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LKA Completes Sensational Show Year for Belatarr!

Held on Dec 16th, LKA was the final Championship show of the year and proved to be one of the most memorable that we’ve ever attended. Presided over by judge Eileen Hughes, Sh Ch Belatarr Hercules was named Best Dog and won his 2nd CC of 2018, his 5th in total, moving him into 3rd place in the list of all-time highest-awarded HWV males!

A lovely masculine dog who moved effortlessly round the ring with reach and drive due to well-laid shoulders and good rear angulation. A harsh coat finished the picture. Correct length in body with a firm topline. Typical masculine head and tight feet. A well deserved CC.

Eileen Hughes

A fabulous result and one with which we would have been thrilled to complete what has been an amazing show year, but the bitch classes brought another thrill as Billie, Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM, was awarded Best Bitch, collecting an astonishing 6th CC of the year and taking her total tally of Challenge Certificates to 12, making her the all-time 2nd highest awarded HWV Bitch (by a very considerable margin.)

 “A beautiful mature bitch who moves so fluidly with lots of reach and drive.Attractive feminine head, correct harsh coat, good length and depth of body, an excellent example of the breed. CC & BOB.

Eileen Hughes

Brother and sister then went head to head for Best of Breed and Billie emerged victorious, earning the privilege of representing the breed in the Gundog Group Challenge – what a day!

Best Bitch and Best Dog, Billie and Herc, with very proud Dad Tim!

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16/12/2018 at 18:44 Leave a comment

Midland Counties Championship.

Another superb Champ show outing for Belatarr under breed specialist Doreen Smillie-Gray at Midland Counties saw Belatarr North by Northwest awarded 1st place from a large Limit Dog class:

Best moving dog in this class, good head with a kind expression, very good topline which he holds on the move, good depth of rib. Lovely angulation and good clean front. Coat is good. Well muscled and a happy boy.

Doreen Smillie-Gray

With his big brother Sh Ch Belatarr Hercules picking up the Reserve Dog CC:

Older boy than my winner but could not be denied the RCC. He moves out with style and power, good muscle and depth, correct angulation and lovely head and expression. Another quality dog.

Doreen Smillie-Gray

and their older sister, Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson Sh CM awarded Best Bitch, winning her 5th CC of the year and an incredible 11th in total:

Coming up to 7 years old and I have never seen her look so good. She looks stunning on the stand, very good coat. Good depth of rib and excellent angulation. Like my Dog CC is made correct so moves correctly with power and style.

Doreen Smillie-Gray

25/10/2018 at 18:26 Leave a comment

Welsh Kennel Club Championship.

A great day at the Welsh Kennel Club Championship saw judge Jill Peak award Billie (Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM) continue with her amazing show year as she won her 4th CC of the year and her 10th in total:

6 yr old bitch good type shown in good coat and hard condition. Good head with nice furnishings, like touch more neck, good legs and feet, good depth of chest, nice ribbing strong well-muscled loin, good quarters and set on. Moved well with drive.

Jill Peak

Whilst her brother, Sh Cm Belatarr Hercules was awarded the Reserve Dog CC:

5 yr old male another nice one, good head shape, nice eye, plenty furnishings, clean neck and front assembly, good bone, legs and feet, nice body good ribbing, strong well muscled quarters, moved well.

Jill Peak

Their younger siblings Belatarr Jupiter, Belatarr Pandora and Belatarr North by Northwest ShCM all picked up 2nd places in their respective classes too, so a good showing all around.

 

19/08/2018 at 17:45 Leave a comment

National Gundog Championship

What was an extremely hot and sunny day at this year’s National Gundog Championship proved also to be a memorable one for Belatarr. Presided over by Breed specialist judge Christine Morgan, young sisters Iris (Belatarr Venus) and Dora (Belatarr Pandora) met in the ring for only the second time, with Dora joining her sister today in qualifying for Crufts, whilst their brother Luka (Belatarr Jupiter) represented their litter in Junior Dog.

Belatarr Pandora stacked in the ring.

 

 

Belatarr Venus on the move in Junior Bitch.

The highlight of the day, though, was Billie (Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM) who won Best Bitch and was so awarded her third CC of the year and her 9th overall – an amazing achievement, matched by only 1 other bitch and two dogs in HWV breed history. We continue to be thrilled and so proud of her achievements – massive congratulations to Irene on this latest milestone for the record-breaking girl from our very first litter!

SH CH BELATARR MAHALIA JACKSON SHCM (MS I E COLLIER) I judged this lovely girl some years ago when there was only one CC on offer. On that occasion she was Best Bitch but had to settle for the Res CC as the dog was BOB. The next time I judged her was indoors when I felt that she was not as animated as she could have been. I have always thought that she was an outdoor girl and today she proved it, powering round the ring with reach and drive and holding her head high with a topline that was straight and true and perfect tail carriage. She is so feminine and noble in appearance yet has power and strength, a wonderfully balanced outline, depth, ample spring of rib and wide well muscled quarters. She is so true in front and from behind you can see the flair over her hips giving perfect balance to her ribcage. Her head is beautiful and her eyes tell you what a kind soul she is. And of course, she has an excellent wire coat and facial furnishings. It was my absolute pleasure to give her the CC at last!” 

Christine Morgan

06/08/2018 at 10:13 Leave a comment

Scottish Triumph for Billie.

Huge congratulations to Irene and Billie – Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM – who managed to win a 7th Challenge Certificate along with Best Of Breed under Judge Jeff Horswell at the Scottish Championship Show this last weekend. This win even further cements Billie’s position as the 2nd most highly awarded bitch in breed history and we couldn’t be more delighted 🙂

The judge’s critique was as follows:

Really lovely b. She has a fem head. Correct neck. Well laid shoulder. Upper arm is upright. Super body. Level topline. Good rear. V easy mover. Enough coat of correct texture. CC & BOB

Jeff Horswell

22/05/2018 at 15:43 Leave a comment

Phoenix

With great sadness, I have to report that we have lost our beloved Phoenix (Tarndair Phoenix of Belatarr). She was our first HWV, the foundation of the Belatarr Kennel and she completely revolutionised our lives.

Phoenix was the HWVA’s top show puppy for 2010 and the UK’s top HWV brood bitch for 2014 and 2016. The mother of many beautiful Belatarr pups, including Show Champions Belatarr Mahalia Jackson & Belatarr Hercules, as well as a record five Show Certificate of Merits.

She was also a massive character, eternally loving and a true eccentric who never failed to bring a smile to the faces of everyone who met her, along with being the most devoted mother and grandmother imaginable – she continually mothered us and rest of her family every day!

We did not think to lose her so soon and her loss has left a massive hole in our hearts and in our household. We laid her to rest under the trees beside our river that she loved so very much. It was a beautiful warm Spring evening, the air was filled with birdsong, the scent of witch-hazel and the sound of the river. As we watched the sunset across our valley our thoughts were filled with the immense joy that she brought into our lives and those of all the families of her puppies…

 

12/03/2018 at 10:54 6 comments

Manchester Championship Triple!

A fabulous result and a perfect start to the year at the (snow-and-mud-bound) Manchester Championship Show, where team Belatarr collected three of the four top awards under the highly experienced European judge Henric Fryckstrand.

In the dog classes half-brothers, Sh Ch Belatarr Hercules and Belatarr North by Northwest ShCM were placed first and second, respectively, in Open dog with Herc going on to be awarded Best Dog for an amazing THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! at Manchester, with baby brother North declared Reserve Best Dog:

“1. Spillane’s Sh Ch Belatarr Hercules. Powerful male with correct amount of substance and animated flowing movement. Masculine head, nice expression, lovely eyes, well-muscled neck, good chest and ribs, level back, great rear, perfect coat texture and well presented Best Dog.

2. Collier’s Belatarr North By Northwest ShCM. Attractive masculine male with many good points, pleasing head and expression, strong neck, excellent chest and plenty of heartroom, short level back, excellent rear angulations, good coat, moves well. Res Best Dog.”

Henric Fryckstrand

Then, in the bitch classes, young Belatarr Pandora picked up 1st Junior Bitch at what was only her and owner Zoe’s 2nd ever Champ Show, earning themselves a qualification for Crufts 2018 in the process, whilst big sister Sh Ch Belatarr Mahalia Jackson was 1st in Open Bitch, Best Bitch and then pipped her full-brother Hercules to take Best of Breed and go on to represent the breed in the Gundog Group later that afternoon:

What a cracking girl who just took my eye and oozes quality. So well balanced with all the required breed details from the nose to the tip of the tail. excellent head with intelligent expression, lovely arched neck into good shoulders, nice chest and perfect substance, strong level topline, excellent hind angulations. correct coat texture. Movement ground covering and stylish. When reading the catalogue later I realized BOB and BOS were siblings and the Res Dog was a half-brother, BOB.

Henric Fryckstrand

An immensely proud moment to watch them all in the ring today, and huge congratulations, as ever, for everyone’s wonderful results!

21/01/2018 at 23:25 Leave a comment

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