted to Julie for the 2012 Calendar. Please send any you think suitable to her on hofwarth.condron@btinternet.com as soon as possible, before the end of the month for preference, as we very much hope to have the finished calendar available at the Club Show on Sunday, October 2nd, when Julie herself is the breed judge. Schedules for the show will be available very shortly from Liz Whitmore, and hopefully available for downloading from the club website, www.hovawart.org.uk. This year we are hoping to put on at least the silver “good citizen” test, as well as the usual bronze.

At the committee meeting last Sunday, it was agreed we should again put on a Judging Seminar and training day, probably in conjunction with the breed show weekend in 2013. I know it is a long way off right now, but it is the sort of event that can get booked up well in advance, so if you have an interest in judging the breed, do put your name down as soon as you can. Again, you can let Liz know, or indeed I will pass on any names that come to me.

This coming Saturday, we have National Working and Pastoral Breeds Championship Show, held at one of my favourite venues, the Three Counties Showground, at its beautiful setting under the Malvern Hills. This year, our judge is Dagmar Kenis Pordham, who has shown an interest in the breed for many years, and indeed judged our own show in the 1990’s. It will be interesting to know what progress she thinks we have (or haven’t) made.

John has just finished an analysis of the best of breed and best opposite sex winners at championship shows, including the club shows because they always have the biggest entry of all, since we were first granted individual classes, and, perhaps not surprisingly, the leading winner, with awards at 35 shows, is Gina Challenor’s Homested Adriana of Trepur. She achieved her first win at just over a year old, and was best of breed at Crufts a few weeks before her eleventh birthday. I think it will be a long time before that record is even approached, and I think it does our breed credit that our dogs have such a long period “in the sun”.

I was reading the article in “Dog World” about the increasing incidence of lung worm, which sounds absolutely horrific. I have taken the advice given on board, and our girls now have a clove of garlic each day. I hope it is efficacious, because it sure is antisocial !!

Elaine Betts
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 13-Jul-11