Windsor Wins.

02/07/2014 at 15:15 1 comment

Team Belatarr had another memorable day at the Windsor Championship where the (mostly) bright and breezy weather and huge outdoor ring made for ideal show conditions.

First up Gryphon & Billie took a turn in the Dog World Brace Class and ended up taking an excellent 3rd place out of some 20 gundog pairs entered, even winning £15 in prize money for their efforts!

Gryphon & Billie in the Brace class.

Gryphon & Billie in the Brace class.

Awaiting the judge!

Awaiting the judge!

Over in the breed ring young Belatarr Sculptor (Kofi) won himself another 1st place in the Puppy Dog class, and was also awarded Best Puppy Dog:

Belatarr Sculptor - Best Puppy Dog at Windsor.

Belatarr Sculptor – Best Puppy Dog at Windsor.

Next up was his big brother, Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie (Gryphon), who was placed 2nd in Open Dog and went on to be awarded Reserve Best Dog. This result earned Gryphon his Kennel Club Stud Book number, joining his brother, Django and sister, Billie as the third from this litter to earn their number since April of this year and that in turn means that, like them, Gryphon is now Crufts qualified for life.

His critique was:

I love this boy’s head, it is so well furnished with dense eyebrows under which sits his almost human looking eyes with their lively & intelligent expression. It is well proportioned with a broad nose, moderate stop, slightly rounded skull & medium set thin leathers. He has a great pro-sternum, return of upper arm, level topline & moderate bend of stifle. He wears a harsh golden sand jacket with undercoat. He moves very well but could not match the performance of the winner. RBD

Christine Morgan


Gryphon in the Open Dog Class.

Gryphon – Reserve Best Dog.

Then the action heated up further as Belatarr Mahalia Jackson (Billie) beat a formidable line-up of bitches to take 1st Open Bitch and then Best Bitch. Unfortunately Windsor is one of two shows where the breed is only allocated one CC (for Best of Breed) and Billie just missed out this time around, but instead went head to head with her brother Gryphon for the single Reserve CC, which she won in great style.

The judge’s critique for her was:

I fully understand why the KC introduced the single CC but I am not sorry that there will be no more after this year. As a judge it saddened me that I could not award the lovely best bitch the CC of which she more than deserves. Just like her brother who was RBD, she has a beautiful head & expression with the furnishings to give it a very striking & square appearance. She has strength of neck & body, is well off for bone & substance & very well muscled throughout. Her shoulders are well laid & ribs moderately sprung & carried well back. She has a nice big bum to propel her round the ring on a free & easy stride & her tail carriage is excellent. Her golden sand coat is of good texture with an undercoat. I was sorry that there was only one CC on offer & so she had to settle for BB & RCC

Christine Morgan

Finally the Belatarr team won another Breeders Class (our 5th such win of the year) and zipped immediately over to the Breeders Group to represent the breed in front of the big audience gathered around the Best in Show ring, where we were also awarded Best Breeder in Group – cue the arrival of photographers from the Dog Press to capture the moment!


Breeders Group win rosette.

Breeders Group win rosette.

The cards!

Some of the winning cards (and prize money!)

A very long, but wonderful day for everyone, with three 1st places and another Best of Sex win to add to our running total for the year!


Entry filed under: Belatarr, Dizzy Gillespie, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Mahalia Jackson, Shows.

Gertie and Jack: the continuing adventures of a boy and his dog. East of England Championship.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Hilary Tringham  |  02/07/2014 at 22:45

    YAY!another brill day glad you have the prize money!!I still have a scrap book with the actual pound notes that were the prize money when we got all of our CCs!!!Congratulations all you Belatarrs


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