Driffield has never had a good entry for Skyes and unfortunately this year was the same. Mr Bob Blackley judged the breed and his winners were: BD Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum SHCM; Res BD Woodhead’s Knowlespring Jackson; BB Curtis’ Ch Verumamicus Aurora Of Brakemill JW. Best of Breed was Aurora. Aurora also won the Yearling stakes and Barney 3rd in the veteran stakes. The judge for both was Hazel Fitzgibon. Gerdard Cox was the Judge for all the Terrier Groups and he awarded Aurora Group 4 and Barnum Veteran Group 2. I hope the Society re think how they do the groups next year as they started very late and finished in the dark.
There have been comments on social media lately about our breed having CC’s with so few entries and perhaps losing classes at Ch Shows without CC’s. These comments are being made by people who are not supporting the shows or the judges who are trying the get the necessary experience to progress with their judging careers. Even with low entries Skye’s have made their mark in all Groups this year – Puppy, Junior, Special Beginners, Group and Veteran.
Last week with friends I visiting Chatsworth House to view “The Dog” – A Celebration exhibition. The exhibition ends on Sunday, 6 October so not much time left if you want to visit. The exhibits were spread throughout the house with items belonging not only to Chatsworth but on loan from various collections including The Buccleuch, The Kennel Club, The Tate, The Victoria & Albert Museum, private collections and Her Majesty The Queen.
One particular item loaned by her Majesty is simply named The Dogs Centrepiece and was made by Garrard & Co 1842 – 1843 at a cost of £1,200. It was designed and commissioned by Prince Albert and is very large and intricate but also features portraits in miniature of four of his and Queen Victoria’s most beloved dogs. Two of these are Skye Terriers – one a prick and the other a drop. There is a full size photograph of the piece in the exhibition catalogue which while impressive does not do it full justice. There are also wonderful walks around the gardens where you can take your dogs. There will be more on this visit in the Autumn News which will be sent out to all members.
Please let me have your wins, news and any other activities you and your dogs have been involved in.
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