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Belatarr Boys Double Firsts at Crufts.

A lovely day for Belatarr at Crufts 2019, under breed specialist judge Chris Guest, where young Belatarr Jupiter (Luka) placed 1st in a large and quality Post-Graduate Dog class with his uncle Sh CH Belatarr Hercules also placing 1st in his (all-Champions) Open Class – critiques to follow!

Belatarr Jupiter – 1st Post Graduate Dog

Sh CH Belatarr Hercules – 1st Open Dog

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09/03/2019 at 21:07 Leave a comment

Belatarr at Crufts 2016 – in pictures.

Our Crufts Team -

Our Crufts Team: L-R are North, Billie, Harvey, Matilda, Hercules & Charlie – Ethel was there too (and scored a great 3rd in Junior Bitch) but sadly missed the pics!

 

Belatarr Notorious 'Harvey' at his last appearance before setting up home in California.

Belatarr Notorious ‘Harvey’ – his last appearance before setting up home in California.

 

Belatarr North by Northwest - 2nd place in a big Junior Dog class.

Belatarr North by Northwest – 2nd place in a big Junior Dog class.

 

Belatarr Hercules - 1st place in his very first Champ show Limit Dog class.

Belatarr Hercules – 1st place in his very first Champ show Limit Dog class.

 

Belatarr Charlie Parker ShCM - 3rd in Open Dog

Belatarr Charlie Parker ShCM – 3rd in Open Dog

 

Belatarr Thirtynone Steps - Matilda - stacked beautifully at her Crufts debut!

Belatarr Thirtynine Steps – Matilda – stacked beautifully at her Crufts debut!

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Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM - Billie - 2nd Open Bitch from a very tough class of 11.

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM – Billie – 2nd Open Bitch from a very tough class of 11.

12/03/2016 at 17:33 Leave a comment

Belatarr at Crufts 2015

A brief day off from puppy duties saw a terrific and very memorable (historic, even!) day for us at Crufts 2015. Belatarr was one of only 6 Gundog kennels to qualify for the final of what was to be the last ever Kennel Club Breeders Competition. It was a great honour to be invited to take our place in front of a big crowd in the Crufts main arena today, where we were very proud to represent the breed alongside over 200 other dogs from all of the other groups.

Breeders Competition Certificate

Breeders Group main arena 1

Breeders Group main arena 2

Breeders Group Main Arena 3

Breeders Group Main Arena 4

Breeders Group Main Arena 5

Breeders Group pre-judging 2

Breeders Group pre-judging 1

The Breeders Competition was in the evening, but prior to that came the breed judging, and the Belatarr boys really did us proud today too. Young Belatarr Hercules was now just out of Junior and in his very first Post Graduate Dog class, where he was placed 3rd out of  an entry of 10 – a very nice result which also automatically qualifies him for Crufts 2016.

His big brother Belatarr Charlie Parker was unquestionably the star of the day though, and we were thrilled, and delighted for Jenny and David, to see Charlie awarded 1st Limit Dog from a very classy line up of males.

Belatarr Charlie Parker stacked in the Limit Dog Class.

Belatarr Charlie Parker stacked in the Limit Dog Class.

The examination.

The examination.

And the win!

And 1st place!

Belatarr Hercules - examined in the Post Graduate Dog Class.

Belatarr Hercules – examined in the Post Graduate Dog Class.

Charlie & Herc with their Crufts winnings!

Charlie & Herc with their Crufts winnings!

Billie, Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM, was the third member of our Breeders Team today, and she didn’t go home empty handed, picking up Reserve in another very high quality Open Bitch Class.

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM - stacked in the Open Bitch class.

Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM – stacked in the Open Bitch class.

05/03/2015 at 23:33 Leave a comment

Belatarr Boys at Crufts.

Crufts 2013 turned out to be a highly enjoyable and very memorable time for the Belatarr boys.

After shuffling and nudging through the sometimes impenetrable crowds around the TV-friendly flyball rings Django & Charlie Parker made it over to the HWV ring in good time.

Both were in a highly competitive Special Junior Dog class, amongst a quality entry of youngsters, and we were utterly delighted when judge Penny Williams placed Charlie 1st and then Django 3rd,  immediately qualifying both boys for Crufts 2014. A great result, and very exciting for Jenny & David who, once again, did such a great job with Charlie, and at their very first visit to Crufts too!

Charlies Crufts wins.

Belatarr Charlie Parker’s Crufts wins.

The regular no-exit-before-4PM policy at Crufts ensured plenty of time for catch-ups, chinwags and some new meetings too,  and the Wires attracted considerably more visitor attention than in previous years, with Adam manfully handling a nearly constant stream of enquiries and queries at the benches.  After a 3:30AM start we finally made it home at 20:30 – so a very long day, but not one we’re likely to forget anytime soon!

17/03/2013 at 21:19 1 comment

1st at Crufts!

The 3:15AM start could mean only one thing – it was the “Big Day”…..yep, Crufts had finally arrived.

A huge HWV entry of 104 – surely the largest gathering of the breed that has ever taken place outside Hungary? – converged on Birmingham’s NEC, with us amongst them.

Mingus hit the ring at around 09:15, keenly watched by his “Grandmas” (Jacqui of Morehay & Caroline of Starshot HWV’s) and did both them and us proud by winning his class and being awarded 1st Special Junior Dog, from a class of 6 dogs. All very exciting!

Another wonderful result to add to his tally, but also a real milestone in his Show career:

Mingus stacked in Special Junior Dog class.

Being awarded 1st in Class.

Mingus on the move

...and in the Best Dog Challenge.

11/03/2011 at 18:12 4 comments

Crufts + Puppy Progress.

Time for another long overdue update…

First up, last weekend saw our very first trip to Crufts! We’ve never previously attended as spectators, let alone exhibitors, so it was with much excitement and some trepidation that we ventured with Phoenix to the show-of-shows to take our place in the big ring alongside 74 other HWV’s.

Phoenix stacked for judging at Crufts.

In the end Crufts proved to be pretty much like any other Champ Show (albeit with adjoining vast arenas stuffed full of every conceivable canine related product and thronging with punters.) The actual dog show element of Crufts seemed to pass by most of the general public, which resulted in lots of space and a remarkably relaxed atmosphere.

Phoenix was in Special Junior Bitch class and despite our concerns about her slightly jumpy, hormonal, post-season demeanour (which has seen her pull away from the last few judges who examined her rear end) she stood beautifully. Sadly her movement was not so hot (blame operator error…) and we were awarded 2nd Place, which does mean, though, that she’s automatically qualified for Crufts 2011.

Unfortunately our in-house photographer failed to produce much that was usable to document the day.

Mingus - 16 weeks Head Shot.

Meanwhile, back at HQ, young Mingus has come on in leaps and bounds – often quite literally so. Advice from Tracey at Puppy Gurus saw us relocating his cage to be right beside Phoenix overnight and an immediate good-nights-sleep for all was the result. In fact he’s never failed to sleep right through the night ever since – yippee!

At the grand-old-age of 16 weeks Mingus has now perfected all his Puppy Gurus obedience training moves and will be tested this coming week. He’s also picked up all the basics of ringcraft incredibly well and just loves being taken along for training where he struts his stuff with the big dogs – leading one very experienced Champ show judge to comment this week that Mingus was: “Just amazingly good!” He has proven to be vastly easier and quicker to train than Phoenix, although a large part of that must surely be down to us knowing roughly what we’re doing this time around!

Mingus - Called to attention on the common.

Mingus’ utterly delightful, affectionate, calm and polite nature never fails to charm everyone who he meets. Today on a socialisation trip around Torrington Common he hooked up with a wide assortment of walkers and their dogs, from Labs to Cockapoos to Spaniels to Scotties, all with great waggy success.

As was the case with Phoenix’ puppyhood we’re also now back in the land of “he’s got big paws – he’s going to be a big dog,” together with the usual (sometimes rather surreal) attempts at playing Guess The Breed – today’s examples being:
1) Labrador

2) That Dog With The Ridgeback (that would a Ridgeback Madam)

3) Newfoundland (see below)??!!

err....Mingus? (apparently!)

21/03/2010 at 19:39 Leave a comment


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