Show number 4…

26/07/2009 at 22:01 2 comments

So, out we all ventured once more, this time to the Dorset County Canine Society Open Show set in the sweeping parkland grounds of the Kingston Maurward College. Unlike virtually all other shows our class was right at the start of the day so we arrived bright and early to set up our virtual stall and settle Phoenix into the show surroundings.

Our class today was Any Variety Not Separately Classified Gundog Puppy. There were six of us in the class: A Curly-Coated Retriever, plus American Cocker, Clumber, Sussex & Irish Water Spaniels. Phoenix stood absolutely beautifully and moved as well as could be expected in the rather undersized ring….we were really pleased with how she showed today – definitely the best so far, very focused and controlled but with all the spirit and life that makes her movement so strong – hopefully indicative that she’s well and truly into her show groove.

Stacked at Dorset County show.

Stacked at Dorset County show.

Judge Jill Holgate awarded us 1st Place in the class, and then, after the other classes had been judged, we came back into the ring and were awarded Best AVNSC Gundog Puppy.

Teeth exam.

Teeth exam.

The Examination.

Standing beautifully for The Examination.

At this point we had planned to head off to check out the Jurassic Coast beaches of Dorset, but now instead began the wait for all the other  breed classes to be judged, a process that eventually took nearly 7 more hours…. at which point it started to pour with rain, so we all decamped into the wet-weather marquee where we lined up alongside all the other Best Puppies in Breed to compete for Best Gundog Puppy in Show.

This time we had a much larger area in which to move and do our stuff, and this allowed Phoenix to really stretch out properly and go at full pace – which, with her & Tim’s equally big strides is best described as fast.

A really spectacular and beautifully handled Pointer bitch won 1st place (and subsequently went on to win Best Puppy in Show) and then, after a hushed pause, Phoenix was awarded second (Gundog Puppy Group 2) which was another fantastic result against some really top dogs!

Phoenix & the Pointer stood perfectly, poised and symmetrical nose to nose whilst the judge wrote her critiques. The excitement then got a little too much for all concerned and the subsequent lap of honour is best described as “ragged”!  but a great day was had, some new friends made and as a practice run for the upcoming Championship shows it could hardly have gone better.

The Judge’s critique report on Phoenix said:

Good wire coat, deep rich colour. Lean head with a noble expression. Straight in front and good quarters for her age. Hocks well let down. Tight Feet. Was pleased to  give her Puppy Group 2 where she settled better on the move.

Entry filed under: Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Phoenix, Shows, Trips Out. Tags: , , , , .

Full Wire Jacket (…Almost) Sister Act.

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jane  |  27/07/2009 at 20:02

    fantastic, marvellous, spectacular, outstanding, amazing, fabulous, gorgeous, beautiful, superb – are you getting the picture! Well done all – can’t wait to see what happens next – going from strength to strength!

  • 2. Diane  |  11/08/2009 at 08:33

    looking for updates……..

    Are you busy!


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