We have just returned from a trip to Sweden where we were the guests of Peter Olsson (Qvarnhill). We were really looking forward to a break, and Peter made us very welcome and we had a great time.
We met up at the airport, and half an hour later Catriona McMorran flew in, she was to judge the Uppland Vastmanland Springerklubben Open Show on the Sunday. Once we had all got our nicotine levels up after our flights! Peter drove us to his house, and we were reunited with Bertha (Canouan Dorset Dame) whom we hadn't seen since Peter took her home just after Crufts. She looked just fantastic, and we thought that she half remembered us, she certainly seemed to more and more as the weekend went on. Mia Eriksson, from the north of Sweden, was also staying at Peter's with her two dogs Qvarnhill Tartan Titbit and Qvarnhill Marcellina. We had a great supper, lots to drink, and retired to bed.
On Saturday Bertha and Sissel (Qvarnhill Papagena)
were entered at the SSRK Championship Show. The dogs were expertly judged
by Mr Jens Martin Hansen (Denmark). We were interested to see the Swedish
way of doing things. After a preliminary look at all the dogs together
Mr Hansen brought each dog back in to the ring on its own. He went over
the dog, moved it, and the dictated a critique for each dog. Every dog,
no matter where it was placed, took home a written record of the judges
opinion. If, in the judges opinion the dog met the required standard
for the breed they were handed a small red ribbon. If in his opinion
they did not reach this standard they were given a blue ribbon. Classes
were very different too. Puppies start showing at 4 months, and the
first class is 4 to 6 months, followed by the 6 to 9months class. After
9months a dog is classed as a Junior (9 to 15 months). Bertha won her
6 to 9 months class, and was then adjudged to be the Best Puppy 6 to
9 months. Big ring for Bertha, we were delighted. Catriona handled Sissel
in the Special Yearling Class (15 to 24 months). It was a very hot day,
and Catriona was exhausted as Mr Hansen moved the dogs many times before
awarding the class to her and Sissel. Good day for Qvarnhill and Canouan.
|On to Sunday where Catriona was to judge at the Springerklubben Open Show|
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