Crufts Qualified!!

18/06/2009 at 22:24 3 comments

A big, big day today… it was Phoenix’ first Championship show, the Three Counties, and we were really expecting it to be no more than a practise/dress rehearsal for the forthcoming Champ shows in Aug, Sept & Oct. We also knew that we were up against some older, more mature and much more experienced dogs and handlers in our class but, despite this, we managed to be placed third by senior judge Zena Thorn-Andrews, which in turn means that Phoenix has Qualified for entry to Crufts 2010 at her and our very first attempt!! (Also, one of the dogs that we beat then went on to take Best Junior Bitch, which we would have won had we entered that class…doh!)

Phoenix stood beautifully for the judge, and in the line-up, but when it came to gaiting she was like a coiled spring and was literally bouncing around the ring, so we really thought we’d have no chance of success, making the result both exciting and altogether unexpected.

We’re showing at another 6 or 7 Champ shows and about a dozen Open Shows this year, whilst Phoenix is still classified as a puppy (under 12 months old) so hopefully we can build on that success as she matures…. and also figure out how best to get her “sparkly” but not “manic” in the showring.

Sadly once again no photographs were taken of this momentous occasion due to ….erm….operator malfunction…next time though!

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Seven Month Stack! Show number 3….

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Karen  |  23/06/2009 at 22:51


  • 2. Diane  |  08/07/2009 at 08:08

    next show is……………….??

  • 3. Phoenix  |  08/07/2009 at 16:58

    Hi Diane,

    Next show(s) are two local-ish Open shows – Liskeard this Sat & then Dorset County. Both are AVNSC classes and both with Spaniel Breeder judges, so we’re using them as warm-up’s/practice for National Gundog & Bournemouth in Aug to try to get some consistancy in Phoenix’ performance.


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